Factors that affect our health and wellbeing

The social, economic, cultural and physical environment in which people live their lives has a significant effect on their health and wellbeing.  Although genetics and personal behaviour play a strong part in determining an individual's health, good health starts where we live, where we work and learn, and where we play. 

Improving community health requires taking a broader view of the conditions that create health and wellbeing, from how we plan and develop our urban spaces and places, to the opportunities for employment, recreation, and social connection available to all who live in them.

Te Pae Mahutonga Star Chart.

Read an explanation of the Te Pae Mahutonga health promotion framework [PDF].

Each of the identified issue papers has been placed in the Te Pae Mahutonga model or under key health challenges.

List of the individual issues papers