Mai i te Hōtaka Ārahi: Harley Rogers

Mai i te Hōtaka Ārahi: Harley Rogers

The lead-up to the summer break and a New Year has me in a reflective mood.

We launched Nōku te Ao: Like Minds at Matariki – te tau hou Māori, and in the six months since hononga, whakawhanake, and ākona have been consistent touchstones for us all on the programme.

I would like to acknowledge our provider partners, and programme team for their massive support, aroha, and commitment to the kaupapa. The relationships we have fostered this year are invaluable to the successful delivery our vision: “a nation where all people uphold the mana and human rights of people with experience of mental distress”. 

The Ministry of Health, in accordance with recommendations 34 and 35 of He Ara Oranga, the 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, has released the discussion document and timeline for the repeal and replacement of the The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.

The Mental Health Act outlines how someone is legally assessed for and receives compulsory mental health treatment. It is being repealed and replaced at the moment, and together with our provider partners, we are striving to make it free from discrimination. The Act is critical to the Nōku te Ao | Like Minds Rautaki | Strategy 2021-2026 and work programme.

Consultation is now open, and closes on 28 January 2022. Submit your views through the Ministry's consultation hub, and you can get help to prepare, and submit your submission. You can also support our position statement that will be available on our website in the New Year.

Our strategy details our community activities with our provider partners, and I am pleased to share a short update on their mahi.

Provider partners Te Rau Ora and Te Kete Pounamu, lead the Education for Social Change component, and have an active research programme with lived experience whānau. Hāpai te Hauora, the Mental Health Foundation, and Ngā Hau e Whā manage the Social Movement initiative. Mental Health Foundation lead the Social Action Grants. Both the Social Movement Initiative and Social Action Grants are looking robust through planning and engaging priority and lived experience networks, and communities.

And finally I note, that despite COVID impacting all of our personal and professional lives, Nōku te Ao Like Minds has continued with our haerenga | journey, with every hui, interaction and ‘growling’ we have been grateful to hononga | develop relationships, and hanga (build).

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing summer break, and looking forward to seeing you all again in 2022.


Tū pakari, tū taha.

Ko te kotahitanga

o tō tātou kaupapa.

Nōku te Ao.


Ngā manaakitanga katoa, Harley Rogers

Nōku te Ao: Like Minds Programme Lead

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