At HPF’s first webishop for the year we’re putting the health and care of the natural environment under the spotlight!

Questions like ‘what planet are we leaving for our moko?’ and ‘why should we care?’ will be addressed by a panel of experts led by HPF at the webishop: HEALTH PROMOTION AND PROTECTING PAPATUĀNUKU on Thursday, Feb 10, 2022.

Our panel will discuss the types of approaches and strategies that health promoters must adopt to be effective in tackling:

Why the health of our environment is something health promoters should be addressing?
What is the importance of a Māori lens?
What are the most urgent issues and how should we tackle them as health promoters?


The panel comprises:

Sarah Pohatu (Senior Analyst, Ministry for the Environment)
Ngati Porou, Ngai Tahu, Nga iwi o Turanga


Sarah has worked in Maori public policy roles in iwi, heritage, central and local government sectors. She currently works for Ministry for the Environment implementing and delivering freshwater policy. She is involved in and passionate about land use decision making for Māori land.


Rangipo Takuira-Mita (Te Pu-a-nga Maara Taiao Collective)
Te Arawa, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Maniapoto

Rangipo is part of a rangatahi led taiao roopu Te Pu-a-nga Maara. They create and develop indigenous solutions for sustainability of natural resources, including the preservation and protection of the awa and waterways. Their work is intended to enable Māori and communities to monitor and protect their whenua and achieve food sovereignty. Their mahi is guided by mātauranga Māori and principles, as well as western science. Rangipo is the recipient of a GirlBoss New Zealand Trailblazer Awards, she is listed on the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Y25 list of female future leaders tackling climate change and equality, and was a University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Semi-Finalist.