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Paekakariki lifeguards save cyclist after critical accident

Press Release – Surf Life Saving New Zealand
On December 10, a cycling group member approached lifeguards who were training at Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club for their assistance with first aid after a woman fell off her bike. Read more »

Stroke patients helped by after-hours video link

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
A six-month telestroke service pilot headed by Wellington Regional Hospital neurologists has seen a dramatic increase in stroke intervention rates across the Central Region. The service is now being replicated across other parts of the country. Read more »

Poisonous algae returns to Hutt River – warning against swimming

News from Wellington Regional Council
Swimmers and dog walkers are urged to avoid the Hutt River/Te Awakairangi between Moonshine Park and Pomare Bridge following the reoccurrence of toxic algae in the water. Read more »

Talking about diabetes and improving health

Press Release – University of Otago
Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows. Read more »

Alcoholics celebrating with convention at Te Papa

Press Release – Alcoholics Anonymous
January can be a cold and dark place for a person with a drinking problem. But alcoholics from across New Zealand will be sharing in the light of recovery this weekend. Read more »

Predator-free campaign good for human health, says Wellington researcher

News from University of Otago – Wellington
The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre from the University of Otago, Wellington. Read more »

Coastella Music Festival to focus on men’s mental health

Press Release – Coastella
Coastella Music Festival is to shine a light on men’s mental health awareness this year by supporting Kāpiti charity Whirlwind. Read more »

Citizen scientists checking water, algae and rubbish in Hutt River

News from NIWA
A group of volunteers who love the Hutt River is helping to care for it over summer. Read more »

Rain clears poison from Hutt River – but no-swim warning in Wainui

News from Regional Council
Recent rain has flushed toxic algae from the Hutt River/Te Awakairangi and the Greater Wellington Regional Council has given the all-clear for people to use it for recreation following an assessment today. Read more »

Water pollution – our second highest concern

News from Choose Clean Water
A poll released by Fish & Game today finding water pollution is New Zealanders’ second highest concern, just behind the cost of living, shows the new Government has a mandate to take firm action to address the country’s freshwater crisis, say freshwater campaigners. Read more »

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