What is Fizz Free Whānau anyway?

On the surface, Fizz Free Whānau is a challenge to go without sugary drinks for the month of January, with the option to fundraise for healthy initiatives in your community. However, more than just a challenge, FFW takes a whānau-centred approach to awhi (care for) challenge-takers, and those struggling with nutrition, by providing ongoing support and education. We also work with our Whānau Whanui collective to support policy development in the community to prevent poor nutrition in the first place.


We believe that the answer to our people’s health problems is not to shame them, but rather to surround them with aroha and support to achieve their goals.


On a larger scale, we believe that we can change the narrative around Māori being overweight, sick, unhealthy, and lazy. We know that our tūpuna were strong, fit, and healthy, and we know that the negative stereotype doesn’t have a place in the future of our mokopuna either. We know that programmes that support Māori are good for everyone too- so we are pleased to support our Pasifika, migrant and other communities to also be well!

What kind of support will I get?

As part of the challenge, we’ll provide you with wrap-around support so that you can make it through the whole month with ease, and start 2018 feeling your best. That means you can receive a few emails with us, or check out our social media channels, to access tips, tricks, and other information to help you kick the sugar habit, and reap the benefits of improved hauora (health).

Plus, who doesn’t want to hear tips from the celebrities, sports stars, and your favourite bloggers? 😉

We’re run by Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health, in collaboration with our awesome partners like Toi Tangata and Netball New Zealand.