We need change! The voices of young people amplified

Our Youth Mental Health initiative carried out “empathy interviews” to develop case narratives to understand the lived experience of Pacific and Māori youth living in South Auckland. Empathy interviews are typically one-on-one conversations that use open-ended questions to elicit stories about specific experiences that help uncover unacknowledged needs. “The interviews confirmed to us that the […]

Phillipa Meihana: The struggle is real – my hopes to change it

Healthy Families South Auckland Systems Innovator Phillipa Meihana is helping to drive systems change as part of her mahi for Food Systems, Oranga Whakapapa (Maori Systems Return) and Movement and Sport initiatives. We caught up with her to tell us about why she ‘loves’ her role and her hopes to create change in the places […]

Fa’anānā Efeso Collins – community champion 

When we consider community leadership in South Auckland, several names come to mind, representing mana, influence, and pride in where they live, learn, work and play. One name that undoubtedly stands out is the late Fa’anānā Efeso Collins. Known for his passionate advocacy, deep love for local people and relentless efforts to enhance the wellbeing […]

Opinion: From declarations to nutritional equity

UN Climate Change

By Julio Bin, Healthy Families South Auckland Image credit: UN Climate Change This opinion piece examines several declarations and documents that could possibly shift towards transformative change in the food system. These include: ● COP28 Declaration on sustainable agriculture, resilient food systems, and climate action ● COP28 Declaration on climate and health ● Food and […]

Nurturing Collaboration: Healthy Families South Auckland, Healthy Families Waitākere and Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Collaboration can be a powerful catalyst for change, especially when it involves organisations coming together for a common purpose. The partnership between Healthy Families South Auckland (HFSA), Healthy Families Waitakere (HFW) and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is a testament to the potential of collective efforts in building a healthier, more sustainable future. […]

Collaborative effort for new community initiative

Kia ora Te Whānau is a new initiative reimagining what a well-being community hub could look like in South Auckland if created in partnership between local government and whānau. A working group of staff from multiple Auckland Council teams and services has spent much of the year talking with whānau and getting an understanding of […]