This September, New Zealand will go the polls for the General Election. Whatever the outcome, government has to act and act now.

We will be writing to each party to ask them to explain their position on dementia and will share their responses with you as we receive them.

Dementia is an urgent, major problem in Aotearoa and will have a growing impact on all of us. There is a New Zealand Dementia Action Plan to help fix the problem, but government needs to implement it. Now.

3 simple steps in the plan will make a huge difference: 

People affected by dementia need to be able to live well. To do that, politicians must make dementia a health priority. So we need your help to make dementia top of mind this Election.

Take action:


Resources and information:

Dementia in NZ - facts and figures
NZ Dementia Action Plan 2020 to 2023
Recommendations for Budget 2020
The Dementia Declaration



Past campaigns

Understanding dementia

In 2017 we undertook a survey to find out more about the impact of dementia on New Zealanders. The findings showed that a clear majority of Kiwis think it is important that government takes action to address the looming dementia crisis New Zealand faces. Findings showed 81% of respondents know or had known someone with the condition, and almost 70% have or had a family member with dementia. Find out more here

Let's get our heads around dementia 

In 2016 we ran a campaign focusing on the personal stories of six Kiwis who have been affected by dementia, including Alzheimers NZ Champions for Dementia Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Kerry Prendergast. The six Kiwis shared personal experiences of their family members who have been diagnosed with the condition, with stories aired on TV and shared online through our website and YouTube channel. Find out more here.