Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is an immunological intestinal reaction to gluten in cereal causing the cells lining the small, intestine bowel to become damaged and inflamed. This is often found in people who are genetically predisposed to this condition. Coeliac disease in New ZealandAccording to international research, approximately 100,000 people across New Zealand have some form of coeliac […]

Matariki weekend

Our collection centres will all be closed on Friday 28 June for Matariki.

Guide for skin excision orientation

The Nelson laboratory receives a large number of skin excision specimens for various type of lesion. Many of these come with orientation markers, which places an increased workload on the laboratory, and with the large volume of skin specimens, this can quickly become unmanageable. To try to reduce unnecessary work, the laboratory requests referrers consider […]

King’s birthday weekend

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday June 3 for the King’s birthday public holiday.

Transition to Bio Merieux Blood Culture System

We are pleased to announce that Awanui Laboratory Nelson / Marlborough is now prepared to fully transition to the Bio Merieux blood culture system. This transition will involve the utilisation of differently shaped blood culture bottles, along with a modified adaptor. Please note that the new adaptor allows for the continued use of blood tubes. […]


Our collection centres will be closed on Thursday 25 April for the ANZAC day public holiday.

Easter Weekend

Please note that all Awanui Labs collection centres are closed on Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). Collection centres that normally open on Saturdays will be open on the weekend.

Waitangi Day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi day. (Photo credit: Aaron Mickan, Unsplash)

Strike action – Monday February 5

On Monday February 5 there will be a complete withdrawal of labour by Awanui Labs APEX union members. Laboratory service changes are outlined as below: To help the laboratory teams manage the workload during the strike period we ask that any non-urgent microbiology testing work from Nelson and Marlborough is deferred from Saturday 3 February […]

Infection prevention & control webinar

We invite you to watch the recording of the Annual Awanui Infection Prevention and Control Webinar held on 8 December, 2023 with guest speakers – Dr Juliet Elvy and Dr Aaron Keene, Clinical Microbiologists. It features presentations on: View the recording here.