Mō he oranga whānau

About us

Healthy Families NZ

Healthy Families NZ is a large scale prevention initiative that brings community leadership together in a united effort for better health in the places we live, learn, work and play. These environments include our neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, sports clubs, places of worship and marae.

Healthy Families NZ is in ten locations, in areas with higher-than-average rates of preventable chronic diseases like Type-2 Diabetes or heart disease, higher-than-average rates of risk factors for these diseases, and/or high levels of deprivation.

The areas of focus for Healthy Families NZ are: 

  • Nutrition and local food systems
  • Physical activity and active transport
  • Smokefree environments
  • Reducing alcohol-related harm
  • Mental wellbeing and resilience 

Healthy Families NZ reflects the unique context of New Zealand communities, and the special relationship between Māori and the Crown, including obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Improving Māori health and enabling Māori leadership is an integral part of the Healthy Families NZ approach.

Healthy Families Hutt Valley

Many of our Hutt Valley whānau are affected by the rise of preventable chronic disease. Healthy Families Hutt Valley provides an opportunity to look at the underlying causes. We look at how the systems that influence our everyday lives and the environments we live in play a role in our health and wellbeing.  

Our role is to drive local change by connecting people and organisations that can create healthy change. We support their leadership, enable them to take action and implement initiatives to demonstrate that together we can make the Hutt a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Our mandate is to amplify the collective effort.

Healthy Families Hutt Valley is led by Hutt City Council.

Our Leadership

Leadership is a founding principle of Healthy Families NZ.
We have a committed Strategic Leadership Group who work with us to drive change in our communities through their influence across the Hutt Valley. Our Strategic Leadership Group members are:

  • Andrea Blackshaw – Director Neighbourhoods & Communities and Chair
  • Marcus Sherwood – Head of Parks and Recreation, Hutt City Council
  • Bridget Allan – Chief Executive, Te Awakairangi Health Network
  • Phil Gibbons – Chief Executive, Sport Wellington
  • Kayne Good – Manager Learning Support, Ministry of Education 
  • Dave Appleyard – Community champion 
  • Peggy Luke-Ngaheke – Manager Waiwhetū Marae
  • Holona Lui – Director Catalyst Pacific Ltd
  • Peter Kelly – Chief Executive, Upper Hutt City Council
  • Fionnagh Dougan  –  Chief Executive, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards
  • Mel Turner – Senior Portfolio Manager, Ministry of Health
  • Arawhetu Gray – Director Māori Health, Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Board

Our Team

Hayley Buchan

Hayley Buchan


About Hayley

Hayley is the Manager of Healthy Families Hutt Valley. With a background in strategic and systems thinking, public health, local government and the NGO sectors in NZ and the UK, she leads the team in making the most of our unique opportunity to have lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities and improving equity. She enjoys the challenge of leading and influencing in this complex and adaptive environment, as well as working in partnership across sectors and our communities to achieve impactful change.

Mobile: 027 801 4181


Barry Gall

Barry Gall

Systems Strategist

About Barry

Barry is a Systems Strategist with a background in collaborative population health initiatives across the health and social sector, and leads the mahi in our systems approach to prevention. Barry has worked to create change in through urban design, smokefree environments, the food system and local government. He has a passion for creating equitable conditions for all people to thrive.

Mobile: 027 809 0350


Eddie Edmonds

Eddie Edmonds

Lead Systems Innovator

About Eddie

Eddie leads our team of Systems Innovators. With a background in team management and leadership, Eddie aims to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and can add to the overall Healthy Families NZ kaupapa, enabling the wellbeing of people across the Hutt Valley.

Mobile: 027 2985 749


Julie Fairfield

Julie Fairfield

Strategic Communications Manager

About Julie

Julie loves a great story and feels privileged that she gets to spend her time sharing the stories of our communities. With a background in communications and social marketing, she enjoys supporting the team in their mahi.

Mobile: 027 403 0350


Lucy Kingsbeer

Lucy Kingsbeer

Communications and Engagement Advisor

About Lucy

Lucy brings to the team a wealth of experience in public health with a focus on tobacco control, alcohol, communications and advocacy. Her refined communications skills support the wider team to tell the great stories of their mahi.

Mobile: 027 286 5607


Kaihau Paitai

Kaihau Paitai

Māori Systems Innovator

About Kaihau

 Ahakoa aku haerē, ahakoa aku ngarotanga atu mō ngā tau e hia nei,

Ina katia ai ngā kamo, ka hoki mahara, ā, ka kai ngākau nui tonu au ki aku whenua tipu, ki Te Harataunga o Whakaotirangi.

He uri whakatipu tēnei nō Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga, nō Ngāpuhi, ā, he pānga hoki tōku ki tēnā o ngā moutere motuhake rawa atu, a Rarotonga.

I tipu ai au ki rō te puku o tōku whenua tauri kura, ki Harataunga. I reira au ako ai te reo me ōnā tikanga, ki raro i te marau ō te kōhanga reo, te kura kaupapa reo, me te wharekura.  Waihoki, he whakaheketanga tēnei nō ngā mātauranga maha kua whangaihia e tōku hapori.

I hūnuku mai au ki Te Whanga-nui ā-Tara i te tau 2017, ki te ako i te Whare Wānanga o Te Herenga Waka.

Ki konei, i whai au i te tohu paetahi me ngā akoranga matua  ō te tōrangapū, te whakawhanaungata ā-motu, me te reo Māori ka tika.

Hīkaka rawa atu te ngākau ki te tīmata aku mahi ki Healthy Families Hutt Valley.

He waka eke noa.

Mobile: 027 2072799


Peri Zee

Peri Zee

Healthy City Design Lead

About Peri

Peri brings to the team a wealth of knowledge on planning principles as well as tactical urbanism, with a background in urban planning.  She passionate about the role active transport and urban design can have on our community’s health and wellbeing and is a cargo-bike enthusiast who loves getting out and about on her bike with her two young tamariki.

 Mobile: 027 213 0239 


Emily Welch

Emily Welch

Systems Innovator

About Emily

Emily has recently completed a Masters of International Public Health. Through her study and personal love of food and being active she has grown a desire to support people to make healthier choices in environments that enable wellbeing. Emily provides valuable insight and in-depth support across the mahi of all of our systems innovators.

Mobile: 027 603 5156


                     George Lajpold

George Lajpold

Systems Innovator - Smokefree Environments

About George

George leads our smokefree environments work creating change to make more spaces and places across our city smokefree. George says he enjoys supporting others to grow, develop and pursue their dreams   

Mobile: 027 231 1683