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NEW ZEALAND – A Timaru woman says calls to change compulsory helmet rules are ridiculous, after a helmet saved her husband’s life.

Health system facing crisis

Thursday March 29, 2018

NEW ZEALAND – The New Zealand health system is facing a funding shortfall so bad that three DHBs are likely to need at least $4.3 billion in capital expenditure alone.

NEW ZEALAND – Ed Sheeran’s tour in Dunedin this week has been called the city’s biggest event ever, and is hoped to bring its biggest economic windfall since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Pacific Briefs

Wednesday March 28, 2018

WILD WEATHER FORECAST FOR FIJI

Budget restraints hid hospital rot

Wednesday March 28, 2018

NEW ZEALAND – Counties Manukau DHB was reluctant to ask the previous National-led government for funding to fix mouldy, rotting and unstable buildings because of pressure from ministers to stay in surplus, its acting CEO says.

Seat lost over sedition charge

Wednesday March 28, 2018

FIJI – Fijian opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu has lost his seat in parliament after being convicted on six year old sedition charges.

Lawyer sues for damages

Wednesday March 28, 2018

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The controversial Papua New Guinea lawyer Paul Paraka has launched legal action seeking damages for the long-running probe into state payments to his law firm.

Volcano eruption escalating

Wednesday March 28, 2018

VANUATU – Residents on Ambae in Vanuatu are living in fear as their island’s volcano continues to belch fire and ash with the danger level of the Manaro Voui crater at level 3 – signifying an escalating eruption event.

TONGA – Tonga’s Education Minister remains adamant that girls should not play rugby or take part in boxing.

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