I was disappointed to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern say last week that the Government has ruled out a tax on sugary drinks.

She was reinforcing the position previously stated by Health Minister David Clark. Inexplicably, instead of a tax, the plan is to "work with the food industry" to reduce the sugar in our food supply and develop better food labelling.

As a plan, in my opinion, that is pretty weak.


There's an opportunity here to be bold and do something decisive – maybe even transformational - about the serious health problems acknowledged by everyone.

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