A former Christchurch Mayoress, battles for disability access in the capital.

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April 13 2008

Rise Magazine PhotoMinistry of Social Development

 Rise -  Issue 3 July 2008
An interview with disabilities advocate Alexia Pickering

A life most ordinary
Alexia Pickering, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), has been an advocate for people with disabilities for many years.
Alexia lives her full life passionately, believing every day is a bonus. When she was born in a Petone nursing home the doctor predicted she wouldn’t survive – she was born with Spina Bifida: “It was so unknown then. I appeared as a normal healthy baby...
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House of Representatives logoNew Zealand Parliamentlink to external site

Keynote address
Speaker of the House, Margaret Wilson

New Zealand Diversity Forum
Events Centre. Auckland Museum 9.15am Tuesday 28 August 2007

Alexia’s long term advocacy for people with disabilities is recognized in a parliamentary keynote address to the New Zealand Disability Forum, held at the Events Centre, Auckland Museum, Tuesday 28 August 2007

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UNESCAP/ CDPF Regional Workshop on Promotion of Barrier-free Tourism
Sanya City, Hainan Island, China
30 October – 1 November 2006

Alexia’s book, Accessible New Zealand, is used as resource material for the 2006 China based regional conference on Accessible Tourism in Asia and the Pacific
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Department's logo New Zealand Government - Department of Building and Housing link to external site
Access Advisory Panel (chaired by Alexia Pickering) 2005

Four new advisory panels have been set up by the Department of Building and Housing, with the aim of providing advice to the Department on current issues and trends in the building sector.
Changes to the building regulator under the new Building Act include a greater consumer focus, and a requirement for the Department to seek input on emerging issues and the needs of the sector.
As part of this change, Building Controls has established four advisory panels covering the following topics: fire, access for people with disabilities, structure and the building envelope.
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