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Local government and public health in 2013 and beyond

Published: 22 Aug 2013   Source: Public Health Association of New Zealand

Local government is one of the most important and powerful influences on the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. The decisions local government makes affect the determinants of health. As such, local government has the ability to improve population health and reduce inequalities in New Zealand.

This thinkpiece describes the changes to the local government legislation and discusses their potential impact on public health. It examines opportunities and mechanisms to strengthen participation and representation of Māori in local government, and concludes with ideas for building stronger partnerships between local government and public health.

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