COVID-19 cases in the Bay of Plenty

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Western Bay of Plenty has risen by two since yesterday. Today Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfied announced... Read More

62 years of being a volunteer

Alan Pine is a stayer. He’s been with St John for 62 years and he is the latest person to be recognised in The Weekend Sun’s series on volunteers. He... Read More

LIVE: 82 new cases of COVID-19 today

UPDATED: There are 82 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today bringing the total number of cases to 950. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfied... Read More

Keeping our best friends safe during lockdown

There’s plenty of information about keeping ourselves and those in our bubble safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what about our furry friends?... Read More

Waihi man’s fundraiser thrives through lockdown

Waihi’s Neil Webster has a new look for lockdown. “My head’s either cold, or needs protecting from the sun – so I always wear... Read More

Drone operators asked to stay in own airspace

Crew of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust are wanting to remind members of the public that while skies over New Zealand may be free of commercial... Read More

Whakatāne Hospital prepared for COVID-19

Whakatāne Hospital is triaging patients at the front entrance as part of its preparedness to protect patients, staff and the wider community from COVID-19. “People... Read More

Govt gives COVID-19 funding for GPs and pharmacies

The Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of the fight against... Read More

41 million face masks coming for frontline workers

More than 40 million masks are on the way to help protect frontline health workers after weeks of confusion and fear about the supply of Covid-19 equipment. Up... Read More

Lack of flu jabs making BOP community anxious

    A Bay of Plenty community is desperately short of flu vaccinations. The Katikati Medical Centre ran a flu vaccination drive through... Read More

Health professionals going the extra mile in BOP

People should have confidence in the preparations being made on their behalf by their healthcare professionals, says the person leading the Bay of Plenty... Read More

Family planning operating differently

“We’re open for business - but we’re open differently.” That’s the message from Family Planning chief executive Jackie... Read More

Care workers unhappy with Covid-19 advice

Workers looking after people who are disabled are sewing their own face masks to keep themselves safe from Covid-19, and others are considering not going... Read More

LIVE: ‘The worst thing we could do is relax’ - PM

UPDATED: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is too early to tell if the measures put in place to reduce transmission of Covid-19 are working. There... Read More

Patient portals provide ease of access - MOH

  The Ministry of Health is encouraging people to sign up to patient portals for easier access to their doctor’s surgery.   “Patient... Read More