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What is the NIR?

The National Immunisation Register (NIR) is a computerised information system developed to hold immunisation details of New Zealand children. This assists in improving immunisation rates, individual protection against vaccine-preventable diseases and protection for the community against recurring epidemics. More information
We all experience ups and downs in our mental health - at times we may feel really down and low, other times we may feel happy and balanced. A mental illness is when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. More information
There are so many good reasons to keep your and your whānau’s teeth and gums healthy. Everyone wants that sparkling smile, to be able to chew for good nutrition, and to avoid toothaches and discomfort. Teeth have a huge influence on your appearance and overall health. More information
Everyone needs to be active and eat well to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It increases your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing. Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health – no matter how old you are. More information
If you think you might be pregnant, a pregnancy test is the best way to find out. You can also go to your doctor or nurse, a midwife, a Family Planning clinic or your school health service to find out. More information
In New Zealand, Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is one of the leading causes of death among infants who are one to 12 months old. It claims the lives of around 45 infants each year. More information
Home is a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family. Accidents happen, and minor scrapes and bruises a normal part of life however, more serious injuries occur which are often completely preventable. More information
Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy relationships and contribute to our sense of well-being. ChlamydiaChlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis and is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in New Zealand. More information
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family or friends. Every day, New Zealanders are quitting smoking to enjoy these benefits. Nobody will pretend quitting cigarettes is easy. More information
Research has shown that too much ultra-violet (UV) radiation causes sunburn, which can lead to skin damage (including skin cancer) and eye damage. Make sun protection a life-long habit, starting as young as possible, to reduce your risk. More information