Health Action is a community health promotion trust based in Nelson, New Zealand. Since 1982 we have supported numerous health promotion contracts including: mental health, youth alcohol & drug awareness, crisis respite and smoking cessation. We are governed by a Board of Trustees that meets each month to set and monitor the policy direction for Health Action and review operational outputs and outcomes.

We currently hold two contracts with the Ministry of Health:

We also hold a further three contracts with the Nelson Marborough District Health Board:


Our philosophies:
People’s health and well-being is affected by all aspects of their everyday life. From our perspective, good health and well-being is created by caring for oneself and others, and by being able to have control over one’s life. Our society, culture and environment all have a crucial role to play in our health.

Health Action’s Health Promotion work is guided by the five strands of the Ottawa Charter – here it is in brief:

  1. Building healthy public policy – this is about trying to get policy makers to think about how their decisions will affect the health of people in the community.
  2. Creating supportive environments – this is about making the healthy choice the easy choice in the places where we live, love, work & play: supporting and enabling people to take care of themselves, each other, and their communities.
  3. Strengthening community action – identifying problems and developing lasting solutions to address them, using strategies that encourage people in communities to collaboratively gain ownership and control of their health issues.
  4. Developing personal skills – of health promoters, policy makers and all individuals in the community. We believe that giving good information about health and well-being increases people’s control and ability to make informed decisions about their health.
  5. Reorienting health services – working alongside health, as well as social, political and economic sectors to bring about change, because people’s health is affected by a whole range of factors.

We also think that it’s really important to work closely with other organisations in a collaborative way, and to focus our energy on achieving long-term sustainable change in our community.

What Our Logo Means

proverb words

ranginuRanginui – Sky Father Nga kete o te wananga – The three baskets of knowledge. Te kete Aronui, contains the knowledge of what we see, ‘aronui’ ‘that is before us’. Te kete Tuaauri contains knowledge that is ‘tuauri’, ’beyond and in the dark’, patterns of energy which operate behind this world of sense perception. Te kete Tuaatea contains the knowledge of spiritual realities, beyond space and time, the world we experience in ritual.

papatuPapatuanuku – Earth Mother represented by Te Koru,  ”ko te mauri ora” – (the unfurling fern frond which represents birth and the life principle)

6rtri6btri<-The six iwi (peoples) in this region – Ngati Kuia, Ngati Koata, Ngati Toarangatira, Ngati Rarua, Te Ati-awa, Ngati Tama.

Maata Waka – other tribes that live in the tau ihu area.->


handhookThe traditional three-fingered hand, representing community action, hands-on doing the mahi (work) to improve health and wellbeing among Maori and Tauiwi.  Te matau a Maui – Maui’s fishhook, the lines above the hook represent Raukawa Moana – Cook Strait.

2triTe Tau Ihu o Te Waka A Maui – The prow of Maui’s waka.