Josh Perry eyes Government with Enabling NZ

One of New Zealand’s most vocal disability advocates has launched a political party that has some big goals to make New Zealand a more inclusive and fair society.

Enabling NZ has been formed, and Perry hopes to see more individualised disability funding, increased accessible housing, as well as better accessible public transport and inclusive education systems.

The decision to launch his own political party comes after Perry missed out on a seat on the Dunedin City Council during this years Local Elections.  Continue reading Josh Perry eyes Government with Enabling NZ

Lee Vandervis stands by ideology towards disabled candidate

The degree of Joshua Perry’s disability simply isn’t a factor in his ability to do well as a member of council.

In a series of powerful and shocking statements today, Lee Vandervis has made no apology for his belief that Perry, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, doesn’t have a place in local politics.

Vandervis, a long time council member and mayoral candidate, says he felt sympathy for Perry prior to approaching him while he was sitting alone in his wheelchair after a public event. That is where this story begins and ends, by the comments made by an elderly man.  Continue reading Lee Vandervis stands by ideology towards disabled candidate