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Hapai Te Hauora

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    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 wellbeing 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

    The core of our Māori Public Health Leadership work is aimed at supporting localised health promotion through a number of key relationships and sub-contracted organisations. We do this by supporting them in public health policy development, health policy submissions and campaigns with our overall aim being that more and more Māori community settings and whānau are healthy in the long-term.

    National Service Provision

    Hāpai are charged with the coordination, workforce development and advocacy services across Gambling Harm Minimisation and Tobacco Control for all communities, being Māori, Pasifika, Asian and other population groupings, but with a focus on addressing the populations with the highest needs.

    For Tobacco Control, our goal is to address the health issues and determinants of tobacco use. To achieve this goal we grow local, regional and national leadership, increase communication and enhance collaboration across the country. With our wide array of public health services and networks we activate collaborative cross-sector approaches that enable the addressing of multiple factors linked to tobacco use. All our initiatives are based on comprehensive evidence based strategies to support and maximise Government priorities policies and actions needed to deal with the health, social and economic harms linked to tobacco use.

    For Gambling Harm Prevention, The National Co-ordination Service provides oversight and coordination to the Ministry of Health and its Gambling Harm Minimisation Infrastructure support services. This is a key position within the gambling harm network, that enables health leadership and direction across dedicated Māori, Asian, Pacific and other services. We are proud to offer this national service and to act as a conduit between Ministry of Health and its regional Gambling Harm Minimisation Services.

    The National Public Health Workforce Development Service (Te Kākano) provides specialised Prevention and Minimisation of Gambling Harm Public Health training modules and connects the workforce with other related learning and education opportunities, as well as personalised workforce development plans with the aim to further strengthen and build leadership within the workforce. Our multiple pathways approach has an emphasis on removing barriers to training and being responsive to learning styles.

    Hāpai is responsible for coordinating a national, integrated approach to SUDI prevention in Aotearoa. Our whakapapa as a Māori public health organisation over 20 years drives our philosophy which places health and
    wellbeing of tamariki mokopuna and whānau at the center of everything we do.


    Selah Hart - Chief Executive Officer

    Tunuiarangi (Rangi) McLean - National Cultural Advisor

    Jason Alexander - General Manager - Strategy and Innovation

    William Cameron - IT Specialist 

    Paora Brosnan - Senior Cultural Advisor 

    Felicia Mesui - Operations Administrator

    Selu Alefaio - Receptionist 


    Maori Public Health and Preventing Gambling Harm (Regional Services)

    Janell Dymus-Kurei - General Manager

    Tara Dymus - Public Health Advisor

    Erana Boyd - Public Health Advisor

    Eva Wilson - Public Health Advisor

    Najlaa Alaasad - Kaiwhiriwhiri


    National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service

    Stephanie Erick - General Manager

    Edward Cowley - Senior Advisor

    Ruthie Nielsen - National Administrator Coordinator 

    Eden Webster - National Coordination Lead 


    SUDI Prevention National Coordination Service

    Fay Selby-Law - General Manager

    Nari Faiers - Workforce Development and Cultural Lead

    Dianna Raukawa-Doughty - Communications Lead

    Leitu Tufuga - National Engagement Lead 


    Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm National Coordination Service

    Maria Ngawati - National Coordinator

    Tiana Matiu - National Administrator Coordinator 


    Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm National Public Health Workforce Development Service

    Nari Faiers - National Workforce Coordinator

    Nikau Reti-Beazley - Project Coordinator 


    Research and Evaluation Unit

    Maria Ngawati - Lead Maori Researcher 

    Lizzie Strickett - Maori Researcher

    Cynthia Otene - Maori Researcher

    Renei Ngawati - Maori Researcher 


    National Tobacco Control Advocacy

    The Hāpai National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service facilitates engagement between a wide range of policy makers, decision makers/influencers that may include Parliamentary Committees, the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards, NGOs, Primary Health Organisations, corporate decision makers, Media, Stop Smoking Service Providers, Council, Māori and Pacific Providers, iwi, local and national businesses, research and academic institutions, territorial local authorities, Crown agencies and communities to progress Smokefree 2025.

    Our Tobacco Control Advocacy service utilises relationships and key influencers to spur increased ownership, and a positive view of Smokefree 2025, it identifies, delivers and promotes effective public health and advocacy interventions that will create and strengthen smokefree policies. Our role is also to increase public and media understanding of what will get us to 2025.

    The four key objectives of all Hāpai tobacco control advocacy activities are:

    1. To reduce smoking initiation
    2. To increase quitting
    3. To reduce the social, economic and health harms of tobacco
    4. To reduce inequalities

    Hāpai Te Hauora produce a fortnightly e-newsletter containing updates on Tobacco Control locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, to subscribe click here.

    Minimising Gambling Harm Public Health

    We provide the information and support to talk about gambling related harm. We also provide opportunities for Māori communities to speak out on their views about this kaupapa. Māori communities in return, provide the content that helps to make both regional and community, policies and strategies. These policies and strategies inform the way our city evolves and what changes it needs to make to better support the way Māori communities live, play and work within it. Most importantly though, we make sure it is the vision of the whānau we connect with that underpins the mahi we carry out through the Preventing Gambling Harm kaupapa here at Hāpai.

    Preventing gambling related harm is an objective across the wider population of Māori within Auckland, but the issues of significance they face as unique Māori communities inform the way in which they choose to address those harms. Understanding the harms associated to gambling is varied across our population, also enables us to understand the way we address those harms can be just as dynamic. At Hapai we are constantly forming new relationships, exploring new ideas and developing new concepts for our projects. Creating diversity ensures a growing number of Māori communities have the connection and resources to achieve their optimal wellbeing as is the original purpose of Hāpai - ‘oranga tangata, oranga whenua’

    We have three major themes our work is done within:

    • Awareness raising in communities allows us to share the knowledge of how the region is addressing gambling related harm. This is also an opportunity to provide a space for our whānau to promote their own views to both
      the community and the wider Auckland network. This is always done through kanohi ki te kanohi.
    • Supporting communities to leverage their strengths. Finding opportunities to connect to each other and develop their own kete with tools, insight and relationships. We appreciate communities have a depth of knowledge.
      Our role is to become/teach/source/learn whatever it is that supports their vision for increased wellbeing through preventing gambling harm.
    • Policy development both on a local and regional level helps design an environment that enhances community wellbeing. To that end, the uptake of these policies must to something that empowers communities to succeed. We
      build relationships with funders and local authorities to ensure our communities ideas are interwoven throughout a range of activities.

    Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm - National Coordination Service

    The role of the National Coordination Service enables an opportunity for Māori leadership in the field of gambling harm minimisation. A unique position that provides certain workforce development and research perspectives among those tasked with preventing and minimising gambling harm throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

    We seek to increase the prioritisation of what happens "when you get it right for Maori" and that is "you get it right for everyone". Key connections in Addiction Treatment, Public Health, Research, and Evaluation are critical elements in this work and as such work with a wide range of mental health and addictions services and other likeminded organisations to address the harm caused by gambling. 

    This service works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach for all gambling service providers across Aotearoa, both clinical and public health, are provided with the adequate support to provide high-quality services to the communities they serve. 

    Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm - National Public Health Workforce Development

    Te Kākano is tasked with providing credible, relevant and useful Workforce Development programmes to the Gambling Harm Ministration Public Health Workforce. The range of resources available to the sector includes the annual training, Prezi’s and a few case studies. Alongside these resources are the handbooks: Public Health 101, New Kaimahi Induction, Programme Planning and Evaluation, a Writing Guide and a Tertiary Education Guide.

    Te Kākano aims to provide a range of innovative and engaging platforms that support the adoption of a robust Public Health Framework with the Gambling Harm Minimisation Workforce.

    This service works alongside the other infrastructure services for the Gambling Sector, including the National Coordination Service, Health Promotion Agency and the clinical training provider, Abacus. 

    Māori Public Health Leadership and Health Promotion

    Hāpai Te Hauora provide Māori Public Health Leadership and Strategic advice to a number of services across Tamaki Makaurau, working across the public health issues of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Tobacco Control and Nutrition and Physical Activity. 

    As an Iwi and Maataa Waka mandated organisation we provide community-driven public health services through our owner organisations, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Raukura Hauora o Tainui and Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust, known by the name of Whānau Whanui.

    Whānau Whanui (Māori Public Health) is a regional public health collective who work as the delivery arm for Hāpai. 

    Through fortnightly meetings, the collective together advances public health and continues the legacy of our tupuna by creating environments in which whānau and communities thrive in the areas of: tihei mauri ora (reducing tobacco use), kia maarie (reducing drug and alcohol use), and whai ao (improving nutrition & exercise). 

    Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI) Prevention National Coordination Service

    The National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service (SPCS) is a key part of the wider National SUDI Prevention Programme (NSPP). The role of Hāpai for the SPCS will be to provide leadership, oversight, monitoring, guidance, and resources to both the four Regional SUDI Coordinators and 20 DHBs to ensure that:

    1. Regional initiatives funded and supported by DHBs are consistent with current and emerging scientific evidence about how to most effectively reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants
    2. DHBs and maternal and child service providers are guided by high quality, evidence-based expertise about how to improve the quality, availability, and consistency of SUDI Prevention messaging and interventions
    3. SUDI prevention messaging is nationally consistent and effective;
    4. Risk assessment is nationally consistent
    5. There is a demonstrable improvement in parental SUDI prevention health literacy and infant care practice, and infant exposure to SUDI risk is reduced.

    The development and implementation of the SPCS are centered around the following key components:

    • Provider planning and finalisation of service requirements
    • Support and coordination of regional SUDI prevention activities
    • National-level improvement activities
    • Support to explore future improvement options
    • Strategic planning, performance evaluation, and monitoring


    All services are free of charge, however, Hapai Te Hauora does not provide direct services to clients as we work at a whole of population level.