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.
New Zealand is truly a nation of immigrants, from the Maori who made this country their home hundreds of years ago, to those who stepped off the plane only yesterday. Immigration is an important way to bring in the skills we need to grow and sustain our economy. It also enriches our communities and exposes us to the world’s diverse cultures, with which future generations of New Zealanders will travel and trade.
We want to make sure everyone in our country is able and willing to fully participate in our society and engage in educated, informed debate about the issues facing future generations. We will ensure that young New Zealanders understand their civic rights and responsibilities, including how our parliamentary democracy works and the origins of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The early months of a child’s life are incredibly important to their future wellbeing, and the role the child’s parents play during this period is crucial. We would extend paid parental leave to ensure every parent has the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with their children during this time, and we would make parental leave arrangements flexible enough to suit all circumstances.