1. Mum has brain damage after suffering heart attack while visiting her premature baby.
Kate Meldrum, 29, was left fighting for her life after she suffered a ruptured heart valve and underwent emergency open heart surgery on 21 May.
According to a fundraising page set up for Kate and her family, Kate had been visiting her newborn daughter Ruby Turner in the neonatal intensive care unit at Auckland hospital when it happened.
Ruby was born at just 26.7 weeks on May 6, weighing just 530 grams.
“She has been a little fighter so far and is making her family and friends especially her mum and dad so proud,” the creator of the fundraising page, Gabby Simpson, said.
However, things have only gotten worse for the family, when Kate was confirmed to have suffered brain damage, her sister Steph Everest told Stuff.co.nz.
Steph said that Kate is able to communicate with her family through shakes and nods of her head and asks to see her daughter, who is growing stronger.
“It’s going to be a long journey and we are prepared for that and we’ve had to prepare ourselves for this. It would be nice if she magically wakes up like a fairy tale. Nothing quite works like that unfortunately,” Steph said.
“We just have to hope that they can be the little family they’re meant to be.”
A Givealittle page has been set up to support Kate, her fiance Joe Turner and Ruby.
2. Don’t leave the house unprepared: No more plastic bags at Woolies.
Single-use plastic bags will be banned in all Woolworths stores from Wednesday as the retail giant tries to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic in its stores.
Woolworths and Coles last July joined a push to rid Australia of disposable plastic bags and set a deadline of June 30 this year for their stores to stop offering them to shoppers.
Woolies, which has provided more than 3.2 billion plastic bags a year to shoppers, later brought forward that deadline to June 20.
Shoppers will have to bring along re-usable bags or buy them instore.
The ban will affect customers shopping at the retailer’s supermarkets, BWS, Metro and petrol outlets in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
The bags were already banned under state legislation in Tasmania, South Australia, the ACT and Northern Territory.
Woolworths and Coles have also recently announced plans to slash the amount of plastic wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables in response to demand from shoppers.