Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Māori Party welcomes report on obesity

Māori Party welcomes report on obesity

The Māori Party welcomes the report launched today by New Zealand Medical Association, Tackling Obesity.

“The health, fitness and wellbeing of whanau have been a longstanding priority for the Māori Party. In this year’s Budget we announced an investment of $10m in a programme called Moving the Māori Nation. The funding will support capacity development to fund Māori sporting and cultural activities which nurture healthy living in the broader context of hauora,” says Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

“A key feature of Whānau Ora is the incentive to develop whānau plans driven by a focus on living healthy lifestyles and becoming self-managing. Within that, health and cultural wellness, nutrition and lifestyle management have often been a priority for whānau, as they look to develop a stronger future for their children in particular.”

“The Māori Party is proud of some of the developments we have pioneered to promote a whole-of community approach to healthy lifestyles. In 2010 we introduced a private members bill to address rising food prices and the impact those have on the ability of those in low-income households to purchase healthy food, by exempting this food from goods and services tax.”

“In 2010, and then again in this year’s Budget, Tariana Turia championed moves to invest in life-saving weight loss operations, enhancing the longevity and the quality of life for New Zealanders who suffer the adverse impacts of obesity.”

“And then earlier this year, Mrs Turia addressed an international symposium advocating for public health solutions to highlight the importance of sugar as a health issue.”

“We support the recommendation from the Health Select Committee to Government that it carry out research on the possibility of regulating the amount of sugar in beverages or imposing a tax on beverages that contain unhealthy amounts of sugar.”

“The New Zealand Medical Association has urged all New Zealanders to recognise obesity as a public health crisis. We are looking carefully at their ten recommendations as we refine our ongoing policy in this area, and greatly appreciate the expertise they have brought to this debate,” says Te Ururoa Flavell.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news