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Call for mandatory testing of buildings for potentially fatal bacteria

Thursday, 13 June, 2019 - 17:39

Master Plumbers chief executive Greg Wallace says appropriate measures need to be put in place to detect and manage legionella bacteria in our homes, apartments, schools, rest homes and hospitals.

Triple the number of Legionnaire's cases found in new Kiwi study

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019 - 10:30

Researchers find triple as many Legionnaire’s cases as previously reported.

The first New Zealand-wide study of the burden of Legionnaire’s disease has found triple the number of cases of this form of pneumonia than previously reported.

Dogs sniffing out prostate cancer in NZ

Monday, 4 March, 2019 - 09:31

The University of Otago and K9 Medical Detection NZ are working together to investigate using dogs as a diagnostic tool to sniff out prostate cancer.

Potting mix can pose risk to human health - EPA

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 13:55

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is alerting consumers to the risks of using pot mix after the tragic passing of a Christchurch gardener from Legionnaires’ disease (legionellosis).

Otago study finds warning labels on potting mix inadequate

Thursday, 10 January, 2019 - 11:33

Existing potting mix warning labels are inadequate and potentially contributing to the growing number of cases of Legionnaire’s disease in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.

Avoiding a Legionnaires’ Spring spike - Canterbury DHB

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 - 11:33

Canterbury’s gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost to avoid repeating the spike in Legionnaires’ cases that occurred in spring 2017.

Local government debates key issues at annual conference

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 - 15:52

LGNZ’s annual conference kicked off today with the Local Government New Zealand Annual General Meeting where thirteen policy remits were voted on. This year remits focused on infrastructure and funding, waste, climate change, the environment and social issues.

Local government meets to debate key issues at annual conference

Thursday, 12 July, 2018 - 08:47

This weekend close to 600 local and central government members will meet for the annual LGNZ Conference in Christchurch.

Protect yourself from Legionnaires' disease

Friday, 29 September, 2017 - 12:25

Spring is a popular time to get back in the garden and plant yummy veggies. While gardening at this time of the year is enjoyed by many, it’s also important to keep yourself safe from a potentially serious illness.

Legionella infection alert

Thursday, 8 December, 2016 - 14:20

Gardeners and spa pool owners are being warned to protect themselves against serious illness caused by Legionella bacteria.

Potting mix and inadequately treated spa pools are common sources of the respiratory illness Legionellosis.