Council aims to support a more inclusive community for those living with a disability or impairment. Through supporting local and valley wide initiatives, programmes and steering groups, and by creating our own resources such as the Enhancing Accessibility training guide, we aim to encourage people both in the community and workplace to gain a better understanding of disability.
The Waipa District Public Places Bylaw 2018 sets out rules for use of public spaces. One of the bylaw’s aims is to keep those public spaces as accessible as possible to everybody. It includes information for businesses, events and other organisations on use of items such as signs, dining areas and displays of goods on public footpaths. The rules ensure at least 2m of path is left clear to allow room for mobility devices and that displays and dining areas are consistent to help people with visual impairments safely navigate our town centres.
Our assisted services
We do our best to ensure those who require a little extra help in our community can get it.
People unable to manage wheelie bins due to disabilities or impairments can apply for a free Council-funded assisted service.
Our staff can also arrange customer support visits for those who meet the criteria.
If you require of either of these services please get in touch with us.
New Zealand Disability Services
If you require ministry-funded support services it’s best to talk to a needs assessment and service coordination centre.
For more information and a list of services and centres visit https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/disability-services
Health and disability related benefits
If a health practitioner feels a person may be able to get assistance because of their health conditions or disability they will often transfer them to their local Work and Income provider.
For more information about health and disability assistance visit the Work and Income website.