Response from the National SUDI Prevention Service on the safe use of wahakura

Recently we have been referred questions concerning the use and safety of bumper pads in wahakura (flax woven bassinets). Hāpai Te Hauora holds the National Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) Prevention Coordination contract; the best evidence available to Hāpai tells us that wahakura are safest without bumper pads.

Māori Public Health Budget 2018 Wishlist

Hāpai Te Hauora, the largest Māori public health collective in Aotearoa, outlines key priority areas for Budget 2018 which we believe will have the biggest impact on whānau:

  • Provision for meeting urgent housing needs in Tāmaki Mākaurau and Te Tai Tokerau so all families have the ability to live in warm, dry homes
  • Funding to support papakainga housing in rural areas

Pokie profits up despite sinking lid policies

This week the Department of Internal Affairs released the figures on proceeds from pub and club gambling machines in the first quarter of 2018. From January 1 to March 31, $212 million was generated from pokies, a 2.3% increase on the same period in 2017.
"This is disappointing news," says Lance Norman, Chief Executive Officer for Hāpai Te Hauora. "Even with sinking lid policies, a reduction in gaming venues, machines and licence holders, pokie machines are taking more and more money away from families and out of our communities."

Hāpai support vaping industry calls for cigarette-to-vape switch to reduce dairy armed robberies

The increasing rate of cash and cigarette related theft has inspired a New Zealand vaping business to offer free product consignment for dairy owners considering replacing their tobacco stocks. It is estimated that more than 1,200 aggravated robberies are committed against dairy businesses each year.