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Our Guiding Principles

Healthy Families NZ Guiding Principles

Healthy Families NZ is guided by nine key principles.

Our journey has been to implement a national initiative that responds to the unique context of each locality. Through aligning ourselves to our guiding principles, being outcome focused, maintaining a high-trust partnership with the Ministry of Health, lead providers, and community champions, we have tested our approach, learnt and adapted along the way, in order to create significant impact with our communities. In doing so, we have built a workforce that is skilled in social innovation, systems thinking and comfortable to learn by doing.

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Leadership is supported at all levels of the prevention effort, including senior management, elected officials, and health champions in our schools, businesses, with places, Marae, sporting clubs, and other settings in the community.

Line of sight

The line of sight provides a transparent you on our investment in policy is translated into measured, impacts and communities insuring best value from every dollar spent on prevention.


Implementation at scale

Strategies are delivered at a scale that impacts the health and well being of a large number of the population in the places where they spend their time – in schools, workplaces, and communities.


Collaboration for Collective Impact

Long-term commitment is required by multiple partners, from different sectors, at multiple levels, to generate greater collective impact on the health of all New Zealanders. Knowledge is co-created and interventions, co-produced, supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, ongoing communication, and a ‘backbone’ support organisation.


Small-scale experiments provide insight into the most affective interventions to address chronic disease. These experiments are underpinned by evidence and experience, and are monitored and designed to them, be amplified across the system – if they prove effective.



A dedicated prevention workforce who are embedded within the local community, driving and supporting systems change. Healthy Families NZ kaimahi are skilled in systems, thinking, creating adaptive responses to complex issues and local and cultural settings, and are able to identify prevention activity with potential for sustainable outcomes.



Healthy Equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for people. Equity recognises that different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to achieve equitable health outcomes. Healthy Families New Zealand will have an explicit focus on reducing and equities for groups at increased risk of chronic diseases.


Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Healthy Families NZ is committed to for filling the special relationship between Māori and the crown under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Healthy Families, NZ, prioritises, stay inclusion and protection of mātauranga Māori as an important enabler of Māori, health and well-being. We collaborate with partners across our communities to improve Māori health outcomes and avhieve pae ora. Māori participation and decision-making it all levels of planning and implementation is critical.

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