Smoking hike could have been higher

Manawatu smokers are bracing for another three years of 10 per cent tax hikes, the Government's strategy for stamping ...

Manawatu health advocate applauds cigarette price hike from $20 a pack to $30 by 2020.

Is your Fitbit telling fibs?

Close up of guy using wearable fitness gear (fitbit)

Some fitness trackers are out of step by more than 30pc, a researcher says.

Going chippie-free to feel chipper

Manawatu Cancer Society manager Sheryll Hoera and project support Julia Fonotia show Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith ...

Satisfying those hunger pangs with a bit of chocolate, can of fizzie or packet of chippies is off the menu for many around Manawatu next month. 

Mum-of-three loses cancer 'cruise'

Amanda Ferreira said she did not come to this earth to be a part-time mum.

Amanda Ferreira leaves behind three girls after losing her battle with inoperable cancer. 

DHBs still shortchanged - Labour

Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says the Government is still short-changing DHBs, despite a record funding ...

Health got the lion's share of Budget funding, but Labour's updated its calculations and says it's not enough.

A brain tumour can't stop her giving

Two-year-old Elyse has and aggressive brain tumour and less than 12 months to live. Her story touched Michelle Paki, who ...

Michelle Paki has put aside her fears of her brain tumour to help a two-year-old girl with the same illness.

Govt finds $10m for Greymouth hospital

Grey Base Hospital's Emergency Department is only 16 per cent compliant with the earthquake code.

 The West Coast community will get a new hospital after the Government finds $10m to cover cost blowout.

Six more measles cases

Nine cases of measles are now present in the Horowhenua.

Waiopehu College's full reopening pushed back in wake of latest measles cases.

Parents in the dark

Samuel Back was deregistered and censured for having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student.

A girl's intense relationship with a teacher was kept hidden from her parents in the months before her death.

Denied surgery four times video

Sharon Cooper, 35, needs surgery on her knee.

Canterbury woman saving for much-needed surgery, as health leaders warn of more user-pays care.

United on smoking, divided on Budget

Housing and education were two points of contention for National Minister Paula Bennett and Labour deputy leader Annette ...

Annette King and Paula Bennett disagree on many things, but tobacco isn't one of them.

MidCentral gets unexpected boost

MidCentral District Health Board's coffers have had a larger-than-expected boost in this year's Budget announcements.

New shot in flu fight

Waikato DHB clinical nurse manager infection, prevention and control Vicki Parry said they will supply masks at the ...

If you haven't had your flu jab, you won't be entering this hospital without a mask.

'I can give you a voice' video

Nelson filmmaker Ethan Williams is making a documentary about suicide in New Zealand in the hope of raising awareness ...

Ethan Williams says if his film about suicide helps one person, that's enough.

Boost for ailing health system

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OPINION: It's a good Budget boost to the health system. But $2.2b won't fix everything.

'By god it's horrific'

Ian Telfer, 78, is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bowel. He welcomed the announcement of a ...

Bowel cancer survivor Ian Telfer was "quite emotional" at news a screening programme would finally go ahead.

Smokers react to tobacco tax hikes video

Smokers hope they can quit after Budget 2016.

Smokers hope they can quit as they face a looming increase in taxes on their addiction.

Smaller piece of the pie

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's share of funding has decreased.

Funding for Nelson Marlborough DHB comes up short despite healthy Budget.

DHB meets health targets

National health results show Taranaki in lead.

Taranaki provides the fastest cancer treatment in the country and still doesn't meet the national target.

Bowel screening funding boost

Southland Hospital run by Southland District Health board, in Invercargill.

The roll-out of a national bowel screening programme is on track to begin in 2017.

The end of publicly-funded surgery?

Will the public have to stump up for their own surgeries in the near future?

Could New Zealand be trying to mirror a healthcare system like America's?

Retirement home re-certified

Rose Lodge in Tweed St, Invercargill, celebrates its excellent audit results. Pictured from left: Mrs Evelyn McLeod, ...

A Southland rest home has received one of the Government's highest quality ratings.

'Jandal Man' on the run

Andrew Fifita-Lamb soaks his feet in ice at one of the official rest stops along the way to Rotorua.

 What do you do after finish a 180-km run in homemade jandals? Run a marathon of course.

Council leadership needed over sugar

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Sugar Tax

A prominent anti-sugar lobbyist is calling on the Palmerston North City Council to show leadership.

Allergic to (almost) everything

Sabrina Paige has multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome and has been left isolated with limited human interaction.

One whiff of perfume, cleaning products or paint can leave Sabrina Paige ill for days.

Lakes DHB cancer data 'unacceptable'

The Lakes District Health Board is lagging behind in targets for the timeliness of cancer treatment and smoking cessation.

Lakes DHB is failing to hit performance targets in four out of six categories, with the faster cancer treatment data labelled "unacceptable" by acting chief executive Nick Saville-Wood.

Police 'failed' in search for Nicky video

Nicky Stevens walked out of a Hamilton mental health facility on March 9. On March 12 his body was pulled from the ...

Nicky Stevens was found dead three days after he walked out of a mental health unit. What followed was a "black comedy of errors".

Big boost for children's health

Rebecca Tamati, with her daughter, Dior, 5, who spent a long time in hospital.

Rebecca Tamati said a playground in the children's ward would have been a life saver during her daughter's stay there.

SDHB meetings finally open to public

SDHB commissioner Kathy Grant chairs the first committee meetings she has opened to the public in her 11 months in ...

SDHB commissioner holds first committee meetings in public after 11 months.

Should we go totally smoke free?

Do you still spark up outside?

Ashtrays are disappearing from both inside and outside New Zealand cafes and restaurants.

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