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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa. Revised December 2020

The revised Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Plan provides a framework for actions to support the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders as we respond to the impacts of COVID-19. 

The original version of Kia Kaha was published on 16 May 2020. The Ministry invited feedback to inform a new version of the plan and received feedback from almost 150 stakeholders. Key changes to the plan include strengthening alignment with Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 and providing updated information on actual and anticipated impacts of COVID-19 on mental wellbeing.

The framework in Kia Kaha is intended to support alignment across all organisations nationally and locally that contribute to mental wellbeing. To provide more clarity about national priorities, the new version of Kia Kaha outlines key government initiatives that supported mental wellbeing during 2020, as well as cross-government actions planned through to December 2021. Kia Kaha also provides guidance for organisations during higher COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Kia Kaharepresents the first stage in our longer-term pathway to implement the Government’s response to He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction and to transform New Zealand’s approach to mental wellbeing. 

This version replaces the previous version of the plan – Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan. The previous version is available from the downloads section of this page.

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