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.


Climate Change Commission's first package of advice to the Government "Climate action for Aotearoa"

OraTaiao submission, 26 March 2021

We cannot support the majority of the Commission's recommendations as they do not take into account the health and health equity gains that can be made by emission reducing policies, and the advice does not account for the harm climate change will cause to health and healthy equity.

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Stuff: Climate change: Calls for public health expert to be appointed to commission

Article about OraTaiao and other health professional organisations asking for a public health expert to be appointed to the Climate Change Commission. Read here.

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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.

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Put health at the heart of Aotearoa's climate response

Make a submission to the Climate Change Commission!

The Climate Change Commission is consulting on its first package of advice to the Government which will help shape Aotearoa’s climate crisis response. In their current form the Commission’s draft recommendations ignore the important health and equity gains that could be made from the right kind of climate action. They also do not sufficiently recognise te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Call for abstracts - Sustainable Health and Climate Health Aotearoa Conference 2021

The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Aotearoa Conference invites experts, researchers, up-and-coming leaders and sustainability champions to submit abstracts for presentation (in person or virtually) at our annual conference in Wellington on 22–23 June 2021. The theme is 'Re-thinking Sustainable Health in Aotearoa'. For more information see here.

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Stuff: Fix public transport to stop fossil fuel pollution deaths, climate expert says

Article on new air pollution study showing deaths from burning fossil fuels with comments by OraTaiao Co-convenor, Dr Dermot Coffey, including recommending a “rapidly decarbonising society”. Read here.

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Promotional flyer for every tea room!

Promote the health benefits of climate action and the work of OraTaiao at your workplace by putting up a flyer in your tea room and on notice boards. Just download and print out the flyers below. Choose either A4 size or go for the smaller A5 size. 

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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.

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Climate change is claiming lives – Lancet Countdown 2020 report

MEDIA STATEMENT, 3 December 2020

Evidence from the latest Lancet Countdown report show that climate change induced shocks such as wildfires and heat waves are claiming lives now and unless urgent action is taken then health impacts will worsen, so it is timely our government has just declared a climate emergency, said Dr Dermot Coffey, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.

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Opinion in Stuff news November 2020

People don't need educating on cycleways, just do it. Dr Dermot Coffey. Stuff news, 10 November 2020.

We need to focus on the systemic and structural barriers to climate change actions, and to make use of health expertise in our climate change response.

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