Laws to change around e-cigarettes

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal, with appropriate controls. She says scientific evidence regarding the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing, but there is a general... Read More

A failure in ‘end-of-life’ care

  Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall has found a private hospital and two registered nurses in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights for the treatment provided to a man receiving palliative... Read More

DHBs in deep ‘financial hole’

Labour Health spokesperson David Clark promises the party will restore health funding and address the $1.7 billion gap in the health budget. The Dunedin North MP says New Zealand's district health boards are in a “financial hole” with... Read More

Problematic water causes skin rash

The woman who alerted the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to problems with the region's water supply today has come forward with pictures of the rash she sustained in the shower. She alerted the district council to the issue when she was... Read More

Tree breaks forestry worker’s leg

A forestry worker is in hospital with a broken leg after a tree fell on him. The 25-year-old man was working at a forestry block east of Taneatua at 10am yesterday when the incident happened. The Tauranga-based Truspower TECT Rescue Helicopter was called... Read More

Hundreds ride for charity

More than 200 motorcyclists rode from Papamoa Plaza to Tauranga Hospital today as part of their fundraising event for the TECT rescue helicopter and St. John Ambulance. Organised by the Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club, the ‘toy run' also... Read More

In home therapy appreciated

A new health service provided by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is supporting people to live safely in their homes. For people like Kath Gardiner, being able to see an occupational therapist just a few minutes from her home in Te Teko has been... Read More

Tackling mental health head on

New Zealand Rugby is tackling mental illness and the stigma associated with getting help with the launch of a new website and social media campaign targeting the rugby community. The Headfirst website offers players, parents, coaches, referees, volunteers... Read More

Tauranga Ulysses getting ready to rumble

Get your motor running and head out on the highway because the annual Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club Charity Easter Egg & Toy Run is roaring back into life. Now into it's 26th year, hundreds of motorcycles will rumble through the streets of Papamoa... Read More

Largest food price rise in six years

Higher prices for fruit, vegetables and dairy products resulted in a 2.2 per cent increase in food prices to the end of February 2017. Food prices rose 0.2 per cent in the month, compared with a 2.8 per cent increase in January. With seasonal adjustment,... Read More



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