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Vaccine not the killer – Coroner

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The death of an Upper Hutt teen, whose parents say was killed by a vaccine, still remains a mystery after a coroner’s inquest.

Eighteen-year-old restaurant worker Jasmine Nicole Renata died suddenly in a sleepout in Upper Hutt in 2009.

Her mother, Rhonda, told a coroner’s inquest in 2012 she believed Gardasil, a vaccine for the HPV virus, had caused her death, because she had developed tingling in her arms, a racing heartbeat, had mood swings, was confused and had pain in parts of her body, particularly after a third dose of the drug. Read more »

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Simple low-cost changes can lower prison suicides, but will they be implemented?

THE CORONER may have found a way to drastically reduce the country’s high prison suicide rate – but whether Corrections moves on his recommendations remains to be seen.

More prisoners are killing themselves than ever before with the suicide rate in New Zealand prisons now around 11 times higher than in the general population.

In the past five years alone there have been 31 suicides and at least a further 100 failed attempts at prisons around the country.

The suicides were spread among 14 prisons with seven – or 20 percent –carried out at Christchurch Men’s Prison, five at Rimutaka Prison, and three each at Auckland Prison, Northland Region Corrections Facility, Waikeria Prison and Whanganui Prison.

Bradley Steven Twidle is one of those 31 inmates who committed suicide while in the official custody and care of Corrections. He took his own life in December 2013 after asking to be segregated from a man who had been convicted of sexually assaulting him.

A police investigation into Twidle’s death found that he’d worked in the prison laundry, where he was considered a good worker, on the morning of December 6, 2013.

However, when a prison worker came to his cell to get him to work he’d appeared “slightly distracted” and was twice asked to get moving. Read more »

Coroners report finds fault in Middlemore’s post natal care

DOCTORS AND midwives are being urged to strictly adhere to policies for post-natal care in hospitals following the unforeseen death of a newborn baby at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital three years ago.

Tiah Tinousi Neemia was only three hours old when she died in her mother’s arms from complications relating to ‘skin-to-skin time’.

It appears difficulties arose when the attending midwife left the room for a short period after the baby’s mother had finished breastfeeding.

When the midwife returned to carry out a clinical examination on the baby, she noted that Tiah’s ‘hands dropped’ and that she speared ‘flat” and was starting to turn blue. She called for emergency help but Tiah could not be revived.

Tiah’s death has led to new guidelines for post-natal care in hospitals to ensure there is proper supervision of breastfeeding, skin-to-skin time and safe infant sleeping practices for all newborns.

These measures were highlighted in a Coroner’s report released this month into Tiah’s death, which included comments from paediatrician Heidi Baker about the importance of supervised post-natal care in hospitals.

She said it was critical that measures were in place to prepare parents to support and understand their newborns.

She stressed the importance of hospitals following the protocols set down by the New Zealand College of Midwives and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The “Observation of Mother and Baby” guidelines state that all mothers and their babies should receive active and ongoing assessment in the immediate postnatal period, regardless of the context around their birth – and during this time, the mother and baby should not be left alone, even for a short time.    Read more »

Pragmatic coroner rules unarmed killing of man by Police a suicide

In a rare event of clarity, the coroner has ruled the Myers Park shooting of an unarmed migrant a suicide-by-cop

A coroner looking into the police shooting death at a central Auckland park says there is reason to believe the man’s death may have been suicide.

David Cerven, a 21-year-old Slovakian, was shot dead by police in Myers Park last month.

He was unarmed but had told police he had a weapon.

Under normal rules suicides attract a number of automatic suppressions on publication, however, in a ruling released today, coroner Katharine Greig says she is willing to make public some of those details.

That was partly because so much detail was released at the time before it was suspected Mr Cerven’s death may have been a suicide and there was legitimate public interest in it.

“Police shootings in New Zealand are rare,” Ms Greig said. Read more »

Where is the public interest in knowing the details of a suicide?

If a coroner decides that a death is suicide, the only information that can be made public is the person’s name, job and address and the fact that the death was self-inflicted.

Under the proposed reforms, the media will be able to report a death as a “suspected suicide” before a coroner’s inquiry is completed, if the facts support that conclusion.

The Chief Coroner will be able to grant an exemption for a suicide to be reported on if satisfied that the risk of copycat behaviour is small and is outweighed by the public interest.

Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind said that unlike the tabloid press overseas, New Zealand media had generally been responsible in reporting on suicide.

He said the changes were “a step forward” but added that if the facts clearly showed a death was suicide, reporters should not have to call it “suspected”. This was the practice in most other similar jurisdictions.

Media Freedom Committee member Clive Lind isn’t allowing for the serious erosion taking place in our media.  Overseas media, for example, do not hound their governments for operational details on national security matters. Nor do they publish details of troop movements or photographs of special forces personnel where individuals are easily identified.   Read more »

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TVNZ intent on pimping the dead

What one earth is TVNZ thinking in pursuing the release of photographs of the last moments of those killed in the tragic balloon crash in Carterton.

This is nothing more than attempting to profit from the unfortunate demise of some blameless victims.

Photos showing the final moments of the fatal Carterton balloon crash should be released to the media in the interests of public education and safety, lawyers for TVNZ have argued.

Wairarapa photographer Geoff Walker took photos of the balloon as it crashed killing pilot Lance Hopping and all 10 passengers on January 7, 2012.

During an inquest in July, coroner Peter Ryan ordered the release of four photos to the media, but Walker refused to release them, saying publication breached his copyright.

He then asked for a judicial review, which went ahead today at the High Court in Wellington.  Read more »

Guy drives drunk, dies. Guess what the solution is?

File / not this specific accident

File / not this specific accident

One of our readers, POY, observes:

So a guy drives drunk and crashes into a ditch.

The speed limit was 100 and he was going 80kmh when he died.

Helen Mills describes her son Oliver as a good kid who paid for a bad decision with his young life.

Oliver Steven Mills, an apprentice plumber, died in June last year when his vehicle left the road in bad weather only a few hundred metres from home. He was 18. Read more »

Are coroners a special kind of stupid?

I despair with coroners in this country.

They come out with all sorts of bizarre recommendations and the latest one is no different.

A coroner is calling for better regulations of headlights following the death of a drunk man who was run over lying on a rural Hamilton road at night.

Hastings man William Gregory Hoskins was killed on January 15, 2012, after he was struck by a car on Marychurch Road in the early hours of the morning.

It is not known how he came to be lying on the road, Coroner Gary Evans said in findings released today.

Hoskins had travelled to Hamilton with family to attend a cousin’s wedding, and had been drinking at the reception.

A test found he had alcohol in his blood at a level of 190 milligrams per 100 millilitres, over twice the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers.

He had also smoked the equivalent of a single cannabis cigarette in the hours before his death, which may have accentuated the effects of alcohol, a report said.

In the hour before his death, Hoskin had texted his father and stepmother asking to pick him up and take him back to the motel they were staying at.

He was last seen at the reception about 4.25am, when he apparently left to walk back to the motel.

About 4.45am, his body was found by a motorist. He was alive but unconscious, and died shortly after paramedics arrived.  Read more »

Wait for the howls from Helen Kelly

Unsurprisingly, another quad bike death on a farm:

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Bob Jones on idiot coroners, they deserve a good bum-kicking

Bob Jones does not tolerate fools…or coroners. But before we get into Bob’s thoughts about coroners let me tell you how useless they are.

I rang the Wellington Coronial Office last week, asked for information about a particular case. Was told the media liaison person would deal with that and given his number, mobile and DDI. I called the DDI and it has no voicemail and just cuts off…his mobile goes unanswered and I have left several messages.

I rang the office again this week, same deal…so I told the poor woman on the phone to make sure the coroner sacks his nephew from the media relations role. She informed me that he wasn’t his nephew…so I asked what possible excuse could there be for retaining the services of such and inept and useless comms person who actually fails to communicate….anyway still no response.

Onto Bob Jones now:

What a damn silly suggestion by coroner David Crear following the death of 30-year-old Invercargill woman Natasha Harris who, having drunk up to 10 litres of Coca-Cola each day, unsurprisingly died of caffeine poisoning.

Mr Crear first correctly said that the soft drink company was not responsible for the woman’s death. Unfortunately, like so often with coroners, he then went further with a totally absurd proposal, specifically that the Government should consider imposing caffeine and sugar warnings on soft drinks.  Read more »