New Zealand nurse Vickie Wade distracted by laptop as vulnerable baby struggled to breathe

An experienced nurse’s registration has been torn up after she was distracted by her laptop as a baby she was meant to be caring for turned blue, unable to breathe. It was one of three troubling incidents involving Vickie Wade when she worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Starship Hospital in Auckland, New … Read more

Indian grandfather killed in one-punch attack after being mistaken for kidnapper at Christchurch park

An Indian grandfather was mistaken for a child abductor and fatally attacked in a New Zealand park, in an act his family has slammed as “totally unfair”. Mewa Singh, 60, was visiting his son and grandson in Christchurch when he suffered a fatal blow at the hands of a stranger. His 32-year-old attacker, whose name … Read more

Singapore approves 16 insect species as food, including grasshoppers, silkworms, crickets

The SFA first conducted a public consultation on the regulation of insects and insect products in end-2022. In April last year, the agency said that 16 species of insects would receive the green light for consumption in the second half of 2023, but the decision was pushed back. Earlier this year, the SFA, said it … Read more

Hundreds of feral cats killed during controversial hunting competition in New Zealand

Hundreds of feral cats have been culled during a controversial competition in New Zealand. The event had animal rights groups and protestors up in arms at the weekend, but organiser Mat Bailey said it was needed to limit the damage cats are doing to native wildlife and to stop them spreading diseases. A NZ$500 cash … Read more

Premier Li Qiang pushes China’s trade, academic agenda during Asia-Pacific tour

China fortified its partnerships from trade to academic collaborations in the Asia-Pacific region during Premier Li Qiang’s recent visits to New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, with attention centring around exchanges between Beijing and Canberra. Unlike New Zealand and Malaysia that employ a relatively mild approach towards China, Australia – as a more vocal member of … Read more

New Zealand rugby star Connor Garden-Bachop dies at 25 after a “medical event”

Otago Highlanders back Connor Garden-Bachop has died at age 25 after an unspecified “medical event,” New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. Police said they were called to the scene of a sudden death in Christchurch on Monday evening. It is not being treated as suspicious and will be referred to the coroner. “Connor passed away … Read more

Father of rare New Zealand quadruplets dies, wife reveals in heartbreaking social media post

Donations have poured in for the family of an “amazing” and “dedicated” New Zealand father of five — including young quadruplets — following his death at the weekend. Brett Wills died in Napier on New Zealand’s North Island on Sunday, his wife Joanne revealed in an emotional post on social media. “We are all heartbroken. … Read more

2024 election cycle offers hope for 134 year global gender gap

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Saroi village, Bhadohi district in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on May 25, 2024, during the sixth phase of voting in India’s general election. Niharika Kulkarni | Afp | Getty Images The 2024 bumper election year presents a unique opportunity to make … Read more