Toxic shellfish warning in the Bay

Shellfish in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, between Whakatane Heads and the Waioeka River Mouth, have been found with paralytic shellfish toxins over the safe limit of 0.8mg/kg. The Ministry for Primary Industries issued a public health warning today advising... Read More

Deadline for food safety law nears

The deadline for some businesses to register under the new Food Act is approaching. Food businesses, including restaurants and cafes with an alcohol licence, need to apply by March 31. Over 5000 food businesses across the country are already registered... Read More

Boy falls through glass window

A young boy and his family now have one holiday memory they probably would like to forget. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter was called out to Papa Aroha on the Coromandel Peninsula's west coast, after a 10-year-old boy tripped and fell through a... Read More

Record results in health targets

Improving performance is the story of this quarter's health target results in the Bay of Plenty. Of the Ministry of Health's six quarterly targets the Bay of Plenty District Health Board has exceeded three and was just one per cent off achieving... Read More

Pregnancy app to be piloted in Waikato

A team from the University of Waikato's School of Psychology have develop an app designed to provide information and support for pregnant women The ‘Positively Pregnant' app includes tools for self-assessment, taking inventory of the... Read More

Kayaker knocked out in river fall

A 25-year-old man is recovering in Taupo Hospital, after getting into serious trouble while kayaking the Tauranga-Taupo River. An Okere Falls man and his kayaking companion were dropped off at 3.30pm yesterday, at the end of Kiko Road in the Kaimanawa... Read More

Pharmac considers tampon funding

Pharmac is considering funding women's hygiene products as the cost leaves some resorting to rags and old clothing as an alternative. The government funding body is considering an application, made by a private citizen last year. Pharmac chief... Read More

A mountain of a challenge

Fifty times, 50 days, in anticipation for her big 5-0. Yes, Tauranga woman Ann Wicken from R.I.S.E Food and Fitness will summit the equivalent of Mount Everest-and-a-bit using the mountain right here in our backyard. Ann will be taking part in the MORE... Read More

New Papamoa surf club on way

A big step taken this week towards building a new clubhouse for the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club is being welcomed by club chairman Andrew Hitchfield. Tauranga City Council's approval of the club's business case means the only major hurdle... Read More

Opotiki woman continuing recovery in BOP

An Opotiki woman who spent six weeks injured and lost in West Coast bush has been transferred to Whakatane Hospital. A Bay of Plenty District Health Board spokesman says Shelly Crooks is an inpatient with them and her family has requested privacy while... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should female hygiene products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, be subsidised?

Only partially

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