News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

New Zealand Maori Tackle Blood Donation

NEWS RELEASE - 12 June 2004

New Zealand Maori Tackle Blood Donation

They've tamed the British & Irish Lions, now members of the New Zealand Maori rugby team are urging more Kiwis to become blood donors.

World Blood Donor Day takes place this Tuesday (14 June) and New Zealand Maori prop Deacon Manu is supporting the effort to encourage New Zealanders to donate blood.

"I regularly donate blood and have been doing it since I was at school. It is quite satisfying to see that other people benefit from this," Manu said.

New Zealand Maori captain Jono Gibbes said the New Zealand Blood Service did an outstanding job for the community.

Incredibly, less than 5% of New Zealanders give blood, but four out of every five Kiwis will need blood or blood products during their lifetime.

The need for blood spans a wide array of health areas, but its value is often forgotten due to the seriousness of the original ailment. Donated blood is the silent hero in disease treatment (including cancer, haemophilia and immuno-deficient patients), surgical procedures (from emergency surgery through to elective surgery) and dealing with trauma victims.

All blood types are currently needed from donors aged between 16-60, weighing over 50kg, have had no body piercing or tattoos in the past six months, and did not live in the UK between 1980-1996 for longer than six months.

Just 470mls of blood is taken per donation. The body replaces the fluid in 24-48 hours, and people are able to donate every three months.

You can make an appointment to become a donor by calling 0800 GIVE BLOOD or registering on the website at www.nzblood.co.nz.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Sally Potter's The Party

Sally Potter remains one of Britain’s most determined independent film-makers, deliberately resisting the lure of mainstream attention in order to work entirely on her own terms. The Party is an undeniably engaging and droll divertissement from an independent filmmaker who has mastered her art without ever compromising it. More>>


Winter Games: NZ's Second Ever Winter Olympic Medal

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson congratulates snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Big Air at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea today. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Preview: Terry Gilliam's Subversive Brazil

Full kudos to the Embassy Theatre for stepping up to the plate and hosting the Wellington Film Society, after the owners of the Paramount committed an unpardonable act of cultural vandalism when it shuttered the country's oldest movie theatre last year. The Film Society is opening their 2018 season with Terry Gilliam's brilliantly subversive Brazil on Monday, 26 February. More>>


Howard Davis Preview: Ria Hall Performs 'Rules of Engagement' at The NZ Festival

Concerned with the perennial themes of conflict and resistance, Rules of Engagement took five years for Ria Hall to complete. See her perform live with vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse trio The Nudge on Saturday, 24 February, at the Festival Club, 17 Cable St., Wellington, and Sunday, 25 February, at Maoriland Hub, 68 Main St, Otaki. More>>

Review: Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Tour

The audience – already in a good humoured state of excitement after kareokeing along to the “Robbie Williams National Anthem" (a typical mix of bombast and self deprecatory nonsense) – were up and dancing to Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment tour... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland