Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Mental Health Foundation

by Angus Elkington


Established in 1977, The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/ is a charitable trust, located in three central offices throughout New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch). The governing body is comprised from a wide net of various expertise such as, mental health, law, management, finance; as well as cultural experts from Māori and Pasifika communities. MHF offers expansive services and campaigns within the sphere of mental health and wellbeing, providing active support to individuals and communities, towards Mauri tū, Mauri ora (flourish through the unleashing of positive energy and strategies to affect wellbeing).
This is pursued through six core strategic goals:

  • Measure wellbeing and create a national enthusiasm for increasing population wellbeing.
  • Actively engage with the New Zealand population – informing, educating and advocating.
  • Create active partnerships.• Maintain a prominent public voice and authoritative commentary on mental health.
  • Influence government to be more proactive in supporting mental health.
  • Generate income from a wide range of sources.

These six core strategic goals guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Ottawa Charter , establish a coherent vision and mission of the MHF’s mental health framework which is to actively support, establish and maintain mental wellness (https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/home/about/).

Publication Details

ISBN 978-1-877412-89-9 (Electronic), 978-1-877412-90-5 (Print)
CITATIONElkington, A. (2016). Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Mental Health Foundation. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Kīwai Ranghau, Te Rau Matatini.