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Who we are

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) is an independent national membership association with a commitment to health for all. We provide the opportunity for people who share this commitment to

  • Be part of a collective voice on the determinants of health
  • Gather, share and learn with others who work in public health
  • Influence policy to improve the hauora of all New Zealanders
  • Keep up to date with events and issues in the public health sector
  • Champion health equity, social justice and evidence informed decision making


The PHA recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a foundational document, defining respectful relationships between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. We are committed to being a Te Tiriti based organisation.


  • Provide strong and independent public health leadership in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Champion the health of all people and communities.
  • Promote informed public debate on hauora, determinants of health and health services.
  • Participate in the creation and evaluation of health policy to improve public health.
  • Promote research and share knowledge relevant to the health of all New Zealanders.
  • Work with others to facilitate informed action on public health issues.
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the public health workforce.
  • Grow our membership to be reflective of the populations of Aotearoa.
  • Be financially and organisationally resilient and sustainable.


These are the principles and standards by which the PHA will operate. The PHA will also seek to have these values reflected in the actions of others to achieve our vision of health equity.

Tautoko – Support for those who most need it, to improve their health and wellbeing, so they can flourish.

Manaakitanga – Respect for all. Includes equity of outcomes achieved by addressing historic injustices and contemporary inequities.  

Kotahitanga – A bias for action and solidarity at all levels of society (national and local government, iwi, hapu, local communities, whanua) for the collective good.

Mātauranga – Decisions should be made on the best available evidence, including from tea o Māori and other indigenous knowledge; when that evidence is limited innovation should be encouraged and evidence should be progressively gathered.

Matatika – Integrity, compassion, tolerance and transparency. 

Wairuatanga - Recognises that all aspects of the Māori world have a ever-present spiritual dimension, which pervades all Māori values.

Rangatiratanga - Is leadership in action for the collective good. 

Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The PHA recognises Te Tiriti o Waitangi as Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document, defining respectful relationships between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti. The PHA is committed to ensuring that Te Tiriti values of respect, partnership, equality, and full participation infuse all our policies, actions and services.

This means that our governance and decision-making must reflect Te Tiriti values - the specific needs of Māori, and kaupapa Māori solutions must be factored into all decision making about public health.

    Our Staff

    Dr Alana McCambridge, Senior Policy Advisor, see profile

    Chris WebberSenior Policy Advisor