To ensure All is for All amplifies the disability community to the fullest extent and is making space for many voices in its work we engage a diverse team of disabled people.
Our team helps shape all of the work All is for All, implements and connects us with other important voices. This group will also drive All is for All's internal agenda for innovation and continued growth.
Scroll down to meet the team.
Shakti Krishnan is 21-years-old and lives with Spina Bifida. A keen sportsman as a child, Shakti is now focused on working in the media, and is still studying at Auckland University.
Shakti works at Attitude Pictures, an organisation established to tell the stories of disabled people. Shakti has been hosting shows for the platform which engage a wide community on the authentic reality of living with a disability.
Alongside this, Shakti is interested in streetwear.
To our advisory team, Shakti brings a fresh and innovative attitude that is engaging and thoughtful.
Rebecca Dubber is 26-years-old and lives with Sacral Agenesis. Rebecca has a bronze Paralympic medal to her name after a successful career as a Paralympic Swimmer, she is now retired. Rebecca works for the Halberg Foundation and has a passion for ensuring young people with disabilities are empowered to pursue careers in Paralympic Sport.
Alongside this, Rebecca is a successful model with All is for All’s Talent Agency, as one of the first wheelchair users to ever participate in New Zealand Fashion Week.
Rebecca is also a trained make-up artist and holds a Communications degree from AUT, which she utilises as a journalist. Rebecca is looking toward a future that includes a bright, dynamic, career and the continued elevation of her voice – as she is a person of influence in every sector she decides to enter. To our advisory team, Rebecca brings the perspective of an accomplished sportswomen and carries with her the natural innovation of a contemporary young woman.
Red Nicholson is 32-years-old and lives with Cerebral Palsy. Red has two young boys with his amazing wife Helen and is passionate about accessible parenting. Red had a successful career as a High School Teacher, focusing on Media Studies and then as a Dean. He now works at Curative, a creative agency working on projects that inspire positive social impact.
As both a media consumer and producer, Red is a firm believer in the power of stories to combat stereotypes and shift societal assumptions about what people are capable of. Red has a background in communications, developing a podcast that highlighted the diverse experiences of people in New Zealand’s disability community and writing for The Spinoff.
Red has worked alongside The Market, developing inclusive and accessible content on his Instagram. He was recently elected to sit on the board of the Cerebral Palsy Society.
To our advisory team, Red brings the perspective of a parent and an impeccable ability to think both critically and constructively about disability and accessibility narratives
Dan Ajello has been using prosthetic limbs since he was twelve months old. Dan moved to New Zealand when he was four years old and resided in Gisborne. He begun studying Occupational Therapy in his gap year. Dan wanted to study Occupational Therapy because he’d been utiising the skills of the degree every day of his life, without even knowing it.
Dan’s lived experience offers him a unique perspective and the ability to connect and empathise with his clients. Alongside his Occupational Therapy study, Dan is the owner of Manta Ltd – a roofing and renovations service.
To our advisory team, Dan brings the perspective of an accomplished young buisnessman and three dimensional knowledge of the disability sector, as he has been a patient and a therapist.
Alice Mander is 20-years-old and lives with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. Alice is a law student at Victoria University in Wellington and an acomplished writer, for University magazine ‘Salient’ where she writes the column, Token Cripple. Alice has also written for promenant New Zealand outlets, like Newshub and The Spinoff.
Alice represents the next generation of advocates and activists. As the event co-ordinator for the ‘Imagine Better’ conference, she is a part of a team whose goal is to enable, equip and inspire the New Zealand community to take up the disability rights mantle.
To our advisory team, Alice brings a strong, unapologetic voice and a fierce desire to dismantle the flawed systems which have negatively impacted the lives of disabled people.
ROBBIE FRANCIS WATENE, PhD
Dr Roberta Francis Watene, PhD uses a prosthetic limb she affectionately calls her ‘Lucy Leg.’ Roberta (a.k.a Robbie) is the co-founder and Director of The Lucy Foundation an international social enterprise advocating for disability inclusion and environmental regeneration within the global coffee industry. Robbie is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities engage with their roles as global citizens and find their voice, she’s dedicated all facets of her life toward advocating for the rights of marganalised communities.
Robbie sits on three governance boards, is an expert advisor to the New Zealand Government and a senior human rights researcher for the Donald Beasley Institute where she is monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
To our advisory team, Robbie brings immense knowledge about the disability sector and human rights on a global scale and a discerning eye.
Imogen Zino is a designer and artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. Imogen has lived her life with an access need that has contributed to her desire to design for diverse experiences and body types. Imogen has just completed her Master of Design at Auckland University of Technology that explored large-scale multi-sensory interaction and the benefits of engaging with our environment through the body.
Imogen’s design background is multi-disiplinary, having experience in jewelery, industrial and textile design.
To our advisory team, Imogen brings a creative perspective and the ability to consider how elements interact with one another so that a cohensive, accessible experience can be built.
Joseph Stockhausen is a student at Auckland University who is going blind. Joseph is studying a bachelor in Health Science with a specialisation in Occupational Therapy at AUT. Alongside this Joseph will also be picking up Te Reo Māori.
To our advisory team, Joseph brings an incredible ability to articulate his ideas and he is able to consider how accessibility can best connect with other communities and cultures.
Makena Houston was born with Cystic Fibrosis. In 2018 she underwent a Double Lung Transplant. Makena has worked for Estee Lauder New Zealand and now runs an independent communications agency. Prior to her transplant Makena’s story reached ‘The Daily Mail’ after she modelled for Lonely Lingerie.
In 2019 Makena underwent a kidney transplant, after post operative complications from her first surgery resulted in a lack of kidney function. Makena is also an acomplished singer, lending her talents to many productions including ‘Joseph and the Technicoloured Dream Coat’
To our advisory team, Makena brings a unique understanding of the journey through access needs, because a person’s degree of accessibility requirements can change and adapt, as their journey with an illness changes. Makena also carries with her an understanding of digital communications and creative execution.