Reconsideration of student drug testing policy welcomed

Hāpai Te Hauora a national public health organisation congratulates Rotorua based Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, for reconsidering their student drug testing policy.

Drug testing should not be a barrier for young people considering a career in the trade industry . Although Hāpai understands the need for drug testing for safety reasons, a compassionate approach is recommended , where any positive drug test results are followed up with offers of counselling and other appropriate supports to move students away from possible addiction, and into there chosen career pathway.

Hapai Te Hauora offers to educate bus drivers on breastfeeding rights

Hāpai Te Hauora slams the appalling behaviour of an Auckland bus driver this week who kicked a breastfeeding mother off his bus. "This is simply unacceptable," says Fay Selby-Law General Manager for the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hāpai Te Hauora "we should be supporting our mums to breastfeed, not shaming and stigmatising them. I can’t believe a mum and her baby were left on the side of the road in this hot weather by a publicly funded transport company. This is a disgrace."

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.