Disability Pride Week begins tomorrow, 30 November. We thank each and everyone of you for helping us in so many ways to make this possible.
Our aim this year was to plant the seeds for Disability Pride Week, and to begin discussions around what Disability Pride means to us as disabled people and to all of us as part of New Zealand society.
We are certainly celebrating our pride in numerous ways up and down Aotearoa. Our mission statement says that as disabled people we have the opportunity to celebrate and communicate our pride through activities that share our stories and creativity in so many ways.
Details on website events page
Details of each event can be found on the events page.
Wellington: First tape art mural will be installed on the wall outside Wellington Public Library. Thanks to Tape Art NZ and our disabled artists, we have a confident Disability Pride mural to catch your eyes. The mural will remain on the wall for a week.
New Zealand: Disability Pride Webinar. Join us at 10.30am to hear Ingrid Jones, PhD student at Waikato University, talk about why Disability Pride is a crucial next step for the Disability Rights movement. Register now.
Auckland: Disability Pride on Campus – Unitec. A shared morning tea
Paraparaumu: Art Studio Artworks exhibition launch at Kapiti Community Centre 11am
Wellington: Second tape art mural to be installed on the window at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision. This one will offer you as the viewer food for thought on Disability Pride.
People First Card of the Year Exhibition launch at Vincents Art Workshop, Willis St. Exhibition will be open until Friday 8 December.
Disability Pride Film Festival: Defiant Lives 5.30 with a panel afterwards. See more here. NZSL Interpreter and audio describers booked.
Whanganui: Whanganui Disability Pride Celebration. Majestic Square 11.30am
Auckland: Touch Compass – Somatechnics. Showcasing professional performers alongside the technology of the future.
Christchurch: Salonica to open in Christchurch in The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts
Christchurch: Celebrate Us – its going to be an amazing day in Christchurch with music at Central Christchurch, Corner Madras and Gloucester Streets 1-8pm
Wellington: Disability Pride Film Festival – Defiant Lives 4.30pm. Vision and Realities: A history of the experience of disability in New Zealand 2.30pm. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision Cnr Taranaki and Ghuzee Sts.
Auckland: Art is the song sung by my heart. Launch of TWO4NINE Exhibition at Te Uru in Titirangi. Open till February.
Wellington: Disability Pride Day Wharewaka 10am-3pm. Creatively celebrating and sharing who we are as citizens of Wellington. We have an amazing programme in place. The Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and the Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero will speak at 1pm
Picnicking at Waitangi Park with members of InsideOUT 1pm
Whakatane: Art & Acre International Disabilities Day Exhibition. Appenzell Court 11am. Seven artists will display their work
Auckland: Touch Compass – On Display. Inclusive Dance: a human sculpture court celebrating diversity with all participants representing something different. 1pm and 2pm at Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Waterfront
Hastings: Sharing our Pride. The Disability Resource Centre will be going into the community and giving out Goodie Bags to those community businesses who have supported us through the year. We will be sharing our stories of Pride.
But wait .... There's more
And this is not all! We know in Whakatane there will be a launch for an Advisory Group who will provide advice to the council, DHB and other groups on matters related to disabled people living in the community.
We also know there is a school in Kapiti who are also celebrating Disability Pride.
Canterbury, Capital Coast, Hutt Valley and the Wairapapa DHBs are also profiling Disability Pride Week with activities too.
Nick and I have enjoyed working with our team to make this possible. Next year we hope we will be able to access more resources to allow us to plan earlier and build on this year's efforts. Enjoy the week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more additions.
Enjoy exploring what Disability Pride means to us all. You are part of a global movement that’s happening now.