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.


Message on COVID-19

Those of us at OraTaiao would like to express our solidarity with you all at this uncertain and challenging time, and we’d like to acknowledge our members working with patients and on the COVID-19 response. Thank you for everything you are doing!

In the meantime, at OraTaiao we will be continuing essential climate change work, and we are calling for pandemic responses that reduce inequities and centre te Tiriti, because pandemic justice is crucial to climate justice. Please take care of yourselves and others and we’ll keep you posted with updates.

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Stuff.co.nz: We need to talk about Vegans: should New Zealand embrace a meatless future?

Article on the merits of a plant-based diet, and changing consumer behaviour, with comments from OraTaiao Co-convenor Dr Alexandra Macmillan.

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Call for abstracts | Karanga mō ngā Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

COVID-19: The Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa 2020 has been postponed and will now be held in mid-June 2021. There may be a series of webinars run later in 2020. For further information sign up to the mailing list at wellington-events@otago.ac.nz with your contact details and SHCH in the subject line.

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Phasing out coal in schools and hospitals a win-win for health and the climate

MEDIA STATEMENT
30 January 2020

The Government’s announcement that it is committed to prioritising ending coal-burning for schools and hospitals is welcomed by health workers who have long been calling for such a move.

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Otago Daily Times: Study finds plant-based diet could save climate

Article on research showing the emissions reductions, health benefits, and health cost savings which could be achieved from NZ moving to a plant-based diet, with comments from study author and OraTaiao member, Jono Drew and OraTaiao Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan. ""Fortunately, foods that are health-promoting tend also to be those that are climate friendly."

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Newshub: Schools' climate change resource right about meat - study

Interview with OraTaiao Co-convenor Dr Alexandra Macmillan on the impact of diet and food production on greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Stuff.co.nz: Plant-based diets a 'win-win' for health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions - study

Article on the emissions reductions, health benefits, and health cost savings which could be achieved from NZ moving to a plant-based diet, with comments from OraTaiao Co-convenor Dr Alexandra Macmillan.

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NZ Herald: Plant-based diet: The case to help slash emissions and save billions

Article on the the emissions reductions, health benefits, and health cost savings which could be achieved from NZ moving to a plant-based diet, with comments from study author and OraTaiao member, Jono Drew and OraTaiao Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan.

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Healthy and Climate-Friendly Eating Patterns in the New Zealand Context

Article in Environmental Health Perspectives by OraTaiao member Jono Drew with OraTaiao Co-convenor Dr Alexandra Macmillan and Anja Mizdrak, concluding that the consumption of whole, plant-based foods offer an opportunity to achieve substantial emissions reductions while simultaneously realising considerable health gains and health system cost savings.

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Emissions Trading Reform

OraTaiao submission, 17 January 2020

It is encouraging to see a cap on emissions units, a sinking lid mechanism and the phasing out of industrial allocation of free units incorporated into the draft Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill.

"We remain concerned however about the ongoing delay in integration of agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme, the slow phase down of free units to industry and the lack of a mechanism to recycle revenue from the sale of New Zealand Units to support a low carbon transition for those most likely to be impacted by the changes - low income, Māori and Pacific households."

Read full submission here (PDF). This submission is endorsed by the New Zealand Medical Association, Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa / New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), the Public Health Association of New Zealand, and the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

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