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ECE problems bigger than official figures show

ECE problems bigger than official figures show

Problems in the early childhood sector run much deeper than official complaint figures indicate, an early childhood researcher says. Photo: RNZ Insight/John Gerritsen The Education Ministry‘s latest complaints summary showed it upheld a record , about 60 more than in either of the two preceding years. The ministry found evidence of problems including physical or emotional injuries to children, inappropriate […]

Firefighters battle Otago house fire

Firefighters battle Otago house fire

A two-storey home in Dunedin has been gutted by fire early this morning. About 30 firefighters were required to tackle the blaze on Seal Point Road in Sandymount. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said firefighters were called to the fire about 4.30am. The 250sq-metre home was well involved when they arrived. No-one was believed to be home at […]

Auckland blackout: 17,000 homes still without power

Auckland blackout: 17,000 homes still without power

A second burst of windy weather in Auckland has passed without further damage. MetService said yesterday‘s front has departed to the east leaving NZ under a southwesterly flow. Photo: MetService Aucklanders had been warned to prepare for another buffeting of high winds and rain, and the possibility of tornadoes last night. MetService said wind gusts reached 65km/h, short of the […]

Manawatū farmer says foam blood tests crucial

Manawatū farmer says foam blood tests crucial

A Manawatū farmer says his community wants easier access to a blood test for toxic chemicals from firefighting foam, but the Health Ministry is telling them not to bother. The chemicals in the foam have been linked overseas to increased health risks. However, the Ministry of Health says there are no acute health risks to people from environmental exposure. Photo: […]

No book burning, but some may face shredder – Auckland uni

No book burning, but some may face shredder – Auckland uni

The University of Auckland is insisting it will not burn books if proposed library closures go ahead – but it may shred them. Photo: supplied A staff member who helped close down the engineering library more than a year ago because it was the cheapest and quickest way to get rid of stock. The university has . The Architecture and […]

Police shot father-to-be four times, firing ‘upwards of 12‘ bullets

Police shot father-to-be four times, firing ‘upwards of 12‘ bullets

The family of a man shot dead by police say detectives have told them at least 12 shots were fired. Jerrim Toms Photo: Supplied / Toms family Four of the bullets hit Jerrim Toms, including one in the back, his family have told RNZ. A family member said officers told him there were “upwards of 12 shots” fired that night. […]

Officials refused to discuss toxic foam with residents

Officials refused to discuss toxic foam with residents

Public health officials pulled out of telling people about firefighting foam contamination in a dispute over what to say about the risks, newly released emails show. Photo: 123RF Nelson-Marlborough‘s public health unit officials were meant to go door-knocking to provide reassurance to locals over the PFAS contamination, visiting residents around Woodbourne airbase. The PFAS class of chemicals – of which […]

Margaret Wilson to chair panel on nurses pay

Margaret Wilson to chair panel on nurses pay

Margaret Wilson has been named as the chair of the independent panel set up to resolve the impasse over nurses‘ pay. Margaret Wilson Photo: WikiCommons Professor Wilson is a former Labour government minister and a New Zealand Law Commissioner. The other members of the three-person panel will be Geoff Annals and Julie Patterson. Mr Annals, head of Accuro Health Insurance […]

Jerrim Toms‘ shooting shows mental health underfunded

Jerrim Toms‘ shooting shows mental health underfunded

The fatal shooting of Jerrim Toms shows how police are bearing the brunt of a lack of mental health resources, the Mental Health Foundation says. The family of Jerrim Toms who two weeks ago say he was not a criminal . His family said on the night he died they called mental health services because he was saying strange things […]

Wellington council considers position after building evacuation

Wellington council considers position after building evacuation

The Wellington City Council hasn‘t ruled out reassessing buildings in the CBD after revelations that a building evacuated yesterday afternoon had previously been deemed safe by two separate engineering firms. Up to 700 office workers had to leave the Boulcott Street building yesterday Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King Up to 700 office workers were given the Boulcott Street building – […]