Pharmac says it would consider sanitary product funding, if asked

Pharmac says it would consider funding sanitary products if someone made an application, as more tales of women and girls going without emerge.

Women's Minister Louise Upston and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse have already dismissed the idea of dropping GST on the products, and say it is not an idea being looked at.

Darryl Evans, from the Mangere Budgeting Service in Auckland, says as the cost of living rises across the country, families are having to prioritise food over sanitary items.

He says in the last three to four months he's become aware of at least 10 families who have kept their daughters home from school because they couldn't afford sanitary products.

"I'm certainly aware of a family we've been working with where there's a girl who's 16 years of age, at least one week of every four, she stays home because the family cannot afford them.

Michael Woodhouse told Seven Sharp the GST system has “no exceptions”. Source: Seven Sharp

"The mum is a solo mum, she's working full time, but the reality is when the rent is taking up 65 percent of the income...our young people simply don't have access to them because their parents don't earn enough. I think that's a national disgrace."

Taylor, 15, says she's had to stay home from school in the past to avoid a public accident.

"I didn't have the things I needed, mum didn't get paid till the next day so mum kept me home."

She says 'emergency supplies' are available at her school, but they only give away enough to get students through the day, and that students must get them from the school reception and sign their name on a list, instead of getting them confidentially through the school nurse.

"It was my time of the month, I went to the office and there were three of the main kids who like to tease people a lot, I was so nervous I didn't wanna say anything coz the boys were there, they were listening in, I could tell coz they were leaning forward, it was so embarrassing."

The UK, Canada, and several states in the US have got rid of tax on the products or are in the process of doing so.

Despite the problems being faced by some New Zealanders, lowering the price on tampons and pads isn't on the government's radar. Source: Seven Sharp



Batch of Mac's ginger beer being recalled because it may contain alcohol

A batch of Mac’s ginger beer is being recalled because of the possibility it may contain alcohol.

The affected product is sold in 330ml glass bottles as a four-pack or individual bottles, and has a best before date ranging from 20/3/19 and 21/3/19.

This batch of Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) product may have incorrect labelling resulting in Mac's beer being packaged as non-alcoholic ginger beer.

The affected product is sold in a 4-pack or as individual bottles. Source: 1 NEWS

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'Hobbies may help people with dementia,' says psychiatrist as Morris Minor enthusiast hits the road

It's World Alzheimer's Day, and as one Auckland man with the dementia told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp of his love of Morris Minor cars, a psychiatrist said hobbies may help people with the disorder.

Diagnosed with early onset dementia in his fifties, Jeff Atwell's 'Morrie' has also been his medicine, his wife Doreen Atwell said. 

"Wonderful medicine. It's better than any tablet you can take, the best medicine that Jeff could have had," she said.

Psychiatrist Dr Gary Cheung psychiatrist said hobbies may help people with dementia. 

"We are doing some research on a treatment called cognitive stimulation therapy at the moment," Dr Cheung said.

But hobbies don't only help the ill.

"I think there's plenty of research out there now showing doing activities with other people, or exercising with other people, is more beneficial than doing them alone," Dr Cheung said.

When Jeff and Doreen go driving, romantic memories ride along.

"We met at the old Papatoe Dance Hall. Bill Sevesi's band there was great," Jeff recalled.

They courted in Jeff's first 'Morrie Minor' and have been married almost 54 years.

"He sold it when he went into business before we got married to buy a van that was more practical," Doreen said.

We just did it. It's only recently that dementia and hobbies have been linked - Doreen Atwell

When Jeff saw a doer-upper Morris Minor convertible in the paper several decades later, it was irresistible.

Aged just 54, Jeff was diagnosed with young onset dementia, and 20 years on he moves slowly and needs a cane. 

He's had three strokes. But the bigger problems aren't so easy to see.

"Forgetfulness, that's one of the big things. Forgetting people's names," he said.

Jeff and Doreen made a decision to live for life and get the convertible back on the road.

"We just did it. It's only recently that dementia and hobbies have been linked," Doreen said.

The couple have thanked Dementia Auckland for helping them with Jeff's condition. 

And if you're in doubt about Dementia, as Doreen was when she noticed changes in Jeff 20 years ago, get in touch with your doctor. 

Jeff Attwell was diagnosed with the condition in his early fifties. Source: Seven Sharp


Kiwi pilot and his interloping crew wow Reno Air Races at bone-rattling speeds

Graeme Frew admits he's got an addiction – one that gets him travelling at speeds of 580km/h just 15 metres off the ground.

The Blenheim pilot and his crew of Kiwi interlopers took on some of the world's best at the Reno Air Races in the US earlier this week with their Russian Yak Fighter plane called Full Noise.

The crew brought over their plane in a shipping container and assembled it again just two days before the first race – something organisers say have never been done.

The Americans fell in love with Frew and Full Noise so TVNZ1's Seven Sharp caught up with the adrenaline junkies to see how they pulled it off.

Watch the video above for more.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland was at the event in Nevada. Source: Seven Sharp


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