The Be. Team Celebrates Accessibility in 2021

Our team looks back at the year that has been, and celebrates something that has inspired them in 2021.

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What a year it has been! COVID-19 has provided some big challenges, but despite this we've still been able to achieve some fantastic wins in the world of accessibility. Our Auckland team has been working remotely for half of the year, but that hasn't stopped us doing the work we love. Some of our team share their highlights:

Lauren Wetini, Be. Lab Relationship Manager in Auckland, said:

"A highlight for me was assessing the Auckland Live venues and working with their team to create a systematic development plan across their venues that can be implemented and understood across their teams. COVID-19 has impacted performances and venues, but it hasn't dampened the Auckland Live team's commitment to accessibility."

Colleen Jones, Design Plan Consultant located in Christchurch observed:

"Being Christchurch-based, one of the highlights for me are all the Auckland-based colleagues and clients that I worked with this year. They endured the multiple lockdowns - with the last one being so long – and every one of them continued to care about accessibility and possibility while still being professionals and handling the myriad of other demands that working from home forced on them."

Genevieve McLachlan, Be. Coach located in Wellington said:

“For me, being involved with the Kaitoke Suspension bridge project was a definite highlight. The previous bridge was not accessible, so in 2020 Greater Wellington Region brought me in to review the accessibility of the plans for the new bridge, which was opened to the public in 2021.
When I crossed the bridge at the opening it was very powerful and emotional for me. I was aware that I was the first person in a wheelchair to be able to do this. Not only was the structure and view absolutely amazing but I also was struck by just how fantastic it was that this view, and experience, was now accessible to all. It felt incredible to have contributed to it- this is why I love my job!"

Tony Howe, Be. Master Coach in Auckland reflected:

"2021 has been a challenging year, with so much of it spent isolating at home. One of the highlights for me has been representing Be. Lab on the Auckland Transport 'accessibility advisory' groups for Public Transport and Capital Projects.
COVID-19 hasn't stopped us meeting virtually, and it has been a pleasure to be part of the team, contributing to ensuring that all upgrades or new public buildings, environments and services are made as accessible as possible, helping to build a more accessible city for all Aucklanders."

Peter Rawlings, Accessibility Advisor in the Auckland Office said:

"Re-joining Be. Lab in November after a two-year break has been so rewarding. I have been inspired and encouraged by the professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm of the team in working with our clients to improve accessibility for everyone.
I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and our clients in the new year on their projects to improve accessibility and awareness of access needs in our lived environment."

And a final word from Neville Pulman, Operations Manager at Be. Lab:

"The past two years we have had massive disruption in our lives due to COVID-19. Over this time I have been inspired by the individuals I work with both in the Be. Team, and also in the organisations and businesses that we work with, as they continue to work to advance accessibility in Aotearoa New Zealand. Despite the challenges and disruptions there are many who continue to prioritise accessibility, and this gives me hope for 2022 and beyond".

The Be. Team wish you all a very merry Christmas and a relaxing summer break.

We'll be back on board from 5th January, so please get in touch with the team in 2022 to see how we can support your journey to greater accessibility.

Contact

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New Zealand