Briefing to the incoming parliament

Health Coalition Aotearoa has provided a briefing to the incoming Parliament (read here) today, setting out specific prevention actions and policies for the new Government’s first 100 and 1000 days to make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

First 100 days:

  • Initiate consultation with Māori and Iwi providers about how to ensure better outcomes for Māori health, following the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora
  • Urgently strengthen youth vaping regulations
  • With Māori leadership, implement the tobacco control measures for Smokefree 2025 (denicotinisation, retailer numbers reduction and smokefree generation)
  • Increase the alcohol levy to replace alcohol sponsorship of sports and events for a period of five years
  • Commit to develop a national food and nutrition strategy within the term of Government
  • Commit to baseline funding of Ka Ora, Ka Ako – the free healthy school lunches programme
  • Instruct the Ministry of Health to develop and design a sugary drinks industry levy

First 1000 days:

  • Achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal for all population groups.
  • Implement effective regulations to reduce youth vaping
  • Achieve a reduction in alcohol harm with new, Te Tiriti-centred alcohol laws
  • Expand Ka Ora, Ka Ako to 50 per cent of all schools
  • Achieve a reduction in consumption of sugary drinks and reformulation of beverages with a 20 per cent sugary drinks levy
  • Progressively increase the annual investment in prevention (public health) to 5 per cent of the health budget within the term of Government