The Covid crisis has shown us that when New Zealanders pull together we can achieve amazing things.
It also revealed that anyone can need help at any time, and that deep inequalities mean the most vulnerable are impacted the hardest.
It is clear as we rebuild from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to create an Aotearoa New Zealand that prioritises everyone’s wellbeing.
This is why we are calling for the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment – a new way of making sure all New Zealanders are cared for, regardless of how much money is in our pockets.
This is a commitment to a collection of public 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 are invested in by governments to provide a wellbeing foundation for all New Zealanders.
By providing equality of access to essential services the government will be allowing everyone to do well.
Looking after the basic needs of each and every New Zealander in this way enables real options in life so everyone can fully participate in our society.
Speakers include Andre Percy, Simone Best, Amanda Larsson and Max Rashbrooke.