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26 November 2020

Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA) to be wound down

ANA’s member organisations have made a very tough call that it is time for ANA to wind down.

Board chair Shayne Nahu says he is proud of the work ANA has delivered and wishes to acknowledge the member organisations, as well as current and former staff and board members of ANA, for the contributions they have all made.

“ANA has served the sector well for the past 25 years; however, the reality is that it has become too difficult to continue in the current operating environment.  We are rightfully proud of what ANA has achieved and know the legacy of its achievements will be felt for many years to come.”

ANA will remain active and deliver on its Ministry of Health contract including emailing the valued ANA Focus newsletter until June 2021.

As a final legacy contribution, we will be writing an eBook documenting key public health nutrition interventions in Aotearoa and ANA’s contribution to the wider sector over the past 25 years. We look forward to sharing this with you.

For further information please contact [email protected]

Vision: Everyone in Aotearoa can and does eat well and leads an active life.

We know that many people, communities and organisations share a similar vision.

To strengthen these voices ANA’s purpose is to connect people and organisations engaged in the cause of improving the nation’s nutrition and physical activity. We do this by linking our members and the wider public health nutrition and physical activity workforce to news, events, research, and resources.

Our vision will be realised as we:
  • increase our collective understanding of what works to promote healthier lifestyles
  • inspire the development, delivery and evaluation of health promotion activities based on evidence and best practice
  • transform the places where New Zealanders live, learn, work and play into settings that support healthy eating and regular physical activity.
Our History

In 1993, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Te Hotu Manawa Māori, the New Zealand Dietetic Association and the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation saw an opportunity to combine and strengthen their voice on public health nutrition issues. The establishment of Agencies for Nutrition Action – Ngā Takawaenga Hāpai Kai Hauora (ANA) in 1996 was the outcome of these discussions.

Since then ANA’s work has grown, with the promotion of physical activity being added to our mandate.  In November 2016 ANA was re-named as Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa to better reflect our role in promoting physical activity.

Member subscriptions along with funding from the Ministry of Health for specific projects fund our work.

Over time our membership has expanded. Our members are committed to the cause of improving nutrition and physical activity in Aotearoa. See a full list of our members.

Our Organisational Values

We are committed to:

  • excellence
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • integrity
  • inclusiveness

Read our 2019-20 Annual Report.

Our 2020 Annual Website and ANA Focus newsletter evaluation can be viewed here

Views expressed on www.ana.org.nz do not necessarily represent the views of Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa, its member organisations or its funders.