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PHA Submissions

The PHA is actively involved in influencing public health policy. One way we do this is by making submissions to Select Committees, government departments and/or other government bodies to encourage evidence-based, sensible, and effective public health legislation and policy.

Our recent submissions are linked below.


National Office

Submission on the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Bill February 2023

Submission on Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill August 2022

Submission on Water Services Entities Bill July 2022

Feedback on the proposed changes to the promotion and provision of healthy drinks in schools, June 2022

Submission on Taumata Arowai Consultation on Drinking Water Standards and Quality Assurance rules March 2022

Letter to Minister Kris Faafoi on Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act March 2022

Submission on Plain Language Bill March 2022

Branch Submissions

Auckland and Canterbury West Coast branch submission on Taumata Arowai’s consultation on drinking water standards and quality assurance rules March 2022


National Office

Briefing paper on the forthcoming National Action Plan against Racism. Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand: STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, Public Health Association of New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology. 

Submission on the Māori Electoral Option consultation July 2021

Submission on the National and Built Environment Act July 2021

CPAG: The first year of Covid 19: Initial outcomes of our collective care for low income children in Aotearoa NZ -  briefing to government June 2021

Joint Venture Family Violence Sexual Violence Consultation 29 June 2021

Letter to Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change 28 March 2021

Drug Law Reform Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Adern

PHA NZCPHM Water Services Bill March 2021

Climate Change Commission Consultation March 2021


National Office

Local Government Rating of Whenua Māori Amendment Bill June 2020

PHA NZCPHM Taumata Arowai - Water Services Regulator Bill  March 2020

Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill April 2020

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill, April 2020

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, March 2020

Inquiry into 2019 Local Elections and Liquor Licensing Trust Elections, February 2020

Urban Development Bill, February 2020

Sexual Violence Legislation Bill, January 2020

Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill, January 2020


National Office

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, December 2019

Supplementary Order Paper 408 – Arms Legislation Bill, November 2019

Letter to PM asking NZ to pledge recommitment to UNCRC, October 2019

Proposal P1050 Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages, October 2019

Action for Healthy Waterways, October 2019

Arms Legislation Bill, October 2019

Online Gambling Consultation, September 2019

Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori, September 2019

Abortion Legislation Bill, September 2019

Smoke-Free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill, August 2019

Letter to Environment Canterbury, July 2019

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, July 2019

Health and Disability System Review, May 2019

Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill, April 2019

Comments on proposed gun law changes, April 2019

Budget Policy Statement 2019, January 2019


National Office

Pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages, June 2018

Local Government (Community Wellbeing) Amendment Bill, May 2018

Abortion Law Reform, May 2018

Government Policy Statement Land Transport, May 2018

Future of Tax: Submissions Background Paper, April 2018

Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill (2)
, April 2018

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, April 2018

Draft Guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy, April 2018

Child Poverty Reduction Bill, April 2018

Letter on Health & Safety Reference Group - Firearms in Schools, February 2018

Submission on the Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill, January 2018

Branch submissions

Canterbury/West Coast branch - Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 consultation, October 2018

Wellington branch - Greater Wellington Regional Council Long Term Plan 2018 January 2018


National Office

Government Policy Statement on land transport for 2018/19 – 2027/28 (GPS2018), March 2017

Letter of support for Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill, March 2017

Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill, February 2017

Proposal to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products, February 2017

Replacing the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2011-2016, February 2017

Policy options for the regulation of e-cigarettes, September 2016

New Zealand Health Research Strategy Discussion Document, July 2016

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, March 2016

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, January 2016

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