Hundreds of patients in eye-op backlog

Nelson Marlborough Health have reviewed and created care plans for the 800 patients overdue for eye appointments.

Nelson-Marlborough patients with eye problems at risk of losing sight while waiting for appointments.

Doctors' strike delays surgeries

Junior doctors strike outside Christchurch hospital.

Top of the south strike ends without resolution and more than 80 postponed appointments.

Help yourself to a taste of summer

Hayden Nailer and his sons, left, Max, 4, and Harry, 6, say they love eating the fresh plums at McKendry Park.

Public fruit and nut trees come to life in summer sunshine and better yet: it's free.

'Maggots' found in wrap video

Brock Mullany said he felt sick when he realised what was in the wrap he'd half eaten.

Brock Mullney ate more than half of his Muffin Break wrap. What he says he found in the lettuce stopped him.

Intensive support service expands

Family Start aims to intervene early in a child's life to give them the best start.

Programme for high-risk families with young children comes to the Shore.

Balloon artist wins in US video

Auckland balloon artist Katrina Matich can create anything from balloons, such as this Hawaii-themed scene.

Limited eyesight has not stopped Katrina Matich from rising to new heights with balloon art.

Volunteering gives greater understanding

Volunteering as a reader for The Blind Foundation has given Milford resident Carol Conte a second family.

A Blind Foundation volunteer for 26 years has found friendship and admiration.

Call for 'national leadership' on fluoride

The Christchurch City Council wants the Director General of Health to make decisions on fluoridating drinking water - ...

The decision to add fluoride to drinking water should be made by the Government, not District Health Boards, Christchurch City Council says.

More Kiwis donating organs

Barnaby Fredric says his donor was a selfless life-saver, and more people should consider being donors.

Barnaby Fredric couldn't be more grateful for his second chance at life. These days, he's not so alone.

Supermarket hopes to bag another win

The Colliers Coastal Challenge is an annual event for runners and walkers to support Hospice North Shore.

PAK'nSAVE Albany is challenging other Shore businesses to compete for a good cause.

Rise in AWOLs from mental health unit

Since January 2015, Taranaki police have attended more than 1600 call outs connected to mental health issues, attempted ...

Of the 28 patients who left without permission, only one was deemed high risk.

'ADHD' kids just immature?

Researchers found the younger children in a classroom were more likely to be medicated for ADHD, which raised concerns ...

Study finds younger kids in each school year are more likely to be on disorder medication, perhaps unnecessarily.

Too much sugar in our drinks

Researcher say it is concerning that sugary drinks continue to
dominate the shelves of New Zealand supermarkets.

Researchers find 'concerning' levels of sugar in nearly half the drinks Kiwi kids can buy.

Suicide rate double that of Australia

Between 2009 and 2013 the suicide rate among Kiwi men aged 20 to 24 was 29.7 per 100,000 – double the rate of their ...

Twice as many young Kiwi men are killing themselves as their Australian counterparts, a new study shows.

Let us into your loo

The Camp Purple Life youngsters on their tour of the Parliament House, Wellington.

Youngsters are proposing a law change that would open business toilets to individuals that can't 'wait'.

Cannabis battle looms

Schomburg suffers from chronic pain brought on by RSI and rheumatoid arthritis

"I slept well, my level of pain was reduced, and I wasn't stoned."

'Rubbing their hands together' video

Lotto could soon offer "scratchies" online, but problem gambling services are worried.

Heavy criticism for Lotto's plans to sell scratchies online.

Schools warned about asthma spike

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is warning schools and parents to be wary of a spike in asthma cases as ...

With school holidays nearly over, a warning is being issued to prevent asthma hospitalisations.

Fight for cannabis-based medicine continues

Nelson public rights lawyer Sue Grey.

Leading government scientist agrees cannabis-based medicine should not be restricted.

'It can be easy as a GP to become locked into a death spiral'

The author, GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun.

Poverty in New Zealand is too easily dismissed by lounge-chair pundits. But, as GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun writes, it affects us all.

Failed counselling service owes $1.7m


This includes 90 counsellors who are owed thousands after the collapse of Relationships Aotearoa.

Is sunscreen safer than shade?

New Zealand has the highest incidence rate of melanoma in the world.

US study says it is - but it was done by a company that sells sunscreen.

Onions don't belong in ears

Cotton buds are a no-no, but the man who used sliced onions had it wrong too.

Simple prostate cancer check life-saving

Kevin Brailey encourages men to have life-saving prostate cancer checks.

Poster boy for new treatment encourages checks.

How to raise your baby: an ever-evolving guide

Few people are more at the mercy of advice-givers than the parents of newborns.

Breast or bottle? To cry or not to cry? We delve into the world of contradictory baby advice.

It can't be prevented, slowed or cured video

Allison Betts was brave and faced her challenges head on, her husband Eddie says.

Alli Betts made breakfast at 3am. Her husband woke to find tea bags in the toaster.

Doctors' strike hitting where it hurts

Sick of waiting? Patients are concerned at the length of time it takes to get a doctor's appointment.

Woman forced to wait 24 hours and drive 50 minutes to have stomach pain checked.

Quake exam docs get reprieve

Any trainee GPs who failed the exam held in Wellington just hours after the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura quake will now be ...

Trainee GPs who sat an exam hours after the Kaikoura quake are told they can resit if they fail.

Brain-bleed scans on the go

This portable handheld device known as an 'infrascanner' can tell if you have a brain bleed in minutes.

Rugby teams and ambulance staff are the target for portable brain scanner.

Petone rest home sale looms

Britannia House resident Bruce Gibbs, 87, had to find a new home when Britannia House closed in December. His ...

Community efforts to reopen Britannia House look likely to fail.

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