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New accessible bathroom in Takapuna gives 'freedom' for those with disabilities

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Kia ora neighbours. The opening of a fully accessible bathroom in Takapuna will create inclusion for those who typically feel left out, the mother of a disabled teen says.

The bathroom and changing room opened at Gould Reserve, near Takapuna Beach Reserve and playground, on Monday.

Features of the facility include a height-adjustable adult changing table and sink, a ceiling track hoist, a shower, handrails and a toilet with space on both sides for two carers to assist its user.

Devonport resident Kimberly Graham​, whose 17-year-old son Finlay Butcher​ has athetoid cerebral palsy, previously said a lack of fully accessible bathrooms in New Zealand made it hard for her family to get out and enjoy activities together.

The new bathroom in Takapuna meant the family could catch a bus or ride their bikes to the beach and playground and spend more time there, without worrying about what they would do when Finlay needed to use the toilet, she said.

“The freedom a toilet like this gives is immense," she said.

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