Water only for Taihape Childcare Centre 

Taihape Childcare Centre (TCC) has gone water only - a move which recognises the staff and children’s commitment to ridding their centre of sugary drinks.


“Water only (and milk), is so important for our children. With growing childhood obesity rates and high rates of dental decay and tooth extractions in our children, it is so important to promote water as the best and cheapest option,”  says public health nurse Narisa Sargison.

 A green water flask with a black top resting on a log with grass in the background




Photography Competition


Whanganui District Health Board is running a competition to select photographs to display in the main corridor of Whanganui Hospital near the radiology and therapies departments (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy). 


Photographs may also be selected to display in the departments.

We are looking for photographs which show:


  • Our community: The different ethnicities; ages and levels of mobility.


  • People in action in the district which covers: Whanganui; Ratana; Marton; Taihape; Ohakune; Raetihi; and the rural centres and farming areas around these towns.


  • People moving, playing, stretching, speaking, working, or rehabilitating 


Each photograph must be emailed to photos@wdhb.org.nz with the WDHB Photography Competition Consent Form filled in and attached.


Competition details


Entry/Consent Form



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.


They cover oral health; development and behaviour; height and weight; vaccinations; hearing and vision – all key elements in the health of a growing child.


And Whanganui kids are making the most of them, with the region having the second best stats in the country for completion of checks.


The government target is to get 90 per cent of four-year-olds having B4 School checks each year. In Whanganui’s case, that equated to 783 children.


In the 12 months to July, the Whanganui District Health Board exceeded that by some way with 844 completed checks, a success rate second only to South Canterbury DHB. Read more.