Archive for the 'Health' Category

Sewage in harbour – warning not to use dive platform


News from Wellington Regional Council
There have been concerns about potential sewage contamination of the water around the Jump Platform on the Wellington Waterfront. Read more »

Dogs banned from lagoon, but welcomed to Waikanae Pool

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to keep their dogs on leashes if heading near Waimanu Lagoon in Waikanae this weekend due to the potential presence of a toxic algae. Read more »

MP delighted at number of kidney donors

Press Release – Chris Bishop
Lis MP Chris Bishop is delighted at the increase in live kidney donors reported, just months after his Member’s Bill, Financial Compensation for Live Organ Donors, passed into law. Read more »

Wellington students trialing automated water-quality checking system

News from Massey University
Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality. Read more »

Safe Food discussion at farmers’ market

Press Release – Safe Food Campaign
Why have organic food? Isn’t it too expensive? What food in New Zealand is more likely to have pesticide residues? These questions and more will be discussed by Dr Heli Matilainen and Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign at a presentation on “Why go organic?” at Thorndon Farmer’s Market at 11am on Saturday 25 March. Read more »

Art show raising money for child cancer

Press Release – Child Cancer Foundation
Wellington art co-operative ARTrove is hosting an art fundraiser this month for the Child Cancer Foundation. Read more »

Filtering our water, and talking about it


Soon after the Regional Council decided it had to spend $3.3m on new filters for the water from Wellington’s two storage lakes, the council’s chairman Chris Laidlaw announced plans for for “a conversation” about water. Read more »

Wellington in danger of losing aphasia champion

Press Release – Aphasia NZ
Many of us know of the crippling effects a stroke or head injury can have on the physical abilities of a person. Few are aware of that damage to the language centre of the brain can leave a person trapped inside their heads, struggling to express thoughts, fears, feelings, or even the most basic of needs. This is known as aphasia. The chances of you knowing someone affected by aphasia are high – you just may not know what to call the problems with their speech and language. Read more »

Hospital replaces a CT scanner with new technology – first of its kind in NZ

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
All hands were on deck today when Wellington Regional Hospital took possession of its new CT scanner. Read more »

Te Omanga Hospice buys former aged-care facility as temporary home during rebuild

Press Release – Te Omanga Hospice
Te Omanga Hospice, the Hutt Valley specialist palliative care provider, today announced that it purchased Britannia House in Petone at an auction in Lower Hutt yesterday. Britannia House is a former aged care facility which closed late last year due to financial difficulties. Read more »

Free wi-fi for overnight patients in Wellington and Hutt hospitals

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Staying in hospital is more enjoyable with free WiFi provided at Wellington Regional, Kenepuru Community and Hutt Hospitals and the Kapiti Health Centre. Free WiFi – which lets mobile phones and devices connect to the internet – is available to patients staying overnight. Read more »

Laidlaw promises community conversations about clean water

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
A new national report on water quality reinforces the need for regional councils to work with communities on managing freshwater says Chris Laidlaw, Greater Wellington Regional Council chair. Read more »

Streetdance workshops partnering with smokefree campaign

Press Release – Street Dance New Zealand
Street Dance New Zealand (SDNZ) has partnered with Smokefree to inspire the community to live smokefree lives through some of New Zealand’s top talent taking free community workshops around the country. Read more »

International nutritionist visiting Massey

Press Release – Massey University
A leading nutritionist who specialises in indigenous peoples’ food systems, is visiting Massey University for five weeks to partner on a project with the School of Public Health. Read more »

Lyall Bay “disinfected” after network fault causes another wastewater spillage

There’s new pollution in Lyall Bay this morning. Read more »

Two-year trial will test centralisation of air ambulance services

Press Release – St John
A two-year trial to centralise the co-ordination and dispatch of national air ambulance helicopter services will get underway today. The trial, funded by the Ministry of Health and ACC to the tune of $591,000 a year, is the result of collaboration between St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Air Rescue Group. Read more »

International drug addiction expert speaking in Wellington

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
An international expert in cannabis and other drugs’ effects on the brain will be speaking in Wellington next week. Read more »

Zoo’s oldest giraffe has health check and hoof trim

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo’s veterinary team and external specialists today performed a successful health check and hoof trim on Tisa, the Zoo’s 26 year old female Giraffe, under general anaesthetic. Read more »

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