19:06 A welfare centre has been set up for residents evacuated from their homes Dunedin's Saddle Hill due to a massive out of control fire.

17:50 Police have confirmed a person has appeared in the Levin District Court in relation to the disappearance of Alex Fisher in a Horowhenua Forest.

17:34 New Zealander Fergus Chetwin-Kelly is fighting for his life in Cluj, Romania after suffering an electric shock while taking photos with friends.

17:29 Several hundred residents of seven streets near the scene of the Mosgiel fire are preparing to be without power overnight.

17:28 As crews battle the fire in the Dunedin suburb of Saddle Hill, the winds are easing and light rain is falling, providing some relief.

Mon, 28 May 2012

"The health budget is about priorities" - HealthCare Providers NZ executive

Michael Laws speaks to Martin Taylor, chief executive of HealthCare Providers NZ, about the aged care industry of New Zealand. Martin points out how much a rest home receives per day and says it's far more economical for the private sector to handle the industry. He responds to allegations that the industry conditions plus low wages amount to modern-day slave labour. Taylor says he was calling for improved pay clarity as far back as 2005. Taylor says the country's asset testing should be put to good use when setting the level of subsidies available for those needing aged care. 28th May 2012.

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