AGM: Challenging, but rewarding year for HPF
HPF’s resilience and hard work during what has been a challenging year was acknowledged at our first online Annual General Meeting today. Board Chairperson, Mark Simiona (Otara Health Charitable Trust) said HPF had continued to demonstrate how to create an organisation with strong values of inclusiveness, compassion, support, and a high work standard. “Our management team led by Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi adapted well to working with the Covid environment…the Board was able to work side by side with management and staff towards achieving its plans and goals,” said Mr Simiona. “We also work together for the sustainability of HPF, adapting to the new environment of more opportunities to lead health promotion for the wellbeing of our country, and contribute to the regional and international level.” HPF farewelled outgoing Board members Vishal Rishi (The Asian Network Inc.) who leaves after three terms and Paula Snowden (CEO, Problem Gambling Foundation, PGF) who has stepped down due to workload commitments. As a result of the nominations received, five Board members were appointed: Mr Simiona, Selah Hart (Hapai Te Hauora) and Fay Selby-Law (Hapai Te Hauora Tapui) who return for another term. New members are Grace Wong (The Asian Network Inc.) and Te Rukutia Tongaawhikau (PGF). Making up the rest of the Board line-up are incumbents Sharon Kennedy-Muru (Toi Te Ora Public Health Service) and Te Aroha Hunt (Tuai Kopu Programme Coordinator). Mr Tu’itahi said it was a challenging year, but many lessons were learnt. “Covid-19 prompted HPF to strengthen its application of hauora within the organisation, its activities, and relationships, ensuring the balance between planetary health, human wellbeing, and people and communities’ socio-economic, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.” He added that HPF would continue to “maintain its three major areas of focus – leadership and partnership, workforce development, communication – while developing new initiatives such as the accreditation for health promotion, and expanding into community development with community service providers”. He also revealed HPF had officially adopted the logo from last year’s World Health Promotion Conference in Rotorua. “Our decision to rebrand with this logo represents a new era of focusing on the national level while making significant contributions to health promotion at the international level”.