• 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. Read here.

  • 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. Read here.

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

    Article by Jono Drew, Dr Alexandra Macmillan and Anja Mizdrak. Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 128, No 1, 22 January 2020. Read here (PDF).

  • 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.

  • Newly appointed climate change commission a crucial step with major expertise gap

    MEDIA STATEMENT, 18 December 2019

    The newly appointed climate change commission is an important step towards New Zealand being able to put the necessary policies in place to protect our health and wellbeing from climate change, but it lacks the full expertise to bring about the transformative change that New Zealand needs to meet its climate change commitments to ensure our safety and well-being into the future, according to Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.

  • GP Pulse: An advocate for climate change action

    Interview with new OraTaiao executive board member and General Practitioner, Dr Dermot Coffey. See here (PDF).

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill

    OraTaiao submission, 11 December 2019

    "The significance of climate disruption for the mental health and well-being of those alive today and for future generations simply cannot be ignored. A focus on the climate crisis thus needs to be highlighted in legislation defining the Commission’s role."

    Read full submission here.

  • Should health professionals participate in civil disobedience in response to the climate change health emergency?

    Viewpoint by Dr Hayley Bennet, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Dr Rhys Jones, and Dr Alison Blaiklock with Prof John Mcmillan. The Lancet, Vol 395, 25 January 2020. Read here (PDF).

  • Climate medicine: our changing climate and health inequity in ​New Zealand

    Article by Cameron Toogood. New Zealand Medical Students Journal, Issue 29, November 2019. Read here.

  • Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa 2020

    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 [email protected] with your contact details and SHCH in the subject line.


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

    MEDIA RELEASE28 November 2019

    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'.  

  • 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. See here.

  • Farm to fork - Can changing your eating habits save the planet?

    An article with quotes by Dr Alexandra Macmillan. Consumer magazine, 17 October 2019. Read here.

  • 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."

    Read full submission here (PDF).

  • 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.

  • Radio Waatea: Rangatahi link arms over climate change

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

  • Health professionals urge collective action to avert climate crisis

    MEDIA STATEMENT26 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.

  • 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).

  • 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'.

  • Climate change and health - OraTaiao

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