Beloved rural tradition of Calf Club goes digital in era of cow disease

The risk of cross-contamination from Mycoplasma bovis has meant the long-standing and much-loved kids calf club tradition has had to be cancelled in many parts of the country.

However, in a brilliant move, two Waikato heroes have come up with a way to save it by using social media.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp reporter Carolyn Robinson checked out how the 21st century Calf Club works in the video above.

The mycoplasma bovis outbreak has forced some events to go online. Source: Seven Sharp

Quarter of Kiwis arrive at emergency department with injuries that were caused while drinking, study reveals

A quarter of Kiwis turn up to hospital emergency departments with injuries that were caused while drinking, a new study has revealed.

One of the collaborators for the study, Auckland University Professor Bridget Kool, spoke on TVNZ 1's Breakfast today to discuss what the findings mean for New Zealand's binge-drinking culture.

The study looks at different domains: regulations, alcohol-related regulations, advertising, the training of bar staff and vehicle-related regulations such as breath testing.

Professor Kool said of the 28 countries studied, Sweden "probably has the most robust policies" as only 15 per cent of people had consumed alcohol in the six hours before turning up in the emergency department with injuries.

In comparison, New Zealand came in at number two on the list at 25 per cent, down from 45 per cent in 2000.

Professor Kool says the number is "really encouraging".

"Where there had been most change had been, in actual fact, been people presenting with an injury had been as a result of a traffic-related event tells us that some of those messages around drink-driving are getting through which is really encouraging."

She says New Zealand needs to take a tougher stance on alcohol regulation.

"I think the usefulness of a study like this is there hasn't been a lot of research done on policy, so now that we have this indice that's been developed, we can look at if we have areas that we do need to increase our policies, and some that is around liquor outlet densities.

"You know, our most disadvantaged areas have the highest concentration of liquor outlets which is completely unacceptable."

Another big issue, Professor Kool says, is the "social marketing into our younger, earlier drinkers".

Auckland University Professor Bridget Kool spoke to Breakfast about taking a tougher stance on binge-drinking culture. Source: Breakfast


Delays expected following seven-car crash on State Highway 1 from Kāpiti Coast to Wellington

Motorists heading to Wellington from Kāpiti Coast have been advised to expect delays following a crash on State Highway 1 near Raumati this morning.

A seven-car nose-to-tail crash occurred south of the Raumati on-ramp around 6am.

The southbound lane has been partially blocked and will take some time to clear.

No one was injured in the incident.