“Health is tāonga. People everywhere want their whānau and communities to be healthy and to thrive. But what does it take to make that vision a reality?”

Councils have an important and powerful influence on the health and wellbeing of communities. Councils make plans and policies, provide infrastructure and deliver community services, all of which impact the determinants of health and wellbeing. 

The Healthy Policies team works with local government, coalitions and organisations to ensure local planning and policy-making leads to good health outcomes for the population. Health in All Policies is an approach that ensures a health lens is applied to major decision-making. Members of the Healthy Policies team meet regularly with councils and other organisations to collaborate, advocate and promote community health and wellbeing.

The team leads input from Toi Te Ora into council planning processes, including district, annual and ten year plans, as well as spatial and regional plans. Team members are also involved in council working groups and forums, and often contribute to council strategies and plans.

Key work areas for the Healthy Policies team are:

Food security Smokefree
Environmental Health Sugary drinks
Emergency management  

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