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Potting mix warning following death of Dunedin gardener

Friday, 1 November, 2019 - 14:07

The recent death of a Dunedin man has prompted Public Health South to remind spring gardeners of the need to handle potting mix and compost with care.

Cantabrians urged to protect themselves against Legionnaires

Friday, 25 October, 2019 - 10:15

At this time of year as the sun starts to make more of an appearance week-by-week, a nasty disease also starts to make its present felt - Legionnaires’.

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.

Kiwis fail to slip into shade for sun protection - study

Friday, 26 October, 2018 - 05:00

An alarming proportion of New Zealanders are neither wearing hats nor seeking shade to protect themselves from the sun, 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.