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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 National Public Health Service Consultation Document May 2023

Feedback on the Proposals for the Smoked Tobacco Regulatory Regime submission March 2023 

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


    National Office

    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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