We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…read more
New Zealand’s ‘well-being’ budget promises to care for most vulnerable
After more than a year of speculation, New Zealand’s Government has unveiled its “world-first” wellbeing budget, to widespread praise from social agencies charged with looking after the country’s most vulnerable people.
New Zealand Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, today unveiled billions for mental health services and child poverty as well as record investment in measures to tackle family violence.
Speaking in Parliament today, Minister Robertson stated “success is making New Zealand both a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.”
Minister Robertson said many New Zealanders were not benefiting from a growing economy in their daily lives, and this year’s budget had been designed to address the growing disparity between the haves and have-nots. According to predictions by the International Monetary Fund, the economy is expected to grow at about 2.5 % in 2019 and 2.9% in 2020.
Although comparable countries such as the United Kingdom have begun to measure the national rate of wellbeing, New Zealand is the first western country to design its entire budget based on wellbeing priorities and instruct its ministries to design policies to improve wellbeing.
As expected, mental health received the biggest funding and investment boost on record, receiving $1.9 billion. $500 million was earmarked for the ‘missing middle’ particularly - New Zealanders suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depressive disorders that did not require hospitalisation but significantly affected their quality of life.
$500 million will also be spent on new frontline mental health workers stationed in doctor’s surgeries and Indigenous clinics, with the government aiming to help 325,000 people with “mild to moderate” mental health and addiction needs by 2023/24.
Mental Health experts described the focus on mental health as “ambitious” but expressed excitement and relief that improving the mental health of New Zealanders across the board was finally becoming a priority, as year on year the New Zealand suicide rate continued to climb.
Minister Robertson added “mental health is no longer on the periphery of our health system. It is front and centre of all of our wellbeing.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said for her, the issue of mental health was “deeply personal”, advising “almost all of us have lost friends or family members. Ensuring that New Zealanders can now just show up to their GP or health centre and get expert mental health support is a critical first step.”
Measures to combat family violence also received a record investment of $320 million, in a bid to tackle the country’s entrenched family and sexual violence statistics, which see the police respond to a domestic violence incident every four minutes.
Child wellbeing, long a passionate focus for Prime Minister Ardern, who is in charge of the portfolio, will receive more than $1 billion. According to UNICEF, 27% of New Zealand children live in income poverty, defined as going without necessities such as nutritious food, healthcare, and a warm, dry home.
Prime Minister Ardern added “as the minister of child poverty, there is no ignoring the stress and strain that material deprivation causes our families.
“When our children do better, we all do better.”
Treasurer Robertson concluded “for me, wellbeing means people living lives of purpose, balance and meaning to them, and having the capabilities to do so.
“This gap between rhetoric and reality, between haves and have-nots, between the elites and the people, has been exploited by populists around the globe.”
15th May 2019 - New Zealand Government promises world-first ‘wellbeing’ budget
6th April 2019 - New Zealand launches national arts and health network
16th March 2019 - Accused Christchurch mosque terrorist had been a personal trainer
15th October 2018 - Sport NZ research confirms physical activity enhances mental wellbeing
2nd October 2018 - Lack of exercise impacts New Zealanders’ health
19th March 2018 - Study shows New Zealanders appreciate the Value of Sport
27th April 2017 - Getting children active is life changing
7th March 2015 - Lack of exercise causes 12.7% of all deaths in New Zealand
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…read more
Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…read more
SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…read more
SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…read more
Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…read more
Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…read more
A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!