Pasifika mental wellbeing initiative must protect our communities: Greens

The Greens welcome $6.6 million from the Government’s $455 million programme to increase access to mental health and addiction services for our Pasifika communities in Auckland and Wellington.

Green Party spokesperson for Pasifika Peoples Teanau Tuiono welcomes the Government’s funding announcement. However, more transformational work needs to be done.

“Too many times our Pasifika communities have been overlooked when receiving services in our Mental Wellbeing space. The majority of our Pasifika people are affected by being in vulnerable environments which contribute to mental ill health. 

“It is excellent to see there is support for Pasifika-led services to take the lead in providing for our communities affected by mental ill health,” Teanau Tuiono says.

Chlöe Swarbrick, Green Party spokesperson for Mental Health, is supportive of the initiative as well.

“We have always recognised that our mental health is inextricably linked to communities, our physical wellbeing and sense of belonging, and our relationships with each other,” Chlöe Swarbrick says.

“Everybody deserves barrier-free access to mental health support when they need it. We know that supporting our Pasifika communities to thrive means investing in them, and this is a great start, but more can be done.

“We’ve got to roll out affordable and accessible mental health support for everybody across this country, so we can support Pasifika communities outside of these main regions.”

Latest Pacific Peoples Announcements

Story

Greens call for amnesty programme in open letter to immigration minister

The Green Party is calling on the Government to create a broad amnesty programme for people who overstay their visa, and for temporary visa holders...
Read More

Story

Young Pasifika Leaders call for climate action: Greens

Green Party spokesperson for Pacific Peoples Teanau Tuiono MP, supports the demand from Pasifika communities fighting for climate action as their h...
Read More

Story

Greens support calls for Dawn Raids apology

It has been 50 years since the Polynesian Panthers were formed, and now a call for a formal government apology for the Dawn Raids has come. 
Read More

Story

Pasifika calls for the protection of our seas

The Green Party supports calls from around the Pacific to stop harmful fishing practices such as  bottom trawling, stop using our seas to dispose o...
Read More

Story

A push to remove the Pasifika poverty status quo

The Green Party will push for better wages and fair pay agreements to help tackle poverty within our Pasifika Communities.
Read More

Story

A win for Pasifika Communities to have a stable home

The Green Party welcome the Government announcement to support Pasifika peoples to become Community Housing Providers.
Read More

Latest Mental Health Announcements

Story

Greens promise continued action to reduce mental health waiting times

The Green Party is committed to reduce the waiting times people in mental distress have to put up with before they receive attention and get treatm...
Read More

Story

More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions

More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Sou...
Read More

Mental Health

Aotearoa can be a country where everybody feels they belong. The Green Party has always recognised that our mental health is inextricably linked to...
Read More

Story

Support for Christchurch’s youth with dedicated mental health services at Canterbury University

The Green Party is announcing today that free mental wellbeing services will soon be available at Canterbury University, making services available ...
Read More

Policy

Health Policy

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Health Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Mental Health Quality, free healthcare prov...
See More

Story

More Free Mental Health Support for Young People

The Green Party welcomes the expansion of free youth mental health support announced today, says Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarb...
Read More