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Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness. It mainly affects Māori and Pacific children and young people (aged 4 and above), especially if they have other family members who have had rheumatic fever. More information
Smoke alarmsEvery year we attend more than 3,500 house fires. In 80 percent of the fatal fires the Fire Service attend, smoke alarms are either not installed or not working. Many fire fatalities happen at night when people are sleeping and don’t smell the smoke. More information
There are many free smoking cessation services available to help you:

Quitline (0800 778 7787) is a free quit smoking helpline. Visit their website (www. quit. org. nz) to find out about the support and information they offer, including low cost quit smoking treatments and more. More information
To help keep your baby safe, follow ‘The 5 things to do within the first 10 weeks’ rule. The top ‘5 in 10’ list doesn’t change regardless of your age, ethnicity, where you live, or how many times you’ve given birth. More information
The wahakura (pepi-pod) - the safe bed-sharing projectSudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) can be a frightening topic for new parents to think about. Sadly, each year in New Zealand 60 to 70 babies die suddenly when they sleep. Most of these can be prevented. More information
The wahakura (pepi-pod) - the safe bed-sharing projectSudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) can be a frightening topic for new parents to think about. Sadly, each year in New Zealand 60 to 70 babies die suddenly when they sleep. Most of these can be prevented. More information
What is a wahakura/pepi-pod?A wahakura is a woven bassinet like structure intended as a safe sleeping space for an infant from birth to 6 months of age. A pepi-pod is a plastic version of the wahakura made from polypropylene. More information