A large study in progress by Auckland University shows that by the age of two, 10 per cent of the 7000 children they are studying had an allergy which was diagnosed by a doctor.
The health impact on thousands of Kiwi kids of unhealthy homes – including frustration with funding of nurse-led healthy home initiatives – is investigated by New Zealand Herald's Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox.
More cases of mumps have been reported this year in Auckland than in the past 16 years combined.
Expectant mothers in South Auckland will now have more choice of where to give birth and one midwife says it will help alleviate a "dire shortage" of postnatal beds in the area.
Sleep experts agree that teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night. But by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights
Labour's Families Package will kick in from July next year and is forecast to almost halve the number of children living in poverty.