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)


Fizz Free Whānau

On the surface, Fizz Free Whānau is a challenge to go without sugary drinks for the month of January, with the option to fundraise for healthy initiatives in your community. However, more than just a challenge, FFW takes a whānau-centred approach to awhi (care for) challenge-takers, and those struggling with nutrition, by providing ongoing support and education. We also work with our Whānau Whanui collective to support policy development in the community to prevent poor nutrition in the first place.

On a larger scale, we believe that we can change the narrative around Māori being overweight, sick, unhealthy, and lazy. We know that our tūpuna were strong, fit, and healthy, and we know that the negative stereotype doesn’t have a place in the future of our mokopuna either. We know that programmes that support Māori are good for everyone too- so we are pleased to support our Pasifika, migrant and other communities to also be well!

Visit the FizzFree Website here

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  • 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

Janell Dymus-Kurei
Janell Dymus-Kurei


Rangi McLean
Rangi McLean

National Cultural Advisor

Emma Espiner
Emma Espiner

National Communications Lead