Health

Port Blokes break fundraising record

For the fifth year running the blokes of Port Waikato turned on a great blue breakfast to raise awareness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Since the initial breakfast in 2014 the blokes have increased the amount raised each year and this year broke the record to raise a whopping $9500. The group of local lads get together each […]

Life changing treatment needed for Caitlin

Caitlin McMurtry is an eight year old with scoliosis. Her family are working to raise funds for a treatment option in Los Angeles. Waiuku-born Caitlin McMurtry is just eight years old, and on her way to having life changing treatment which could lead to a pain-free life. In 2017, Caitlin’s mum Michelle noticed a hump in her back. After a […]

Programme helps Allen’s transformation

Losing 45 kilograms is no easy feat, yet for Waiuku’s Allen Mitchell, it’s an achievement he is determined to build on and continue. Allen was overweight, eating bad food, working long hours and not exercising. He had a long list of medical issues, from type two diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, bronchitis and painful knee joints. After health complications and a […]

Caleb Hutchinson Brown: Tuakau’s very own Cure Kids ambassador

Caleb Hutchinson Brown, from Tuakau, has long QT syndrome and is a strong Cure Kids ambassador, helping many other kids with illnesses. Long QT syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder that causes sudden and uncontrollable heart arrhythmias. These can be caused by physical activity or great stress and result in sudden fainting, seizures or even death. Caleb inherited this syndrome […]

Damon says thanks

Damon Jacobs would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraiser he held, saying that it was a great success. Damon used the fundraiser to assist in raising money for the drug Herceptin after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, also an HER2 positive strain of cancer which is commonly found in breast cancer. “There was enough money raised to […]

Letter: Modest increase for alcohol

I wish to express my view on this. I know so many people (friends and relatives) who enjoy a drink and are very sensible with it (I include myself in that). I think any increase should be modest, as the majority get hammered with extra tax to cover the excesses of the few. It actually annoys me when alcohol is […]

Heaviest drinking quarter since new liquor laws implemented

New figures show that more alcohol was available for consumption per person in the October-December quarter of 2017 than in any other quarter in the five years since the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act came into effect. Annual per capita consumption has barely shifted since 2012 said Alcohol Healthwatch Executive Director Dr Nicki Jackson. “We have witnessed more people […]

Health star rating removed from Milo

Nestle is removing the 4.5 health star rating from its Milo powder, a product given a Bad Taste Food Award by Consumer NZ in 2016. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says Milo has a 4.5 star rating, out of a possible five stars, despite the fact it is almost 50 percent sugar. Product packaging also boasts pictures of active […]

Beware of the bite

On a recent Sunday, 11 year-old Kiriana Mikaere was out camping with friends in the Otaua area. A strong swimmer, she was looking forward to competing at her upcoming school swimming sports. That plan went out the window as a white tail spider decided to join in the fun. While Kiriana and her friend crashed out after a great day, […]

Helping Kiwi kids fight the big C

March 2018 is the month of the Child Cancer Foundation Appeal and the organisation needs all the support they can get. This is because they receive no direct funding from the government and they want to be able to fund-raise enough to continue to support more than 1700 children with cancer, their parents, siblings and whanau. This year celebrates 40 […]


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