• Setting NZ's post-2020 climate change target

    OraTaiao's submission on Government’s consultation on setting New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change target.  3 June 2015. 

    Appendix here.

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Draft Long Term Plan 2015-2025

    OraTaiao's submission on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Draft Long Term Plan (LTP) 2015-2025. 20 April 2015.

  • Submission on WCC’s Draft Long Term Plan 2015-2025

    OraTaiao submission states 'the Council’s priority must be creating the infrastructure to support the just transition to a low emissions economy, with particular attention to the most vulnerable households in Wellington. We consider better understanding the implications of climate changes – not just sea level rises and extreme weather events – for our Wellington economy and communities as critical.'

    Read full submission here.

  • Submission on the Greater Wellington Climate Change Strategy

    OraTaiao 'welcomes Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Climate Change Strategy. We are concerned that the strategy under-emphasises mitigation – reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. There are many sound reasons why rapidly reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions is the best course for the region’s economic and social wellbeing – including future-proofing our region and securing real health gains in the short and longer term'.

    Read full submission here.

  • 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.'

    Read full submission here.

  • 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'.

    Read full submission here.

  • 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..'

    Read full submission here.

  • 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.'

    Read full submission here.

  • Safer speeds wellington CBD

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

  • 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.

    Read full submission here.