Press Statement From Michelle Boag
Today I am announcing that I am the person who passed on details of current Covid19 cases to Clutha Southland MP Hamish Walker, who then passed on that information to a number of media outlets.
The information was made available to me in my position as then Acting CEO of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, although it was sent to my private email address.
This was a massive error of judgement on my part and I apologise to my colleagues at ARHT whom I have let down badly.
I very much regret my actions and did not anticipate that Hamish would choose to send it on to some media outlets but I am grateful that the media involved have chosen not to publish the 18 names that were contained within it.
I take full responsibility for my actions and have resigned as Acting CEO of ARHT, which is in very good hands as the result of a recent restructure and the appointment of a new CEO for the Trust’s operations and the appointment of a General Manager to oversee the Trusts’s marketing and fundraising operations.
I sincerely hope that the communities of the Auckland region will continue to support the Rescue Helicopter at this time of very important need. My actions were mine alone and should not reflect at all on the professionalism, integrity and outstanding reputation of the Rescue Helicopter staff. They are an amazing bunch of dedicated community servants and I know they will be very disappointed in me.
Any requests for comment should be directed to me personally as ARHT bears no responsibility at all for my misjudgement.