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Enrich+ Spectrum Energy provide much needed support for autism

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More seek gender reassignment surgery information, Wellington study finds

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Mum of twin who died during birth wants the DHB to learn from her...

The mother of a twin who died during birth wants a shake-up at her district health board after a damning report released today has found both the obstetrician and hospital at fault.
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