The Government is launching an urgent immunisation programme to fight an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Northland, which has had the highest number of cases and deaths of the new meningococcal strain MenW.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare reported a record $97.4 million interim profit on record sales across its two divisions.
The new food safety legislation is causing headaches for many food delivery services, upon which many older people rely.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced tougher and more frequent tests for contamination of drinking water from next year – but a decision on mandatory chlorination is on hold.
The Government has earmarked $80 million towards fixing "long-standing problems" with buildings and infrastructure at Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau SuperClinic.
The Government has committed $20 million towards a new health centre in the South Island town of Westport.
A week-old proposal by the University of Otago and other providers to create a virtual school for rural health remains very much alive despite the Government killing off an alternative school of rural medicine last week.