Woman kicked by horse at Tauranga races

A woman kicked by a horse in the birdcage at Tauranga Racecourse on Friday is in a stable condition in Tauranga Hospital. The incident happened when the jockeys were mounting for race six out of eight for the races afternoon programme. Kendyll Lee...... Read More

New healthcare guidelines for transgender people

Health professionals and transgender advocates from around the country have created a new set of guidelines. The guidelines, titled Gender Affirming Healthcare for Gender Diverse and Transgender Children, Young People and Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand...... Read More

Changes follow hospital deaths

A total of 21 “serious adverse events” have been reported by the Rotorua based Lakes District Health Board (DHB) over the 2017/18 period. The DHB has reported 11 deaths through inefficiencies. The deaths were registered in the areas of...... Read More

Fellowship awarded to BOPDHB director fourth time

For an unprecedented fourth time in six years the New Zealand recipient of a prestigious award has come from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. BOPDHB Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Executive Director Martin Chadwick has just been announced...... Read More

An initiative to help ease stress on families

As Christmas tension builds, one Tauranga man is doing his bit to help relieve the pressure for families. Tauranga local Kale Kirk is running a Santa gift drop which will involve him collecting gifts for those who would otherwise go without, and...... Read More

School health services going out to the community

Western Bay of Plenty youth will have access to free health advice over the school holidays with an extension of the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation’s school health services. GPs and nurses will be on hand to offer free advice...... Read More

Website creates pathways

A new website has been developed for the Western Bay of Plenty region, specifically to support whanau struggling with a loved one or family members impacted by substance abuse. The website, launched through Breakthrough forum, started as an idea when...... Read More

Crossing the finish line for the fifth time

This time last year, Andrew Weatherly set himself a goal to run five marathons in the time frame of 12 months, raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Now one year later, Andrew crossed the finish line of his fifth marathon on November 17,...... Read More

Domestic violence in all communities - report

Family violence features in all suburbs, according to a new report which reveals one in four women from high-income households experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Dr Ian Lambie, the justice sector chief science advisor, released...... Read More

Medicinal cannabis bill passes final reading

The Government has passed its medicinal cannabis bill, which will legalise medicinal cannabis in New Zealand. Health Minister Dr David Clark says thousands of New Zealanders will potentially benefit from the new legislation. “Ultimately, this...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week