Changes to Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act: OK, alright, it’s about d#!%n timeı

For South Auckland where the sheer number of liquor outlets has been deemed ‘out of control’ and the social effect of alcohol abuse is a major issue, the community welcomes the greater powers proposed in Justice Minister, Hon Kiritapu Allan’s recent announcement. In 2017, Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA) alongside Auckland Council’s Democracy Services and […]

Teaching Systems Change – Baruk Jacob

In September, Baruk Jacob stepped away from his role as Capability Lead for Healthy Families South Auckland, ending a four-year stint with the team based at The Southern Initiative. During that time he oversaw the building of team capability in Healthy Families South Auckland when it came to strengthening and embedding the six conditions of […]

Movement and Sport Webinar

Last week, our Healthy Families South Auckland team (HFSA) hosted a Systems Change webinar on Movement and Sport in South Auckland, presented by our Systems Lead Innovator, Pita Alatini. The presentation touched upon the lived experiences of our Māori and Pacific communities when finding compelling reasons to be physically active, the conditions holding the barriers […]

Papatoetoe Food Hub in Australian report on local government

An Australian report looking into the system of local government has done a case study on the Papatoetoe Food Hub, an initiative originally created by Healthy Families South Auckland. The Future of Local Government Review is a report commissioned by the Tasmanian State Government. The review is looking to ensure their system of local government […]

Collective calls for system changes to NZ sporting sector

Left to right: Likau Alatini, Pita Alatini, Jerome Mika, Caroline Matamu and Duane Mann, at NZ Parliament building in Wellington in June 2022 A newly formed pacific sports collective is calling for change to New Zealand’s sporting sector to better serve Pacific peoples and South Auckland communities. Vai o Hawaiki is made up of pacific […]

Teaching systems thinking to the next generation of changemakers

From co-ops to intergenerational sharing of knowledge, a group of design students from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are looking at ways to address the inequities in Tāmaki Makaurau’s current food system. The Southern Initiative (TSI) and Healthy Families South Auckland have been working with AUT’s Design for Sustainability programme for five years and […]

The unique approach – using systems change

“So what system are we trying to shift?” That is the key question each week for the systems innovators in the Healthy Families South Auckland team at The Southern Initiative when analysing their work with communities in Tamaki Makaurau. Healthy Families South Auckland utilises the Six Conditions of Systems Change as part of its systems […]