Generations of Change Biographies

  • Dr Huhana Hickey MNZM

    Posted by · June 11, 2020 9:32 AM

    Image description: Dr Huhana Hickey smiles from her wheelchair inside a homely place. She is wearing a blue hoodie with a heart-shaped rainbow motif on the front.

    Dr Huhana Hickey (MNZM) (Ngāti Tāhinga, Whakatōhea) 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. 

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  • Joanne Dacombe

    Posted by · June 10, 2020 9:33 AM

    Image description: Joanne Dacombe is smiling and has a shoulder-length blonde hair in a bob style. She is wearing a pale-coloured turtleneck and sage green jacket.

    Joanne Dacombe chats to Áine about facing a demanding education environment, living with intersecting impairments and discovering the power of human rights.


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  • Pati Umaga QSM

    Posted by · June 09, 2020 9:10 AM

    Image description: Pati Umaga faces the camera directly with a faint smile. His bright green shirt has been created from a bold Pasefika fabric.

    Pati Umaga (QSM) 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.

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  • Duane Kale ONZM

    Posted by · June 08, 2020 9:32 AM

    Image description: Duane Kale smiles at the camera, against a neutral interior background. He wears a pink shirt.

    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.

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  • Rachel Noble MNZM

    Posted by · June 07, 2020 9:32 AM

    Image description: Rachel Noble looks relaxed and happy. She is wearing a colourful blue dress which contrasts with the white sofa and stylish interior behind. 

    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.


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  • Robyn Hunt ONZM

    Posted by · June 06, 2020 9:32 AM

    Image description: Robyn Hunt looks on. The fringe of her hair has been dyed pink, which coordinates with the colourful pink, purple and blue scarf that she wears.

    Robyn Hunt (ONZM) talks to Áine about trying to fit in and what it means to be disabled, employment discrimination, how the media represents disability and more.

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  • Tewai Skipwith-Halatau

    Posted by · June 05, 2020 9:31 AM

    Image description: Tewai Skipwith-Halatau faces the camera directly and is wearing dark glasses and a smile. Her white shirt matches the pale interior surroundings.

    Tewai Skipwith-Halatau (Ngāti  Tuhourangi, Te Arawa) 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.

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