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Havelock North inquiry identifies public health deficiencies

Press Release – Science Media Centre
The Havelock North drinking water inquiry has made a number of recommendations to ensure safe drinking water for New Zealanders. Read more »

Labrador dies from suspected toxic algae poisoning in Hutt River

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
A dog has died from suspected poisoning by toxic algae in the Hutt River. This reinforces the importance of staying out of the river and away from its edge when warnings about toxic algae are in place. Read more »

No hat, no play? Not always: Wellington research

Press Release – University of Otago
Many children may not be sun-safe during school lunch breaks, research from the University of Otago, Wellington, reveals. Read more »

Heavily infected: myrtle rust fungal disease found in Lower Hutt garden

News from MPI
The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found in Lower Hutt. Read more »

Swimmers warned: stay out of Hutt River because of toxic algae

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council and Regional Public Health are warning swimmers to stay out of the Hutt River below Kaitoke due to the increased risk of swallowing potentially fatal toxic algae, which is blooming in the warm dry weather. Read more »

Toxic algae levels “very high”; Hutt River dangerous for dogs and humans

News from GWRC
The Toxic algae warning for the Hutt River now extends from Kaitoke Regional Park to the river mouth. Levels are very high and we are warning swimmers to stay out of the river. Read more »

VUW research working towards treatment breakthroughs

News from VUW
Millions of people suffer from diseases for which there are no effective drugs. New treatments are being developed at Victoria University for these unmet medical needs. Read more »

Why have a Disability Pride Week?

Press Release – Human Rights Commission
Where did the idea for Disability Pride Week come from? We talk to Rachel Noble, disability rights advocate and leader who has headed several agencies including the Disabled Person’s Assembly NZ and Deaf Aotearoa. Read more »

Eye care initiative at Special Olympics

Press Release – Essilor Vision Foundation
Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes from around NZ will be screened for undiagnosed eye conditions with the support of a local charity. Read more »

Survey shows bullying of senior doctors rife in public health system

Press Release – ASMS
A major survey published today of senior doctors and dentists working in New Zealand’s public health system found more than a third had been bullied at work, and two-thirds had witnessed others being bullied. Read more »

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