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.

The inquiry delivered its report to the Government in December 2018.  Copies of their report are available on this website.  The Inquiry is now closed.

The Government’s response to the Inquiry is set out on the Ministry of Health’s website: He Ara Oranga response | Ministry of Health NZ(external link) and the Ministry can be contacted about the response by email on

The Department of Internal Affairs holds the records of the inquiry until they are passed into the official government archive administered by Archives NZ. Some of these records are subject to suppression orders under Section 15 of the Inquiries Act 2013, and cannot be released. These include records relating to the internal deliberations of the Inquiry, and a range of other records containing information about individuals or that otherwise contain information of a private or confidential nature or are related to concerns about natural justice. The suppression orders are set out in full in the Minutes of the Inquiry available on this website under the ‘About the Inquiry’ heading above. If you want to request information about the Inquiry that is not already publicly available and is not subject to suppression orders please contact the Department of Internal Affairs at

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