Health Coalition Aotearoa

HCA is a coalition of 45 member organisations and 75 individuals committed to closing the health prevention gap in Aotearoa with Te Tiriti-led, evidence-based policies that reduce consumption of harmful products and increase access to health-giving food.

The root of the problem

Nearly one-third of the overall preventable health loss in New Zealand is caused by unhealthy diets, high BMI, tobacco, and alcohol.

Families should be empowered to make decisions about their own wellbeing in environments where healthy kai, good housing and education are easy to access, while harmful products – and their promotion – are restricted.

Preventable premature death and disability in New Zealand

 

We are prevention and equity champions

HCA is creating an Aotearoa that prioritises prevention and health equity through our expert panels on tobacco/smokefree, alcohol, unhealthy food and public health infrastructure – and with our member organisations.

Unhealthy food Tobacco Alcohol Public health infrastructure

We serve member organisations that are committed to prevention and equity

Smokefree Law Survey

A survey of New Zealanders shows the public want to retain our world-leading Smokefree law.

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Save our world-leading Smoke-free law

Health Coalition Aotearoa has launched a campaign to save New Zealand’s world-leading smokefree laws from being axed by the Government.

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Open letter to the incoming government

Health Coalition Aotearoa, with 104 allies in health, education, social services organisations and unions, say the Government’s plan to abolish the Smokefree law is immoral and undemocratic in an open letter published in the New Zealand Herald on December 6, 2023.

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Determinants of health

How do we prevent disease, prolong life and promote the health of all New Zealanders?

A core part of prevention is to address the underlying economic and societal determinants of health and disease, including historical and contemporary inequities in income and employment, housing, education, urban development and participatory democracy.

Determinants of health

 

How do we prevent disease, prolong life and promote the health of all New Zealanders?

A core part of prevention is to address the underlying economic and societal determinants of health and disease, including historical and contemporary inequities in income and employment, housing, education, urban development and participatory democracy.

News

Smokefree repeal must get Parliamentary scrutiny

Smokefree repeal must get Parliamentary scrutiny

Today, Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA), the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand (CMC), and Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association are calling on the Government not to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked...

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Call for Luxon to replace Costello over cigarette tax freeze

Call for Luxon to replace Costello over cigarette tax freeze

Health Coalition Aotearoa is calling for Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to replace Associate Minister for Health Casey Costello with someone who can restore credibility to the portfolio following news she is seeking to freeze excise tax on cigarettes for three...

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Sacking of whistleblower over Costello’s advice shows system lacks transparency

Govt allies play down smoking harm, back repeal

The Government is preparing to repeal new Smokefree measures that would rapidly save thousands of lives, a move that has widely been condemned by national and international health experts. Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) is therefore disappointed to see the Action on...

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Repeal of smoke-free laws – a massive set back for health

Repeal of smoke-free laws – a massive set back for health

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) is extremely disappointed the new coalition Government plans to repeal world-leading Smoke-free laws, including de-nicotisation of cigarettes, a reduction in retailers and banning cigarettes for the next generation.   HCA calls for...

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Scrapping Te Aka Whai Ora – major threat to Māori health

Scrapping Te Aka Whai Ora – major threat to Māori health

The disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority - as proposed by the National, ACT and NZ First parties, poses a grave threat to the health and wellbeing of tangata whenua. Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) calls on all parties to retain Te Aka Whai...

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Free under-30s dental care fills gap but more needed

Free under-30s dental care fills gap but more needed

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s proposed policy to reduce the burden of dental disease in Aotearoa - but says more preventative action is needed to address the causes of tooth decay. Provision of free dental care for the under-30s, will help correct...

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Alcohol bill step in right direction to reduce harm

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) commends the Government's passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Bill yesterday. While there is still much more to be done to reduce alcohol harm in this country, this is a step in the right...

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Stronger youth vaping measures welcomed

Stronger youth vaping measures welcomed

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s stronger proposed measures to address the serious problem of vaping among our tamariki and rangatahi. Labour’s policy announced today included capping all vape stores to 600 nation-wide, a requirement for all retailers...

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Healthy school lunches alleviate hunger, poverty, mana: study

Healthy school lunches alleviate hunger, poverty, mana: study

The latest research into the impact of the Ka Ora, Ka Ako – Aotearoa’s free school lunch programme – provides more important evidence of wide benefits including a reduction in food insecurity for students and whānau. University of Auckland research fellow Pippa...

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‘We have failed our mokopuna’

‘We have failed our mokopuna’

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) stands in solidarity with the parents’ movement Vape-Free Kids and their petitions calling on the Government to protect children from vaping addiction. Vape-Free Kids NZ are handing over their petitions to Dr Tracey McLellan, Chair of...

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