Smokefree 2025 at risk: government urged to listen to Māori communities

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ could be putting the Smokefree 2025 goal at risk through their scare-mongering tactics and attempts to influence the new Government to turn their backs on a sensible, harm reduction approach to smoking cessation. Hāpai Te Hauora has supported the Ministry of Health and previous ministers’ compassionate and progressive stance on e-cigarettes which championed a realistic and pragmatic pathway for people to become smoke free.

Hāpai Te Hauora urges community action on kauri crisis in the Waitākere Ranges

Hāpai Te Hauora supports calls from iwi and the Independent Māori Statutory Board urging the Auckland Council to implement the total closure of the Waitākere ranges to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. Yesterday councillors at the environment and community committee meeting voted 11 to 7 against the resolution to close the ranges.

Hāpai Te Hauora welcome Minister Jenny Salesa as new Minister responsible for Smokefree2025

Ka tuku mihi a Hāpai Te Hauora ki a Jenny Salesa kua whai tūranga hei minita e hāngai ana ki ngā mahi auahi kore.

‘Oku fiefia heni ‘a Hāpai te Hauora ke talitali lelei ‘a e Minista fo’ou ko Jenny Salesa ‘oku ne tokangaekina e tapu-ifi-tapaka 2025.

Hāpai Te Hauora congratulates and welcomes Jenny Salesa as the new Minister responsible for Smokefree 2025.

NZ urged to move on a floor price for alcohol

Public health groups are thrilled that the five-year legal battle to set a floor price for alcohol in Scotland has finally reached its conclusion. On Wednesday, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Scottish Government to allow implementation of its Minimum Unit Pricing legislation of 50 pence per standard drink to save lives and reduce crime.