Submissions


Submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council on its Draft Regional Land Transport Plan

OraTaiao points out that:'To be resilient, modern cities must address man-made climate change and its causes. Our Council has major concerns that the climate and health implications of the RLT Plan have not been addressed. We call on GW to perform an updated Health Impact Assessment of any of its major transport plans, taking into account Climate Change and the wide health effects of transport policies on the community.'

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Submission to the Ministry of Transport on the Draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport

OraTaiao submission states: 'there is great potential for easy win-wins for the economy, addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of New Zealanders. However, this would involve a significant shift in thinking from what is expressed in the draft GPS, as well as a much more profound re-balancing of the investment portfolio towards public and active transport'.

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Submission on the Draft Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan 2014

OraTaiao states: 'We are supportive of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (The Council) plans and achievements thus far to enhance public transport...We suggest however, that the balance has changed as we rapidly learn more about Climate Change, adverse health effects of motorised transport..'

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Submission to Auckland Council on the Auckland’s Energy Resilience and Low Carbon Action Plan

OraTaiao submission emphasises: 'Climate change has far-reaching effects on human health. Well-planned climate change mitigation strategies can also generate significant co-benefits for health. As health professionals, we see this plan as an opportunity to create a healthier future for Auckland. It is also an opportunity to reduce inequities and help combat the non-communicable disease epidemic.'

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Safer speeds wellington CBD

OraTaiao submission on Safer Speeds Wellington CBD. 4 February 2014.

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Submission on Mangatawhiri Coal Mine Resource Consent Application

The OraTaiao submission on the Mangatawhiri coal mine resource consent application states:

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council oppose the entire application. Our opposition to the application is on the basis of:

1. Direct effects of coal on health and wellbeing of miners, mining communities, and communities in proximity to sites of coal combustion.
2. Indirect effects of coal on health and wellbeing via climate change.

OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, together with other international health bodies, recognise the adverse health impacts of the coal industry. Close to home, a recent roundtable discussion held in Australia (February 2013) involving five national health authorities highlighted the adverse health impacts associated with mineral energy - particularly coal. http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/130213Media%20Release_Health%20and%20Energy%20Roundtable%20Statement_Final_130213.pdf

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Emissions Trading Scheme review, May 2012

OraTaiao submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Updating the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme. May 2012.

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