Boost To Covid-19 Testing – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 10:50 amPress Release: Science Media Centre Changes to PCR testing – drawing on technology like robots – will give New Zealand a surge capacity of 20,000 extra tests daily. In response to October’s expert review of testing, PCR capacity will now increase from 39,000 tests a day (maximum) to a new … Read more

Tighter Mask Rules For Omicron – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 10:39 amPress Release: Science Media Centre Cabinet has decided to strengthen mask requirements at the Covid-19 red setting, requiring surgical or N95 masks for vaccine-mandated workers. This includes all staff at cafés and gyms that require vaccine passes, and police, border workers and teachers. At red, masks must now be worn … Read more

Red, Orange, Green – Your GP Is Always Here For You

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 10:20 amPress Release: Royal NZ College of General Practitioners With all of New Zealand now under the red traffic light setting and recognising that we already have a stretched workforce, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners would like to remind the public that general practice clinics are still open … Read more

Back-to-school Period Means More Respiratory Risk For Children

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 10:15 amPress Release: Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand With Omicron in our communities, and all of New Zealand under red traffic light settings, schools are preparing to welcome back our tamariki with extra health and safety measures in place. These include vaccination, mask wearing from Year 4 upwards, physical … Read more

Campground manager smuggled and sold meth

A Catlins camping ground manager who concealed $50,000 of methamphetamine inside his body on a flight into Dunedin has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Glenn Richard Maxwell’s tactics to smuggle the haul were not enough to thwart police though, the Dunedin District Court heard this week. Officers had been keeping tabs on the 49-year-old for … Read more

Rising cost of living in Aotearoa may trigger civil disobedience, social service says

A “perfect storm” of the rising costs of basic necessities, inflation, and Covid-19 have a social service warning of possible “civil disobedience” – with people forced to take what they need to live. The latest food price figures show their biggest jump in a decade – up 4.5 percent in December 2021 compared with the … Read more

National Institute For Health Innovation’s New General Manager Aims To Help Turn Health Research Into Community Impact

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 7:11 amPress Release: University of Auckland The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), based at the University of Auckland, has appointed a new general manager to lead the strategic development and day-to-day work of transforming research into innovative approaches to today’s most pressing health problems. Vanessa Ding has a background in … Read more

The Eyes of Tammy Faye: Jessica Chastain brings charismatic televanglist to life

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (M, 126mins) Directed by Michael Showalter ***½ For Kiwis, she was forever immortalised in Crowded House’s 1991 song Chocolate Cake. But to millions of Americans, Tammy Faye Bakker was the friendly face of televangelism. The woman who helped preach her and husband Jim’s version of the gospel directly into homes … Read more