When you get clear feedback from your disabled community that they want you to better represent Aotearoa, you listen.
We're celebrating our new models from Aotearoa New Zealand on the National Disability Information and Advice website firstport.co.nz
Enable New Zealand is proud to work with our commmunity and organisation from around Aoteaora to power this service.
The 'new faces' journey began after Firstport went live with its new website in October 2022. The Firstport team heard “I wish I had this earlier, this is amazing! Where has this been?” and we also heard “It’ll be better if kiwis were on there.”
The disability website aims to be inclusive of all disabilities and cultures. It was awesome feedback. So, they set about making it happen. The team connected with consultancy and specialist creative agency All is for All. This is an agency led by people with lived disability experience. They use their perspective to empower brands and businesses to embrace disability as a cultural lens.
The creative team included Jake the mind behind the camera, Grace, Tori, and Lou from All is For All, the Firstport team, and of course our stars in front of the camera.
Molly, Will, Katy and Rodney, all brought incredible energy and creativity to our shoot and came from all over Aotearoa.
Teenager Molly is of Māori and Pākeha decent and is part of our Down Syndrome community.
Hailing from Tonga, Will lives with Cerebral Palsy.
Rodney uses a wheelchair and represents tangata whaikaha.
Representing our hidden disabilities is Katy, of Māori and Croatian descent.
The Firstport team could not have achieved this without the input of our communities. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas and feedback (keep it coming!) and much love to the All is For All team for doing some great mahi and supporting our mission to enable good lives.