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Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Take Hunga Hauā

Disability Advisory Panel

The role of the Disability Advisory Panel

Panel members will:

  • identify the issues that are important to people with disabilities
  • provide advice on our regional strategies, policies and plans
  • help us effectively engage with people with disabilities.

Panel members

The panel members for 2019-2022 are:

  • Interim co-chair: Rachel Peterson
  • Interim co-chair: Martine Abel Williamson - QSM
  • Bonnie Robinson
  • Chantelle Griffiths
  • Gerard Martin
  • Jason Boberg
  • Kramer Hoeflich
  • Renata Kotua
  • Ursula Thynne

How disability is defined

The New Zealand Human Rights Act defines disability as:

  • physical disability or impairment (such as respiratory condition)
  • physical illness
  • psychiatric illness (such as depression or schizophrenia)
  • intellectual or psychological disability or impairment (such as learning disorders)
  • any other loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function (such as arthritis or amputation)
  • reliance on a guide dog, wheelchair or other remedial means
  • the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing illness (such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis).

Meetings of the panel

The Disability Advisory Panel holds three scheduled meetings and up to seven meetings with staff each year.

Scheduled meetings are open to the public.

For dates, agendas and minutes, see agendas and minutes.

Get in touch with the panel

To attend or present at a meeting of the Disability Advisory Panel, or find more information, email


Demographic advisory panels terms of reference



For the latest end of term report, see Disability Advisory Panel achievements 2016 to 2019.