Media Releases

Please click on the title links below to view media releases in full. For all media enquiries please contact the Engagement Lead Rhonda Morris at or phone 021 246 8126.

Tackling mental health with a coffee and a chat

“A positive step moving forward”; “A remarkable opportunity to be heard”; “I felt like people were listening to us” - these were some of the comments after Whanganui’s first Conversation Café.

Minister promotes start of bowel screening in Whanganui

Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Further strikes for medical imaging technologists (radiographers)

Whanganui District Health Board medical imaging technologists (MITs) will strike for 24 hours beginning 7am on Wednesday 30 October and 7am on Friday 1 November 2019 with a full withdrawal of services.

National Bowel Screening Programme launched in Whanganui

Improving health outcomes for Māori will be a key focus of the national bowel screening programme which launched in Whanganui on Tuesday 22 October.

Mayor Hamish McDouall has special reason to advocate for test that saves lives

Whanganui mayor Hamish McDouall remembers his friend from university days in Otago as being “fit and a talented footballer who loved music”.


Agencies join together to address collapse of State Highway 4

A collaborative framework has been put in place by various agencies dealing with the closure of State Highway 4.

Whanganui initiative sparked by a tragedy is now changing people’s lives

The benefits of being in good physical shape before having surgery will be the focal point of a public display and inter-action at Whanganui Hospital on October 16.

Mystery donation a boost for hospital art

A mystery $5000 donation has delighted staff at Whanganui Hospital.

Medical imaging technologists (radiographers) strike – Wednesday 2 October

Whanganui District Health Board medical imaging technologists (radiographers) will strike for 24 hours beginning 7am on Wednesday 2 October 2019 and ending 7am on Thursday 3 October 2019.

Laboratory testing – feedback wanted

We are reviewing how we run our laboratory – and want your feedback.

Age is no barrier to learning te reo

More than 70 years after learning her first words in English, Ailsa Stewart is learning te reo Māori.

Outstanding efforts in Whanganui health sector celebrated

The outstanding efforts of those who work in Whanganui’s health and disability sector were recognised in some style at an awards night on Friday.[Sept 6]

Alcohol-free is your baby’s best start

The month of September is a reminder to pregnant women, their whānau and support network that drinking while hapu contributes to life-long problems for tamariki. Drinking while pregnant also increases the chance of premature birth, or losing your baby through miscarriage or stillbirth.

Together we can protect against cervical cancer

A woman’s best protection against developing cervical cancer is to have regular cervical screening.

How nattering puts a smile on kids’ faces

A group of women living at Jane Winstone Retirement Village have used their ‘knit and natter’ sessions to knit dolls for Whanganui Hospital’s children’s ward.


Get your tickets for Health Awards

Tickets are on sale for Te Tohu Rangatira Whanganui District Health Quality Awards, which will be held on Friday 6 September at the Whanganui Racecourse.

Hospital looks on the bright side with photo competition

Whanganui Hospital is running a competition to select photographs to brighten up its main corridor.

Taihape Childcare Centre goes water only

Taihape Childcare Centre (TCC) has gone water only - a move Whanganui District Health Board public health nurse Narisa Sargison says is recognition of the staff and children’s commitment to ridding their centre of sugary drinks.

Whanganui leads way in pre-schoolers’ health checks

B4 school checks are a vital health and developmental assessment available to all Kiwi four-year-olds.

Free bowel screening in TV spotlight

Māori Television cameras were at Marton’s Māori health provider Te Kotuku Hauora where staff had organised for Whanganui District Health Board bowel screening project manager Ben McMenamin to give a…

Health board heads to Taihape to get the rural perspective

A growing commitment to rural health is reflected in Whanganui District Health Board’s decision to take its August board meeting to Taihape.

Hospital’s history among host of heritage events

With a lineage stretching back 175 years, Whanganui Hospital was a must to be part of Whanganui’s upcoming Heritage Month, and it will host an event on Saturday, August 10.

Get those Health Awards entries in - closing date 26 July

If you or someone you know works in health and wellbeing in the Whanganui region, please encourage them to enter the Whanganui District Health Quality Awards Te Tohu Rangatira 2019.

Changes at ED & WAM

From Monday July 8 there will be some changes in the Emergency Department reception area at Whanganui Hospital.

Minister gives Whanganui health initiatives big tick

Health minister David Clark has given a big tick to a number of health initiatives in Whanganui.

No more gender constraints on lab testing

Whanganui District Health Board's laboratory testing is no longer sex-specific, removing barriers to access for the transgender community.

'Lightbulb moment' sparks lifestyle change for truckie

Getting fit for surgery has been a labour of love for David Lamese.

Try Dry July and notice the benefits

Save money, have more energy and feel healthier - just a few of the reasons to try Dry July this month.

Patient care: Whanganui records lowest ever rate of complaints

An emphasis on a pro-active approach to complaints by Whanganui District Health Board has resulted in its lowest ever rate of complaints made to the Health & Disability Commissioner.

Keeping yourself healthy as winter bites

The winter months put extra demand on health services, and the Whanganui District Health Board says the best way to combat this is for people to take care of themselves and keep themselves healthy.


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