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Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Presented to Parliament: What Next?


Annie Chapman completed her Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices on Tuesday the 11th of July and presented the final Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices to members of parliament on the steps of the Beehive.

Chapman writes, “Well, the deed is done!! Six months after setting off from Cape Reinga, I handed over the paper petition with 1053 signatures to Paul Hutchison, who presented it to Parliament today. I will hear back from the Health Select Committee, probably in just over a week, of when the petition will be considered by the Committee and will be invited to make a submission at that time.

The petition presentation began with the final leg of the Hikoi as Annie made her way from the Botanic Rose Gardens to the Beehive with a collection of supporters. The procession reached parliament at midday where they were joined by a crowd of about 20 and at 12.30 the politicians arrived: Dr Paul Hutchison (National MP and chair of the Health Select Committee); Annette King (Labour Spokesperson for Health and member of the H.S.C.) Barbara Stewart (NZ First M.P. and member of H.S.C.); Dr Jian Yang (National M.P. and deputy chair of H.S.C.) and Louisa Wall (Labour M.P for Manurewa).

You can still help the Hikoi get results by making a submission to the health select committee about the Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices.

Contact Annie Chapman for more information on hikoiforhealth@gmail.com

Email chairperson of Health Select Committee Paul Hutchison paul.hutchison@parliament.govt.nz

Wellington Community Hikoi Meeting THIS WEEK: 29 May 2013




Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Builds Up to Petition Presentation at Parliament


May 2013 Issue of The Like Minds Newsletter

The latest issue of the Like Minds Newsletter is available now.

The feature article explores Richard Anderson’s experience of schizophrenia, the benefits of work and his strategies for keeping well.

They cover aspects of the Like Minds National Providers Hui and hear about the resilience focus of the Noho Wananga.

This month marks the launch of the DSM-5. Like Minds talks to a psychiatrist, an international mental health consultant and a mental health advocate to get their thoughts on the revised manual. Changing Minds Manager Tina Helm offers her full perspective as a separate document, Anticipating the DSM-5.

Journalist Robyn Yousef tells us why she waited so long to ‘seize the day’ and share her story about living with bipolar disorder.

Hikoi champion Annie Chapman is walking her way around the North Island to raise awareness about choice in mental health care. She explains what is driving her and how you can support her petition.

Mental health radio show Take It From Us recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Sheldon Brown discusses his role as host and how the show came to be.

Finally, remember to sign up for Stigma Watch and check out poetry book Smells Like Sugar and SamRB’s second album Queen Street Acoustics.

You are welcome to email your feedback and story ideas to likeminds@mentalhealth.org.nz and, if you think others would enjoy receiving this e-newsletter, please forward this email so they can subscribe.

Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Makes it to the Final Month


Annie Chapman is walking the length of the North Island along the Te Araroa trail to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare options in NZ and gather signatures for a petition to parliament. She left Cape Reinga in December 2012 and is passing through every town on her way to Wellington. The Hikoi reaches the Beehive on the 11th of June. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the Hikoi events:  parents, family members, friends, professionals, town-planners and people with lived experience.

  • Fielding: 13 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Manchester House Social Services, 68 Aorangi St, Feilding; Monday 13 May 9:00am
  • Palmerston North; May 15; Community Hikoi Meeting, Manawatu Supporting Families, Level 3 Westside Chambers, 151 The Square, Palmerston North, 1pm – 3pm Wednesday May 15th
  • Otaki 23rd May: Details Coming Soon
  • Coastal Track 25/26 June, Join Annie Walking: Walking Coastal Track Waikanae to Paekakariki: 25/26 May: Bring your banners!
    • Sat 25th meet 10am Waikanae bridge SH1
    • Sun 26th meet 10am Raumati Beach below swimming pool complex, end of Garden Rd
  • Wellington; 27 May, Open Dialogue Seminar with Jaana Castella featuring Annie Chapman, Newtown Community Centre, 6:30-8:30pm, $20 waged / koha unwaged
  • Wellington 29 May, Community Hikoi Meeting: Time and venue TBC
  • Raumati: 30 May, Community Hikoi Meeting, Te Ara Korowai, 1 Weka Rd, Raumati Beach, 12pm – 2 pm
  • New Plymouth: 5/6 June: Community Hikoi Meeting, Time and Venue coming soon
  • Mt Kaukau Walking Leg: Sunday 9 June: Join Annie Walking: Walk Mt Kaukau- Botanical Gardens with banner. Meet at Mt Kaukau viewing platform 10am
  • Wellington: Tuesday 11 June: The Home Run: Walk from Botanical gardens to Parliament with banner in morning (huge crowd very welcome!!).  Meet 10.30am Rose Gardens, arrive at parliament 12 noon for petition presentation 12.30pm lunchtime Hikoi picnic. Hooray!!!
  • Wellington: 11 June: Picnic at Parliament and Petition Presentation: Celebrate and support the Hikoi’s message to parliament by joining a lunchtime picnic on the lawn of the Beehive as Annie Chapman presents the Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices  and supporting evidence to parliament. More details coming soon. 


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Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices in Feilding 13 May 2013


 Want to help gather signatures? You can download, print and share a Paper copy of the petition here: http://hikoiforhealthychoices.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/hikoi-for-health-petition-final-written.pdf

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013


Hikoi for Better Mental Healthcare Choices in NZ: Schedule April – May

Annie Chapman is walking the length of the north island following the Te Araroa trail to raise awareness of the need for better mental-healthcare choices in NZ. She’s on a mission to take a petition to parliament seeking improved options for people using public mental health services across the country. Across April and May she’ll stop off at a range of different towns to touch base with locals and collect signatures. 

Itinerary for April and May 2013

  • Taumarunui                        5 April
  • Whanganui                         22/23 April
  • Fielding                                12th May
  • Palmerston North            14th May
  • Otaki                                     21st May
  • Paraparaumu                     24th May
  • Porirua                                 28th May

Times and venues for Community Hikoi Meetings coming soon.

If you are interested in organising a Hikoi Meeting for your group or community contact Annie Chapman’s new volunteer Hikoi coordinator, Miriam Larsen-Barr by emailing admin@engagenz.co.nz

Keep yourself in the loop at the official Facebook event.

And don’t forget to sign and share the petition!

If you’d like to know a bit more about what this Hikoi is all about, please click here to watch a short video taken of the Hikoi Meeting in Whangarei.

Hikoi for Better Mental Healthcare Choices Departs Auckland from Aotea Square


It’s now confirmed that Annie Chapman’s send-off from Auckland will be from Aotea Square starting at noon on Friday 22nd. All welcome!!

Annie will continue her way along the Te Araroa Trail on her Hikoi to Wellington to seek better mental healthcare choices for those who experience mental-health problems.

Sign the petition to the NZ government and make your voice count!



  • Paeroa: 27th Feb. War Memorial Hall (supper Room) 7.00 p.m.
  • Thames: 28th Feb. (Possibly 2.30 p.m. at Te Korowai, still to be confirmed)

(Thames/Paeroa contact Beccy Dove, Enviroschools Facilitator | Ph 07 8627113, Cell 021 1448539)

Dates & Some locations from here are tentative.

  • Hamilton 7-9 March
  • Possibly Cambridge
  • Possible side trip to Rotorua
  • Te Kuiti
  • Taumarunui
  • Owhango
  • Te Porere Redoubt
  • Whakapapa Village (if Tongariro Crossing remains closed)
  • National Park
  • Mangapurua Landing
  • Whanganui (via Te Awa …. awesome!!)
  • Possible side trip to New Plymouth
  • Turakina
  • Bulls
  • Fielding
  • Palmerston North
  • Levin
  • Waikanae
  • Paraparaumu
  • Porirua
  • Wellington!!…. Mid May

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Petition Seeks Better Mental Healthcare Options in NZ – SIGN TODAY

Petition to Provide Healthy Choices for People in Mental Healthcare in New Zealand 

A petition has been created to request The Minister of Health and the New Zealand Government take measures to improve access to psycho-social, holistic treatment options, evaluate the impact of current mental healthcare and reduce reliance on medication and compulsory treatment.


Why sign this petition? 
Because lasting recovery comes from life change and life change is not inspired by medication and restricted freedoms, it is inspired by support, psycho-social skills, cultural connections, nourishing lives and therapeutic interventions. Signing this petition will help  send a message to government and ministry that the current status of things is inadequate and needs to change.

What does the petition say? 
We, the undersigned support Annie Chapman in her cause, and hereby request
  1. An independent inquiry into the impact of current mental health treatment for people diagnosed with a mental illness, relative to:
    • Their human rights
    • Their dignity as citizens
    • Their physical health
    • The cost/benefit ratio of long-term high-dose psychiatric medication (taking into account the costs to the health system and to the individuals, of physical side-effects of high-dose medications).
2. We also request that District Health Boards are required to provide, to those diagnosed with mental illness, greater access to health-promoting psycho-social, holistic (mind/body) and culturally diverse treatment options, and aligning with options that research has proven successful here in NZ and other countries in

    • Improving long-term recovery outcomes
    • Reducing dependence on psychiatric medication
    • Reducing reliance on compulsory treatment orders