Middlemore maternity services threatened by seismic risk

Phil Pennington Auckland, May 7, 2018 The country’s largest maternity ward at Middlemore Hospital might have to close or face major disruption because it’s a seismic risk. The board has just received a seismic assessment of the earthquake-prone Galbraith Building, where the maternity ward is located. Warning ignored But a Senior Manager warned that the District Health Board Chief Executive…

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Sexual misconduct leads to new guidelines for physiotherapists

Nita Blake-Persen Auckland, May 6, 2018 A rise in the number of sexual misconduct complaints being made about physiotherapists has led to new practice guidelines for the industry. Since 2014, there have been 21 complaints made against 17 practitioners – the number has steadily risen from four complaints during April 2014 to March 2015, to six during April 2017 to…

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New Zealand-bound tanker smuggling Sri Lankans intercepted

RNZ, Wellington, May 6, 2018 Malaysian police have intercepted human traffickers who they say modified a tanker to smuggle undocumented migrants to New Zealand and Australia. Authorities said that the tanker was carrying 131 Sri Lankans when it was intercepted on Tuesday (May 1). There were 98 men, 24 women, four boys and five girls. The Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia reported…

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Plan to address increasing students, reducing teachers launched

Education Workforce Strategy starts today Staff Reporter (Indian Newslink) Auckland, May 6, 2018 Education Minister Chris Hipkins has launched an Education Workforce Strategy as the first major step towards tackling a looming teacher shortage. The shortage threatens to engulf our schools if action is not taken, he said. The Strategy is desperately needed to make up for a lack of…

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Three-day Music Festival to warm up the heart and soul

Venkat Raman Auckland, May 6, 2018 Monsoon always accompanies the Carnatic Music Festival of the Auckland based New Zealand Carnatic Music Society and with the Queen’s Birthday affording a longer weekend, professional singers, students and enthusiasts look forward a heavy downpour of melody, soaked with challenges and rhapsody. True to its tradition, the Society put together its annual event with…

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