Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Health Store Protest Action

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - Grahame Perkins, manager of the health shop will be talking to Celia Wade-Brown, Green Party candidate for Rongotai, about his concerns at 10 a.m. on Wednesday 10th July.

MEDIA RELEASE
On Wednesday 10th July, Kilbirnie Health Shop, 53 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, will "black out" products endangered by the Government's proposal for draconian rules on dietary supplements.

This week, health food retailers from Kerikeri to Invercargill will decorate their stores in black and cover supplement sections with black drapes to demonstrate the disastrous effects of the proposed Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency.

A total of 150 stores will be participating - three out of every four health food stores in New Zealand.

The new agency would have sweeping powers to make rules and restrict access to vitamins, minerals, herbal and homeopathic remedies, and other nutritional supplements.

Celia Wade-Brown is concerned that unnecessary restrictions and red tape will drive up supplement prices and force many products off the market - reducing product lines and thus limiting their customers' choices.

"We should concentrate on the real killers - too much alcohol, sugar, fat and artificial additives in our diet. The new agency will just over-regulate what are in many cases traditional remedies."

Australians would dominate the Agency - three of the five Board members will be Australian residents, the Board will be established under Australian laws, and the Australian Minister of Health has final sign-off on all appointments.

Australian regulations on dietary supplements are considered some of the most restrictive in the world.

The national lobby group Citizens for Health Choices is organizing Blackout Day to raise public awareness about the dangers of the proposed agency.

More than 30,000 consumers have already signed a petition that was tabled by the Green Party in Parliament on June 13th opposing the proposed "joint agency".

The major opposition political parties - ACT, Greens, National and New Zealand First - have all announced policies compatible with CFHC's position.

"Dozens of New Zealand supplement businesses are threatened - manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers will all face cost increases, and that could mean hundreds of their employees' jobs are at risk too. The industry could be facing multi-million dollar losses as a result of this regime."

The Government released a discussion document last month on the proposal for a Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency to regulate medicines, medical devices, and dietary supplements. Public submissions on the document are due by August 2nd.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>

 

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages