Article by Rebecca Sinclair in Te Puawai: The Professional Update for Registered Nurses, May 2018. Read here (PDF).
OraTaiao submission on Wellington City Council Long Term Plan (WCC LTP) 2018-2028. 15 May 2018.
International treaty examination of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
OraTaiao submission, 18 April 2018
'Climate change is a major threat to human health and ultimately to human survival. It worsens health inequities. It requires urgent action globally and in New Zealand to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – particularly from fossil fuels.
'The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will create a more challenging legal environment for New Zealand (and other signatory nations) to pass the policy and regulatory changes necessary to achieve this.'
Read the submission here (PDF).
See links below for OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council's briefings from January 2018:
- Briefing to Minister Shaw (Minister for Climate Change Issues)
- Briefing to Minister Genter (Associate Minister of Health, Climate Change and Health)
Editorial on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership by Oliver Hailes, Rhys Jones, David Menkes, Joshua Freeman, Erik Monastery. The New Zealand Medical Journal 9th March 2018, Volume 131 Number 1471. Read here.
NZ Government commitment to CPTPP without independent assessment of health and climate change impacts would be grossly negligent
26 January 2018
Health professionals remain concerned that the so-called Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will obstruct action to address major 21stcentury health threats such as climate change.
Without decisive action, the impacts of climate change on health in the coming decades will be serious and far-reaching. These impacts have been described clearly in a recent report published by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Urgent action is therefore needed to reduce future impacts on health, and to take advantage of the enormous opportunities to improve New Zealanders’ health right here and now. This includes rapidly transitioning our economies to renewable energy.Read more
OraTaiao submission, 19 January 2018
'OraTaiao supports LGWM’s guiding principles developed from 2017 public consultation. But these principles do not appear to be sufficiently defined, nor prioritised, to actually guide scenario development and evaluation. We hope our submission encourages LGWM’s ‘process principles’ to:
The UN Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) is underway in Bonn, Germany.
Emily Rushton, a OraTaiao member, is at COP23 and this is her first blog.
31 October 2017
New research shows that climate change is already damaging the health of millions of people and is a looming global health emergency. These are the conclusions of a joint reportfrom The Lancet Countdown, an international research collaboration that provides a global overview of the relationship between public health and climate change.
Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, says the report should prompt widespread, urgent action. “It shows that the effects of climate change on human health are undeniable and potentially irreversible.”
New Zealand is not immune to the threats posed by climate change, as highlighted in a recent Royal Society of New Zealand report, Human Health Impacts of Climate Change for New Zealand.Read more