Articles written by: Mike Billings

What you never knew about Home Alone

What you never knew about Home Alone

For the better part of 30 years, Home Alone has been a holiday classic. In 1990, the movie about a little boy who accidentally gets left behind at Christmas when his family goes to Paris was released, breaking box office records and turning its nine-year-old star Macauley Culkin into a household name. Since then, plenty of fans have made a […]

Emergency meningococcal disease vaccine announcement bittersweet for grieving mother

Emergency meningococcal disease vaccine announcement bittersweet for grieving mother

A broken-hearted mother who lost her daughter to meningococcal disease says the Government‘s immunisation plan to fight the outbreak is bittersweet. Starting next week the Government is launching an urgent emergency vaccine programme to fight a new strain of the disease in Northland. The new strain, MenW, has resulted in the deaths of six people nationwide in the past year, […]

Shocking: New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average

Shocking: New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average

New Zealand‘s motor neurone disease death rate is the highest in the world and five times the global average, a new study has found. Experts are warning this shocking new finding should be a major wake-up call for healthcare systems and research funding agencies to up their game. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study – the world‘s largest scientific […]

Community organisations devastated by burglary of Community House Whanganui

Community organisations devastated by burglary of Community House Whanganui

Three Whanganui community organisations that operate on the smell of an oily rag have been hit by burglars. The offices of Diabetes NZ Wanganui branch, MS Wanganui and Balance Whanganui in Community House Whanganui, Ridgway St, were broken in to over the weekend. Community House chairwoman Sandra Rickey said the break-in was discovered on Saturday so was thought to have […]

Hail and rain expected as wet weather continues tirade across New Zealand

Hail and rain expected as wet weather continues tirade across New Zealand

The onslaught of wet weather is set to continue today with thunderstorms, heavy showers and small hail expected around northern New Zealand. MetService said a trough with an associated band of heavy showers was forecast to slowly move southwards over the north of the country this morning. It brought a moderate risk of thunderstorms to Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel […]