Midwife shortage in Coromandel

A shortage of Lead Maternity Carers in the Coromandel area has led Waikato DHB to urge pregnant women in the area to contact the Birthing Unit at Thames Hospital if they can't find a midwife. The number of self-employed midwives in the Coromandel... Read More

Woman hospitalised after beach attack

It could be months before a Papamoa woman is back to full health after she was attacked by a dog while walking along the beach. Anita Paynter was taking an early morning walk along Papamoa Beach by herself on Waitangi Day when the attack occurred, leaving... Read More

Bay of Plenty receives campus status

The success of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board as a teaching and research facility for the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences has resulted in it officially becoming a Clinical Campus. This makes it the fifth... Read More

King to bring hope to Tauranga

Comedian and mental health educator Mike King is bringing the I AM HOPE TOUR to Tauranga to address youth suicide by shedding the stigma associated with it, and empowering communities to connect with their youth who are struggling. As part of the four-week... Read More

Youth smoking is at an all-time low

Results from the 2016 ASH year 10 survey released this week show that only 2.2 per cent of year 10 students smoke daily. They are the lowest smoking rates recorded since 1999, when 15.2 per cent of students smoked daily. At the same time, the number... Read More

Help at the end of the rainbow

Coming out at 50 is no less terrifying than coming out as a teenager, says a Tauranga woman offering help and advice to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. With the support of Toi Ohomai, Kat Clark has established a Rainbow... Read More

Council bulk buys electric bikes

A chance to bulk buy electric bikes has seen more than 50 Tauranga City Council staff take up the offer to pay for their own brand new electric bike. "At the beginning we thought 10 to 15 staff might take up the offer, and we got 52,” says transportation... Read More

Supporting local ostomates

It's a topic that can be very private – living with an ostomy bag after undergoing surgery. But a local woman wants people to know that there is plenty of support out there for those who have undergone colostomies, urostomies or ileostomies,... Read More

Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws

A new campaign has been launched by Envirohub Bay of Plenty in an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws in the region. ‘Destraw or Destroy' was launched at The Rising Tide in Mount Maunganui earlier this week with the screening of the... Read More

Blair’s back in a smiley place

He was savaged within an inch of his life by the big black dog – severe depression, substance abuse, anxiety and flashbacks as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. It killed Blair Benefield's military career and it just about killed him.... Read More



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