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.


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).

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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.

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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.

 

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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'.  

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Stuff.co.nz: 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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Radio Waatea: Rangatahi link arms over climate change

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

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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.

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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).

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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'.

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Climate change and health - OraTaiao

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

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Stuff.co.nz: 'Plant based' diet could cut disease, hospital costs and emissions, NZ health sector says

Article on the benefits of a sustainable diet and why we need a strong Zero Carbon Bill with quotes from Dr Alexandra Macmillan, OraTaiao Co-convenor. Read here.

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Radio Waatea: Māori health expertise needed for climate action plan

Interview here with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, on the need for well designed climate policy.

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Newshub: Fighting climate change vital to protect Kiwis' health - doctor

Interview with Co-convenor, Dr Alexandra Macmillan, about why healthcare workers are demanding stronger action on climate change. Read more here.

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Select Committee hearing: Health sector groups ask for strong Zero Carbon Bill to include health

MEDIA RELEASE29 August 2019

This morning at Environment Select Committee hearings, five health sector groups representing more than 55,000 health workers, called for health and fairness to be at the heart of a strengthened Zero Carbon Bill.

“We support a Zero Carbon Bill to help us stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming to protect people’s wellbeing from the impacts of climate change. It also needs to be strengthened to take advantage of the huge opportunities of well-designed climate policy for better health and wellbeing. With well-designed climate policy we would expect to see substantial health gains,” says Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Co-convenor, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.

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Te Hiku Radio: Zero Carbon Bill supported by Health professionals across NZ

Interview here with Dr Alexandra Macmillan about why health professionals strongly support the Zero Carbon Bill.

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Media advisory: Health sector to rally for health at the heart of the Zero Carbon Bill

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Ministry right to urge reduced meat and dairy in hospitals

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT9 August 2019

The New Zealand Climate & Health Council and health promotion charity Doctors for Nutrition strongly support the new Sustainability and the Health Sector guidance announced last week as it will result in a much healthier population.

“People and the planet will both be healthier if we shift towards a plant-based diet, and cut back on meat and dairy, as recommended,” according to Dr Alex Macmillan, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council.

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