Researchers are sounding alarms over young people smoking cannabis, as the incoming government promises a referendum on legalising the drug.
A programme tailored for obese kids has yielded some promising results, with children reporting better physical and emotional health after just a year.
A full review is to be launched into how a "frail" man was able to leave the rehabilitation unit at a Dunedin hospital and go missing this week, the district health board says.
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.
A fire chief is looking to limit its callouts to help the morbidly obese because it's injuring firefighters and taking them away from "real emergencies".
Low income parents can't afford to properly feed their kids. Dr Nikki Turner speaks with Mike Hosking