30 Oct 2019 - Fact Sheet: Divesting from Alcohol Companies

25 Oct 2019 - Proposal P1050: Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages. Submission to Food Standards Australia New Zealand

3 Oct 2019 - Submission to the Ministry of Health on the National Cancer Action Plan

27 Sept 2019 - Submission in respect of regulations to be made under sections 12 and 13 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018  (Ireland)

19 Sept 2019 - FANNZ Update: FASD Awareness month summary

18 Sept 2019 - Submission to the Review of KiwiSaver Default Provider Arrangements

13 Sept 2019 - Submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee on the Inquiry into health inequities for Māori

9 Sept 2019 - Invitation: FASD Awareness Day 9am-11am Eden Gardens, Epsom Registration Essential (Closed)

6 Sept 2019  Media - Looking to the future this FASD Awareness Day

5 Sept 2019 - FANNZ Update

5 Sept 2019 - E-News

23 Aug 2019 - Submission to the Advertising Standards Authority Codes Committee on the Consultation on the standards for Advertising and Promotion of Alcohol 

Jul 2019 Fact Sheet - Signage at bottle stores: Albert-Eden Local Board

Jul 2019 Fact Sheet - Signage at bottle stores: Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board

Jul 2019 - An exploratory audit of off-licence compliance with the Auckland Council Signage Bylaw: Albert-Eden Local Board June 2019 

Jul 2019 - An exploratory audit of off-licence compliance with the Auckland Council Signage Bylaw: Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board June 2019

Jun 2019 - E-News

7 June 2019 - FANNZ Update     
18 Apr 2019 - FASD Action Plan Hui: “What’s in the forecast?”  Feedback

 31 May 2019 - Submission to the Office for Seniors on the Draft Strategy: Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034

 29 May 2019 - Media: Serious Action on Alcohol Side-lined in Government’s Response to Mental Health and Addiction

 31 Mar 2019 - Submission to the Auckland Transport Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 

18 Apr 2019 - Hui Invitation: FASD Action Plan 2016-2019: What’s in the forecast? 
Jet Park Mangere, Auckland 8.30am – 12.30pm    (RSVP is essential to attend)

25 Mar 2019 - E-News

 30 Jan 2019 - Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Budget Policy Statement 2019 

21 Feb 2019 - Tax review fails to heed calls for urgency on alcohol tax

21 Dec 2018 - FANNZ Update      2nd Australasian FASD Conference 2018 Perth Update

23.1.19  FANNZ Update

18 Dec 2018 - E-News

6 Dec 2018 - FANNZ Update

4 Dec 2018 - Media: Strong Action on Alcohol Needed to Support Better Mental Health

23 Nov 2018 - Fact Sheet: New Zealand Health Survey 2017/18: Alcohol use

15 Nov 2018 - Media: Number of Hazardous Drinkers Now Tops Three-Quarters of a Million

Nov 2018 Status of Local Alcohol Policies, November 2018

Oct 2018  Status of Local Alcohol Policies, October 2018

11 Oct 2018 FANNZ Update





11 Oct 2018  Media: Ministers vote for effective pregnancy warning labels on all alcohol products

30 Sept 2018  Media: Celebrations as Auckland Transport says no to alcohol advertising 

28 Sept 2018 - E-News Issue 4 

5 Oct 2018: FASD Forum from an International and Local Perspective
Where: Manurewa Marae - Manukau, Auckland

RSVP by 5.00pm Wednesday 3rd October.     Email: christine@ahw.org.nz or phone 09-5207037

For more information: FASD Seminar Flyer 5 Oct 2018

27 Sept 2018 FANNZ Update    FASD Seminar Flyer 5 Oct 2018

7 Sept 2018 Media: New Study Highlights importance of FASD Awareness Day

5 Sept 2018 FANNZ Update 5.9.18       
New Phase of Don't Know? Don't Drink Campaign. Pre-Testie Bestie       Red Shoes Rock

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System
Seminar & live stream | Thursday 11 October 4:00pm - 6:15pm Hosted by ADLS

This seminar headed by a Canadian expert in the field of Forensic Psychiatry and FASD will explore
what lawyers need to know when dealing with a client who may have FASD

For more information and to register visit: www.adls.org.nz/cpd/cpd-calendar/   or click here

24 Aug 2018 FANNZ Update 

29 June 2018 -  FANNZ Update  

29 June 2018 -  E-news: Issue 3

5 June 2018 - Submission on the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry 

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry - Have your say - submissions by Tuesday 5th June at 5pm  (CLOSED)

The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Panel are currently calling for submissions on system-level changes required to improve both promotion of good mental health and support people with mental health challenges and/or addictions.  This is a once in a generation opportunity to improve New Zealand's approach to mental health and reduce our stubbornly high suicide rates.  Click here for more information 

May 2018 - Submission Template:  Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry (.docx)

May 2018 - Report: Alcohol and mental health: a review of evidence, with a particular focus on New Zealand Report prepared to inform the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry underway in 2018 and funded by Alcohol Healthwatch May 2018

17 May 2018 - Alcohol Healthwatch Submission to the Governance and Administration Committee on the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill

16 May 2018 - Submission on the draft first report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs

08 May 2018 - FANNZ Update

May 2018 - E-News Issue 2 

24 April 2018 - Media release: Beer the Beautiful Truth

24 April 2018 - Decision from Advertising Standards Authority: Beer the Beautiful Truth 

Our Science, Our Stories: 2nd Australasian FASD Conference
Perth, Australia  21-22 Nov 2018
Pre-conference workshops 20 Nov 2018

We encourage you to attend this important conference, happening at a critical time of FASD action in both Australia and New Zealand.  Our Science, Our Stories, will feature our own Claire Gyde, inspirational writer and speaker and Chairperson of FASD-CAN, along with Canada’s Dr Svetlana Popova who has led groundbreaking research to ascertain FASD rates worldwide and in Canada.   

The FASD Conference Call for Abstract submissions is open. The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 11th May.
For further information about the conference click here .

22 Mar 2018 - Media - South Auckland community 'success' in preventing a 5th off-licence opening

Three Public Forums on Alcohol-related Submission Opportunities 

Wellington Thursday 5th April / Auckland Monday 9th April / Christchurch Wednesday 11th April     (CLOSED)

The opportunity for evidence-based action on alcohol-related harm is ripe! To build momentum for change, Alcohol Healthwatch is holding three public forums to assist stakeholders (public health, community, etc) in preparing their submissions. These workshops will cover:

  • Louisa Wall's Private Members' Bill: Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill
  • The Tax Working Group call for submissions
  • The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

For more information click here - Wellington 5/4/18  /  Auckland 9/4/18  /   Christchurch 11/4/18 

Tuesday 27 March: Seminar - Partnerships between Universities and NGOs: a win-win

12.30-1.30pm    Function Hall 730-220, University of Auckland School of Population Health 

For more information click here 

This seminar is hosted by the School of Population Health and is free to attend. It is useful to have an indication of numbers attending, please RSVP to e.kinane@auckland.ac.nz.

06 Mar 2018 - E-News

28 Feb 2018: FANNZ Update

26 Feb 2018 - Media: Heaviest drinking quarter since new liquor laws came into effect

Feb 2018 - Submission on the Ministry's  Draft Strategy to prevent Suicide in NZ  (June 2017)

23 Jan 2018: Media- Addressing cheap alcohol needs to be on the table of the Mental Health Inquiry

18 Jan 2018 - Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the Budget Policy Statement 2018

Jan 2018:  SUMMARY: A review of Territorial Authority progress towards Local Alcohol Policy development


Alcohol Healthwatch and the Bay of Plenty DHB Community Health 4 Kids invites you to a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder workshop on Thursday 15th February 2018 in Tauranga with Dr Valerie McGinn Neuropsychologist.

Click to view the Panui or Email Maria.Hart@bopdhb.govt.nz for further information.

Dec 2017:  Review of Territorial Authority Progress Towards Local Alcohol Policy Development (2nd Edition)

This report details the status of Local Alcohol Policies in each of the 67 Councils in New Zealand. Almost five years since the new legislation which enabled Councils to develop policies, only one quarter of Councils have adopted their policies. The appeals process has resulted in significant policy delay and has effectively watered down any effective measures to reduce alcohol-related harm.

20 Dec 2017: FANNZ Update

Dec 2017: Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill

We were delighted to hear that Hon. Louisa Wall’s Private Members Bill - the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot. We look forward to some evidence-based debate in due course and will alert you to submission opportunities should they arise.

This Bill provides that where a local alcohol policy is in place under the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 any renewal of a licence under the Act must not be inconsistent with the provisions of that local alcohol policy. 


Dec 2017 - E-News Issue 3 

29 Nov 2017: Presentation videos 


This talk was presented at the AUT South Campus, Manukau & Auckland University, Tāmaki Innovation Campus on the 2 October 2017.

Alcohol tax increases save lives, but they rarely happen for public health purposes. This presentation will describe one model for global action: the six steps a public health coalition used to enact a substantial alcohol tax increase and dedicate revenues to public health purposes in the US state of Maryland over the strenuous opposition of the powerful alcohol lobby. The six steps are: crafting an evidence based policy; using polling to test public opinion; building a powerful coalition; using the media effectively; making our alcohol tax increase an election issue; and, finally, getting our legislation enacted. 

Presentation Video Part 1

Presentation Video Part 2


16 Nov 2017: Media Release - New Zealand recommended to move on a floor price for alcohol as Scots defeat European Big Booze 

21 February 2018: Workshop-Tackling Big Booze: Price, Promotion, Primary Care and Politics @ University of Otago, Wellington Campus  

This workshop tackles the challenge of alcohol. Price, marketing, primary care and politics are explored and workshopped with leading national and international experts. It highlights the success of alcohol harm reduction in Scotland with Scottish expert, Alison Douglas. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on action in their own spheres of influence. While we focus on the Aotearoa New Zealand context, our discussion will be situated both regionally and globally.

Click here for more information on the workshop & registration

Oct 2017 - FANNZ Update 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder workshop: Thursday 22 February 2018, Tauranga

Alcohol Healthwatch and the Bay of Plenty DHB Community Health 4 Kids invites you to a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder workshop on Thursday 22 February 2018 in Tauranga with Dr Valerie McGinn Neuropsychologist.

Click to view the Panui or Email Maria.Hart@bopdhb.govt.nz for further information.

Oct 2017: Drinking Cultures: New website on the impact of social media on drinking

A must visit!   http://www.drinkingcultures.info/ .  Drinking Cultures Researching people, social technologies (e.g. mobile phones, Facebook) and drinking cultures in Aotearoa NZ.

Book: Youth drinking cultures in a digital world: Alcohol, social media and cultures of intoxication

Highly recommended - edited book “Youth drinking cultures in a digital world: Alcohol, social media and cultures of intoxication”. Edited by Antonia Lyons, Tim McCreanor, Ian Goodwin, and Helen Moewaka Barnes.



14.10.17 Auckland set to adopt policy that sees bottle shops close two hours earlier

Dr Nicki Jackson, said the new policy was a "massive win" against the supermarket industry, which was the "dominant appellant" against the changes.

Jackson said Aucklanders consumed more alcohol than the rest of the country and had higher rates of alcohol-related assaults and hospital admissions.

She was pleased the evening trading hours of liquor stores could be cut back by two hours. 
Read more: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/97862556/auckland-set-to-adopt-policy-that-sees-bottle-shops-close-two-hours-earlier


16 Oct 2017:Dr Nicki Jackson -  Keeping Equity In our Vision




FASD-CAN www.fasd-can.org.nz, the organisation uniting and supporting those living with FASD is pleased to announce two workshops with Jeff Noble:
Saturday 25th Nov 2017 @ Jet Park Hotel Mangere Auckland
Monday 27th Nov 2017 @ The Commodore Airport Hotel Christchurch

Jeff is a dynamic and energising speaker who describes himself as “…a helper, a leader and an innovator”. 

Register to attend with FASD-CAN Secretary Lee Tempest lee.tempest@fasd-can.org.nz before 20 Nov or click here for further details.

Presentation video coming soon....


Alcohol Healthwatch is excited to bring Vinny Demarco to NZ to present on how alcohol tax increases save lives, but they rarely happen for public health purposes. This presentation will describe one model for global action.

For more information click here


AUT University: 2 Oct 2017: 10:30 to 11:30am - MH104, MH building, AUT South Campus, 640 Great South Road, Manukau
Auckland University: 2 Oct 2017: 12.30 to 1.30pm - Room  733-234, Tamaki Campus School of Population Health

12 Sept 2017: FANNZ Update 

7 Sept 2017:Whanau ora and the FASD Plan: 'Achieving success together’ Hui Video Link:

Presentation by Christine Rogan, Alcohol Healthwatch    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sgw6NLNCjw  
Presentation by Lance Norman, Hāpai Te Hauora   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQWfA0escw 

8 Sept 2017:  Media-Rising Women’s Drinking Highlights Importance of FASD Awareness Day 

8 Sept 2017:  Media -NZ Rugby not tackling alcohol issues head on

5 Sept 2017: E-News Edition 2 

16 Aug 2017:  FANNZ Update

Two Auckland events contributing to FASD Awareness Month, September 2017: 
Thursday Sept 7:  Alcohol Healthwatch and Hapai te Hauora will host Whanau ora and the FASD Plan: Achieving success together’  (8.30am to 12.30pm). View panui  or register with christine@ahw.org.nz before Thursday, 31 August.
Saturday Sept 9:  FASD-CAN invites families living with FASD to a ‘Let’s get Strategic’ caregivers workshop  (8.45am – 3.30pm). View invitation or register with lee.tempest@fasd-can.org.nz before Friday, 1 September.

21 Jul 2017 - Media Release: Takapuna locals call for Government review after 'saddening' decision on bar opening hours

20 Jul 2017 - Media Release - Communities win and lose against the alcohol industry 

19 Jul 2017 - Auckland PLAP Decision 

29 Jun 2017 - E-News Issue 1, June 2017 

29 Jun 2017 - FANNZ Update

Invitation - Thursday 27 July 2017: FASD-informed practice: A professional development workshop in partnership with Te Pou Oranga o Whakatōhea, Opotiki, Bay of Plenty  Click here for Panui & more information  CLOSED

Jun 2017 - Report - Alcohol-related Harm Indicators in Auckland Results from 2013, 2014 and 2015 Report Prepared for the Executive Planning Group By Taisia Huckle & Karl Parker, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre.  August 2016 


Sign Up To Our Newsletter