Who is Hāpai

Our Vision

Oranga Tangata, Oranga Whenua (Healthy Lives, Healthy Environments)

Hāpai aims to increase opportunities for the communities we serve to enjoy good health and to be sustained by healthy environments. We do this by providing a strategic focus that is underpinned by evidence based research for the advancement of health and well-being for all. We work both regionally and nationally to address health inequities and provide strategic solutions for long term outcomes.

Our Place

Who do we service, and what is our capacity and reach

Regional Service Provision

Hāpai have held the regional Māori public health contract for Tāmaki Makaurau for 20 years. This consistency of tenure reflects our leadership in community-based health promotion delivered through the Whānau Whanui collective. Our approach supports Māori whānau and Māori community settings to achieve optimal health through policy development, submissions and campaigns driven from the flax roots up.

National Service Provision

Hāpai hold four national service contracts across gambling harm minimisation, tobacco control advocacy and SUDI prevention. These are services which are responsible for delivering to all communities but which have a focus on the populations experiencing the greatest burden of harm.

The National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service aims to address the harms arising from, and the social determinants which contribute to, tobacco use. To achieve this goal we grow local, regional and national leadership in tobacco control advocacy. We support  collaboration across the sector nationwide through the coordination of our networks in public health services, across local and national decision-makers and community leadership. Our work is underpinned by evidence-based strategies to support and maximise central government priorities, policies and actions needed to deal with the health, social and economic harms linked to tobacco use.

The National Coordination Service for Problem Gambling Harm Prevention provides oversight and coordination services to the Ministry of Health and the gambling harm minimisation infrastructure support services. This is a key service within the problem gambling harm prevention network which enables health leadership and strategic direction across dedicated Māori, Asian, Pacific and other population group-specific services. We are proud to offer this national service and to act as a conduit between the Ministry of Health and its regional services.

The National Public Health Workforce Development Service (Te Kākano) is a problem gambling harm prevention contract which provides sector-specific specialised training for the workforce. This service blends individual and collective learning opportunities to strengthen and build leadership within the workforce, with an emphasis onremoving barriers to training and being responsive to diverse learning styles.

The National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service provides a centralised, integrated approach to SUDI prevention in Aotearoa. This is achieved through the provision of specialised workforce development programmes, collation of research and data relevant to SUDI prevention and through the coordination of regional services in collaboration with SUDI prevention coordinators across district health boards nationwide. Our whakapapa as a Māori public health organisation over 20 years drives our philosophy which places the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whānau at the centre of everything we do. This philosophy aligns particularly well with the SUDI prevention contract, which aims to reduce preventable deaths from SUDI to 0.1 in 1000 liveborn infants by 2025.

The Psychosocial Response National Coordination Service is a direct response to COVID-19, with the overarching goal of ensuring whānau Māori are not at a double disadvantage due to the impacts of the pandemic.

This interim service supports the Māori mental health and addiction providers in planning, coordinating and delivering psychosocial interventions and mental health and addiction services during the current alert level response to COVID-19 and up to six-months as we move between alert levels and emerge from the impacts of COVID-19.