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70% of Tonga population affected in wake of Cyclone Gita

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 - 12:05

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita.

Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children.

Report on Marlborough salmon farms released

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 - 09:06

A report by an independent panel into the future location of six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds has been released by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash.

Toxic algal bloom discovered in Lake Pegasus

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 16:43

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Pegasus.

Reminder to avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rain

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 14:58

With the heavy rain in much of the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, the local Medical Officer of Health would like to remind the public of the standard public health advice to always avoid swimming in streams, rivers and beaches for 48 hours after heavy rain.

Third vaccine dose needed to protect young NZers from mumps outbreak

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 14:51

Urgent proactive action is needed to protect young people from the current mumps outbreak in New Zealand, says Dr Ayesha Verrall, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington,

National Bowel Screening Programme to be reviewed - Clark

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 12:29

Minister of Health Dr David Clark has ordered an independent review of the National Bowel Screening Programme.

The free screening programme is being rolled-out in stages around the country, with three DHBs currently on board. It is due to be in place nationwide by mid-2021.

Bill English announces retirement from Parliament

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 11:39

National Party Leader Bill English has today announced he will resign as Leader of the National Party and leave Parliament.

Mr English says his resignation as Leader will take effect on 27 February and that he intends to deliver his valedictory speech on 1 March.

Social anthropologist named Stout Research Centre JDStout Fellow

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 - 09:09

Eminent social anthropologist Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies JD Stout Fellow for 2018.

Third measles case confirmed - Cantabrians warned to be vigilant

Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 17:23

Another case of measles has been confirmed in Canterbury with public health officials urging the community to be extra vigilant, and get vaccinated.

An 18 year-old woman is the third person in a fortnight to be diagnosed with the highly contagious virus.

Algal Bloom in Ashley/Rakahuri River

Monday, 12 February, 2018 - 13:51

The Community and Public Health division of the Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning for the Ashley/Rakahuri River near the Rangiora-Loburn Bridge.

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