Mental Health

Mental health is one of New Zealand’s largest health and social issues, We will make sure that every New Zealander has access to high-quality care and preventative care for mental health issues so that they can fully engage in their communities and live happy and fulfilling lives. UnitedFuture will review our mental health strategy, here are our key priorities.

Providers

Increase the number of community health providers.

Resources

Increasing recourses for our mental health professionals.

Research

Fund more research into mental health issues.

Youth

Increased funding for youth focused mental health services.

Immigration

New Zealand is built on immigration, from the Maori who made this country their home hundreds of years ago, to the person who got off the plane yesterday. Immigration represents a great way to grow our economy and fill it with skilled labor we need, it’s also how we make the New Zealander of the future one that is accepting and embracing of multiculturalism.¬†

Skilled Labor

Prioritise the residency applications of those who have skills we need and a job offer that is relevant to those skills.

Heritage

Encourage all migrants to consider themselves as New Zealanders, by encouraging participation in community activities and pursuits amongst migrant groups.

Opportunity

Focus efforts on ensuring that those who arrive in New Zealand are supported into training and employment opportunities.

Information

Ensure that advice and information are available to businesses to support them in hiring migrants to fill skill shortages.

Civics Education

We want to make sure everyone in our communities is able and willing to engage in civics. We will ensure that young New Zealanders understand their civic rights and responsibilities and work towards giving everyone the recourses and opportunities to fully participate in civics, whether that’s understanding the way our Parliament works or the origins of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Funding

Create a fund for lower decile schools and schools with disadvantaged students for civics education.

Education

introduce compulsory and comprehensive civics education from years 1-13.

Immigrants

Require immigrants to take a civics course as part of becoming a New Zealand citizen

Paid Parental Leave

The early months of a child’s life are incredibly important, it’s where the bond with their parents and guardians is solidified and they learn the key skills that will serve them their entire lives, that’s why it’s important that parents have the opportunity to be there. We would extend paid parental leave to ensure that every parent has the opportunity to spend crucial time with their children while they develop and make it flexible enough to suit all circumstances.

Extend

We would extend paid parental leave to 13 months.

Family leave

an additional 38 weeks would be available to either parent.

Transfer

Allow the current 14 weeks to be transferred to a partner.

result

A total of 56 weeks paid parental leave for families.

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