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.
Paula Waby (Blind Citizens NZ)
Paula Waby has been involved with the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand and is currently on their governing Board. She is a member of Dunedin City Council’s Disability Issues Advisory Group, and is Local Coordinator for the Otago Blindness Network. Paula is President of the Dunedin branch of the Disabled Person’s Assembly and on the Southern DHB's Community Health Council.
Stevie Stevens (Kapo Maori Aotearoa NZ Inc)
Stevie Stevens is an executive member of Ngāti Kāpo O Aotearoa. Of Nga Puhi descent, Stevie lives in Hamilton.
Tina Mataiti (Vaka Tautua)
Tina Mataiti is a Disability Information, Advice and Support Service Coordinator at Vaka Tautua and is a founding member of Vaka Tautua’s Cook Island older people’s groups. She was a Pacific consumer representative for the Ministry of Health.
Barbara Burton (Business NZ)
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)
Ben Peterson is a Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser, and is the Council representative for the NZ Council of Trade Unions.
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.