'It lends them a legitimacy' – doctor says changing pharmacy rules to allow homeopathic products misleads people

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Asbestos from burnt building in Wellington not being monitored by the council

Dust from an asbestos-contaminated building gutted by fire is being managed by the building's owners, Hutt City Council says.

However, neither the council nor WorkSafe are doing ongoing monitoring themselves.

On Thursday it was revealed that dust samples from cars parked near the Chair Solutions building on Hutt Park Road in Gracefield had tested positive for chrystotile, a type of white asbestos.

Local workers - who paid for the testing - were angry they could have been exposed to the contaminant since the fire at the end of July.

The council's manager of trade waste, Gordon George, said two specialist firms had been managing the asbestos.

"ATL Group did initial monitoring and management of the site and Accurate Consulting took over the work. This work has been contracted by, and is being paid for by the property owner.

"There may have been less need to spray foam suppressant on the site due to a period of fairly high rainfall. With the recent few days of dry weather, council understands Accurate Consulting has recommenced dust suppression methods as needed."

However, the council was not doing ongoing monitoring itself.

"Council monitors the asbestos aspect of the site by reviewing air quality data provided by Worksafe and the previous contractor. To date, there has been nothing in this data to cause council concern."

A WorkSafe spokesperson said the site had not been a workplace since the fire and did not come under its jurisdiction.

"The Hutt City Council has issued a notice requiring the building owner to remedy any contamination. It is for the building owner and the Hutt City Council who issued the notice to ensure that the notice is being complied with, not WorkSafe.

"We are advised that regular monitoring was undertaken by an independent third party for five weeks (ending one week ago) and the results have not shown elevated levels of asbestos. We have not been advised why the testing was halted."

By Ruth Hill

rnz.co.nz

Chair Solutions which suffered a fire in July has asbestos in the roof. (Rebekah Parsons-King) Source: rnz.co.nz


Auckland fares badly in quality of life survey

Aucklanders have the poorest sense of quality of life of people in eight New Zealand cities, a survey has found.

The Nielsen 2018 Quality of Life survey showed Tauranga had the best quality of life among the eight cities surveyed, with 91 percent of residents saying their quality of life was good.

Tauranga also scored highest for health, emotional wellbeing and appreciation of the natural environment.

Hutt City and Wellington were not far behind Tauranga in the quality of life stakes, with 90 and 89 percent of residents respectively saying their quality of life was good.

Only 79 percent of Aucklanders said their city was a great place to live, while 94 percent of Wellingtonians thought their city was a wonderful place to be.

Porirua residents had the dimmest view of their city, with just 72 percent saying it was great place to reside.

Just under half of respondents said housing costs were affordable - and Aucklanders were most likely to say housing was not affordable.

Housing was rated as most affordable in Dunedin, followed by Hutt City, Christchurch, and Tauranga.

Despite the high life satisfaction rating, Tauranga residents were most likely to say their city had become a worse place to live in the past 12 months. The two main reasons cited were increased traffic congestion and population.

At 83 percent, Tauranga's score for traffic frustration was significantly higher than any other city, with Auckland coming in next at 36 percent.

Christchurch residents said their city had become better over the past year more than residents of other cities, with 56 percent seeing improvements.

Good relationships, finances and health and wellbeing were the main reasons people cited for positive quality of life ratings.

Poor financial situations, health, and housing quantity, quality and cost were the main factors behind people giving negative quality of life ratings.

Just under a third of respondents living in the eight cities felt their quality of life had improved over the past year, while 13 percent felt it had declined.

Dunedin residents were most likely to see a decrease in quality of life.

Snapshots from the survey:

Overall quality of life comparisons with other cities:

Tauranga 91 percent

Hutt 90 percent

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Porirua 85 percent

Hamilton 84 percent

Christchurch 84 percent

Auckland 83 percent

Is your town a great place to live?

Wellington 94 percent

Dunedin 87 percent

Tauranga 86 percent

Hutt 81 percent

Auckland 79 percent

Hamilton 75 percent

Christchurch 73 percent

Porirua 72 percent

Do you feel a sense of pride in the look and feel of your area?

Wellington 89 percent

Dunedin 73 percent

Tauranga 66 per cent

Auckland 62 percent

Hamilton 53 percent

Hutt 50 percent

Christchurch 44 percent

Porirua 43 percent

Are your housing costs affordable?

Dunedin 65 percent

Hutt 58 percent

Christchurch 57 percent

Tauranga 56 percent

Hamilton 51 percent

Wellington 50 percent

Porirua 47 per cent

Auckland 41 percent

Reasons for positive quality of life rating

Lifestyle

Christchurch 40 percent

Tauranga 39 percent

Wellington 36 percent

Dunedin 35 percent

Hutt 34 percent

Porirua 33 percent

Auckland 32 percent

Hamilton 31 percent

Appreciation of natural environment

Tauranga 13 percent

Auckland 8 percent

Porirua 8 percent

Dunedin 8 percent

Wellington 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Christchurch 4 percent

Hamilton 3 percent

Health and Wellbeing

Dunedin 45 percent

Christchurch 45 percent

Tauranga 43 percent

Wellington 42 percent

Auckland 41 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Hutt 40 percent

Porirua 40 percent

Relationships

Wellington 49 percent

Christchurch 49 percent

Tauranga 48 percent

Dunedin 45 percent

Auckland 44 percent

Hutt 44 percent

Porirua 44 percent

Hamilton 41 percent

Why has your city become a better place to live over the previous 12 months?

Improved amenities

Auckland 37 percent

Hutt 35 percent

Dunedin 32 percent

Tauranga 31 percent

Christchurch 24 percent

Wellington 22 percent

Porirua 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Growth - economy and business

Tauranga 15 percent

Dunedin 12 percent

Hamilton 8 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Hutt 5 percent

Wellington 3 percent

Auckland 3 percent

Good roads/roads being upgraded

Christchurch 16 percent

Tauranga 14 percent

Auckland 10 percent

Hamilton 10 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Wellington 6 percent

Dunedin 4 percent

Porirua 3 percent

Why has your city become a worse place to live over the last 12 months?

More traffic and traffic congestion

Tauranga 83 percent

Auckland 36 percent

Hamilton 32 percent

Wellington 29 percent

Hutt 25 percent

Dunedin 19 percent

Christchurch 7 percent

Increase in population

Tauranga 25 percent

Auckland 9 percent

Dunedin 7 percent

Hamilton 4 percent

Porirua 4 percent

Christchurch 3 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Infrastructure failing to keep up with demand

Tauranga 17 percent

Dunedin 9 percent

Auckland 7 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Porirua 5 percent

Wellington 5 percent

Christchurch 2 percent

Hutt 2 percent

Homelessness

Wellington 44 percent

Tauranga 20 percent

Hamilton 19 percent

Hutt 16 percent

Dunedin 13 percent

Auckland 11 percent

Christchurch 9 percent

Porirua 7 percent

Crime rate increased

Hamilton 33 percent

Porirua 22 percent

Auckland 16 percent

Hutt 14 percent

Christchurch 12 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

Wellington 1 percent

Dunedin 0 percent

Lack of maintenance

Auckland 14 percent

Hutt 8 percent

Porirua 6 percent

Christchurch 6 percent

Dunedin 6 percent

Hamilton 5 percent

Wellington 2 percent

Tauranga 2 percent

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Auckland city night skyline with city center and Auckland Sky Tower, the iconic landmark of Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland skyline at night (file picture). Source: istock.com

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Hamilton man shot in the face with a pellet gun

A Hamilton man has been shot in the face with a pellet gun last night.

A Police spokesperson has told 1 News that police were called to an incident involving a group of people on the corner of Te Rapa Rd and Church Rd at about 11:45pm.

Officers are still looking for the offender or offenders and no arrests have been made at this stage.

A St John spokesperson said the male has been transported to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition. 

There are no reports of any other injuries.

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Meet Whanganui's royal super fan who will follow Harry and Meghan in her campervan

A Whanganui woman who tried, and failed, to get an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is excited about their upcoming royal tour of New Zealand.

So much so, that she plans to follow the newlyweds around the country in her yellow campervan.

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Marie Shepherd couldn’t score an invite to the wedding, but will still go on a royal tour. Source: Seven Sharp