Briefing Papers and Position Statements

Active Transportation Policy Statement

OraTaiao's stance on climate action and public health supports the facilitation of active transportation in New Zealand. Currently, New Zealand's infrastructure does not support active transportation, with poor walkways and cycleways not allowing for complete trips to where people need and want to go. Nor do they support trips which are safe from traffic injury or crime. It is time for New Zealand to implement the infrastructure and policy needed for active transportation, which will have vast co-health benefits to the overstressed health system and reduce emissions leading to climate change. Read our full statement at the link below. 


Joint letter to the Minister of Health on World Health Day 2022

Today is World Health Day and eleven health organisations (OraTaiao NZ Climate & Health Council; the New Zealand Medical Association; the New Zealand Nursing Organisation; the College of Nurses; the NZ Society of Anaesthetists; the NZ College of Midwives; Hāpai Te Hauora; the Royal Australian and NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners) have written a joint letter to the Minister of Health asking for NZ's health system to be made climate ready and climate friendly. 

Letter to the Minister of Health Andrew Little - 7 April 2022


Budget 2022 - letter to the Finance and Expenditure Committee

OraTaiao has written to the Finance and Expenditure Committee about NZ's Budget Policy Statement 2022 recommending that the focus of the budget (and subsequent budgets) have Aotearoa’s response to climate change as the main point. 


Letter to PM ahead of COP26

Seven health professional organisations (OraTaiao, the College of Nurses Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, New Zealand Medical Association, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists) have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Ardern and the Climate Change Minister ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, calling for a huge increase in Aotearoa’s international climate contribution, and asking to keep the capacity to limit global warming within a humanly adaptable 1.5 degrees.  


Building resilience in Aotearoa’s food systems

OraTaiao's policy statement urges the government to accelerate progress towards a carbon-neutral public sector and build longer term resilience in our food systems through procurement of healthy and sustainable food by government-funded institutions. This statement was prepared by Penny Field, Louise Mainvil, and Anna De Mello from OraTaiao's food systems working group. 


Letter to Climate Change Minister March 2021

Twelve health professional organisations have written to Climate Change Minister James Shaw asking for public health representation on the Climate Change Commission.


Briefing to Incoming Ministers Dec 2020

The following briefing was sent to Ministers and Associate Ministers with portfolios in health, housing, transport, energy, building & construction, environment, agriculture, and climate change. Tackling climate change requires an all of government response.


Letter to Finance Ministers May 2020

Fifteen health professional organisations wrote to Hon Grant Robertson (Minister of Finance), Hon James Shaw (Associate Minister of Finance), and Hon Shane Jones (Associate Minister of Finance) urging prioritisation of funding for a just transition to a climate-resilient, sustainable and low-emissions economy in the 2020 Budget.


Briefings to Incoming Ministers Jan 2018

See links below for OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council's briefings from January 2018:



Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health 2014

Climate change is among the most serious threats to health faced by New Zealand, but it also represents an unprecedented opportunity to improve health, create a fairer society,and reduce costs for the health sector.

Read in full here.


‘Healthy Climate, Healthy People’


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