Fentanyl overdoses: Police try to find supplier

The drug that killed more than 100,000 Americans last year is now thought to be behind 12 overdoses in Wairarapa. Fentanyl has been described by the... Read More

Flu season: Medical certs adding pressure to GPs

The College of GPs warns that requests for medical certificates are adding to the pressure on already-stretched general practices. It says if organisations... Read More

Children to get free flu vaccines

Children aged 3-12 years and people with serious mental health or addictions needs will now be eligible for free flu vaccinations. From Friday, July... Read More

Fentanyl warning: drug expert calls for education

A drug expert says there is no evidence to suggest widespread underground fentanyl use in Aotearoa. A dozen people have been hospitalised due to suspected... Read More

Drug warning as 12 in hospital with overdoses

A dozen people have been hospitalised over the weekend due to suspected fentanyl overdoses, all in the Wairarapa region. The drug information website... Read More

Covid-19: 4429 community cases, six deaths

  Today the Ministry of Health is reporting 4,429 new community cases of Covid-19,  332 current hospitalisations, and six deaths.   There... Read More

Cancer: ‘the mothers can’t get sick’

A Tauranga nurse and mother-of-three is urging other young women to do self-breast exams, ask doctors questions, and to investigate alternative treatment... Read More

Covid-19: 24 deaths in two days, 8638 new cases

The Ministry of Health is reporting 8638 new community cases of Covid-19 and 24 deaths for the past two days. There are 316 current hospitalisations... Read More

Stomach flu hitting the Bay of Plenty

Stomach flu, also called gastroenteritis, is being reported across the Western Bay of Plenty, resulting in diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. There... Read More

Govt outlines plans for future Covid-19 variants

“The Government has undertaken preparatory work to combat new and more dangerous variants of Covid-19,” says Covid-19 Response Minister Dr... Read More

Call to prioritise mental health in new system

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission has called for the Government to make mental health a high priority in the new health system. The Commission... Read More

Iwi and DHB a “power couple” for health services

A new health hub in Tauranga will deliver accessible immunisation services, information and social services. This is what Ngāti Ranginui chief executive... Read More

Targeted second Covid-19 booster step closer

A law change passed this week aims to streamline the process for allowing Covid-19 boosters to be given without requiring a prescription. Health Minister... Read More

Govt considers widening access to free flu shots

The government is considering widening free access to the flu vaccine as the health system struggles with winter illnesses including staff shortages. Health... Read More

Vaccination calls as canine cough claims spike

As the airwaves run hot with enthusiastic reminders for humans to get vaccinated, pet owners are urged to remember to keep their furkids’ shots... Read More