Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

The Labour Party wants to remove abortion from the criminal law and treat it as a health matter.

More than 800,000 Southern Cross customers stripped of funeral insurance

More than 800,000 people have been stripped of insurance funds set aside to cover their funeral costs when they die after Southern Cross pulled the pin on the benefit.

Law Commission proposes repealing criminal offences for abortions

The Law Commission has outlined abortion law reforms that would remove abortion from the Crimes Act and repeal the need for two doctors to authorise the procedure.

Health Ministry works to mid-2020 date to legalise medicinal cannabis

People in chronic pain and the terminally ill will have to wait until at least mid-2020 to legally obtain medicinal cannabis, according to a Ministry of Health document – a wait criticised as far too long.

Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert

All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

‘Discriminatory’ disability law to be repealed, family care policy changed – Government

The Government will repeal a disability law described as a "shame on society" and overhaul its policy on paying families who care for their disabled loved ones.

Call for bigger share of tobacco tax to help quitters given thumbs-up

The Tax Working Group’s call to re-direct tobacco tax income to quit support has been backed by Hāpai Te Hauora who says it is time for the Government to take a ‘’brave stand”.

Disability law labelled “shame on society” a step closer to repeal

A disability law described as a "shame on society" looks likely to be quashed, with a high-level Government committee to consider its repeal today.

New chair-elect named at launch of Primary Health Federation

Rotorua mayor and midwife Steve Chadwick was announced as chair-elect at last night’s formal parliamentary launch of the new Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand.

Overhaul ACC to cover illness not just injuries, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer

ACC should be overhauled to meet the original vision of a single system for people incapacitated by both illness and accidents, says former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
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