Applications for Nōku te Ao Lived Experience Rōpū

CLOSED: Call for expressions of interest to be a member on the Lived Experience Rōpū for Nōku te Ao: Like Minds.

In 2018, He Ara Oranga laid down a challenge to improve the mental wellbeing of all Aotearoa. It was made clear that mental health in Aotearoa must take a human rights-based approach involving modern approaches to prevention, care and treatment.

Picking up that challenge, Nōku te Ao: Like Minds was developed as a social movement to end prejudice and discrimination, and increase inclusion for people with experience of mental distress. Nōku te Ao focuses on people who are most affected by mental distress and discrimination, including Māori and Pacific communities.

Nōku te Ao is led by those with lived experience of mental distress. For this reason, the Lived Experience Advisory Rōpū (group/committee) was established to provide thought leadership and mentorship to Nōku te Ao partners.

Be part of the Lived Experience Rōpū.

We are looking for individuals who have lived experience of mental distress and who have used mental health services. In addition to this, we seek applicants who identify with one or more of the following population groups:

  • Māori
  • Pacific peoples
  • Asian, migrant and ethnic communities
  • Youth/Rangatahi (18 to 25-years-old)
  • Rainbow, Takatāpui, MVPFAFF+ communities
  • People with disabilities
  • Experience of forensic services
  • People in rural areas
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What it involves

Members are required to participate in regular meetings for a minimum of 12 months. There will be up to six meetings a year that will take place either virtually or in person. Members will be expected to prepare ahead of meetings by reviewing draft papers and providing feedback to discuss with the group. We may seek feedback on the Nōku te Ao website and communications, as well as the grassroots movement that our Nōku te Ao partners are delivering. 

Members will be remunerated for their time in accordance with Cabinet office guidelines.

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How to apply

Applications are now closed. Please email any queries to

Shortlisted applications will be contacted late May

Other information

Applications are open to all except those already involved with Nōku te Ao contracts, governance groups or current 22/23 grants recipients due to conflicts of interest. 


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