Publications, including in peer-reviewed medical journals, written by the Council itself or its members with others, hosted here with permission:

Scott Metcalfe at Parliamentary conference “Feasible Ambition: Climate Goals for New Zealand in 2030”, 25 September 2015

background paper and annexes

Russell Tregonning. Climate Change: a threatening public health emergency—symptoms too serious to ignore. Russell is an Orthopaedic surgeon, Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington. Executive member, OraTaiao: The NZ Climate & Health Council. Based on a presentation to the ASMS AGM, 2013. Text was published in - The Specialist. The newsletter of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. June 2014

Rhys Jones, Hayley Bennett, Gay Keating, Alison Blaiklock. Climate Change and the Right to Health for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Health and Human Rights Journal. 2014;1(16). Part of the Journal's 'Climate Justice and the Right to Health – A Special Issue'...available at

International Confederation of Midwives position statement 11.5 'Impact of climate change', June 2014 (Prague)

Hayley Bennett, Scott Metcalfe, Rhys Jones. Climate Change and Human Health. Climate Change Paper no. 8, Engineers for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Energy Forum, 2014.
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Scott Metcalfe, Alistair Woodward, Alexandra Macmillan, et al; for the New Zealand Climate and Health Group. Why New Zealand must rapidly halve its greenhouse gas emissions [Special Article]. NZ Med J. 2009;122(1304):72-95.

Hugh Montgomery. Climate change: the health consequences of inactivity[editorial]. NZ Med J. 2009;122(1304). (international commentary on above Special Article)

Jamie Hosking, Jennie Connor, Scott Metcalfe, et al; for OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health. New Zealand's emissions trading scheme and health: wasting our opportunities [editorial]. NZ Med J. 2009;122(1305).
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Rochelle Phipps, Alexandra Macmillan, Scott Metcalfe, et al; for OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health. Sign On—prescribing for climate health [letter]. NZ Med J. 2009;122(1305):106-8.

Maria Nilsson, Robert Beaglehole, Rainer Sauerborn. Climate policy: lessons from tobacco control. Lancet. 2009;374(9706):1955-6.

Alastair Woodward. Copenhagen, climate change, revolutions and public health[editorial]. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2009;33(6):505-6.

George Laking, Alistair Woodward, Scott Metcalfe, et al; for OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health. Climate science, denial and the Declaration of Delhi. NZ Med J. 2009;122(1307):84-93.

Rebecca Randerson. Additional benefits (beyond the benefits to global health) of New Zealand health services adopting a carbon reduction strategy [letter]. NZ Med J. 2010;123(1308):112-3.

Jamie Hosking, Rhys Jones, Teuila Percival, Nikki Turner, Shanthi Ameratunga. Climate change: the implications for child health in Australasia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Published Online: Apr 1 2010.

Graeme Lindsay, Alex Macmillan, Alastair Woodward. Moving urban trips from cars to bicycles: impact on health and emissions. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2011 Feb;35(1):54-60.

Rochelle Phipps, Rebecca Randerson, Grant Blashki. The climate change challenge for general practice in New Zealand. NZ Med J. 2011;124(1333):47-54.

Ashton Kelly et al; for Medical Students for Global Awareness. Lignite mining and processing in Southland New Zealand: a fossil-fuelled disaster for current and future generations. 8 August 2011.

MSGA's ‘Protect the Mataura Valley from brown coal (lignite) projects' pamphlet:

Why the New Zealand Government must not allow mining companies to construct lignite conversion plants and larger scale lignite mines in Southland, New Zealand:
“As medical students, we are deeply concerned about the threats global warming presents to not only the rare natural beauty of New Zealand and its species, but particularly to all species and people on earth. Although New Zealand contributes relatively little to absolute global carbon emissions that drive climate change, our per-capita emissions rank 4th in the world and we've had some of the largest increases in gross emissions since 1990. It is now unanimous that if the status quo of depending on non-renewable energy continues then the resulting increases in global-surface temperatures will devastate people and species in all nations. New Zealand must do its fair share and join the global commitment to drastically and urgently reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet New Zealand is badly failing already to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently described our response to climate change mitigation as inadequate. Lignite-related emissions will make this much, much worse. The New Zealand Government must genuinely commit to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by not allowing lignite processing in Southland to proceed, and instead fund developing New Zealand's natural bounty of renewable energies.”

Nick Wilson, Ralph Chapman, Philippa Howden-Chapman. End-of-term review of the New Zealand Government's response to climate change: a public health perspective. NZ Med J. 2011;124(1345):90-95.

Material from the New Zealand Medical Journal is hosted on the OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health website with the permission of the New Zealand Medical Association. Material by Medical Students for Global Awareness (MSGA, is hosted on the OraTaiao website with the permission of MSGA. OraTaiao gratefully acknowledges these permissions.