Health & Beauty

Save our midwives

Wanaka’s mothers and mums-to-be have shown an outpouring of support in the wake of the news that the town will be left with just one full-time working midwife from April. A special emergency meeting between midwives, Ministry of Health (MoH)...... Read More

Blair’s back in a smiley place

He was savaged within an inch of his life by the big black dog – severe depression, substance abuse, anxiety and flashbacks as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. It killed Blair Benefield’s military career and it just about killed...... Read More

Health officials apologise over bowel-screening botch-up

The Cancer Society is worried that the National Bowel Cancer Screening programme may be under-funded. Health Minister David Clark revealed yesterday that 2500 people had not received invitations to be screened for bowel cancer under a pilot programme...... Read More

National Bowel Screening Programme to be reviewed

Minister of Health Dr David Clark has ordered an independent review of the National Bowel Screening Programme. The free screening programme is being rolled-out in stages around the country, with three DHBs currently on board. It is due to be in place...... Read More

Assisted suicide court case begins in Wellington

A Wellington euthanasia advocate accused of helping another woman to commit suicide will go on trial in the High Court in Wellington today. Susan Austen also faces two counts of importing the sedative pentobarbitone, which is a Class C controlled drug. At...... Read More

More drinking water fountains needed

New Zealand researchers are calling for more drinking water fountains in public playgrounds and parks, to provide healthy options in contrast to sugary drinks and also to cater for an increased risk of heat waves. There are just 34 public drinking...... Read More

Serious injuries in Tatuanui accident

An 18-year-old man sustained serious injuries and had to be cut from his vehicle. The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched Tatuanui, near Morrinsville, on Thursday. The teenager was the sole occupant of the vehicle that...... Read More

Women winched from Abel Tasman track

Two women had to be winched from the Abel Tasman track after a 51-year-old woman fell ill. The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter winched a mother and her daughter from the Tonga Saddle area of the Abel Tasman National Park yesterday afternoon. "The...... Read More

Body found under Tauranga bridge

Reports are coming in of a suspected drowning in the Wairoa area, north of Tauranga. A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says there was someone wrapped in a blanket under the Wairoa Bridge. "It happened about 15 to 20 minutes ago and my...... Read More

Recalled berries may contain metal

  Traces of metal found in a berry product has forced the manufacturing company to issue a voluntary recall. FFOWCS Williams LTD has issued a recall on Orchard Gold Divine Duo Mixed Berries, with a batch number of 1711131 and best before date of...... Read More