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.

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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'.

OraTaiao members will be under the OraTaiao banner at events in Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch and Rotorua. Members will also be on the streets in Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Palmerston North. Look for the OraTaiao banner or placards and join other health professionals at these times and places:

Auckland - Aotea Square, 12pm
Christchurch - Cathedral Square, 1pm
Dunedin - Dunedin Dental School, 12pm
Rotorua - Village Green, 2pm
Wellington - Civic Square, 11am
Other centres here

Help spread the word by sharing this page on social media and printing out a poster to put up at work:

Watch a video here with Greta Thunberg, the teenager who started the School Strike for Climate movement. Watch a video with Jonathan Patz 'Climate Change is Affecting our Health'.  

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Climate change and health - OraTaiao

Feature article by Bruce Tsai, Kendall Robertson and Susanna Lees Watts. NZMJ Digest Issue 91. Read here

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Stuff.co.nz: 'Plant based' diet could cut disease, hospital costs and emissions, NZ health sector says

Article on the benefits of a sustainable diet and why we need a strong Zero Carbon Bill with quotes from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor.

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Radio Waatea: Māori health expertise needed for climate action plan

Interview here with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, on the need for well designed climate policy.

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Newshub: Fighting climate change vital to protect Kiwis' health - doctor

Interview with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, about why healthcare workers are demanding stronger action on climate change. Read more here.

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Select Committee hearing: Health sector groups ask for strong Zero Carbon Bill to include health

MEDIA RELEASE
29 August 2019

This morning at Environment Select Committee hearings, five health sector groups representing more than 55,000 health workers, called for health and fairness to be at the heart of a strengthened Zero Carbon Bill.

“We support a Zero Carbon Bill to help us stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming to protect people’s wellbeing from the impacts of climate change. It also needs to be strengthened to take advantage of the huge opportunities of well-designed climate policy for better health and wellbeing. With well-designed climate policy we would expect to see substantial health gains,” says Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.

Groups submitting to the Select Committee this morning were OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, NZ Nurses Organisation, NZ Medical Association, Public Health Association of NZ, and NZ College of Public Health Medicine. More than 20 organisations, representing much of the healthcare workforce, also made written submissions on the Zero Carbon Bill. 

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Media advisory: Health sector to rally for health at the heart of the Zero Carbon Bill

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Ministry right to urge reduced meat and dairy in hospitals

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
9 August 2019

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.

“People and the planet will both be healthier if we shift towards a plant-based diet, and cut back on meat and dairy, as recommended,” according to Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

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