News and media

IHC is the voice for intellectual disability in New Zealand. We regularly comment in the media on a range of topics to advocate and stand up for the rights of disabled people. We also share people’s stories through several publications, including our flagship magazine, Strong Voices.

We have a great resource for journalists with some tips on writing about disability and disabled people, including appropriate language to use.

If you have a media enquiry or want to tell your story, please email ihccomms@ihc.org.nz or call 027 807 7740.

$90 million investment for specialist schools only supports 0.6 percent disabled learners
Media release
June 14, 2024
IHC New Zealand says today’s announcement to invest $90 million into specialist schools is a win for them and the students they serve, however it’s funding that could be utilised to fix a broken system for the 99.4 percent of disabled students who attend their local mainstream school.
IHC Member Council call for Expression of Interest
June 7, 2024
We are currently looking for two IHC members to join our Member Council.
Budget funding an opportunity to change the lives of intellectually disabled New Zealanders
Media release
May 31, 2024
Director of Advocacy Tania Thomas says targeted support is critical for the pressing needs of this community which has the worst outcomes of all New Zealanders
Charter school funding boost is the wrong step
Media release
May 14, 2024
The coalition government’s move to boost funding for charter schools is counterintuitive.
People with intellectual disabilities shut out of tech advancements
Media release
May 6, 2024
The IHC report, From Data to Dignity, shows only 69% of people with intellectual disabilities have access to the internet
Farewell to ground-breaking champion of intellectually disabled people
May 1, 2024
Sir Robert Martin, a lifetime champion for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and the first New Zealander with an intellectual disability to be knighted, has died in Whanganui.
Stand Tall app named finalist for prestigious tech award
April 30, 2024
We are thrilled to share the exciting news that IHC’s Stand Tall app has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Public Good Award.
Disabled people falling victim to the work-readiness trap
Media release
April 19, 2024
IHC New Zealand wants to see more employers cut through the red tape when hiring people, particularly those with an intellectual disability.
Lack of political will to improve lives of disabled people in New Zealand
Media release
April 9, 2024
Once again, the one in four New Zealanders with a disability are not a priority for this Government, says IHC New Zealand.
"How do disabled people live their lives when the Government presses pause?"
Media release
March 20, 2024
IHC New Zealand is asking Whaikaha to clarify changes to disabled people’s funding and what it means moving forward.