The Bulletin: The member newsletter of the PHA.
View this email in your browser
The Bulletin February 2017
Kia ora e hoa
Welcome to our first members bulletin of 2017. We hope you found time to celebrate Waitangi Day and the Year of the Rooster with your whānau and friends. The first six months of 2017 will be filled with PHA events and activities, both local and national. We encourage you to get involved in as many as you can.
Branches will be sending out details of local activity direct to their members and friends. Make sure you’re signed up to branch and other PHA newsletters. Sign up now.
The PHA Māori Public Health Symposium will take place in June, followed by our annual conference in October. We're looking forward to welcoming you to our signature events for 2017. More details in our next Bulletin. This year we will also host a Pacific Public Health event and a series of policy workshops. Details will be published on our Events page soon.

Give A Little Appeal

Hopefully you’ve noticed we’re carrying out a givealittle appeal.  We’re doing this because the PHA (like many other health sector NGOs) is struggling to keep our head above water. This is not new – I’ve said in every annual report since I joined the organisation in 2012 that we need alternative funding streams to bolster our contract with the Ministry of Health. To date our attempts have raised very little, while the purchasing power of our Ministry contract – still based on 2011 dollars - has steadily declined.
We’ve increased our communications, strengthened partnerships across the sector, diversified our workshops and forums to gather share and learn – and done all this without increasing our membership fees or finding a generous patron.  In fact, some philanthropic trusts whose goals we share won’t fund us because we’re part of the health sector.
So – we’re asking you who receive this newsletter and seem to value our existence to start helping us out in whatever way you can.
Depending on what we can raise we can do a range of things to increase our impact. Our immediate goal is $50,000. This would enable us to
  • deliver extra policy workshops and other forums for debate
  • increase our output on significant policy issues
  • enable former Tu Rangatira te Ora winners to attend national or overseas conferences
  • engage someone to write the history of the PHA 
  • and keep our staff salaries up with the CPI.
Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive

PHA Conference 2017

Join us in Ōtautahi Christchurch for the 2017 Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference to explore the connections and values of public health. The focus is on place and environments, people and communities, knowledge and wellbeing, as we work to continue building a healthier, stronger, connected Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • 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

 The call for abstracts will be sent to the PHA mailing list shortly.

Contributions to our newsletters

Members and friends of the PHA are welcome to submit articles for inclusion in the PHA Newsletters and Website. Please visit our website for more information. 

Advertising of events, job vacancies, conferences and courses are subject to a fee. Please see our 
sponsors and partners page. We reserve the right to waive this fee for our strategic partners. We usually include free events in our newsletter without charging a fee.

Please contact us at with your contributions or questions.

Communications Update

Last year saw us launch three of our new eNewsletters:
  • PolicySpot

  • Public Health Matters

  • The Bulletin

2017 will see the launch of our new Māori Public Health eNewsletter, Whiria Te Tangata.
Material Deadlines and Contacts
eNewsletter Deadline Email Publication
PolicySpot Monday Wednesday
Public Health Matters Tuesday Thursday
The Bulletin First Wednesday Second Wednesday
Whiria Te Tangata Third Wednesday Fourth Wednesday
We also launched a new website. Many thanks for bearing with us while we’ve established this exciting new communication tool. We’re still busy migrating content across. The latest addition to the site is our current policy statements, with historic statements being loaded up to our members area. We also plan on publishing past submissions and details of our award winners shortly. The Internet Archive continues to allow access to our old website.
Branches and Sections/Special Interest Groups/Caucuses have been invited to develop their own areas in our members section, information can also be loaded up for the general public. Please contact us at to find out more. We’re also keen to host details of local PHA events. Please send these through to
To manage our budget, we have had to considerably downsize our communications contracts with Anton Blank and Rob Zorn. Anton and Rob have provided considerable communications support over many years via our newsletters and at local and national events. Rob’s primary role is now media engagement and he continues to support our child wellbeing network and public health nurses enewsletters (we are currently seeking sponsorship for these and other newsletters).
All communications queries should be directed to

Te Uru Kahikatea Consultation

Over the past 4 months the Ministry, together with Massey University and a Sector Reference group including the PHA, have been reviewing Te Uru Kahikatea (TUK): Public health workforce development plan 2007 - 2016.  

Eight community consultations were successfully completed across the country; Whangarei, Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and Invercargill. These community consultations consisted of 8-10 experienced public health/social sector/academic members who were recommended by the Sector Reference group.

We would like to invite our members to complete the survey in the link below.  We appreciate your thoughts on public health workforce development issues.  Information collected from the survey and the community consultations will help inform Te Uru Kahikatea to continue its contribution to improving Māori health and achieve health equity.

To complete the survey please click on the following link by 24 Friday, February 2017 - 

Please be assured that you/ your organisation will not be identified in any subsequent reporting and that a summary of the survey results will be made available on the Ministry of Health website - Public Health Workforce Development page.

If you have any concerns or questions about the survey, please contact Te Miha Ua-Cookson (


Upcoming Events

PHA Māori Caucus; Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. Wednesday 15 February 2017. Auckland.

Racism and child health and wellbeing, a lecture by Dr Naomi Priest of Australian National University, Australia. 21 February, 5.15pm. University of Otago, Wellington.

International Women's Day: Empowering Women and Girls of the Pacific. 8 March 2017. Auckland.

International Women's Day: No Equality Without Diversity. 10 March 2017. Auckland.

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

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

PHA Māori Public Health Symposium. June 2017. 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. 
Please update your preferences to make sure you've subscribed to the right PHA newsletters. 
Copyright © 2017 Public Health Association of New Zealand | Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp