Stephanie Erick

Stephanie Erick
General Manager

Stephanie is a public health leader with more than 15 years’ experience in designing and leading successful projects. She is skilled in national advocacy, workforce development, media, research and community mobilisation and has a wealth of public sector experience and knowledge, having worked with national NGOs, DHBs, PHOs and a range of non-health entities.

Up to the end of 2019 Steph’s role at Hāpai Te Hauora was Kaiwhakahaere for National Workforce Development, Public Health. Prior to joining Hāpai in 2016 Stephanie led anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health NZ (ASH).

Stephanie’s mission is to connect the sector around the country’s goal of being smoke-free by 2025 and to make sure that all communities benefit. “ We have to always take the voices of our communities to national conversations, planning and programmes. It’s both a privilege and responsibility to do this.”

Stephanie's passion is growing leadership and supporting critical thinking in all areas of Māori and Pacific public health. She will continue as a member of the Hāpai Te Hauora Senior Management team as a Senior Advisor.  “One of the joys of working in public health is working with amazing people, providers and iwi and watching our bonds grow stronger.”

Stephanie is a proud mother of Faith, Elijah, Isaac Toa, and Keilani who are Niuean, Samoan and Cook Island Māori. You can contact Stephanie at


Stephanie is a Senior Advisor for Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui and brings wide-ranging research experience including design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. She is interested in producing and collecting sound evidence to enable policy makers and communities to contribute to the Smokefree 2025 goal. Her work on the annual ASH Year 10 survey ensured evidence was published and translated for end-users in particular Maori and Pacific communities. Other research interests include innovations to prompt mass stop smoking and building research capacity in others. Stephanie continues to participate in research advisory groups and projects with universities and research collectives.