Not everyone can undertake paid work. An opportunity exists to better recognise the contribution people make through unpaid work (such as caring for children, disabled people and elderly people and volunteering with community organisations or cultural and creative enterprises). The value of caring for children and others and volunteering in one’s community needs far greater acceptance and recognition.
Equally, a commitment is needed to ensure that people who are unable in the long-term to work because of ill health or disability can live a life with dignity. This is a fundamental human right. New Zealand must better integrate its economic and social strategies so all of its citizens have a chance to better contribute to the economy, civil society, creative and cultural identity, communities and families.