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NZ Government: Transformative Investment In Cancer Treatments And More New Medicines

The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today.

Labour Party: Govt Choosing Cost Savings Over Victims Of Family Violence

“Family violence is our national shame. While there were encouraging signs of increased reporting and more prosecutions over the past six years, there is still so much more work to do,” Labour’s spokesperson for prevention of family and sexual violence Ginny Andersen said.

Government: School Attendance Increases

School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four.
Business, Science & Tech


Kiwi Economics: We May Have Popped Out Of A Double Dip Recession, But We’re Still Struggling…

The Kiwi economy expanded 0.2% over the March quarter. It follows the technical recession over the second half of 2024. We may officially be out of recession, but the economy remains in a soft state.

Science Media Centre: Rules For Earthquake-Prone Buildings Under Review – Expert Reaction

The earthquake-prone building system aims to manage risk by requiring earthquake-prone buildings to be remediated before set timeframes.

ANZ Bank: Ready To Support Northland Customers

ANZ has support available for customers in Te Tai Tokerau impacted by power outages. Targeted assistance is available for business and farming customers, like temporary overdraft facilities and the ability to defer loan repayments or moving to interest only to help ease some financial pressure.
Comment


Peter Dunne: Time To Slay The Traffic Management Monster

In 2016 New Zealand instituted comprehensive new health and safety laws for workplaces and other areas of activity. The expectation was that the new regime the legislation introduced would dramatically improve the culture and practice around safety in the workplace, reduce the numbers of accidents and save lives.

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Wishful Thinking’ - Does Israel Have All The Cards In Gaza?

If the international community mustered the courage to force such a ‘next day’ reality on Tel Aviv, there would be no need for war, or resistance in the first place.

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Biden “peace Plan” For Gaza Is Doomed

After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” that is hobbled by its service to Israeli priorities.
World


East West Center: 6 Pacific Journalists For New Financial Investigative Reporting Initiative From East-West Center, Report For The World

This new initiative supports the establishment and expansion of financial investigative reporting units within local newsrooms committed to public service journalism.

OECD: Declining Fertility Rates Put Prosperity Of Future Generations At Risk

Fertility rates have declined by half in OECD countries over the past 60 years, posing the risk of population decline and serious economic and social challenges for future generations, according to a new OECD report.

Amanda Yee: Three Lessons I Learned On My Visit To Cuba

Last month, I went to Cuba as part of a 20-person delegation to deliver $60,000 in critical life-saving cancer medications and medical supplies to two pediatric hospitals there. This delegation was organised by Hatuey Project, a volunteer-run organisation that regularly brings medical and humanitarian aid to Cuba.
Lifestyle


Wellington Marathon: Record Running In Wellington Today

With runners and walkers from a record 25 countries, this Sunday’s Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon is setting records before the starters gun is even fired. And internationals are tipped for line honours too.

PHARMAC: More Funded Nutritional Supplements On The Cards For People With Inherited Metabolic Diseases

Pharmac – Te Pātaka Whaioranga is proposing to fund more nutritional supplements for people with inherited metabolic diseases and make them available to people closer to home.

Science Media Centre: Standardised Testing In New Zealand Schools – Expert Q

An advisory group for the Minister of Education recommends that students take “checkpoint” tests every year to assess their progress in maths and reading.
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