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Supporting our clients through COVID-19

You’ve probably seen more than one COVID-19 update recently, so we’ll keep this one brief. We intend to remain open and operating as normal, for as long as we can, and have taken several proactive steps to ensure our service to our clients remains uninterrupted. We have systems in place to ensure that our Advisers…
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Six months and counting: Taranaki woman’s ‘very stressful’ wait for ultrasound

Taranaki woman Jamie Jeffreys has been trying to get an ultrasound since last October. She has undiagnosed health problems and was referred to the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) by her doctor to try and figure out the problem. Six months on, Jeffreys is still waiting for an appointment yet her pain and other symptoms…
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Is insurance a waste of money when we may never use it?

OPINION: Let’s talk insurance – yep, I see a yawn right there. Let’s talk making sure we don’t have to worry if something unexpected goes wrong because we know we will financially be okay. Yep, that sounds good to me. Let’s talk going to the doctor, seeing a specialist outside the public waiting lists, or having…
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Wait list for colonoscopies more than doubles since bowel screening starts

Nearly 450 Cantabrians are waiting longer than the maximum recommended time for a colonoscopy as the roll-out of a national bowel cancer screening programme increases pressure on services. A report released this month shows the number of people waiting longer than three months for a “non-urgent” or “surveillance” colonoscopy in Canterbury had risen 124 per…
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The price of a life: stark choice facing Kiwis needing unfunded medicines

Sick New Zealanders who need unfunded medicines are faced with a stark choice: turn to crowdfunding platforms and rely on the generosity of strangers, or remortgage the house. But is there a better way? Life is slowly starting to become normal for Kiri Morehu​ after terminal melanoma killed her husband Andrew Hercus. Hercus was given…
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Can KiwiSaver save the economy? Actually, yes

I don’t blame the economists for this, they are paid to predict the next quarter, not the next 20 years. And they tend to think of KiwiSaver money as just another pool of investment savings. But it’s not. Every dollar of KiwiSaver savings invested in our economy is probably more valuable than any other. Why?…
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Samoan bodybuilder facing breast cancer thought she was ‘too fit’ to get sick

An Auckland bodybuilder who thought she was too fit and healthy to get sick is warning women, especially Pasifika women, to pay attention to their health after she faced cancer this year. Miriam Fuimaono, 40, describes herself as a gym enthusiast, working out daily without fail – sometimes twice a day – for the past…
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Christchurch mum diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 weeks pregnant

Tamara Milne was 37 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer during the Covid-19 lockdown. The 33-year-old, who works at Christchurch Hospital as a radiographer, was in the shower when she found a lump over Easter weekend while New Zealand was in alert level 4. “I’ve scanned countless women with breast cancer, so…
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Family’s $50,000 cost for dad’s life-extending bowel cancer medicine

With a supportive wife, five daughters and eight grandchildren, Tony Sullivan has something to fight for. But extending his life in the battle with bowel cancer will cost his family tens of thousands of dollars. In 2018, Sullivan, now 54, was diagnosed with stage three cancer. He was told the cancer had stopped spreading but…
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After eight-year cancer battle radio personality Michael Kooge has died

A battle with cancer that lasted almost a decade has reached an end for Auckland radio personality Michael Kooge. The 36-year-old ex-newsreader on The Edge died today after being moved to hospice in mid July. “It’s all pretty unlucky, if I had medical insurance when I was in my early 20s, before I got sick, I would be able to get…
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The great $1.4 billion KiwiSaver panic

Many investors caught up in the great $1.4 billion KiwiSaver sell-off in March will never switch back to a growth fund. An exodus of panicked KiwiSavers switched from share-heavy growth funds into cash and conservative funds in March as global sharemarkets plunged, and Milford’s head of KiwiSaver Murray Harris said: “Many of these members will…
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