Mō he oranga whānau
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.
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 – Community champion
- Peggy Luke-Ngaheke – Manager Waiwhetū Marae
- Holona Lui – Director Catalyst Pacific Ltd
- Peter Kelly – CE Upper Hutt City Council
- Fionnagh Dougan – Chief Executive, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards
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 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
Lead Systems Innovator
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
Strategic Communications Manager
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
Communications and Engagement Advisor
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
Healthy City Design Lead
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 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
Systems Innovator - Smokefree Environments
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