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Rich red velvet theatre curtains drawn shut before the show

I’ve just completed an accessibility assessment of the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch as a Be.Accessible assessor. The theatre was restored with replicas of all the original features following the 2011 earthquake, so I was very impressed with how they have gone the extra mile with creating a really accessible theatre facility whilst still ...

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Christchurch City Council accessible entrance way to Civic Offices

I find it really encouraging to hear Christchurch’s mayor, Lianne Dalziel, mention that accessibility is one of the focuses of the current mayoral team, and will continue to be so if they are re elected later this year. Why I find it so encouraging is that people with access needs are all around us, and ...

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I have recently been involved as a coach for the social change organisation, Be Accessible, in assessing the Palms shopping centre in Shirley, Christchurch. This shopping centre had been assessed in the middle of 2015 and was rated at the time as being at ‘gold’ level – the second to highest level of accessibility. When ...

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Passengers standing on the platform waiting to board one of Auckland's new electric, ergonomically designed trains at Britomart station.

For those of us who work in an office, it’s easy to forget that workspaces and workplaces come in all shapes, sizes and locations. I was reminded of this recently when I went up to the Human Factors and Ergonomics conference in Auckland. Delegates included a number of academics from the field of ergonomy as ...

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Scene of alpine river and mountains from the TranzAplpine train

Last week I was lucky enough to travel on the fantastic TranzAlpine train. Travelling from Christchurch through the Southern Alps, across to Greymouth on our beautiful West Coast, the carriages were comfortable with large windows for enjoying the views and a great cafe, serving food far removed from the railway pies of old! However as ...

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Melbourne street art sculpture, Deborah Halpern

I was recently over in Melbourne for a most enjoyable stay – I love Melbourne for its vibrancy, open spaces, use of art work, reclamation of the docklands area and, more recently, its alleyways. There was a fascinating insight into this reuse of alleyways on Andreas Dalgaard’s documentary, ‘The Human Scale’  which showed how urban ...

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Old stone steps making access to a business premises difficult for disabled or elderly people

I have just returned from a trip to the UK to visit my 92 year old dad, who still lives on his own. Just before heading away I attended the inaugural Universal Design Conference, held up in Auckland and largely sponsored by the Auckland Council, (who are on a mission to make theirs the most ...

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