27 Dec 2017

Best features of 2017: Disability

2:26 pm on 31 December 2017

Five stories exploring the lives of people with disabilities.

How I forgave my 16-year-old self

Richard Warwick's one-time experiment with petrol sniffing at the age of 16 triggered a brain bleed which left him partially paralysed. 36 years later, he completed the gruelling 30-kilometre Coast to Coast mountain run.

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Photo: Richard Warwick

Minnie Baragwanath - the battle for accessible healthcare

Minnie Baragwanath has played a leading role in effecting social change for New Zealanders with disabilities.

Minnie Baragwanath

Minnie Baragwanath Photo: Supplied

A musical path without sight

Georgia Steel is a high-flying young violist and conductor who is legally blind. 

Georgia Steel

Georgia Steel Photo: Supplied

Erin Gough: disabled rights and everyday obstacles and attitudes

Erin Gough is a human rights adviser at the Human Rights Commission who uses a wheelchair. "I am a New Zealander. I am a female. I am a sister. I am a daughter. I am a friend. I am a university student. I am an advocate. I am all those things as much as I am a disabled person" she says.

Erin Gough

Erin Gough Photo: supplied

The Climb for Life

An awkward fall as a teenager changed the course of keen climber Rachel Carter’s life. She thinks she’s climbing better now with one working leg than two and competes in national para-climbing competitions.

Paraclimber Rachel Carter

Paraclimber Rachel Carter Photo: Instagram / Rachel Carter

I said ‘Let’s try and figure out a way that you can talk to me’

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams and her husband Peter were parents of 8-month-old twin girls when Peter suffered a traumatic brain injury after a boxing match and become a tetraplegic at 27. The battle to get Peter home with the family and well cared for was the catalyst for Charmeyne’s home-based rehab organisation – Whatever It Takes.

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams with husband Peter Photo: Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams

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