Hannah Martin

Reporter

Health reporter for Stuff.co.nz and the Sunday Star-Times.

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The Gift of Life: Bone marrow donation 'the ultimate koha'

Each year thousands of anonymous, everyday New Zealanders give part of themselves away for nothing in return. In Stuff's five-part series, Hannah Martin spoke to those who give and receive everything from organs to sperm about the lifesaving and life-changing effects of their actions.

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The Gift of Life: Making use of your body and brain after you die

Each year thousands New Zealanders give part of themselves away for nothing in return. In Stuff's five-part series, Hannah Martin spoke to those who give and receive everything from organs to sperm about the lifesaving and life-changing effects of their actions. Tucked away in a laboratory overlooking Auckland Domain is an inconspicuous chest freezer, containing hundreds of human brains.

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Aucklanders twice as likely to survive bowel cancer surgery than those elsewhere

Bowel cancer patients living in Auckland are more than twice as likely to survive surgery than those living elsewhere in New Zealand. It's an "unacceptable" finding - one which has prompted Bowel Cancer New Zealand to call for an urgent investigation into the "wide variation" in mortality rates across the country.

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More issues discovered with Waitematā DHB bowel cancer screening programme

More than 30 people developed bowel cancer after missing check-ups due to a botch up in a free bowel screening pilot programme, the Ministry of Health has revealed. The Ministry announced on Tuesday that "many more people than first thought" didn't receive invitations for free bowel screening during the pilot programme.

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Counties Manukau district health board in financial crisis

One of the country's largest district health boards is under "close scrutiny" following revelations it is in financial strife. Counties Manukau Health chairman Lester Levy said he was "very, very worried" about the "difficult and challenging near-term financial future" the organisation faced.

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When breast isn't best: Contentious new bottle-feeding campaign hits NZ

A new bottle-feeding campaign argues that health authorities' exclusive breastfeeding regulations are harming some babies. Is it scaremongering that unnecessarily undermines years of public health education - or is it true that "fed is best"? When Chelsea Martin's twins were born three weeks early the "pressure was on" for them to gain weight.

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Voting a 'basic human right', but one that not all New Zealanders have

When New Zealand's first national election was held in 1853 only British men over the age of 21, who had at least £50 worth of land to their name and were not serving a criminal sentence, were eligible to vote. The Māori electorates were established 14 years later, ensuring Māori could vote, while women waited four decades for suffrage.

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Students rejected from universities after Auckland school fails to load NCEA credits on time

A Pukekohe High School student says she was rejected from a university after the school failed to submit her NCEA results on time. A number of Year 13 students had to resubmit an internal assessment but they say the school did not upload their credits in time - the result was they were officially recorded as not having passed Level 3 or gaining University Entrance (UE).

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'Undervalued' nurses rally for better pay at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital

"Overworked, undervalued and underpaid" nurses are making their frustrations heard at a rally at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. The first New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Rally for Health kicked off at 6.30am on Tuesday - with a second rally scheduled for 2pm. The rain wasn't dampening nurses' spirits as close to a hundred people turned out in support, waving placards.

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Few schools 'well-placed' to support students' mental health issues, report shows

Young people are suffering in silence as New Zealand schools fail to support students' mental health. Only 11 of 68 schools evaluated by the Education Review Office were found to be "well-placed" to promote and respond to student wellbeing. A national report on the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) indicated schools varied in how well they could support students.

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Our first Kiwi Christmas: 'For the first time in my life, I won'

Christmas means different things to all of us. For one family, their first Christmas in New Zealand is also their first Christmas ever, and the celebration comes after years in limbo. Mohamed Kassim bin Noor Ahmad arrived in New Zealand seven months ago with his wife and two young children - 21-years after fleeing persecution in his home country of Myanmar.

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Neuroendocrine cancer sufferers take on Pharmac

Jess Spence hurried in from the rain having just finished yoga class. Looking at her, you wouldn't guess that the 32-year-old's body is riddled with incurable cancerous tumours. Spence has neuroendocrine (NET) cancer, and her best option for treatment is not available in New Zealand.

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8-year-old boy's minor fall from bike spirals into superbug infection nightmare

Auckland mum Becky Ogilvie knew something was wrong when her son was experiencing excruciating pain, vomiting, had a rash and was unable to walk. Mike Ogilvie, 8, from Clevedon, was a healthy and active little boy until he got into a bicycle accident last June and was left with an internal injury in his leg.

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Few things stronger than the bond between brothers, not even cancer

Haley McLaughlin had just three hours to pack up her family's lives in Hamilton when their 3-year-old son Hamish was rushed to Starship Hospital. What they thought would be a two-week hospital stay, turned in to six months. Hamish is fighting a brave battle against a "one-of-a-kind" form of acute myeloid leukaemia.

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Kiwi waistlines a killer

New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, and Kiwis are dying early because of it.

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Is homelessness a choice?

Only a small percentage of the country's homeless community are sleeping rough by choice. Why are so many people out on the streets? Hannah Martin reports.

Te Waha Nui

Te Waha Nui
Walking for those who can't

One in every 15,000 Kiwis suffers from an incurable and untreatable condition, which gets only one day of awareness ‘exposure’ each year

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