Consultations: gambling strategy, disability survey, tackling racism and Pacific pay gap

Tue 28 Sep 2021

This story highlights four consultations seeking feedback on issues that have links with family violence and sexual violence. The closing dates are coming up in October and November.

The consultations include opportunities to give feedback on:

  • Draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2022/23 to 2024/25)
  • National Disability Survey 2023
  • Vision and ideas for an Aotearoa New Zealand that is free of racism
  • Pacific Pay Gap 


Draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

The Ministry of Health is asking for feedback on the proposed future direction and content of the Ministry of Health’s Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2022/23 to 2024/25). The Ministry of Health is responsible for developing and refreshing the strategy every three years, and for implementing the strategy. You can have your say about:

  • the strategic plan including the general direction and priorities 
  • the proposed funding levels for the Ministry, in relation to the gambling harm prevention and minimisation activities described in the strategy
  • the proposed service plan, for the next three years 
  • the proposed problem gambling levy rates and weighting options per gambling sector, for the next three years.

The closing date to give feedback is 8 October 2021.

Find research on the links between family violence and gambling in our library.

National Disability Survey 2023

Stats NZ is asking for feedback on the content of the upcoming 2023 Disability Survey. The survey is the primary source for estimating how many people with disabilities are in Aotearoa New Zealand. It also provides information on the experiences of people with disabilities and a range of housing, economic, and wellbeing outcomes. This will be the first national disability survey to be carried out since 2013.

Submissions close on 29 October 2021.

Research published earlier this year from a population-based prevalence study found that people with disabilities experience higher rates of partner violence and non-partner violence. See our library, for more information and research about people with disabilities and family violence.

Tackling racism in Aotearoa New Zealand 

The NZ Human Rights Commission (HRC) is asking the public for ideas on how to tackle racism. HRC will summarise the feedback into a report. It is expected that the government will consider the report in work on a national action plan against racism. Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon, who is leading the initiative, explains the purpose of the initiative in a video. HRC is asking for feedback on three questions:

  • "What is your vision for an Aotearoa New Zealand that is free of racism? 
  • What difference would a racism-free Aotearoa New Zealand make to your life?
  • What are your best ideas that would enable Aotearoa New Zealand to be free of racism?"

Submissions close on 23rd November 2021.

For more information about the links between family violence and racism, search our library under racism and colonisation.

Update: The Ministry of Justice is seeking public submissions on New Zealand’s draft combined Twenty-Third and Twenty-Fourth Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Submissions are open until 23 November 2021.

Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry

The NZ Human Rights Commission is also conducting an inquiry into the Pacific pay gap. The Pacific pay gap is the difference in pay between Pacific workers when compared with the highest paid group in Aotearoa -  Pākehā males. The inquiry is focused on the private sector and particularly the Construction, Manufacturing, and Health and Care sectors. HRC is asking for feedback from Pacific communities about the human rights violations they are experiencing concerning pay, work conditions and career progression. 

Submissions close on 30 November 2021.

For more information about the links between family violence and disadvantage, see our related news story below and search our library under the quick topic Socio-economic factors.

Related media

Minding the Gap on equal pay, RNZ, 20.10.2021 (also see Mind the Gap - Equal pay campaign from the National Council of New Zealand Women)

The unnoticed epidemic of violence and abuse against disabled people, Stuff, 01.10.2021

Partners in Care programme to strengthen the consumer and whānau voice in Aotearoa New Zealand’s future health system, Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand news, 16.09.2021

'Basic racism': Pacific workers struggle to get training and promotions, Stuff, 19.08.2021 

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