Plea heard from Murupara community

A special meeting of the Whakatane District Council's Policy Committee has agreed the Murupara water supply can remain untreated, as requested by the community. Work will also be carried out to secure the reticulation system against potential “backflow... Read More

Protect your family from whooping cough

The current national whooping cough epidemic has triggered a need for families and individuals to check they are up-to-date with immunisations, especially people who are pregnant or have a baby. There have been 217 cases of whooping cough notified to... Read More

Tauranga Hospital board denies bullying

Allegations of a bullying culture in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board are being rejected by the board's chief executive Helen Mason. “Any allegation that the Bay of Plenty District Health Board in any way condones bullying in its organisation... Read More

Pedestrian escapes injuries

A man involved in a traffic incident in Mount Maunganui is believed to have escaped with minor injuries. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says the incident occurred on Nikau Crescent. "This looks as if it happened outside a dental clinic, there's... Read More

Rising syphilis cases tip of iceberg

A sexual health doctor says a rising number of reported cases of infectious syphilis in this country is likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Last year, 400 cases were voluntarily reported by sexual health clinics up from 80 cases in 2012. Dr Jane Morgan... Read More

Muller: ‘Local lives being put at risk’

Following discussions at the Health Select Committee at a hearing for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's annual review, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is concerned the government's delay of a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme... Read More

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



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Hairy Maclary and his friends at dusk. Photo: Lynley Whitaker.

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