2020 Election Campaign

With the election coming up this September, Platform|Atamira has been working on getting important information out to our sector. 

Key Messages this September

Platform|Atamira has put together some key messages for this coming election on behalf of the community mental health & addiction sector.

Our Key Messages:

  1. Communities have the answers, trust them and let's make it happen
  2. The community sector is critical and valued
  3. A system where no one excluded

We have developed the following two documents that community organisations can use to support discussions with politicians.

  • Key messages document: outlining our key messages and why they are important for the continued success of the community Mental Health & Addiction sector.
  • Accompanying references to use when speaking to your local prospective electoral candidates.


Mental Health & Addiction Forum

The Navigate networks and Platform are co-hosting an online national political forum focused on community mental health and addiction on Wednesday 23 September from 6 - 8 pm. This event, held every election, is usually the only election forum where all political parties will discuss mental health, addiction and wellbeing.

Confirmed candidates include:

Political parties will be asked what they intend to do for mental health, addiction and wellbeing if they get elected. It's also an opportunity to ask the questions you've always wanted answers to.

To register for this free event on Wednesday 23 September from 6 – 8pm, click here:


Cannabis Referendum

In July 2020, Platform & The New Zealand Drug Foundation co-hosted 'The Referendum to Legalise Cannabis: What You Need To Know', with special guest Rt Hon Helen Clark. A panel consisting of Rt Hon Helen Clark, Tuari Potiki, Prof. Joe Boden and Kali Mercier answered questions on how a 'Yes' vote would impact on community mental health and addiction organisations.

Topics discussed include law reform policy at home and abroad, and the health and criminal justice implications of cannabis law reform, particularly for young people and Māori.

View the full webinar here



Other Political Advocacy work