Submissions open on abortion law reform

Public feedback on reforming the country’s 41 year old abortion law to be more health-centred is being sought by the Law Commission.

Extend medical cannabis defence, Govt told

The Labour-led Government is being urged to extend a legal defence for medical cannabis to non-terminal patients and people growing cannabis for pain relief.

Record submissions for euthanasia bill

Many people are having their say about the End of Life Choice Bill.

The complexities of accessing an abortion

A woman seeking an abortion in New Zealand has to jump through around a dozen hoops to get the procedure. Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion.

Bill to toughen penalty for supplying synthetic drugs passes first reading

Suppliers of synthetic drugs would face eight years' jail under a bill that has passed its first reading with the support of National and NZ First, the first time this term that the parties have joined forces.

National health line-up following re-shuffle

Former Health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has retained the health portfolio following the reshuffle by new leader Simon Bridges.

End of Life Bill alarm for disability sector

Legalising euthanasia could lead to the erosion of rights for disabled people who choose to live, according to disability rights advocates.

Legalising euthanasia not endorsed by College of GPs: call made for improving palliative care

Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is a matter of individual members’ conscience says the College of GPs and its End of Life Choice Bill submission makes clear it endorses neither option.

Family carers’ heartfelt call on Government for law change

Families fighting a 20-year battle to be paid for caring for their disabled loved ones are calling for the government to repeal the law protecting a "discriminatory" care policy.

Huge number of submissions for euthanasia bill

14,000 and counting - It's a case of quantity over quality when it comes to the thousands of submissions made about euthanasia, says Act leader David Seymour.


Anzac Day marks Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s 90th anniversary

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the opening of Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, the country's sole soldiers' memorial hospital.