Pacific consultancy

ESR assists the Pacific region with scientific expertise, information and tools to strengthen policy, programmes and practice to achieve healthy, safe and resilient communities.

ESR’s focus in the Pacific is aligned with the New Zealand Aid Programme’s strategic plan and sector priorities, particularly providing scientific support to two of the enablers of sustainable economic development (health, water supply and sanitation) and to the environment cross-cutting issue.

We work in partnership with regional organisations such as The Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Pacific governments, not-for-profit organisations, and New Zealand CRIs and universities.

In order to maintain and even improve health now and for future generations, countries need to build resilient health systems to protect people, particularly the most vulnerable, from the health risks related to natural hazards, disaster events and climate change. From our work in the Pacific we have seen and learnt first-hand some of the barriers required to overcome natural and climate-related risks to health. From this experience our team has examined and has incorporated a number of frameworks to create a tool, HAAP-PIC [PDF, 1.4 MB] (Health Adaptation and Action Plan for climate change and disaster risks in Pacific Island Countries) for use in the Pacific. The tool was first piloted in July 2018, in the Kingdom of Tonga and led by the Tongan Ministry of Health. 

For further information, regarding the tool and how ESR can assist in the Pacific and beyond, please contact and

ESR’s Pacific Strategy Healthy Pacific Environments [PDF, 1.1 MB] defines how it wishes to support the Pacific region for the period 2015–2020. It outlines ESR’s strategic focus on priority issues, science areas, country relationships, funding sources and donor relationships, delivery partners, and service types. 

Read about our activities in the Pacific in our ESR in the Pacific [PDF, 930 KB] publication and our Healthy Tonga Tourism project. For more information contact

Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter

Read the latest edition of ESR's Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter - Issue 5 - September 2020 [PDF, 482 KB]

Topics include:

- COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

- Healthy Tonga Environments – Environmental Health Lab update 

- Healthy Water – Healthy People – Bitokara, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

- Forensics Science Services 4

- ESR and EWB collaborate

Previous editions:

Healthy Pacific Environments - Issue 4 - May 2019 [PDF, 4.1 MB]

Healthy Pacific Environments - Issue 3 - October 2018

Healthy Pacific Environments - Issue 2 - June 2018

Healthy Pacific Environments - Issue 1 - August 2017