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New Carers’ Strategy Action Plan launched

05 December 2019.

The Government today launched Mahi Aroha – Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019–2023 to improve the wellbeing of the one in 10 New Zealanders who care for a loved one with a disability, health condition, illness or injury.

Mahi Aroha includes a range of actions to be carried out by government agencies and sector organisations over the next five years. These actions are focused on:

  • Recognising carers and their contributions
  • Improving the way carers can navigate the support and services available to them
  • Supporting the wellbeing of carers
  • Helping carers who want to balance their caring role with paid work or study.

Mahi Aroha builds on the work of the two previous action plans and was developed in partnership with the New Zealand Carers Alliance and a cross-government agency working group.

Carers from throughout New Zealand made a significant contribution to its development. The Summary of Submissions will be made available on our website shortly.

The Action Plan includes a new focus on target populations (Māori, Pacific, young and older carers) and a family, whānau, aiga-centred approach will form part of the implementation approach.

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