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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...

New leader steps up in agri-tech

Dunedin Trac Map's new chairman says it is an exciting time for the Mosgiel-based agri-tech company. Chris Dennison, who farms at Hilderthorpe, in North Otago, replaces Pat Garden, from Millers Flat, who has stepped down after just over a decade. Trac Map was established by Colin Brown in 2006 after he identified a gap in the market for a rugged and easy-to-use...

Dramatic finish looms in Plunket Shield

Wellington Auckland is threatening to snatch the Plunket Shield from under the nose of leader Canterbury on the final day of the domestic first class season. The competition is tantalisingly poised heading into the fourth and final day of 10th round of matches, with third-placed Northern Districts also an outside chance to claim the silverware. Canterbury will remain top if it completes...

Coal is dying, Mr Trump

"My administration is putting an end to the war on coal," Donald Trump said, surrounded by the usual gaggle of officials and (in this case) coalminers, as he put his super-size signature on the energy independence executive order. But coal is dying as a major energy source in the United States for reasons far beyond the reach of executive...

Xero reaches milestone

Auckland Xero, the cloud-based accounting software firm, says it reached a milestone of signing up one million customers just ahead of its March 31 year-end, keeping intact market expectations it will achieve its first-ever profit in 2019. Chief executive Rod Drury declined to give an update on the outlook ahead of the release of the full-year results in May. Subscriber growth...

First drought, now cholera

Mogadishu Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. The Horn of Africa nation has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from about 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5000 in...
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