OraTaiao welcomes the opportunity to discuss climate change implications for health and health equity with the Ministry and we would like to present an oral submission. We agree that the health of our population is a positive investment and fundamental to New Zealanders’ wellbeing.
We appreciate that the words ‘climate change’ are on page 5 of the Future Direction document under ‘Global challenges’ – ‘the health and social consequences of climate change’.
However, we are concerned that there is no other mention of climate change throughout the Strategy Future Directions or Road Map. The Strategy fails to make the connections between long-term health conditions and well-designed climate action which can reduce the prevalence of these conditions, and fails to consider the profound threat of already committed climate changes to New Zealanders’ health, health equity and our health services.
Read full submission here.