Our Advocacy

 Towards a dementia-friendly New Zealand

One of Alzheimers New Zealand's core goals is to create a dementia-friendly New Zealand, a nation that caters well for the many thousands of people who are - and who will be affected by dementia.

As part of working towards this goal, we focus on four key streams of work:

  • Strengthening the voice of people affected by dementia
  • Supporting people affected by dementia to live well
  • Lifting the quality of care and support
  • Building resources, readiness and capability

At Alzheimers New Zealand, we advocate nationally on behalf of people affected by dementia - that's two out of three New Zealander's, and many thousands more will develop the condition over the next 30 years.

This will create significant challenges for families and for New Zealand as a whole. Dementia is one of our nation's biggest healthcare challenges and it will have major personal, societal and fiscal impacts on the years ahead.

This is why the work of Alzheimers New Zealand is so important. Our focus on people - on actively advocating for and supporting people living with dementia - is central to our mission.

One of our primary tasks is to provide high level policy advice and to ensure government, policy makers, key influencers and the country as a whole, know about the issues associated with the growing dementia burden - and the solutions to those challenges.

We are assisted by our consumer advisory group, and our professional, evidence-based approach to developing policy is why we are so well regarded by government and sector stakeholders. 

Ours is an organisation with a national voice that can proudly say it is making a real difference to those people we care about most - those New Zealanders affected by dementia.

Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Budget Policy Statement 2018.

"... The magnitude of prevalence and costs of dementia make it one of the most significant public health burdens in New Zealand, As such, it needs to be one of the priorities for policy-makers." Alzheimers NZ and Deloitte (2017) Dementia Economic Impact Report Wellington.

Alzheimers NZ submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Budget Policy Statement 2018 focuses on three key issues:

  • Growing dementia prevalence has budget policy implications
  • Dementia-related issues impinge on other Governemnt budget policy goals
  • Reducing the budgetary impact of dementia

​To read the full submission, click here. 



Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) 2017


Alzheimers NZ have prepared a Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) for 2017. The BIM focusses on the dementia challenge we are facing in New Zealand, and includes proposed solutions that will assist us to become a more dementia friendly society.

Click here for the Alzheimers NZ Briefing to the Incoming Minister.



Preparing for the 2017 Election: Making dementia a priority

With the upcoming NZ Election in September, now is the time to ensure dementia is a priority for the NZ government. Over the coming months, we'll be meeting with political parties, hosting events and continuing our advocacy work. 

View our Election Briefing documents which provide details on the impacts of dementia, and our calls to the government. 

Also check out our suggestions of how you can use the briefing to raise awareness of dementia with your local candidates. 

Election 2017: Help for voting

Click here for information about voting in this year's Election if you need help with voting.

Responses to the challenge of dementia in NZ 2017

Pre-election political debate

On 2 August 2017, we hosted a political debate with representatives of the major political parties. The parties put forward their policies for addressing the growing challenge of dementia.  In attendance was: Barry Coates MP and Spokesperson for Senior Citizens from the Green Party; David Clark MP and Spokesperson for Health from the Labour Party; Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Seniors from the National Party; Ria Bond MP from NZ First and Baleikasavu Nadakuitavuki, candidate for United Future.

Watch the video of the forum here. 



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