Monday 15 September 2014
Disability Strategic Advisory Panel
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
5††††††††† Draft Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan (ACSAP) update
10††††††† Chairperson's report
15 September 2014
Dr Huhana Hickey
This is my final report for the original DSAP team. I would like to begin by acknowledging the work each and everyone of you have done for this group. We could not have achieved half of what we did achieve without you. I wish to also acknowledge the time and commitment you have all made. I will miss you all. Some of you have re-applied as have I. There is no guarantee any of us will return but for those who do, it will be your job to help the new ones on this team to orientate and get to grips with the culture of the Auckland Council as it will be a bit of a shock for some.† I am sure the Council will do a good job in bringing on board a new team, orientate them and assist them into their new roles.
I also want to thank Democracy Services for their support over the last three years, the teams have often changed which has been disconcerting at times, but as always we adjust and get on with the job. Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse was our original support city council member and now it is Councillor Sharon Stewart. I wish to acknowledge the commitment from both of you in helping and supporting us to get the work done we needed to. Finally, I wish to thank Mayor Len Brown for the support for this group and his insistence that we have a voice for disability issues within council.
This last month I attended two events. On 30 August, I attended the One Voice Matters event which was organised by CCS Disability Action, Auckland Disability Law and other organisations with our own Ezekiel Robson, Susan Sherrard and David Hughes being involved in organising the event. I was one of the media panel members and found it an interesting exercise in getting the information out to the community as it came to hand. On 9 September, I met with Phil Wilson of the Auckland Council where, in conjunction with Councillor Arthur Anae, we have been asked to be a part of a UNESCO gathering in Auckland next February (dates to be finalised). The focus is disability with Mayors and other official delegates around the Asia/Pacific rim (35 in total) to look at not just disability but all the panels and how Auckland Council incorporates the views of the ratepayers, especially the ratepayers with disabilities.† I will keep working with this group as Chair and will hand over the reigns to the new chair if it is not me with the new panel. That is my final report for DSAP.
10 September 2014