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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Diabetes New Zealand welcomes new diabetes strategy

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Diabetes New Zealand welcomes the launch of a dedicated national diabetes plan to address one of New Zealand’s most serious health issues. Over a quarter of a million people have diabetes and this number is steadily rising, with 50 more being diagnosed every day.


“The plan sends a loud clarion call to DHBs to give diabetes the top priority that it needs in order to reduce the impact of diabetes in our communities,” Diabetes NZ President Chris Baty said today.


“Anyone can get diabetes but sadly those of Māori, Pacific Island and Indo-Asian descent are at higher risk. And worse they tend to get it younger and are more likely to become disabled and die of it. Giving people the knowledge to live well with diabetes is essential in tackling the national diabetes epidemic. People don’t know enough to understand that there is lots they can do to prevent getting type 2 diabetes, and those who have it don’t know enough to understand they can be well with it and do not need to develop the devastating complications of the disease.”


Chris Baty said that Diabetes NZ applauds the plan’s title, ‘Living Well With Diabetes’, and that the plan was developed with considerable input from people who have diabetes and the health workforce who care for them.


“The lifestyle changes needed to manage diabetes are hard things to do and they need to be done every day for a lifetime. Giving people the information and support they need to prevent, delay or manage their diabetes is at the core of Diabetes NZ’s work. We look forward to continuing to play a key role in the collective drive to harness our national diabetes crisis,” Chris Baty said.



For more information contact:

Nicky Steel

National Communications Manager

Phone (04) 4997143



DESA Sports Seminar – November 7th



Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association will be holding its Sports Seminar on November 7th at the Avantidrome in Cambridge. Registration closes on October 30th, so don’t delay if you wish to attend the event.

Speakers on the day include David Currie, the former Chef de Mission for both the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams. David was also spokesperson for all of New Zealand’s Games teams. Also speaking will be Damian Wiseman, a former elite level track cyclist who has been the sprint power physiologist with the New Zealand track cycling team since 2011.

If you wish to find out more about the event and how to book your place, visit

Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association of New Zealand exists to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes, through exercise and physical fitness.


Health Star Ratings to appear on drinks packaging


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Non-alcoholic beverages sold at retail level in New Zealand will carry new Health Star ratings (HSR) on their labels as soon as practicable following a decision by members of the New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC). Adding the HSR system to new labels has already started and it will be applied to all relevant products as packaging is revised or renewed.

Members of the Council, who produce more than 95 percent of all juice and non-alcoholic beverages sold in New Zealand dairies, stores and supermarkets, will subject the success of the initiative to independent review.

They agreed unanimously at the Council’s annual conference in late September that the HSR was a useful tool in helping consumers understand what’s in their food and to enable them to make appropriate choices. In addition to on-pack guidelines a, they fully support a comprehensive consumer education programme that involves all parties to draw attention to the system’s usefulness.

Council president Olly Munro says the vote is further acknowledgement that the New Zealand beverage industry recognises it can make an important contribution to help those dealing with issues relating to health and lifestyle choices. He said changing labels is a multi-million dollar cost but the industry is committed to assisting consumers understand better what’s in their food and to make better choices. In addition, the industry would continue to offer a range of low and no kilojoule options, would continue to look at ways of reducing sugar in its products and was working on smaller or alternative pack and portion sizes, as well as remaining committed to responsible marketing.

The New Zealand Beverage Council

The NZBC represents the manufacturers of New Zealand’s juice, carbonated drink and bottled water brands, and their suppliers. The NZBC acts:

  • as a forum to discuss issues of concern and interest to the industry
  • as a self-regulator ensuring product adherence to all relevant codes and statutes
  • as a provider of technical assistance to members
  • as an advocate for consumer education on health and nutrition issues.

Currently, the NZBC membership represents around 95 percent of all juice and non-alcoholic beverages sold at a retail level.

The Facts

  • Non-Alcoholic Ready To Drink (NARTD) beverages (NARTDs), are 5% of the energy**** consumed by the average kiwi adult *****
  • Regular sugar-sweetened carbonated soft drinks contribute 1.6% of the energy in an adult diet. *****
  • Amongst ALL Non-Alcoholic Ready To Drink (NARTD) beverages, one in three are diet/low kilojoule (32.2%), up from 27.7% in 2013.**
  • Overall, regular NARTD beverages continue to decline (down 1.1% versus 2014, while NARTD diet/low kilojoule beverages have experienced double digit increase (+11.2%).**
  • Low kilojoule carbonated soft drinks comprise 30% of the category, up from 28.7%
  • Two of the top four carbonated soft drink brands are diet/low kilojoule.***


*             NARTD covers all packaged beverages including milk drinks.
**          Source: NZ Nielsen RMS Scan MAT 06/09/2015
***        IRI-Aztec MarketEdge Scan, Total Defined Petrol,Total $ sales by CSD brand, 13 weeks ending 06/09/15
****      Energy in non-alcoholic beverages comes from carbohydrate, sucrose (added sugar), glucose, fructose (juices), protein and fat (milk drinks).
*****    Ministry of Health National Nutrition Survey 2008/09 – most current survey.

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