Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken to social media to urge New Zealanders to give blood and to be put on the bone marrow registry after a woman discovered her leukaemia had returned after giving birth.
Ms Ardern posted a photo of the woman and her young family on Instagram, captioning it, "This is Jo. You might have read about her in the paper this morning. Jo had a baby around the same time as I did, but after her baby arrived she found out that her leukaemia was back".
"I know Jo, and I also know that it's going to take finding a donor to help her get well. And this is the bit where we can make a difference to her, but potentially to lots of other people too.
The Prime Minister implored her followers to "go out "go out and give blood, and when you do, ask to be added to the bone marrow donor registry".
"Because of a whole range of complexities, I'm told that if you're a man with ancestry other than European, you're most likely to be added to the list because that's where the greatest need is. So please, spread the word. You could help save a life."
Wellington Police are investigating after a pharmacy was robbed in Lower Hutt this morning.
Police were called at around 10.50am following reports a man had entered the store armed with a craft knife.
The man left the scene with a small amount of prescription medication.
Police are examining the area and are following positive lines of inquiry.
Residents may notice an increased police presence in the area for the next few days while inquiries continue.
Police are seeking a man described to be in his 40s, around 178cm tall, and was wearing a grey hoodie, grey tracksuit pants and a grey check scarf around his face at the time of the incident.
He is believed to have left the scene either riding or pushing a bike.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information about the man involved has been advised to contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Up on a roof top of a two-storey coffee store in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden, urban beekeeper Jess Baker tends to her beehives.
“My favourite bees are the guard bees,” says Jess, dressed in a beekeeper’s suit and armed with a smoker.
“They stand at the entrance of each hive and they smell every bee coming in and out of the hive and if a wasp tries to get in you see those bees fight the wasp out at the entrance.
“There’s a whole little community going on inside that hive.”
With her fiance Luke Whitfield, Jess carefully and gently inspects the two boxes the pair have handcrafted for the bees, extracting the honey from the hives to give to Kokako coffee roasters below.
This process is a regular task for Jess, who gave up her career as a graphic designer to rescue swarms of bees from exterminators and re-home them.
For five years these urban beekeepers have been extracting bees, but it was a trip to Bolivia that the business idea Bees Up Top was born.
“I just came up with it one night. I couldn’t sleep, and we were thinking about when we get home what we were going to do,” says Luke.
“We both were at that stage pretty passionate about bees and we came up with this idea and ran with it.”
Why put bees up on rooftops?
“Rooftops are such unutilised spaces so they’re perfect for bees,” says Jess.
The hives can’t be stolen, vandalised and damaged on rooftops, a further appeal for the pair.
“It gives us a bit of peace of mind where we know at night time our bees are safe,” says Luke.
On getting a call that there’s a swarm, Luke and Jess will arrive, take the bees and ferry them out to Bethells Beach west of Auckland before they’re rehomed on a rooftop.
There are currently 21 hives on rooftops and backyards across Auckland.
They cost around $1,000 per year to have, but in return the couple inspect the hives once a month and harvest fresh honey for the owners.
They say business is booming and despite their urban location, bees are thriving on Auckland’s green parks and flowering backyards.
Quick bee facts:
Jess and Luke aren’t the only ones passionate about bees with currently 887, 510 registered beehives and 8,000 hobbyist and professional beekeepers in New Zealand.
- New Zealand’s has a healthy bee population, but the risk to their colonies are very real.
- According to the Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand’s bee colony losses are lower than many other countries where numbers are declining.
- Bees are a vital part of our economy, bringing $5 billion a year, with a third of our food production in New Zealand relying on bees to pollinate.
The government needs to pass legislation banning the discrimination of overweight people, a health expert says.
The calls come to try and put an end to "fat-stigma".
University of Otago healthcare senior lecturer Lesley Gray said it was illegal to discriminate against people on a range of issues but not their weight.
"We have legislation for many other groups who have been discriminated against and even though we have more people in the world who are overweight, it's one of the few things in the world that has no discrimination legislation."
She said "fat-stigma" was rife.
"In employment, people who are overweight are likely to experience less employment opportunities and school children, who are overweight are more likely to report being bullied."
Ms Gray said discrimination against overweight people was very harmful.
"Examples of that can be significant abuse or verbal taunts. It can even be mini-aggressions like eye-rolling and tutting.
"People can actually be emotionally affected, they can develop anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and experience social rejection or social isolation."
She said social norms had to change.
"For many years we've been telling people being overweight is unhealthy - which for some people that's true.
"One of the biggest misnomers about weight stigma is actually telling someone they're fat - not only does it not change them generally in terms of being less fat - but it can harm them and lead them to developing more fatness because they feel so poor about themselves."
She said this included how overweight people were portrayed in the media.
"The stock footage of 'fatties' usually involves a man with a beer belly wearing a vest with stains on it. So the image we portray is that people who are fat may be slovenly, lazy, non-deserving and not actually real people.
"In New Zealand about 60 per cent of our population's overweight so you all know people who are overweight and is that how you think of your own family? Probably not.
"So for friends and family…we know they're not lazy and don't smell and is actually a person. But when we keep replicating this on headless fatty images on media when we're talking about obesity that's the image we have."
Ms Gray said just because someone looked overweight did not mean they were unhealthy.
rnz.co.nz- Emma Hatton