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  • Champion of disabled is leading the way forward by example New Zealand Herald

    23 December 2013

    Minnie Baragwanath is chief executive and founder of the Be. Institute, a social enterprise working with the community, businesses and government to change attitudes and improve accessibility for people living with disabilities. Undaunted by a rare eye condition that impaired her own sight, Minnie has played a leading role in effecting social change for disabled New Zealanders over the past 15 years and received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in July for her outstanding contribution to the disabled community.

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  • Access more areas Zoo Alive, Auckland Zoo Magazine

    12 December 2013

    Auckland Zoo now welcomes guide dogs and pre-approved assistance dogs to more areas following a gold standard accreditation for our New Zealand precinct, Te Wao Nui, by the Be Accessible organisation (

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  • Zoo welcomes guide dogs Live News, Issue 12, December 2013, Regional Facilities Auckland

    6 December 2013

    Auckland Zoo has obtained Gold Status from Be Accessible – a social change enterprise that works to increase accessibility throughout New Zealand. The zoo now proudly welcomes guide dogs and pre-approved assistance dogs with their owners.

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  • Be. Employed envisions equal opportunities for all with Idealog (

    6 December 2013

    Social change enterprise Be. Accessible has launched a new initiative in the form of Be. Employed, which hopes to tackle an ugly truth: more than 60 percent of New Zealanders with a disability are unemployed, about 10 times the national average, according to the Centre for Social Research and Evaluation.

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  • Radio NZ's Nine to Noon show with Kathryn Ryan

    3 December 2013


    Listen to Minnie Baragwanath being interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ's Nine to Noon show on the recently launched Be. Employed and the importance of accessible employment in NZ.

    Listen here.

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  • New look at working with a disability with Nadine Chalmers-Ross, Breakfast TV, TVNZ

    28 November 2013

    This morning, Minnie Baragwanath, did a stunning interview on TVNZ's Breakfast TV with Nadine Chalmers-Ross about the launch of Be. Employed - our newest Be. programme!

    Be. Employed is a member driven employment programme that invites employers to learn, share and shift their own employment practices in order to tap into the wealth of opportunity in the access employment market. Be. Employed will officially be launched this afternoon at a cocktail event held at AUT Business School.

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  • Review into Disability access begins by

    21 October 2013


    Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson and Disability Issues Minister Tariana Turia today announced a review has begun into building access for disabled people.

    The review will look into how New Zealand Standard 4121, which outlines how people with disabilities can access buildings, aligns with the Building Code and how the Code more generally represents the needs of disabled people.

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  • Women of Influence finalists named Catherine Harris,

    1 October 2013


    Narrowing down the 50 finalists for the inaugural Women of Influence awards was never going to be an easy task. But the award's judges say they were surprised just how difficult it was.

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  • Accessibility for Museum Otago Daily Times

    27 July 2013

    Toitu Otago Settlers Museum has been given a gold award for accessibility by Be. Accessible New Zealand.

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  • Business targeting disability dollar Alison Branley, Newcastle Herald, Australia

    18 July 2013


    HUNTER businesses could benefit from the "yellow dollar" by making themselves more physically accessible and inclusive to people with a disability, a conference in Newcastle heard on Thursday.

    International disability advocates joined more than 100 delegates for the Accessible Events = Smart Business Forum at Hunter Stadium.

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