Chlöe Swarbrick

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Green MP based in Auckland Central. Another bloody millennial on the social medias 🥑 #AuthorisedBy Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Parly Bldgs, WLG

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Louisa Wall wearing my fave outfit ever seen in the chamber, on #suffrage125: “It’s a power jacket.”
125 years of women’s suffrage and one @jaquiebrown dressed the part 📸 @tonnes_tim
L-R: Jan Logie, Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice delegated with ending family and sexual violence. Gareth Hughes, Chair of the Social Services Select Committee and @nzgreenparty Musterer. Nerd, evidently just v stoked to be here.
📸 @deborahteh
Today we secured the future of another mental health service.

I just got off the phone with Tony from Te Whare Mahana, a specialist mental health clinic in Golden Bay, congratulating him and the team for their incredible mahi and the extension on funding we’ve managed to secure by working actively with the Minister of Health over the past few months.

The @nzgreenparty called for a moratorium of closures on mental health services last month, at the very least until the report back of the Mental Health Inquiry (at the end of October). In the middle of a mental health epidemic, it doesn’t make sense to allow clinics to shut up shop due to funding drying up, especially when the financial cost of re-establishing those services later down the track will be far more than sustaining successful, established ones.

I received this card from one of the in-patients at the clinic who I was stoked to meet when I visited Te Whare Mahana a few weeks back. She’s taken up art since being in the service, holding her first ever art exhibition as part of her journey to wellbeing, and explains this watercolour with the whakatauki “kia mate ururoa,” which translates to “fight like a shark.”
Much MMP, many wow 📸 @deborahteh
“The opposite of addiction is connection.” In kōrero with @johann.hari about what we fundamentally get wrong when it comes to drugs. Reducing drug harm looks like improving wellbeing, and seeing that people live lives they don’t want or need to escape from.
Today is one of those days when the daily grind and noise of Te Whare Paremata lifts and there’s a profound sense of it all being worthwhile.

Throughout the last few months I’ve been really bloody vocal (arguably, incessant) about mental health. In our Confidence & Supply Agreement negotiated with Labour to form the Government, the @nzgreenparty secured commitment to ‘high quality and timely mental health services’ for all New Zealanders, so we’ve been stoked about the mahi underway in the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. But in the meantime, we need to ensure no one falls through the gaps, and that we don’t waste limited resources closing services that would require substantial investment to re-establish.

I’ve spent the past while visiting frontline services across the country, meeting patients and workers alike, but I’ve been alarmed at the number of services at risk of closure because of funding uncertainty.

One of those services is the inspiring, highly effective kaupapa Māori, community-based Te Kūwatawata clinic in Gisborne. We have been working with the Minister and his officials to ensure no services - not the least specialist, fit for purpose and successful services - close down whilst we wait for the report back of the Inquiry.

Today we can announce Te Kūwatwata have had their funding extended. We’re looking forward to continuing constructive work with the Government to guarantee frontline mental health services don’t have to fight for survival, but focus precious energy on helping Kiwis reaching out for support.
Public service clones out in full force today
School uniform 📸 @tonnes_tim
Angella might be wearing two sets of pants and a Billy T Award winning comedian, but there was no joke in this aesthetic.
Late night confidence & supply #AuthorisedBy 📸 @jameslittlenz
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