Walking for Maddox

PARKER FAMILY: Te Awamutu couple Rebecca and John with terminally ill son Maddox and daughter Willow.

Emergency services are rallying to raise $1million in honour of a Waikato tot with a rare terminal illness.

DHB failing in fall reductions

MidCentral DHB is behind on fall-reduction goals.

MidCentral DHB has dropped behind in the national falls reduction goal.

Branch wounds man's neck

Westpac rescue helicopter

A casual run on Kawau Island nearly turned to disaster for a man who impaled himself on a tree branch.

Home for Christmas

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Days after waking from brain surgery at Starship children's hospital, Lower Hutt four-year-old Milan Ellis is eager to get home by Christmas Day.

After undergoing her second brain surgery, Milan Ellis, 4, hopes to be home for Christmas.

Hunt after cure for MS

HOPE: Andrew Hunt, pictured with his wife Marie and children Jesse and Samuel faces limited time with his family unless a new form of stem cell treatment can reverse his deterioration from multiple sclerosis.

Andrew Hunt is betting his life on a high-risk, brutal and unproven medical treatment on the other side of the world.

The gift of hearing

Invercargill woman Olive Taylor, 81, has been lucky enough to receive free hearing aids as part of Audiology South's Christmas giveaway, from Simon Melville.

Olive and Allan Taylor are finally hearing each other after years of inaudible conversation.

Should govt pay for fat drug?


An Auckland GP is calling for a class C drug to be publicly funded to treat obesity.

Laws around dead teen's sperm use

Film-maker Cameron Duncan

A brave and inspiring Auckland teenager may be able to father a child - even though he died 11 years ago.

When office parties go wrong

SNAP: An X-ray of Liam Hart’s broken left arm.

Liam Hart's Christmas party started with a friendly arm wrestle but ended with a nasty broken arm.

DHB rejects joint venture

MidCentral DHB

Plans for a joint chief executive for the MidCentral and Whanganui district health boards has been scrapped.

A healthy future

The future of Palmerston North's historic Hoffman Kiln is a step closer to being secured, as part of plans for a health centre to be built on the site.

Firefighter flamin' lucky

HAPPINESS IS: Firefighter Troy Mahupuku, who was burned in the Racetech fire last year, with his fiancee Jessica Paine and 10-month-old baby Alaska at their Wainuiomata home

After being brought to his knees "like a condemned man" by a fire that could have killed him, Troy Mahupuku is fighting back.

'Whistleblowing' decision sticks

Opportunity knocks, sometimes, in Under the Hammer.

Health worker who passed on client info with intention of “whistleblowing” fails to overturn ruling.

Mother and sister all in one

Fertility: Clinics will be forced to provide information about anonymous sperm donors.

A childless woman is donating eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby to be raised as her sister.

What's killing New Zealanders?


We are now more likely to die of Alzheimer's disease or kidney failure, study finds.

Suspect surgeons may lose privacy

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Surgeons may not be able to hide behind the Privacy Act when the quality of their work comes into question.

Implants will 'change summer'

13-year-old Danielle can enjoy all the sounds of Christmas this year, thanks to her second cochlear implant.

Hearty thanks for saviours

Eileen Ormrod thanks the St John ambulance paramedics, Geoff Flaus and Jo Blakeman, who treated her during a cardiac arrest.

Eileen Ormrod was worried about her new bra while a having heart attack that she thought was food poisoning.

Heart-stopping moments

DETERMINATION: Brooke Murray’s heart has stopped seven times in the past four years.

A tattoo saying "fall down seven stand up eight" is testimony to 18-year-old's determination.

Deadly Mansfield undertones?

Katherine Mansfield

One man believes infectious disease epidemics cast a shadow over one of NZ's greatest writers.

Asbestos left in HNZ property

HAZARDOUS: Sandra Trueman and Collin Semmens are worried about their health after loose asbestos was discovered in their roof. Trueman says the material had been there for more than a year and they ‘‘didn’t realise’’.

Auckland man discovers his roof cavity "covered" in asbestos just months after lung cancer diagnosis.

Kick the habit with e-cigarettes

RIchard Goode credits e-cigarettes with saving his life and helping him quit smoking for the first time. Part of a broader story on the rise of the e-cigarettes and the difficulty regulators are having dealing

Using nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit, according to new research.

Canty behind in tackling child obesity

Bulging issue: processed foods and climate change are hastening the obesity pandemic.

Canterbury is years behind other southern DHBs in tackling child obesity, health expert says.

Smoking nearly killed her baby

SMOKE-FREE ZONE: Felicity Holden with her son Fletcher.

Every time Felicity Holden's baby kicked it reminded her why she gave up smoking.

Family hoping for a miracle video

Elise Manton, 27, has been told she has a few months to live. She is pictured with husband, Trent Manton, and her youngest of 3 children, Cohen, 5 months.

As Elise Manton sat cradling her infant, she found a large, hard lump in her chest.

E coli death warning

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Death of toddler from strain of E coli highlights how dangerous a bacterial disease can be.

Health fears after disease found

ALL CLEAR: Craig Shepherd, holding a duckling, says the birds he cares for are no longer showing any signs of illness.

Bird disease that can infect humans is found at animal welfare farm.

DHB bosses clash over cuts

Wellington Hospital.

Hutt Valley DHB is in a management crisis, while lab testing for the region is set to go for tender.

Brain tumour is back

FACING RADIATION: Emma Hart is publishing a free online book while she fights a brain tumour.

Emma Hart had surgery to remove a tumour from behind her eye over five years ago but it has since returned.

Communication fail contributed to death

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Coroner recommends better communication between health centres and hospitals following an elderly man's death.

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