Aotearoa – NZ. Advocacy

“Advocacy for health: A combination of individual and social actions designed to gain political commitment, policy support, social acceptance and systems support for a particular health goal or programme. Advocacy can take many forms including the use of mass media and multimedia, direct political lobbying, and community mobilisation through, for example, coalitions of interest around defined issues.” Adapted from CompHP

Working with communities to participate in the submission process

This  guide helps communities have a voice in the submission process.  Produced by Regional Public Health, it gives advice and tips for health promoters on understanding the submission process, the health promoter’s role and how to engage with communities.

Help make children an election issue

Check out the election section on the Every Child Counts website. Links to reports, FaceBook and more advocacy

Advocacy in Action 1

A toolkit for Public Health Professionals from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Australia
“It is recognised that not all organisations have staff dedicated to advocacy, and many public health professionals work in organisations with limited funding and find themselves responsible for many advocacy strategies
(e.g. media, political lobbying). This toolkit is designed to support health professionals in these positions
to engage in effective advocacy with confidence.” Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action 2

A resource kit for New Zealand from the Council for International Development. Covers everything from definitions to activities with a focus for NGOs Advocacy in Action

Advocacy Training

The Children’s Commissioner offers two advocacy training programmes to communities throughout New Zealand. Both of the programmes are organised and facilitated by trained and experienced staff from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. To enquire about organising a training programme in your community, please visit their website. Advocacy Training

Advocacy tools

NCD Action NetworkNCD Action Network – Global action against the injustice of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Easy to use templates and advocacy tools. Links to other credible global health organisations with advocacy resourcesAdvocacy Tools

Amnesty International

Vision – A world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Ammnesty International

Health and Disability Advocacy

“If you want to know more about your rights when using health and disability services, get questions answered or make a complaint. Independent advocates offer education and training for anyone about consumer rights and provider duties. Health and Disability Advocates


The Public Health Association (PHA) of new Zealand is a voluntary association that takes a leading role in promoting public health and influencing public policy.

Their goal is to improve the health of all New Zealanders by progressively strengthening the organised efforts of society by being an informed collaborative and strong advocate for public health. PHA NZ


The Protected Disclosures Act sets up a scheme for public and private sector employees to report serious wrong-doing in their workplace (sometimes called ‘whistle-blowing’) to an appropriate authority, such as an Ombudsman. Under the Act, if an employee makes a “protected disclosure” they will have certain rights and protections.

The Protected Disclosures Act:
• is about disclosure, in the public interest, of serious wrongdoing;
• sets out the procedures to be followed when making a disclosure; and
• protection to both public and private sector employees who make disclosures in accordance with the Act. Protected Disclosures Act.


WRAP or ‘Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific’ is an Aotearoa NZ based group made up of New Zealand organisations (or affiliates of international organisations) which promote and work on the rights of women in the Pacific as all our part of their remit. WRAP

Links to other advocacy resources

Community Central – Articles about advocacy and links to community networks

Campaigning & Advocacy – How to Guides, Community Net Aotearoa

Tim Barnett’s Lobby Kit – Volunteer Wellington