Bay woman collapses of unknown causes

A 36-year-old Bay of Plenty woman was flown to hospital after collapsing of unknown causes. The Tauranga-based Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihau Bay at 3.30pm after the woman had collapsed. Pilot and base manager Liam Brettkelly... Read More

Lions make valuable donation

Five local Lions clubs have pooled funds to buy a new automated external defibrillator for the Coastguard. The vital piece of medical equipment was presented today at the Coastguard's regional headquarters in Nikau Crescent, Mount Maunganui. Papamoa... Read More

Listening to the children

Nearly a quarter of New Zealand children taking part in an international survey say their schools are only sometimes safe for them. While 63 per cent say their school was always safe, the information shows one in three children are feeling scared or... Read More

Algal bloom at Lake Rotoehu

A bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae in Lake Rotoehu has resulted in a health warning being issued. “The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which results in significant contact with the lake water,” says Medical... Read More

Students join Kaz on the road

For much of Kazushi ‘Kaz' Noiri's epic journey from Bluff to Cape Reinga he's walked the streets and roads alone.   But it was a different story on Wednesday for the 29-year-old Otago Polytechnic nursing student who... Read More

Biotoxin warning extended in Bay

The Ministry for Primary Industries has extended the public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested in Eastern Bay of Plenty. The warning has been extended westward and now includes all coastline between Cape... Read More

DHBs performing well

Bay of Plenty and Lakes are among DHBs nationwide improving on a number of Ministry of Health targets. Both local DHBs have performed well in regards to faster cancer treatment. The target involves 85 per cent of patients receiving their first cancer... Read More

Don’t always trust the phone

Recent reports of hard-sell cold calls to Auckland and Tauranga residents saying your heat pump must be annually cleaned and re-gassed has Andy Goodall of Comfort Air Conditioning Ltd concerned. Andy says he worries cold callers are playing on popular... Read More

Katikati St John station blessed

Katikati's new St John Ambulance Station is now fully operational, and officially blessed. Reverend Brendan Gibbs blessed the Sheffield Street building and each of its rooms in during ceremony attended by members of the Katikati St John Area Committee... Read More

DHBs to decide fluoridation

Legislation has been introduced to enable DHBs rather than local authorities to decide whether community water supplies are fluoridated. The government believes increasing access to fluoridated water will improve oral health and mean fewer costly trips... Read More

Opinion Poll

What did you do when quake hit the Kaikoura area early last Monday morning and a tsunami warning was sent out?

Heeded the warning and quickly made our way to higher ground.
Didn't receive a tsunami warning at all.
Received a tsunami warning from Civil Defence but was too late - when we woke that morning.
Ignored the warning.

Bay Today

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