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Wine industry welcomes prospect of free trade with the EU

New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes the announcement of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the EU. Improved access into the EU would be hugely beneficial to industry growth, commented Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers CEO. An FTA with the EU would be a great outcome for New Zealand’s wine industry. The EU, as a whole, represents our single largest market, with exports totalling over $460 million and representing in excess of 30% of total wine ... more

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Government to tackle childhood obesity

More than 4000 obese 4-year-olds a year are expected to be referred to experts in healthy eating and physical activity under a new Government plan to tackle obesity. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman yesterday announced the plan, which will make childhood obesity one of his Health Targets. The Health Targets, although controversial, have succeeded in making the health sector do what health ministers want, such as helping more smokers to quit and reducing delays in emergency ... more

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FGC welcomes Government’s obesity package

The NZ Food and Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s package of initiatives to tackle obesity in children. “This is a pragmatic approach to a concerning problem,” says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “We all know that childhood obesity is a complex issue and that we must all help to solve it. Everyone must do their bit – families, individuals, industry, government, and public health officials – and this package recognises that. ... more

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Wendyl Nissen resorts to Dirty Politics

Wendyl 1;       truth, democracy and journalistic integrity 0. Healthy food campaigner Wendyl Nissen claims to be the victim of a smear campaign funded by the food industry. A self-professed lay-person, Nissen has written her weekly column, "Wendyl Wants to Know", every Saturday for the past few years. She evaluates packaged food products for healthiness and suitability for children by reading the ingredient listings. Nissen is a  newspaper columnist, ... more

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