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In many ways this report is a collaborative effort. We especially thank all those people and organisations who gifted their time to meet with the Inquiry panel and made thoughtful, and often extensive, submissions.

We also acknowledge the organisations that responded to our request for information, including for our stocktake of services, issues and opportunities. We made many requests for information and advice over the course of the Inquiry, and we appreciate the patience and goodwill of those who had to respond, particularly the Ministry of Health.

We tasked some organisations and individuals with providing us with specific information, advice or review, often within short timeframes. They include the Government’s social sector science advisors, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui and the University of Otago, Wellington. Helpful analysis and reports were provided by Allen + Clarke, Alison Mills, Dr Michelle Levy, Lisa Cherrington, Dr Karlo Mila, Tīaho Ltd and Fernhill Solutions.

We thank the individuals and organisations who helped with the logistics of engaging with their communities or hosted consultation meetings. They included Iwi, marae, advocacy and community groups, district health boards and service providers.

We are also grateful to our kaumātua Ron Baker and Koromiko Richards for cultural support during the Inquiry. Tēnā kōrua.

Finally, we would like to thank the Secretariat, Counsel Assisting the Inquiry Hanne Janes and the Department of Internal Affairs for their support.

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