Campaigners call for disabled person's 'companion card'

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 8:32PM
New Zealand does not have a companion card scheme unlike Australia and England. (Photo / Getty)

It’s been labelled as breaching disabled people’s human rights.

New Zealanders are calling for the introduction of a ‘companion card’ scheme similar to one used in Australia, that would see discounts at concerts and sporting events for the companions of disabled people.

It comes after an Australian woman discovered she would have to pay full price to take her disabled son to Cher’s Spark Arena concert, when she would get a discount in her home city,

Richard Benge, the executive director of Arts Access Aotearoa, told Chris Lynch that his group has been campaigning for this for the last seven years.

“There is a lot of venues around New Zealand that do want to honour some sort of companion card.”

Benge says that the discount will be over two seats rather than simply handing out freebies.

The Court Theatre in Christchurch and the Auckland Arts Festival offer this programme on their own.

The current Government is looking into this system that would cover some of the bigger venues.

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