AGM meeting photo 2023

HPF's achievements highlighted at AGM

HPF’s continued service to the public health sector and communities, both at the national and global level, was  acknowledged by HPF’s Board Chairman Mark Simiona at our AGM today. 

Mr Simiona touched on some of the highlights from the Board including the successful transition of the HPF team to a virtual office and the establishment of a National Accreditation Framework. (NAO)

‘As a virtual office the team did well to transition and are moving from strength to strength continuing to demonstrate their resilience and ability to remain financially viable, while delivering the services under our contract with MoH, building the sector and workforce, partnerships and networks within the country, such as our close work relationship with the Public Health Association and the Health Coalition Aotearoa, and at the international level with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and WHO.

‘With our strategy set for the next five years, 2022-2027, ensuring that HPF continues to contribute to addressing existing, and emerging needs and changes within the health sector and communities, both at home and at the global level HPF is now working towards becoming a National Accreditation Organisation (NAO) for Health Promotion in Aotearoa,’ he said.

‘HPF is in a very strong and healthy financial position and continues its true commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and building leadership and relationships both nationally and internationally.’ 

Mark thanked his fellow board members, and gave a special acknowledgment to outgoing Board members Sharon Kennedy-Muru who has completed her three terms on the board, and Fay Selby-Law.

He also thanked HPF’s leadership team and staff for their ‘commitment, their crazy awesome vibe as a team and their resilience that keeps shining through’.

‘HPF has now been serving our sector and communities for 35 years of service, focusing at our national while reaching out more to the global level over the last three years, as evident in our contributions to IUHPE, contributions that are mutually beneficial for Aotearoa New Zealand and the world health promotion community. 

‘No reira, tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tātou katoa.’ 

In his annual report HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi focused on the highlights of the past 12 months, reflecting  on strategic milestones that were systematically set and achieved since 2012-2013.  

These achievements, said Sione, were instrumental in helping to lead and build the collective capacity of the public health workforce, through health promotion, to address the wellbeing of our human family and the wellbeing of our home planet, focusing on the national, reaching the global, while impacting on the local for the benefit of Aotearoa and the world.​

Sione looked at areas of growth including: the contribution to IUHPE to advance health promotion across the world; the contribution to WHO on the Geneva Charter for Well-being; conferences to address wellbeing of the planet and humanity, and the contribution to NZ public health promotion collective leadership.

HPF continued, he said, to build the sector and workforce with the establishment of the NAO to register health promotion practitioners and by offering courses and webishops.

Sione said the NAO would assess and formally acknowledge health promoters who would register – for their professional integrity and ongoing development, while the wellbeing and safety of the community was ensured.

HPF was financially and organisationally sustainable, with the move to a full virtual office enhancing effectiveness and environmental, physical and economic wellbeing​, he added.

‘HPF has been serving Aotearoa since 1988, responding to evolving needs of Aotearoa, while contributing to the ongoing advancement of health promotion at the international level.

‘We are as dedicated as when we started some 35 years ago. We look forward to serving our country and the world in the next 35 years.’