56 days ago

Parking charges in central Christchurch could skyrocket

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Christchurch City Council’s draft 10-year budget outlines an intention to increase on-street parking from July from $3.10 an hour to $4.50 – a 45 per cent increase.

The cost to park at the council’s Lichfield St car park building could also rise from $2.80 an hour to $4 – a 43 per cent increase. The rate at the Art Gallery car park could double from $2 an hour to $4.

In a bid to cut operating costs the council is also proposing to reduce library hours, permanently shut the mobile library and close the Akaroa and Lyttelton service centres, as well as the Riccarton Rd bus lounges.

Read more here and tell us what you think of the council's proposals in the comments below.

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2 days ago

Mike Yardley: How can so many New Zealanders still smoke?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

The proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan includes significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell tobacco, limiting the nicotine content of cigarettes, and raising the age of purchase every year, so that anyone born after 2004 could never lawfully be sold tobacco.

Columnist Mike Yardley says most lower-income earners who smoke shell out more money in tobacco excise than they do in income tax.

"They should be vigorously urged to switch to vaping as a smoking cessation alternative, given it’s not just far less hazardous to their health, but also to their back pocket," he says.

What do you think of the proposed Smokefree 2025 reforms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

2 hours ago

This 20 minute appointment could save your life

Katrina from Health Screening New Zealand

Cardiovascular disease and stroke is the number 1 cause of death in NZ with 1 in 20 adults diagnosed. However, cardiovascular disease is predominantly a ‘lifestyle disease’. Recent data from the World Health Organisation has shown that approximately 75% of premature cardiovascular disease is preventable and that is why Health Screening NZ wants to help YOU.

After your Pulse Wave Analysis test, our friendly screener will explain your results and assess your potential risk of cardiovascular disease as well as showing you how to use Cardiaction to improve your heart and artery health—all with personalised recommendations. If your results are serious Health Screening NZ will refer you to your GP or a cardiologist and you will be able to share your PWA results with them.

The entire appointment runs for 30 minutes and costs $59.

Clinics are running next week;
Tuesday at Unichem Brighton Village Pharmacy
Wednesday at Healthworks Pharmacy Ilam
Thursday at Unichem Rolleston Central Pharmacy

Book online at www.healthscreeningnz.com... now
Alternatively bookings may be made in store.

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7 hours ago

Throwback Thursday

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Workers use hand-held tools to construct Summit Rd on Christchurch's Port Hills in 1910.

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