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NZAF – Celebrating 30 Years

This year marks 30 years of NZAF’s work. I have been privileged to play only a small part in this journey; some of you have been around from the beginning when the gay community responded to the AIDS crisis. We pass the baton between us in what is a marathon, not a sprint. Together we’ve […]



Sexwise 2015 – Getting Ready to Tour

In February THETA welcomed the eight Actor/Educators tasked with bringing Sexwise to schools across New Zealand this year. In keeping with our kaupapa, we shared with them the korero of Mapihiterangi and Takurua, from whom we have named our 2015 teams. A big kia ora to Rihi Motutere and her iwi (Ngati Ranginui and Ngai […]



Ministry of Health Update

Ngā Mihi Nui o te Kirihimete me Te Tau Hōu As we prepare to farewell another year I’m struck by the huge volume of work that has been delivered on over this year by some amazingly skilled and knowledgeable people across the motu. From health promotion to clinical practice this continuum of care and service […]



SHOPP Online – Survey Results

Following on from the article in the last newsletter, we ran the SHOPP online survey from September-October. There were 15 respondents which is pretty low considering the number of us that work in the sexual and reproductive health sector. However, this is a good base from which to grow and the feedback was encouraging. Improving […]



Hui Takataapui 2014

The 27th biennial Hui Takataapui 2014, sponsored jointly by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and the Ministry of Health, took place recently at Te Papa o Rotu Marae in Whatawhata, approximately 15 minutes west of Hamilton. Running over 4 days from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th November, this was the first time the Hui Takataapui […]



PASHANZ Annual Face-to-face Meeting 2014

The annual PASHANZ face-to-face meeting was held before the NZSHS 2014 Conference, on the 10 and 11 of September at the IBIS Hotel, Hamilton. The day and a half meeting provided the opportunity for twenty-four sexual health promoters from throughout the country to network with each other, and share their workplace experiences. The meeting began […]



Family Planning New Resources

New Dad’s Resource for Young Māori Men Tihei Mauri Tipu in a free resource adapted for young Māori men who are, or are soon to be new dads. The booklet covers a range of issues including: • Preparing for a new role as a father • How a young man might feel as he comes […]



Sexwise Update

Exciting times @ THETA HQ – we are currently programming the 2015 delivery and employing eight suitably wonderful Actor/Facilitators to undertake the tour. We’d like to thank everyone who has assisted with this process and give a special shout out to Rihi for providing the 2015 team names: Takurua and Mapihiterangi. We utilise an online […]



Award Congratulations to Carrie Taipari

Award humbles Hauraki health promoter On 7 October at Hauraki health promoter Carrie Taipari received the Tu Rangatira mo te Ora Award at the NZ Population Health Congress Awards Dinner at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. The award is given each year to an individual, whānau, hapu or iwi group who has made a significant contribution […]