Health Coalition Aotearoa AGM & Conference

Health Coalition Aotearoa is holding our annual AGM and Conference from 8.30am on Friday the 5th of August in the Grand Hall of Parliament Buildings, and streaming online.

The theme is Tackling unhealthy products in the new health system. It’s a great opportunity to share the latest research and knowledge, and network with the key players shaping our population health system and other HCA members.

 The Conference is kindly sponsored by Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and Heart Foundation.

Speakers include:

The conference will be opened by Andrew Little, Minister of Health.

He will address the commercial determinants of health in the new public health structures.

A full agenda will be released closer to the time. The AGM will held at the end of the conference, in the afternoon.

Dr Sandro Demaio, keynote speaker.

Dr Demaio is the CEO of VicHealth Australia. An influential public health physician, Dr Demaio has a focus on addressing the determinants of chronic disease, and effective communication of public health policy to inspire action. He will be sharing lessons we can learn from Australia on curbing the commercial drivers of ill-health.

Shane Bradbrook (Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Kahungunu) on Smokefree 2025.

Shane is active and experienced across the Iwi space in both government and non-government contexts, domestic to international, Shane was a chair for the
Iwi Chairs Forum. He was also Chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee for PHARMAC and a Committee Member for the agency’s Te Rōpū Awhina Māori. He was a Delegate to the UN-WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which was responsible for inclusion of Indigenous Peoples clauses and a Board Member for the Framework Convention Alliance. 

Shane also attended the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Taskforce re Tobacco Control and was a recipient of the Nigel Gray International Award to an outstanding tobacco control advocate. Shane was the architect of the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry of the tobacco industry in Aotearoa which has led to an end-game strategy being adopted.

Rangimarie Hunia from the Aotearoa Circle on food strategy and Mana Kai.

Rangimarie was appointed an alternate director of Te Ohu Kaimoana at the beginning of 2015 before being appointed a full director in November 2015, and Chair in July 2019. The first wahine Chair in the history of Te Ohu Kaimoana. In December 2021 she was appointed a Director of Moana New Zealand.

In 2016, Rangimarie was appointed Chief Executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Whai Māia. Whai Māia is responsible for the well-being of its 5,000 tribal members and focuses on education, health, employment and environmental areas.

She played an active role as a member of the Iwi Working Group that was established to facilitate understanding and iwi decision making in response to the 11-year Review of Māori Fisheries Settlement entities. Rangimarie is also a member of Global Women and was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2014.

Kristen Maynard on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and alcohol law

Kristen (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ruapani) will be presenting the key findings of the work that was undertaken to better understand how Te Tiriti o Waitangi could be given appropriate effect in alcohol law. This mahi was commissioned by Te Hiringa Hauora, in preparation for the upcoming review of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Kristen has over 20 years of policy advice and management experience in government agencies, including the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand/Health Promotion Agency. In 2018 she returned home to Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa and is undertaking some consultancy work, while pursuing a PhD in public policy at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ms Sharon Shea Principal, Shea Pita & Associates Ltd

Ms Sharon Shea (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako) has significant governance and leadership experience across the health, disability and community sectors. She is a Co-chair of the Māori Health Authority, and board member on Health New Zealand. 

Ms Shea was Chair of the Māori Expert Advisory Group on the Health and Disability Sector Review. Previous roles in health management have included regional and national roles in Māori health strategy, funding, Māori provider and workforce development (as part of government sector agencies).

Ms Shea is the owner/operator of a private public sector management consulting company, Shea Pita & Associates Ltd, and has extensive experience in system and service design, strategy, outcomes-based commissioning and data.


The Conference and AGM is only open to HCA members. If you or your non-governmental organisation is has an interest in protecting public health from harmful products (alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food), and no commercial conflicts of interest you can join HCA for no cost as an organisational member or an individual member.


HCA members can choose to attend online or in person, but are encouraged to attend in person if possible, to make the most of the day.

Registrations are open now, and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.  Please note the Terms and Conditions of the event before purchasing, including Covid-19 policies and that you must be a current HCA member to attend. Attendees will be emailed further detailed instructions and a full agenda and AGM papers closer to the time.

In-person numbers will be strictly limited due to venue capacity, and total ticket numbers available do not reflect the limited seats. In-person tickets, including Early Bird sales will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For any questions about the event or ticket types, email with ‘Conference & AGM query’ in the subject line.