Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Our purpose was to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand.

We wanted to set a clear direction for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen.

Read He Ara Oranga : report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction released on 4 December.

Other versions of the report's findings are available on our website.

We have made available some commissioned reports and summaries of the more than 5,200 submissions received, and over 400 meetings attended, by the Inquiry Panel. 

UPDATE (January 2019) – Oranga Tāngata, Oranga Whānau, the analysis of Māori submissions, is now available.

Watch the above animated video about the report's findings in English.

You can also view He Ara Oranga's findings in the above te reo Māori animated video.

Read He Ara Oranga report

Final stakeholders update

Members of the Inquiry Panel with Minister of Health Dr David Clark

Introducing the Inquiry Panel - Sir Mason Durie, Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Professor Ron Paterson (Chair), Minister Clark, Dean Rangihuna, Dr Barbara Disley and Josiah Tualamali’i at the handover of the report to the Government on 28 November.

As from 21 December 2018, the Inquiry has finished its work. If you have any questions about the Inquiry, please contact the Department of Internal Affairs at

For matters relating to the response to the Inquiry's report, contact the Office of the Minister of Health.

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