A big idea for unprecedented times

A big idea for unprecedented times

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. 


During the election campaign we will be calling for politicians to work with us to rebuild better and introduce the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment. 

Our Let’s Do Even BETTER campaign will ask them to commit to wellbeing so New Zealanders can be better supported as we rebuild after Covid.

We need to get our message out but this will be difficult.  We don’t get any public money to promote our election campaign so we need members to raise awareness of the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment. 


  • Talk with your friends about our Let’s Do Even BETTER campaign and the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment
  • Make sure friends, family and whānau are enrolled and have a plan to vote
  • Send our campaign postcards to party leaders asking them to implement the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment.
  • And most importantly – share our social media posts at every opportunity

The Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is an idea whose time has come.  Let’s get our big idea out there and make the politicians listen this election! 

Let’s Do Even BETTER Election Campaign Launch

The PSA’s Let’s Do Even BETTER election campaign launch will be in Auckland on Thursday, July 23. 

 We will be inviting members to attend but also livestreaming so as many of you as possible can be part of the event. Look out for more details closer to the date.


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