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What we're doing in health

We want every New Zealander to be happy, safe, and healthy. To do this, we need to support strong, safe communities, and a robust and efficient health system.

Over the past nine years, neglect and under-investment have meant our buildings and facilities have gone without proper maintenance and repair, and far too many New Zealanders have missed out on receiving the quality healthcare they deserve. 

New Zealanders deserve better.

That's why one of our main priorities as a Government has been a major overhaul of our healthcare system: rebuilding hopsitals, boosting funding of much-needed services, and making sure those working on the frontlines are getting proper support. 

Take a look at everything we've achieved so far below - it's just the start.


  • Making GP visits free for under 14-year-olds
  • Making GP visits cheaper for those on modest incomes who are eligible for the Community Services Card 
  • Setting up the Health Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System, to help ensure our major health investments make a positive difference to people's lives - alongside a major review of the health system
  • Extending the nurses in schools programme
  • Strengthening and future-proofing our air ambulance service
  • Supporting the National Bowel Screening roll-out
  • Supporting community-based midwives
  • Brokering a joint accord on safe nurse staffing
  • Introducing mental health workers in Canterbury schools
  • Launching new addiction treatment facilities for Auckland City Mission
  • Putting new safeguards in place for surgical mesh
  • Major funding to fix longstanding problems at Middlemore Hospital, and investment in the Manakau Super Clinic
  • New purpose-built and secure six-unit mental health facility in Porirua for patients with an intellectual disability and or mental health diagnosis.
  • 120 additional elective surgery beds and four new operating theatres for North Shore Hospital.
  • New endoscopy and cardiac care facilities for Whangarei Hospital
  • State of the art children's hospital in Wellington, designed with children and their whānau at the centre
  • Bay of Islands Hospital redevelopment, meaning the Kawakawa facility is better placed to meet the needs of its community now and in years to come
  • A funding boost for small community-run Maniototo Hospital to help with a long-awaited rebuild
  • A new modern, purpose-designed health facility for the people of Buller in Westport
  • Purchase of land for the new Dunedin Hospital

Read more about how we're rebuilding our hospitals here!

Read more about what we're doing for mental health here!