This is a story that affects more than a third of us. It's all about where you go to get your blood tested, nose swabbed, stools and urine checked. For 70 years, Diagnostic Medlab, or its previous incarnations, has done that work in Auckland. But a couple of weeks ago it lost its multi-million dollar contract with the Auckland region's health boards to a company that wasn't even formed until earlier this month. The winning tender was put in by Labtests Auckland , owned by an Australian health giant called Healthscope. In just 12 months Labtests will have to set up a lab, find hundreds of staff and convince the community it has what it takes. Susan Wood talks to a director of LabTests Auckland, Lee Mathias, and the CEO of the Auckland District Health Board Garry Smith who oversaw the tender process.
Denim jeans span age, socio economic classes and fashion barriers ... You can pay a lot, or a little for them. But whatever the price, many of the jeans you buy here share a secret buried on the inside label. They're made in China many made by workers whose hourly rate is negligible and who live in sweatshop dormitories. Robyn Janes looks at the jeans trade and asks if you really need to pay a lot for your denim?
The director of documentary China Blue, mentioned in this story is holding a workshop in Auckland Friday 4 August. For bookings call Envision NZ 09 303 4746 or email.
Kiwi band Evermore are rocking the world, so why did they have to leave the country before we noticed them? The three Hume brothers are now based in Sydney, but are back here for a quick promo tour. Damian Christie took them out for Chinese.
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