Archive for the 'Health' Category

Katherine Rich – “proud of her work” – leaving Health Promotion Agency

Press Release: Alcohol Action NZ
The public statement (below) by Brent Webling of the Food and Grocery Council, published today, conceals the fact that while Katherine Rich was a Health Promotion Agency Board member she was allegedly found to be engaging in activities in conflict with her post. Read more »

Spark Digital sponsoring a free ambulance

Press Release – Spark Digital
Spark Digital has teamed with Tommy’s Real Estate, ANZ and Lion Foundation to sponsor the latest member of the Wellington Free Ambulance fleet. Read more »

Terry Bellamak is new president of Abortion Law Reform Association

Press Release – Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand
The Abortion Law Reform Association, New Zealand’s oldest reproductive rights organisation, has a new president: Terry Bellamak. Read more »

9000 signatures on petition asking MPs to legalise voluntary euthanasia


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The Husband of Lecretia Seales, Matt Vickers, stands with Maryan Street

Scoop report and images by Francis Cook
A petition signed by 9000 people asking for the legalisation of voluntary euthanasia was presented at Parliament today by former MP Maryan Street who was joined by the husband of Lecretia Seals, Matt Vickers. Read more »

Pacific Parliamentarians to discuss sex in Wellington next week

Press Release – Joint Press Release
Parliamentarians from five Pacific nations and the head of the world’s second largest NGO will meet in Wellington on 29 June to consider how to better involve boys and men in sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific. Read more »

Petition on voluntary euthanasia to be presented to MPs

News from Voluntary Euthanasia Society
A petition signed by about 9000 people urging politicians to hold a full public inquiry into the issue of voluntary euthanasia will be presented to Parliament in Wellington tomorrow. Read more »

Alcohol and cancer – conference at Te Papa aims to raise awareness of link

News from Cancer Society
A conference in Wellington on Alcohol and Cancer is the first of its kind in New Zealand. It is being held at Te Papa on 17th June and is co-hosted by Alcohol Action NZ and the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Read more »

Cannabis floodgates have not been opened, promises Peter Dunne

by Peter Dunne
This week I approved the use of a medicinal cannabis product (actually a hemp derivative) in the case of a critically ill Wellington teenager. Read more »

Rape Crisis appeal raises $40,000

News from Wellington Rape Crisis
Our staff and volunteers want to thank the Wellington community for showing their support for the agency and its clients in the 2015 Annual Appeal. Read more »

Death of Peter Conway, CTU’s economist and secretary

News from Council of Trade Unions
Peter Conway, deeply loved life partner of Liz, father of Maddy, Sean and Rosa, died in Wellington today after battling a depressive illness for more than 12 months. Read more »

Medicinal cannabis from USA approved for treating Wellington patient Alex Renton

News from NZ Government
Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has today approved on compassionate grounds the one-off use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD) product from the United States to be administered by clinicians treating Wellington patient Alex Renton. Read more »

Voluntary euthanasia is a “conscience issue,” says Prime Minister

Scoop report by Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey
At his Post-Cabinet press conference this afternoon in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions on voluntary euthanasia. Read more »

Helen Kelly, with lung cancer, wants proper debate on right to life

News from TVNZ
CTU boss Helen Kelly told Simon Dallow on TV One’s Q+A programme this morning that she was upset about the judge’s decision on Lecretia Seales’ euthanasia bid – and looked forward to a proper debate on it. Read more »

Death of lawyer with brain cancer, 15 hours before release of legal ruling

News from Lecretia’s Choice
Lecretia Seales, the 42-year-old Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer, died of natural causes at 12.35am this morning. Read more »

“Terribly disappointing;” lawyer’s family respond to legal judgement

News from Lecretia’s Choice
We are very disappointed with Justice Collin’s judgment. He found in our favour in relation to the evidence before him, but his interpretation of the purpose of the law meant he could not find aid in dying was available to Lecretia or inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. Read more »

“Her reaction broke my heart;” Lecretia’s husband speaks about judgement


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Scoop report by Jeremy Wilkinson and Megan Gattey
At a press conference today at Russell McVeagh’s offices in Wellington only 15 hours after his wife’s death, Lecretia Seales’ husband Matt Vickers said Justice Collin’s decision was “terribly disappointing”. Read more »

VUW biologist “nearly speechless” after $1m grant for Alzheimer’s research

News from VUW
A Victoria University of Wellington biology researcher has been awarded over $1 million dollars in funding for a revolutionary research project that will “rewrite the textbooks” and could change the way we treat cellular diseases such as brain cancer and Alzheimer’s. Read more »

Council bans smoking in all communal areas of its housing complexes

News from WCC
To celebrate World Smokefree Day – this Sunday 31 May – and in response to tenant requests, Wellington City Council’s City Housing unit has declared all communal areas in its housing complexes smokefree. Read more »

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