Warmer weather in recent months means the salmon smolt
released to Otago Harbour at the weekend are in especially
good condition, Salmon Anglers Otago Association committee
member Wayne Olsen says.
A rainy Saturday provided the perfect weather for the
inaugural South Island sport stacking tournament held in
Dunedin at the weekend, as it was good to be indoors.
A union is disappointed the Budget did not provide a
settlement of the long-running equal pay case in aged care -
or any indication of the Government's intentions.
The Southern District Health Board lost $5 million in "real
terms'' in Budget 2016, the Labour Party says.
In a blow for the Government's state house sell-off, the
Invercargill state house sale process has effectively
collapsed because the Dunedin-based sole prospective bidder
has pulled out.
attempt to deal with the growing pressure in health still
leaves district health boards short by $131million, Council
of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg says.
The shape of the new
child protection service and other social sector reforms is
still largely unknown after a "low key'' Budget, a social
sector leader says.
A bowel cancer
screening campaigner was "beaming'' after the Budget
announcement of a nationwide programme, but is disappointed
Otago and Southland have not been prioritised.
COMMENT: It has been nearly a year since a public
committee meeting was held at Southern District Health Board.
Health reporter Eileen Goodwin went along and found little by
way of debate or questioning.
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