Public Health Association Conference 2015

Monday, 7 September 2015 to Wednesday, 9 September 2015 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dunedin Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand


Welcome to the Public Health Association 2015 Conference 

Kia ora tatou

With less than a week to go here is the last email sent to delegates

The committee are looking forward to welcoming you to Dunedin soon, to ensure you have the correct information, here is a quick update with some important details. 

If you have not paid your registration fee we must receive payment prior to the conference or your registration may be cancelled. You can view your payment status and your invoice/receipt [invoiceLink:html]. Direct banking / cheque payment options are listed on your invoice. 
The registration desk will be open on Sunday 6 September from 2.00pm - 6.00pm for you to collect your registration pack... if you are in Dunedin on Sunday we strongly recommend coming and collecting your pack to avoid delays and congestion on Monday morning. On Monday morning the registration desk will be open from 7.30am

The latest programme can be viewed by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this page

Mihi Whakatau for the PHA conference: Information for conference participants
Monday, September 7th, 8.30am start
Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin Conference Centre
The opening ceremony for the conference will be a mihi whakatau – a formal welcome from the tangata whenua, less formal than a pōwhiri.

The tangata whenua (hosts) are Ngāi Tahu. The manuhiri (visitors) are those attending the conference; for this mihi whakatau, the manuhiri will be represented by our PHA kaumatua, the Dunedin conference committee, PHA’s Council and CEO, and the morning’s guest speakers.

Please be seated by 8.20am in the Glenroy Auditorium.

Mihi Whakatau process
Rows of seats will be set up on stage for the tangata whenua and manuhiri groups.

Whaikōrero (speeches)
Please stand for the tangata whenua to start the mihi. The tangata whenua will start with a karakia (blessing), then welcome from their speaker. The manuhiri speaker Matua Pita Pou will reply. His speech will be followed by a waiata of support from the manuhiri side, Ehara i te mea (if you’d like to join in, you can find words and music here

Our kaumatua will also present a koha (gift); it will be picked up by someone from the tangata whenua. The group on stage representing the manuhiri will then go to the tangata whenua side for hongi and hariru.

Blessing of the Public Health Association’s tohu
Our tohu or kōhatu mauri (a mauri stone embodying spirit) presides over each conference, and at the end of that conference is handed to the group organising the following conference.

A kaumatua representing the tangata whenua will bless the kōhatu, which will be on the stage. The tangata whenua elders will close the event and hand over to us.

Carbon Neutral:
As you will be aware the PHA 2015 conference is aiming to be carbon neutral, details about the plan can be viewed here. As we are aiming for carbon neutrality WE WILL NOT be supplying bags, pads or pens each delegate is asked to supply their own.

Dunedin Centre
1 Harrop Street (off the Octagon next to St Paul's Cathedral)

Covered and uncovered parking is available, within a 5 minute walk of the Dunedin Centre, on Moray Place.

Social Functions:
Film Festival - That Sugar Film and various other short films from 7.00pm The Metro Theatre within the Dunedin Centre Complex (entry from Moray Place). You can view the festival schedule on the right hand side of this page.

Street Art Walk - 4.00pm. Dunedin is developing a reputation as a city of outstanding street art. Take the tour and discover the hidden gems of the city in a 1.5km round walk. Dress appropriately - warm clothes, waterproof jacket and comfortable shoes are recommended.

PHA Awards Dinner - Dunedin Centre 7.00pm - 11.00pm. Dress code: smart casual

Airport transfers to the city:
We encourge all delegates flying into Dunedin to PRE BOOK their airport transfers through supershuttle or call 0800 748885. This service provider has the cleanest and newest shuttles in town which is in keeping with our carbon plan. If required, for departures, we will will try and arrange bus travel for delegates by capturing your departure details at the registration desk when you register onsite.

Dunedin's weather can be variable at this time of year, expect a temperature range of 13 - 18C. We recommend wearing layers as conference room temperatures vary.

If you are an oral, ignite or workshop presenter please remember to bring your presentation on 2 USB sticks or portable hard drives (in case one fails). Registration staff will direct you to the Audio Visual technicians who will upload your presentation to the the different conference room laptops.

Poster presenters are to hang their own posters and supply their own velcro hooks to secure the poster to the poster board, we recommend a minimum of 8 hooks. Registration staff will direct you to your posterboard.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions 03 4745165, the akB team will be onsite from 1000 Sunday 6 September and can be contacted on 027 474 9887.

Kind regards,

Ali Copeman
PHA Conference Manager 2015



On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee we are looking forward to welcoming you to Otepoti / Dunedin and offering you some legendary Southern hospitality. We have a world class venue and a super wee city in which to host you. But without you we have no Conference. So please join us!

When we say that “Public Health is everybody’s business” what we really mean is that by working together across society we can achieve so much more than the sum of our individual efforts. We want the Conference to provide a window on the range of activities currently going on across Aotearoa which together are improving the health of all New Zealanders; then to think about how better to work together.

And we want to spend some time considering the future of “Public Health”. Who will be leading and delivering ‘public health’ and how should we organise ourselves to meet future challenges? If you want to be part of the answers to these questions then this thought-provoking and stimulating event is the place to be.

The themes for this year’s conference include: 

Commerce and public health

Civic action for a civil society

The economics of well being

Strategies for tackling obesity

Big data – a new epidemiology?

The future of public health

It is with pleasure we announce a few of our confirmed speakers,

• Professor Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics at Lincoln University and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit

• Shamubeel Eaqub, Economist, Independent Consultant.

• Mr Mark Smith, Consultant General Surgeon at Southland Hospital and member of Ora Taiao, the NZ Climate and Health Council

• Jonathan Dodd, Research Director, Ipsos NZ

• Brett Tomkins, Chair, Sustainable Business Council

• Dr Rachael McLean, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago

Latest Programme

Please plan to come down over the weekend before the Conference – it will give you a real chance to get to know the hidden gem that is Otepoti – the Edinburgh of the South. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

See you in September!
Nga mihi

Keith Reid, Conference Convenor


Welcome to Dunedin 

Dunedin is a historic University City set around a long and beautiful harbour sheltered by the stunning Otago Peninsula.
Exquisite examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture punctuate a compact cityscape with a vibrant culture reflected in an eclectic array of kerbside cafés, antiques stores and boutique fashion outlets.
Natural wonders abound on the Otago Peninsula, which is home to the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the royal albatross, colonies of rare yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand sea lions and fur seals, as well as Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.
Your Dunedin conference...a world of fantastic conferencing and recreational opportunities await you. Experience southern hospitality, a warm welcome and great service at a wide variety of accommodation and conference venues, all with their own unique character and charm.


Some things to consider now..

REGISTRATION is open click on the GREEN register button above right. ONLINE registration closes August 20.

Please note each delegate must be registered with their own email address. Also note all invoices are emailed to individual delegates, each delegate is responsible for organising the payment of all fees. To prevent cancellation of your registration please ensure you forward your invoice to the appropriate person. Payment by credit card is available & welcomed, however please be aware that a 4% commission to cover the cost merchant fees will be charged. Please read the terms and conditions at the bottom right hand corner before beginning your registration.

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