The numbers of people living with dementia mate wareware are increasing fast. Funding for existing services is woefully inadequate and the system is struggling to deliver culturally responsive and equitable services.

The Dementia Mate Wareware Action Plan is the result of a collaboration between Alzheimers NZ, the New Zealand Dementia Cooperative, the Mate Wareware Advisory Rōpū and Dementia New Zealand, with the voices and input of over 300 individuals and groups.

After being submitted to government in May 2020, the Plan has been revised and updated in partnership with the Mate Wareware Advisory Rōpū, strengthening its Kaupapa Māori and equity provisions and to reflect the restructure of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system.

In 2020, Labour made a pre-election promise to ‘work with the (dementia) sector to implement the Dementia Action Plan’. We now need government to take that next step to fund and implement the Plan.

It’s time for government to act. We remain ready, willing and able to work with government and health sector agencies to implement this Plan.