Petition calls for more health funding not handcuffs to fight drug crisis

A Health not Handcuffs coalition has launched a petition this week calling for a doubling of drug treatment and harm reduction funding in next year’s Budget – as people are continuing to die from synthetic cannabinoids.

Greens call for MPs to ‘walk the talk’, decriminalise drug use

A new report has suggested that decriminalising drugs should earn the Government half a billion dollars in benefits.

Treat drug use as a health problem: NZ Drug Foundation study

Treating drug use as a health issue and investing more money in treatment and harm reduction will more than pay for itself, a new report says.

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‘Discriminatory’ disability law to be repealed, family care policy changed – Government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



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