Two of our key functions, set out in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Act 2020(external link), are:

  • to make recommendations to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and adequacy of approaches to mental health and wellbeing; and
  • to advocate for the collective interests of people who experience mental distress or addiction (or both), and the persons (including family and whānau) who support them.

As an integral part of our advocacy work, Te Hiringa Mahara often comments on and makes recommendations in response to consultation documents, regulations, draft bills, and regulations that may impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people in Aotearoa.

On this page, you can find copies of our submission documents, available for download. Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing a file.

2022 submissions

Submission to the Social Services and Community Committee on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill - 7 November 2022 [DOCX, 103 KB]

Submission to the Social Services and Community Committee on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill - 7 November 2022 [PDF, 866 KB]

Submission to the Health Quality and Safety Commission on the Draft Health and Disability code of expectations for engaging with consumers / whānau – 31 March 2022 [PDF, 150 KB]

Submission on the Ministry of Health Discussion Document Transforming our Mental Health Law – 28 January 2022 [PDF, 300 KB]

Submission on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill – 28 January 2022 [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Signed letter to Select Committee on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill – 28 January 2022 [PDF, 114 KB]

 2021 submissions

Submission towards the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill - 8 September 2021 [PDF, 150 KB]

Submission on the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill – 19 May 2021 [PDF, 171 KB]

Submission on the mental wellbeing long term pathway – April 2021 [PDF, 290 KB]

Submission on the Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm –2022/23 to 2024/25 [PDF, 278 KB]

 

 

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