Crutches amnesty issued at Tauranga Hospital

  Tauranga Hospital is running a crutches amnesty after spending $500 a week replacing those not returned by patients.   The amnesty is being run by the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) after those loaned to injured patients were...... Read More

Smoking to be banned in vehicles with children

The Government has today announced it will prohibit smoking in cars carrying children under 18 years of age, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. The law change will come into effect by an amendment to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. “First...... Read More

A 50/50 chance

Like slow falling dominoes, Rowan Boyle’s family have felt the continuous effects of Huntington’s disease their whole lives. Rowan is the only one of her two siblings that hasn’t been diagnosed with the inherited disease that causes...... Read More

NZ no longer the melanoma capital of the world

New Zealand has lost the title as the country with the world’s worst rates of invasive melanoma – with recent drops in local incidence now putting it behind Australia. The study by researchers at Australia’s QIMR Berghofer Medical...... Read More

New treatment available for hepatitis C

  AbbVie New Zealand has announced that Maviret is now available and fully funded by Pharmac, giving New Zealanders living with all major genotypes of hepatitis C access to a high certainty of viral cure.   Maviret is a new, once-daily...... Read More

Kid embrace being heart and bike wise

  Greerton Village Kindergarten are setting the standard this month. The staff and children have combined bike wise month and healthy heart month to keep themselves healthy and safe. Teacher Cherry Wallace-Mapp is excited for the children to...... Read More

Volunteer call for child cancer street collectors

The Child Cancer Foundation are looking for volunteers to collect for their appeal on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March. Chief Executive at Child Cancer Foundation Robyn Kiddle emphasises the need for volunteers during the appeal month. “Child...... Read More

No agreement in sight to avert strike at hospital

  A war of words is continuing between the union representing anaesthetic technicians at Rotorua Hospital and the Lakes District Health Board, as a five day strike looms over pay and conditions.   The DHB says it’s mystified why it’s...... Read More

Anaesthetic technicians to strike in Rotorua

Anaesthetic technicians at Rotorua Hospital will strike for five days this month, after a breakdown in talks with the Lakes District Health Board over their pay and working conditions. The Anaesthetic Technicians' Union, Apex, says the board had...... Read More

Public comes to the aid of burgled women’s shelter

Public have dug deep into their pockets to help Tauranga’s new centre for homeless women, Awhina House, that was burgled. The shelter was being set up and hadn’t even opened its doors, when thieves broke in, forcing their way into the garage. The...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Should the speed on SH2, between Katikati and Bethlehem, be reduced to 80km/h?