Nothing is being ruled in or out in a review of tobacco taxes, including reducing excise and pushing out the Smokefree 2025 target, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has unhealthy food in his sights, saying "consumption Nazis" should apply taxes to those to cut obesity.
Dental therapists could help provide affordable oral health care to older Kiwis but first they need their own regulatory body, says former health minister Dame Annette King.
Views on how best to improve sugar labels on food and drinks to guide consumers are being sought by a Trans-Tasman regulation forum.
Aucklanders seeking urgent after-hours care could be paying less.
Early estimates of the cost of improving the safety of the country's drinking water supplies are "a bit frightening", Health Minister David Clark has admitted.
Plans are underway to implement a new positive ageing strategy.
A move to reduce the amount of sugar across Australia's beverage industry is being welcomed by health and obesity experts and will be considered in New Zealand.
Health Minister David Clark says district health boards' performance will continue to be measured but the results are no longer being published.
The Justice Select Committee is hitting the road next month to visit 15 centres and hear some of the 35,000 submitters to the End of Life Choice Bill in person.