The Government is trying to throw primary health a lifeline by empowering nurse practitioners and improving access. But critics say the money is missing.
Doctor shortages, costly GP visits and loopholes in the system are threatening our healthcare system. So what's going wrong?
He planned to die, but was let outside alone anyway. Five years later, fragmented paperwork took the blame.
More hoarding cases could come to light in the wake of the Kaikoura quake.
The mental health service buildings at Princess Margaret Hospital are "appallingly depressing" says a patient's mother.
A 75-year-old Turangi man who suffered a heart attack part-way through a challenge to swim 50km over three months didn't let that stop him from achieving his goal.
"There's always something we can do to keep people from getting sick, that's what keeps me going."
Just fossicking in the undergrowth was enough to kick start the whole body healing we were studying as part of an introduction to rongoa Maori.
Kathryn Ryan and Nicky Harvey have been running a therapy programme for about five years, now they want to make it cheaper for people to attend.
Stella De Gregorio was born with Down's Syndrome. It may slow her down, but it doesn't stop her.
"Here we are showing people there can be life after breast cancer."
Crisis counselling service will continue for another 18 months following fears it would close.
In the busy Hutchinson home, mum Clare feels like a spectator. But that's for now. She has hope for the future.
Renewed calls for independent inquiry into extensive abuse suffered by children in state care between 1950s and the 80s.
Horowhenua's recently ousted mayor Brendan Duffy will take up a new role on the region's Health Board.
DHB member says only the cost of cigarettes stops people from smoking.
There have been 76 cases of whooping cough reported in Taranaki this year - seven times more than last year.
Sir Mark Soloman appointed deputy chair to Canterbury District Health Board
The transient nature of housing in Auckland is bad news for young people's drinking, research shows.
"I've become a better, not bitter, person. The experience of raising Mitchell has taught me so much about myself."
I know more than "smarty pants" scientists, says new councillor.
A Nelson man has been a staunch advocate for ensuring the high rate of seclusion is addressed.
While numbers surge, Pharmac refuses treatment for people during period they are most infectious.
Almost half of GPs are eyeing up retirement, placing pressure on a service already under strain.
"Yahoo moment" for Hawke's Bay DHB is it agrees to historic decision.
"They told me it's not a clear decision but I should be able to get back most of the movement in my arm." Daniel Figueroa
Water could run out within a week if pipeline from Hutt Valley is cut, says Nick Leggett.
A groundbreaking Christchurch study hopes to identify brain changes that could predict the onset of dementia.
Mangere's local board is moving to replace the sale of sugary drinks starting at a local pool.
Waitemata DHB has surpassed latest health target results.
Murder on Bassett Rd (graphic content)