Our history

We started in 2000 at the NZ Venereological Society (laterly named NZ Sexual Health Society) conference in Palmerston North. A group of sexual reproductive health promoters working in public health identified the need to network and share information that was relevant to their health promotion work.

This was the start of the group that eventually became PASHANZ. In subsequent years, the activities of the group focused mainly on regular teleconferences and professional development meetings tied-in with the annual NZ Sexual Health Society conference.

(Source: Brief history of PASHANZ 2000-13)

Our objectives

Workforce Development

  • An annual professional development event (PD Day) usually held the same time as the annual NZSHS conference.
  • Teleconference-type meetings to network and strategise local and national issues.
  • Provide a resource list of health promotion training that would be of benefit to members.

Information sharing

  • Provide a portal for members to post contributions and updates.

Our structure

In 2014 we incorporated as a charitable trust (Charities Commission registration CC51429). The trustees are drawn from the PASHANZ membership network to further the objectives of the trust.  Trustees for 2019 are:

  • Takuatai Moana Natasha Kemp (Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi)
  • Riki Nofo’akifolau (Village Collective)

Previous Trustees:

  • Evelyn Mann (Southland DHB)
  • Bronwyn Morunga (Northland DHB)
  • Debbi Toohill (Rape Prevention Education)
  • Helen McLean (Marlborough DHB)
  • Vernon Waretini (Te Whāriki Takapou)
  • Letoa Henry Jenkins (Village Collective)
  • Alex Anderson (Auckland Sexual Health Services)