This week’s guest artist is my friend Jason Sturgill
Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, and Grant Robertson, her finance minister, said billions of pounds will be spent on mental health services, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
New Zealand is the first western country to design its entire budget based on wellbeing priorities.
This will include $455m to pay for mental health workers at health and doctors clinics to help people who have low to mid level mental health problems. Another billion dollars will go towards child wellbeing, including increasing benefits, while measures to combat domestic violence also received a record investment of $320m.