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Getting into the Act


Written by Dr Tara Kessaram, this thinkpiece provided support to the PHA branches in the lead up to the 2013 local council and DHB elections. 

Download Getting into the Act.




Te Rākau o te Uru Kahikatea Public Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2017


Te Uru Kahikatea refers to a grove of kahikatea.

It was chosen as the title for the New Zealand public health workforce development plan in 2007.

The concept symbolises the collective strength, interdependence and collaborative nature of the public health workforce. The kahikatea, as a tall, sturdy tree whose roots intertwine with those of other kahikatea, binding the land and providing nourishment and shelter for birds and people, epitomises the core values of public health nursing: working with other sectors to support the health and wellbeing of their communities with up-to-date expertise.Public health nurses are one of many trees in the grove of kahikatea – hence the title of this framework.

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Living in healthy environments




This 2012 PHA publication is subtitled Balancing the interests of individuals and  communities. As a society we need to make decisions about how our environments are organised and the role we have to play in looking after our own health and the health of others. This balance of individual and community interests is at the core of public health ethics. 

Download Living in healthy environments.



Te ture whakaruruhau – Code of ethical principles for public health in Aotearoa New Zealand


The purpose of the Code, produced by the PHA in 2012 is to give guidance in ways to consider ethical practice in public health in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is to assist public health practitioners, managers and organisations to explore and discuss ethical approaches that may help resolve conflicting lines of public health action.


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How to promote public health in your community

Local and regional government can control a large number of factors that determine the health of people in their areas. In 2010 the PHA developed this plain language guide. 

Download  How to promote public health in your community.

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