Strategy Consultation Meetings for family carers


If you are a family carer, please consider attending one of the following public meetings where you are invited to give your feedback on the draft Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2013 – 2018.

The Carers Alliance hope as many carers as possible can have their say in this important consultation.

Wellington Carer Meeting
Date: Monday 8th July, 2013
Time: 1.30 – 3.00pm
Venue: Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Auckland Carer Meeting
Date: Thursday 11th July, 2013
Time: 10.30 – 12 noon
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, 80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland

Hamilton Carer Meeting
Date: Monday 22nd July, 2013
Time: 10.30 – 12 noon
Venue: The Waikato Commerce Club, 197 Collingwood Street, Hamilton

Christchurch Carer Meeting
Date: Tuesday 30th July, 2013
Time: 10.30 – 12 noon
Venue: Atrium in the Park, 455 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch


Spaces are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing or phone 0800 777 797. Please state clearly in your email the meeting, time, and venue you wish to attend.

If you are unable to attend a meeting then please have your say by completing MSD’s online survey by clicking here. Alternatively you can download and complete the questionnaire (click on the link below) then you have the choice of emailing it to MSD as an attachment, or posting it to them. The closing date for feedback is 5.00 pm, Friday 2 August 2013.



Carers Payments

How do you rate the Government's new carer payment policy?

In May 2013 the Government announced its long-awaited policy in relation to payment for family carers. It has allocated $23 million a year to pay minimum wage for up to 40 hours a week for approximately 1,600 parents supporting high needs adult disabled children. Soon after this announcement government passed, under urgency, the Public Health and Disability Act, which prevents other carers (spouses, or those supporting disabled children or older people) from legally challenging the policy.


The NZ Carers Alliance and Carers NZ want to ensure a collective response from carers and their supporters to the new policy and the Act. Please spend a few minutes sharing your views via our online survey, so we can provide united feedback to government, society, and the media.

Click on the following link to have your say and give your feedback about the new carer payment policy and legislation

Further Information:


To read the Health Minister’s announcement click here

For further information about the new policy at the Ministry of Health's website, along with questions and answers click here

To read a joint Press Release from Carers NZ and the NZ Carers Alliance click here