Tooth decay remains a major problem among children

Lucy Wyndham Around 40% of five-year-old children who had dental check-ups in 2017 had tooth decay, according to data compiled by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. However, in poorer areas such as Tairāwhiti and Northland, children are faring worse – with about half having cavities. In areas like Northland, around 56% of children showed some signs of dental decay. Dental Service Manager…

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Wellington Conference to address Journalists’ challenges

Venkat Raman The challenges faced by journalists in a fast-changing world, their response to disruption in mainstream media and the ‘creative tension’ that exists in newsrooms will be among the topics that will be discussed at a Conference later this week. Organised by the Journalism Education Association of New Zealand (JEANZ) on December 13 and December 14, 2018 at Te…

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Mindfulness Apps need time to give benefits

Supplied Content Auckland, December 3, 2018 Mindfulness-based therapies have shown promise in reducing stress and improving psychological wellbeing. Using a novel approach to mindfulness training, Doctor of Clinical Psychology graduate Dr Amy Granberg investigated the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based phone app for students. “I was interested in the active components of mindfulness underlying clinical benefits observed in the literature. Most…

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Killing the cult of Consumption

Kieran Madden “Our Gross National Product…measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile.”  Bobby Kennedy’s famous 1968 speech decried how measures like GDP count the locks on our doors and a nation’s weapons of mass destruction, while ignoring the “health of our children,” the “strength of our marriages,” or “the intelligence of the public debate.” What we measure reflects what…

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The Global Migration Agreement ripples across New Zealand

New UN Agreement a common understanding on migration Sam Sachdeva Wellington, November 8, 2018 Days from the signing of a Global Migration Agreement, the Government is yet to decide whether it will put pen to paper, while National has pre-emptively pledged to withdraw New Zealand from the deal. It might seem hasty for an Opposition Party to pledge to withdraw…

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Commerce Commission to study the fuel market

Supplied Content The retail fuel market will be the first Commerce Commission market study, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “This Government is committed to easing financial pressure on families. I had previously voiced my concern about the high cost of fuel, because it is a core expense for consumers and businesses,”…

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Lok Sabha polls hold exciting prospects for Congress and allies

Monobina Gupta New Delhi (The Wire) December 12, 2018 Coming just four months ahead of the next general elections, poll results (of December 11, 2018) have thrown up exciting possibilities for the opposition – not just the Congress, but other regional players as well. Congress surges It is interesting to recall that Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh– which have now slipped out…

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Statute to reinstate workers’ rights

Iain Lees-Galloway The Employment Relations Amendment Act (passed by Parliament on December 5, 2018) helps restore fairness to New Zealand workplaces and restore fundamental rights for workers, The Government is determined to lift New Zealand into a high wage, high skill economy with thriving regions. The Employment Relations Amendment Act is one piece of our plan to do this, by…

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