New Zealand Health Strategy 2016

Published online: 
18 April 2016

Please note: this strategy has now been superseded by the New Zealand Health Strategy released on 12 July 2023.

The New Zealand Health Strategy sets the direction of health services to improve the health of people and communities.

The 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy refreshes the previous strategy, developed in 2000. It was developed with the help of sector leaders, independent reports, extensive public consultation, and was informed by other government programmes and initiatives.

The Strategy has two parts.

  • New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction
  • New Zealand Health Strategy: Roadmap of actions 2016

Future direction

The New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction outlines the high level direction for New Zealand’s health system over the 10 years from 2016 to 2026. It lays out some of the challenges and opportunities the system faces; describes the future we want, including the culture and values that will underpin this future; and identifies five strategic themes for the changes that will take us toward this future.

To read Future Direction, you can:

Roadmap of actions 2016

The New Zealand Health Strategy: Roadmap of actions 2016 identifies 27 areas for action over five years to make the Strategy happen. The actions are organised under the five themes of the Strategy. This roadmap will be updated over the 10-year lifetime of the Strategy.

To read the Roadmap of actions 2016, download the document: New Zealand Health Strategy: Roadmap of actions 2016 (pdf, 2.99 MB)

Summary of the public consultation

The Ministry undertook a wide ranging consultation process to develop the updated New Zealand Health Strategy. Consultation included electronic and face-to-face public forums, hui, fono, and written submissions.

Summaries and analyses of the key inputs to the updated Strategy are available on the Analysis of Submissions page.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    18 April 2016
  • ISBN:
    978-0-947491-86-4 (print), 978-0-947491-87-1 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Minister of Health. 2016. New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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