The Highest Needs Review

Background documents

These key documents offer background information on the Highest Needs Review.



Media release – Minister Tinetti – Announcement of the Highest Needs Review (November 2022)

Cabinet Paper and Minutes – Recommendations for change (November 2022)

Stakeholder research informing the Cabinet Paper and Work Programme (October 2022)


Cabinet Paper and Minutes - Scope and Terms of Reference of the Review (September 2021)

Briefing Note – Cabinet Paper

Briefing Note – Talking points for Social Wellbeing Committee

Accessible formats available

The Executive Summary of the Cabinet paper (2022), Summary of Engagement (2022), and Terms of Reference (2021) have been translated from English to Te Reo, Pacific languages (Cook Island Māori, Fijian, Kiribati, Niuean, Rotuman, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tuvaluan). They are also available in Chinese, Hindi and Korean.

Accessible versions in Braille, PDF and Word are on this site. Future key document will be done in NZ Sign Language. For other accessible versions, email:

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