Who can become a signatory?

Currently the Accessibility Charter aims to gain the support of government-accountable agencies responsible for key public building and repair projects in Canterbury. We also welcome commitment from private companies that develop buildings for public use. In time, we aim for the Charter to be rolled out across New Zealand.

Te Arataki Taero Kore: The Accessibility Charter

Industry, business, groups and individuals play a role in the creation of an accessible region. Accessibility is good for us all; it benefits whānau, business, tourism, economic development, iwi, and health and wellbeing.


Our region will become a model of best-practice accessibility through our community and business leaders advocating for places and spaces that are accessible for all people.


By signing this Charter, we are:

  • Ensuring that places and spaces in our region become universally accessible
  • Enabling residents and visitors to live, work, learn, explore and play equally
  • Setting an expectation of best-practice design and development, which goes beyond minimum expectations of the Building Code.

Commitments and Actions

Our organisation supports the vision and purpose of this Charter. We will implement the following Charter Commitments and Actions and formally review our progress in these areas:


Hautūtanga – Leadership

Our leaders will demonstrate a pro-active commitment to best-practice accessibility when setting policy and practice expectations, budgets and accountability provisions.


Mātauranga – Education

Our organisation will ensure staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to apply best-practice accessibility throughout the design and development process. We will also provide information and training to help staff understand the benefits of accessible design and the consequences and barriers created by poor design.


Tohungatanga – Technical Expertise

We will seek the technical advice and guidance of professional and independent universal-design experts, appropriate to the scale and type of projects we undertake.


Te Oranga o te Tangata – Health and Wellbeing

We will actively promote the link between the creation of accessible places and spaces, and the health and wellbeing of our people.

Why implement the Accessibility Charter?

  • Barrier-free spaces enable bigger customer bases, which is good for business, economic development and tourism
  • Accessible designs are future-proof, which makes good economic sense for public buildings and spaces
  • Designing to meet universal design principles from the start is more cost effective than retrofitting for accessibility later
  • Implementing best practice accessible design in your community will boost your organisation’s reputation as a leader.

What’s involved in implementing the Accessibility Charter?

By committing to the Charter, your organisation will create and implement a plan to achieve best practice accessibility in the most appropriate way to suit your business activity.

Accessibility will become part of business-as-usual for your organisation.

With a policy commitment to the Accessibility Charter and an implementation plan, every build, repair or upgrade your organisation undertakes will be a model of best practice accessibility.