16:36 A woman has appeared in court accused of helping Joshua Kite, who has been on the run since shooting at officers in Whangarei on Friday.

16:05 John Key is open to law changes over "coward punches", where people are punched in the back of the head from behind.

15:42 There is pressure on the Australian Government to allow a group of Chinese nationals, abandoned on a coal ship for six weeks, to come ashore.

15:40 The latest figures on the number of new housing consents approved in July show it is roughly the same as last year, despite the housing crisis.

15:37 Northland Police are searching for a man who fled from a car after a firearms incident at Broadwood, north of Kaikohe, at around 12.30pm.

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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