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NZ Health Trust Newsletter No: 12 - 1st March 2005

We need your help right now!

We have recently become aware that despite its assurances to date, the National Party may be planning to support the Government's disastrous Trans Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency (TTTGA) legislation. If the Government gets National's support, the legislation needed to create the new agency would be able to be passed.

If NZ adopts the TTTGA, economic experts say this will cost the country jobs as some businesses go under while prices go up and consumers have less choice.

Here is a list of actions we urge you to take NOW.

Here is a list of actions we urge you to take NOW.

  1. Please go to the website
    to send an email to Opposition leader Don Brash and his health spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison, asking them not to turn their backs on the New Zealand natural health products sector.
  2. Complete our "Urgent Support" request page if you haven't yet done so

  3. Write, Ph & or Fax Don Brash ph:(04) 471 9509  Fax:(04) 473 3689

  4. Write, Ph & or Fax Paul Hutchison Ph:(04) 471 9197 Fax:(04) 472 4169

Below is a letter  (already written for your convenience) to send by either fax or mail to Don Brash and Paul Hutchison.  Please copy and paste this letter into word  (or any software you use), then edit if you wish and print for sending .  
Address to Parliament Buildings, PO Box 18888, Wellington - no stamp required.  Fax numbers as above.

Dear Drs Brash and Hutchison

I have been following the Government proposal to create a Trans Tasman Therapeutic Goods Agency which would give the power to control all therapeutic products, including natural health products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals to an Australian based agency.

Until now I have been glad to hear of National's opposition to this proposal but recently have heard that despite its statements against the Joint Agency, National is considering supporting the enabling legislation. It has been shown the TTTGA will bring with it a staggering increase in compliance costs, the death of many New Zealand businesses and give a commercial advantage to their Australian counterparts.

You should know that over 2 million New Zealanders use natural health products and also this industry is predominantly made up of small to medium local enterprises. By risking the local industry you are risking the support of many New Zealanders like myself.

Natural Health Products must NOT be treated like pharmaceuticals or regulated under the same body as them.

Natural health products simply do not have the same risk as pharmaceuticals.

They need to be regulated as the separate industry that they are and that regulation MUST be based in, and controlled by, New Zealand.

The proposals have already been shown to achieve nothing in the way of increased public safety

Yours sincerely, 

Kind Regards
Dave Sloan

NZ Health Trust
A: PO Box 34-057 Christchurch, New Zealand
P: +64 3 3519807
F: +64 3 3517993

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