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:

  • Jo Miller – CE Hutt City Council and Chair
  • Marcus Sherwood – Head of Parks and Recreation, Hutt City Council
  • Bridget Allan – CE Te Awakairangi Health Network
  • Phil Gibbons – CE Sport Wellington
  • Kayne Good – Principal Adviser Ministry of Education Wellington
  • Dave Appleyard – Principal Rātā Street School
  • John Anderson – Community champion
  • Peggy Luke-Ngaheke – Manager Waiwhetū Marae
  • Holona Lui – Director Catalyst Pacific Ltd
  • Corinne Thompson – Population Health Programme Manager, Hutt Valley District Health Board
  • Peter Kelly – CE Upper Hutt City Council
  • Fionnagh Dougan  –  Chief Executive, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards
  • Jo Miller – Hutt City Council CE, Chair
  • Marcus Sherwood – Head of Parks and Recreation, Hutt City Council
  • Bridget Allan – CE Te Awakairangi Health Network
  • Phil Gibbons – CE Sport Wellington
  • Kayne Good – Principal Adviser Ministry of Education Wellington
  • Dave Appleyard – Principal Rātā Street School
  • John Anderson – Owner Stokes Valley New World
  • Peggy Luke-Ngaheke – Manager Waiwhetū Marae
  • Holona Lui – Director Catalyst Pacific Ltd
  • Corinne Thompson – Population Health Programme Manager, Hutt Valley District Health Board
  • Rod Bartling – Acting GM Strategy, Planning and Outcomes, Hutt Valley District Health Board
  • Peter Kelly – CE Upper Hutt City Council

Our Team

Hayley Buchan

Hayley Buchan

Manager

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

hayley.buchan@huttcity.govt.nz

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 health issues. Barry has worked to create change in systems such as urban planning, smokefree environments, the food environment and workplace wellbeing. He has a passion for creating equitable conditions for all people to thrive.

Mobile: 027 809 0350

barry.gall@huttcity.govt.nz

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

eddie.edmonds@huttcity.govt.nz

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

julie.fairfield@huttcity.govt.nz

Wendy Gerraty

Wendy Gerraty

Team Coordinator

About Wendy

Wendy is the glue that keeps our team together, with experience in administration, data analysis and a passion for mental wellbeing and equity. Wendy is proud to be part of a team that have the same values and vision, doing work that matters and contributing to mahi that will be beneficial for generations to come.

Mobile: 027 265 1546

wendy.gerraty@huttcity.govt.nz

Tom Pere

Tom Pere

Systems Innovator

About Tom

Tom has a background in sport and exercise and leads the sports clubs and wai areas of work and is the point of contact for our Player of the Day mahi to make water the drink of choice on our sidelines. He has a passion for Māori health and reducing inequities.

Mobile: 027 404 7549

tom.pere@huttcity.govt.nz

Michael Blood

Michael Blood

Systems Innovator

About Michael

Michael’s love of interactive design, systems analysis and healthy living were a strong attraction to his current mahi. He leads our work in food systems, working with existing community knowledge, initiatives and mātauranga Māori to support the design of systems of kai that enable community wellbeing for future reanga (generations).

Mobile: 027 265 0370

michael.blood@huttcity.govt.nz

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

emily.welch@huttcity.govt.nz

Mark Shanks

Mark Shanks

Healthy City Design Lead

About Mark

Mark leads our mahi around Healthy City Design principles, assiting our Council colleagues in incorporating walking and cycling into urban design and across their work areas. You’ll find Mark out and about on his bike engaging with communities, stakeholders and Council colleagues.

Mobile: 027 272 4710

mark.shanks@huttcity.govt.nz

Lucy Kingsbeer

Lucy Kingsbeer

Activator

About Lucy

Lucy brings to the team a wealth of experience in public health with a focus on tobacco control, alcohol, communications and advocacy. She leads our work at a systems level to ensure our work is meaningful and sustainable.

Mobile: 027 286 5607

lucy.kingsbeer@huttcity.govt.nz

Hayley Buchan

Hayley Buchan

Manager

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.
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 health issues. Barry has worked to create change in systems such as urban planning, smokefree environments, the food environment and workplace wellbeing. He has a passion for creating equitable conditions for all people to thrive.

barry.gall@huttcity.govt.nz

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.

eddie.edmonds@huttcity.govt.nz

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.

julie.fairfield@huttcity.govt.nz

Wendy Gerraty

Wendy Gerraty

Team Coordinator

About Wendy

Wendy is the glue that keeps our team together, with experience in administration, data analyis and a passion for mental wellbeing and equity. Wendy is proud to be part of a team that have the same values and vision, doing work that matters and contributing to mahi that will be beneficial for generations to come.

wendy.gerraty@huttcity.govt.nz

Tom Pere

Tom Pere

Systems Innovator

About Tom

Tom has a background in sport and exercise and leads the sports clubs and wai areas of work and is the point of contact for our Player of the Day mahi to make water the drink of choice on our sidelines. He has a passion for Māori health and reducing inequities.

tom.pere@huttcity.govt.nz

Michael Blood

Michael Blood

Systems Innovator

About Michael

Michael’s love of interaction design, systems analysis and healthy living were a strong attraction to his current mahi. He leads our work in food systems, working with existing community knowledge, initiatives and mātauranga Māori to support the design of systems of kai that enable community wellbeing for future reanga (generations).

michael.blood@huttcity.govt.nz

Emily Welch

Emily Welch

Systems Innovator

About Emily

Emily has recently completed a Master 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.

emily.welch@huttcity.govt.nz

Andrea Curtis

Andrea Curtis

Systems Innovator

About Andrea

Andrea is a Systems Innovator with a specific focus on Upper Hutt. Based at Upper Hutt City Council, Andrea is leading Upper Hutt’s work creating smokefree environments at the top of the valley. Andrea’s background is in community engagement, having previously worked at Upper Hutt City Council in various roles.

andrea.curtis@huttcity.govt.nz

Mark Shanks

Mark Shanks

Healthy City Design Lead

About Mark

Mark leads our mahi around Healthy City Design principles, assiting our Council colleagues in incorporating walking and cycling into urban design ands across their work areas. You’ll find Mark out and about on his bike engaging with communities, stakeholders and Council colleagues.

mark.shanks@huttcity.govt.nz

Lucy Kingsbeer

Lucy Kingsbeer

Activator

About Lucy

Lucy brings to the team a wealth of experience in public health with a focus is on tobacco control, alcohol, communications and advocacy. She leads our work at a systems level to ensure our work is meaningful and sustainable.

lucy.kingsbeer@huttcity.govt.nz