Health & Beauty

Man fined and suspended for stealing drugs

A man has been fined, censured and suspended for stealing a "potentially dangerous drug" to help his partner's anxiety and insomnia. A man, identified only as a "health practitioner" in the ruling by the New Zealand Health Practitioners...... Read More

Woman sent home twice despite facial fractures

A district health board has been criticised over the care of a woman who was twice sent home despite having fractures to her face. In a ruling on Monday by the Health and Disability Commissioner, the unidentified DHB was found to be in breach of the...... Read More

Bronze medal won after husband’s heart attack

Stanmore Bay table tennis player Shirley Ritchie received a standing ovation when her bronze medal was presented at the recent World Masters Games. She was moved to tears by the support, which came because she won the medal under the most difficult...... Read More

Doctors head to famine-stricken region

Their newborn daughter maybe only a few days old but that has failed to deter an Algies Bay couple from heading to one of the toughest places in the world for children. Doctors Jono and Destinee Macleod are due to return to South Sudan on June 10 –...... Read More

Our very own bossy Izzy

“I am special. l am very special.” Thirteen-year-old Sophie Turner is special because she has succeeded – she has confronted some deeply challenging personal issues and blossomed on the national stage despite them. She has Tourette...... Read More

Rural lives at risk

The lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk every day because of poor connectivity and inequitable health services, according to a rural health leader. Dr Martin London, chair of the Rural Health Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ), says the...... Read More

Fidget spinners being recalled

LED light hand fidget spinners are being recalled due to a securing issue with the battery compartment. According to, the toy doesn’t have a secured battery compartment. “If young children gain access to button batteries...... Read More

Talking to children about terror attacks

Helping children manage their emotions after a terrorist attack is more realistic than trying to shield them completely from what has happened, a Massey University psychologist says. Associate Professor Sarb Johal, a trauma specialist, says people...... Read More

Suicide prevention group make their voices heard

A suicide prevention trust says the Government needs to stop "stealing from mental health services to pay for hip and knee replacements" following a Parliamentary select committee hearing on Wednesday. The Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust...... Read More

World record bungy attempt underway

An Auckland man attempting to break the world record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours has easily surpassed the previous record. In an effort to raise funds for Mental Health Foundation, Mike Heard decided he wanted to beat the Guinness World Record...... Read More