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We support workplaces with advice and tools so they can protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of people.

Workplaces are an influential setting for public health because of the impact work has on health and that health has on work. 

Businesses that create a work environment where employees’ physical and mental wellbeing is considered have lower absenteeism, fewer injuries, and experience higher productivity and customer satisfaction. A company culture of support is also good for attracting and retaining employees.

Employees who feel healthy and supported are more productive, engaged, resilient, creative, and generally perform better.

If more workplaces protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, as a country we will experience better health and wellbeing, and less injury, harm and disease.

What does Te Hiringa Hauora do?

We work with others to develop, share and promote advice and tools to support workplaces. We want to help workplaces to do their business in a way that protects and enhances the wellbeing of people.

To inform our work we explore how the wellbeing of people can become a key part of doing everyday business. We look at the way work is designed and happens, how people connect, communicate and lead in workplaces, as well as the physical environment and facilities.


At wellplace.nz you can find advice and resources to take action on workplace wellbeing topics including reducing alcohol harm, being smokefree, protecting and enhancing mental health, eating well, moving more, and being SunSmart. It also features leading New Zealand businesses sharing why they invest in workplace wellbeing and some of the initiatives they’ve undertaken to build wellbeing.

Visit www.wellplace.nz to find out what changes you could make to create wellbeing in your workplace, hear how others are already doing it and subscribe to HPA’s workplace eNewsletter to stay up-to-date on new ideas, resource and information.

What is a healthy workplace?




Developed using insights from business owners and managers around the country, Good4Work draws on the most up-to-date workplace wellbeing knowledge and experience in New Zealand. 

Designed to help small-medium sized businesses and those just getting started discover how to make wellbeing an essential part of how they work, lead and connect.

The short quiz helps the manager/owner and their team rate their workplace and decide where to start. There are tools to support action for each of the focus areas.

Visit Good4Work.nz to take the quiz, see how your workplace stacks up and use the information to prioritise areas you could take action.

Health and wellbeing policy builder

The policy builder was developed with the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment to take the worry out of growing a business and to help create clear, sound and compliant health and wellbeing policy. Policies include mental wellbeing, alcohol, smokefree at work, being sunsmart, responsible hosting, finding support and staying at/returning to work.  At every step, there’s information, tips and advice on how to avoid common mistakes.

Visit business.govt.nz to create a policy that suits you, your business and staff, and complies with current law. 


This initiative supports workplaces to develop and implement an effective and sustainable workplace wellbeing programme.

It provides step-by-step support, advisor mentoring in many areas of New Zealand, guidelines and tools and recognition through accreditation.  

Visit Workwell.health.nz to see what is available to support you implement this programme.

Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work

Developed with the Mental Health Foundation, the Five Ways to Wellbeing Toolkit provides practical facts and tips to introduce five simple and proven actions.There are tools to introduce mindfulness, templates to support people to set their own five way goals, fact sheets explaining each of the five ways and team games to help people connect.

Promote this toolkit across your business and encourage your people managers to try the tools with their teams.