OraTaiao - November 2023 Newsletter

on 17 November


Kia ora Friend --

The recent election has been interesting, to say the least. We saw unprecedented outcomes for Te Pāti Māori and The Green Party, who have the best climate health policies of the bunch, but the drift to the right means there will be a period of uncertainty and adaptation for all climate advocacy groups.

With the expected ‘coalition of climate chaos’, we are intending to pivot our energy towards the flaxroots of climate advocacy, as we push for evidence-based action in Government, and build alliances with the Opposition.

Any attempts to sideline the Climate Change Commission, disestablish Te Aka Whai Ora or challenge Te Tiriti o Waitangi will be met with fierce resistance from OraTaiao.

The ‘Health COP’ is starting later this month. This 28th iteration of COP will be the first to feature a health day. Our advocacy, with our international partners in CAHA, GCHA and CAN International, will be to ensure this does not focus solely on adaptation of health systems to climate impacts, but to bring the enormous health benefits from well-designed climate action to the fore.

Climate Justice Taranaki rose up to commemorate Parihaka and draw attention to the connections between health, te taiao, and climate justice. We hope to see these connections inform Aotearoa’s climate response to a much larger degree in the coming years.

This month OraTaiao will host our 2023 AGM on November 30. We hope to see you there, and will welcome our guest speaker, Rob Campbell for some insights into the health system and how best to direct our advocacy and resources.

Ngā mihi nui

Dermot and Summer,
Co-convenors, OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council

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