Cross-party secretariat

Platform is proud to be the secretariat for the Cross-Party Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing Group, established in August 2019. This initiative was based on a recommendation in He Ara Oranga - report on the government inquiry on mental health and addiction.

The cross-party group is made up of the following members (representative of each political party in Parliament):

  • Matt Doocey (National)
  • Chlöe Swarbrick (Greens)

  • Brooke van Velden and Mark Cameron (ACT)

  • Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Te Pati Māori)
  • Glen Bennett (Labour)

The group aims to achieve cross-party dialogue and develop a collective vision and direction for mental health, addiction, and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Platform key roles in this role include:

  • Providing secretariat duties
  • Liaising and coordinating shared research projects that the group undertakes
  • Organising events
  • Communicating with key stakeholders

In September 2020, the group released their first joint project on Suicide Prevention. The video of the launch of the group at Parliament in August 2018 is below.

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