Hāpai Te Hauora urges community action on kauri crisis in the Waitākere Ranges

Hāpai Te Hauora supports calls from iwi and the Independent Māori Statutory Board urging the Auckland Council to implement the total closure of the Waitākere ranges to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. Yesterday councillors at the environment and community committee meeting voted 11 to 7 against the resolution to close the ranges.

Hāpai Te Hauora welcome Minister Jenny Salesa as new Minister responsible for Smokefree2025

Ka tuku mihi a Hāpai Te Hauora ki a Jenny Salesa kua whai tūranga hei minita e hāngai ana ki ngā mahi auahi kore.

‘Oku fiefia heni ‘a Hāpai te Hauora ke talitali lelei ‘a e Minista fo’ou ko Jenny Salesa ‘oku ne tokangaekina e tapu-ifi-tapaka 2025.

Hāpai Te Hauora congratulates and welcomes Jenny Salesa as the new Minister responsible for Smokefree 2025.

NZ urged to move on a floor price for alcohol

Public health groups are thrilled that the five-year legal battle to set a floor price for alcohol in Scotland has finally reached its conclusion. On Wednesday, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Scottish Government to allow implementation of its Minimum Unit Pricing legislation of 50 pence per standard drink to save lives and reduce crime.

Māori-led research shows strong leadership for Smokefree outdoor policies

Research conducted by Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development (Whanganui), and led by Dr Heather Gifford, highlights Māori public health workers and advocates attitudes towards Smokefree Outdoor Policies (SFOP). Māori leadership in creating smokefree outdoor environments was marked by the emergence, in the 1990s, of the auahi kore marae movement. While more needs to be done to ensure all marae are smokefree, the remaining challenges have not stopped Māori seeking to make other areas, of particular relevance to Māori, smokefree.