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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[…]

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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[…]

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Auckland cancer patient given two years to live without unfunded drug

A woman was told over the phone during coronavirus lockdown she could have just two years left to live. Mandy Grantley, from Auckland’s Avondale, was diagnosed with bowel cancer on the day of her[…]

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Coronavirus: Elective surgery catch-up could take years

It could take years to get through a backlog of elective surgery patients caused by Covid-19 restrictions, say specialists. Senior doctors warn there aren’t enough specialists to increase capacity and[…]

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Government funding boost for Pharmac

Government funding boost for Pharmac announced, but it doesn’t go far enough for some cancer sufferers. The Government has boosted Pharmac’s funding by $160 million over the next four years[…]

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Without Keytruda, 30 deaths a week in NZ from cancer

Pharmac’s decision to backtrack on funding Keytruda is a major blow for equality in New Zealand’s health system, a leading oncologist says. Lung cancer is the most fatal cancer in[…]

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KEYTRUDA – THE GREAT PHARMAC U-TURN

Keytruda is effectively used in treatment for lung cancer, melanoma, head and stomach cancer and Pharmac had fully intended to fund it. However last week it was announced that Pharmac[…]

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Stay the course and leave your KiwiSaver account alone

One of the most frightening aspects of Covid-19 has been its effects on our financial stability. This was already showing its hand as we headed towards lockdown via our diving[…]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Hamilton mum’s lockdown diagnosis – breast cancer

With three family members already having succumbed to cancer, Hamilton woman Zandra Bleasdale knew she’d have to tread carefully when telling her two young children her news. Over the past[…]

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