(11) Recommendation: Health – Participation

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Health – Participation

The Commission recommends that:

  • the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, the Christchurch City Council and other central government departments involved in the earthquake recovery embed a human rights approach and recognition of the human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi in their major initiatives, with support from the Human Rights Commission as appropriate
  • government agencies ensure adequate allocation of funding to respond to on-going mental health issues and psychosocial stressors in the greater Christchurch area, focussing primarily on addressing pre-existing inequities for hard to reach and vulnerable families and whanau
  • the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority develop plans to consult with the public and territorial authorities about the transfer of responsibilities and functions when its statutory functions cease in 2016, and ensures responsibilities to mana whenua are maintained in the transfer
  • that the MSD continues to support the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group to build capacity so that disabled people’s voices are heard in the recovery
  • government agencies provide accurate information about matters related to the earthquake recovery that affect citizens when and as required and in appropriate and accessible formats, including but not limited to community languages, Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
  • government agency officials involved in any emergency response are appropriately and adequately pre-prepared and trained to be familiar with a range of ways of communicating with vulnerable communities, including but not limited to Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language and the Video Relay service and interpreting services for community languages.

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