HistoryHealth Action 25 Years book cover

Health Action was originally established as a community-based health promotion organisation in Nelson, New Zealand in 1985 and became a Registered Charitable Trust on 20 March 1992. Our founders are Dr Doug Short and Mr Colin Gunn. Some of our history is written in a book called Health Action Trust 1985 - 2010; 25 Years in Nelson Community Health.  You are welcome to call in to our office and ask our administrator for a free copy.


We provide several innovative peer-led mental health support services as well as health promotion (alcohol and other drugs, and mental health) in the Nelson/Tasman region. You can read about each of our services using the "WHAT WE DO" drop-down link at the top of each page.

Our health promotion work uses a community action approach; we work closely alongside other groups to assist them to develop solutions that will create lasting change and improve health.

Our work is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the five components of the Ottawa Charter which are:

1.  Building healthy public policy

2.  Creating supportive environments

3.  Strengthening community action

4.  Developing personal skills

5.  Re-orienting health services

Health Action works closely with a range of groups and agencies at both local and national level. 


If you require information resources about mental health, or alcohol or other drug-related issues, please contact us using the form below.

You are welcome to contact us using this form.

Please mention which subject your enquiry is about:
COMPASS (mental health advocacy & peer support services)
Kotuku respite house
Mental Health Promotion
Wellbeing@Work - Oranga Mahi
The Business Forum on Mental Health
Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)
or other enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry.
We will respond as soon as possible.