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DHB attempted to blame mothers and midwives

The Southern District Health Board attempted to get staff to alter reports to blame the midwives and mothers for the four emergency births in the Northern Southland area, Clutha-Southland MP...


Aim to reduce the cost to build in Queenstown

Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act by National will make it cheaper to build and the consent process faster, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “National will repeal the Resource...


Minister's office attempted to hide info on LMC

The Health Minister’s office attempted to hide information relating to Lumsden Maternity Centre, which the Southern District Health Board released, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. Documents released under the Official...


Laser strikes prove law not strong enough

Frustrations are building in pilots as laser incidents continue to occur on average twice a month, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “The continued incidents prove the current law is not...


Lakes Weekly Bulletin Column - January 2020

Just like that it’s 2020 and a happy New Year to you all. As Christmas has been and gone and we all start to get back in to a routine...


Minister ignored own MP on Lumsden

The Health Minister ignored his own MPs warnings after the Lumsden Maternity Centre was downgraded and missing life-saving equipment, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. In emails released under the Official...


Water policies would mean 20% of Clutha in trees

Current proposed freshwater policies would require more than 20% of the Clutha catchment to be planted in to trees, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “A report prepared by Land Care...


Ensign Column - January 2020

Happy New Year. I hope you all managed some sort of time off over the Christmas and New Year period spent with family and friends. Last year was a big...


DHB more worried about comms plan than mothers

As the Minister washed his hands with Lumsden Maternity Centre, so did the Southern District Health Board denying requests for interviews with media and refusing to meet with those involved...


Mountain Scene Column - January 2020

Happy New Year. In what is one of the busiest times of the year for us here in Queenstown, it is great to see so many people enjoying our wonderful...