Sixteen minutes of awful stuff video


Dad breaks down as he tells of the time his 5-year-old son briefly "died".

Countdown's booze trifecta

Countdown Springlands, in Blenheim, will be without alcohol for five days this month.

All three Blenheim Countdown stores are now banned from selling alcohol.

Donations call for life saving equipment

Tom Abercrombie, an ambassador for medical equipment fundraising, with new son Pilot.

Being a new dad prompts a basketball star to front a fundraising campaign.

Selling hospital land?

Preparations are underway to sell close to 6 hectares of mostly vacant land at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

DHB plans to sell close to 6 hectares of mostly vacant land at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

Twins are breast cancer survivor's angel wings

Breast cancer survivor and mum of four Tomai Hira will hold a Pink Ribbon high tea on May 21 at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club

Breast cancer survivor and mum of four ​Tomai Hira isn't afraid to show the world her scars.

Life-saving surgery for East Timor child

Marciana and her son, Deolindo, 3, were brought from Timor-Leste for surgery to remove an abdominal mass from Deolindo's ...

Three surgeons took four hours to cut away a fist-sized tumour wrapped around 3-year-old Deolindo's internal organs.

Deaf community to lead church service

Titirangi Baptist Church pastor Andy Shudall is welcoming everyone to a service lead by the deaf community on May 8.

Church pastor Andy Shudall​ says hearing people have a lot to gain from the deaf community.

'A terrible thing to do to us'

Anti-fluoridation protesters outside the Nelson premiere of That Sugar Movie.

Campaigners flock to annual plan hearing to urge Nelson City Council not to add fluoride to region's water.

Doctor on sex charges named

Former Hastings doctor David Lim faces charges of stupefaction and performing indecent acts on patients.

Hastings man David Lim charged with stupefying and indecently assaulting four patients.

Pharmac gets $39m boost video

Prime Minister John Key and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a major funding boost for Pharmac.

As Pharmac comes under heat to fund expensive biologic drugs, the Govt has given its coffers a boost.

Prisoner was strapped to bed

An investigation has begun into the use of a tie-down restraint on a prisoner at Paremoremo Prison.

Ombudsman is to investigate "outrageous" treatment of restrained prisoner.

Maddi Moo's new adventure

Maddison Giles, 5, started her first day at Kaurilands School on May 4. She is in remission from lymphoblastic leukaemia.

With a smile on her face and a bounce in her step Maddison Giles is ready to face the big wide world after months of cancer treatment.

The woman with the bionic spine

Training at Devonport Naval Base gym is crucial for Josephine Barrett's preparations for this month's Invictus Games.

Ex-soldier Josephine Barrett will compete in the Invictus Games, thanks to a bionic spinal cord implant.

Lying in agony for an hour

Emma Helleur raises concerns about St John ambulance response times in the Tasman District after her brother was left in ...

Emma's brother lay screaming in pain for more than an hour while waiting for an ambulance.

Petition to extend breast screening video

Lorraine Downes' mother Glad survived breast cancer.

For three high-profile women taking a petition to Parliament the cause was close to their hearts.

Cancer drug needs funding

Melanoma survivor Bob Hill of Masterton.

Cancer sufferer who benefited from a drug trial with melanoma busting drug Keytruda says Pharmac needs to explain its decisions.

'Informed debate about cannabis' video

Droplets of oil form on the surface of a cannabis plant in a state-owned agricultural farm in Rovigo, about 60 km from ...

New Zealand needs an in-depth public debate separating the recreational use of cannabis from its potential medicinal use, psychiatrists say.

Spray drift still unmonitored

Grape growing is a low-risk industry in terms of spray drift, a New Zealand Winegrowers manager says.

Efforts to track vineyard spray drift are still in the pipeline nine years after a report highlighted gaps in the data.

WINZ payment cards

Graham McCready has been living in Hamilton for 18 months and currently lives in a one-bedroom unit in Hamilton East.

Hamilton supermarkets urged to be part of discount card scheme.

Super health hub

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and Marlborough Primary Health Organisation have agreed to lease the former ...

Old civic theatre to become a one-stop shop for health.

Hospital pharmacist provides vital service in Fiji

Rajeshni Naidu at work at the Sai Medical Camp New Zealand team in Fiji.

Middlemore Hospital pharmacist helps out in Fiji.

Smartphone injuries top $400k

Since 2012 750 people have been injured in incidents involving cellphones.

ACC claims show that smartphone-related accidents are on the rise in New Zealand.

Measles tally rises

Tiana Allen said her 10-month-old son Isaiah was exposed to measles at Waikato Hospital.

Several more people are under investigation for measles in the Waikato outbreak.

Cancer patient's emotional plea

Jeff Paterson has taken a creative approach to his campaign to get funding for melanoma drugs.

"Give others and me a chance to fight this disease. Fund these drugs, please.''

'Naive' faith of suicidal man's fiance

Napier man David Bentin, who took his life on September 11, 2014.

When David Bentin was admitted to hospital, his fiancee was sure he'd finally get the care he needed. Within two weeks he was dead.

New menu gets taste test

Compass Group national development and innovation manager Lauren Scott at a taste testing of new Meals on Wheels dishes ...

Dietitians, Red Cross drivers and hospital workers sample a selection of Meals on Wheels dishes ahead of a menu shakeup.

Less sickness with insulation

Heather McIver and daughter, Amber, say installing insulation in their old home has improved their health.

Cold, draughty houses causing skin rashes, swollen faces, allergies and asthma.

Court will hear 'novel' claim

Tania Joy Lamb claims her partial paralysis could have been averted if Palmerston North Hospital staff assessed her ...

A Palmerston North woman has been given leave to continue her fight for more than $300,000 in compensation from the Crown.

Happiness comes in salty water

Research in New Zealand proves blue space is good for mental health, but the importance of green space is less clear.

Proof the ocean can make us happy.

Psychiatrist on sex charges

Paul Fox was a psychiatrist for the Waikato DHB. He has been  charged with sexually assaulting a patient while he was ...

A former Waikato DHB pyschiatrist has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient in the US.

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