Who We Are

HCA is a coalition of health NGOs, professionals and academics with an unwavering commitment to reduce harm from tobacco,
alcohol, unhealthy food and advance public health equity.

Together with its four expert panels – alcohol, tobacco, unhealthy food and public health infrastructure – HCA is a powerful collective voice for preventative health in Aotearoa.

Our Mission

HCA’s vision is for an Aotearoa where strong preventative health measures, policies and strategies protect against the impacts of harmful industries, informed by the best evidence and a commitment to honour the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Whānau can and should be empowered to make decisions to support their health and wellbeing without the over-whelming presence and influence of harmful products, and their marketing.

This means creating healthy environments where harmful products and marketing are regulated. It also means having equitable access to the determinants of good health across the life-span.

The Challenge

HCA Strategy on a Page 2023-2026

Our Members

Members of the Health Coalition Aotearoa are non-governmental health and consumer organisations (such as health providers, health charities, medical and health professional organisations) and individual academic leaders (professors and associate professors with expertise in aspects of health and prevention) and public health professionals.

HCA Board Members

HCA is led by board representatives from our member organisations:


Professor Boyd Swinburn

University of Auckland


Professor Lisa Te Morenga

Massey University


Grant Berghan



David Galler



Belinda Castles

Consumer NZ


Sally Liggins

Massey University


Jason Alexander

Hāpai Te Hauora

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Dr Jacinta Fa'alili - Fidow

Director Moana Connect


Greg Hinton


Health Coalition Expert Panel Chairs

Our expert panels guide HCA in its mahi and are chaired by the following people:


David Galler

Public Health Infrastructure Chair


Grant Berghan

Public Health Infrastructure Co-Chair


Steve Randerson

Roopuu Apaarangi Waipiro (Alcohol) Chair
Massey University


Dr. Karen Wright

Roopuu Apaarangi Waipiro (Alcohol) Co-Chair
University of Auckland


Sande Mareroa-Gates

Food Policy Co-Chair


Dr. Sally Mackay

Food Policy Co-Chair
University of Auckland


Professor Lisa Te Morenga

Acting Co Chair
Massey University

Expert Panels

The expert panels are comprised of the following members.

Smokefree Expert Advisory Group

Professor Lisa Te Morenga ( Acting Co Chair) – Massey University
Sally Liggins – Massey University
Professor Chris Bullen – University of Auckland
Professor Richard Edwards – University of Otago
Professor Janet Hoek – University of Otago
Andrew Waa – Aspire/Eru Pomare Māori Health Research Centre
Aporina Chapman – Toi Te Ora BoP DHB
Marnie Wilton – Co Founder Vape Free Kids NZ

Rōpū Apaarangi Waipiro (Alcohol)

Steve Randerson (Co-Chair) – Massey University
Karen Wright (Co-Chair) – Independent
Professor Jennie Connor – University of Otago
Kristen Maynard – Independent
Professor Antonia Lyons – University of Auckland
Andrew Galloway – Alcohol Healthwatch
Emma Shields – Cancer Society
Tania Henderson – Independent

Food Policy Expert Panel

Sande Mareroa-Gates (Co-Chair) – Independent
Dr Sally Mackay (Co-Chair) – University of Auckland
Professor Lisa Te Morenga – Massey University
Dr Leanne Young – University of Auckland
Cristina Cleghorn – University of Otago
Belinda Castles – Consumer NZ
Dr Christina McKerchar – University of Otago, Christchurch
Jessikha Leatham-Vlasic – Hāpai Te Hauora
Dr Nikki Renall – Massey University
Dr Victoria Egli – Auckland University
Emmeline Taptiklis – Cancer Society Wellington
Mafi Funaki-Tahifote – Independent
Dr Fa’asisila (Sila) Savila – University of Auckland
Dr Kelly Garton – University of Auckland
Tegan McGowan – Independent

Public Health Infrastructure Expert Panel

Dr David Galler (Co-Chair)– Independent
Grant Berghan (Co-Chair) – Public Health Association of New Zealand
Sione Tu’itahi – Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa
Warren Lindberg – Independent
Professor Peter Adams – University of Auckland
Janell Dymus-Kurei – Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua
Associate Professor Tim Tenbensel – University of Auckland
Harriet Wilde – ASMS Toi Mata Hauora
Dr Mariam Parwaiz – Public Health Physician

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Our Team

Faye Langdon
Acting Executive Director
+64 21 780 138
Cate Macintosh
Director of Communications
+64 27 836 5001
Danica Ludlow
Operations and Projects Coordinator d.ludlow@healthcoalition.org.nz
+64 022 643 6770