OraTaiao - July 2021 Newsletter

on 24 September



Kia ora Friend,

It’s becoming a bit redundant to comment on what a busy month it’s been, so I’ll move straight onto welcoming July’s many new members, including organisational members: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM); Ngā Toi Ora, Northland public health unit; and S23M, software and consulting company.

This month’s newsletter stands out in that it features an unprecedented array of mahi by numerous OraTaiao members and a greater shift towards you, our supporting members. 

As our membership, and subsequently, our influence as an organisation grows, OraTaiao is committed to maximising your passion and knowledge to bring about real change in the climate/health sector.

We are extremely pleased to see increasing debate around the health risks of water pollution from nitrates - limiting this pollution will have health, water, and climate benefits. The latter part of this year will be dominated by COP26, and we will increase our advocacy to ensure Aotearoa makes a just and ambitious contribution.

We will also continue to seek - and take steps to more actively model - the inclusivity required to ensure a just transition as changes occur (see International news for a piece from The Conversation on decolonising ecological science). Hold us to this commitment: challenge us, point out ways we may need to ‘deconstruct our biases,’ and use info@orataiao as a means of linking to and sharing with us and each other each month via this newsletter, our monthly communication channel: describe your workplace and personal successes, send links to your published work and invitations to seminars and gatherings; we’ll feature all we can.

In aid of greater interaction and active advocacy we’re introducing 3 new sections here:‘Options for action’, 'Food that’s fair', and 'A bit more about that'. Over time, we’ll keep an eye on the readership analytics but we'd also like to hear from you whether you tautoko these additions or would find something else more useful.

Through individual and collective efforts, the power of the health sector’s voice is growing. We invite you to raise yours. To all those celebrating Cook Islands Language week, 1/8-7/8, Kia orana!

Ngā mihi, noho ora mai

Dr Dermot Coffey, OraTaiao Co-Convenor

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