Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Waikato DHB apologises, and withdraws complaint

ollowing a mediation meeting in Hamilton yesterday (25th July), Nicky Stevens’ whanau and the Waikato DHB have reached an agreement that includes the following:
• An apology by the DHB to Nicky’s family
• The withdrawal of the DHB’s complaint to the Solicitor General about the findings of the Coroner in the Inquest into Nicky’s death

Nicky’s mother Jane Stevens said “it’s taken four and a half long years to get to the point of being able to move forwards.”

“We are glad to have finally reached agreement with the DHB, but we would not want any other family to have gone through what we’ve had to put up with in that time.”

“Our son is no longer with us, but now we can remember him every day without inquiries, reviews, legal complaints and other formal processes looming over us.”

Nicky’s father Dave Macpherson said the attempt by the DHB to overturn the Coroner’s finding that Nicky’s death was avoidable “was one of the most shocking and hurtful things that has hap-pened to us since Nicky’s death.”

“The fact that this has gone, and that we’ve received a proper apology from the DHB, means we can now get on with our lives, and better support our other son and grandchildren.”


“Waikato DHB wholeheartedly apologise for the poor management of Nicky’s leave from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre, and also for the poor communication with you as wha-nau, both of which as found by the Coroner, contributed to Nicky’s death.

Waikato DHB acknowledges the hurt and anguish you have suffered through Nicky’s death and the various events and processes since that time. We have sorry for how much you have suffered and continue to suffer

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, the adversity has only accentuated just how close we are to Beijing Nothing wrong with being upbeat, if it can calm the nerves and turn business sentiment into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problems begin when the optimism detaches itself from reality. What has been very odd so far about the coronavirus episode is that global share markets – normally spooked by mere sneezes or sniffles in the world’s major economies - have continued to be fairly positive, even as the epidemic has unfolded... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>


2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>


Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>


Auditor-General's Report : Water Management

The Auditor-General’s report Reflecting on our work about water management was presented to the House of Representatives today. Over the last two years we have been looking at how well public organisations are carrying out their water management ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels