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Farmers offered trials of dung beetles for cleaner water, better pasture

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The first region-wide release of non-native dung beetles in New Zealand is just beginning as Greater Wellington Regional Council and Dung Beetle Innovations team up to help communities looking for cleaner fresh water and farmers seeking higher productivity. Read more »

Pollution continues after sewerage overflows in stream near Coastlands

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The test results from yesterday’s water sampling are back and show high bacteria levels in the Wharemauku Stream where the stream comes out at Raumati Beach. The results from just downstream of the overflow site at Coastlands are lower which is consistent with the effects of an overflow of this nature. Read more »

Symposium about older drivers and their anxieties

Press Release – University of Otago
Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows. Read more »

Hutt DHB first to get approval for hiring more nurses

Report from RNZ
Public hospitals have begun employing hundreds of extra nurses needed to ease major staff shortages. A long and bitter row between nurses and district health boards ended in August with a $520 million deal and a government accord. Nurses complained bitterly about short staffing, and the agreements included $38m to employ an extra 500 nurses immediately. Read more »

Health Board testing two electric cars in Wellington

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Two electric cars may be the first step toward a smaller carbon foot – or tyre – print. Capital & Coast DHB has become the first organisation in Wellington to take up Contact Energy’s electric vehicle fleet trial for businesses. Read more »

Masterton doctors working to reduce waiting times

News from Masterton Medical
In a move to reduce wait times, Masterton Medical is reminding both staff and patients of the importance of keeping an eye on the clock. Read more »

200 at emergency meeting about Porirua suicides – request for urgent help

Report from RNZ by Phil Pennington
Porirua people are demanding urgent help after six suicides and a death in a car accident since June. Five of the suicides were of people under 30 and many of them had left high school only recently. Read more »

WWI and its aftermath – health impacts researched

Press Release – Massey University
Massey University war historian Professor Glyn Harper says that mental health problems are one of New Zealand’s main legacies of the immense health impact from the First World War. Read more »

WWI cast a long shadow over New Zealanders’ health

Press Release – University of Otago
World War I cast such a long shadow over New Zealand that the health and social impacts continued through to the next generation, public health researchers say. Read more »

Increasing alcohol tax could benefit health, Wellington study finds

Press Release – University of Otago
Increasing the excise tax on alcohol would likely result in fewer people dying or being injured in vehicle crashes – and generate savings for society, according to a just-published New Zealand study. Read more »

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