Be Update May 2019

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Be Update May 2019
Autumn is here with a chill in the air, and the changing season's falling leaves. The
change of season seems a very appropriate time to be announcing that there are
some big changes to come at Be. this year- follow our social media and read our
newsletters over the coming months to keep up to date as we share some exciting
This month as always, we've been super busy, working with awesome businesses,
organisations and individuals who are making changes big and small in their corner
of the world. We are really pleased to be able to share some of the projects we've
been working on. Read more below…
Countdown Hawera opens- re-imagining accessible supermarket shopping
This week we were excited to attend the opening of the new Countdown Hawera.
We are delighted to see the fabulous outcome of a two-year consultation process.
This is an outstanding example of a highly-motivated organization committed to re-
imagining what is possible in an accessible and welcoming shopping environment.
Read more about the fantastic improvements at Countdown Hawera over on our
Be. Welcome
Another organisation making big changes and embracing accessibility is Kiwi
Property Group, New Zealand’s largest owner of shopping centres– Kiwi Property
have been working with us to enhance the accessibility of their built environments
and also investing in their people, their approach to accessibility, and their culture.
Read more about it over on our blog.
Be. Employed
The pilot is underway and we already have an amazing selection of talent for our Be.
Employed Skills for Industry programme. We do still have limited spots available for
skilled access citizens seeking employment, so get in touch with the team now to
sign up. Watch our new video to learn more about this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Be. Leadership 
Last month our 2019 Be. Leadership participants took a closer look at New Zealand
society. Sarvnaz Taherian reflected on the 2-day session and how this community of
leaders are thinking about the future. Read her reflection here.
Be Brevities
Our fabulous Be. Leadership Alumni have been making changes, advancing this
shared mission of accessibility across Aotearoa and the world!
Beth Noble wrote a blog post for us on her fascinating results of her Master’s thesis
on Autism and the built environment.
Latifa Daud spoke on 7sharp about misconceptions about muslim identity
Jarek Beksa won “Can you hack it”- hackathon in Australian.
Sarah Houbolt won Best Performance at the Green Room awards in Melbourne.
Sarv Taherian spoke to the Spinoff about her amazing assistive tech.
Access win of the month!
This month we celebrated NZSL- one of New Zealand’s three official languages- with
events and classes all around the country. We held our own taster class at the Be.
Office celebrating NZSL week 6- 12 May.
An event worth mentioning was this awesome family art session at Govett-Brewster
Art gallery in New Plymouth. We love how this activity was for those fluent in sign-
language and also for those who want to learn more about this awesome language-
bringing together all ages and members from the deaf and hearing community.
See below for more info:

Public Information in NZSL

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