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  • A message from Nicky's Mum - Jane Stevens
    Nick was surrounded by love. He had a wide network of friends who cared about him deeply. He had strong family ties and knew he was loved by his parents and brother. But Nick also had an illness that at times altered his perception of reality.
    Posted: Monday 30 March 2015
  • Waikato DHB paying family's fees 'justice'
    The family of 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens, Dave Macpherson, Jane Stevens and Tony Stevens are putting pressure on the Waikato DHB to pay their legal expenses.
    Posted: Friday 27 March 2015
  • Family ask health board to pay for legal expenses
    The family of drowned 21-year-old Nicholas Stevens will be asking the Waikato District Health Board to fund their legal expenses relating to the Coronial inquest, and investigations by the Health & Disability Commission, police and the DHB itself.
    Posted: Thursday 26 March 2015
  • Dead man victim of 'bureaucratic malpractice' - family
    The family of a man whose body was found in the Waikato River last week are calling for an independent probe into his death amidst claims he is the victim of "medical and bureaucratic malpractice".
    Posted: Monday 16 March 2015
  • Missing man's body found in Waikato River
    The body of missing Nicky Tairoa Stevens has been found in the Waikato River. Stevens, 21, was the son of Hamilton City Councillor Dave Macpherson and was last seen leaving Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Centre on Monday afternoon
    Posted: Thursday 12 March 2015
  • Better, Safer, Fairer- Save Our 4X2 Roster
    Waikato DHB wants to remove the 4 x 2 (four days on, two days off) from their mental health services and is excluding the majority of staff from the decision. This is a major concern for patients, their families, mental health staff and the Public Service Association (PSA), the union for many staff.
    Posted: Thursday 26 February 2015
  • Electric shock therapy in the modern day
    Emma lives with her dad, is interested in politics and plays piano. Her favourite composer is Chopin. She studies maths and psychology at Wellington's Victoria University.
    Two years ago, aged 18, she tried to kill herself and was placed under the Mental Health Act in Wakari psychiatric ward near Dunedin. During her stay she says she was diagnosed with depression, forced to have seven rounds of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and injected with sedatives.
    Posted: Sunday 25 January 2015
  • Grieving Mum muzzled by ruling
    In an ideal world Harry McLean would have just finished university exams and started making plans for summer. Instead, his family are today mourning the first anniversary of his death. McLean, 18, was rushed to Christchurch Hospital after an incident at Hillmorton Hospital on November 21, last year. Harry McLean died on November 24 last year.His life support was switched off three days later as he lay surrounded by family. He died in his mother's arms.
    Posted: Monday 24 November 2014
  • Coroner gives up bid to secure fence at Henry Bennett Centre
    A Coroner has given up his bid to see a perimeter wall of a Hamilton mental health facility heightened after opposition from the Ministry of Health. However, in his only recommendation into the findings of the death of Frankton woman Diane White in 2010, Coroner Peter Ryan now wants to see nurses given the power to detain a voluntary in-patient - a loophole he discovered during the inquest held in Hamilton in July this year.
    Posted: Friday 31 October 2014
  • Govt will pay to shift mentally ill into work
    Mentally ill people will be moved off state-funded benefits and into work using private employment agencies who will earn hefty fees for the service.
    Posted: Sunday 30 June 2013
  • Parents of suicide victim ordered to pay Canterbury DHB $11k in negligence case
    Judy McKeown promised herself she was not going to cry.
    But six years on, the emotion of losing her son is still raw.
    Anthony McKeown, 36, was found unconscious in the Hillmorton Hospital secure unit in January 2004 and died soon after.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 December 2010
  • Family fights for mental health justice
    When Chad Buckle killed himself, his parents believed he was under the secure care of Ward 27 at Wellington Hospital. However, Chad - who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia - walked out of the ward to his death. Chad's death was not the first for Ward 27 - just this week the desperate parents of a patient there wrote to the head of mental health in Wellington saying they had lost confidence in Ward 27's ability to provide effective treatment in a secure environment.
    Posted: Sunday 25 September 2005

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