This section has our latest media work (including media releases, opinion editorials, radio and television interviews, and letters to the editor), as well as the latest submissions, publications, briefing papers and position statements.

To access older items, please click on the relevant links above. Media enquiries, see contact us.


Sustainable Healthcare Forum Aotearoa and Climate Change & Health Conference 2020

Save the date! The next Sustainable Healthcare Forum Aotearoa, and a new Climate Change & Health Conference, will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 16-17 June 2020. We are proud to announce the keynote speaker will be Dr David Pencheon, former Director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit. Announcements and further details about registration will follow.

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College of GPs signs joint call for action on climate change and health

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners has made a formal commitment to confront the health effects of climate change and has signed the 'Health Professionals Joint Call for Action on Climate Change and Health'.  

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Stuff.co.nz: Wildfires, disease and food loss predicted for world's climate future - research

Article on findings from the 2019 report - Lancet Countdown on climate change and health with comments from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor.

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Consumer magazine: Farm to fork - Can changing your eating habits save the planet?

An article on the EAT-Lancet guidelines for a healthy and sustainable diet, with an NZ focus. Includes quotes from OraTaiao Co-convenor Dr Alexandra Macmillan.

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Healthy Food and Drink Guidance survey

OraTaiao submission to Ministry of Health, 8 November 2019

"Healthy eating, including increased intake of plant-based foods and less consumption of red meat and animal fat (particularly highly processed animal products), would both help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead to significant improvements in health. This also aligns with the targets for New Zealand to have net zero carbon emissions and reduced methane emissions by 2050."

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Health professionals celebrate passing of the Zero Carbon Act

MEDIA STATEMENT
7 November 2019

Health professionals are celebrating the historic passing of the Zero Carbon Act. They applaud its purpose to prevent global warming of more than 1.5 degrees and the inclusion of methane targets. 

“This Act is a crucial piece of legislation for health and wellbeing. It lays the foundations for realising the exciting opportunities that climate action can bring for health and fairness,” says Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

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Radio Waatea: Rangatahi link arms over climate change

Interview here with Dr Rhys Jones on the school strikes for climate.

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Health professionals urge collective action to avert climate crisis

MEDIA STATEMENT
26 September 2019

Members of OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council will join climate events around the country this Friday, 27 September, and are issuing a symbolic medical certificate, as part of the global strikes for climate movement.

“We are taking to the streets tomorrow to show our solidarity with striking students, because to avert the climate crisis requires collective action. As health workers we see it as our professional duty to urge leaders to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor of OraTaiao.

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Review of KiwiSaver default provider arrangements

OraTaiao submission to Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 17 September 2019

"We would like the government to take steps to ensure all default KiwiSaver providers are divested from the fossil fuel industry (companies involved in the exploration, extraction, refining, processing and burning of fossil fuels)."

Read full submission here (PDF).

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Health for #CLIMATESTRIKE NZ

Friday 27 September 2019, NZ and globally

OraTaiao is supporting the student led global climate strike calling for bold action on climate change. See our media statement 'Health professionals urge collective action to avert climate crisis'.

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