Let’s tell PM Chris Hipkins we are not standing for the Therapeutic Products Bill. It is easier than you may think to lodge an objection and very easy to sign a petition. What would happen if we could get a million people to say: No, we don’t want Natural Health Products regulated? We urge Kiwis to join together, putting aside our differences, which in the whole scheme of things is tiny. We all want health and happiness for ourselves and future generations.
For more information on how the government wants to restrict your access to common foods, plants and supplements see:
1. Dr. Guy Hatchard’s easy to read article here.
2. Jodie Bruning’s article on her substack here. Therapeutic Products Bill: Labyrinthine & unaccountable as it exits the starting gate? (substack.com)
3. The Therapeutic Bill itself here (if you want to indulge in some light reading) Therapeutic Products Bill – New Zealand Parliament (www.parliament.nz)
4. Barbara Roberts’ blog page with specific information on relevant clauses here Barbara Roberts, Homeopath (homeopathbarbara.nz)
5. Gary Moller’s Therapeutic Bill suggestions and example here: Therapeutic Products Bill: Natural Health Practitioners (garymoller.com)
Rejecting the Therapeutic Products Bill
There are two easy ways you can add your name to the increasing number of people who are saying no without leaving the couch!
1. Make an Objection on the Submissions Page
Words are important. Stating that we are objecting rather than submitting reminds MPs that they works for us and we do not submit to them.
Making an objection might sound scary, but it is not. We’ll walk you through it.
1. Go to this webpage and start filling out your details. For those fired up you can request to make a statement in person but this is not compulsory.
2. Add your objection. This can be either uploaded as a document or typed directly of the webpage.
3. Then simply click/press done!
Here are some hints about making a submission.
MPs are people too and they don’t like to read through screeds of evidence or hear your life story. They won’t react well to you denigrating them either. Keep it short and to the point. Here is an example for you to go through. Underneath that are some further options you can add or use as a guide when writing your submission.
Useful comments you can add.
Here is an example letter which you can use to help structure your opposition to the Therapeutics Bill. This example is long but gives you an idea of how to begin your objection.
2. Sign the Petition
When you sign this petition the government gets a message. Let’s get this to 1 million signatories! Read the message below.
Message From A Lawyer
The proposal to regulate foods and herbs and traditional medicines is unlawful, irrational, unreasonable and unnecessary and contrary to New Zealanders’ interests.
I am opposed because:
Foods, herbs and traditional medicines belong to the people, not the government.
It is contrary to the interests of New Zealanders to restrict affordable access to our foods, herbs and traditional medicines.
The Bill is too complex and impossible to understand.
The Bill is a poorly disguised attempt to privatise and block access to natural remedies with layers of costly red tape.
The Bill fails to recognise the considerable difference in risk between artificial and novel pharmaceutical drugs and natural products and that Pharmaceutical drugs are a significant cause of harm and death, whereas food and herbs are not.
New Zealanders need access to natural health practitioners. It is wrong to threaten them with civil and criminal penalties.
The NZ Government has NO mandate to reduce or remove our access to cheap, effective herbs, spices and nutritional supplements. This bill stinks of excessive influence of foreign corporations, and weak government that puts their profit ahead of our health.
Please take our foods, herbs and other safe, effective, traditional natural health products out of the Therapeutic Products Bill.