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Ministry of Health play Russian roulette with public safety

New Zealands first convicted airline hijackers’ nine year prison sentence ends today raising concerns about the possibility of a renewed hijack attempt and threats to public safety.

Chlorination of Napier water to continue through long weekend

A second positive result for e-coli in the Enfield Road water reservoir has been returned to Napier City Council. All other network testing remains clear.

Will you turn your world upside down on World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day (4 February) aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by bringing cancer to the front of people’s minds.

STA Travel and CanTeen New Zealand want you to show your support by turning your world upside down and donating.

Tomorrow is World Cancer Day

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says World Cancer Day is an opportunity to focus on what more can be done to further improve cancer services.

"Tomorrow is World Cancer Day and it’s timely to think about family and friends who have been touched by cancer," says Dr Coleman.

Abortion supervisory committee calls for law reform

Abortion rates in New Zealand are continuing to trend downwards, but law reform is still urgently needed, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) says.

Public health warning - marine biotoxin in shellfish

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested from the entire Bay of Islands, from Cape Brett north to Cape Wiwiki.

Shellfish biotoxin warning issued for Bay of Islands

Public Health Warning issued today advises public NOT to collect or consume any shellfish gathered from the Bay of Islands. This also applies to any shellfish gathered within the last 5 days.

Male breast cancer more common than penis cancer

Kiwi men might be missing a beat when it comes to health and lifestyle priorities this World Cancer Day (Feb 4), says the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation: male breast cancer is more common in men aged 50-plus than two dreaded diseases, cancer of the penis and meningitis.

Health advice for upcoming weekends

With Waitangi Day celebrations around the corner and the upcoming Hawke’s Bay Art Deco weekend drawing near, health authorities are warning people to drink plenty of water, keep their medicines up- to-date and if feeling unwell, to seek help from their doctor or after hours medical centre.

New focus for hearing and balance disorders

Research into the treatment and prevention of hearing and balance disorders is the focus of a new virtual centre, to be launched at the University of Auckland on Tuesday.

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