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Smokefree generation to be trashed for tax cuts – Verrall, Hipkins

Today marks a tragic milestone for New Zealanders as the Coalition Government side with big tobacco to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act 2022, Labour Leader Chris Hipkins and Labour Health spokesperson Ayesha Verrall said. “The action the Coalition Government is taking today is not only a stain on Parliament’s ...

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Another missile launched in Government’s war on nature – EDS

The Government’s arrogant disregard for the natural world is again on display, this time threatening coastal waters and the ocean, as it plans to automatically extend the duration of all marine farm consents in the country. And it is giving stakeholders just one week to provide feedback. There are approximately 1200 marine farms in New ...

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Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ alliance extended – Matt Doocey

Associate Transport Minister Matt Doocey announced today that the Government has extended Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines’ strategic alliance for another five years. “Reauthorising this strategic partnership means that passengers flying in and out of New Zealand will continue to have access to a wide range of flights and destinations,” Mr Doocey says. “The ...

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The repeal no one asked for – Hapai Te Hauora

As the Coalition Government rushes to repeal the Smokefree legislation today, Aotearoa’s largest Māori Public Health Organisation are just as concerned that they do not have an effective replacement to combat smoking in the future. Hāpai Te Hauora are long time advocates of the Smokefree legislation knowing the benefits it would have had for everyone, ...

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Health system reforms need further action – Dr Shane Reti

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says the latest report into New Zealand’s health reforms shows a few benefits, but overall once again demonstrates a lack of leadership by the previous Labour government. The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) report released today was commissioned by the previous government to provide an independent assessment on health reform implementation, ...

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‘Outrage at undemocratic use of ‘urgency’ by Government to scrap the MHA’

Democracy lobby group, ActionStation, is outraged at the Government’s decision to introduce and pass under urgency, legislation disestablishing Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority, effectively bypassing due democratic process and ignoring the Crown’s obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Coalition Government chose to introduce the Bill before hearing the Waitangi Tribunal ...

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‘Ngati Kahungunu slams the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora’

Ngāti Kahungunu Chair Bayden Barber has slammed the coalition government’s moves to disestablish Te Aka Whaiora, The Māori Health Authority, “This is a rash move from the government, disestablishing a model that was designed to shift resources out of a mainstream system that has been failing Māori for decades.” Barber, who served as the first ...

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Repeal of smokefree laws means thousands will die, researchers warn

The repeal of Aotearoa’s world-leading smokefree legislation means thousands of New Zealanders will continue to die needlessly from smoking-related diseases, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, warn. The Government today introduced legislation to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act. The legislation was hailed around the world when it was ...