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

Getting nude for breast cancer

If you like getting your kit off in the name of fun, you might like to make it worthwhile and raise some funds for Tauranga's Breast Cancer Support Service while you're at it. The Nude Dude Swim will be held on March 15, with participants... Read More

Don’t swim in flood water warning

The public are reminded to avoid swimming in streams, rivers and beaches for 48 hours after heavy rain because of possible contamination. “After heavy rain there is likely to be contamination from rural and urban run-off” says Medical Officer... Read More

A bicycle built for two

  If she'd been wearing a seatbelt, she probably wouldn't be blind today. “Them's the breaks,” says Yvonne De Winter. It was 1975, and the seatbelt laws had just been introduced. “They weren't enforced as... Read More

Patients to control their own healthcare

Patients managing their own healthcare online is the future says a Bay of Plenty GP – and the future is here. Dr Marshall Hollister-Jones, of Tauranga's Chadwick Healthcare, says his practice has been offering the ManageMyHealth website (by... Read More



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