Waikato DHB is aware that there are people in Kawhia that are worried they or their whanau may have been exposed to TB (tuberculosis). We want to reassure the Kawhia community that we have no information that indicates any current TB infection risk (in Kawhia or elsewhere). People in Kawhia do not need to do anything different than they normally do, or than people in other parts of NZ do.
On the computer screen in surgeon Grant Christey’s office is a map of the Midland district his trauma system covers. It takes in major centres, including New Plymouth, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne, and comprises five district health boards: Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
A pair of red woollen booties sit perched at the end of Kaihī Kaka's crib. The 10-day-old infant is wrapped in a home-made blanket, donated by a woman from Tokoroa. The gifts are warm and thoughtful, his mother Samantha Lee says, but also a painful reminder the pair were spending Christmas Day in hospital, away from her partner and two older children.
Most New Zealanders say they would like to be an organ donor. But only very few of us will donate. Our donor rate trails Australia, the United Kingdom and others.