Disability Advisory Panel
Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Take Hunga Hauā
The role of the Disability Advisory Panel
The demographic advisory panels have finished their term with the council.
Recruitment for the 2019-2022 term is currently under way. Applications have now closed and more information will be available shortly.
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.
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
Get a copy of the demographic advisory panels terms of reference 2019-2022