community champions

Community champions with an interest in reducing alcohol harm

Alcohol Action is a national organisation formed by a range of public health experts, researchers and frontline community members working in the field of alcohol control. Alcohol Action focuses on policy and advocacy to increase evidence-based action. Visit their website.

Alcohol Healthwatch is a team of professionals dedicated to reducing and preventing alcohol harm among New Zealand communities through effective health promotion. Alcohol Healthwatch works in collaboration with professional and community groups to positively address alcohol-related issues at local, regional and national levels. Find out more here.

Community Action on Youth and Drugs, commonly known as CAYAD, is a nation-wide project that focuses on reducing harm to young people and families/whānau from illicit drugs and alcohol. CAYAD works in different geographical areas in New Zealand, to enable communities to participate in public policy processes. For more information visit their website.

Healthy Families is a national flagship project funded by the Ministry of Health. There are currently ten sites for the project – Far North; Waitakere; Manukau & Manurewa-Papakura (known as Healthy Families South Auckland); Rotorua;  Whanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu, East Cape; Lower Hutt; Spreydon-Heathcote; Invercargill. Health Families works closely with the community and takes a health promotion approach to promote the health and wellbeing of local areas. Visit the website for more information.

Salvation Army provides alcohol and drug support (known as Bridge programme) for people who are alcohol-dependent. The organisation also has a policy unit (known as the Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit) which provides policy advice and practices to support works on poverty eradication.

Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency ​supports action to reduce alcohol harm through research, community action, policy advice, etc. They support local communities to take action, and in some cases can provide financial assistance through grants.

The New Zealand Drug Foundation also works to reduce alcohol harm, especially through schools and other settings.

There are also a range of local iwi health providers - contact your local DHB to identify them in your region. For example, Hāpai Te Hauora Tāpui is a leading Māori public health provider in Tāmaki Makaurau.