NZDEN 2022 Meeting #1 – Monday 14 March


Our first NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting for this year will be held via
Zoom Video Conference on Monday 14th March from 1pm – 3pm

Our guest speakers are:-

  • Linda Holmes – Community and Corporate Partnerships Manager at National Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    Linda has been working with organisations to become more hearing aware and be inclusive of Deaf and hard of hearing employees.  She will be speaking about Deaf and HoH in the workplace and how your organisation can start their journey to become a Hearing Accredited Workplace.
  • Anja Hajdarevic – Disabled Persons Assembly NZ (DPA)
    Anja will share a little about the DPA’s employment initiative, Mahi Tika to help us gain an insight into the work they are undertaking to increase opportunities for some of the most marginalised disabled people.

We look forward to engaging with you all along with this great lineup of speakers.

A Zoom link will be shared with members via email upon registration. If you do not receive the email within 5 minutes, please check your junk mail/spam. If you have difficulties registering, please email



NZ Disability Employers Network (NZDEN) Meeting – 23rd November 2020

We are pleased to announce that we can now meet in person again. Our next NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held at the EMA Auckland Office (Google Maps) and Zoom Video Conference on
Monday 23rd November 10am – noon (with a light lunch afterwards)

Agenda will be shared with attendees ahead of the meeting.

Our confirmed guest speakers are –

  • Tania Reed
    Vulnerable Customer Programme Lead at Westpac New Zealand.
    Sharing some of Westpac’s journey creating their Extra Care Programme. Looking to amplify their disability inclusion practices across all their customer offerings.
  • Dr Chandra Harrison
    Managing Director at Access Advisors

    What is the value of ensuring that our online/digital platforms are inclusive of everyone? Why does it make sense?
  • Vivian Naylor
    Barrier Free Advisor & Educator at CCS Disability Action
    Vivian is a highly respected expert in built environment accessibility, working across many major projects in New Zealand. A wealth of knowledge who is always ready to share it with our network.
  • Sharleen Tongalea
    Regional Disability Leadership Coordinator at CCS Disability Action
    Talking about the challenges she faces getting people with a disability in to work.

This will be our final NZ Disability Employers’ Network meeting for 2020.

Registration details and a Zoom link (for those wanting to join remotely) will be shared with members over email. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email

Disability Employers’ Network Meeting – 7th September

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, our next Disability Employers’ Network meeting will be held over Zoom on Monday 7th September.

The Zoom link will be shared with members over email. If you wish to attend but have not received the link, please email

The agenda is going to be a full one.

With the election approaching and on the back of the Working Matters – Disability Employment Action Plan being released by the government, we have invited both the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister of Social Development, and the Hon. Alfred Ngaro, Opposition Spokesperson for Disability Issues, to join us.

We will also be hearing from Catherine Trezona of Altogether Autism on the inclusion of autistic people in the workplace.


2.00pmWelcomePhil Turner,
Managing Director,
Accessibility Tick
2.10pmWorking Matters Disability Employment Action Plan –
Our Disability Employers’ Network Contributions
Phil Turner
2.30pmThe Government / Labour Party’s plans for disability employmentHon Carmel Sepuloni,
Minister of Social Development and Disability Issues, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples
2.50pmAutism in the WorkplaceCatherine Trezona,
National Manager,
Altogether Autism
3.10pmThe Opposition / National Party’s plans for disability employmentHon Alfred Ngaro,
Opposition/National Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Children, Community and Voluntary Sector and Pacific Peoples
3.30pmGeneral BusinessPhil Turner
No later than 4.00pmFinish