Delivering health promotion programmes in church settings has been shown to be effective [48-51]. In New Zealand, most church-based health promotion programmes have been conducted in Pacific churches and have often focused on obesity and diabetes prevention [49,50,52].
Pacific peoples in New Zealand have been shown to have strong social and cultural ties with their family, churches and community. Church is a core element for many Pacific communities - both Pacific adults and Pacific young people. In the 2013 New Zealand Census, seven in ten (73%) Pacific people reported a religious affiliation .
To date, most church-based health promotion programmes in New Zealand have centred on reducing obesity through encouraging physical activity and healthy eating. There remains many opportunities to also utilise this important setting to enable reductions in alcohol harm. For young Pacific people in New Zealand, church attendance and religious factors have been shown to be protective factors against binge drinking .