What an amazing time, New Zealand has ahead with the recent investment of $1.9 billion by the government into addressing the mental health and addiction challenges of New Zealanders. Kia mau te wehi!
A commitment to actions that will be important going forward to improve Māori wellbeing will consider:
- The focused commitment to equity and the articles of the Treaty of Waitangi
- Policies and services will ensure inequities are addressed and disparities between the health of Māori and non-Māori are eliminated
- Active Māori leadership in design, commissioning, management and delivery of mental health and addiction services, health promotion programmes and strategies for prevention
- Investment in Kaupapa Māori services to provide more choices for Māori seeking support, and a skilled cultural and clinical workforce to deliver appropriate and effective services
- A Treaty-based approach that involves Iwi and Māori community leaders to tackle the wider social determinants that underlie intergenerational trauma and inequity in society
- Māori with lived experience at the centre of the system and key to transformation of the system and reforms needed going forward
- The central place of whānau and the roles they play in supporting, nurturing and caring for whanau members.
- Improving the mental health and wellbeing of people in our society will be everyone’s responsibility.
(adapted from He Ara Oranga)