New director for the Suicide Prevention Officer

Matthew Tukaki (Ngāi Te Rangi) has been appointed as the new Director of the Suicide Prevention Office. Acting Deputy Director-General of Mental Health... Read More

Fentanyl overdoses: Police try to find supplier

The drug that killed more than 100,000 Americans last year is now thought to be behind 12 overdoses in Wairarapa. Fentanyl has been described by the... Read More

Flu season: Medical certs adding pressure to GPs

The College of GPs warns that requests for medical certificates are adding to the pressure on already-stretched general practices. It says if organisations... Read More

Children to get free flu vaccines

Children aged 3-12 years and people with serious mental health or addictions needs will now be eligible for free flu vaccinations. From Friday, July... Read More

Fentanyl warning: drug expert calls for education

A drug expert says there is no evidence to suggest widespread underground fentanyl use in Aotearoa. A dozen people have been hospitalised due to suspected... Read More

Drug warning as 12 in hospital with overdoses

A dozen people have been hospitalised over the weekend due to suspected fentanyl overdoses, all in the Wairarapa region. The drug information website... Read More

Covid-19: 4429 community cases, six deaths

  Today the Ministry of Health is reporting 4,429 new community cases of Covid-19,  332 current hospitalisations, and six deaths.   There... Read More

Covid-19: 24 deaths in two days, 8638 new cases

The Ministry of Health is reporting 8638 new community cases of Covid-19 and 24 deaths for the past two days. There are 316 current hospitalisations... Read More

Stomach flu hitting the Bay of Plenty

Stomach flu, also called gastroenteritis, is being reported across the Western Bay of Plenty, resulting in diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever. There... Read More

Covid-19: Rising rates of SARI

People are being warned of an increase in severe acute respiratory infections this winter. The warning comes in the Ministry of Health daily Covid... Read More

Covid-19: 4024 new community cases, nine deaths

The Ministry of Health is today reporting 4024 new community cases of Covid-19, 391 current hospitalisations, and nine deaths. Two of the deaths are... Read More

HIV prevention drug: ‘Stigma is a thing out there’

There's no room for stigma when it comes to GPs prescribing a safe sex drug commonly used by gay men, a leading doctor says. Pre-exposure prophylaxis... Read More

Covid-19: 3235 new community cases, five deaths

The Ministry of Health is today reporting 3235 new community cases of Covid-19, 356 current hospitalisations, and five deaths. There are five people... Read More

Meth addiction service launched in Eastern BOP

The Government has delivered on its commitment to roll out the free methamphetamine harm reduction programme Te Ara Oranga to the eastern Bay of Plenty,... Read More

Covid-19: 4404 community cases, 11 deaths

The Ministry of Health is reporting 4,404 new community cases of Covid-19, 356 current hospitalisations, and 11 deaths. Three people are in ICU. There... Read More