Live healthy, active lives

What is Healthy Families NZ? Healthy Families NZ is about all of us working together to make our communities healthier places to be.


Healthy Families NZ is a large-scale prevention initiative that brings community leadership together in a united effort for better health.

The Healthy Families NZ initiative:

  • Improves people’s health where they live, learn, work and play by taking a systems approach to the reduction of risk factors for major health loss and inequity.

  • Provides local solutions, and local leadership to drive sustainable change that is owned by community – not delivered to community.

  • Accelerates and mobilises action alongside key influencers and change agents from a variety of sectors (including local government, iwi, Pacific, sports and recreation, business and health).


The key areas of focus for Healthy Families NZ include:

  • Improved nutrition

  • Increased physical activity

  • More people smokefree

  • Reduced alcohol-related harm

Healthy Families NZ is being implemented in 10 locations across the country.

Healthy Families NZ supports communities to think differently about the underlying causes of poor health and to make changes to the social and physical built environments where people live, learn, work and play. These environments include, but are not limited to early childhood education settings, schools, workplaces, food outlets, sports clubs, marae, businesses, places of worship, local governments, and more to create healthier environments for all.