About Us | Ko wai mātou

Toi Te Ora Public Health sits within the National Public Health Service (a division of Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora) and is the public health service for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes area. Our role is to improve, promote and protect the health of the communities through population approaches focus on achieving equity, in particular for Māori.

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Toi Te Ora Public Health develops and delivers a wide range of health promotion, health prevention and health protection initiatives for people in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes area.

The focus of our work supports the social and physical environments in which we live, learn work and play. Public health protects and promotes the health of population groups rather than treating diseases, disorders and disabilities in individuals. 

Health Promotion

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Our health promotion team promotes healthy ideas and programmes to help people lead healthy, happy and rewarding lives where we live, learn, work and play.

The team’s work involves creating supportive environments, influencing policy and organisational change to support health improvement, so that the healthy choice is the easy choice. Toi Te Ora Health Improvement Advisors work on a range of issues across a number of different settings. 

View the services and programmes we deliver or support others to deliver.

Health Protection

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Our health protection services are about protecting people, preventing harm and planning for threats. 

Our health protection officers' work includes environmental health which covers all aspects of natural and built environment that may affect human health, and communicable disease. We have three medical officers of health who are trained as specialists in public health medicine and play a supportive leadership role in guiding the health protection unit. 

Health Protection Officers are experts in environmental health and communicable diseases. They are trained in science, law and investigation skills, and have a thorough understanding of how the environment, whether it be natural or man-modified, affects our health. Health Protection Officers are Designated Officers under various pieces of health-related law and are responsible for ensuring compliance with these laws. 

Contact a Health Protection Officer on 0800 221 555 to talk about any of the following: