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Will Social Housing Reform Affect Those Needing Accessible Housing?

January 9, 2018
Kiwis saving money and searching for their first home may have let out a hopeful sigh of relief when the new Labour and NZ First coalition government was formed with support from the Green Party. But what effect, if any, will the government’s fresh approach to housing have on those requiring accessible housing? KiwiBuild begins It’s still early days, but things are looking good for those struggling in the face of a housing crisis – first home-buyers, the homeless, low-income families,...

Inclusive Design - Building a Better Future For Everyone

July 24, 2017
At its heart, Inclusive Design is about involving the end user and their needs in the design process as early as possible and continuing consultation throughout. This results in all parties having an increased awareness of the issues facing those with disabilities, which leads to more effective and Inclusive Design of products and buildings. Experiencing a day-in-the-life of a disabled person isn’t a reality for able-bodied designers and builders, but an ongoing cycle of discussion, testing, feedback and adjustment is. A...

Making Your Home Accessible: A Homeowner's Guide

March 6, 2017
Making Your Home Accessible: A Homeowner’s Guide Last month, we created an infographic that highlighted the impending demand for accessible housing in New Zealand. By 2030, it is estimated that 800,000 Kiwis will have a disability that requires a modification to their home if they wish to remain in it. Right now, only 5% of homes in NZ are suitable for people with disability challenges. Given the low availability of accessible homes, we encourage you to consider making modifications to your...

Infographic - A New Housing Challenge: Ageing in NZ

January 26, 2017
Our recent post in November explained the housing challenges New Zealand will face with an ageing population. For this month's post, using data from Statistics NZ and Lifemark we have created an infographic to visualise the challenges ahead for New Zealand, showing the current situation and projected outcomes by the year 2030. The infographic outlines a concerning trend, the projected large demand for modified or custom designed housing, paired with current low supply of this type of housing. Without major change...

New Zealand's Ageing Population Represents A New Housing Crisis

November 1, 2016
New Zealand is home to a large ageing population. Experts estimate that by the year 2030, 20% of our population will be older than 65. As this large segment of our population grows older, their housing needs will change dramatically. The vast majority of homes in New Zealand are not suitable for people with mobility challenges – this is true for the young and old alike. It’s a real concern, with recent reports demonstrating that if changes aren’t made soon, we...

The New Zealand Disability Strategy

September 1, 2016
As providers of accessibility products, we are deeply aware of the importance of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and appreciate the positive impact it has had on disabled people living in New Zealand. The creation of this important Strategy in 2001 positioned New Zealand as a world leader in the area of disability. Since its rollout, many positive changes have occurred in our society, moving us closer to the goal of full inclusion of disabled people in our society. In...

Does the Building Code effectively support those with Disabilities?

November 5, 2015
Is the building code effectively supporting those with disabilities or on fact ignoring them? It is debatable and no doubt depends on what side of the disability fence you reside on.

Pandect Commercial Open Platform Lifts - Features and Accessories

May 11, 2015
With many corporates, groups and clubs requiring greater access options for their staff and members, now is the perfect time to take stock of Pandect’s skills and knowledge to determine how best to meet the needs of those less able within your premises. Through investing in a commercial lift, your premise, property or venue is one that will attract a wider audience and lessen tenancy lags.

Pandect once again proven

April 18, 2015
We’ve always known that we create great products. But now its official, with Pandect having just been awarded Lifemark Product Partner status – something that we’re proud of.

Housing Modifications for Disabled People

February 12, 2015
A decision that will impact Grandma’s remaining living life needs to be made – to make the alterations to her home and the cost associated with it, or to look to alternate opportunities such as a cared lifestyle within a retirement home. So, with a myriad of options available and a huge variety of factors to consider, what’s the right first step in this situation?
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