Maternity unit closure - birthing plans up in air

Mothers-to-be in Opotiki say it's unfair to close their only birthing centre at short notice. The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has closed... Read More

Luck falls both ways for Steamers pair

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it has been the best of times and the worst of times for Bay of Plenty Steamers locks Baden Wardlaw and Aaron Carroll. Initially... Read More

Cousin remembers drowned man‘s ’big, bright eyes'

A cousin of a Tauranga man who drowned at a remote East Coast beach will always remember his "big, bright eyes". William John Marupo drowned... Read More

Sir Michael Cullen to lead Bay of Plenty DHB

Health Minister Dr David Clark has appointed Sir Michael Cullen as the new chair of the Bay of Plenty DHB. Dr Clark has today announced four Board appointments... Read More

Missing man - Rotorua

Police are appealing for sightings of missing Rotorua man Tai Kawhena Wiringi. Wiringi, aged 31, was last seen on November 17 2019 wearing dark track... Read More

Officials split over prescription-only advice

After two years of debate, health officials are finally recommending that drugs containing codeine should only be available with a doctor's prescription. Doctors... Read More

Health warning issues for Lake Ohakuri

A health warning has been issued for Lake Ohakuri as routine monitoring results provided by Waikato Regional Council have confirmed a bloom of potentially... Read More

More cancer medicines for more people

Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands or people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it... Read More

Politicians size up 14 gram cannabis proposal

Cannabis law that could see New Zealanders legally buy 14 grams of the drug has MPs in a spin. National deputy leader Paula Bennett was told to "chill... Read More

Climate change could make hay fever season longer

Rising sea levels, horrendous storms - climate change is hammering the world. But it could also be exacerbating a different kind of problem: hay fever. Increases... Read More

A new Christmas mystery box opened daily

Excited children and parents turned out on Sunday morning to watch as the first door of a mystery box was opened in a life-size Christmas advent calendar... Read More

Cancer Control Agency to drive improved care

The new independent Cancer Control Agency has formally opened today, delivering on the government’s plan to improve cancer care in New Zealand.... Read More

Care nurse to take on Taupo Half Ironman

Tauranga's Angelique Ensor is putting her body on the line as she takes on the challenge to complete the Taupo Half Ironman on December 7 –... Read More

NZ‘s largest cycling event wraps up

Over 5,000 cyclists completed an amazing feat this weekend, taking part in the 43rd annual BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. There were events on and... Read More

NEMA replaces Civil Defence emergency management

The new National Emergency Management Agency has become operational from today. All of the existing functions and staff of the Ministry of Civil Defence... Read More