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Dairies in Taranaki stop selling sugary drinks to school children!

https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/xMneBQSReMAKfW?domain=i.stuff.co.nz

Primary school in Otara reduces sugary drinks and saves its students' teeth

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/88301316/the-decile-1-school-that-quit-sugar-and-improved-its-students-teeth

Julie Anne Genter, Green MP, challenges Jonathan Coleman about his refusal to enact a sugar tax 

Sugar and rotten teeth linked to rheumatic fever in Auckland study

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2016/11/11/jech-2016-208219.abstract

Dentist Rob Beaglehole convinces the World Health Organisation to rid itself of sugary liquids...

http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/health/86717246/new-zealand-dentist-rob-beaglehole-convinces-world-health-organisation-to-remove-sugary-drinks

Māori public health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, supports FIZZ symposium

http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/hapai-te-hauora-gets-behind-no-sugar-drinks-campaign

A cafe owner refuses to sell Coke... Great move!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/small-business/84561897/coke-goes-flat-for-one-cafe-owner

FIZZ issues a fresh call for a sugar tax, and an overhaul of the childhood obesity plan

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/83234530/fresh-call-for-sugar-tax-follows-damning-review-of-child-obesity-plan

Auckland Council ban sugary drinks in leisure centres

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/82507640/Auckland-Council-drops-sugary-drinks-from-vending-machines-at-leisure-centres

74 Professors write a letter to the Minister of health requesting a sugary drinks tax!

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11615519

Britain announces sugary drinks tax! Will NZ follow suit?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11606810

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35824424

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-35813973

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11609899

The Dominion post editorial staff swing behind health warnings for sugary drinks

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/77282347/editorial-health-warnings-on-sugary-drinks-are-a-sensible-policy

The murky world of academic funding from the beverage industry  

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/77873277/editorial-dental-experts-should-avoid-taking-money-from-coca-cola

Coca-Cola funding under scrutiny

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201793215/coca-cola-funding-under-scrutiny  

Marion Nestle on taking on big soda and winning, at Auckland University (2016)

https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/soph/global-health/what-we-do-.html

How did Mexico enact its sugary drinks tax with such deep seated industry opposition?

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/nov/03/obese-soda-sugar-tax-mexico

Nelson Council goes sugar free

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/73117307/Nelson-mayor-challenges-others-to-get-rid-of-sugary-drinks

FIZZ conference 2015 in the news

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/72734296/Sugary-drinks-must-be-legislated-against-researchers

Sugary drinks scrapped from NZ hospitals

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/sugary-drinks-in-hospitals-scrapped-2015093005#axzz3nG9BufIb

Sir Peter Gluckman supportive of sugary drinks tax

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/AUDIO-12-million-New-Zealanders-obese/tabid/506/articleID/92720/Default.aspx

 

Kiwi artist reveals sugar hiding in soft drinks

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11495924

 

Paul Little: Fizzy drinks are poisoning our kids

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11464806

 

Rob Beaglehole makes the front page of the Dominion Post, highlighting the health impact of sugary drinks

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70615339/sugary-drinks-and-junk-food-blamed-as-kids-have-rotten-baby-teeth-pulled-out

Sales of Coke and Pepsi falling in the Sydney Morning Herald

Some evidence of progress in the right direction. Sugary drinks sales falling.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/cocacola-pepsi-under-pressure-as-millenials-ditch-sugar-20150723-giivmg.html

NZ Herald columnist calls for Sugary drink tax

Niki Bezzant, editor-in-chief of Healthy Food Guide, calls for a sugary drinks tax in a NZ Herald column

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11475877

 

A new campaign from the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, in the U. S. Coke, as it should have been advertised...

 

The Washington Post explores the pros and cons of a sugary drinks tax.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/is-a-soda-tax-the-solution-to-americas-obesity-problem/2015/03/23/b6216864-ccf8-11e4-a2a7-9517a3a70506_story.html

 

Dr Rob Beaglehole, Nelson dentist, makes the news championing the message that rotten teeth are entirely preventable, by avoiding sugar.

http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/one-man-s-mission-get-rid-our-sweet-tooth-6249593

2015 Polyfest going sugar free! Great news!

http://community.scoop.co.nz/2014/10/community-agencies-and-sponsors-create-sugar-free-polyfest/

 

A series of British Medical Journal articles about the influence of the sugar industry on the scientific debate surrounding the health effects of its main product.
Sugar: spinning a web of influence http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h231
Sugar's web of influence 2: Biasing the science http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h215
Sugar's web of influence 3: Why the responsibility deal is a "dead duck" for sugar reduction http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h219
Sugar's web of influence 4: Mars and company: sweet heroes or villains? http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h220

 

Kiwis go sour on sugar. Widespread belief among New Zealanders that sugar is a problem, reported by Southern Cross.

39% of kiwis support a sugar tax

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11386542

 

Schools and students in the Waikato hatch a plan to restrict the sugar intake of students. Some convenience store owners sign up too.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10221101/Sugary-treats-ruled-out-for-primary-school-pupils

Follow-up story here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/63189195/dairy-deal-keeps-pupils-off-lollies.html

 

Principal Dental Officer for Nelson, Dr Rob Beaglehole is influencing the local Nelson council into restricting the availability of sugary drinks.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20162113/hospital-dentist-calls-for-action-on-child-dental-health

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/63329575/Council-sugar-ban-a-step-closer

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/10714446/Taking-stand-on-sugary-drinks

 

The city of Berkeley, California, passes a soda tax (November 5, 2014). Read more about how they did it here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/berkeley-voters-approve-tax-on-sugary-drinks-san-francisco-ban-falls-short-1415189224

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/11/05/why-berkeley-passed-a-soda-tax-where-others-failed/

 

Mexico taxes soft drinks

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/mexico-soda-tax-sugar-obesity-health

South African researchers project the benefits of a sugar tax to reduce the prevalence of obesity among their population.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105287

 

Northland District Healthboard removes sugary drinks from its premises.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1408/S00116/goodbye-sugar-sweetened-beverages.htm

Useful video clips:

  • Nigel Latta, psychologist and sugar skeptic comes full circle on the issue.

http://tvnz.co.nz/nigel-latta/s1-ep6-video-6060553

  • Canadian current affairs documentary about sugar

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-secrets-of-sugar

  • Professor Robert Lustig's Sugar: the bitter truth

  • Big Sugar: a documentary by Brian McKenna. (1.5 hours)

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/big-sugar/

  • A spot on Campbell Live, putting sugary drinks under the spotlight.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Should-fizzy-drinks-be-banned/tabid/817/articleID/332130/Default.aspx

 

Useful websites:

Information about sugary drinks and its marketing. Although this information is generally related to the U. S., the situation is likely to be similar in New Zealand.

www.sugarydrinkfacts.org

Graphic information about the sugar content of common foods.

http://www.sugarstacks.com/

 

Sugary drinks in the media in New Zealand

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11320545

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Duncan-Garner-Check-this-out--killer-fizz-for-a-1/tabid/674/articleID/46398/Default.aspx#.U4u01Igp73c.facebook

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/10122586/Ban-on-sugary-drinks-back-on-agenda

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11198199

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-wellbeing/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501238&objectid=11193108

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11132337

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11132160

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11196654

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11179480

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10811442

Sugar and sugary drinks in the media overseas

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-california-warning-label-sugar-drinks-20140530,0,324264.story

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/effects-of-eating-too-much-sugar-2014-3

Overseas groups advocating for reducing sugary drinks

http://www.choosehealthsf.com/