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Media Release: Crown must honour Te Tiriti with cannabis law reform

Today leading Māori health and public health organisations called on the Crown to meet its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it drafts legislation for the regulation of cannabis. More than 50 Māori leaders joined the call for Māori rights and interests to be put front and centre of proposed cannabis regulations. 


“Our message is clear – we expect cannabis regulations to be designed with and by Māori, under a Te Tiriti o Waitangi framework, and to promote the rights and interests of whānau, hapū and iwi,” said Drug Foundation Chair Tuari Potiki.


Dame Tariana Turia presents award to Auahi Kore stalwart – Sue Taylor tonight

This year’s Tariana Turia Award for significant achievement in indigenous tobacco control, presented by Dame Tariana herself, has been awarded to Sue Taylor (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu) at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Sydney this evening.

Sue Taylor received the award for her extensive and varied work undertaken within tobacco control over many years, from grass roots smoking cessation programmes to political advocacy.

Hapai Te Hauora congratulates Reverend John Marsden on NZ Order of Merit

Long-time Hāpai Te Hauora board member Reverend John Marsden will be made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit on Friday.

"We warmly congratulate this rangatira of Māori health and education," says Selah Hart, CEO of Hāpai. 

"John has served on our board for over 12 years. He has made an enormous contribution to his whānau, hapu, iwi and community and we’ve been fortunate in having his guidance and leadership."

Media release: Vaping in Schools Highlights Need for Legislative Change

News reports that vaping is increasingly being used in schools in Auckland is cause for real concern, Hāpai Te Hauora’s CEO Selah Hart said.

"More than ever this highlights the need for the speedy introduction of legislation for vaping," she said, "to ensure that new niche groups don’t take up the practice."

Legislation would restrict the purchase age of buying to 18 years old as well as the point of sale of e-cigarettes and marketing of products to specific age groups.

Today we celebrate our smokefree future": Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke ropū launches tobacco research programme"

This morning, the tobacco control sector and community members will be welcomed onto Kōkiri marae to celebrate the launch of the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke research programme which aims to help reduce smoking disparities and achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa.

The group was one of only five groups this year to receive a $4.95 million programme grant from the Health Research Council. The programme will work with Māori communities to help eliminate smoking inequities and accelerate progress towards a Smokefree Aotearoa.