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.
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.
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.
Michael Aldridge (People First NZ Inc)
Michael Aldridge has been a member of People First NZ for over 20 years. Formerly Michael was Chairperson for the National Committee and is currently the President for the Nelson Group. Michael has been on the Workbridge Council for one year and lives in Nelson.
Paula Waby (Blind Citizens NZ)
Lance Girling-Butcher (Kapo Maori Aotearoa NZ)
Lance Girling-Butcher is the Kapo Maori Aotearoa representative. Lance lost his sight in 2006 when he was forced to resign as editor of the Taranaki Daily News. After learning to read and write he served two years on the New Plymouth District Council. He now serves on a number of organisations working for or with the aged and disabled.
Jacinta Tevaga (Vaka Tautua)
Jacinta Tevaga provides Disability Information Advisory Support Administration at Vaka Tautua Limited in Manukau, Auckland, and is the DIASS representative for Ministry of Health Disability Consumer Consortium. Jacinta is also Chair for Tofamamao-the Auckland Collective Disabled, carers and their families Pacific group. Jacinta has a passion to promote conventions on the rights of person’s with disability and influence change in government and health sectors through out New Zealand in the way we support, acknowledge and celebrate diversity.