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

About Us

Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand – Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa (HPF) – is the umbrella organisation for all those who identify health promotion as part of their work.  Founded on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter, our non-profit organisation provides information, training and resources to build the workforce and health promotion leadership.

The membership of the Forum is made up of over 100 organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.  In addition over 3,000 individuals with an interest in health promotion subscribe to our newsletter and information.

As well as its leading work in Aotearoa New Zealand, HPF is increasingly being recognised as a health promotion leader at regional and international level. Our team is connecting more and more with other international leaders.  We share health promotion expertise and best practice to advance socio-economic wellbeing and other outcomes at all levels.

The Forum co-hosts the South West Pacific Regional Office of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and is a member of the Global Executive Board of IUHPE.

Read our constitution.

HPF is a member of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education and the Sustainable Business Network.

HPF participate in the Te Wana Quality Improvement Programme, ensuring continuous quality management. Quality standards are developed by the Quality Improvement Council – an Australasian accreditation body.




Passionate about health promotion: the Health Promotion Forum 10 years on and growing

HPF - Looking back; looking forward

We work in a challenging socio-economic environment and the impact on our resources and capacity is inevitable. Like many of our members, HPF has needed to adapt to these changing times. We aim, however, to remain sustainable; maintaining health promotion as one of the solutions to health inequity and upholding hauora as everyone’s right.

HPF Staff

Sione Tu‘itahi Executive Director

Ph (09) 300 3733 
Skype sione.tuitahi.hpf

Sione Tu’itahi is the Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake I Te Hauora o Aotearoa. An educator, author and health promotion professional, his areas of interest in health promotion include determinants of health, human rights, community development, public policy, and workforce development.

Sione is the current Vice President (2016-2019) of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) for the South West Pacific Region, and a member of the Global Executive Board of IUHPE. IUHPE is an umbrella organisation for health promotion professionals and institutions throughout the world.

Sione joined the Forum in 2005 after six years as Pacific Manager at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. He has also taught at a number of tertiary educational institutions. For more than ten years he led the building of Pacific capacity at Massey University. A former journalist and broadcaster, Sione is the author of a number of books, academic papers, and children’s stories. As a voluntary community worker, he is a member of several national advisory groups in the education, health and community sectors.

Trevor Simpson (Tuhoe, Ngati Awa) Māori portfolio manager

Ph (09) 300 3736
Skype trevor.simpson.hpf

Te kotahi a Tuhoe ka kata te po.Trevor joined HPF in May 2010 to manage the Māori portfolio. He is married to Vanessa with two grown children and has worked in the health promotion field since 2006. Prior to this he worked in a number of vocations including Crown Land administration, Treaty Settlements and special youth projects. His interests are in raising the profile of Māori issues particularly in the areas of health and matters of social importance. Trevor is committed to health promotion as a fundamental approach to improving Māori health status and believes that strong Māori leadership in this field is an essential facet if we are to contemplate success.

Trevor Simpson – White Ribbon Ambassador.
Ruben Wiki was the first White Ribbon Ambassador.
There are now some 20 Ambassadors including the Prime Minister.
White Ribbon Ambassadors are chosen for:

  • their support for the principles of the campaign.
  • their willingness to challenge the behaviour of abusive men.
  • their willingness to encourage others to do the same.
  • their commitment to conveying the messages of the White Ribbon Campaign to other men within their community.

Leanne Eruera (Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Ngati Ruanui) Business Manager

Ph (09) 300 3735
Skype: leanne.eruera.hpf

Business Manager Leanne Eruera joined HPF in January 2014.

An accountant, and member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Leanne also has business, human resources and legal qualifications. Leanne has previously served as Treasurer for a Māori health organisation, and held various positions in senior accountant, office and manager roles, in the commercial and not for profit sectors.

Leanne supports the organisation’s vision, by ensuring the internal infrastructure is robust and sustainable for the future. Passionate about hauora herself, Leanne is a keen runner, and has an interest in natural therapies and nutrition. Leanne is particularly interested in Māori health and social and economic issues. She values the excellent leadership that HPF practises, under the principles of Te Tiritii o Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter.

Viliami Kulikefu Puloka Health Promotion Strategist

Ph (09) 300 3737

Viliami is HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist specialising in Pacific Health Promotion. He joined us in June 2014.

A Public health physician with a special interest in diabetes and obesity, Viliami brings with him a wealth of Pacific experience; combining his clinical skills and his Public health knowledge. He has gained a broad social and cultural appreciation from working with the diverse and unique islands of the Pacific. He has a strong multi-sectoral experience and programmatic approach in capacity building, project management and community development.

Most recently, Viliami came from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in New Caledonia. Supporting and working with the 22 Pacific Island countries and Territories, he led the fight against non-communicable diseases.

Before that, Viliami worked as a clinician, as well as looking after the public health programs in the outer islands of Tonga. He was the first director of health promotion and non-communicable disease at the government of Tonga.

Viliami has an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Papua New Guinea and a MPH (Masters in Public Health) in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Hawaii.

Emma Frost (Te Rarawa, Ngati Kuri) Activities Coordinator

Ph (09) 3003734

Emma joined HPF in January 2011 as Office Administrator and now holds the position of Health Promotion Activities Coordinator. She brings with her a wide mix of administrative, project management, community development and governance skills. Emma has applied her international, national and community experiences in supporting social justice issues and education with particular emphasis on Māori aspirations. Her previous roles in the adult education and community health sectors provides a natural fit to the work of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand and supports her interest in social determinants and rights to health. With various voluntary roles within the Māori Women’s Welfare League, her local marae and, until recently, the Alternatives to Violence Project Aotearoa Emma continues an active role in furthering her ambitions for a fair and equitable society.

Natalie Harris Assistant accountant


Natalie joined the HPF team in September 2015 working from home part time as an assistant accountant.

Over the past 7 years she has spent time building her knowledge in the accounting industry.  “I am thoroughly enjoy being a part of the HPF team and witnessing their incredible passion in the public health field.”

Alongside her work for HPF Natalie is currently studying for her Bachelor of accountancy through Massey University. She is mother to a lovely young son named Asher who also enjoys socialising with the HPF team. She really enjoys spending time with her young family.


He Rīpoata Karahipi – HPF Scholarship Report

September 13, 2018

I tēnei tau ka tū tētehi o ngā mahi whakapakari o HPF ki Tāmaki Makaurau, arā , ko tō mātou Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion...


Kiwis urged to celebrate Te Reo Maori

September 11, 2018

All New Zealanders are being encouraged to take part in Māori Language Week which launched on September 10. Nau mai ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – ...


History of mana wahine celebrated

August 29, 2018

As Emma Frost walked out of Te Papa where she had just shared about her tupuna Meri Te Tai Mangakahia she felt cleansed and reinvigorated. “Moving out...


Adrian Te Patu: adapting to the environment

May 23, 2017

Health Promotion Forum is privileged to have had a brief catch-up with Adrian Te Patu. Adrian is a past board member of our organisation and is curren...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a ‘professional imperative’

September 13, 2016

A new paper, published in UK publication Ethnicity and Health in June, indicates we have a way to go to address ongoing inequities for Māori and other...

Case Studies

Te Kōpae Piripono: early childhood education based whanau intervention

March 27, 2016

Te Kōpae Piripono is a successful whānau intervention based in Taranaki.  Te Pou Tiringa and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, University o...


Māori under-represented in the medical workforce: survey

February 3, 2016

According to the New Zealand Medical Workforce survey released in late January 2016, Māori are under-represented in the medical workforce, when compar...


Towards Health Equity – putting tools in the kete

October 13, 2015

In October 2015 HPF’s Deputy Executive Director Trevor Simpson and Senior Health Strategist, Dr Viliami Puloka together presented to a multi-sec...

Case Studies

Health promotion is at the heart of Hapai te Hauora

October 7, 2015

  Zoe Aroha Martin-Hawke is National Manager – Te Ara Ha Ora: Māori Tobacco Control Leadership service at Hapai Te Hauora.  Jo Lawrence-King find...


Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment

September 13, 2015

Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment View the powerpoint presentations from a workshop with Professor Sir Mason Durie on 17 Sep...


Indigenous health gap – social determinants key

July 29, 2015

A feature article on an Australian TV website has highlighted the issue of the indigenous health gap; an issue that echoes the situation of Māori here...


Māori Health Promotion: five important facets for building the discipline

May 7, 2015

    Five key elements, outlined in a 2010 paper by Dr Mihi Ratima remain imperative to the success of Māori health promotion today.  Commiss...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Health Promotion – a partnership in progress.

April 21, 2015

    By celebrating and realising indigenous Māori elements of te Tiriti health promotion, HPF and its members are striving to be at the cutt...


Working with communities to participate in the submission process

January 12, 2015

This guide helps communities have a voice in the submission process. Produced by Regional Public Health, it gives advice and tips for health promoters...


Improving Access to Primary Care for Māori and Pacific Peoples

December 30, 2014

This literature review, commissioned by the former Health Funding Authority in December 2000, examined the most relevant literature on strategies that...


“Mauri ora!” Strong endorsement of population health from Tariana Turia

July 15, 2014

Outgoing co-leader of the Maori Party, the Honourable Tariana Turia, signalled her support for public health and health promotion this week.  In a hea...


Chatham Islands provide excellent health promotion model

April 2, 2014

  In a recent Health and Social Needs report prepared by Litmus Ltd for the Ministry of Health the Chatham Island community was described as havi...


Hauora: one of the motivators behind Te Tiriti o Waitangi

February 6, 2014

Every year Waitangi Day provides a useful basis to reflect on our nationhood and the common historical grounds that brought us all together. At the sa...

Family and child

Whanau Ora: a model for people around the world

February 4, 2014

  A speech to parliament on Wednesday 28 January 2014 by Minister Tariana Turia has highlighted the groundswell of support for Whanau Ora as a mo...


HPF making its mark on world health agendas

December 18, 2013

  HPF – and New Zealand – is making a significant contribution to world health agendas.  Its most recent input was to the scientific ...


Reducing Inequality: A Strategy for a Cause

December 14, 2013

  Bruce Jesson Lecture 2013 “Assertive, if not aggressive approach” called for by the Right Hon Sir Edmund Thomas   Retired Court Appe...


Unlawful Uruwera raids as a health promotion issue

November 17, 2013

  Why are the raids of Ruātoki in Uruwera a health promotion issue? What can our profession do to help all those involved, as well as prevent suc...


Mental health workforce: training in Māori health models needed

November 12, 2013

    Māori mental health patients are twice as likely as non-Māori to be put into seclusion.  Workforce development has been identified as on...


Maori public health leaders agree three areas for action

October 15, 2013

  Three key project areas were agreed at a recent hui taumata (summit) of Māori Public Health Leaders at Te Ohāki Marae in Huntly. The three agre...


New Zealand health promotion held up as international best practice

September 30, 2013

Health promotion programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand were held up as models of best practice in August at the annual conference of the world’s most hig...


Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Māori

June 18, 2013

    Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Māori.   A report, issued in December 2013 by the Māori Affairs Committee, ...


He Mara Kai (the food garden)

September 13, 2011

He Mara Kai (the food garden) is an initiative focusing on good nutrition and physical activity by supporting Kohanga Reo (Māori speaking early childh...


Te Pae Mahutonga: Mason Durie

January 1, 2011

[pdf-embedder url=””]     Te Pae Mahut...


Te Wheke: Rose Pere

January 1, 2011

Another model of Māori health is based on Te Wheke, the octopus and the eight tentacles that collectively contribute to waiora or total wellbeing. Vie...


Te Whare Tapa Whā: Mason Durie

January 1, 2011

The four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health are whānau (family health) tinana (physical health) hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual h...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi

October 25, 2010

Te Tiriti o Waitangi has been identified as the founding document of Aotearoa and the key to health promotion in this country.


TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand)

September 13, 2010

This essential document, produced by HPF in 2002, provides understanding of the application of te Tiriti o Waitangi in health promotion practice in Ao...


Māori health promotion – a comprehensive definiton and strategic considerations

September 13, 2010

The purpose of this paper is to provide a definition of Māori health promotion and to discuss Māori health promotion strategic issues to inform practi...



June 9, 2010

TUHA-NZ is a framework developed in 2000 to assist health promoters to apply Treaty based thinking and planning to their health promotion practice.


Māori health promotion – a comprehensive definition and strategic considerations

February 11, 2010

Published in 2010, this paper provides a definition of Māori health promotion and discusses Māori health promotion strategic issues to inform practice...


General comment on indigenous children and their rights under the Convention

January 13, 2009

On Friday 30 January 2009 the Committee adopted the General Comment on Indigenous Child Rights. This Comment urges State Parties to adopt a rights-bas...

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