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Health warning issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:42:31 +1200 | Toi Te Ora

A health warning has been issued for Waihī Estuary at Pukehina because of a bloom of potentially toxic algae. The algae are forming mats in the shallow areas of the estuary and these may float free and spread through the estuary. Contact with toxic ...More >>

Growing drug resistance will lead to long-term harm

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:58:22 +1200 | University of Auckland

Drugs that fight many common infectious diseases are becoming less effective because of increased antibiotic resistance, a direct consequence of persistent high levels of community antibiotic use in New Zealand. A University of Auckland study has analysed ...More >>

Simple solution to threat posed by prolonged sitting

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:13:57 +1200 | University of Otago

Get off your bum and move around for two minutes every half hour, for the good of your health. More >>

Winter illness advice

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:58:22 +1200 | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The Royal New Zealand College of GPs is advising people to go to their GP first if they are suffering from winter ailments, because their GP knows their conditions well and can provide ongoing, specialised care.More >>

Vital water safety skills lagging in primary school children

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:12:41 +1200 | Water Safety New Zealand

Water Safety New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand and The Warehouse are working to address a lag in vital water safety skills in New Zealand primary school children. More >>

Government Urged to Review Glyphosate Based Herbicides

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:56:05 +1200 | GE Free NZ

It is time to reevaluate the evidence and how Glyphosate Based Herbicides (GBH's) are used in light of a ground breaking court case finding harm from the glyphosate based herbicide Roundup products. More >>

Toy ambulance sets morph into real one for Napier

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:08:09 +1200 | ASB Bank

New Zealanders have helped turn block-set toy ambulances and stations into a much-needed ambulance for the Napier community following ASB’s successful St John Toy ambulance campaign. The national campaign, which ran in December, saw nearly 20,000 toy ambulances ...More >>

New ambulance driving to the Bay thanks to Lotto winner

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:06:02 +1200 | ASB Bank

The generosity of a Tauranga ASB customer who won Lotto last year means a new state-of-the-art ambulance has been unveiled by ASB and gifted to St John for use in Tauranga. More >>

Health risks of “Hothouse Earth” a disaster

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 17:18:29 +1200 | OraTaiao

A report released this week on the dangers of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” makes it clear that climate change is now a public health emergency. More >>

Firefighting foam: Shell contaminates groundwater

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 12:23:52 +1200 | RNZ

Oil company Shell has contaminated groundwater in New Plymouth using a firefighting foam banned in New Zealand 12 years ago. More >>

Economic Rights Are Human Rights: It’s Time to Legislate

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 16:37:16 +1200 | Closing The Gap

If New Zealand wants to close the inequality gap, it needs to follow the advice of the United Nations and enshrine economic rights in the Bill of Rights Act, the income equality group Closing the Gap said today.More >>

Clark: Waitemata DHB Annual CEO Lecture Series [1/8/18]

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 15:28:05 +1200 | New Zealand Government

It is my privilege to speak to you as Minister of Health and discuss the Government’s priorities for the health and disability system. More >>

Free eco design advice for households

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 13:57:38 +1200 | Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City Council is offering free, independent advice on how to make homes warm, dry, healthy, and energy efficient. More >>

Legal Weed Reduces Teen Smoking

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 13:48:32 +1200 | David Tank

Legal Weed Referendum Campaigner David Tank has welcomed news from the United States that the latest study concerning teenage drug use shows that marijuana legalisation does not lead to increased underage cannabis consumption.More >>

Ministry's new disability guidelines baffle family lawyer

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:38:49 +1200 | RNZ

A lawyer fighting on behalf of families over the disabled support services says the Ministry of Health policy in the area borders on cruel. More >>

New technology for food premise inspections

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 13:36:30 +1200 | Gisborne District Council

Significant cost savings and efficiencies are being achieved using new technology in food premise inspections. More >>

MPs Urged to Ignore ‘Merchants of Doubt’ on Fluoride

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 11:50:32 +1200 | Making Sense of Fluoride

The last-ditch campaign full of misinformation by opponents of fluoridation is exactly the reason MPs need to get behind the bill currently awaiting second reading, according to Daniel Ryan, the president of Making Sense of Fluoride. (The bill will hand decision-making ...More >>

The Exercise and Dementia Link

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 11:20:54 +1200 | REPS

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect how a person’s brain works. 60,000 Kiwis have dementia & that number is expected to almost triple by 2050. While Dementia can affect anyone, the chances of developing ...More >>

Pioneering mental health care in GP clinic

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 13:25:54 +1200 | Massey University

A pilot scheme to base psychologists in a general practitioner (GP) clinic may help prevent more serious mental health crises through early intervention. More >>

Family Planning concerned by Mates and Dates programme

Fri, 3 Aug 2018 13:51:09 +1200 | Family Planning NZ

Family Planning Chief Executive Jackie Edmond says ACCs decision, without consultation, to fund an isolated, stand-alone relationships and consent programme is disappointing. More >>

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