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Midlands Marae to receive safe sleep devices

Press Release – Waikato District Health Board
The sad tale of the death of a five-month Wellington baby of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) reported this morning is the reason that iwi in the Midland Region are being issued safe sleep devices. Read more »

New ambulance for the Wairarapa being launched in Greytown

Press Release – Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance is launching a new $280 thousand ambulance for the Wairarapa in Greytown tomorrow. Read more »

24 patients with rare diseases to confront Pharmac; issues over criteria

Press Release – NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders
Two dozen rare disease patients and their advocates will front up to talk to Pharmac on Tuesday in Wellington. Read more »

PHOTOS: Plunket babies (and parents) meet Prince George at Government House

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Price George at Government House in Wellington today. Photo from Govt House

News from Royal NZ Plunket Society
A Plunket nurse and 10 Plunket families and their babies met Prince George and his parents at Government House in Wellington today. Read more »

New framework hopes for a world without dementia

Press Release – Alzheimers New Zealand
Alzheimers New Zealand has launched a new framework that will see organisations within the New Zealand dementia community working together more closely, with a shared direction and towards a shared vision. Read more »

Too much copper, lead, zinc and mercury found in inner harbour

News release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The results of a 2011 Wellington Harbour sediment survey show Wellington’s stormwater continues to be an ongoing source of heavy metal contamination for the harbour. Read more »

Wellington CBD’s outdoor smoking areas mapped for the first time


The visibility of smoking in city streets has for the first time anywhere been mapped, in new research from the University of Otago, Wellington. Data from observations across the downtown area were mapped by the researchers, producing a record of street areas where most smokers could be seen. They used mapping methods previously used for landscape ecology and archeology. Credit: University of Otago, Wellington

News from University of Otago, Wellington
The visibility of smoking in city streets has for the first time anywhere been mapped, in new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

The research found that up to 116 smokers outside bars/cafés could be seen from any one location in the outdoor public areas of downtown Wellington (e.g. on a footpath). Of 2600 people observed in the outdoor areas of bars and cafés, 16% were smoking, with a higher proportion than this in evenings.

Data from observations across the downtown area were mapped by the researchers, producing a record of the street areas where the most smokers could be seen. They used mapping methods previously used for landscape ecology and archeology.

Lead researcher Dr Amber Pearson says that the methods developed through this research will help policymakers demonstrate the visibility of smoking in different areas, and provide scientific evidence for local authorities to advance smokefree outdoor policies.

Another of the researchers, Associate Professor George Thomson, says the results show the need for policies to reduce the normality of smoking:

“Smokefree outdoor areas help smokers to quit, help those who have quit to stick with it, and reduce the normalisation of smoking for children and youth. They also reduce litter, water pollution and cleaning costs for local authorities and ratepayers,” Thomson says.

In Australia, North America and other places, local authorities are increasingly creating smokefree streets and promoting smokefree al fresco dining and drinking, he says.

The study has been published in the international journal BMC Public Health and was funded by the Cancer Society of New Zealand (Wellington Branch).

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Health records now shared online – better for patients and doctors

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
From today, health record summaries from General Practices will be immediately available to hospital clinicians and afterhours GPs, as a new system for accessing primary care health records online is launched in Wellington, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast. Read more »

After first three years, clean-up of Manawatu River showing results

News from Horizons Regional Council
Nearly three years on from the launch of a comprehensive plan to clean-up the Manawatu River, the Manawatu River Leaders’ Forum is reporting on its progress. Read more »

Nationwide mobility initiative launches at Kapiti pharmacy

Press Release – Life Pharmacy
The Kapiti Coast has been chosen as the first location for a new nationwide initiative supporting health consumers with reduced mobility. Read more »

Further asbestos testing at Pukerua Bay kindergarten

Press Release – Wellington Kindergartens
More tests are being made of the soil around Pukerua Bay Kindergarten after small pieces of asbestos were found in the grounds last week. The area was immediately cordoned off and the asbestos was removed last Thursday by an experienced asbestos removal company. Read more »

Illicit drug report finds increase in use of crystal meth

Press Release – Massey University
Crystal methamphetamine use is on the rise among frequent methamphetamine users, according to an annual report on illegal drug use. Read more »

Code Blue: Wellington start-up develops app to help teenagers with depression

Press Release – Social Code
Wellington start-up Social Code have come up with a simple concept aimed at helping teenagers with depression. Read more »

Rape Crisis appeal this week, with street day on Friday

News from Wellington Rape Crisis
Wellington Rape Crisis today launches its annual appeal week that will see the service taking part in seven days of awareness raising and fundraising, culminating in the annual street appeal on Friday. Read more »

Profitable Wellington retirement village operator wants more for directors

BusinessDesk report by Paul McBeth
Summerset Group, the Wellington-based retirement village operator and developer, will ask shareholders for a 50 percent bump in the directors’ fee pool to account for a rejigged board, having delivered a 153 percent boost in the company’s stock price since it listed in 2011. Read more »

New exercise brand opening on Monday

Press Release – Xtend Barre Wellington
Global exercise brand Xtend Barre has arrived in New Zealand with its first free standing studio opening in Wellington on 27 March. Read more »

Maori Health Summit aims to build knowledge and skills

Press Release – Rhubarb PR
The Toitū Hauora Māori Summit 2014 hosted by national Māori health workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini will take place on Thursday and Friday in Wellington. Read more »

Breast density software from Matakina Technology used in US

Press Release – Matakina Technology
Matakina Technology of Wellington have announced that VolparaDensity volumetric breast density measurement software has been selected by the Athena Breast Health Network (Athena), made up of five University of California (UC) medical centers, for use in creating individual risk assessments designed to identify a woman’s potential to develop breast cancer and create a personalised screening approach. Read more »

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