Our functions

HPA leads and supports activities to:

  • promote health and wellbeing and encourage healthy lifestyles
  • prevent disease, illness, and injury
  • enable environments that support health and wellbeing and healthy lifestyles
  • reduce personal, social, and economic harm.

HPA has the following alcohol-specific functions:

  • giving advice and making recommendations to government, government agencies, industry, non-government bodies, communities, health professionals, and others on the sale, supply, consumption, misuse, and harm of alcohol so far as those matters relate to HPA’s general functions
  • undertaking or working with others to research the use of alcohol in New Zealand, public attitudes towards alcohol, and problems associated with, or consequent on, the misuse of alcohol.

In delivering its alcohol-specific functions, HPA must only have regard to government policy if directed to do so by its responsible Minister.  As a Crown agent under the Crown Entities Act 2004, HPA is required to give effect to government policy when directed by the responsible Minister for its work on other areas.