Antibiotic consumption in New Zealand has risen rapidly and is high by international standards. This may lead to increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance to common bacterial pathogens, requiring the use of second-line antibiotics or even threatening a wide range of current medical and surgical practices. For further information, please refer to the following article in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Thomas MG, Smith AJ, Tilyard M. Rising antimicrobial resistance: a strong reason to reduce excessive antimicrobial consumption in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 2014; 127(1394):72-84 http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/127-1394/6136/ (external link)(Accessed 22-09-14)