The Hikoi will be livestreamed via Facebook. If you cannot attend, go to our FB page here: 
There will be an Auckland march also – 23rd March 11am till 2pm at Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Join the movement
Te Hikoi o te tumanako mo te whanau hauaa | March of hope for disabled Kiwis
23 March 2021 | 11am – 2pm
Join the collective of Disabled people, our allies, whanau/family and friends known as Te Hikoi o te tumanako mo te whanau hauaa (March of hope for disabled New Zealanders).
Hikoi Program
10.30 am | Assembly at Seddon statue area and front lawn, behind the barriers. T-Shirt delivery, blow up purple balloons, set up PA system.
11 am | Hikoi officially starts, Welcome by Dr Huhana Hickey, disability advocate, MNZM MInstD, PhD Law and MC for the day
Karakia by Vicki Terrell – Disability Community Chaplain within the Anglican Diocese of Auckland and chair of the Disability, Spirituality and Faith Network Aotearoa/New Zealand
E te Atua, God of the Universe,
We remember those who gone before us
Those who have died
Those who have died too young
Those who have died for lack of care
We honour these people
Mourn their passing
Giving thanks for their lives
Tatou, tatou e
E te Atua,
Open up the space for us to speak in the place
To hear the realities that we live with the lack of adequate resources to
live well
Endless explanation of our needs, battle systems to get our needs met
Give us courage to space and listen to our pain
Together may we support each other to begin to heal
Tatou, tatou e
E te Atua,
Cover this gathering with peace, justice and mercy,
May we speak and listen
With open hearts and generous spirit
Together we may find a way forward
Flourishing together.
Tatou, Tatou e.
11.15 am | Claiming Our Lives Back
Dr Huhana Hickey keynote speech
11.30 | Our Stories
Kim Robinson
Disability Rights Advocate
Kim will share why Parliament must be fully accessible to Disabled people.
Nick Stoneman
Disability Service Navigator & Autism Spectrum Educator
Nick will share his discrimination of the Ministry of Social Development and the injustices held against the Autism Community and he will invite an MP to go through the Food Grant Process
Juliana Carvalho
Disability Activist & Marketing Professional
Juliana will share her story of facing the systemic discrimination on disability grounds in the immigration process and deliver her petition #LetHerStay to change the immigration policy
Gerard Black
Disability Advocate
Gerard will share his story of dealing with welfare system and is calling on the Government to increase welfare support for people with medical bills to pay to live with dignity
12.10 pm | Wedding Mock-up
It was love at the first protest, Kim and Juliana will simulate a wedding between two people with disabilities to highlight the marriage inequality and the financial loss disabled endure if they get married.
12.15 pm | Lunch Break (15min)
50 meals will be provided but we encourage people to bring their on snacks and beverage.
12.30 pm | Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Disability Issues
• Dr Huhana to deliver the stories collected and the Hikoi petition
• Q & A with the minister – open mic to audience make questions
12.50 pm | Paula Tesoriero
Disability Rights Commissioner HRC
1 pm | Our Voices
• Tamara Grant – Youth ambassador for disabilities and entrepreneur Tamara will share her lived experience of autism, dyslexia and mental health issues. She is a passionate and creative mother who aims to transform the way disability is portrayed in New Zealand.
• Nick Ruane – Disability Advocate Nick will be speaking about why it is important that disabled people achieve greater political representation, and take our place in local Government and in the Parliament as elected decision makers.
• Jonathan Mosen – long-time advocate and changemaker Jonathan will talk about specific things Government and allies can do today to make an immediate difference to how inclusive New Zealand is.
1.25 pm | Open mic
Time for participants with disabilities and for MPs present at the Hikoi to speak up if they wish.
2 pm | Hikoi officially ends
Participants can network and join the parliament session of the day.
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