Disability Issues


National believes New Zealand should be a place where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to pursue their goals and aspirations. We believe everyone with a disability should have greater choice and control over their lives.

You can read our Disability Issues Policy Factsheet here.

The current disability system is large and complex. Too many New Zealanders are falling through the cracks and finding it difficult to access the support they need. National is committed to improving disability support and ensuring Government services are more responsive for those with disabilities.

National will:

  • Be ambitious for people with disabilities by taking action to support more people with disabilities to move into work.

  • Ensure people and their families sit at the heart of disability policy, and work with them to ensure their disabled whanau receive support that suits their needs and circumstances.

  • Grow the Enabling Good Lives model to provide people with disabilities with greater choice and control over the supports they receive and the lives they lead.

National launched the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026 to improve the lives of the 24 per cent New Zealanders with physical, mental, sensory, and learning disabilities.

National is committed to implementing this strategy and making New Zealand a place where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to achieve their goals and aspirations.

National partnered with the disability sector to create the Enabling Good Lives programme. This aims to provide people with greater choice and control over the supports they receive and the lives they lead. We are proud of this work and our efforts to put people with disabilities at the heart of the services available to them.

You can read our Disability Issues Policy Factsheet here.