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PHANZ Policy Advisor-Māori

Summary of your role

This year the Public Health Association of NZ will have 50% Māori representation on our executive council, which includes a Māori Co-President position. This reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi that we recognise as the founding document of Aotearoa, and the beginning of our journey to strengthening our commitment to becoming a Te Tiriti based organisation.

As the Policy Advisor-Māori, you will be responsible for leading all aspects of PHA Maori policy and submissions development. You will be a strong and influential leader with excellent communication skills, providing a Te Tiriti “lens” over all PHA’s policy development and analysis. Your primary working relationships will be with national office staff, the Policy Working Group and stakeholders, and PHA members. As part of a policy and communications team, you will support the PHA’s policy statement development process & support coordination of the Policy Working Group.

As a vital part of our team, you’ll work with us to develop collaborative efforts toward evidence-informed submissions that will support our members and stakeholders in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will assist the co-ordination of a group of Māori Public Health professionals within the Public Health units while advocating for systemic and institutional change to achieve equity.

You will be encouraged to support the office with your knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga and will bring with you strong networks that span Māori health professionals, promoters and Māori community leaders.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the association and public health in New Zealand.

We are looking for someone who:

• Has a passion for policy analysis and development, ideally in public health

• Shows respect for, and has an interest in, Māori history and traditions, including use and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori

• Is comfortable in situations where tikanga is observed and shows leadership in asserting its importance

• Understands the importance of Te Tiriti principles for policy analysis and development

• Can work in a small team and on your own

• Has experience with content-development, design, editing and publishing information resources, for health promotion and advocacy campaigns

Terms and conditions:

This is a full time 12 month Fixed Term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

For further information, job description and applications email PHA Office Manager Nikita Kataria

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, by no later than 29th September 2021

Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards 2021

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Seize the opportunity that this could bring

Hei Āhuru Mōwai Māori Cancer Leadership and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa Cancer Society NZ are excited to be sharing with you today the details of our first joint scholarship round together.

The Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards are for Māori pursuing PHDs in the cancer space, with a focus on Hauora Māori, reducing cancer inequities and maximising Māori cancer health gains.

The award comprises a $40,000 per year stipend, $10,000 per year toward tuition, and a $10,000 tikanga allowance across the length of the award.

Applications open next Friday, but all eligibility criteria and award information is already available on our websites:

We look forward to reviewing applications from across the motu, and welcome any pātai in advance of applications being submitted at any of the following contact points:

Cancer Society Research: or 04 494 7270 or 

Moahuia, CEO of Hei Āhuru Mōwai:

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  • 14 May 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Zero Carbon Bill is critical legislation for health, but targets are too little, too late

    Health professionals have offered a mixed response to today’s release of the Zero Carbon Bill.

    They applaud its purpose to prevent global warming of more than 1.5 degrees, but say aspects of the Bill lack the necessary urgency and accountability.

    “The Bill’s targets as they stand today would be too little, too late,” says Dr Rhys Jones, Coconvenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.

    “The Zero Carbon Bill is too weak on agricultural emissions which comprise almost half of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We need to see a move away from beef and dairy for both the sake of human and planetary health,” says Dr Jones.

    The Zero Carbon Bill sets a target of 10 per cent reduction in biological methane emissions by 2030, and aims for a provisional reduction ranging from 24 per cent to 47 per cent by 2050.

    “Our food production systems are threatening local ecosystems and contributing to climate change, while unhealthy diets are a significant contributor to major health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. But on the other hand, a rapid transition to a healthy plant-based food system could go a long way to addressing major health issues including obesity, heart disease and protecting our drinking water.”

    Dr Jones was speaking from the 2nd Sustainable Healthcare Forum in Wellington today where leaders from a range of sectors gathered to share ideas about reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the health sector. Forum participants have called on the Government to set greenhouse gas emission targets for District Health Boards.

    “Health professionals are extremely concerned about the impacts of climate change on the health of people and communities. At the same time, we are excited about the health opportunities that well-designed climate action can bring,” says Dr Jones.

    “A strong Zero Carbon Bill that emphasises fairness and upholds Te Tiriti o Waitangi is critical for a healthy future for New Zealanders.”


    Media Spokesperson: Dr Rhys Jones, 021 411 743

    Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) ( is a Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council.

    OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council is a health professional organisation urgently focusing on the health threats of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action. See:

    Notes to editors:

    About Climate Change and Health

    Information is available in the following paper from the 2014 NZ Medical Journal: ‘Health and equity impacts of climate change in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and health gains from climate action’.

    Health threats from climate changes include: worsening illness and injury from heat and other extreme weather, changing patterns of infection including food poisoning, loss of seafood and farming livelihoods, food price rises and mass migration from the Pacific. Those on low incomes, Māori, Pacific people, children and older people will be hit first and hardest, but nobody will be immune to the widespread health and social threats of unchecked climate change. Direct and indirect climate change impacts are already being seen here from warming oceans and sea level rise.

    Health opportunities from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, easing pressure on health budgets include: rapidly phasing out coal; switching from car trips to more walking, cycling and public transport; healthier diets lower in red meat and dairy; and energy efficient, warm homes will all cut emissions while also reducing the diseases that kill New Zealanders most and put our children in hospital – cancer, heart disease, lung diseases and car crash injuries.

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