Mr Berghan who is from the Tai Tokerau region with whakapapa links to Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai and Te Rarawa Iwi has extensive experience in the health and labour market sectors. More recently he was involved in regional economic development activity in Northland.
Mr Berghan said the importance of public health to our communities and nation’s wellbeing has never been more evident in our lifetime.
“New Zealand has shown itself to be a world leader in responding to COVID-19, and the opportunity exists to extend that leadership to include poverty, homelessness, racism and other social and economic determinants of health,” he said. “As a country we are small enough and close enough to make a big difference. We can and should lead the world by our example.”
Fran Kewene, Māori Co-Chair says: “With Grant’s experience, expertise and local, national and international relationships, we feel he will bring new energy to our organisation, be able to connect quickly with our diverse membership, and develop new collaborations in order to drive public health locally and internationally.”
Mr Berghan was a government appointed member to the Youth Suicide Advisory Panel and a past member of the Maori Advisory Board (Public Health) with the Ministry of Health. In 2017, Grant, in conjunction with Dame Margaret Sparrow, was the recipient of the PHA Public Health Champions Award.
HPF congratulates Grant Berghan on his appointment as the new CEO of the Public Health Association of NZ (PHANZ).