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Retirement village provider Metlifecare has named Christine Lee as its acting chief financial officer.

The Chief Executive of Health Hawke’s Bay, Wayne Woolrich has resigned. Mr Woolrich joined the region’s Primary Health Organisation in 2016 as Business Services Manager and soon progressed to lead the organisation as the CEO. Health Hawke’s Bay Board Chair Na Raihania said he accepted Mr Woolrich’s resignation this week.

Clanwilliam Health said Mike Weiss has been appointed as CEO effective from 1 October 2020. Mr Weiss previously served as Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of the business. He takes over from Michelle Creighton who decided to step down after more than 10 years in senior leadership roles in the business. Clanwilliam Health was created in 2019 when Auckland-based healthcare technology companies HealthLink and Konnect NET merged. Mr Weiss served as CEO of Konnect NET prior to the merger.

The Hokianga Health Community Trust has appointed Margareth Broodkoorn (MHthSc) to the position of Chief Executive Officer, to replace retiring current CEO John Wigglesworth.

John Wigglesworth is about to step away from a 26-year association with a Northland institution, Hokianga Health.

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.”