News & Achievements

Taking mental health seriously

We believe that all New Zealanders should be able to access support when and where they need it. That’s why we’re laying the foundation for a whole new mental health system.

It’s a big job, but there’s already been huge change and it’s making a real difference for thousands of New Zealanders.

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Half a million mental health sessions

This week, we’ve marked a major milestone in our work on mental health – more than 500,000 sessions delivered through our Access and Choice programme.

This programme, which enables Kiwis to get free mental support at their doctor or health centre, is just one of the ways we’re rebuilding New Zealand’s mental health and addiction system.

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More medicines for New Zealanders

Thousands more New Zealanders will soon have access to life-changing medicines, thanks to our Government’s record investments in Pharmac’s medicines budget.

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New Zealand’s economy and the case for optimism

If you missed Grant Robertson’s recent speech on New Zealand’s economy, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a super quick overview of what the Minister of Finance said about the Government’s economic plan, as well as the latest figures that show how New Zealand’s economy is tracking.

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Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kia ora e te whānau! It’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori once again – an opportunity for all of us, no matter where we are on our te reo journey, to give te reo Māori a go.

This year, as we celebrate Māori Language Week, we are also marking the anniversary of Te Petihana, the Māori Language Petition.

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Helping young people into better and brighter futures

Our Government wants every New Zealander to have the chance to succeed – and that includes young people who need a little bit of extra support to get back on the right track.

That’s why we’re stepping up pathways to better opportunities, by supporting more young people into jobs and training to prevent them getting involved in crime.

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How we’re supporting New Zealanders with the cost of living

From day one, we’ve worked hard to lift incomes and make life more affordable for New Zealand families.

Now, with global inflation affecting prices here at home, we’ve stepped up our support with a new cost of living package.

From help with higher bills to reduced transport costs and action on supermarkets – we’re making sure New Zealanders are supported through this tough time.

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Six ways we’re supporting children and families

Our Government wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child, and we have a plan to make sure that’s a reality.

We’ve put the wellbeing of children and families at the heart of our work since taking office in 2017 – from putting healthy lunches in schools, to making everyday life more affordable for parents, and more.

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More nurses, doctors and health workers

New Zealanders deserve a health system that works for everyone, no matter who you are or where you live. Our Government has a plan to make this a reality, and we’re taking the next steps.

We now have thousands more health professionals, such as doctors and nurses, working in New Zealand than when we took office in 2017. We’re training more nurses than ever, and we’ve changed immigration rules to make New Zealand one of the easiest places in the world for health workers to come to.

But as we face the worst flu season in living memory and with the COVID-19 pandemic putting pressure on health services right across the world, we need to do more.

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