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Gaye Austin (Deaf Aotearoa NZ)


Gaye Austin is Vice President of the Executive Board of Deaf Aotearoa, and holds its health and employment portfolios. She is a registered nurse and midwife.


Gaye identifies as Deaf. She is believed to have been the first registered Deaf midwife in New Zealand, and now works as a midwife at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

Stevie Stevens (Kapo Maori Aotearoa NZ Inc)

Council Member

Stevie Stevens is an executive member of Ngāti Kāpo O Aotearoa. Of Nga Puhi descent, Stevie lives in Hamilton.

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Barbara Burton (Business NZ)

Council Member

Barbara Burton works in the areas of employment law, contracts, human rights and diversity. A published author on employment-related matters and employer representative on the former Labour Court.  She contributes to international bodies representing employers, including the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD of whose Employment Labour and Social Affairs committee she is a member. She is a former member of the National Advisory Committee on the Employment of Women and has a long-standing interest in disability issues.

Ben Peterson (NZCTU)

Council Member

Ben Peterson is a Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser, and is the Council representative for the NZ Council of Trade Unions.

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Debbie Ward (DPA)


Debbie is on the National Executive Committee for Disabled Person’s Assembly (DPA).  Born and educated in Hastings, NZ and currently lives in Auckland. She has lived experience of disability and is committed to seeing disabled people becoming leaders of their own lives, in their community and work place.

Suzy Stevens (PeerZone)

Council Member

Michael Aldridge (People First NZ Inc)

Council Member

Paula Waby (Blind Citizens NZ)

Council Member

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