Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

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.

The Inquiry Panel is now on the road hearing from people around the country and across the community about what's working, what's not and what could be done better.

While formal submissions closed on 05 June, we will continue 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.

The Inquiry Panel looks forward to continuing the kōrero with you in the coming months.

If you applied for an extension, submissions can made here

Learn more about the submissions process

Meet the Inquiry Panel

Come along to share your stories and ideas with the panel members.

Coming up:
Gisborne, Monday 25 June
Hamilton, Wednesday 27 June
Christchurch, Tuesday 03 July
Greymouth, Wednesday 04 July
Kaikoura, Wednesday 04 July

Watch a video of Inquiry Chair Professor Ron Paterson explaining the Inquiry's work.

Introducing the Inquiry Panel - Dr Barbara Disley, Josiah Tualamali’i, Professor Ron Paterson (Chair), Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Sir Mason Durie and Dean Rangihuna.

About the Inquiry

We are looking at how to prevent mental health and addiction problems, how to intervene early and respond better to people in need, and how to promote wellbeing.

We aim to generate hope and make real, positive change.

Our Inquiry panel members are hearing from a wide range of people around the country – including people with mental health and addiction challenges. 

We will build on the good work already being done, while looking at how to make changes.

We will recommend solutions that are practical and doable – for the short and long term, at national and local level.

Let's work together to help make things better for people with mental health and addiction challenges, and build healthier communities.

Contact us

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
PO Box 27396
Marion Square
Wellington 6141


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