Today we celebrate World Water Day and what water means to us, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.

Water is under threat in Aotearoa and around the world from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change. Today is also about raising awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.

With the Auckland region suffering from a water shortage and currently in level one water restrictions it’s a timely opportunity to stop and think of just how much we take this valuable resource for granted!!!!

By recording – and celebrating – all the different ways water enhances our health and wellbeing, we can value this precious taonga properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone!

Also today, the UN World Water Development Report on ‘valuing water’ will be launched. Click here for more details.

For more info and for some fun facts about water click here.



HPF applauds the move by the Government this week to declare a climate change emergency.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who made the declaration yesterday (Dec 3) committed the Government and the public sector to going carbon-neutral by 2025.

Ms Ardern said the declaration ‘bases on science” and the country “must act with urgency”.

“This declaration is an acknowledgement of the next generation. An acknowledgement of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and do not take action now,” she said.

This was a declaration grounded in a deep sense of responsibility – a responsibility that people in the Pacific know all too well, said Ardern.

She said the Pacific Island forum has called climate change “our biggest threat”.

Ardern’s comments support the call for urgent action at last year’s 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, co-hosted by HPF in Rotorua.

In the Rotorua Legacy Statement released at the conference, participants called on the global community to urgently act to promote planetary health and sustainable development for all, now and for the sake of future generations”.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Statement for Planetary Health and Sustainable Development called on health promoters and the world to make space for and privilege Indigenous peoples’ voices and Indigenous knowledges in taking action.

Read the statements HERE.

Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the motion was well overdue and that ‘tangata whenua have known long that our environment is totally out of balance and for decades have understood the urgency of dealing with climate change”.

“We have an obligation to our rangatahi to unite and to do everything as kaitiaki to protect our taiao and our whanau from the climate crisis in the short time we have left.

“We must restore balance with the natural world and regenerate our whenua, our wai, our moana and our precious indigenous taonga species.”