Abortion topic sparks pro-life response

To deny humanity of an unborn child is appalling. That’s the opinion of pro-life advocates who are applauding the Bay of Plenty District Health Board for not providing a surgical abortion service in Tauranga. Right to Life spokesman Ken Orr says...... Read More

Tauranga girl delighted with bauble response

Tauranga 10-year-old Myesha Wilson is delighted at the response from Kiwis who have shown their support at Farmers stores nationwide. The designer of this year’s Hospice Charity Bauble, Myesha, urges shoppers to keep it up and help to...... Read More

Weighing up approaches to drug decriminalisation

How other countries adopted health-based approaches to drug use was one issue considered by the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report released this week. One of those was Portugal, which in 2001, decriminalised the purchase, possession...... Read More

App designed to help pregnant woman

Can an app make the experience of pregnancy easier? Researchers at the University of Waikato believe they have created an app that can make a real difference for pregnant women, their partners and families. Dr Carrie Barber and her team have developed...... Read More

An early Christmas for sick Bay of Plenty children

Christmas has come early for children and youth receiving care in Bay of Plenty hospitals. Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals are some of 21 across New Zealand who will have its wish list come true thanks to the success of the 2018 Countdown’s...... Read More

National target met after dramatic improvement

Manaakitanga, determination and teamwork are behind the dramatic improvement of a Māori health indicator which has led to a national target being met for the first time, says the head of BOPDHB Māori Health Gains and Development. In a little over...... Read More

A jolly jog around the Mount

A sea of Santas are set to leave their sleighs behind and dash around the Mount for a great cause. The Great NZ Santa Run - a fundraiser for the Graeme Dingle Foundation - is a fun run or walk, with each entrant receiving a free Santa suit.  Around...... Read More

Cheaper doctors’ visits for CSC holders

Cheaper doctors’ visits are now possible for Community Service Card holders in the Western Bay of Plenty. Most general practices across the region that come under the umbrella of the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation will be charging...... Read More

Novelty chocolates pulled from shelves

A popular brand of novelty chocolate is being pulled from shelves throughout the country. Tresor Dore and Tresor brand chocolate products are being recalled due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, peanuts. In a notice posted online, Ministry...... Read More

Change in meningococcal disease seen on BOP

With an outbreak of Meningococcal disease, type W, in Northland, the Ministry of Health has begun rolling out a targeted vaccination programme. The programme is aimed at children aged 9 months to 4 years, and those aged 13 to 19 years in the Northland...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think free parking in the CBD on Saturdays will bring more business to retailers?

No it’s going to add to the parking problems
Yes and it should be extended throughout the week