A backyard inventor in Otaki has come up with a hands-free wheelchair, allowing his paraplegic best friend to take off with ease.
It’s called the Ogo and allows the driver to take off in the direction they want by shifting their weight.
Engineer Kevin Halsall wanted to help after a skiing accident left friend Marcus Thompson paraplegic.
"The more I get immersed into the world of disabilities the more I see how under-catered it is and that’s given me more ideas of cutting-edge products," Mr Halsall said.
Now the prototype is rolling out of Otaki and onto bigger things as a finalist in the National Innovators’ Awards.
"Maybe this has galvanised them, hearing each other's stories and knowing they are not alone," say the nurses behind the Facebook group, New Zealand, please hear our voice.