Māori Concepts of Health Promotion



Update your health promotion competency. Choose from the workshops that are designed for your on-going upskilling. Or contact us to discuss your specific training needs.  We are happy to tailor a programme for your group.



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List of workshop examples 

Māori Concepts of Health Promotion


The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to shared understandings of traditional Māori concepts, ideologies and practices in relation to health and wellbeing. Additionally the workshop will consider how these ideas may be used to inform contemporary approaches to Māori Health Promotion planning, implementation and evaluation. With the recent developments in relation to Whānau Ora this programme will provide a basis for discussion in terms of what constitutes a well Māori community and whether traditional knowledge has the potential to elevate Māori health status and improve Māori health outcomes.


Learning outcomes
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an introductory insight into traditional pre- colonial Māori concepts of health and wellbeing; and how this was incorporated into everyday life
  • Have a practical guide to developing and improving Māori Health Promotion practice.
  • Gain knowledge that will enhance the effectiveness of Health Promoters and Public Health Practitioners who wish to contribute to Māori health outcomes.


About the Facilitator:
Trevor Simpson, Deputy Executive Director and Senior Health Promotion Strategist, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Trevor has a background in community development, Māori social development, Treaty settlements and Māori health promotion. He is committed to Māori health promotion as an important vehicle to improving Māori health outcomes and Māori community development.


Registration enquiries to:                                             Cost:
Emma Frost                                                                  $76.50 Member
Workforce Development Coordinator                         $125.00 Non Member
(09) 300 3734

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Tea, coffee and fruit will be available upon arrival and a light lunch wil be provided.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary or other needs.

Asian Concepts of Health Promotion

This workshop is an introduction to health promotion for Asian communities. It will be of particular interest to those Health Promoters working with Asian communities, although all are welcome.

The workshop introduces the theory of health promotion and presentations on current health promotion initiatives for Asian communities.

Program (to be confirmed)

  • Presentation 1: “Introduction to Effective Health Promotion” Karen Hicks, Senior Health Promotion Strategists, Health Promotion of New Zealand and Teresa Xu, MPH student and Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Intern.
  • Presentation 2: “How to get Asian communities to the program“,  Asian SmokeFree team, Waitemata PHO will talk about their smokefree programme  and share their success stories in terms of ways to approach the issues and how to work with Asian clients.
  • Presentation 3 and workshop: “Does one size fit for all and how to cope with the challenges?” Vishal Rishi, Program Manager and Samuel Cho, Asian Public Health Coordinator, The Asian Network INc. (TANI) will share their initiatives in responding to the Asian health issues and how to play a roll between service providers and diverse Asian communities.

Additional guest speakers will be advised

Learning outcomes:

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of what we mean by health promotion.
  • Be able to identify health issues of Asian New Zealanders and ways of improving the health of Asian communities
  • Network with agencies delivering health promotion
  • Know where to get further information

Pasifika Health Promotion

This workshop will look at how Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and cancer impact the wellbeing of the Pacific community. Medical, social and cultural aspects of Non-communicable diseases will be explored .Basic knowledge and understanding of the four main risk factors that are common to all the main NCDs will be discussed from a determinant of health perspective. A self- evaluation tool looking at how competent you are as a Pacific health promoter will be included for discussion.

The workshop traces the history of ‘Pacific health promotion’ in Aotearoa New Zealand and discusses how determinants of health can be addressed to produce health equity, wellbeing and success for Pacific peoples.

The aim is to equip senior Pasifika health promoters and community leaders with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to address the onslaught of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and work with the strengths, potentials and aspirations of Pasifika families and communities to advance spiritually, socially, economically and culturally.

The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) in its landmark report; Closing the Gap in a Generation, acknowledges that there are avoidable and unfair differences – inequities in health. These arise because of the circumstances in which people, live, work and age and the systems put in place to deal with illness. The conditions in which people live and die are, in turn, shaped by political, social, and economic forces (CSDH, 2008). Improving health requires actions to improve daily living conditions, tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources, and measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action.

This workshop is primarily designed for Pacific health workers, Pacific community workers, and Pacific community leaders. Non Pacific health workers that are working with Pacific communities are encouraged to join this workshop.

Workshop Objective

  • To outline some of the challenges in Pacific peoples health;
  • Provide opportunity for health promoters to assess their level of competency as a community health practitioner
  • Understand both medical and social implication of Non-communicable diseases Examine the opportunities and challenges that the determinants of health approach brings to Pacific health promoters, as well as social service providers;

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of Pacific health promotion
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the magnitude and impact of Non-communicable diseases
  • Gain an understanding of the determinants of health approach
  • Identify your level of competency as a Pacific health promoter as an important part of strategies to advance the health and wellbeing of Pacific peoples

Health Promotion Forum Online Courses


Our online courses are for your continuous professional development (CPD).  If you are already working in the field of health promotion or public health, these courses will further enhance your knowledge and skills. The courses are also designed to enable those who are new to health promotion and public health to be able to learn new knowledge and skills.

Stream One: Mainstream Health Promotion (MSHP)
Course One, Level One (C1L1)
Topic: What is health promotion?

If you are new to health promotion, this course is the best place to start your learning of health promotion.

Stream TwoMāori Health Promotion
Course Two, Level One (C2L1)
Topic: Māori Health Promotion

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Māori health promotion
  2. Identify and describe at least one Māori model of health promotion
  3. Describe four core values that strengthen Māori health promotion

Stream Three: Pasifika Health Promotion
Course Three, Level One (C3L1)
Topic: Pasifika Health Promotion

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Pasifika health promotion
  2. Outline the history of Pasifika health promotion and its development in New Zealand
  3. Describe how Pacific people’s health is being advanced through health promotion.

All of the courses are now live!  You can use this link to navigate to the courses:


Determinants of Health

TED talks and resources to help you explore the topic further through online activities with other participants.

This workshop is delivered in 4 sections:

  • Introduction
  • Housing and Education as examples of social determinants of health
  • Equity
  • Health promotion actions

On completion of the online health promotion workshops you will receive a certificate of accomplishment.


  • Streams One, Two and Three: $69 incl of GST each course.
  • Determinants of Health: $99 incl of GST

Contact our office for all inquiries on hpf@hauora.co.nz or 09 300 3071

TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand)

This two day workshop will focus on using the TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand) framework to assist health promoters to apply Treaty based thinking and planning to their health promotion practice.

The workshop is a practical, hands-on course, which explains how the articles of the Treaty can be applied to health promotion planning. Participants will be expected to determine and define Treaty based health promotion activities in line with their health promotion contracts and responsibilities.
By the end of this workshop, participants should be have a clear understanding of Treaty articles and how they apply to health promotion, and a workable understanding of TUHANZ as a framework from which to plan Treaty based health promotion practice.

Participants are advised that the workshop will be reasonably demanding and fast paced so come prepared to work! Also, essential to the success and enjoyment of the day, a good sense of humour and an ability to share very good jokes that are appropriate and funny!

This workshop is organised by the Health Promotion Forum as part of a contract with the Ministry of Health to deliver seminars, workshops and other services on health promotion.