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Regulating nail salons – plan to extend health bylaw to control infections

News from Wellington City Council
The Wellington City Council is reviewing its Public Health Bylaw and is seeking feedback from the industry and the public on any issues people experience with the health and beauty industry and whether they should be regulated. Read more »

Wellington Water deal brings security for Martinborough’s supply

Report from RNZ
A water expert says the likelihood of another bacterial infection in Martinborough’s water supply is low, now that a new agency has taken charge. Read more »

Sour milk at Parliament, in protest against polluted waterways

RNZ photo

News from Extinction Rebellion
Around 60 members of Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui-a-Tara gathered in Parliament grounds this afternoon to protest against intensive dairy farming and the associated land damage, greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater pollution, health impacts and species extinction. The action was highlighted by an address from esteemed freshwater ecologist Dr. Mike Joy, and ended with litres of (biodegradable, non-toxic) “sour milk” being poured down the steps of Parliament. Read more »

Demonstration at Parliament highlights extreme rates of water pollution

News from Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Wellington will be taking action at Parliament at 3pm today to draw attention to the sour side of our white gold. Esteemed freshwater ecologist Dr. Mike Joy will be speaking about the issues of intensive agriculture, bad water use practices and our extreme rates of freshwater pollution and species extinction – among the highest in the world. Read more »

Vaping ban misguided, says vaping entrepreneur

Press Release – Alt New Zealand
Porirua City is to expand its smokefree areas to include beaches, the city centre and all council-owned and managed sites. The ban will also include vaping and e-cigarettes which disappoints a Kiwi vaping entrepreneur, describing the move as completely misguided and not supported by evidence. Read more »

Working together to deliver sex education

Press Release – Family Planning NZ
Parents, teachers and boards of trustees must work together to ensure delivery of quality relationship and sexuality education (RSE). That was the message from Family Planning National Health Promotion Advisor Amanda Hargreaves to the New Zealand Primary Teachers Conference in Wellington this afternoon. Read more »

Free haircuts for mental health patients

News from Capital and Coast District Health Board
People receiving mental health support are buzzing about the free haircuts being provided by local student barbers and hairdressers. Read more »

“The Makers” making it for charity

Press Release – Positive Women
Women and Jewellery were the perfect partners in a fundraising initiative by the Makers Jewellery collaborative based in Wellington, and Positive Women Inc., a support organisation for women and families living with HIV. Read more »

More houses, not more roads

by James Fraser
Wellington has a housing crisis. House prices and rents have both gone up steeply. The Government is determined to provide new, affordable housing – but one Government agency is working against this. Read more »

75 recommendations for cleaning up Porirua’s waterways

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Positive steps towards a programme for cleaning up Porirua’s waterways and harbour have been taken with the presentation, to Greater Wellington Regional Council, of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP). Read more »

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