Whaikaha engagement calendar

Updated: 14 May 2024

Learn about the engagements Whaikaha is leading or participating in. 

This page is currently under review and is in the progress of being updated.

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


Transformation Management Board

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

Members were appointed to the Transformation Management Board external URL in December 2023.

Learn more about the Transformation Management Board, its purpose and how it was established.

Whaikaha attends the Transformation Management Board as a partner. 

Action plans

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

We are in the early stages of a co-designed review of the existing Whāia Te Ao Mārama Action Plan 2018-2022 external URL and developing a Whāia Te Ao Mārama Action Plan 2024-2027. 

Engagement with tāngata whaikaha Māori is expected to run from June to December 2024. 

Development of the National Pacific Disability Action Plan 

Engagement on the Action Plan is in progress to get involved you can:

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.

The online survey and regional talanoa (discussions), involves Pacific Disabled People, aiga, communities, service providers, and government agencies, and support the development of the inaugural National Pacific Disability Action Plan. 

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

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. 

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. 

The Strategic Advisory Group has been established. Advisory group members will engage with their own networks as part of their role.

Family / Whānau Advisory Group

This proposed group will represent the interests of family and whānau in improvements to enable disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori to lead good lives. 

Networks for disabled young people/rangatahi

We are working with networks of disabled young people in ways that suit them so they can have a say in, and guide changes that will help them lead good lives.

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.