The HPA is a Crown entity established on 1 July 2012 under legislation to lead and support national health promotion initiatives. It has a board appointed by the Minister of Health, and staff in Auckland, Wellington (head office) and Christchurch.
In addition to national health promotion initiatives, the HPA performs all functions previously undertaken by the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) and the Health Sponsorship Council (HSC).
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 was passed on 18 June 2012. The provisions in the new law were phased in during 2013. From 18 June 2013 there were new licensing criteria and changes to objections to licences. There were also changes to applying for a licence or manager's certificate. From 18 December 2013 the remainder of the new law came into effect. For more information