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Entries for February 2013

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Minister for Senior Citizens, Media Statement, 26 February 2013

Public feedback is being sought as part of a review of the 2007 amendments to enduring powers of attorney provisions. “The Ministry of Social Development has developed an online questionnaire and will be holding regional meetings to receive feedback on the effectiveness of the amendments made in 2007 to the enduring power of attorney provisions in the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act,” says Mrs Goodhew.



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Media Release: Age Concern New Zealand, 27 Feb 2013

Last Friday Year 4 students from Murrays Bay School in Auckland had an in-depth Skype conversation with Age Concern New Zealand staff about loneliness and older people.



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New Zealand Herald, 21 Feb 2013  [Lincoln Tan] 

The man described as the country's "most prolific blood donor" will today be giving his 550th and final blood donation.  New Zealand Blood Service says it would be a challenge to find a donor who could replace 72-year-old Graeme Thomas because of his special blood type.  A rare anti-body that helps save newborns means country's most prolific donor will be hard to replace.



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National Business Review, 18 Feb 2013 

Chemicals in green tea and red wine may block the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease.  Scientists at the University of Leeds targeted a process that allows harmful clumps of protein in the brain to kill neurons.  Using purified extracts of the chemicals EGCG in green tea and resveratrol in red wine, they were able to stop nerve cells from being harmed. 



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New Zealand Herald, 12 Feb 2013 

(A reader wrote in) I am contributing 8 per cent of my salary to KiwiSaver. I turn 65 in May and would like to remain with KiwiSaver until I finish work in, for example, five years' time. Can I continue to contribute after I have turned 65? I will also be receiving super then.  My employer is happy to top up 2 per cent.



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Press Release: Waikato District Health Board, 14 Feb 2013  (abridged)

Murray Walter’s “near fatal” stroke in June last year robbed him of clear speech, ability to swallow, all movement on his left side and the ability to walk.  Today the 78-year-old retired farmer is up on his feet and in his own home with his wife Barbara. The couple say this miraculous accomplishment is chiefly due to Waikato DHB’s Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Team. 



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