Community action is a strategy for creating community-based change towards specific social and environmental policy objectives.  It is informed by evidence including local, cultural and academic knowledge, and relies on developing and mobilising capability and leadership from local communities. Browse the evidence, tools and resources that support this approach here.


Community action toolkit

This toolkit for CAYAD practitioners contains background on community action and several resources that have been highly rated by our workforce.



These 3 resources cover everything you need to know for developing a drug policy for a youth organisation. The highly practical guidelines, workbook and evaluation guide were developed by Health Action Trust (CAYAD Nelson).



When One Door Closes

This report summarises what happens when students are excluded from school, and provides recommendations that now underpin CAYAD's approach to supporting students to stay engaged in education. The research was undertaken by Regional Public Health (CAYAD Hutt Valley).


Objecting to alcohol licences

If you are concerned about an application for a new or renewed alcohol licence in your community, this handy guide is available from the Health Promotion Agency's It can help you decide whether to make an objection to a licence, and leads you through the objection and hearings process under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.


useful links

The following organisations provide public health information about issues relating to communities, alcohol and other drugs:


Alcohol Health Watch -

Alcohol Action -

Health Promotion Agency - and

Ministry of Health -

New Zealand Drug Foundation -

The SHORE & Whaariki Research Centre - visit website