The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry report recently called for fresh approaches to community wellbeing.
A new nationwide network involving arts organizations argues that creativity must be one of those approaches.
This Wednesday sees the official launch of Te Ora Auaha: Creative Wellbeing Alliance Aotearoa. The network includes individuals, groups and organizations across the arts, health, youth, social and education sectors.
Lynn Freeman speaks to two enthusiastic members of the new network. Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho is from Te Pou Theatre and a member of the National Māori Mental Health Advisory Panel (HPA). Dr Molly Mullen is from the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work.
The Honourable Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development and Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, will officially launch the project - including a new website - this Wednesday