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.

A Northland mother is calling on dairy-free breastmilk donors to help feed her baby girl, after the māmā suffered three serious cardiac events due to a rare condition, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.

Melissa Crockett-Joyoue from Leigh, Wellsford, received open heart surgery and a double bypass late last year as the condition affected the most important arteries in her heart.

Parents Lou Tyson and Tamati Tiananga are calling for people to stop intimidating mothers who breastfeed in public, after a bad experience the couple had over the weekend.

The couple were at a cafe when a middle-aged man walked in and stared at Tyson while she was breastfeeding her baby boy, says Tiananga.

"New Zealand attitudes towards women breastfeeding in public are relatively positive. That's according to a recent study. Reporter Te Rina Kowhai caught up with television personality and new mom Lou Tyson who says mothers are only doing a natural thing, that is to feed their babies".