Associate Professor Louise Signal is a director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington. She has worked in health promotion for over 30 years in a range of roles, including at the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Commission. Louise is the regional director of the South West Pacific Region of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), chairs the Academic Advisory Committee of the Health Promotion Forum and is on the editorial advisory committee of the Australian Journal of Health Promotion.Dr Mihi Ratima (Whakatohea, Ngati Awa) is a director of Taumata Associates, a public health and Maori development consultancy. She was formerly an associate professor in Maori Health and founding director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research at AUT University. She was also a former WHO analyst, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico, a health researcher at Massey University and the University of Otago, and a diplomat. In 2006 Mihi and her husband relocated to Taranaki to work with their whanau to establish a reo-Maori immersion papakainga.
The integration of an indigenous analysis throughout this text makes it a unique contribution that will be of great value to scholars, practitioners and all of those working in health promotion in New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie, Massey University, New Zealand ... a valuable contribution to promoting health and wellbeing in Aotearoa NZ and the Pacific region. Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia ... a must read for all health promoters, policy-makers and those seeking new solutions to public health problems. Professor Fran Baum, Director, Southgate Institute, Flinders University