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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Comment piece in Newsroom, 4 October 2020

Leaders need to lead on climate action. Rod Oram. Newsroom, 4 October 2020.

OraTaiao's scorecard rating political parties' policies on climate change & health is showcased in this comment piece by journalist Rod Oram. See here.

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Stuff.co.nz: ACT, NZ First policies ignore, worsen climate change – health advocates

Article on New Zealand's General Election 2020 and OraTaiao's scorecard rating political parties' policies on climate change & health. Includes comments by Dr Dermot Coffey. Read here.

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Election 2020: The big climate hole

MEDIA RELEASE, 28 September 2020

Health professionals have expressed surprise at the silence around this century’s biggest population health threat in the 2020 general election.

“We have found that even some of our major parties have either no plans on what to do about climate change or have ones which are actively harmful. Having no good climate policy today is a bit like having no public health policy during a pandemic,” said Dr Dermot Coffey, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council, on releasing an election scorecard today. 

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Scorecard for NZ Election 2020 - Climate Change and Health

Scorecard and report by OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council rating political parties' policies on climate change and health for NZ General Election 2020. See here (PDF).

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COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill

OraTaiao submission, 21 June 2020

We oppose the side-stepping of the participatory processes of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The basic purpose of sustainable development in the RMA is not reflected in the Bill, and nor is the major principle of community participation in resource management decisions.

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Webinar series: Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Aotearoa - A green, equitable and resilient post-COVID pathway for health and healthcare

We are delighted to announce this webinar series, focused on sustainable healthcare and climate health. Presenting the latest information, the 30-min programmes will air fortnightly on Tuesdays at 4pm, from June to October 2020

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Make our streets better for people!

Submission guide for the Accessible Streets package of rule changes

There are significant co-benefits for health, climate and equitable access from active transport (biking, walking, wheelchair use, scooting, skating). The Government is seeking public feedback on its “accessible streets” package of rules designed to encourage walking, biking, and support liveable and vibrant towns and cities. However, many of the proposed changes will erode the rights of pedestrians and people with disabilities on the footpath while having minimal impact on the convenience of people in cars. It is time the government addressed providing safe space for cyclists and other “third speed” transport like e-scooters, while protecting the rights and safety of footpath users. This can be achieved by creating safe space for “third speed” transport by reducing vehicle speed limits on roads, bike friendly traffic calming infrastructure and high quality cycle path infrastructure. Deadline for submissions is 5pm Wednesday 20 May.

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Nelson City Annual Plan Consultation

OraTaiao submission, 6 May 2020

The food system is a major contributor to ill health and many of the environmental challenges facing us nationally and globally. In New Zealand, food production contributes about half of the country’s total climate pollution. Both central and local government have significant parts to play in addressing the urgent transformation that is now needed in the way we produce and consume food. Cities are increasingly recognising this around the world.

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Q&A in Stuff, 6 May 2020

Climate Explained: How the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives.

Dr Alexandra Macmillan and Jono Drew answer questions on how food choices make a difference to the climate impact of our diet. Read here.

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Stuff: Budget 2020 spending on climate could improve public health resilience, experts say

Article on Budget 2020 and letter from health professionals asking for focus on climate change. Article includes comments from OraTaiao Co-convenor, Dr Alex Macmillan, "the Government can't let us go back to business as usual, because that business as usual was both unhealthy and unfair." Read here.

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