Kevin Snee is currently chief executive at Hawke's Bay DHB, but will shift to Waikato in August (file photo). READ MORE:* Surgeon, health expert, familiar face: Waikato DHB announces new deputy commissioners* Waikato DHB commissioner seeks new chief executive* Health Minister David Clark sacks Waikato DHB boardWaikato's commissioner, Dr Karen Poutasi, re-started the search for a new DHB boss just days after replacing the board in early May 2019. MARK TAYLOR/STUFF Waikato DHB hasn't had a permanent chief executive since October 2017 (file photo). Snee trained as a public health physician and general practitioner in the United Kingdom, a Waikato DHB statement said. Waikato DHB has the fifth largest population of the country's DHBs, according to the most recent annual report.
June 19, 2019 03:33 UTC
Hamilton City Council received a letter in May outlining key projects now listed as "unlikely" as the New Zealand Transport Agency reprioritises its spending. Hamilton and NZTA entered into a number of partnerships to get road safety improvements going in Hamilton. Other projects, including some city intersections, public transport projects and walking and cycling routes are out of the frame. TOM LEE/STUFF Growth and Infrastructure committee chairman Dave Macpherson said NZTA supported city road projects then pulled funding (file photo). Hamilton does differ from other councils, he said, in that NZTA backed its Access Hamilton Transport Improvement Plan.
June 19, 2019 02:37 UTC
It would be interesting to see examples of what immigrants regard as racist behaviour. I have heard over the years from immigrants of all races that on the surface New Zealanders are warm and friendly but they are also very private. My English friend is white and speaks more like me than many other immigrants. We are reasonably well-educated, white, middle-class Kiwis with all that these tags imply and we are made to feel not of our chosen place at times. Are New Zealanders not as welcoming as we think we are?
June 19, 2019 02:15 UTC
Waikato man Richard Michael Shaw, who lives near Pukemoremore, was last seen on June 6. A 44-year-old man has been missing in the Pirongia mountain area for almost two weeks, police say. Waikato man Richard Michael Shaw, who lives near Pukemoremore, was last seen on June 6, Sergeant Vincent Ranger of Waikato police Search and Rescue said in a statement. His vehicle was seen in the car park at the end of Greys Rd near Pirongia Lodge on June 12. Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen Shaw near Pirongia or any friends who may have information.
June 19, 2019 02:15 UTC
The 400,000 people in the space programme – the population of modern Tulsa – were engaged in a different battle, and they were spread across the country. The space programme imagined the future. It was a tumultuous year of change, yet women in the space programme weren't permitted to wear slacks. Working for the space programme "illuminated of lot of things I didn't know about, like wage protections that discriminated against women." During those amazing days in July, the world turned its eyes to the moon and glory showered on NASA and the space programme.
June 19, 2019 02:04 UTC
A helicopter and other vehicles at the scene of the jet boat crash near Kumara on the West Coast on May 17. A body found on a West Coast beach is missing jet boater Daniel McLellan-Skeggs. Sergeant Paul Watson said the body was found by a fisherman near the Waitaha River mouth between Ross and Harihari on Wednesday morning. It was later confirmed to be McLellan-Skeggs, 29, who was swept away after a jet boat crash on the Taramakau River, south of Greymouth, on May 17. Joanne Carroll/Stuff Matt Rogatski, left, and Heath Bagnall helped rescue one man from the Taramakau River following the jet boat crash, but were unable to save Daniel McLellan-Skeggs.
June 19, 2019 02:03 UTC
Photo: Rob KiddA woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder jailed for abusing her terrified mother needs help - not a prison cell, a leading psychotherapist says. "I think in this case it is really clear this is a person who needs help, this is not a person who needs imprisoning. Being in prison is unlikely to enable her to access the help she needs." The number of mental health events reported to police last year was 31,689, up by 22% from 2015. Source: Mental Health FoundationWHERE TO GET HELP:If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.
June 19, 2019 02:03 UTC
Jamal Richard Lawson will be monitored for two years by a judge after trying to rob a Christchurch dairy. An offender sent back from Australia tried to rob a Christchurch dairy while armed with a 20 centimetre knife. Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave ordered two years of supervision and will get monthly reports on his progress. Judge Neave said the robbery left the victim with difficulty sleeping, and nightmares when he did sleep. "The Australian authorities effectively dumped you back in New Zealand when your support system were all to a large extent in Australia.
June 19, 2019 01:41 UTC
Ombudsman Peter Boshier unveils inquiry into steps Oranga Tamariki takes when newborn babies are removed. Photo: NZMEChief Ombudsman Peter Boshier will conduct a wide-ranging investigation into Oranga Tamariki's handling of uplifting new-born babies from their families. Boshier says there has been a "great deal of public concern" following an attempt by Oranga Tamariki to remove a week-old baby from its mother in Hawke's Bay hospital last month. Boshier acknowledged that Oranga Tamariki was already doing its own internal investigation into the Hawke's Bay case, and the Children's Commissioner had launched a thematic review focused on Māori newborns. Budget 2019 invested more money into early intervention, and Oranga Tamariki was working with iwi to prevent Māori children being taken into Oranga Tamariki care.
June 19, 2019 01:30 UTC
A worker who used methamphetamine in a farm house has been ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal to pay his employer $4713. Cambridge-based farmers Fiona and Mark Speake applied to the tribunal to recover costs incurred when they had to decontaminate the property Kayden Lee Mayes lived in, on Cambridge Road. The Speakes leased the farm from its owner and Mayes was a farm worker on the property. It showed a positive result for methamphetamine, meth and amphetamine. The tribunal accepted the oral evidence given by the Speakes that Mayes had been smoking drugs in the property.
June 19, 2019 01:30 UTC
A former Thames woman has created a "revolutionary" hearing implant inspired by one of New Zealand's native creepy crawlies. Hemideina is a hearing solutions company focused on improving treatment for moderate-to-profound deafness, with the Hera Wireless Implant. Hemideina is also the latin name of the Auckland Tree Weta - the insect that inspired Lomas' work. "I feel very proud that a New Zealand icon is the inspiration behind a revolutionary treatment for deafness." "We saw an opportunity to develop my hearing treatment idea into a start-up, given that only three per cent of the world's profoundly deaf have received cochlear implant treatment," Lomas said.
June 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
Natalie Schlater/INSTAGRAM Natalie Schlater received plenty of backlash over this social media post. She also claimed that a large chunk of her income from app and book sales was being donated to charity. READ MORE:* Swedish influencer quits Instagram after Bali bikini backlash* Nano-influencers: social media mini-stars with as many followers as you* New #gifted social media trend adds transparency to deceptive platforms* Instagram taking business world by storm* How much cash could you make with your Instagram? All that hasn't kept her off social media though - she recently opened a new Instagram account. ", it was entitled), but he still lost access to Google's premium ad programme, Google Preferred, and to subscription service YouTube Red.
June 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
Police have a crime scene at Mohaka Village, 35km south of Wairoa, under guard. A homicide investigation is underway after a man appeared at Wairoa Hospital with a gunshot wound. The 29-year-old man died after presenting to the hospital shortly after 7pm on Tuesday. Police have launched a homicide investigation and have a scene at Mohaka Village, 35km south of Wairoa, under guard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wairoa police on 06 831 0700, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
June 19, 2019 00:11 UTC
Kent St, Kingston. Opponents of access to a major subdivision at Kingston will protest this weekend. The Kingston Subdivision Action Group was formed after Kingston Community Association members learnt Kingston Village Ltd, which is planning a subdivision of 900-plus homes, intends to access it off Kent and Oxford Sts. Residents, as well as Queenstown councillor Penny Clark, who looks after the township, understood the developer instead planned an access road off State Highway 6. The protest will take place in Kingston on State Highway 6 at noon on Saturday.
June 18, 2019 23:37 UTC
An unexpected surprise welcomed a group of tourists wanting to take a picture of the iconic Lake Wanaka tree in April. Photo: Sean NugentA newly-fledged environmental group is calling on the Queenstown Lakes District Council to declare a climate and ecological emergency.Extinction Rebellion Queenstown Lakes will make the request at the council's full meeting next Thursday, it said in a statement. It wanted the council to formally declare it agrees with scientific evidence about climate change and "ecological crises'', and to incorporate the evidence into its decision making. "We only have 10 years left to avoid runaway climate breakdown - this is an emergency.'' The group staged its first action - erecting a banner in front of a landmark tree in Lake Wanaka - in April.
June 18, 2019 23:26 UTC