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Fourteen measles cases now confirmed in Canterbury

The number of confirmed cases of measles in Canterbury now stands at fourteen and is likely to rise still further over the coming days and weeks. It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community.

Grey Street and Wellington City beaches now smokefree

Wellington city councillors today voted to make the city’s beaches and the Grey Street pedestrian area in the central city smokefree.

Algal Bloom in the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence

The Community and Public Health team from Canterbury District Health Board have issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (benthic cyanobacteria) were found in the Otukaikino/Waimakariri confluence near the SH1 and Main North Road bridges.

Making science fun with Puna Waiora

Puna Waiora is a new kaupapa Māori support system offered by Waikato District Health Board (DHB), empowering and supporting rangatahi/young Māori to pursue a career in health. The programme launched on 1 February 2019.

Children with arthritis come together at camp

The 2019 Arthritis New Zealand Children’s Camp was a roaring success. Nearly 100 people attended the weekend-long event that took place from Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March in Matamata.

Police discretion for drug offences needs greater health funding - Drug Foundation

An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which will improve the way Police use discretion for drug offences is a further step towards treating drugs as a health issue.

Auckland teacher gobsmacked by glaucoma diagnosis

When Onehunga High School teacher David Eastwood noticed he was struggling to read small print he thought he had better get his eyes checked.

Midland regional e-prescribing system to prevent harm

The five Midland region DHBs are planning to implement a regional electronic prescribing and administration system to prevent medication errors harming patients.

New discovery finds NZ blackcurrants can support the brain as we age

A new scientific discovery by the University of Auckland has found New Zealand blackcurrants have high levels of a key nutrient that can support the brain as a person gets older.

Council vaping bans 'misguided'

Calls are getting louder for Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee to leave vaping out of its Smokefree Action Plan when it decides tomorrow - Thursday 7 March.