MidCentral DHB reviewing nurses’ workplace safety concerns

Health officials in Palmerston North are reviewing workplace safety concerns raised by stressed nurses in the city hospital’s emergency department. File photo: Palmerston North Hospital Photo: RNZ / Jimmy Ellingham Hospital health and safety representatives, supported by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation union, last week issued three provisional improvement notices about the department. They cited … Read more

Woman says ‘unsafe’ highway driveway unlikely to change

A woman who lives next to a Horowhenua state highway and says new safety barriers on the side of the road make it unsafe for her to turn into her property, is sceptical anything will change. SH57, near Levin Photo: RNZ / Jimmy Ellingham Molly Page has complained to Waka Kotahi about the barriers on … Read more

Drug warning as 12 in hospital with overdoses

A dozen people have been hospitalised over the weekend due to suspected fentanyl overdoses, all in the Wairarapa region. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images / AFP The drug information website High Alert says the 12 people displayed the same symptoms as an opioid overdose after consuming white powder sold as cocaine and methamphetamine. “Those … Read more

PM leaves for Europe with free trade agreement in her sights

The Prime Minister leaves for Europe today, where she will push to get a long-awaited free trade deal with the European Union over the line. Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver But Jacinda Ardern had left the door open to the possibility of departing from Brussels without an agreement if the EU failed to put forward … Read more