News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Waikato DHB Board sacking confirmed

NZ’s worst kept secret out: Waikato DHB Board sacking confirmed

The announcement today that the Minister of Health has sacked the members of the Waikato DHB was described by elected Board member Dave Macpherson as “New Zealand’s worst kept secret”.

“Blind Freddy could see that the Minister intended to sack the Board no matter what its members said.”

“It was a foregone conclusion that we were down the road as soon as we became aware that Board Chair Sally Webb and Crown Monitor Ken Whelan were telling the Ministry, behind our backs, that ours was a ‘dysfunctional’ Board.”

“Despite some bad earlier decisions, it wasn’t ‘dysfunctional’, but given the Minister never spoke to any members, other than those he’d appointed himself, there was no chance he’d recognise the large amount of work the Board has been doing to turn around the failing ship it had inherited,” said Mr Macpherson.

“The fact that the Board had requested support from Government, by the Ministry of Health seconding a replacement CEO to provide more leadership in the interim, hasn’t even been acknowledged.”

Mr Macpherson also pointed out that as an elected member, he was ‘appointed’ by voters in the community, and that the Minister’s process in sacking Board members “would never stack up in an Employment Tribunal.”

“There has not been due process, and nor has there been any democratic process,” he said.

“However, successive Governments have given themselves the power to take this sort of action, without fair accountability, in my opinion.”

“The ironic thing for my own family is that the first thing we will do, now that a Commissioner has been appointed, is to ask that Government appointee to revisit the appalling decision made by the previous DHB leadership to try and overturn the Coroner’s decision, in the case of our son’s death.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland