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Aust doctors admit studying patients on Google

Auckland About 16% of Australian doctors have Googled their patients, according to a new study, however, New Zealand doctors have slammed the practice. The study, How Doctors View and Use Social Media, found that of 187 Australian doctors who responded to the on-line survey, 16.1% admitted to having searched for publicly available information on their patient on-line. In an emergency 37.8% of...

$3m cocaine seized

Auckland Customs officers have made a $3.2 million cocaine seizure at Auckland airport. A Brazilian woman is now spending her 29th birthday in prison today after being accused of attempting to smuggle the 4.6kg haul into the country, Customs says. She arrived on a morning flight from Brazil via Chile on April 2, where she was questioned and searched by Customs officers before...

Govt $26m could help save Maui’s dolphin

Auckland The Government could help save the highly endangered Maui's dolphin with just as little as $26 million in spending, environmental activists say. But the government says it is not considering the option because current restrictions appear to already be working. Last year researchers found the Maui's dolphins population was likely between 57 and 75 adults, with trawling and set net fishing...

Coast farmers face feed challenges

Brendon McMahon A welcome turn in the weather has brought respite for dairying, but underlying worry following the cold wet season, on the back of last year's poor payout, means it is not all hay and sunshine for West Coast farmers. West Coast Federated Farmers' president Peter Langford said the better weather from mid-February had certainly lifted spirits but the dry,...

Art theft unsophisticated — ex-FBI investigator

Auckland A former Federal Bureau of Investigation arts theft investigator has labelled the theft of two Lindauer paintings from a Parnell gallery as unsophisticated. Robert Wittman said it was unlikely those responsible had a clear plan when they crashed a utility vehicle through the glass front of the International Art Centre in Parnell. "Ultimately this wasn't a sophisticated robbery, it was more...

Bennett cool on Little’s tourist tax plan

Wellington Labour leader Andrew wants a "tourist tax" charged at the border to help pay for tourism infrastructure, rejecting Tourism Minister Paula Bennett's concerns it risked making New Zealand look like a "rip-off." Mr Little said a "modest" levy would be ring-fenced to pass on to local councils to use on tourism-related infrastructure. "We rapidly and urgently need new infrastructure and infrastructure...

Bus driver charged

Auckland A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists. The man was driving a bus carrying visitors from North America and Britain through Tongariro National Park on January 15 when the vehicle careered 10m down a bank and into a stream at the intersection of State highways 47 and...

Police name dead man

Wellington Police have named the man who died after being hit by a car at Raumati Beach on Thursday. He was 91-year-old local man Eric Pickering. The crash happened just after 8am on Matatua Road. The investigation is continuing. NZN

New research to tackle rural health, well-being

New research on farm-related suicide and the factors behind it is a progressive step and will enable a more concerted focus on reducing rates, Federated Farmers said. The study by Dr Annette Beautrais was conducted on behalf of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and funded by Agresearch. As inaugural members of RHANZ, Federated Farmers has advocated for many years...

Morgan goes on Twitter tirade against tourists, PC culture

Auckland When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. The two men now have another thing in common a tendency to be short and sharp on Twitter. Mr Morgan, the leader of The Opportunities Party, was involved in an extraordinary argument on the social media site last night in...
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