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[Editorial] Tackling inequalities to improve wellbeing in New Zealand

In May, 2018, Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand Government announced their first budget and, in a world first, extended the measures of success to include the nation’s wellbeing alongside financial measures. Providing a baseline on which success of the government’s future wellness budgets can be measured, the Health and Independence Report 2017, published by the New Zealand Ministry of Health on July 16, outlines the current state of the nation’s health. The report references Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori philosophy towards health based on a holistic model of health and wellbeing, and acknowledges the role of social determinants and environmental factors to sustain both good and poor health.