Together Hāpai the National Tobacco Control Advocacy service and ASH - Action for Smokefree 2025, are appalled that the tobacco industry is using a front group to complain about tobacco taxes
This year marks the inaugural year of the Dame Tariana Turia Award for tobacco control. Hāpai Te Hauora and the Cancer Society of New Zealand – Te Kahui Matepukupuku Aotearoa have launched the award in honour of our most fearless and untiring advocate, who championed the most significant tobacco control legislation in our country’s history, all from a minority party position within Government.
Australia leads by example in gambling harm reduction measures in the 2017 Budget. Hāpai Te Hauora and The Salvation Army urge Communications Minister Simon Bridges to consider similar regulatory interventions here.
Yesterday Auckland Council decided to exclude investments in tobacco manufacturing from their updated Responsible Investment Policy. By making this decision, councillors are joining an increasingly large group of business, academic and community leaders who are unwilling to prop up the tobacco industry.
Why is the concept of tobacco taxes and punishing families continually dangled in NZ media? Because that is exactly what the tobacco industry and their associates use to ensure cigarettes are kept affordable and accessible.
This week the Bank of New Zealand confirmed a new responsible investment policy which will exclude companies involved in unethical activities.
Hāpai Te Hauora strongly support MP Marama Fox and the Māori Party calls for subsidising vape devices as an alternative to cancer and ill health causing cigarettes. “We see this (vaping) as a viable treatment option that should be considered to stop tobacco related illness. The fact is that vaping devices like electronic-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoked cigarettes.
Kapa haka favourites Muriwhenua will unveil a special new haka at the national kapa haka championships Te Matatini next week."Ko te wharetapu o muriwhenua” Thomas Strickland, Kaihaka of Muriwhenua said "The haka makes a stance against all the bad publicity making us look like the centre of harm in New Zealand. So we want to paint a picture that this is not our house, this is not the house left to us by our tupuna."
Hāpai Te Hauora, supported by indigenous academics and public health experts, recently took a stand against the appropriation of Māori culture and the potential to cause harm through problem gambling.
In January 2017 Hāpai Te Hauora was alerted to the presence of an online gaming product called 'Maori' created by international software company Endorphina Ltd. The game includes images of tāne and wahine Māori, waka, pounamu, stylised bone carvings and a rendition of the haka Ka Mate.