Newsletter No 9 December
Here is another brief update to let you know about the progress that has
been made in the fight to keep NZ Natural Health products safe from the ravages
of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Agency (TGA).
The Industry Meeting held in Auckland on November 15th went
very well with approximately 110 people enthusiastically attending. There were
very positive answers to the pre-presented questions from all of the opposition
spokespeople but NOT from the Labour’s Steve Chadwick. She made it clear
that she liked the Government proposal and would not accept that it was the
TGA in “Drag”. According to her we were all mis-informed. It was
interesting to note that Annette King and Susan Martindale’s watchdog, Selwyn
Kartene slipped into the meeting and kept an eye on proceedings from the back
of the room.
It’s curious that Chadwick and 4 other Labour members on the Health Select
committee signed off on the unanimous initial report - which dammed the proposal – and
have since been made to do a 100% turn-around. The political pressure
is enormous! The Labour members now claim that all the concerns from
the Select Committee report would be ‘fixed’ under the implementing legislation. We
however know that the Treaty, as signed, is incompatible with the Select Committee
report and any attempt to address industry and consumer concerns will only
be window dressing, and an attempt to fool New Zealanders into thinking that
the Government has actually listened.
Many thanks to David Holden and his team – they did a great job organising
the meeting and it was impressive to get representatives from all political
parties to attend. The co-ordinated campaign (emails, postcards etc)
is clearly getting a lot of attention at Parliament and keeping this issue
One message the opposition MP’s did convey strongly was to keep the emails
and postcards coming. They are having an important effect. They
are very enthusiastic about the public campaign in opposition to the government’s
Contact Your MP
Please note -there is a new pro-forma letter in mass mailer which, like
the last letter, you can use as is or modify as you wish. If the MP’s
reply to you (and they probably will) please take the time to respond to let
them know you’ve received their message. This is one complaint we have
had from the MP’s who have told us they feel as if their replies are disappearing
into a void and it can make them question the sincerity of the people emailing
them on the issue.
For use as a counter display or to send out with postcards - includes an
Many thanks to everyone who has already sent emails and postcards to MP’s. Although
we remain confident, we cannot afford to rest on the success of recent events. Labour
is waiting for the industry to get bored and let the issue fade into the background
so they can try and pass the legislation needed. We can’t let that happen
so please pass the message on - get your friends and everyone on your email
list to contact their MP’s (by email and postcard) too.
Awareness of this campaign is critical. Many are still unaware of the threat.
You can help by forwarding this newsletter on to as many as you can.
Warning! In response to the emails & postcards they receive,
Labour MP’s are sending out a standard package of information trying to convince
you that their proposal is a good idea. BUT DON’T BE FOOLED! Labour
is desperate to get this proposal through and will say anything to succeed.
The Campaign continues…..
We take this opportunity to wish you, your family & associates Seasons