Powerful emotions and the holding back of tears were evident when a midwife spoke of the devastating impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Tairawhiti this month. Kaniwa Kupenga-Tamarama talked candidly of her experiences with the disorder at Turanga Health's Elgin hub on Wednesday — International FASD Awareness Day.
A ceremonial handover of the Te Papaioea Birthing Centre in Palmerston North this week will cement a new partnership heralded as the "gold standard" of maternity and postnatal care for all New Zealand.

A new study showing pregnant women are more at risk from Covid-19 is a reminder of the need for expert health care, a New Zealand women's health expert says.

The study published today in the British Medical Journal showed pregnant women were at a higher risk from the effects of Covid-19 and were more likely to give birth early.

Close to two million women and girls have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services during the coronavirus pandemic, with experts predicting the disruption could trigger a "baby boom" in parts of the globe.

The Waitematā, Auckland, and Counties Manukau district health boards have activated their Covid-19 resurgence plans, and are postponing outpatient appointments and elective surgeries.

Some planned care will be done by phone or online instead, and urgent or emergency care will still be provided as normal.

Ms Ardern said they were not mandating the use of masks "at this stage" but are actively encouraging their use in Auckland. 

Jacinda Ardern has laid out Cabinet's plan this morning for if Covid-19 manages to slip through the border and break out in the community.

Speaking at Parliament, she said if community cases emerged, the government would impose restrictions locally or regionally in the first instance, rather than nationwide.