Accessibility Advisory Group


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The Accessibility Advisory Group, previously known as the Disability Reference Group (DRG), gives the Council feedback and advice from the view of people living with impairments.

Main roles

  • Advise Council on how to help grow a great and accessible City, where barriers to people with impairments are minimised.
  • Bring lived experience and knowledge to Council around accessibility issues in the context of Council’s roles and priorities.
  • It is recognised that members come from and remain connected to their communities, it is from this foundation members share their expertise and lived experience in this advisory role, and engage with their communities and others as part of the wider council consultation processes.

Terms of Reference (300KB PDF) | Text version (50KB DOCX)

Accessibility Advisory Group from L to R: Olivia Murphy, Rachel Nobel, Ra Smith, Cyrus Dahl and Ali Aminifard.
Accessibility Advisory Group L to R: Olivia Murphy, Rachel Nobel, Ra Smith, Cyrus Dahl and Ali Aminifard


Members of this group have a broad knowledge of accessibility and can advise on the needs of people with impairments. Issues that arise from the meetings are reported back to the wider disability community by group members.

Accessibility Advisory Group members

  •  Ali Aminifard
  • Cyrus Dahl
  • Donna Fasavalu
  • Hannah Gibson
  • Humphrey Hanley
  • Erikka Helliwell (Co-Chair)
  • David Karl
  • Olivia Murphy
  • Rachel Noble
  • Ra Smith
  • Renee Patete
  • Nick Ruane 
  • Susan Williams (Co-Chair)

Wellington City Council representatives

  • Councillor Rebecca Matthews
  • Councillor Iona Pannett (alternate)

Annual reports

These annual reports give information on the Accessibility Advisory Group's work and achievements and how they've addressed issues. 

Contact us

Advisory Groups team