Auckland City Council is warning parents and pet owners about the dangers of Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus). Karaka is very toxic, especially the fruit or hard kernel inside.
Several workers on the Auckland Harbour Bridge were poisoned last year after inhaling lead-based paint dust.
A hobby beekeeper in Whangamata has been charged with selling food unfit for human consumption after 22 people were poisoned with tutin-contaminated honey last year.
Farmers whose rice farms are close to a local zinc mining operator and a mine development firm are demanding compensation after pollution contaminated their crops with cadmium.
Seven diners who ate a Japanese delicacy of blowfish testicles were hospitalised after developing trouble breathing, paralysis and respiratory failure. Two men are still in a serious condition.
Actor Jeremy Piven has withdrawn from the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow, as a result of mercury poisoning he says he developed from eating too much sushi.
Shellfish collected from the southern Bay of Islands have tested positive for the toxin Paralytic Shellfish Toxin.
Products sold as "herbal" cannabis substitutes such as "Spice", "Dream" or "Yucatan Fire" have been found to contain the chemical compound JWH-018, an ingredient not listed on the label.
Eight children, aged between 7 to 13 years ingested their friend's antiepileptic medication, Tegretol (carbamazepine). Several of the children developed a coma and were hospitalised.
A Nigerian-made teething syrup has reportedly caused the deaths of 34 infants. My Pikin was contaminated with diethylene glycol. Diethylene glycol is highly toxic and causes kidney failure.