HPF is holding a webishop on May 26  to look at building the structures to support health promotion as a relevant field in Aotearoa for the benefit of the public health sector, the health promotion workforce, and the wellbeing of our nation.

Amid the pandemic and other related global crises that we are facing, health promotion has shown its efficacy. It can ensure the wellbeing of all peoples and communities, enabling and empowering them to take greater control of their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their environment that sustains them.


But health promotion needs greater recognition for its efficacy. The health promotion workforce needs stability for its future, especially as we are going through a significant reform at the national level, and in a globalised society that is in an unprecedented position of uncertainty and instability due to wars, economic, and environmental crises.


To this end, and to ensure the need and aspirations of the members of HPF and the health promotion workforce is realised, HPF is establishing a national accreditation organisation (NAO), aligned with the global accreditation framework of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). IUHPE is the largest international organisation and network that leads the ongoing advancement of health promotion across the world. HPF is a member of IUHPE.


In this webishop we will discuss the collaborative effort in Aotearoa, led by HPF, to ensure the greater recognition of our profession, and its stability, as envisaged in the Te Uru Kahikatea, the Public Health Workforce Development Strategy of the Ministry of Health.

We are offering this webishop FREE to HPF members. Check you are a member (or join today).


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how te Tiriti strengthens health promotion competencies
  • Learn how te Tiriti contributes to world health promotion
  • Share ideas to enhance health promotion practice in Aotearoa


Sione Tu’itahi – HPF Executive Director

An educator, writer and international health promotion leader, Sione’s areas of interest in health promotion include planetary health, determinants of health, human rights, community development, public policy, and workforce development. Sione joined the forum in 2005 after six years as Pacific Manager at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. He has also taught at a number of tertiary educational institutions. For more than 10 years he led the building of Pacific capacity at Massey University. A former journalist and broadcaster, Sione is the author of a number of books, academic papers, and children’s stories. As a voluntary community worker, he is a member of several national advisory groups in the education, health and community sectors.

At the international level, he has been an advisor to a number of World Health Organization (WHO) initiatives, a key-note speaker and presenter at conferences, and is a member of the first Unicef Global Think Tank, 2022. Sione was Vice President (2013-2019) of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) for the South West Pacific Region. He is a current member of the Global Executive Board of IUHPE, and its Vice-President for Communications, the first Indigenous person from the Pacific region to be elected to the role. IUHPE is an umbrella organisation for health promotion professionals and institutions throughout the world. Under his leadership, HPF successfully co-hosted the 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion in Rotorua in 2019 with IUHPE. This was the largest public health conference to be held in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He was also instrumental in establishing HPF as a national accreditation organisation under the IUHPE global framework for health promotion accreditation in 2021. In recognition of his significant contributions to health promotion and public health at the national and international levels, Sione was given the 2019 New Zealand Public Health Champion Award by the Public Health Association.

Viliami Puloka – HPF Deputy Executive Director

Viliami also holds the portfolio for Pacific Health Promotion. He joined us in June 2014. A Public health physician with a special interest in diabetes and obesity, Viliami brings with him a wealth of Pacific experience; combining his clinical skills and his Public health knowledge. He has gained a broad social and cultural appreciation from working with the diverse and unique islands of the Pacific. He has a strong multi-sectoral experience and programmatic approach in capacity building, project management and community development. Most recently, Viliami came from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in New Caledonia. Supporting and working with the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories, he led the fight against non-communicable diseases.

Before that, Viliami worked as a clinician, as well as looking after the public health programmes in the outer islands of Tonga. He was the first director of health promotion and non-communicable disease at the Government of Tonga. Viliami has an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Papua New Guinea and a MPH (Masters in Public Health) in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Hawaii. He is also a Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, Otago University.

Mereana Te Pere – Māori Health Promotion Strategist ((Waitaha, Tapuika, Ngāti Ranginui)

Mereana recently joined the team as a Māori Health Promotion Strategist after working for The Department of Corrections within the prison system and as a Sport and Health Kaiako through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

She comes to our organisation having worked predominantly in the education sector with Māori and rangatahi. Her professional and personal aspirations have centred around developing and advocating for strategies that achieve educational success for Māori, with a focus on supporting Māori learners disenfranchised from traditional methods of schooling and learning.   Her future goals are in elevating the skills and knowledge of the work force to better meet the health needs and rights of Māori communities and whānau. Through health promotion Mereana aims to enable Māori communities to achieve a more sustainable and better quality of life.

Registration costs: 

FREE to members. Check you are a member here or join TODAY

$49.00 incl GST Non-members. View membership application

Group bookings (1xticket for up to 5 people):

FREE to members, and

$199 incl GST Non-members (Approx 20% discount)