The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says the decision of the Waitangi Tribunal to accept a claim lodged about the pay disparity suffered by Māori women public servants is a chance to also address inequities in the nursing workforce.

A maternal health program in Brisbane claims to have found a winning formula to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers deliver full-term babies. 

Indigenous women are almost twice as likely to give birth prematurely - which can lead to further complications - but the initiative has brought pre-term rates roughly into line with the general population.

Māori public health advocacy Hāpai Te Hauora is calling for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks in schools.

Fizz Free Whānau campaign manager Janell Dymus says children are exposed to sugary drinks everywhere, and as a result consume extremely high rates of sugar.

That is leading to high rates of obesity, diabetes, dental caries and many other health issues.

Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to pregnant women and their whānau across Nelson and Marlborough.

In a South Island first, the hapu wananga programme draws on traditional Māori childbirth practices, pregnancy, child birth and parenting. It is open to pregnant women and their wider whānau.

The District Health Board (DHB) has been notified of six cases of measles in the last week, with two of those cases going back to late December.

The DHB's chief medical officer of health, Dr Richard Hoskins said the DHB had been working with the families to find out where they might have contracted measles from.