Isaac Davison is a Senior Reporter specialising in health issues for New Zealand's Herald.
I am the Herald’s health reporter and I have a special interest in inequality, public housing, alcohol and drug reform, and euthanasia. I started at the Herald in 2008 on the night shift, before moving to Tauranga to report on the Bay of Plenty. I was later the science and environment reporter, a role in which I covered the Rena oil spill disaster and the Christchurch earthquakes. I spent six years at the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Wellington, where I closely covered two general elections in 2014 and 2017. In that time, I also covered the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand and reported from trips abroad to Antarctica, Japan, Indonesia, Australia and the Marshall Islands. In 2020, I was awarded runner-up for Feature Writer of the Year (Social Issues) for my reporting on historic sexual abuse at Dilworth School. Before journalism, I studied English and History at the University of Auckland and wrote my Masters thesis on the great New Zealand poet Allen Curnow.
'One of those ethical dilemmas' - NZ's hunger for more doctors leaves Pacific Islands short
The global marketplace for doctors is red-hot, and Polynesian islands are losing out.
Siouxsie Wiles case: Security removes man from courtroom after he approached scientist’s legal team
The security intervention came as one of NZ's top vaccine experts was giving evidence.
'Brand Siouxsie' - Auckland uni managers grew uneasy with Dr's 'celebrity' status
Wiles was called 'Brand Siouxsie' by university staff because of her high-profile role.
Siouxsie Wiles case: Auckland University voices concerns about media coverage after campus incident
The university's lawyers say media coverage may be 're-triggering' abuse against Wiles.
Siouxsie Wiles leaves court in tears after recounting vile online abuse
Siouxsie Wiles has accused the university of failing to protect her against harassment.
Watch: 'Get down' - Fireworks display goes wrong, spectators hurt
Video shows crowd members shouting 'Get down' as misfiring fireworks hit the grandstand.
Some waiting lists slashed, but waits for cancer treatment, mental health support, specialist appointments rising
"We haven’t seen the improvements we would have liked to have seen," an executive said.
‘Massive spike’ in Israeli doctors wanting to move to NZ
Recruitment agencies say doctors are prepared to take a pay cut to move somewhere safer.
Agonising wait for surgery: Hospitals operating on weekends in bid to reduce delays
A push to cut wait times has left theatres short some days and increased cancellations.