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

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

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

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