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  • 16 Jan 2023 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Asian and other ethnic populations account for a significant proportion of Aotearoa’s population (more than 18% as at Census 2018; almost one in five now) and these populations are also increasing at a fast pace. Although some Asian and ethnic groups have higher life expectancy at birth, lower rate of infant mortality and lower mortality rates for some conditions, we must acknowledge these groups are extremely diverse in culture, language, health status, settlement history, and unmet health needs. We will have to develop systematic rather than ‘piecemeal’ national health strategy and implementation plans at regional/district level for Asian and ethnic communities to maintain the outstanding results and to address those areas where issues exist already or are emerging particularly for some Asian and ethnic sub-groups, former refugees and asylum seekers. It is highly recommended to apply an (vertical) equity lens to Asian and ethnic populations, to understand the unique health needs of these sub-populations and proportionate investment of resources via Asian and ethnic health research, to set up dedicated regional/district level Asian and ethnic health divisions with commissioning powers and empower community organisations for better health outcomes, patient experiences and well-being.

    Over the past 2 years, there have been a couple of milestone statements published/released by the Asian caucus of the Public Health Association (PHA) NZ or core members of the Asian caucus, as follows:

    Recommendations on the health system reform from the Asian Caucus of the PHA (
    Statement on the health system reform for Asian and ethnic communities (

    Pae Ora: ensuring a healthy future for all – including Asian and Ethnic minorities

    This petition is built on the previous work of the PHA, academics and community organisations, requesting that "the House of Representatives urge Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand to develop a national, entity-level policy/strategy and regional/district implementation plans to improve the health and well-being of Asian and other ethnic minority population groups". 

    You can sign the petition here - closes June 10 2023

  • 09 Nov 2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Nominations are now open for our 2022 Public Health Champions. If you have an individual or group that you wish to nominate, you can do so by completing the form below and sending it back to National Office via email. There are four awards on offer; the Public Health Champion Award, the Pasifika Public Health Award, the Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award, and our new Asian and Ethnic Peoples Public Health Award. Nominations will remain open until the 11th November 2022, 5pm. You can find an honours list of our previous winners on our website and the nomination form here

  • 09 Nov 2022 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Recently, CAHRE held a panel discussion on Pae Ora and Ethnic Minority Health at its National Symposium. The session led to a passionate and wide-ranging discussion involving conference attendees that included health practitioners, service managers, academics, researchers, representatives from government and non-government sectors and communities.

    Mr Grant Berghan (previous CEO) and Dr Lifeng Zhou (Asian caucus chair) were among the panellists of the 2022 CAHRE Symposium and Associate Prof Roshini Peiris-John (Asian caucus member) facilitated the panel discussion. 

    In the document attached, key points from the panel discussion reflecting the views of the panellists and delegates that attended the conference are summarised to facilitate appropriate government responsiveness to the health needs of this population in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    To date, the document has been sent to the nation’s top health leaders including some ministers and MPs related. Hon Andrew Little’s office has indicated that the Minister has noted our concerns and asked the MoH to provide a formal response.

    You can read the document here: Ensuring a healthy future for Asian and Ethnic minorities.pdf

  • 13 Oct 2022 9:16 PM | Anonymous

    From July 2023, the primary test for cervical screening will change to a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, with the option of self-testing. The current cytology-based test has served New Zealand well for over 20 years and played a huge role in reducing cervical cancer mortality. Why is HPV testing going to a be a better primary screening test? How will it will find more pre-cancers and prevent more cases of cervical cancer? Will the self-testing option lead to greater participation in the screening pathway? What consideration has been given to equity and Te Tiriti obligations? And how is the transition being planned and organised?

    Find out how and why we are transitioning to HPV Primary Screening in July 2023 by reading the full overview here.

    PHANZ thanks the HPV cervical screening team for sharing their knowledge and insight on this issue. If you have any questions from the article you can contact the HPV Primary Screening Project, National Cervical Screening Programme via email

  • 26 Aug 2022 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Grant Berghan (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai, Te Rarawa) has announced his resignation as CEO of the Public Health Association of NZ. (PHANZ)

    Grant who joined PHANZ as CEO in October 2020 said it was with regret that he was stepping down, as he had loved working for and  with PHANZ during what had been a particularly busy time in our   health sector.

    “Not only have we contended with Covid-19, but we have been part   of the most significant health reform process this country has seen   in the past 30 years,” said Grant whose last day with PHANZ is on  August 26.

     “I realised that, as the health reforms became a reality on July 1st, 2022, the timing is perfect for me to relinquish the role to a new person, who can support the organisation with fresh energy and ideas in this new environment.

    “I wish to thank you all for your support to me over the past two years. I particularly want to thank the Executive Council of the PHANZ, and the staff of our national office for their service and commitment to our work despite the challenges.

    “Without you there is nothing. I have been threatening to semi-retire for several years now. This is the first step on that journey. I wish you all the very best for the future.

    "Mauri ora ki a tatou katoa.”

    PHANZ Executive Council co-presidents Gail Duncan and Nari Faiers thanked Grant for his service saying he had “brought vision and connected the PHANZ during the challenging times of Covid-19 lockdowns, and positioning of public health in terms of the Health and Disability Review and representation of Māori interests". 

    The co-presidents said Grant's first action as CEO was to embark on a national road trip from Kaitaia to Invercargill to meet face-to-face with PHANZ members across the branches and with graduates of a Māori leadership programme to seek feedback from PHANZ members on how PHANZ could be relevant in a post-Covid environment, and to understand public health issues in each town/city and generate interest and registration with PHANZ. 

    "He has ensured ongoing PHANZ office staffing; including policy advisors, project management, communications, and office management and engaged regularly with PHANZ branch chairs. Grant spoke at the World Health Promotion Conference in December 2021 and has co-hosted the CPAG Post Budget Breakfast events, most recently in May 2022," they said.

    He has led and developed an updated membership drive and Te Tiriti-focused communication plan. This year Grant led PHANZ into the new public health-shared service across Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority with expectation of improved outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and disabled people being the prime focus.

    We wholeheartedly thank Grant for preparing and motivating the PHA to amplify public health influence across the whole of government and community and exploit the synergy that lies at the intersection of Māori health (hauroa aa iwi) and public health (hauroa aa iwi).”

  • 18 Aug 2022 9:31 PM | Anonymous

    Te Kōkī refers to the bird song chorus when manu of all kinds gather at dawn to sing and kōrero together.  When they stop singing there is an immediate silence and they flit back to their various places of mahi and habitation until the next kōkī.    

    Te Kōkī Hauora is the name given to the gathering of manu hauora to kōrero and meet (online and kānohi ki te kānohi – face to face).  In this context, the network refers specifically to Māori working within mainstream Public Health Units (PHU’s) throughout Aotearoa

    Te Kōkī Hauora (Māori Public Health Network) was established in June 2020, from the increasing pressures that Māori workforce within Public Health Units were experiencing. Covid19 exacerbated inequities and institutional failures that already existed within Public Health services. Therefore, there is some urgency to support the Māori workforce to minimise future workforce turnover and to prepare the sector for ongoing and future public health challenges. The roopu focused on their immediate need to;

    • Have a safe place to kōrero with other Māori experiencing the same issues
    • Providing collegial and cultural support 
    • Sharing intelligence from across hapori Māori, and lessons learnt 
    • Discussing Public Health issues that required attention whilst dealing with a pandemic

    As a response to the challenges of inequities and growing pressures on Māori workforce an opportunity was sought to collaborate with Waikato DHB, Māori Health Equity Directorate and the MOH, Māori Health Directorate to host a Public Health symposium. The aim of the day was to explore effective ways of sharing Māori Covid19 learning and practises to strengthen our public health response. The outcome of this symposium can be found here.  Te Ao Hou Symposium report. 

    The roopu continued to hui online and after the completion of a SWOT analysis in June 2021, it was agreed to approach Public Health Association to umbrella the roopu moving forward. TKH sought this support due to the high level of trust and confidence that they had in Grant Berghan and Leah Bain. Since then, PHA have advocated the needs of TKH and have worked with Ministry of Health to acknowledge that even though there has been effort made to build Māori workforce and increase their participation in decision-making and service delivery, more needs to be done to create these conditions for change. 

    Te Kōkī Hauora will be hosted by the Public Health Association on the 26 August, in Rotorua at the Hikitia te Wairua waananga. The waananga will be an opportunity to validate the experiences of the past, but most importantly for Te Kōkī Hauora  whānau to reconnect, and establish tools to build resiliency as individuals and roopu hauora. 

  • 15 Aug 2022 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    In 2016 Adrian Te Patu (Aotea, Kurahaupo) who was then a co-vice president of PHANZ, became the first Indigenous person elected to the Governing Council (GC) of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). A leader in public and Indigenous health Adrian played a key role in the establishment of the Indigenous Working Group of the WFPHA, of which he is now Chair, in 2018.

    PHANZ caught up with Adrian recently to reflect on the highlights of his time on the Council, the achievements of the Working Group since its launch, and its plans and goals for the future.

    Q: It was six years ago that you were nominated by the Public Health Association of NZ (PHANZ) and then elected as the first Indigenous person to become a member of the Governing Council (GC) of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). We would love to hear about how your journey with the WFPHA began, and what motivated you to join them?

    New Zealand was a founding member of the WFPHA in 1967 with a New Zealander being a president in the early years. Our association was invited to re-join the federation and to put forward a candidate and if possible, an Indigenous candidate for a vacancy on the governing council. I was a co-vice president of the PHANZ and one of four Māori on our council. The PHANZ put forward my nomination and as an election was required, sent me to Geneva to attend the general assembly where I was able to speak to the nomination and mihi to the global representatives while representing PHANZ, Te Ao Māori and our nation. The Ministry of Health gave me government delegation status which supported my nomination and allowed me to attend the World Health Assembly (Annual WHO meeting). I was also supported financially by my iwi Te Atihaunui a Paparangi to attend.

    Q: Being the first Indigenous person on the GC must have been such an honour for you! Can you recall how you felt when you heard you were elected to this role, and did you feel any added pressure of having to live up to this milestone?

    After the results were announced I was immediately humbled with the representatives from China, Japan, USA, Cuba, Australia offering wee gifts of recognition and words of welcome

    to New Zealand’s return to the federation. Professor Michael Moore of Australia spoke as president-elect, of his pride in the federation’s milestone of recognising the importance of its first Indigenous GC member. So, I felt very humbled and proud of the recognition given to our association and as one of 370 million Indigenous people globally, and my whanau, iwi of Aotea and Kurahaupo waka.

    Q: What are some of your reflections/highlights on your time serving two terms, concurrently, on the Governing Council?

    Including and infusing the narrative always with indigeneity, accentuating other with a sociocultural, socio-political, socio-ethnic lens. Having the IWG invited by the WHO and UNICEF to moderate a global dialogue session at the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration in Kazakhstan. We sent two women, a Māori, and an Aboriginal-Ni Vanuatu woman.

    Q: How significant was the launch of the Indigenous Working Group of the WFPHA in May 2018? Can you tell us a bit about how the Group was formed, who comprised the Group and what was the impetus behind it?

    At the 50th anniversary congress on the WFPHA in Melbourne 2017. A traditional “yarning circle” under the whakaruruhau of the Kulin nation and attended by Indigenous folk plus supportive non-Indigenous colleagues from across the globe gave me the mandate to establish a working group and petition the GC to accept the group formally. It was accepted in November then work began to form and have a formal launch at the next general assembly in six months. The Hon Ken Wyatt, Australian Minister of Indigenous Health gave the IWG a seeding grant that allowed us to have the launch, which was at the University of Geneva, which was attended by global dignitaries, leaders, our MOH senior staff including Dr Ashley Bloomfield who was in his role as DG for three days plus WHO, UNICEF staff. The week we were there we had 11.2 million tweet impressions and 1000 organisations and individuals watched the hui live online.

    Q: What are the main aims of the Working Group, and what are some of the main achievements/highlights since it was launched?

    Our aims are to provide an international platform for the voice of Indigenous public health supported by local, national, and international associates and organisations.

    · Build and implement a 3-year work plan focused on priorities learned from evidence

    -based research and face-to-face workshops held at identified international events and other relationship and network resources

    · Continue to build a membership base of Indigenous and Associate members. Currently there are members and associate members from New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Republic of Congo, and Tunisia.

    Q: As Chair now of the IWG what are your goals heading into the future?

    We plan to grow the IWG membership. We would like to have a permanent seat similar to the Young Professionals seat on the governing council. Currently, only member nations can

    have a seat. The health of Indigenous people (370 million) is not as prominent as it is in developed countries like ours. I see it not as our role but our duty to support indigenous health outcomes from our relative safety. Recently a British journalist and an Indigenous activist were murdered in the Brazilian rain forest.

    Q: When we look back at your time at the WFPHA we acknowledge that you and your ‘better half’ Emma Rawson Te Patu, make a pretty good team! You’ve both played key roles in the WFPHA, in the IWG, and with Emma’s recent appointment as the first Indigenous woman vice-president and president-elect to WFPHA you must be so proud! How has this teamwork contributed to both your roles at the WFPHA?

    Having served six years on the GC I am very happy to be replaced by someone who is familiar with, and familiar to the GC and staff in Geneva. We do make a good team, but my tenure was focused on creating and giving momentum to an indigenous presence. Her nomination was supported by our Māori caucus and our PHA Executive Council, then voted on by international public health leaders. Already she is achieving our IWG plan by chairing the WFPHA session at the APHA Conference Boston, convening a meeting at the European Public Health Conference Berlin and guest speaking to an international public health course at Oxford University. My role is to continue to lend support as her husband, business partner and colleague.

  • 11 Aug 2022 11:31 PM | Anonymous

    Senior Policy Advisor - Māori, Chris Webber outlines some Māori development

    With Matariki and new year planning done, there’s a sense of urgency to save the world we know as public health emergencies escalate and all hands on deck are required - including Māori. A Māori framework is assisting our head office plans in this regard - evolving and being shared as people are ready. 

    Kai Tahi
    We have successfully trialed Kai Tahi 2nd Friday lunchtime zoom sessions for building Māori Capacity - this month being our fifth gathering with a focus on Manaakitanga and guest speaker Emma Rawson-Te Patu, President Elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (currently Vice President). Below are some links to the recorded  central portions of the sessions  which can be found at our workshops page on here
    • Kai Tahi 1 (11 March 2022) - Reo-tanga and Guest PHANZ CEO Grant Berghan
    • Kai Tahi 2 (8 April 2022) - Kaitiaki-tanga and Guest PHANZ Co-president Nari Faiers
    • Kai Tahi 3 (13 May 2022) - Ūkaipō- tanga and Guest PHANZ Māori Caucus Chair, Karmin Erueti
    • Kai Tahi 4 (10 June 2022) - Rangatira-tanga and Guest Digital Indigenous Director, Tania Hodges
    • Kai Tahi 5 (8 July 2022) - Manaaki-tanga and Guest WFPHA President Elect, Emma Rawson-Te Patu
    Mahi Tahi
    With the need to ramp up efforts, we are moving to next steps in our ara poutama progression in the style of ‘Gather, Mobilise, Lead’. Mahi Tahi (work together as one) seeks to mobilise those who are gathering, by encouraging hands on deck as leaders emerge to drive passion or subject expertise. A monthly zoom check-in including training and support will be trialed 4th Friday lunchtimes (12-1pm) here or zoom 817 9954 3603  passcode 629772 - all welcome. Our Turanga Tukua submission hub website is hosting a Mahi Tahi base and sign-poster to group coordination here. If you want to lead or help with something, check the mahi tahi site for details and help us evolve it. Initial training will include sessions on emergency management, leadership, submission writing, policy and public health 101.

    Toa Takitini - Champions Programme
    The third initiative in our ara poutama (stairway to excellence) is Toa Takitini - a ‘champions’ development programme. We want to promote Toa (warriors) making a commitment to drive their passion or subject expertise with the support of others (takitini) and open pathways and platforms for the work to forge ahead. A current example is supporting our first indigenous women to lead the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Emma Rawson-Te Patu - who we had a karakia for at our July Kai Tahi to support the journey. We have set a goal to identify and set apart ten champions by December - contact for more information and check into the Mahi Tahi page to manage details

  • 01 Aug 2022 9:55 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr Ramil Adhikari, Chairman of PHANZ’s Wellington Branch for receiving the Civic Award for cultural affairs at the Upper Hutt Civic Awards and Regional Community Awards ceremony on Thursday (July 28th).

    The annual Civic Awards are the highest award for outstanding voluntary service to the community.

    Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy who presented the award to Dr Adhikari said the ceremony provided an opportunity to thank award recipients for their personal leadership, inspiration, sacrifice or devotion to a cause.

    Dr Adhikari received a certificate and a medal, and will have his name added to the Civic Awards board on display at the Upper Hutt City Council reception.

    Pictured with Dr Adhikari are Gail Duncan, Co-President PHANZ and Rahini Unnyal, 2 DHB lead from Wellington who were on hand to support and congratulate him at the event.

  • 13 Jul 2022 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    A korero by Rahui Papa, written by Grant Berghan

    During the time of the Steering Group led by Sir Mason Durie, a sub-group was appointed to consider and recommend appropriate Maori names for the two entities, Health New Zealand and the Maori Health Authority. The sub-group was comprised of Maori leaders from throughout the country – Moe Milne, Rahui Papa, Selwyn Parata, Rikirangi Gage, and Hana O’Regan. In considering the names, Sir Mason Durie urged the group to anchor their thinking in Te Ao Maori.

    After a series of stimulating debates, it was clear that we were united on the stories of Tawhaki, that ancestor who binds all Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. The challenge would be how to weave together a name for a large organisation like Health New Zealand, with that of a smaller organisation such as the Maori Health Authority. We needed to ensure the names were both distinct and yet complementary. So, we decided to look to the Tawhaki narratives for inspiration. The essence of our thinking was grounded in the wellness of people. Therefore, the names needed to reflect a unity in thinking and purpose and the synergy of effort and resources that is required to support the achievement of wellbeing for all New Zealanders. That is the thinking behind the naming of the two organisations.

    So, it was the ancestor Tawhaki who in some of our histories ascended the heavens in search of the baskets of knowledge. After extensive discussion amongst the sub-group, the concept “whatu” was chosen leading to Te Whatu Ora, with its many interpretations including a stone, to show, to observe, to see, and it’s reference to the practice of weaving.’

    Te Whatu Ora refers to the weaving together of many plaits to achieve wellness.

    Meanwhile, Te Aka Whai Ora is a reference to the method of ascending the twelve heavens to reach the baskets of knowledge. Tawhaki had received instructions from his grandmother to adhere to the main line (the centre) as he climbed the different heavens. He did this and was successful in attaining the three baskets of knowledge. The intimation is that we should stay centred in all that we do if we are to be successful in achieving the wellbeing of all people.

    And so it is that the group decided to adhere to the korero of Tawhaki, for his retrieval of the Whatu and his adherence to the main line.

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