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

We want 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.

On 27 April 2018, the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction released a consultation document asking the five following questions:

  • what's working well?
  • what's not working well?
  • what could be done better?
  • what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
  • anything else you want to tell us?

View the consultation document.

The consultation document was made available in a number of formats including large text, Easy Read and five other languages (Te Reo Māori, Simplified Chinese, Tongan, Hindi and Samoan). There was also a video version of the document with a New Zealand Sign Language interpretation. 

We received contributions through our website, by email, by post as well as an 0800 free phone number.  Comments made on our social media channels were also included.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Inquiry.

While formal submissions closed on 05 June 2018, we continued to meet with individuals and groups including people with mental health and addiction challenges, their families and whānau, service providers, advocates, organisations, institutions and experts in the last few months. Feedback received at these meetings was considered alongside the formal submissions.  We’re grateful for everyone’s input with over 5200 submissions and over 2000 people attending 26 community meetings around New Zealand and engagement with community groups and individuals at numerous other meetings. 

On 28 November 2018, we presented our report – He Ara Oranga : Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – to the Minister of Health, which was released on 04 December 2018.

Learn more about the process and legal information about your contribution.


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