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 has moved into the deliberations phase in preparation for delivery of our report to Government in late November

We’re grateful for everyone’s input with over 5200 submissions and over 2000 people attending 26 regional meetings around New Zealand and engagement with community groups and individuals at numerous other meetings. 

Our job now is to bring all this information together and shape our views and recommendations for improving mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand.

We look forward to sharing the kōrero with you as we continue our deliberations for our report back to the Government. 

Read the latest update from Inquiry Panel Chair Ron Paterson

Learn more about the submissions process

Watch a video of Inquiry Panel 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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