FIZZ Symposium: Taxing Sugary Drinks - an election issue Event as iCalendar

26 June 2017

Venue: Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital

Location: Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Host: FIZZ

Cost: Reduced Early Bird Registration fee = $50 until June 5th, After = $100

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The annual FIZZ symposium this year features a political panel discussion on sugary drink taxes, as well as an exploration of sugary drinks and their impact on health and wellbeing.

The programme includes a discussion of the following:

  • Why sugary drinks are harmful
    Prof Richard Johnson                        Is sugar the new tobacco?
    Dr Tanya Major                                Why we need to address sugary drinks in gout
    Dr Lisa Te Morenga                          Are artificially sweetened drinks safe?

  • Efforts to reduce harm cased by sugary drinks
    Dr Rob Beaflehole                            Sugary drinks are a public health crisis - insights for advocacy
    Kerry Allan                                      Shifting the culture of a school
    Megan Tunks                                  Wai Ariki: A Maori response to SSBs in our communities
    Tess Clarke                                     Healthy futures through collaboration
    Kate Sawyer                                   Just say ShFat That!
    A/Prof Louise Signal Dr Chris King       What do NZ kids drink?
    Dr Caryn Zinn                                  It's not "sweet as": the Flaxmere disease reversal in Maori project
    Kera Oregan                                   Sugar coated kids
    Dr Kathy King                                  Towards sugary drink free, the BoP and Lakes District schools survey

  • Taxing sugary drinks
    A/Prof Kristine Madsen                    Evidence from the USA's first excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages
    Prof Tony Blakely                           Contemplating a sugary drink tax for NZ
    Dr Simon Thornley                          NZ Beverage Guidance Panel - a policy brief

  • Political panel discussion on sugary drinks tax
    Green Party – Julie Anne Genter
    Labour Party – Jenny Salesa
    Māori Party – Marama Fox
    The Opportunities Party  – Geoff Simmons
    NZ First – Barbara Stewart
    National – to be confirmed