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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.

Wellington’s Regional Healthy Housing Group has appointed it’s first Executive Officer. Amanda Scothern, who is currently the Programme Manager for Timor Leste with the International Women’s Development Agency in Melbourne will take up the role in early April.

The ACT Health Directorate has a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) on its hands before Deputy President Kovacic in Meeting Room 3 in Canberra (Farrelly).