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Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa

The feedback from members of HPF who participated in our second online forum recently provided some valuable information on the key factors that kept organisations working effectively and some of the challenges they faced during Covid-19.

Members who joined the online discussion on May 20 said a collaborative approach, good teamwork and effective communication had been crucial in their work with communities during the crisis.

Covid-19, said one member, showed how ‘preventative’ was the way to go and it was encouraging to see more resources being pushed out to the DHBs and other community organisations to get on top of where we are now

Also vital during the lockdown was ensuring that workers’ welfare was paramount, as many were still working onsite and others going out into the communities, dairies, supermarkets, airports etc… Creating a healthy workspace and environment was vital for their health and wellbeing.

“We’re looking after the community, but someone has to look after us,” said one member.

Good leadership was acknowledged as crucial, as well as the need for communication from the top to be filtered right down to the grassroots level.

Some of the challenges that were faced included the need for better information and data sharing. Also becoming more evident a couple of weeks into lockdown said one member was the need for better leadership in some communities, a clear, coordinated strategy and better cohesiveness and trust among the many players.

The role of social media, in particular Facebook, was highlighted by one organisation working with youth as particularly useful in getting Covid-19 information and messages through to young people, and building a rapport with them.

Members added that they were thankful for the series of webinars HPF had been running over the past few weeks.

The next forum will be held on June 20th. To register please email



The fourth in a series of webinars being run by HPF will focus on the positive outcomes and lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The webinar to be presented by HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist specialising in Pacific Health Promotion, Dr Viliami Puloka is entitled ‘Collateral Benefits: Lessons learned from COVID-19’.

Participants are encouraged to answer the following questions and share their thoughts as part of the discussions during the webinar.

  1. From your personal experience, list three activities you were able to carry out because level 4 & 3 restrictions gave you that opportunity?
  2. Can you list three environmental benefits that were directly related to COVID-19 restrictions?
  3. What are the Public health measures that flattened the curve even as we are still waiting for vaccine and drug for treatment?
  4. If you are to adopt or adapt one lifestyle change for lifetime health, what would that be?

To register for this webinar, for which the fees have been waived as HPF’s contribution to the health promotion workforce and other health workers, HPF members, and our communities, email

The webinar link will be forwarded upon registration.

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