CHEAPER HEALTH­CARE

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The Wai­pareira Trust and gov­ern­ment agency Phar­mac have signed a me­moran­dum of agree­ment in the trust’s mis­sion to lower the cost of health­care in west Auck­land. Signed in Au­gust, the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive John Tami­here said it would help make health­care more af­ford­able with Phar­mac’s back­ing. Phar­mac said it wanted to make a dif­fer­ence.

SMOK­ING BE­HAV­IOUR

The Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health In­no­va­tion, based at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land, is seek­ing 1800 vol­un­teers for its smok­ing ces­sa­tion clin­i­cal trial. The trial looks at the ef­fects of the use of e-cig­a­rettes and patches or patches alone to help smok­ers quit. In­ter­ested peo­ple who smoke but want to quit and were older than 18 could phone 0800 367 644, or email as­cend2@auck­land.co.nz for more info.

ELEC­TION VOT­ING

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion says en­rolling and vot­ing in this year’s elec­tion is im­por­tant and easy to do. Chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Ali­cia Wright said tak­ing part in the demo­cratic process was a right, and there were nu­mer­ous tools and re­sources on the com­mis­sion’s web­site which peo­ple and groups could use. She said there were also re­sources avail­able for first-time vot­ers and, the deaf and blind com­mu­nity.

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