South Auckland residents risk losing vision as waitlist soars

Public health system getting worse Nita Blake-Persen Auckland, June 26, 2018 Some South Auckland people are losing their sight as doctors struggle to treat the soaring number of patients suffering from eye conditions. Thousands of people across the country are still waiting longer than intended for follow up eye-appointments, with the backlog at Counties Manukau DHB remaining stubbornly high. The…

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St John first-aid teaching programme reaches a milestone

Supplied Content Auckland, June 25, 2018 Educators in Canterbury will today train the 400,000th ASB St John in Schools participant at Waituna Creek School, Waimate. St John Director of Community Health Services, Sarah Manley said that the school children receive training in first aid and responding to emergencies, bandaging and CPR, disaster preparedness, and an innovative new Injury Prevention module…

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Behavioural change needed to tackle crisis of democracy

Kieran Madden Auckland, June 25, 2018 “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” lamented Poet T S Eliot. “Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” The rampant, internet-fuelled growth of access to information has overwhelmed our existing systems of democracy. This is a serious problem for politics; fake news and misinformation now obscure and distort debates…

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Stolen properties complicate second-hand businesses

Stolen properties complicate second-hand businesses Inspector Tony Wakelin Auckland, June 25, 2018 Counties Manukau South Police have recently conducted checks on local second hand dealers in their area which covers premises from Takanini to Pukekohe. Second-hand dealers are licensed under ‘The Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004.’ The Act requires the Dealer to obtain identification from the seller and to…

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