Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke with Duncan Garner on The AM Show this morning, about the new $1.2 million Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund which could provide Mike King's Gumboot Friday with $600,000 dollars.
"While we're looking to fund and support Gumboot Friday, we shouldn't take away the responsibility we have to fix our [health] system nationally,"
"It is a five-year programme - right at the beginning when this piece of work was done… those who were consumers, who had experienced the system said: 'We've got to build something that stops people needing acute care.
"If we just build acute beds, we will be forgetting that we've got to do more to support people earlier on."
You can catch Duncan Garner on The AM Show Weekdays from 6am