So how can we build a better Aotearoa together? Here are the first steps towards fulfilling the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment.
Everyone deserves access to quick, effective, compassionate care if we are sick or injured
All New Zealanders should have secure, warm, dry, energy-efficient housing
Everyone deserves the means to make ends meet if they fall on hard times and at least a living wage when they are working
Public transport should allow us to access the places we work, live and play. This in turn will minimise the impact on the environment and make our cities more liveable.
Access to information is a necessity for work opportunities and social connection
No matter where they grow up, all children should be set off with the skills and knowledge they need to fully participate in our society
BUT CAN WE AFFORD THIS?
You may ask if we can afford the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment as we weather the economic storm of a global pandemic? We say we can’t afford not to do it.
Having some people not able to access these services has costs for them and their families, and also for the country.
Modelling by University College London shows this approach to be fiscally neutral and highly progressive.
In New Zealand it would be paid for through government making the right choices on how to allocate funding, re-prioritisation of funding and the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
To find out what the political parties think of our key first steps check out our journal election scorecard or go to www.letsdoevenbetter.nz/party-positions
PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.