A recent New Zealand Medical Journal article co-authored by Poisons Centre staff has debunked the popular myth that White Tailed Spiders (Lampona cylindrata) are venomous.
Medicines regulator Medsafe is to review guidelines around cough and cold medicines following reports some over-the-counter remedies have harmed or killed British children.
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Actor Jeremy Piven has withdrawn from the Broadway play Speed-the-Plow, as a result of mercury poisoning he says he developed from eating too much sushi.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.