Minimising alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa 

22 Feb 2022

An Aotearoa free from alcohol-related harm is the aspiration of the just-published National Alcohol Harm Minimisation Framework.

Framed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Framework draws on the recommendations of previous government reviews as well as national and international evidence on the most effective actions to tackle alcohol harm. It is embedded in a Te Tiriti approach and structured by two pillars: policy change and culture change.

The Framework has been developed over two years and has involved ongoing discussion with key stakeholders in the alcohol harm minimisation sector. There was strong support for the evidence-based structure of focusing both on changing policy and drinking culture. The Framework reflects the voices of those who engaged with it.

The vision was to build a holistic framework, developed with a Te Tiriti lens, as a resource that would enable any organisation, regardless of its size, from government departments to school Boards of Trustees, sports clubs, marae, communities and so on, to develop their own action plans for minimising alcohol-related harm.

To complement the Framework, Te Hiringa Hauora is also publishing a set of organisational position statements on a range of alcohol-related issues. These will cover both regulatory and non-regulatory matters, for example, the role of alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

The current position papers are: