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The Bulletin March 2017
Kia ora e hoa

By March, it’s all on - meetings, courses, conference planning, workshops, traffic jams and other things going wrong.

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Next, I’m pleased to report that we now have a monthly Branch and SIG chairs video-conference set up, commencing 29 March via Zoom.  The PHA has purchased a Zoom licence for as many videoconferences, for as long as we like as often as we like for up to 50 participants. It has the potential for webinars and other functionality, but we need to get accustomed to using for this essential activity first.  Initially it will be used by the Executive Council to replace some face to face meetings, and the monthly chairs meetings. This is going make considerable saving of everyone’s time as well the PHA’s travel budget. Leona will send out instructions for use shortly.

By now you will have made up your minds whether to attend the World Congress for Public Health in Melbourne in the first week of April. The latest I have on registrations is over 2000 attending, and around 200 of those are from NZ.  PHANZ will have a booth, with funding support from Tourism NZ and ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development). This allows us to promote NZ and Auckland as conference destinations, including our own 2017 Christchurch Conference, our 2018 Population Health Congress and the IUHPE Congress being planned for Rotorua in 2019.

All we need is volunteers to staff the booth throughout the Congress, so that there’s always someone there to chat with Congress-goers who might be thinking about locating their next conference in NZ, the merely curious about NZ, or our PHA and the wonders of our health system.  Please think about what time you might be able to spare from intellectual over-load from the Congress programme.

We’re all well into another busy year, and also starting to think about the September election.  There will be more news about that next month.

Ngā mihi

Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Association of New Zealand

In this month's The Bulletin:

Citizen Participation in a Rapidly Changing World

A global perspective on issues that affect us in New Zealand
Hon Alfred Ngaro Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Invites you to a cross parliamentary event to hear Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS – the World Alliance for Citizen Participation.
7.15am to 8.30am on Thursday 11 May 2017
Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Molesworth St, Wellington
A light breakfast will be served

In association with Hui E!, ComVoices, and Philanthropy New Zealand
Cost: $35 per person (GST Inclusive)

First steps with RBA™ 

A free webinar

Wednesday, 29 March 11:00 am - Book here.

In this 30-minute webinar Sharon Shea will demonstrate practical first steps for using the RBA™ methodology and how you can use it to show the impact of your work.

Payroll Giving

Did you know payroll giving is a quick and easy way for you to support the PHA through your Payroll Givingworkplace payroll? It's a simple and effective way of supporting our work and you'll get an immediate 33% tax rebate. If you give the PHA $15, this will only reduce your take home pay by $10! Download our payroll giving form and give it to your employer today.

Your generous donation will help us:
  • deliver extra policy workshops and other forums for debate - increasing our ability to influence healthy public policy
  • increase our output on significant policy issues - ensuring a public health lens is applied to legislation 
  • provide scholarships for students or hard-up public health activists - such as our former Tu Rangatira mo te Ora winners - to attend national or overseas conferences 
  • engage someone to write the history of the PHA - demonstrating our long term impact on the wellbeing of New Zealanders
  • and keep our staff salaries up with the CPI - enabling us to continue to employ staff to support our work and our members.
Download the payroll giving form.

PHA Conference 2017

‘Te Toia, te haumati – nothing can be achieved without a plan, a workforce and a way of doing things’
In October of this year, Ōtautahi Christchurch will be the destination for the 2017 Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference.
The PHA has a set of values nationally:

Tautoko • Manaakitanga • Kotahitanga • Mātauranga • Matatika

The local komiti is committed to seeing these values come alive in its mahi.  When planning began last year, the komiti wanted these public health values at the centre. That’s where the conference theme came from: Valuing Connections, Connecting Values. Ō Tātou Kaha, Ō Tātou Pae Ora. 
The conference theme forms the basis for a focus on place and environments, people and communities, knowledge and wellbeing, as we work to continue building a healthier, stronger, connected Aotearoa New Zealand.
The conference will only be as strong as the people who participate.
‘We want people to come and contribute,’ Chair Lee Tuki says.  ‘We want people to feel inspired and motivated, we want them to be connected-- most of all, we want people to leave with a vision and actions for change.’
The komiti is hoping to attract a wide range of attendees and presenters.  The call for abstracts is opening early March and will close at the end of April.  People are encouraged to share their knowledge and skills in four broad and overlapping areas:

• Connections with place & environments – toitū te whenua
• Connections with people & communities – toitū te tāngata
• Connections for knowledge – toitū te māramatanga
• Connections for wellbeing – toitū te ora

To learn more about the conference, visit the PHA website:

Call for Abstracts

You can submit your abstract online. The closing date for abstracts is 2 May 2017.
Abstracts can relate to:

• Workshop (90 minutes)
• Workshop (60 minutes)
• Oral presentation (15 minutes)
• Oral presentation (5 minutes)
• Poster
You can also follow the Canterbury branch on Facebook:
Add the conference to your Calendar:
iCalendar  •  Google Calendar  •  Outlook  •  Outlook Online  •  Yahoo! Calendar

Māori Public Health Symposium

PHA Māori Caucus - celebrating 20 yearsOur next Māori Public Health Symposium will be on 13 June 2017 in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. The theme this year is Māori public health: The next generation. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for details of speakers and the venue. We're looking forward to a day to gather, share and learn from one another.

Registration will be via the PHA website. We'll send out a pānui once registration opens.

Policy Update

Our policy submissions are rolling out at the rate of about two a week – ranging from the TPP to land transport strategy.  We were particularly pleased that as a result of advocacy from the public and NGOs including the PHA, the government changed its mind and allowed Jan Logie’s bill to help victims of domestic violence to go to the Select Committee stage.  This coming week we’ll be presenting to the Health Select Committee on the proposal to shift responsibility for fluoridation to DHBs. Public Health Association members can keep up with the latest government consultations by signing up for our PolicySpot newsletter.
We’re also running our popular and practical ‘Influencing policy and making submissions’ workshop - aka ‘Policy for Non-Policy People’. Keriata is particularly looking forward to running the first workshop for a health professional organisation.
We still have opportunities for organisations or branches who’d like to host a workshop – contact  We also have plans for an intensive ‘policy bootcamp’ workshop later in 2017.
Keriata represented the PHA at the first 2017 Hui E! gathering, which offered an informal chat and Q&A session with Alfred Ngaro, the new Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector (and a former community worker himself). 

The Lens - Water and Public Health

Our first issue of The Lens this year will be on water and public health. Water is a major public health issue and one people feel passionate about.  Much attention has focused on the issue recently (from concern over the safety of drinking water to the swimmability of our rivers) and we think it is worth exploring in greater depth. You can read here an op-ed on what the government's new water quality guidelines mean.

Do you work in an area where public health and water intersect? Are you involved in research about how water affects public health? We want to get a range of contributions from people working in the different areas where water affects our health, from urban water bodies to water infrastructure to Māori attitudes to water. Please email if you'd like to know more or you are interested in contributing. 

You can buy print copies of the Housing edition of The Lens on our website.

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Upcoming Events

Equality Network Hui. 24 March 2017. Wellington. 

Voices - Vision - Action. 15th World Congress on Public Health. 3-7 April 2017. Melbourne, Australia. 

Mokopuna Ora Seminar. 26-27 April 2017. Te Tai Tokerau

Indigenous Diversity Forum. 5 May 2017. Wellington.

Citizen Participation in a Rapidly Changing World, A global perspective on issues that affect us in New Zealand, a Parliamentary Breakfast featuring Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah. 11 May 2017. Wellington.

Working Together. Inspiring Change. 7th Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa conference. 30-31 May 2017. Wellington.

PHA Māori Public Health Symposium. 13 June 2017. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Registration details to come.

Valuing Connections, Connecting Values. Ō Tātou Kaha, Ō Tātou Pae Ora. The PHA Conference 2017. 2-4 October 2017. Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Global Alcohol Policy Conference (co-hosted by GAPA and Australian PHA). 4-6 October 2017. Melbourne, Australia. 

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