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Study finds babies are relatively safe in woven flax bassinets

Monday, 9 January, 2017 - 11:44

Infants sleeping in wahakura (flax bassinets) are relatively safe when compared with bassinets, a joint study between the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has found.

New tobacco tax increases encourage Smokefree New Year

Sunday, 1 January, 2017 - 21:01

In March 2011 the New Zealand Government committed to a goal of becoming smoke free by 2025. Recently the government re-committed to a further four 10% annual tobacco tax increase to nudge more people to quit so we can all reach the Smokefree 2025 goal.

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking - Quitline

Sunday, 1 January, 2017 - 08:48

Quitline ( has today revealed the top five reasons New Zealanders who contacted Quitline decided to give up smoking in 2016. Nearly half stated they wished to improve their overall health as the number one reason to give up smoking.

GAS Omapere is proudly tobacco-free

Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 14:59

Congratulations to Taryn and Joeseph Taurima of GAS Omapere in the Hokianga who have made the courageous decision not to sell tobacco products.

Gas heater link to child illness

Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 13:44

Gas heaters used for home heating have been found to increase the risk of respiratory illnesses in young children, according to the latest research from the University of Auckland.

Funding extended for Pacific health projects

Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 14:43

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced extended funding to continue projects which are already improving the health and wellbeing of Pacific people.

More pregnant women getting the care they need

Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 12:57

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows more pregnant women are getting earlier access to the services and support they need.

Big tobacco 'winning the battle for the hearts and lungs'

Friday, 16 December, 2016 - 11:39

Progress towards the Smokefree 2025 goal is too slow, especially for Maori and Pacific people.

Taupo Bay Holiday Park store now Tobacco-free

Monday, 12 December, 2016 - 09:21

Congratulations to Jodie Rogers and Jon Urlich of Taupo Bay Holiday Park in the Far North for their decision to put the safety of their family and staff over profit for making the Holiday Park shop Tobacco-free.

Vaping, the route to a smokefree New Zealand

Friday, 9 December, 2016 - 01:12

By Associate Professor Marewa Glover

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