Whaikaha engagement calendar

Updated: 21 February 2023

This page gives an overview of the engagements Whaikaha is leading or participating in. 

We will provide updates on our Facebook external URL and our Get involved webpage when there are public engagement opportunities for projects. 

More details about each project will be added as plans for each project are finalised.


Transformation Management Board

This tripartite Board will provide governance for the disability transformation work programme as part of the Whaikaha Executive Leadership Team meeting cycle. 

We will establish the Transformation Management Board and attend as a partner. 

This engagement will run from October to December 2023. 

More information is available on our Transformation Management Board call for interest webpage

Action plans

Development of Whāia Te Ao Mārama 2024-2027: The Māori Disability Action Plan 

A co-designed review of the existing Whāia Te Ao Mārama Action Plan 2018-2022 and developing a Whāia Te Ao Mārama Action Plan 2024-2027. 

Whāia Te Ao Mārama is a culturally anchored approach to supporting Māori with disabilities (tāngata whaikaha) and their whānau.

We will engage with tāngata whaikaha Māori through kānohi ki te kānohi (face to face) hui, social media communications and on-line virtual hui.   

The Senior Advisor Turi Māori at Whaikaha will lead the turi Māori engagement process. An implementation plan is being developed. 

Engagement with tāngata whaikaha Māori will run from October 2023 to March 2024. 

Development of the National Pacific Disability Action Plan 

This action plan will set out priority outcomes and actions to support and improve the lives of Pacific disabled people of all ages and their families.

Regional talanoa (discussions), involving Pacific Disabled People, aiga, communities, service providers, and government agencies, will support the development of the inaugural National Pacific Disability Action Plan. 

These discussions will start in early 2024. 

Stewardship engagements

Review and update the Disability Action Plan 

The Disability Action Plan aims to deliver the eight outcomes in the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

We will continue to engage with Disabled People’s Organisations, government agencies and others to identify the activities and measures to improve outcomes for disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori.

Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) 

The purpose of the Coalition of DPOs is to advance the implementation of the United Nations convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

There are monthly meetings of the Coalition of DPOs with support from Whaikaha. 

Policy engagements

Eligibility for Disability Support Services 

The purpose of this engagement is to gather experiences of life with and without access to Disability Support Services to inform advice to the Government. 

Whaikaha will meet with the advisory group in two meetings from November to December 2023. The advisory group engages their own networks on eligibility for services. 

Nōku te kainga noho, Nōku te whakatau - My Home, My Choice 

The My Home My Choice programme focuses on the work needed to transform the way people in residential services are assisted so that they have more choice and control in their lives. 

The steering group for My Home My Choice oversees and informs the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme. 

Whaikaha programme leads are facilitating monthly meetings from October to December 2023. 

Engagement opportunities for family and whānau

We will be holding online conversations between 30 October to 9 November 2023. In these conversations we will engage directly with family and whānau who have a loved one in residential care or who is considering entering or leaving residential care.  

You can find dates and register to join these conversations on our My Home My Choice engagement opportunities page. 

Insights Alliance 

The purpose of the Insights Alliance is to oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the Enabling Good Lives system transformation and the implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (MEAL) framework. 

The nominations process for the Insights Alliance was completed in October 2023. The group's first meeting was in November 2023.

More information is available on our Insights Alliance webpage

Further partnership groups

Strategic Advisory Group 

The purpose of the Strategic Advisory Group is to provide Whaikaha with strategic advice on major work items, such as our statement of intentions, post-election advice, and major pieces of policy work like Cabinet papers. 

Whaikaha invited organisations to join the Group in November 2023. Nominations for the Group have now been received, and appoints to the Group have been approved. The Group will have its first meeting in February 2024.

Family Whānau Group 

The purpose of the Family Whānau Group is to represent the interests of family and whānau in improvements to enable disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori to lead good lives, and recognising that, while family and whānau stand behind disabled people on other partnership forums, they also need their own space to put forward their perspective. 

The existing Family Whānau Group network will continue as is, with an invitation to refresh their terms of reference. 

Rangatahi Youth Group 

The purpose of the Rangatahi Youth Group is to give young disabled people a say in changes that will help them lead good lives.  

We will work with existing youth groups and other rangatahi to establish an arrangement that works for them. 

Community-led projects

Tairāwhiti Weather Events Reference Group

In March 2023, Whaikaha agreed to support the establishment of disabled people-led groups in regions of Aotearoa, New Zealand, affected by the severe weather events of February 2023.

The Tairāwhiti group was established in September 2023 and continues to meet regularly with financial and secretarial support provided by Whaikaha.  

This disabled community-led group represents the voice of disabled people in post-weather event recovery planning in Tairāwhiti. The group comprises up to eight people with various disability experiences and represents a broad range of disability communities.

Progress has been made in drafting a local recovery plan for disabled people, and it is due for submission to the Gisborne District Council.