Euthanasia step onto slippery slope

Matt Vickers, the husband of Lecretia Seales, speaks at an inquiry on voluntary euthanasia at Parliament in August.

OPINION: It's the unintended consequences of legalising euthanasia that are worrying.

'Exciting' breast cancer find

Home and Away star Ray Meagher (Alf) kicked off Auckland's Pink Star Walk earlier this month, where more than 2500 ...

Researchers may have found a new way to attack some aggressive breast cancers.

Fighting for a chance at life video

Thirty six year old Kane Roper was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his ...

Kane Roper knows there's drug to fight his debilitating illness. But it will cost him $200,000.

How organ swap first happened

Organ donation in New Zealand has risen over the past 10 years, from 29 dead organ donors in 2005 to 53 in 2015.

Six people, two cities, hundreds of medical staff and three successful kidney transplants.

Hutt teens' long mental health wait

Hutt Valley District Health Board, Hutt Valley DHB

Ministry figures show Hutt Valley performs poorly on children's mental health services.

Grim prospects for suicide

New Zealand's annual provisional suicide statistics, released on Tuesday, showed the country's suicide toll was the ...

OPINION: New Zealand has a serious problem, and talking about it once a year won't change a thing.

What matters most to girls video

Girl Guide Rangers, from left, Briana Valgre, 15, Tayla Webb, 15, and Steph McIntyre, 14, say bullying and body image ...

New research into the fears, insecurities and aspirations of Kiwi girls helps to boost Girl Guide biscuit drive.

Mentally unwell youth remain untreated

221016. KEVIN STENT/FAIRFAX NZ. News. Lynne Russell on Petone Beach with her 21 year old daughter who has attempted ...

Thousands of at-risk mentally unwell youth are waiting for psychological treatment as DHB services are swamped.

Queues line up to be tattooed video

Giselle Lea, left, and daughter Jamila got matching semicolon tattoos from Josh Waretini, at the Barbers Ink fundraising ...

More than 1000 people lined up at a Christchurch tattoo studio - for a good cause.

Meads: Why old men are tough

Former All Black Sir Colin Meads says his generation descended from war heroes who were stoic, and so many men aspired ...

Sir Colin Meads says there's still a place in NZ for stoic men who "get on with it".

Left without care at 94

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Dorothy Dyett, 94, waited 14 weeks for her care provider to provide bathing ...

Kilbirnie resident was meant to get help bathing after displacing her hip - but no-one showed up.

Erratic election results blamed on Kapiti

An error at the Kapiti Coast District Council was at the root of inaccurate progress results in the MidCentral District ...

Inaccurate progress results for the MidCentral DHB elections explained.

Cancer inspires winning photo series

'Cassie', taken by Meli Berends as part of her final project for the UCOL bachelor of visual imaging.

An encounter with breast cancer has inspired an award-winning photograph, and a message of hope.

New health centre for Akaroa

Akaroa will get a new health centre by late 2017.

Akaroa will get a new 12-bed health centre to help replace its earthquake-damaged hospital.

CAPS Hauraki Safe Kids message goes viral

The CAPS Hauraki message is causing much debate.

Local organisation goes viral with vital message about not forcing hugs and kisses.

Academic centre for Ashburton Hospital

St John Mid Canterbury territory manager Ian Rex demonstrates on one of the new simulation models which will form an ...

Ashburton Hospital is to become pioneer in rural health with opening of a new specialised centre.

Patient urges women to check breast screening options

Dr Anthony Doyle says tomosynthesis mammography is proven to have a higher cancer detection rate and a reduced recall ...

A woman diagnosed with breast cancer feels that luck was on her side when she was offered the latest in breast imaging technology, and wants other women to know it's available.

Biopsy on hospital's waste mountain

Capital & Coast DHB generates between 4000 and 5000 kilograms of waste every day.

Capital & Coast DHB generates up to 5000kg of waste every day - so where does it all go?

Diet challenge for obese man video

Jane and Chris Tett have started a juice diet and are sharing their story to keep accountable.

It may not be the diet for everyone, but after hitting 130kg Chris Tett decided to try the extreme 60-day juice diet, with surprising results.

Little girl's chance at sight

Eight-month-old Catherine Pilcher wears extra thick glasses made in the United States.

Catherine Pilcher was born blind but can now see colours and movement thanks to life-changing surgery.

Teen suicide: Who is caring for the parents?

Researcher Clare Stanton says we need to understand more about the care and support parents of suicidal teenagers need.

There is a gaping hole in society's understanding of the support parents of suicidal teenagers need a researcher says.

Junk food ads targeted

pizza, fast food, junk food, unhealthy, slice, cheese, pepperoni, fork, eat, eating, food, dining, dine, share, oily, ...

Sugary drinks and junk food are set to come under tough new restrictions when being advertised to children.

Med school gets rural support

A joint proposal between the University of Waikato and the Waikato DHB to establish a Waikato medical school has the ...

Waikato medical school proposal gets a positive reaction.

Sew a little love

The Waihopai Sewing Bees members, from left, Zoe Thompson, Rosemary Coyle and Summer Weir, Wairau Hospital surgical ...

"I thought 'what can I do to help?' There must be other people in a similar situation."

Surgery, appointments bumped video

Junior doctors strike at Christchurch Hospital on Tuesday. DHBs are bracing for a second day without thousands of junior ...

More than 5500 elective operations re-scheduled as a result of junior doctors' strike.

Life dedicated to cure video

Holly Pretorius with dad David and her horse Myra.

After losing son in crash which also left his daughter paralysed, dad won't rest until he sees her walk again.

Nosy nurse suspended

The nurse was found guilty of sifting through 64 people's private records and more than 1000 documents.

A nurse caught snooping through 64 private health records has been suspended for 18 months.

Suicide's 'real' toll unknown

Mental health advocate Gordon Hudson says suicide rates could be much higher than reported.

New Zealand's suicide rate continues to climb but some claim it's already worse than reported.

Recap: Our suicide problem

Shaun Robinson, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation.

Poverty, unemployment, racism and homelessness all contribute to the suicide toll.

'Gotta be strong for the kids'

Harley Melhopt and his young family: Riley, 8, Naiah, 3, fiancee Sam, and Laken, 1.

Doctors never suspected father-of-three Harley Melhopt could have bowel cancer at just 24.

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