Find out who your local MP is and how to contact them here.

Some political parties will also have new candidates standing in certain electorates. You can find them here.


  • Keep your letter or email short – maximum 250 words.
  • Use the example below to help you.
  • Always use a heading. For example, “We need a Dementia Action Plan now”.
  • Make your most important point in the very first sentence.
  • Then use the next two or three paragraphs to say why we need a Plan and what the Government needs to do to get a Plan in place.
  • Include some of these facts about dementia’s impact in New Zealand
  • Include the personal touch – how does this relate to you and your experience?
  • Ask them to respond to you.
  • If you are writing a letter to your MP, remember you don’t need a stamp to post it.


<Your address>


Dear/Tēnā koe <Name>

We need a plan for dementia

I am writing because I am very concerned about dementia. Numbers affected by dementia are growing rapidly and Government is not doing anything to deal with the massive impact on families/whānau and our health system.

We know that the dementia sector has got so worried about dementia numbers and the lack of support and services that it has written a plan which could be used to deal with the situation.

<Then add some facts, e.g:>

  • Almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today
  • More than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050
  • Dementia impacts more women than men – around 30% higher
  • The total cost of dementia to NZ is now around $1.7b and will reach around $5b by 2050

<Write something more personal – about how the dementia issue affects you and your experience.>

<Then finish with something like:>

Can you please tell me what you and your Party will do about a Dementia Action Plan?

Nāku, nā – Yours faithfully

Nāku iti noa, nā – Yours sincerely

Ngā mihi – Kind regards or thank you

Ngā mihi nui – Kind regards (with more emphasis on gratitude)