Media Releases
Please click on the title links below to view media releases in full.For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Manager Mark Dawson at mark.dawson@wdhb.org.nz or phone 021 246 8126
Media statement -- Ski field breach

Three men from Auckland were arrested in Ohakune on 16 September after travelling to Turoa Ski Field.

 
COVID-19 vaccination rollout reaches halfway point

The Whanganui region’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout passed a significant milestone -- its' halfway point -- on Tuesday 7 September.

 
Vaccinations for homeless at river site

Vaccination team take it to the river as homeless site is set up.

 
Being alcohol-free is your baby’s best start

The dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant are being highlighted by health services this month.

 
Colleagues salute 'a wonderful woman'

Tributes have flooded in from past colleagues of former nurse and stalwart of the community Ailsa Stewart QSO, who died on 25 August.

 
COVID-19 vaccination gets Whanganui MP's vote

On Wednesday 25 August, all New Zealanders aged 30-plus became eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and Whanganui’s MP was among the first to take advantage of the opportunity to help protect Aotearoa.

 
Alert Level 4 changes at WAM

With Whanganui now at Alert Level 4 until Friday 27 August, primary care facilities at Whanganui Hospital are changing the way that patients are seen, including the location of patients waiting for appointments.

 
Extra vaccination clinic at Raetihi after bookings mix-up

An unfortunate mix-up with bookings at a Raetihi vaccination clinic on Monday 23 August meant some people missed out.

 

 
Alert Level 4 Locations of Interest #1

Three locations of interest in the Whanganui District Health Board region have today been named as part of current COVID-19 Delta strain outbreak.

 
Whanganui DHB and hospital at Alert Level 4 #3

Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Russell Simpson is backing today’s Cabinet decision to extend the Alert Level 4 lockdown to midnight on Tuesday, 24 August.

 
Whanganui DHB and hospital at Alert Level 4 #2

After a pause on 18 August to make preparations for operating at Alert Level 4, the vaccine rollout was back at Te Rito, Aramoho Health Centre and Taihape Hospital.

 
Whanganui Hospital at Alert Level 4

Whanganui Hospital is now operating under Alert Level 4 conditions following community cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Auckland.

 
Community clinic puts focus on Pacific people

A week-long COVID-19 vaccination clinic got under way on Monday 16 August with the focus very much on the Pasifika community.

 
Health awards back after challenging times

Since the last health awards held in Whanganui in 2019, the health sector has faced some unprecedented challenges, but now the awards are back.

 
Vaccine team reaches out to ethnic communities

Joining the more than 400 people enjoying the costumes and colour of Whanganui's Multicultural Festival was the team promoting the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

 
Living Waters joins COVID-19 vaccine campaign

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up to record levels in the Whanganui rohe, Living Waters Medical in Castlecliff has joined the programme to protect the community against the deadly virus.

 
A simple test can beat 'the silent epidemic'

Known as “the silent epidemic”, hepatitis C infects around 1000 people in New Zealand each year, with about 200 dying from the virus, but Whanganui DHB aims to do something about those grim statistics.

 
Advice for RSV and other winter respiratory illnesses

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the contagious illness which affects young children, is affecting whānau all over New Zealand, but simple hygiene such as keeping children at home and washing hands can help stop the virus from spreading.

 
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the vulnerable

Registered nurse Brian Elliott has retired three times; Julie Blair, with an extensive district nursing background, was planning to retire last March … but now they are busy working as a crucial component in the biggest vaccination programme in Whanganui’s history.

 
Quitting ‘ciggies’ after 45 years inspires whānau

It was just the right moment that led Ned Tapa to quit cigarettes after being a smoker for 45 years.

 
Dry July – a chance to kick alcohol and help charity

Dry July should be a little easier this year with the help of a few of the lads from Whanganui District Health Board.

 
Vaccination team visits Arahunga School

The Whanganui region’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign has now pushed into Group 3 of the population, with more than 16,000 doses delivered.

 
A special day for some special children

Forty-five children, some with significant barriers to overcome, got the chance to mix with their peers and try out a variety of sporting activities at an AccessAbility event at Springvale Stadium on Wednesday, 9 June 2021.

 
Main COVID-19 vaccination centre opens its doors

A large COVID-19 vaccination centre opened in Whanganui city centre on Tuesday 2 June. Named Te Rito, the Whanganui Wellness and Vaccination Centre is in the former Warehouse Stationery store in lower Victoria Avenue.

 
NZNO nurses strike – 9 June 2021

Nurses, midwives and health care assistants working at Whanganui District Health Board, who belong to New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), are planning to strike from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday, 9 June 2021.

 
Group 3 COVID-19 vaccinations under way

Protection from COVID-19 will get a boost on 2 June with the opening of a large vaccination facility in Whanganui city centre.

 
Whanganui babies benefit from government funding

Neonatal care in Whanganui has been given a boost with the arrival of two new incubators.

 
Corrections support vaccination rollout at prison

As overseas experience has shown, prisons are particularly susceptible to the threat of an outbreak of COVID-19. The unique nature of the Corrections environment makes people who live and work in prisons especially vulnerable to the virus.

 
Extra hands on board for vaccine rollout

The rollout out of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Whanganui region is well under way, with border workers, frontline health staff, rest home, police, fire and prison personnel among those who have had the jab.

 
Springvale Manor fully vaccinated

Springvale Manor, a Whanganui residential and dementia care facility, has had 100 per cent uptake of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, for both staff and residents.

 

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