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Anzac Day 2015 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey

Reviewed: 1 March 2015, 18:55 NZDT

On Anzac Day 2015, we will commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli. The Anzac Commemorative Site is a small, constrained area surrounded by sea and steep terrain. The Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments have agreed to allow a maximum of 10,500 people at the 25 April 2015 commemorations. Attending the servicesNew Zealand’s share of these places has been allocated via ballot, with results announced in March...read more

Inter-country adoptions

Reviewed: 27 February 2015, 13:25 NZDT

Inter-country adoptions take time and money.  New Zealand is a contracting state to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. It is extremely important to seek independent legal advice and consult Child, Youth and Family before embarking on an inter-country adoption. You must ensure that any child adopted overseas by a New Zealander is able to lawfully exit the country they are in, ...read more

Ebola Virus Disease

Updated: 23 February 2015, 16:36 NZDT

Background  Ebola (or Ebola virus disease, EVD) is a viral disease that can cause severe bleeding, kidney and liver failure and, in many cases, death.  Sporadic outbreaks of Ebola have been occurring in Africa for decades. Its origin is unknown but fruit bats are considered a likely host, based on available evidence.  Although Ebola causes severe illness it is not easy to catch; it is not spread through the air and is not as infe...read more

International surrogacy in Thailand

Posted: 23 February 2015, 15:16 NZDT

Recent international media coverage has highlighted significant concerns regarding international surrogacy in Thailand, and the legal situation regarding surrogacy arrangements in Thailand is under review. On 20 February 2015, the Thai Parliament passed legislation banning commercial surrogacy. The legislation is awaiting Royal approval. New Zealanders are advised not to engage in commercial surrogacy arrangements in Thailand....read more

Influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere

Posted: 20 February 2015, 10:23 NZDT

The influenza season continues in the Northern Hemisphere with high levels of influenza activity reported in North America, Western and Central European Countries, and in temperate and tropical parts of Asia. Influenza can be caused by different strains of the influenza virus and these strains can change over time. In North America and Europe, the most common circulating influenza virus to date this season is an Influenza A(H3N2) virus.  I...read more

Internet fraud

Updated: 17 February 2015, 10:55 NZDT

Finding virtual friendship and love overseas via the internet means you need to exercise caution.  If your instincts, or your friends and family are saying an offer to travel overseas is too good to be true, then it probably is.  Some New Zealanders have been defrauded by bogus internet relationships, business deals, or requests to carry items internationally, and as a result found themselves far from home and in very serious strif...read more

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