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New mental health unit planned

Laura Mills The West Coast District Health Board has started planning for a new mental health facility in Greymouth to replace the current unit attached to Grey Base Hospital. In May 2014, when former health minister Tony Ryall confirmed funding for the new Greymouth Hospital, he also committed to later funding a new mental health unit. "In addition to the $67 million,...

Immigration detention centre deaths

A Ananthalakshmi More than one hundred foreigners died in the past two years in Malaysia's immigration detention centres from various diseases and unknown causes, according to documents from the government-funded National Human Rights Commission reviewed by Reuters. The toll, which has not been previously disclosed, is based on Malaysian immigration department data provided to the commission, which is known by its...

Japan topples Black Sticks

Wellington Japan has claimed first blood at the Festival of Hockey women's tournament in Hastings following an upset 2-1 win over New Zealand. A late goal sank the defending champion Black Sticks, who drop to last place after the first of six rounds following a 1-1 opening draw between Australia and the United States. World No 11 Japan is the lowest-ranked team...

Force not distracted by unsettling news

Perth Coach Dave Wessels admits his players have been unsettled by rumours of the Western Force's impending demise but he is confident the situation will further galvanise the group. Reports are rife the Force will be the Australian franchise axed if super rugby reverts to a 15-team format. The ARU insists no decision has been made but the rumours do not spell...

Credit Suisse ‘co-operating’ in money laundering case

Amsterdam Swiss bank Credit Suisse has been dragged into yet more tax evasion and money laundering investigations, after a tip-off to Dutch prosecutors about tens of thousands of suspect accounts triggered raids in five countries. Co-ordinated raids began on Thursday in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, France and Australia, the Dutch office for financial crimes prosecution (FIOD) said, with two arrests confirmed so far. The Dutch...

Crumbling mental health services

Calls to crisis teams are rising, and there was an almost 600% jump in one year in the number of days when there there were no spare beds available at the adult inpatient units. In 2014-15 there were only seven days when there was no space at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) facilities, while in 2015-16 there were 54. This meant new...

Catering a family affair

Paul McBride With one son profoundly deaf and the other autistic, Blackball couple Denise and Richard Kilpatrick have overcome their employment barriers by taking both on board with the family catering business. "Jake was deaf from birth and I think it was going to be hard to get him employment. He attends Greymouth High School and has any amount of ability...

Greens question water plan

The Government says all affected parties gave approval for Jackson Bay water exports. Okuru Enterprises proposes pumping water from an alpine creek above the Arawhata River to tankers waiting out at sea. Green Party MP Eugenie Sage asked in Parliament on Thursday if New Zealanders should get a say over whether a private company could extract glacial water flowing out of...

Two dead as floodwaters retreat

Sydney Two women have become the first fatalities in Cyclone Debbie's devastating aftermath as residents of several New South Wales towns are warned they will not be home for some time with five areas declared natural disaster zones. One woman's body was found by a family member yesterday morning on a flooded property in northern NSW. Police say she disappeared overnight in...

Cowboys make it four against Bunnies

Townsville North Queensland's fast start to the NRL season continued in Townsville as a composed Cowboys side accounted for South Sydney 20-6. The battle between the 2014 and 2015 premiers never reached any great heights but North Queensland were by far the better side and improved to 4-1 for the season. The Bunnies went toe-for-toe with the Cowboys early but were unable...
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