No option to pay Inland Revenue or ACC by cheque from March | Stuff

Inland Revenue and the Accident Compensation Corporation have announced they will no longer accept payments by cheque from March.

Inland Revenue said it received more than 430,000 cheques during the last financial year, while ACC received about 25,000 cheques from businesses including the self-employed.

Cheques accounted for about 5 per cent of the payments received by the two organisations, but their use was declining, they said.
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Residents exposed to noxious gases at retirement complex in Lower Hutt | Stuff

A Lower Hutt retirement complex is in damage control after bad plumbing left elderly residents exposed to noxious sewer gases and bacteria build-up in all the showers.

Plumbing investigators alerted the police and public health authorities, and even questioned the death of a woman who lived in a particularly badly affected apartment in the upmarket suburb of Woburn.

However the owner, the Masonic Villages Trust, said while the plumbing is bad, tests showed there had been no health hazard. It refused to release those test results.
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2019 Rugby World Cup: Older Kiwis 'embracing' streaming change | Stuff

Older New Zealanders have largely embraced the new tools involved in streaming the Rugby World Cup and are more concerned about broader connectivity issues rather than the technology inside their houses, says SeniorNet executive officer Grant Sidaway.

SeniorNet, a training network for Kiwis over 50s who want to learn more about technology, has been hosting Rugby World Cup workshops in its centres and Sidaway said a combination of these information sessions and family support networks meant that many older Kiwis were in decent shape for the tournament.
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Osteoarthritis - is NZ neglecting our ageing population? | Scoop

It’s not just the elephant in the room - it’s a herd of elephants on the rampage. Osteoarthritis is a severe health issue that is only going to get worse. New Zealand needs to be much more proactive in acknowledging the seriousness of this debilitating condition.

“By 2040 as even Generation X begins to feel the impact of osteoarthritis there will be over 600,000 people with osteoarthritis in New Zealand- up from 406,000 in 2018 - a large increase due to the ageing of our population,” says Arthritis New Zealand CE Mr Philip Kearney.
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Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed | Scoop

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand.

The previous National Government closed down the Mental Health Commission in 2012.

“We are taking mental health seriously and so did the Mental Health Commission,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

“It was held in high regard and did a good job of providing leadership and accelerating progress across the sector. We want it back to hold us and future governments to account.
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Tackling a problem that grows with age | Ideas Room

We have an ageing population here in New Zealand and, you would assume, we are all hoping to live actively, happily and healthily into a long old age. But unfortunately, for many of us, the passing years bring failing joints.

It is a really big problem: We are expecting a 700 percent increase in joint replacements in the next 15 years. This is unsustainable. And people are not only getting older, they are getting heavier and the two together are leading to an epidemic of osteoarthritis.
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Home sensor charity director speaks | Scoop

Home sensor charity director speaks about the preventable death which drives her to push for healthy homes

TEDx Wellington has released a powerful video featuring Whare Hauora director Hiria Te Rangi speaking at their most recent showcase of ‘the best ideas the capital has to offer’.

In her speech, Ms Te Rangi talks about the death of her beloved grandmother from a preventable respiratory illness caused by the cold, damp state-owned home she lived in. Respiratory illnesses are the third largest cause of death in New Zealand and they affect 70,000 people every year.
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