This week in Auckland Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, is the host for the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctor’s Congress PRIDoC. PRIDoC was first held 15 years ago and has formal membership from the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Association of American Indian Physicians, Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians, Indigenous Physicians of Canada and the Medical Association for Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan.

Today marks an exciting development in Māori public health advocacy as Hāpai Te Hauora signs a memorandum of understanding with tobacco control research groups ASPIRE2025 and BODE3 from the University of Otago. This relationship will draw on the complementary strengths of each group to inform and progress tobacco control in Aotearoa toward the goal of Smokefree 2025. 

Tomorrow at 5.30pm (Friday 25th November 2016) the first cohort of the inaugural rangatahi into governance programme Ka Eke Poutama will graduate. The programme is facilitated by Te Whare Hukahuka with support from the Māori Womens Development Inc. Designed to offer pathways into governance for rangatahi across Aotearoa.

Hāpai Te Hauora the voice of Tobacco Control Advocacy encourages people to look closely at the recent New Zealand Health survey results to gain a full picture of the health of New Zealanders.

A pan-continental collaboration of indigenous researchers including Hāpai Te Hauora will present at the National Association of Gambling Studies conference on indigenous gambling this week.

Every fortnight we will find the latest news stories relating to the key issue areas of Alcohol and Drug Harm, Tobacco Control, Problem Gambling, Nutrition and Physical Activity and Indigenous Health and the general health of Māori from around the world and right here in Aotearoa.

Hāpai Te Hauora as the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service produce a fortnightly newsletter containing updates on Tobacco Control locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, as well as information about conferences and events relating to tobacco control.

Last week Hāpai attended The Leap, New Zealand’s first entrepreneurs festival, established by pro-snowboarder turned entrepreneur Robett Hollis. 

Hāpai Te Hauora was pleased to present at the inaugural tobacco control mini-symposium was held on the 26th October 2016 at the University of Otago, Wellington. General Manager Zoe Martin-Hawke (pictured) said, "It was a great opportunity to provide the sector with an update on the new tobacco control advocacy service." 

Hāpai Te Hauora, the voice for community action on the Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm, are calling for decision makers to ensure money is returned to those communities who are contributing the most to pokie machines revenue. This will ensure communities with higher numbers of pokie machines are better resourced to combat the social issues created by the generating of funding for the nation.