October 19, 2023
Disabled wait for reality after campaign soft talk
Disability advocate Huhana Hickey says the election of a National-ACT Government has many in the sector extremely worried.
She says many disabled Māori and Māori with disabled whanau could find changes to benefit rules will make their lives much harder.
Politicians don’t understand or don’t acknowledge the challenges faced by disabled people, and the election campaign became an exercise in bait and switch.
“People can talk the good talk but people should have read the policies and that’s the thing I found – a lot of people voted believing what they were hearing without actually examining what was in the written words of these politicians, and it’s a huge concern to our community,” Dr Hickey says.
She says more than a third of tamariki Māori have some disability, but the many don’t get the support they need and are entitled to.