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First wheelchair-bound prime minister?

JOSHUA PERRY
Last updated 14:30 14/05/2014
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My name is Joshua Perry. I was the first wheelchair-bound model to drive down the catwalk at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2011.

Now, I feel called to stand up for those people with disabilities that cannot speak for themselves.

I recently moved from Christchurch to Dunedin after the earthquakes.

I do not believe that the current government is doing a fast enough job rebuilding Christchurch.

When the earthquakes hit on February 22nd, I was stuck at the Polytech and it has affected the way I think to this day.

If I became the prime minister after the next election, I would improve CERA and let people get on with their lives.

I have put my name forward to stand for the Internet Party and I believe in the repeal of the GCSB Bill.

Another priority on my list would be to make it easier for disabled people to access individualised funding.

Individualised funding has changed my life since moving to Dunedin.

I am able to able to employ my own carers as well as finish my marketing diploma at Otago Polytechnic.

My final priority will be to create jobs for New Zealanders by setting up green data centres which will help boost our economy which, in my view, places like Otago and Southland are in desperate need of.


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