23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7 - 11 April 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand

Ngā mihi, ngā whakataukī, ngā reo pōwhiri, ngā manu kōrero o tēnā rohe o tēnā rohe tēnā koutou. He mihimihi mahana tēnei i runga i ngā āhuatanga o te rā me ngā tini manaakitanga kei mua te aroaro. Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

As Co-Chairs of the 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, we are pleased to announce the coming of this prestigious event to New Zealand. It is a tremendous honour for the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (HPF) to be hosting the Conference in association with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Without doubt the IUHPE world conferences are most significant occasions that bring together those dedicated to health promotion from across the globe. For newcomers and old timers alike, these meetings every three years define the “state of the art” in health promotion practice, research, and theory. It also represents a unique platform to showcase New Zealand’s innovation and excellence in health promotion to a global audience, along with our country’s natural beauty, culture and hospitality.

With 3000 delegates expected from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands, the wider Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Africa, it will be an invaluable forum for those in the sector to exchange knowledge and build networks, in order to:
  • Share strategies, policies and practices
  • Present results and assess progress
  • Influence policy and bring about positive change
  • Promote health and equity amongst all people

The theme of our Conference is Waiora: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development. It is based on the traditional Maori concept of ‘Waiora’. Maori are the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. Translated literally as ‘healing and healthy waters’, Waiora refers to the interconnectedness of our physical and spiritual worlds with our environment. As a theme, Waiora reflects the dependence of our own health on that of our planet, and recognises the major global challenge of balancing ongoing development with environmental stewardship.

For more information on the theme and sub-theme of the conference, please refer to our 'First Announcement' located under our Programme page.

Recognising that most determinants of health in fact lie outside the health sector, a key focus will be the need for increased dialogue with other sectors and disciplines. Other issues addressed will include:

  • The impact of climate change on individual and community health
  • Addressing the challenges faced by communities within this global context
  • How best to balance sustainable development with healthy environments
“He wai tapu, he wai tipua, he wai atua, he taonga tuku iho.” “The sacred waters, the supernatural waters, the waters of a divine creator, a benevolent gift for generations to come.” --- Traditional Māori adage

We look forward to welcoming you to Rotorua, New Zealand from 7-11 April 2019.

Ngā mihi,

Sione Tuitahi,
Executive Director, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand 
Co-Chair 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

Graham Robertson 
President, IUHPE
Co-Chair 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

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