Latest update: 7 June 2023
Following Te Arataki’s release, Veterans’ Affairs and Veterans Advisor Willie Apiata VC met with over 25 government and non-government agencies. They discussed what those agencies could do to better understand and improve the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their whānau.
For many outside the veterans sector, it was the first time they had participated in an in-depth discussion about veterans and their whānau, and the first time thinking about their role and how they could contribute to improving the lives of those who have served their country.
Strategic Action Plan
On the basis of those meetings, a draft Strategic Action Plan for Te Arataki was developed. The draft has been tested with the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Roundtable and attendees at the March 2023 Te Arataki Symposium, and amended to reflect their views.
Te Arataki work programme
Veterans’ Affairs have also been working with key agencies to agree an initial Te Arataki work programme, one that sits beneath the Strategic Action Plan. These actions are for the period from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2024.
The Te Arataki July 2023–December 2024 Work Programme [PDF, 3.5 MB]
The initial work programme actions cluster around 3 themes that align with the initial priorities identified during the development of Te Arataki:
- Investigating what we know about the mental health and wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand’s veterans and the use of veteran identifiers.
- Better connecting with those veterans who may be missing out.
- Educating and training public sector workers around veteran and whānau needs and responses, and ensuring that strategies, plans and service delivery align with, and support, Te Arataki.