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Across the board, the government is making cuts to ACC that will affect you. Public opposition is widespread, with various action groups forming regularly. This is a call out to all those affected by this issue, to come together, discuss, plan, and brainstorm ideas to stop these cuts once and for all.

A brief summary of changes so far…


  • End of free physiotherapy treatments
  • Sexual abuse survivors will have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to qualify for free councilling
  • Motorcycle registration up to $750 for bikes bigger than 600cc
  • Moped and scooter registration up $30
  • Car registration up $30
  • “Average worker” taxes up $345 per year
  • No councilling or support for families affected by suicide
  • Possible privatisation
  • What next?


59 GLOUCESTER ST (opposite COCA Gallery)
SAT 21st NOVEMBER 2009
12:30 – 3:00pm.
There will be plenty of space available, so feel free to invite anyone you know who is affected by this. Tea and coffee provided. Free childcare available.
More info:
All welcome!

2980297ABOVE: Christchurch action. Monday October 19 was a national day of action against ACC’s proposed changes to funding for sexual abuse counseling. Christchurch featured prominently in the media coverage, with a great turnout.

In Auckland, over 200 people gathered in Albert Park to show their support for survivors and protest the ACC cuts to counseling. Speakers from Rape Prevention Education, Courageous Women, Labour Party, the Greens and End Rape Culture Now! (the organisers of the march) spoke about the importance of this issue and why it is necessary to oppose these new changes to ACC.

Survivors led the march to the Auckland ACC office demanding to stop these cuts to counseling. Protestors staged a peaceful sit-in at the ACC offices demanding that a representative of ACC come down to engage in dialogue. Two security guards were guarding the building, and one security guard assaulted a participant of the protest, throwing him on the concrete ground as he tried to join the sit-in. A survivor voiced her personal story in dealing with sexual abuse that had led her to attempt suicide. But nobody from ACC came down to listen. The occupation lasted for about half an hour until it was clear that an ACC representative was not coming, which showed their disinterest in “Prevention”, lack of “Care” and putting further barriers to the “Recovery” of sexual abuse survivors.

In Wellington, about 200 people gathered at the Cenotaph in Lambton Quay, and rallied in front of parliament. Protestors left messages chalked in front of parliament building. The march then moved on to the ACC offices in Molesworth Street, which was protected by a handful of cops and security goons. A representative read out a list of demands to ACC. Protestors left post-it notes and chalk messages on the street-face of the building to explicate the positions of abuse survivors in the crowd.

“All New Zealanders know someone who is affected by sexual abuse and assault. ACC should be supporting them, not abandoning survivors when they need help most”, said spokesperson Felicity Perry, “Having to be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to receive treatment will further traumatize abuse survivors”.

The march then continued back down Molesworth Street to the Cenotaph again, where final messages of support for abuse survivors were given, and the collective crowd disbanded.

Around 150-200 people gathered for a march in Christchurch. Speakers included Ken Clearwater from Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust and Marie Meyer, Chairperson for Canterbury and Westcoast NZ Association of Counsellors. Both talked about the effects that the changes would have on a survivors ability to get the support and help that they needed. Ken spoke about his own abuse as a 12year old and how greatly this had negatively impacted on his life up until the time that he started to receive help.

Many of those attending the march were those who work in the community counselling and social services fields and see this the governments way of beginning to privatise the health sector.

Marie Meyer spoke of how the changes are an attack on some of the most vulnerable members of society and over the disgust that many in the counselling area feel that there was no consultation over the cuts and over the unnecessary, abusive and traumatic processes being brought in by ACC.

Red ribbons were hung in the trees around the outside of the ACC offices and many people wore red to express their anger over the cuts and tied red balloons in the trees and on lampposts!

In Dunedin around 50 people from all walks of life marched from ACC offices to the National Party headquarters and then to the octagon to listen to speakers talk about the impact these changes will have.

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Further actions are planned for the Tuesday October 27, the day the changes are to be implemented. In Christchurch, meet in the Cathedral Square and march to ACC offices. Other centres will be posted up soon.

acc_cover_going_goneMarch to voice our dissent to proposed cuts to ACC funding of Sexual abuse counselling

12:30pm – Monday 19th October – National Day of Action

Meet at Speakers Corner, Catherdral Square (beside Chess board) march to ACC offices in Oxford Terrace.

Speakers: Ken Clearwater, from Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust and Marie Meyer from the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, Canterbury and West Coast.

Wear red, bring red balloons or ribbons, paint some red placards and banners – Red for our outrage!

Sexual abuse survivors are not mentally ill. By increasing requirements to get funding for counselling, ACC are restricting who can access that counselling. It is an unneccessary barrier for survivors who are seeking help.

ACC funding for sexual abuse counselling saves money and heals families. The decision to cut funds was made without proper consultation – bad process has resulted in a bad decision. The cuts will damage our communities if they go ahead.

Join the March on Monday to show your support for safeguarding current levels of funding for sexual abuse counselling.

Stop the abuse of (governmental) power over those most vulnerable! We will not be silent in the face of injustice.

acc_cover_going_goneWe are asking for your support and solidarity for a national day of action that has been called for October 19th to stop ACC cuts to funding for sexual abuse counselling.

There is a meeting in Christchurch to organise action against the funding cut:

Monday, October 12, 6:30pm at the WEA (Workers’ Education Association). 59 Gloucester Street (opposite COCA Gallery). All welcome!

ACC is changing the criteria for funding counseling for survivors of sexual abuse, making it available only to those who can prove that they have undergone, or suffered from, ‘mental injury’ as a result. Once again, we see that victim-blaming and New Zealand’s rape culture is perpetuated by the very institutions which are meant to aid those effected by sexual abuse. Once again, profit is placed before the needs of people — funding cuts are the direct cause of this change.

“The rules, due to be implemented from October 27, state the Accident Compensation Corporation will pay for counselling only if victims of sexual abuse are diagnosed with a mental injury under the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 4 (DSM-IV).”

“Dr Kim McGregor, who chairs the tauiwi (Pakeha) section of the National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together, said counsellors were angry that the new version still required diagnosing abuse survivors with a mental disorder from the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV.

‘Some counsellors are ethically opposed to using a psychiatric diagnosis for sexual violence,’ she said.”

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