As New Zealanders, we share a sense of equality, compassion, and justice.
We understand that access to the basics in life - health, education, communication, social connection, and financial security - are key to providing the opportunity for us to reach our potential as individuals and enable communities to flourish and thrive.
The Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is a new way of making sure all New Zealanders are cared for, regardless of how much money is in our pockets. It is a commitment to ensure all key public services are universally delivered, so everyone gets the chance to do well socially, mentally, and physically.
As we rebuild from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to create an Aotearoa New Zealand that prioritises everyone’s wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic showed us that when New Zealanders pull together we can achieve amazing things. It revealed that anyone can need help at any time, and that deep inequalities mean the most vulnerable are impacted the hardest.
Leaders in government must make the decision to universally deliver key public services to ensure everyone gets the chance to do well socially, mentally, and physically.
By providing equality of access to essential services, the government can allow everyone to do well.
The Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is a collection of services that allow all New Zealanders to live a happy and healthy life. These include healthcare, education, housing, income support, public transport and internet - which form our essential social infrastructure.
These are services that we shouldn’t have to pay for, but should instead be invested in by governments to provide a wellbeing foundation for all New Zealanders.
Looking after the basic needs of each and every New Zealander enables real options in life and full participation in our society.