The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is leading a programme of work on strengthening social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand.
In a cohesive society, all people need to share a sense of belonging, inclusion, participation and legitimacy. It’s about how we are, together.
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019 report Ko tō tātou kāinga tēnei (RCOI) made a number of recommendations to improve social cohesion. Cabinet agreed that MSD should talk with communities to develop three things:
1. What social cohesion looks like – a strategic framework based on a shared understanding of social cohesion. It is focused on what unites us as people in Aotearoa New Zealand, while valuing diversity and taking real steps to become an inclusive society
2. What government can do about it – things the Government can do that you can see in the short, medium and long term to improve social cohesion
3. How everyone can play a part – ways to support and enable activity in communities, the business and cultural sectors, and local and central government to improve social cohesion.
There is a detailed Social Cohesion Consultation Pack available here and included in the pack is a feedback form asking a variety of questions. Please email completed form to the Social Cohesion team at social_cohesion@msd.govt.nzby Friday 25 March 2022 so that they can include your feedback in their work.