'It's a long-term problem'

Suicide is a "permanent solution to a temporary problem", Jo says. This is something New Zealand children need to learn.

Wellington woman affected by suicide says public discussion should focus on holistic suicide prevention measures, not individual suicides.

Mums making a difference video

Four Christchurch mothers - Roxana Halstead, Nicole Parry, Anne O'Connor and Simone Weaver - have set up REACH, a ...

Their children all battled cancer. Now these Canterbury mothers have teamed up to help those still fighting.

Meth fears delay sale

A Housing New Zealand property in Blenheim that is being tested for meth contamination.

A prospective buyer had a meth test done on the Housing NZ property and it came back positive.

New technology helps blast cancer

Ginny Keith and her husband, Rob.

A "laser-guided missile" cancer therapy will cut treatment time for patients and leave them with fewer side-effects.

Clamp down on smoking outdoors

Businesses using Palmerston North City Council footpaths as outdoor dining areas will require new permits.

Smoking outside at cafes using public footpaths is about to get harder in Palmerston North.

Bowel cancer test 'second rate'

The Government's national bowel cancer screening programme will offer people aged 60 to 74 an immunochemical faecal ...

The Government has committed to the wrong screening method for bowel cancer, an expert says.

Single smoke seller convicted

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is cracking down on the illegal trading of cigarettes.

West Auckland dairy owner snapped for selling single cigarettes at $1.50 each.

Barber 'died' three times

Lisa Boyd sufferred a cardiac arrest while cutting hair in the morning, luckily her CPR-knowing guardian angel Hayden ...

Man's CPR training helped bring a Taupo barber back to life after she collapsed at work.

Smoking era's legacy of shame

Thousands of baby boomers live with undiagnosed respiratory disease.

Pauline Mohi remembers smoking with her doctor, the habit was so acceptable.

Nurse fined over relationship

A nurse has been censured after forming an "inappropriate relationship" with a prison inmate.

A nurse formed an "inappropriate relationship" with a prison inmate, and invited him to live with her.

Burwood opens to public

Cantabrians filled the halls to see the region's newest hospital on its open day.

About 15,000 filled the halls of Canterbury's newest hospital.

Tobacco tax hike welcomed

High St Dairy and Takeaway shop assistant Pei Chin says she is worried that more people will steal cigarettes as a ...

A Blenheim man who smoked 100 cigarettes a day says cigarettes should be banned completely.

Meth leads to spiral of addiction

Marlborough police community constable Russell Smith delivers a presentation on methamphetamine in Blenheim on Friday.

"Most people who use it for any length of time will never live a normal life again."

Suicide numbers 'not real'

An expert has warned that as many as 33 people are committing suicide each week.

She left a suicide note for her family, but the coroner ruled otherwise.

'Sex for a bed'

Of 300 at-risk young people in Dunedin, 4 per cent were found to have engaged in prostitution in exchange for a place to ...

Dunedin is gripped by an "invisible homelessness" that's sending teens into prostitution.

'She was literally dead' video

Lifeguards Eleanor Mulrennan and Michaela Housiaux-Andrews saved fellow worker Annie Tausi's life when she suffered a ...

One moment Annie Tausi was dancing and running a class. The next she was on the ground.

'Worth paying to save one life'

Kids jump and dive while lifeguards quietly patrol - until they are needed in an emergency.

There is little public funding for $1500 defibrillators. Too often, it takes a tragedy to get action.

Toxic smoke risk

Toxic plumes in surgical smoke are a hazard to patients, surgeons, and nurses.

Burnt body parts are causing toxic fumes in hospitals, putting staff and patients at risk.

Cigarette packaging, according to the tobacco industry

Standardised cigarette packaging in Australia, where it has been mandated since 2012. Although tobacco companies say ...

OPINION: Tobacco company internal documents show how crucial they think cigarette packaging is.

Phones can cause cancer

The US government study is one of the biggest ever analyses of this kind and looks set to reignite debate about the ...

"Where people were saying there's no risk, I think this ends that kind of statement."

Flowing success for arthritis

Aircycle director Jennifer Watson is looking at ways to pass on her successful business that started as a retirement ...

Lower Hutt company which started life as a retirement project aims to make life more comfortable for arthritis sufferers.

Smoking hike could have been higher

Manawatu smokers are bracing for another three years of 10 per cent tax hikes, the Government's strategy for stamping ...

Manawatu health advocate applauds cigarette price hike from $20 a pack to $30 by 2020.

Is your Fitbit telling fibs?

Close up of guy using wearable fitness gear (fitbit)

Some fitness trackers are out of step by more than 30pc, a researcher says.

Going chippie-free to feel chipper

Manawatu Cancer Society manager Sheryll Hoera and project support Julia Fonotia show Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith ...

Satisfying those hunger pangs with a bit of chocolate, can of fizzie or packet of chippies is off the menu for many around Manawatu next month. 

Mum-of-three loses cancer 'cruise'

Amanda Ferreira said she did not come to this earth to be a part-time mum.

Amanda Ferreira leaves behind three girls after losing her battle with inoperable cancer. 

DHBs still shortchanged - Labour

Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says the Government is still short-changing DHBs, despite a record funding ...

Health got the lion's share of Budget funding, but Labour's updated its calculations and says it's not enough.

A brain tumour can't stop her giving

Two-year-old Elyse has and aggressive brain tumour and less than 12 months to live. Her story touched Michelle Paki, who ...

Michelle Paki has put aside her fears of her brain tumour to help a two-year-old girl with the same illness.

Govt finds $10m for Greymouth hospital

Grey Base Hospital's Emergency Department is only 16 per cent compliant with the earthquake code.

 The West Coast community will get a new hospital after the Government finds $10m to cover cost blowout.

Six more measles cases

Nine cases of measles are now present in the Horowhenua.

Waiopehu College's full reopening pushed back in wake of latest measles cases.

Parents in the dark

Samuel Back was deregistered and censured for having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student.

A girl's intense relationship with a teacher was kept hidden from her parents in the months before her death.

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