Hospitals struggling to cope with record patient numbers

By Amy WigginsWaikato Hospital's emergency department recorded its busiest day yesterday as hospitals around the country struggle to cope with an influx of patients. Emergency department clinical director Dr John Bonning said 283 patients went through the department yesterday compared to the average of 210. The extra demand had increased wait times but Bonning said staff were doing all they could to see people quickly, so asked for patience. The DHB had employed extra emergency department specialists, improved services for the elderly and was working with GPs to improve the way urgent care was provided, he said. Emergency department nurse Fiona Sowten said staff had been coping but were having to work hard to keep up.

March 28, 2017 04:07 UTC

Runners urged to join 'heli team' as rescue helicopter named as marathon charity

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Trust has once again been named as the Official Charity Partner of the Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon. This year's event will take place on Saturday May 13, and the trust is urging runners to join "Team Rescue Heli" and help raise vital funds for the charity, which provides a 24/7 emergency rescue helicopter service to the region. Frances Searle, commercial partnerships manager at IRONMAN Oceania, which owns and delivers the event said they were "delighted" to be working with the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter again. "We hope to build on that this year, and again would love for any runners, walkers or people who could help with our bucket collection to get involved with 'Team Rescue Heli'." Anyone taking part in any of the distances can join "Team Rescue Heli" by contacting Laura Hyde at or 06 878 1630 for a running vest and fundraising pack.

March 28, 2017 04:06 UTC

Elon Musk launches company to merge human brains with computers

Elon Musk launches company to merge human brains with computersTesla founder Elon Musk has launched a company through which computers could merge with human brains. Musk has not made an official announcement, but Neuralink was registered in California as a "medical research" company last July. REBECCA COOK/REUTERS Elon Musk is investing in the technology to help humans keep up with robots. He plans on funding the company mostly by himself. In recent weeks, Neuralink has also hired leading academics in the field, the Journal reported.

March 28, 2017 04:03 UTC

Rotorua Grey Power members help with party policy about dealing with the elderly (+video)

Rotorua's elderly community got their chance to tell politicians what they thought of the state of care for them and their colleagues at a meeting hosted by Grey Power Rotorua yesterday. Ms Dyson wanted to know if life for senior citizens had got any better, or worse, in the intervening years. Often more than one person had to attend to the same person when one person could do both jobs. Other suggestions were to set up an ombudsman for elderly affairs, similar to the insurance industry, while others suggested roving inspections of rest homes could improve the quality of care. Ms Dyson and Mr Coates said the information was valuable and would be included in an update to the report in the near future.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

The real story behind the release of Kim Kardashian's sex tape

The next time he heard it was when someone tried to sell him her Ray J sex tape. On February 21, 2007, an attorney representing Kardashian filed a suit against Vivid Entertainment to prevent its release, but Kim Kardashian, Superstar was released on March 21 and Kardashian settled the suit the following month. and now, Kim Kardashian and her family are one of the most influential in the world. Perez Hilton says: "I don't believe that excuse the sex tape 'made her.'" If it wasn't in 2007, eventually Kim and the Kardashians would have gotten their own reality show, somewhere, somehow.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

Family and friends of boatie missing off Mayor Island haven't given up hope

By Dean TaylorFamily and friends of Te Awamutu man Karl Earwaker today continued searching for the missing boatie in Bay of Plenty waters, despite the official search being suspended. The Te Awamutu farmer was reported missing a week ago when his upturned boat was seen by a plane. The family has asked for privacy at this time as they concentrate on the search effort and maintaining the family farm interests. Mr Earwaker's 5.6m fibreglass Sea Nymph, named Optimist, was found empty and capsized about two nautical miles south of Mayor Island on Tuesday. "I would like to thank all the volunteers from Coastguard, Land Search and Rescue, and our partner agencies who assisted us with this search.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

Could you feed a family on $1.50 a day?

By Frank ChungCould you feed your family on just A$42 (NZ$45) a week? "Getting the grocery bill down to A$42 a week is pretty hard to do," she said. I used to feed my family roasts but I don't any more." "They struggle to balance the family budget, and those meals are not in line with their health goals. "If I don't plan and don't have a system, it's A$200 a week for our family - I'll just go to the shops and randomly buy stuff.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

Stormy proposal during Cyclone Debbie

"We knew about the thunderstorms and lightning, we just didn't realise it was going to be a Category 4 cyclone along with it." We've got supplies and everything and a good group of friends and we're just all chilling out." Related Content Inside the bleak Cyclone Debbie shelters Video Watch: How a cyclone is formed Cyclone Debbie's 'destructive core' reaches land between Bowen and Airlie BeachHe got down on bended knee in front of a few friends and was stoked Wilson said 'yes'. "It's pretty fun, I was pretty excited when I heard I was going to be in a cyclone to be honest. It was good to be amongst good friends, Woodman said.

March 28, 2017 03:56 UTC

High-tech facility boosting Kiwi research

A high-tech Melbourne facility which has received $15 million in Government funding is helping boost research on the other side of the Tasman, says Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith, who visited the site today. The Australian Synchrotron works as a gigantic microscope that can be used to study everything from advanced materials and biomedics to food technology and art forensics. They're then fed into another outer ring - the "Storage Ring" - where the electrons circulate at a constant energy for around 30 to 40 hours, continuously generating intense synchrotron light. The facility had helped improve the quality and impact of New Zealand research, with a number of international collaborations developed through research conducted there, he said. "The goal of the synchrotron is to be the catalyst for high quality research and innovation in Australia and New Zealand," Goldsmith said.

March 28, 2017 03:51 UTC

Several New Zealand food, beverages and agricultural stocks have edge

By Dene MackenzieSeveral New Zealand food, beverages and agricultural (FBA) stocks are successfully achieving price premiums in local and global markets for their products. Sustainability of price premiums was generally challenging over the long term, with competition likely to normalise industry premiums given time. Over the medium term, intellectual property - including copyrights and trademarks - barriers to entry, market/consumer relationships and internal expertise all supported sustainable price premiums. "This premium is higher versus standardised products, albeit we note other super premium products exist in a similar price range to a2 Platinum.'' Comvita (CVT)Comvita had developed a strong brand position across key regions, including its domestic New Zealand market, Australia and China/Hong Kong.

March 28, 2017 03:46 UTC

Kaikoura quake produced 7m tsunami

The Kaikoura quake caused massive landslips blocking State Highway 1. Photo: ODT filesA tsunami generated by November's 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake reached a height of 7 metres in some places, comparable with some of the biggest events in recent history. Niwa hydrodynamics scientist Emily Lane said the height was confirmed at surveys conducted at Oaro and Goose Bay, south of Kaikoura, three weeks after the midnight quake on November 14 last year. Photo: Land Information NZ / NZTAWaipapa Bay, north of Kaikoura before the November 14 earthquake and aftershocks. Gauge readings taken at Kaikoura at the time of the quake showed that, in the 25 minutes immediately after, the tidal level dropped by 2.5 metres.

March 28, 2017 03:33 UTC

Three arrested after violent Auckland liquor store robbery

By Sam HurleyVideo will play in Play now Don't auto playNever auto playThree men have been arrested following a violent robbery at an Auckland liquor store, while community leaders met to discuss solutions to an apparent rise in violence against shopkeepers. The three accused, aged 16, 17 and 20, were arrested after police carried out several search warrants in South Auckland yesterday morning, Detective Sergeant Rob Cleary, of Counties Manukau Police, said. CCTV footage of last Wednesday night's Otahuhu liquor shop robbery shows the shopkeeper desperately attempting to fend off three offenders. Meanwhile, community leaders, including Associate Minister of Justice Mark Mitchell, met last weekend to discuss potential solutions to a perceived increase in violent robberies. At least six shops in Auckland have been robbed in the past two weeks, while at least a further two have been reported from the weekend, Stop Crime NZ founder Sunny Kaushal told the Herald.

March 28, 2017 03:33 UTC

A Giant shave for a cure

A Giant shave for a cureLUZ ZUNIGA/ Nelson Giant basketballer Bronson Beri shaves Farmer's team member, Sue Smith's head during the Shave for a cure campaign. Shave for a Cure hit the main street of Nelson last week, seeing one woman go from shaggy to shorn.. Farmers Nelson assistant store manager Linda Wadsworth said Farmers Nelson team memberSue Smith embraced a buzz cut from Nelson Giant and barber, Bronson Beri. Farmers stores around the country took part in Shave for a Cure Week from March 20 to March 26. Farmers Nelson raised $1974 for the cause while the region's biggest Farmers store in Richmond raised $2994.

March 28, 2017 03:33 UTC

Labour and Greens back selection of National MP Simon Upton for PCE

Labour and Greens have backed the appointment of former National MP Simon Upton as the new environment watchdog, saying he is the best person for the job and has shown he can be critical of his former party. Upton, who left Parliament in 2001, was a National MP for 20 years and held the environmental portfolio for nine years. Labour MP Trevor Mallard, who was on the selection committee, said he did not share New Zealand First's concerns. "Obviously he is a former National MP and minister but the work he's done suits the task." The OECD department led by Upton released a hard-hitting report on New Zealand's environmental performance last week.

March 28, 2017 03:30 UTC

'Put up or shut up' Defence Force chief told

Journalist Jon Stephenson has called on the Chief of Defence Force to "put up or shut up" and release camera footage taken during SAS raids in Afghanistan. When in New Zealand, Stephenson said he contacted an interpreter in Kabul, who would call a trusted contact in the villages' area. "It's not only the New Zealand Defence Force reputation, it's the New Zealand reputation." "There's clearly been a lot of investigation and reporting as a standard process in the defence forces, I think there will be plenty of material there to corroborate what the Chief of Defence Force is saying." "The Chief of Defence Force and his people laid out all the events.

March 28, 2017 03:19 UTC

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