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The power of print

In this world of “fake news” what role does print media have to play in sharing the facts? A study found that people had a profound distrust for online content in general, which they found to be inaccurate and unstable. The study looked to observe, measure and record comparative cognitive …

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Don’t let supporting your adult children ruin your retirement

Many millennials are having a tough time launching their adult lives. The usual blame for this is placed on burdensome student loans, job insecurity, high housing or rent costs, and – of course –surplus cash regularly devoted to smashed avocado on toast and the latest iPhone! As a result, perhaps it’s no …

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Consultation on option to reform the Burial and Creation Act 1964 and related legislation

Following Cabinet approval, the Ministry of Health has formally commenced consultation on options to reform the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and related legislation. This work follows the 2015 Law Commission report Death, Burial and Cremation: A new law for contemporary New Zealand, which made recommendations to modernise the law …

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Money mules booklet released to help protect New Zealanders

People of all ages across New Zealand can unwittingly become money mules for international fraudsters, and many of those targeted are elders. Now the office of the Retirement Commissioner has partnered with the Police to produce a booklet to help people protect themselves from becoming unwitting accomplices in moving money …

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Disability Community Conversations – The Findings

In September and October 2019, the Ministry of Health’s Disability Directorate held twenty community conversations, and an online nationwide livestream with disabled people, families and whānau, carers and providers. For more about the consultation process click here. These forums were opportunities to gather insights from the disability sector about the impact …

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Three responsible resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are a great idea. They’re about tweaking the daily and weekly habits that stop us from being the person we want to be. They’re often about eating, saving or exercising better, but these ones are tough to maintain – chips, trips and Netflix are hard habits to …

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How to deal with financial uncertainty

A wise man once said: ‘the only constant in life is change’. Of course, a part of change is uncertainty. While you may not be able to prevent yourself from all forms of uncertainty, you can surely prepare well in advance for any kind of financial uncertainty that may occur …

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Living Life – PPPR Applications

Being able to make decisions about our lives for ourselves is an important part of maintaining independence as we age. Our ability to understand and make informed decisions is called mental capacity. Sometimes, through illness or accident, we can lose mental capacity. If that happens, you might want a family …

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How to avoid supermarket rip-offs

Supermarkets are useful one-stop shops for a variety of goods. However, in case you weren’t already aware, the multi-billion-dollar NZ supermarket industry is dominated by two players, so we don’t have much choice when it comes to our weekly shop. The big two are: Woolworths New Zealand (owner of Countdown …

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