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A tireless advocate for the health of children has died in a freak accident at a Waiheke Island restaurant. Paul Cressey, 80, died after tripping while walking down some stairs and hitting his head following a lunch with his close friends and his wife Sheryn on Tuesday afternoon. He was taken by Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Auckland Hospital, where nurses and intensive care specialists worked tirelessly to save his life. He died the following morning, surrounded by family. His son Mark Cressey paid tribute to the work of hospital staff, who did not know his father was a former longstanding Counties Manukau District Health Board member. Paul was a pharmacist by training who was instrumental in establishing Ronald McDonald houses in New Zealand, following the death of his son Carl from Leukaemia, aged nine.

A Southland man has pleaded guilty and said he deeply regrets his actions following a fatal crash in Invercargill. Rodney Martin (53) appeared yesterday in the High Court at Invercargill where he faced a charge of reckless driving causing the death of Southland Hospital nurse Nola Jane Paterson-Barton. The incident happened at the intersection of Oteramika Rd and Mill Rd South about 6.30am on November 21, 2019. Crown prosecutor Riki Donnelly read the summary of facts and told the court Martin failed to stop at the intersection — which had a stop sign on it — and his car T-boned Paterson-Barton’s vehicle. He said the defendant was used to driving in that street and said the road was a common crash site. The victim was trapped in the car. Witnesses tried to help her until emergency services arrived, but Mrs Paterson-Barton died as a consequence of the crash, he said. Martin told police he thought he had enough time to cross the road but he acknowledged his mistake and was deeply sorry for the choice he had made. Defence counsel Fiona Guy Kidd said Martin wanted to engage in restorative justice with the victim’s family. Justice Cameron Mander remanded on bail him until his sentencing on June 30.

A doctor who survived cancer and chemotherapy says death cap mushroom poisoning was the most painful ordeal she has ever had. Dr Anna Whitehead saw some mushrooms near an oak tree in Raglan on the Easter long weekend. The Waikato public health doctor hadn’t planned to forage but decided to pick the mushrooms and check online if the ones she’d found near the waterfront on Cliff St were toxic. But she was so busy, partly due to commitments during the coronavirus pandemic, she forgot to check. She fried two mushroom caps and a stem, ate them with fish at lunch and felt fine – for a while. She woke up at 3am the next day. “I had this vomit which was unusual. It was a green liquid.” She went back to sleep but woke up again, and had “a huge amount” of green diarrhoea and vomit. “By eight in the morning I thought: I’m actually really unwell.”

There are two new cases of Covid-19 today, one confirmed and one probable, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Both cases are linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home in Auckland. The confirmed case is a household contact of a previously confirmed case linked to the cluster. The probable case is a nurse employed by Waitematā District Health Board who has been in self-isolation and is now regarded a probable case. Both new cases remain in self-isolation at home.

An alleged burglary of an Auckland retirement village has been described by police as “incredibly reckless”, given the residents’ vulnerability to Covid-19. On Thursday, a 37-year-old man allegedly gained access to the Pt Chevalier retirement village’s charity shop. He was challenged by staff before leaving the village. Police “swiftly investigated” the report of the incident and found the man soon afterward, Auckland City District police said on Saturday. All items had since been recovered, police said. The man had been charged with burglary, and would appear in Auckland District Court.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has appointed a new chief executive, Keriana Brooking, who is currently the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation.

The Southland Housing Action Forum (SHAF) has appointed Anna Stevens to the role of Housing Champion.

John Macaskill-Smith, chief executive of Pinnacle Ventures has announced he will be leaving to take on new challenges.