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.

Abortion reform advocates welcome Minister’s call for review of abortion law

Abortion reform group ALRANZ welcomes Justice Minister Little’s consideration of a Law Commission review of New Zealand’s abortion law.

Doctors call for health review of Trans-Pacific trade deal

A call for the new Government to follow-up its pre-election stand on assessing the health impacts of the Trans-Pacific trade deal – including on medicine and tobacco policy – has been made by the two main doctor associations.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

Sick at heart