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A general legacy document and an inaugural indigenous legacy document are being drafted for the conference.
The general statement will capture the essence of the conference and represent the voice of researchers, practitioners, social movement members and policymakers who participated in the conference.


HPF’s Dr Viliami Puloka who is coordinating the drafting the general statement says It will call on the global community to: Ensure health equity throughout the life course; make all urban and other habitat inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; Design and implement effective and fair climate change adaptation strategies and build effective accountable governance that promotes peace, justice and respect for all creation promoting planetary health.


HPF’s Executive Director Trevor Simpson who is part of the team drafting the indigenous statement says the contributors to this work are looking to draft the document from a specific position of indigenous thought and worldviews.


“Although complementary to the general statement there is an excitement that the Indigenous Statement will, for the first time provide a unique perspective that is neither western nor eastern but rather representative of the way Indigenous people feel about the planet and its co-relationship to health and wellbeing.”


Although confident that the statement will be adopted by the global health promotion community Mr Simpson acknowledges that there is recognition of the challenges faced, particularly given the diversity of indigenous people and their lived experience.


“It will be a very useful starting point, I think. We are trying to articulate indigenous views in an increasingly difficult political situation for many groups. When we consider the plight of the direct impact of climate degradation on indigenous communities, clearly it is incumbent on all of us to bring these things to the fore,” he adds.

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Dr Stone (Pictured left with Lee Tuki)

HPF congratulates Dr Prudence Stone on her appointment as Chief Executive of the Public Health Association (PHA).
Dr Stone (Pictured left with Lee Tuki) who was previously the Executive Director of the Smokefree Coalition said public health was a key pillar of a functional, healthy society.


“There’s so much that can be achieved by taking a public health approach to issues. It is essential that the PHA is an effective watchdog and informant, so the right decisions get made,” said Dr Stone.
 
“There’s so much that can be achieved by taking a public health approach to issues. It is essential that the PHA is an effective watchdog and informant, so the right decisions get made.
 
“A lot of the time public health can be up against huge multinationals working in industries such as tobacco, sugar and alcohol. It’s crucial the PHA works to combat the persuasive influence big industry can have by ensuring we promote evidence-based policies. We must be constantly vigilant.”


Dr Stone added that one of her first priorities would be to get to know her
membership and their priorities.
HPF’s Executive Director, Sione Tu’itahi said: “Dr Stone will bring her experience in the public health sector to her leadership role and we look forward to working with her.”


PHA president Lee Tuki said public health needed to be put at the centre of all policy-making if we wanted people in New Zealand to be healthy.
“Dr Stone has the skills, knowledge and connections to get the public health voice clearly heard.


 “Dr Stone is committed to making Aotearoa a better place to live for current and future generations of New Zealanders. She’s shown throughout her career that she is a great listener, is able to build consensus, and never gives up. She will be a relentless campaigner for public health in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

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