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Wheelchair users

How many people in NZ are suffering from mobility impairments? How many people in NZ rely upon powered wheelchairs to get on with their activities of daily Living? How many people are not prescribed powered wheelchairs at all, either because they are physically unable to control the chair using a conventional interface, or because they are deemed incapable of driving safely?

The University of Waikato is considering to develop a prototype of mind controlled wheelchair and we would like to know the actual demand for this type of rehabilitative device.


Response from
Statistics New Zealand

Data does not exist

Data does not exist

3 Comments

  • Dean Edwards (Statistics New Zealand)

    Hi there ,

    Your question relating specifically to the following: "Can someone help me find the stats in which any type of wheelchair is used in our current New Zealand population?"

    Information not available and is not collected from the Disability Survey.

    • The Disability Survey did not collect detailed information on the use of assistive devices

    Here is the question from the Disability Survey:
    Do you use special equipment for moving around
    1 Yes
    2 No
    Do you have an unmet need for special equipment for moving around
    1 Yes
    2 No


    Some of these other government agencies below might be able to help you with your question.
    Other resources:

    Below is the link on disability support services for equipment
    https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services/contracting-and-working-disability-support-services/equipment-and-modification-services

    • Health and Disability Commissioner
    • https://www.hdc.org.nz/

    • Living with disability in New Zealand – a Ministry of Health report
    • https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/living-disability-new-zealand

    • Ministry of Health – Disability services
    • https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/disability-services

    • Office for Disability Issues
    • https://www.odi.govt.nz/

  • Julia Donaldson

    Hi there ,

    Can someone help me find the stats in which any type of wheelchair is used in our current New Zealand population , temporarily or permanently ?

    Thank you

  • Kevin Aldworth

    I am trying to get stats on people in Nz using electric chairs.
    Could you please let me know how many people in NZ use powered wheel chairs.

    Thank You Kevin Aldworth

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