New Zealand has the highest death rate for teenagers and young people among 19 of the world's developed, wealthy countries.
Poor housing is causing preventable injury and disease that is estimated to cost New Zealand up to $164 million a year in hospital admissions and accident compensation claims.
Drug checking - allowing students to check the substance they intend to take - is being carried out at the University of Otago this week, as part of Orientation Week, the students' association has announced.
A Canterbury trial which helps people with health conditions or disabilities to find and stay in work has been expanded to help hundreds more Cantabrians.
Smoking will be banned in cars when children under 18 are present minister, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has announced.
The Kawerau District Council has put a temporary stop to chlorinating the town water supply, while it looks to solve water discolouration issues.
Women who live rurally are more likely to experience domestic violence, says Rural Women New Zealand, but the true number may be even higher.