Test move smacks of cost cut­ting

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Mata­mata Grey Power As­so­ci­a­tion is mak­ing a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the New Zealand Trans­port Agency to have driver li­cence test­ing re­tained in Mata­mata.

This is a cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise by a gov­ern­ment depart­ment out of touch with re­al­ity.

The stated rea­sons for tak­ing driver test­ing to Mor­rinsville is that Mata­mata does not have the road com­plex­ity or traf­fic sig­nals needed for driv­ers to sit the test.

We have taken our con­cerns to our MP Lind­say Tisch and will be mak­ing a writ­ten sub­mis­sion to the agency.

This is a ma­jor com­mu­nity is­sue that will af­fect us all, not just a few se­nior cit­i­zens. nat­u­ral health prod­ucts in New Zealand that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble make a sub­mis­sion.

It is very con­cern­ing that the tabled Nat­u­ral Health Prod­ucts Bill in its present form is rushed with lots of flaws and vague terms open to any num­ber of in­ter­pre­ta­tions by the reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity.

Sur­pris­ingly it does not in­clude most of the de­tailed pro­pos­als jointly de­vel­oped by the New Zealand Health Trust, con­sumer groups and New Zealand nat­u­ral health in­dus­try groups in 2009, which may be down­loaded from this link http:/ /www.nzhealthtrust.co.nz/pro­posed— bill.htm.

So we need to di­rect the Gov­ern­ment back to the joint in­dus­try state­ment (pro­posed Nat­u­ral & Tra­di­tional Health Prod­ucts Bill) and re­quest that the bill in­cor­po­rates all the orig­i­nal rec­om­men­da­tions and de­tails so we know ex­actly what we are agree­ing to.

As mod­ern New Zealand is a mul­ti­cul­tural na­tion, it is im­por­tant that the bill sup­ports ac­cess to tra­di­tional medicines val­ued by dif­fer­ent cul­tures, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese herbal medicine, ayurvedic medicines from In­dia as well as guar­an­tee­ing ac­cess to tra­di­tional New Zealand Maori herbal medicines (ron­goa).

Last, but not least, once New Zealand and Australia have de­vel­oped the joint agency to reg­u­late phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs and med­i­cal de­vices, it is im­per­a­tive that nat­u­ral health prod­ucts in New Zealand are reg­u­lated un­der a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory by the New Zealand Nat­u­ral Health Prod­ucts reg­u­la­tor.

For more in­for­ma­tion on writ­ing a sub­mis­sion go to http:/ /health­free­dom.co.nz/lat­est-news.html

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