Health News

Kathrine Clarke named Maori Public Health Champion

Press Release – Public Health Association
Maori public health ‘stalwart’ Kathrine Clarke has been named the 2017 Maori Public Health Champion, Tu Rangatira mo te Ora. The annual award, given by the Public Health Association (PHA), recognises outstanding achievement and leadership in Maori public health. Read more »

Sad about the trolley buses?

The top half of today’s strange advertisement from MetLink

by Lindsay Shelton
The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending our money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. Read more »

A family planning fundraiser: Girl Rising

Press Release – Family Planning
Family Planning is hosting a film screening of Girl Rising to raise awareness of the impact of education on girls’ and women’s health and lives. Read more »

Starting this week – they’re pulling down the trolley bus wires

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The first step in dismantling Wellington’s trolley bus wires begins on 10 October when work starts on a disused section in the city centre as part of a 12-month contract to remove 82 kilometres of overhead wires. Read more »

Psychologists concerned about Defence Industry Forum

Press Release – NZ Psychological Society
The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) is concerned that the Defence Industry and National Security Forum is to take place in Wellington this month. This event sponsored by Lockheed Martin, currently the world’s largest arms manufacturer, focuses on the buying, selling and marketing of war weapons. Read more »

Compassion Housing will take over community housing in Horowhenua

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council
Existing Horowhenua District Council Community Housing tenancy agreements are secured, and residents will now receive an increased level of service aimed at improving well-being and decreasing isolation. Read more »

Hospitals asking staff and patients: are you satisfied with our cafés?

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board
Capital & Coast DHB will survey staff, patients and visitors to find out how happy they are with the retail cafés operating on hospital grounds. Read more »

Study shows General Practices at health training capacity

Press Release – University of Otago
A comprehensive survey in the lower North Island and South Island has revealed that general practices, although crucial for teaching our future health professionals, are at training capacity. Read more »

Research shows surge in outdoor smokefree action

Press Release – University of Otago
Local outdoor smokefree action is rapidly growing around New Zealand, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington. Read more »

GPs’ letter shows failure of mental health services in Wgtn, says Jacinda Adern

News from NZ Labour Party
A letter of complaint by medical practitioners to the Ministry of Health and Capital and Coast District Health Board underlines how badly patients are being let down by mental health services in Wellington, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern. Read more »

After survey results, BizDojo launching mental health help for entrepreneurs

Press Release – BizDojo
Ninety Five percent of respondents to a new survey of the New Zealand business founder community believe that being an entrepreneur had affected their mental health. Read more »

Walking for breast cancer fund-raising

Press Release – New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
Pink Star Walkers are getting ready to line the streets pink for breast cancer at the 2017 Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Pink Star Walks in Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch. Read more »

Walk at Zealandia will aim to make a difference for dementia

Press Release – Zealandia
Thousands of Kiwis will take to the streets from 16-24 September to raise awareness for dementia. In Wellington, walkers will take to the tracks, as they take part in a Memory Walk at Zealandia. Read more »

Getting rid of the trolley buses – still time to stop the scandal


by Glen Smith
More than a month ago I wrote to Chris Laidlaw, chairman of the Wellington Regional Council, requesting information relating to his Council’s decision to dismantle our electric bus system. Despite having a legal obligation (under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act) to reply within 20 working days, no reply has been received. Read more »

Wellington team developing medical device for bedside brain monitoring

Press Release – University of Otago
A University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) team has been awarded an MBIE Endeavour grant this week to develop a non-invasive and cost-effective device to diagnose and treat stroke and other brain injuries. Read more »

Researchers to analyse Havelock North’s water gastro outbreak

Press Release – Health Research Council
A new programme will carry out an in-depth analysis of the unprecedented water supply outbreak in Havelock North last August where more than 5000 people were infected with the bacteria Campylobacter. Read more »

New dune and wetland system for Porirua harbour; but is dredging needed?

Press Release – Porirua City Council
Completion of a new dune and wetland system to provide additional habitat for birdlife was a highlight in the Annual Report 2016/17: Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan. Read more »

Whitireia and Weltec creating a health and social services centre in Porirua

Press Release – WelTech and Whitireia
Whitireia and WelTec are next year establishing a base for a Health and Social Services Centre of Learning at the Whitireia Porirua campus with a strong focus on diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes through to the Masters of Professional Practice. Read more »

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