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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NZ Herald: Doctors urged to back fresh effort on climate change

Dr Andrea Forde, Dr Scott Metcalfe, and policy analyst Liz Springford, set out the importance of tackling climate change. Read here.

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Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation

OraTaiao submission, 27 July 2018

OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council thanks the Medical Council of New Zealand for the opportunity to have input into the Draft revised statement on safe practice in an environment of resource limitation.

In summary, we consider the proposed revisions need to specifically address the sustainable use of resources in healthcare as part of professional medical practice. 

Read full submission here (PDF).

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An historic meeting for climate change and health

6 July 2018

Today members of 18 leading health professional organisations met with the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. James Shaw, to add their collective voices of support for a strong Zero Carbon Act.

The meeting, hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, included organisations representing tens of thousands of nurses, doctors and other health professionals. Attendees were united in their call for decisive action on climate change to protect and improve health and fairness for New Zealanders.

“There is a strong consensus among health professionals that NZ needs a robust law to get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions,” says Dr Rhys Jones, co-convenor of OraTaiao, the NZ Climate & Health Council.

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UN report has serious implications for NZ’s Zero Carbon Bill - a crucial bill for health

29 June 2018

The latest reported draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C shows growing certainty that 2°C of warming is a dangerous step for humanity, and for the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. Differences between global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C are “substantial” – damaging to communities, economies and ecosystems across the world.

As well as cutting carbon dioxide to net zero, rapid reductions in other gases, "particularly methane", are demanded by the UN report. The report also calls for "more emphasis on efforts to cut emissions before 2030". The Zero Carbon Bill will need to be further strengthened to ensure it is responding to the science.

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New Zealand Productivity Commission’s Low-Emissions Economy: Draft Report

OraTaiao submission, 13 June 2018

'OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council welcomes the draft Report from the Productivity Commission on achieving a low-emissions economy for New Zealand. We recognise that the recommendation of the Commission to include emissions from agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a significant step in transitioning the NZ economy, however we consider that the target should be to a net zero emissions future with accelerated timelines.'

OraTaiao also propose some, 'principles by means of which the process to achieve net zero may be implemented. These include a more robust acknowledgement of the substantial co-benefits to health from well-designed reduction and mitigation, adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and a commitment to address issues of inequities within New Zealand society.'

Recommendations are summarised in the submission.

Read full submission here (PDF).

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Zero Carbon Bill crucial for NZ’s health – but must be faster, fairer and Treaty-based

7 June 2018

Health professionals welcome today’s public consultation launch for the Zero Carbon Bill, saying it is crucial for New Zealanders’ health. However, they warn that the Bill will need to be seriously strengthened for faster, fairer protection of a healthy climate.

The Bill (modelled on the UK’s successful Climate Change Act 2008), proposes a consistent policy framework for NZ to reach net zero climate pollution in the coming decades. This is vital for protecting human health and wellbeing, in the context of global action.

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What's climate change got to do with nursing?

Opinion piece by Rebecca Sinclair in Nursing Review, Issue 3. Read here (PDF).

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Sustainability in healthcare

Article by Rebecca Sinclair in Te Puawai: The Professional Update for Registered Nurses, May 2018. Read here (PDF).

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Wellington City Council Long Term Plan 2018-2028

OraTaiao submission on Wellington City Council Long Term Plan (WCC LTP) 2018-2028. 15 May 2018.

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Greater Wellington Regional Council Long Term Plan 2018-2028

OraTaiao submission on Greater Wellington Regional Council Long Term Plan (GWRC LTP) 2018-2028. 30 April 2018.

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