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Middlemore letter to minister: ’Pulls no punches’

A letter sent to the Health Minister from clinicians at Middlemore Hospital must not be ignored, the senior doctors' union says. The letter on behalf of 13 department heads at the South Auckland hospital said cancer patients were facing delays...... Read More

Views sought on ’no new mines’ policy

Public input will be sought on proposals to enact the Government’s policy of no new mines on conservation land, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today. Last November, in her Speech from the Throne, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced...... Read More

Free Doctors’ visits prompts tears of joy

She happily got “quite emotional” while flicking through the health provisions of the government’s budget in the lockup before Grant Robertson delivered it to Parliament. “They were going to give under 14-year-olds free access...... Read More

Elderly woman knocked down in car park assault

Police investigating an incident where a woman was knocked to the ground in a Countdown car park are appealing for witnesses. Oamaru Police are investigating an incident which occurred in the Countdown car park on Eden Street at about 2.45pm on Friday...... Read More

Kāpiti Expressway continues to spring leaks

Repairs on the $630 million Kāpiti Expressway are ongoing as the road continues to spring leaks. Last year, The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) revealed that 14km of the 18km road needed to be resealed, after water and discolouration began appearing...... Read More

The safe snapping-app for medical staff

Medical staff can’t just use Snapchat or WhatsApp when they want to send private information to another professional, so what can they do when they need to get a second opinion in a hurry? An app for Canterbury health professionals lets medical...... Read More

Opotiki responds to Minister’s announcement

People are coming out in support for Opotiki from across the country – iwi, industry, government and the wider community - following the announcement that the Harbour project would not receive Government support in its current form. Opotiki District...... Read More

Tasman kayaker clocks up 1000km

Tasman Kayaker Scott Donaldson is currently positioned half way between Australia and New Zealand, roughly 1000km to the east of Cape Reinga. Donaldson’s wife Sarah spoke with the adventurer briefly yesterday via satellite phone and says despite...... Read More

Wairarapa Police get behind a knock-out initiative

The Wairarapa Boxing Academy has been formally opened by Billy Graham the Founder of the Naenae Boxing Academy along with Frazer Mailman from Masterton District Council and Laurence Titter, local business owner, turned boxing coach who runs...... Read More

Cannabis: what’s the harm?

A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use...... Read More