Government warned to prepare for dementia 'tidal wave' at a cost of $12b

The Government is being warned to prepare for a $12 billion dementia "tidal wave", with the number of sufferers expected to triple in just over 30 years. 

Around 60,000 Kiwis have the disease and now Alzheimers New Zealand is asking the government to commit even more money to care for those sufferers. 

About 60,000 Kiwis have the disease, a number expected to triple in just over 30 years. Source: 1 NEWS

The cost to New Zealand each year is $1 billion, according to Dr Ngaire Dixon, the chairwoman of Alzheimers NZ. 

"If nothing is done, this will turn into a tidal wave," she said.

Currently people with dementia get support when their illness is so far gone they have to be cared for in residential homes.

But Alzheimers NZ wants sufferers supported straight after diagnosis so they can make the most of life.

"The government would benefit by putting in the time and money now because it would reduce the amount of funding they need for people in longer term care," said Dr Nixon. 

The government did not address the proposed strategy, instead pointing to the extra $100 million it's spending on dementia service, and says district health boards have been tasked to develop dementia care. 



Man sexually abused from age of seven calls on Kiwis to talk 'a lot more openly' about this issue

A man who was sexually abused from the age of seven has joined calls for men to talk more openly about their experience after a group of male survivors of abuse told TVNZ1's Sunday programme opening up about their past has helped them.

Survivors also say more support is needed for male victims of abuse because while the global #Metoo movement" has drawn attention to the issue for women, many men are silently living with the trauma.  

Former police officer Geoff Cavell was sexually abused by a family member from the age of seven.

"The scab has only just been picked off this sore, so I think it's a pertinent time now that that wound has been opened up that we need to talk about it a lot more, a lot more openly," he told 1 NEWS.

"I think we really need to focus on this problem and start to deal with it in a proper way. The biggest problem is actually speaking about it and men traditionally, we haven't been very good at it."

Another survivor of abuse, Neil Sorenson, was emotional as he told Sunday: "My suggestion would be just to talk. It's amazing. It's incredible."

Jim Clemente, a child sexual exploitation expert, says the MeToo movement has brought the issue to the forefront.

"But mostly it's women who are talking about that. I believe there are just as many male victims." 

Advocates say more support is needed for men dealing with the fallout of such abuse.

"We haven't done very well into looking into the research into boys and men in New Zealand, which lets us down badly," Ken Clearwater of the Male Survivors of Sex Abuse Trust told TVNZ1's Breakfast.

The Ministry of Social Development says while it already funds services for male survivors of sex abuse it has also commissioned new research to find out which support and services works best for them. 

It's something Labour's Kelvin Davis has spoken out about. Now he's a minister, he says he is determined to do more.

"It has such a profound effect on people. As the Minister of Corrections I see it on a regular basis - men telling me about their experiences of being abused," Mr Davis said.

Geoff Cavell was sexually abused by a family member from the age of seven. Source: 1 NEWS



Jacinda Ardern speaks at launch of Stardust and Substance book chronicling her rise to power

Jacinda Ardern spoke at the launch of the book Stardust and Substance: The New Zealand General Election of 2017 in Wellington this evening.

The new book, edited by Stephen Levine, "captures some of the magic of Jacinda Ardern's extraordinary seven-and-a-half weeks' campaign, defeating a National Party government in power for nine years."

Ms Ardern read some passages from the book and recalled memories from the "extraordinary and interesting" period in her life.

A lot of the General Election was a "blur" for the Prime Minister who says the book serves as a good artifact to refer to.

The book is already out of stock on the Victoria University Press website, the publishers of the book.

The Prime Minister says the book covers an "extraordinary and interesting" period in her life. Source: 1 NEWS


Volunteers hit Auckland streets to conduct city's first official homeless count

Auckland is gearing up to count its homeless population for the first time.

Tonight, hundreds of volunteers will walk the city's streets to find those who are living without permanent shelter in an attempt to resource the problem.

"We need to know why people are out on the street and what the nature of those people are. Once we've got that information then we can make steps towards solving the problem," Auckland Mayor Phil Goff told 1 NEWS.

Doctor Kate Amore from Otago University has been looking at homelessness for two decades.

She says while the census gives a snapshot of the problem many people don't get counted.

"We know the main cause is the mis-match between affordability and people's income. We know if there was a plentiful supply of affordable housing we wouldn't have a homeless problem," Dr Amore says.

Her research shows half of those who are homeless are under the age of 25.

"Half of homeless adults are working studying or both and I think it used to be in the old days the stereotype of a homeless person was an alcoholic middle-aged man on the street.

"But I think in the last few years that picture has definitely changed in New Zealand," Dr Amore says.

The Government's Housing First programme has funding to take almost 600 people off the streets in Auckland including children.

Those sleeping rough in the city tonight can expect to have some visitors drop by. Source: 1 NEWS