Wellington Access Radio
Generations of Change
Generations of Change composite shot. Left to right, top to bottom: Robyn Hunt, Dr Huhana Hickey, Rachel Noble, Duane Kale, Pati Umaga, Tewai Skipwith-Halatau, Rachel again with Áine and interpreter, Joanne Dacombe, Huhana again with Áine.
In this seven-part series, disabled leaders dive deep into their round-about journeys into spearheading all kinds of change towards a more accessible, inclusive world. Journalist and advocate Áine Kelly-Costello, as a Generation z disabled person, asks about growing up disabled forty or fifty years ago or acquiring disability as an adult. How has Aotearoa changed, or not, in the meantime? What unplanned moments would shape the lives of the visionary disabled people who dedicated themselves to making inclusion the norm?
Generations of Change airs every Wednesday between 17 June and 29 July at 4pm on Wellington Access Radio. Episodes are also available as a podcast, see below. Read more about the series and how you can be part of the conversation.
Generations of change is Developed and funded by Imagine Better (Facebook, Twitter). It features song Siva by Joom. The series was edited by Juliana Machado with visual direction by Benjamin Brooking. Produced by Áine Kelly-Costello.
01 Dr Huhana Hickey MNZM - transcript
Dr Huhana Hickey (MNZM) (Ngāti Tāhinga, Whakatōhea) is an academic and disability rights lawyer. She has multiple sclerosis, was the first openly disabled Housing NZ board member and is an unflinching advocate for whānau hauā and all disabled people. She talks to Áine about looking for belonging when disability is stigmatised, healing from trauma, coming together as a disability community, staying healthy on social media and more.
02 Joanne Dacombe - transcript
Joanne Dacombe is a mother and tireless disability advocate in the areas of education and health. Dacombe, a keen photographer, is Deaf and autistic. Dacombe chats to áine about facing a demanding education environment, living with intersecting impairments and discovering the power of human rights.
03 Pati Umaga QSM - transcript
Pati Umaga (QSM) is a musician who cares deeply about enabling participation and inclusion for disabled people and Pacific communities through music. Umaga, who is paraplegic, is a trustee of the Pacific Music Awards and a past president of Disabled Persons Assembly. He chats to Áine about the power of music, coming to terms with disability and what led him to advocate for the full inclusion of Pacific People with disabilities in Aotearoa.
04 Duane Kale ONZM - transcript
Duane Kale (ONZM) is a six-time Paralympic medalist, New Zealand Chef de Mission for the Beijing and London Paralympic Games and Vice President of the International Paralympic committee. Kale, who is paraplegic, heads up a large ANZ contact centre. He chats to Áine about coming to terms with disability, opening up sporting opportunities for disabled people to thrive and creating accessible and flexible workplaces.
05 Rachel Noble MNZM 0 transcript
Rachel Noble (MNZM) has worked in food technology, education, deaf and disability community advocacy and now as General Manager: Disability for Capital & Coast DHB. Noble, who is Deaf, advocates for inclusive education, currently co-chairs the Wellington City Council Accessibility Advisory Panel and spearheads community empowerment initiatives for Deaf people. She talks to Aine about the stigma that used to surround Sign Language, becoming a teacher, operating in the Deaf and hearing worlds and why she's excited about Disability Pride.
06 Robyn Hunt ONZM - transcript
Robyn Hunt (ONZM) is a journalist at heart, and she's also been a Human Rights Commissioner, a TV show presenter and a fierce advocate for disability rights in Government and on Twitter. She has low vision. In this conversation spanning half a century, she talks to Áine about trying to fit in and what it means to be disabled, employment discrimination, how the media represents disability and more.
07 Tewai Skipwith-Halatau - transcript
Tewai Skipwith-Halatau (Ngāti Tuhourangi, Te Arawa) works tirelessly alongside Māori and Pacific communities so they can advocate for their individual and collective needs. She is the manager of Vision Pacific Charitable Trust, the founding co-chair of the pacific Disability forum and a Paralympic medalist. Skipwith-Halatau is blind. She talks to Áine about growing up with a mix of specialised and mainstream schooling, working out how to fight the employment biases blind women faced in the 70s, the power of sport, and strengthening disability advocacy throughout the Pacific Islands.