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 hospitals, 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

Securing the future of ambulance services

Strengthening and future-proofing our air ambulance service

Saving lives with National Bowel Screen Programme 

Supporting community-based midwives with safe staffing, training, retention and workforce development

Brokering a joint accord on safe nurse staffing

Putting new safeguards in place for surgical mesh

Significantly increasing the number of Māori graduates in the health sciences and workforce

Banning smoking in cars with children

Changing drinking water standards to keep New Zealanders healthy

Introducing a new, nationwide frontline mental htealh service so everyone can get the help they need when they need it

Supporting Māori and Pacific communities to develop community-led initiatives against rheumatic fever

Setting up a new Pacific Health Action Plan

New cancer treatment services for regions - biggest capital investment in radiation therapy ever

Increasing the number of life-saving organ transplants



  • New endoscopy and cardiac care facilities for Whangarei Hospital
  • 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


  • Launching new addiction treatment facilities for Auckland City Mission
  • Major funding to fix longstanding problems at Middlemore Hospital
  • Investment in the Manakau Super Clinic
  • 120 additional elective surgery beds and four new operating theatres for North Shore Hospital
  • New integrated stroke and rehabilitation unit for Auckland City Hospital 
  • Improved acute dialysis and cardiac facilities at Middlemore
  • Expanding Counties Maukau mental health unit


  • A mental health and addiction support facility at Tairawhiti DHB

Hawke's Bay:

  • Earthquake strengthening for Hawke's Bay Hospital


  • New purpose-built and secure six-unit mental health facility in Porirua for patients with an intellectual disability and or mental health diagnosis

  • State of the art children's hospital in Wellington, designed with children and their whānau at the centre

  • Free youth mental health pilot for 18 to 25 year olds in Porirua, now expanded to Capital & Coast DHB and tertiary institutions throughout Wellington, Hutt and Wairarapa.

West Coast:

  • A new modern, purpose-designed health facility for the people of Buller in Westport


  • Mental health support for all Year 1-8 kids in Canterbury through our Mana Ake programme
  • New mental health facilities for Hillmorton in Christchurch
  • Renewable energy for Christchurch hospital


  • Purchase of land for the new Dunedin Hospital, fast-tracking outpatient and day surgery building
  • A funding boost for small community-run Maniototo Hospital to help with a long-awaited rebuild