Alistair Woodward is professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at the University of Auckland and Tony Blakely is professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. They have published widely in the international literature have extensive publication records on the public health issues-from smoking and cycling to the connections between socio-economic status and health.
"We know much about how personal behaviours, choices and genes influence individual health. This enterprising, well-written, and timely book asks a bigger question: What cultural, political, commercial and socioeconomic influences explain the trends over several centuries in New Zealand's population health and life expectancy? The authors' exploration of major differences in health trends between Maori and Europeans (Pakeha) provides further valuable insights--and just when the need for sustainable and healthier ways of living is pressing on us all." --Professor Emeritus Tony McMichael, Australian National University