Inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives

  • New depression initiative

    Videos and stories featuring the true life stories of farmers who have suffered from depression have been added to the depression website.

  • More heart and diabetes checks

    The HPA has worked with the Ministry of Health, the Heart Foundation, Diabetes New Zealand, and interested PHOs to increase the number of heart and diabetes checks that are

  • Say Yeah, Nah

    This campaign gives Kiwis a unique way to 'Ease up' on the drink.

  • Minimising gambling harm

    While many people gamble safely, a significant number of people are still being harmed by their own or someone else's gambling.

  • Mental health

    Good mental health and wellbeing are key aspects of the ways we live, work and play.

  • Rheumatic fever

    Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable disease.

  • Nutrition and physical activity

    We want New Zealanders to attain and maintain a healthy weight through improved nutrition and increased physical activity.

  • Tobacco control

    Smokefree/Auahi Kore is about youth, whanau and communities living a smokefree life.

  • Sun safety

    New Zealand has the highest rates
    of melanoma skin cancer in the world.

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol-related work forms a major part of the HPA’s work programme.

  • Immunisation

    HPA is working closely with the National Influenza Specialist Group and the Ministry of Health on the 2014 influenza campaign.

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