Calendar of Public Health Events for 2018



4 World Braille Day


TBC 5 + A Day Challenge for all New Zealanders
1-28 Heart Health Awareness Month
1-28 Aotearoa Bike Challenge month
2 World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future
3 Te Aka Mauri Open Day
4 World Cancer Day
6 Waitangi Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
23 Big Heart Appeal 2018
TBC Go by Bike Day
26 Feb - 4 March Well Child Week
TBC Hearing Week


1-31 Stay SunSmart in March
1 Zero Discrimination Day UNAIDS
1 World Book Day
3-11 Seaweek- Kaupapa Moana: Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata- Healthy Seas, Healthy People
4-10 Playcentre Awareness Week
4 National Children's Day
TBC Children’s Weekend Rotorua
TBC Parks Week
8 International Women's Day
10 Relay for Life
14 Walk2Work Day
17-18 Rotorua Walking Festival
19 Shave for a Cure
20 World Oral Health Day
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 World Water Day
23-24 Red Puppy Appeal
TBC Katikati Community Resource Centre Health and Wellbeing Expo
24 World Tuberculosis Day
24-25 Neighbours Day Aotearoa


2 World Autism Awareness Day
7 World Health Day
17 World Hemophilia Day
25 World Malaria Day
28 World Day of Safety and Health @ Work
30-6 NZ Immunisation Week


30-6 NZ Immunisation Week
TBC Privacy Awareness Week
TBC Salvation Army Red Shield appeal
5 International Midwives Day
5 World Hand Washing Day
5 World Asthma Day
8 World Red Cross Day
12 International Nurses Day
15 International Day of Families
7-13 Road Safety Week – Theme ‘Save Lives #SlowDown
19-27 Youth Week – Theme ‘Be who you want to be’
30 World Multiple Sclerosis Day
TBC MS Awareness Week
31 World Smokefree Day


1-30 Men's Health Month
5 World Environment Day
14 World Blood Donor Day
15 Matariki
TBC Red Puppy Bikkie Day
20 World Refugee Day
17-23 National Volunteer Week
26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
27 Helen Keller Communication Day


TBC Women's Refuge Awareness Month
28 World Hepatitis Awareness Day
30 International Day of Friendship


1 – 7 World Breastfeeding Week
TBC Silent Leadership Challenge
9 International Day of Indigenous People
24 Cancer Society ‘Daffodil Day’


1-30 World Alzheimer's Month
1-30 Breathe Better September Asthma Awareness Month
1-30 Cervical Screening Awareness Month
1-30 Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) Month
1-30 Blue September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
1 National Gamble Free Day
8 International Day of Literacy
10 Suicide Prevention Day
TBC Maori Language Week
15 World Lymphoma Awareness Day
19 Suffrage Day 125 Years
21 International Day of Peace
22 World Car Free Day
26 World Contraception Day


1-31 Health Literacy Month
1-31 Save Kiwi Month
1-31 Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1 International Day of Older Persons
8 World Arthritis Day
10 World Mental Health Day
TBC Mental Health Awareness Week
TBC Conservation Week
11 International Day of the Girl Child
13 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
TBC Breast Cancer ‘Pink Ribbon Street Appeal’
16 World Food Day
19-28 Rotorua Bike Festival
20 World Osteoporosis Day
20 World Statistics Day
24 United Nations Day


1-30 'Movember' Men's Health Month
12 World Pneumonia Day
14 World Diabetes Day
19 World Day for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children
25 White Ribbon: you can stop violence towards women


1 World Aids Day
3 International Day of Disabled Persons
7 National Safe Sleep Day- Te Ra Mokopuna
10 World Human Rights Day
18 International Migrants Day

Toi Te Ora - Public Health have collected this information from a variety of sources to be used throughout the community as a resource guide. Every effort has been made to ensure these dates are correct. For more information about each event please contact the relevant organisation through their website. 

This calendar is also available online at or for further information phone 0800 221 555.


Toi Te Ora - Public Health is funded by the Ministry of Health and is the public health unit for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Health Boards. Toi Te Ora’s purpose is to improve and protect the health of the population in the Lakes and Bay of Plenty districts with a focus on reducing inequalities.
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