Whānau Whanui (Māori Public Health) is a regional public health collective consisting of Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Te Whānau o Waipareira and Hāpai Te Hauora.

Through fortnightly meetings, the collective together advances public health and continues the legacy of our tupuna by creating environments in which whānau and communities thrive in the areas of: tihei mauri ora (reducing tobacco use), kia
maarie (reducing drug and alcohol use), whai ao (improving nutrition & exercise) and tamariki ora (wellchild health promotion)


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Fizz Free Whānau

Featuring: Janell Dymus-Kurei, Kera Sherwood-O'Regan

Other Highlights:

  • Policy initiatives implemented across Auckland for four public health issues areas
  • Cessation and abstinence as a result of our work
  • 100+ stakeholders worked with
  • Supporting Māori community members to contribute to the Local Approved Products policy
  • Evaluation workshops tailored for Whānau Whanui logic models developed
  • Workforce development forums attended

Fizz Free Whānau – Bringing Policy to Life

In January 2017, Hāpai Te Hauora launched the “Fizz Free Whānau Challenge” to engage whānau in the healthy lifestyles kaupapa by taking an online pledge to go without fizzy drinks, sugar sweetened beverages, or to go totally sugar free throughout the month of January and beyond. Our approach recognises the importance of whānau support in creating sustainable lifestyle changes, and the central role that whānau play in Māori communities, but also provides avenues for community leadership and social change.

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Our Team

Ants Hawke
Ants Hawke

General Manager

Rangi McLean
Rangi McLean

National Cultural Advisor

Emma Espiner
Emma Espiner

National Communications Lead

Kera Sherwood-O'Regan
Kera Sherwood-O'Regan