Our plan for this website

We're in the process of creating an online home for all New Zealanders that need access to disability information.

Our website is a 'living project', designed and built in collaboration with members of our disabled community.

This means we are committed to continually asking:

  • how can we make our website better?
  • how can we make it easier for you to access what you need?

Focus on accessibility

We're committed to following accessibility standards and guidelines.

We are working hard and acknowledge that best practice for accessibility means adhering to:

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • New Zealand Government Web Standards

Since our launch in July 2022, we have conducted an Accessibility Audit partnering with the MSD Web Access team. Thankfully we had no critical issues however a number of high and medium issues have been identified. We are working through them all now and we will update our community on these improvements and our accessibility standards as we go.

Read our interim accessibility statement

Cross-government collaboration

We're also bringing together disability information from other government ministries so you can find more of what you need in one place.

As part of this, we're currently focusing on:

  • Migrating information: Moving over existing disability information from other ministries where we can, so you don't have to go site-hopping!
  • Closing information gaps: Developing content to address some information gaps in relation to disability. During this time, if you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us as we still may be able to help.

An interim brand

Our aim is to create a brand that truly represents our community. This piece of work is ahead of us, led by the new ministry team in consultation with the community.

In the meantime, the look and feel you see today, was created by the Establishment Unit team in collaboration with representatives of the community, and with accessibility at the very heart of our thinking. We aim to publish guidelines for the use of our Visual Expression soon and if you are interested in using our logo, please email:   contact@whaikaha.govt.nz

Do you have a suggestion for our website?

Whether you have a disability or you're a family member, friend or supporter, all voices are important. We welcome you to be part of the process. If you have ideas or suggestions to improve our website, please contact us.