Worker shortages hitting across sectors

Employers are putting the heat on the government to help solve the major people-power problem that they blame for business closures, burnout and several million dollar losses.   Sealord’s Nelson wet fish factory is currently about 300 workers short (file picture). Photo: Photo NZ Worker shortages appear to be stifling almost every sector – compounded … Read more

Destiny pastor accused of intimidation

A Destiny Church pastor has been accused of intimidation after he posed outside a queer-friendly bar co-owned by a Dunedin businessman. Woof! co-owner Dudley Benson said he helped promote a counter-protest attended by about 200 Dunedin residents in opposition to about 30 supporters of the Freedom and Rights Coalition (FRC), who were protesting against Three Waters reforms and vaccine … Read more

RATs And Self-isolation – Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 4:45 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre Evidence shows some Covid-19 cases can remain infectious after seven days, meaning they may continue to spread the virus after leaving isolation. New Zealand’s current self-isolation rules state that positive Covid-19 cases must isolate for seven days, or until their symptoms end, whichever comes latest. … Read more

A winter morning chill didn’t stop the Taranaki ‘TRY-challengers’ from having a go

VANESSA LAURIE/Stuff From left, Mason Collingwood, 10, Cooper Reid, 11, and Jethro Allen, 12, from St Joseph’s School, Waitara, at the Weetbix TRYathlon held at Manukorihi School on Wednesday. Primary and intermediate school children had their blue shirts and bare feet ready for the Weet-bix TRYathlon on Wednesday, despite the brisk winter morning. Taranaki’s Manukorihi … Read more

West Coast councils working to stop building waste entering landfills

The four West Coast councils have joined forces to help save construction and demolition waste from going to landfill. Photo: Samuel Mann / CC BY 2.0 Buller, Grey and Westland district councils have partnered with the West Coast Regional Council and secured $900,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund for the recovery, reuse, and reprocessing of … Read more

Pharmac Considering Funding New Medicines For Lung Cancer

Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 12:33 pmPress Release: PHARMAC Pharmac, the medicine funding agency for Aotearoa is seeking proposals from pharmaceutical suppliers for medicines that could treat New Zealanders with lung cancer. “Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Aotearoa and it is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality,” says Pharmac’s Chief … Read more

Supermarket shake-up: more details to be announced

The Government is set to announce more details about regulation of the supermarket sector. The sector is undergoing a shake-up in response to a major investigation that found New Zealand shoppers were paying too much for groceries because of an uncompetitive market. Two main players, Foodstuff and Woolworths, make up 80 per cent of the … Read more

Auckland school closes after anonymous threat made

An Auckland boys’ secondary school has closed today after an anonymous threat. Police patrol the street outside Sacred Heart school. Photo: RNZ / Finn Blackwell In a notice to the school community, Sacred Heart in Glen Innes said it received a threat on two individuals via social media today. Headmaster Patrick Walsh said police advised … Read more