UPDATED Transport survey: What are your experiences of using buses and trains

The Ministry of Transport, NZ Transport Agency, Disabled Persons Assembly NZ and People First are interested in hearing your views on using buses and trains.

They are interested in finding out how accessible information on buses and trains is and of course how accessible the buses and trains themselves are.

Download the survey for printing below or call in at Dunedin Community House to pick up a paper copy.

Survey as printable PDF

Survey as printable Easy Read PDF

The surveys can be returned to reception at Dunedin Community House, where can scan them for forwarding to: ptaccess@transport.govt.nz.
or you can post it to
Kevin Eames
Ministry of Transport
PO Box 3175

The deadline for responses is Friday 10 April 2015. 

Trustpower community awards


Volunteers are at the heart of every community – dedicating hours of time and energy every year to making their community a better place to live, Trustpower understands that, which is why we celebrate and reward volunteers through our Community Awards programme.


Any voluntary group or volunteer- based not-for-profit organisation working in the interests of their community can be entered in the Trustpower Community Awards.

The Awards are based on activities undertaken in the previous 12 months. Entries that focus on future activities or the work of an individual volunteer will not be considered.

(For information on how to recognise the work of individual volunteers please contact your local Council.)


ANYONE! And best of all it only takes a few minutes! Entries must be made on the official form.


Groups and organisations that have been entered into the Trustpower Community Awards will be contacted to complete an Information Form which allows the group to outline their contribution to the community. These groups or organisations are only eligible forjudging once the Information Form has been submitted. Information Forms can be completed online or they can be downloaded at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards

Please ensure the Information Form is completed by a group member with relevant experience and knowledge of the group.


The Trustpower Community Awards are divided into five categories, listed below. On the Information Form, groups need to select ONE category to be judged in. If, in the view of the judges, an entry meets the criteria for consideration under another category, the judges reserve the right to transfer the entry to that category.

Heritage & Environment

Improve and revitalise the local environment, culture or heritage

Health & Wellbeing

Provide services that enhance the health and social wellbeing of people.

Arts & Culture

Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities or improve community culture.

Sport & Leisure

Increase participation and/or enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits or provide support to participants.

Education & Child/Youth Development

Improve and enhance the education of the community, or the educational or social development of children and youth.

The winner of each category will receive $500 and a framed certificate and the runner-up will receive $250 and a framed certificate. The Supreme Winner receives $1,500, a framed certificate, a trophy held for one year and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to participate in the Trustpower National Community Awards.

The judges reserve the right to not award prizes in the case of there being no suitable entries.


A panel made up of Trustpower, local Council and community representatives judge the entries. The key criteria considered by the judges are:

  • Volunteer Input – volunteering involvement, commitment and passion
  • Use of Resources – cost effectiveness and service/project sustainability
  • Initiative and Creativity – innovation, capacity to overcome difficulties or face challenges
  • Effectiveness of Activities – success of service/project, achievement of objectives
  • Impact – benefit of service/ project on targeted audience and/ or community

The decisions of the judges will be final. Representatives of the entered organisations and the person who entered them in the Awards will be invited to attend the Awards function, which will be held approximately six weeks after entries close.

UNCROC public consultation


Have your say on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report under UNCROC

New Zealand is due to report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) by 5 May 2015, on Government progress to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). We have compiled the Report and now we want to know what you think.

The Report outlines the progress the Government has made in improving outcomes for children, implementing the articles of UNCROC, and addressing the 2011 Concluding Observations of the Committee over the reporting period (February 2011 to March 2015).

The Report reflects the Government’s strong and enduring focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable children and their families, young people at high risk of disengaging from education, training, or seeking employment, and young people in conflict with the law. The Report also reflects work progressed under the UNCROC Work Programme.

The Report comes in two parts:

If you do not have time to read the whole report, but you still want to have your say, you can read the summary:

The many ways you can have your say on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report are listed below.

How do I have my say?

If you have read the Fifth Periodic Report or the summary, then we would like to know what you think.

You can have your say by completing and submitting the following questionnaire.

As you fill out each page of the questionnaire, your answers will automatically be saved and sent to us.

If you would like to keep a copy of your completed questionnaire, you will need to save it to your desktop or print out a copy.

We recommend that you have a copy of the Report open while you answer the questions.

You can also come to the public meetings we will be holding in early February 2015:

Wellington 3 February 2015 Bowen State Building 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Christchurch 5 February 2015 The Atrium 10:00am to 12:00pm
Auckland 12 February 2015 Mt Albert Senior Citzens Hall 11:00am to 1:00pm


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