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2008-08-21 15:01:07

By DUFF, Michelle Colleen Carr hasn't been paid a cent for her work in the past nine years. Along with 30 other volunteers, she works at the LUCK drop-in centre in Palmerston North, a refuge for people living with psychiatric illness. And last night, her hard work was finally rewarded - with LUCK taking out the grand prize at the annual TrustPower community awards. "This is such a shock - I don't know what to say," Ms Carr said tearfully, as she was handed a huge bouquet of flowers...

2008-08-21 15:01:06

Plans for a possible medical centre at Feilding's former Clevely Hospital including GPs and other health services on one site are moving forward with costings, design and concept plans ready to be presented to the interested parties over the next few weeks. MidCentral District Health Board funding manager Mike Grant said it would probably be two years before such a centre was up and running if the GPs and other users agreed to go ahead. (c) 2008 Evening Standard; Palmerston North, New...

2008-08-17 21:00:38

By BURNS, Kelly PALMERSTON NORTH Airport's international status is still in doubt with overseas flights grounded since March. Border agencies including Customs, aviation security staff, police and the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry have withdrawn all or most of their staff from the airport. But Ozjet boss Willie O'Neill said he would fly into the city in the next month hoping to revive the trans-Tasman route. Airport chief executive Garry Goodman said that while an...

2008-08-14 18:00:44

By RANKIN, Janine Palmerston North stands to lose one of its two private hospitals, with Southern Cross and Aorangi both struggling to make a dollar. While the hospitals wait for Commerce Commission approval to merge, their March application reveals that one of them, probably Southern Cross, will succumb to the heat of competition anyway if the merger isn't allowed. "The city is simply too small to support and sustain two full- service private hospitals," they said. "At least one of...

2008-08-07 15:00:59

Manawatu's help-line for people trying to enrol with a GP is proving to be a stress buster, says Manawatu Primary Health Organisation manager Nicky Hart. In the last month the 0800 service has helped place 25 people with doctors, 24 are going through the enrolment process, but another 78 are still waiting. The service works as a central sorting point for people looking for a GP and links those in greatest need with vacancies as they arise on some 25 practice rolls. It saves patients the...

2008-08-07 15:00:59

By RANKIN, Janine Rats and the risk of sewage and water damage to Palmerston North Hospital patient records are forcing MidCentral Health to spend $2.2 million on a new building big enough to store more than 360,000 files. The basement where most of the files are kept has become so overcrowded that at least once a month a staff member gets hurt falling on the spiral stairs or tripping over shelving rails. And the move toward electronic records won't happen fast enough to spare...

2008-08-07 15:00:12

By RANKIN, Janine Plans for a regional women's health service spanning Whanganui and MidCentral Health came a step closer yesterday. The MidCentral District Health Board's hospital advisory committee voted on a raft of recommendations to build the service, including recruitment of a regional clinical director and project manager to make it happen. The plans have been developing since late 2006 when the first staffing crisis at Whanganui Hospital saw birthing mothers transferred to...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

More rotten weekend weather has hampered storm-lashed Horowhenua's clean-up efforts. Levin, Mangaore, Tokomaru and Shannon residents still need to boil water, and should conserve it where possible. Horowhenua District Council's communications officer Colleen Sheldon said the main issue was high groundwater levels. Water seeping into waste-water treatment systems was a problem, and the council needed residents to report when it happened. Residents could also help by clearing any...

2008-07-24 15:01:02

By MILLER, Grant A steady flow of people wanting to know more about Mighty River Power's planned wind farm in the Turitea Reserve near Palmerston North showed up for the company's first information day about the project yesterday. Many of them were property owners in the vicinity of the planned development on a ridge 11 kilometres south-east of Palmerston North. If the project gets the green light, turbines will be visible on the skyline from Fitzherbert Avenue. Mighty River Power...

2008-07-23 15:00:52

The Feilding-based farm syndication company MyFarm says there has been strong interest in investing in an Australian dairy farm and support unit in western Victoria. MyFarm says it has a conditional offer in for the farm for $13.5million, but it is looking to raise the money before it buys the property. It is a 386ha dairy farm and 120ha support unit. The company says at this stage it looks like it will be over- subscribed. And at least a dozen prospective investors are going to...


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