Lecretia Seales' family informed of High Court euthanasia decision on Tuesday

Lecretia Seales and her family were informed of the decision on her plea to be allowed to take her own life, with the assistance of a doctor, on Tuesday.

Lecretia Seales.

ONE News understands the different parties involved in the case learnt of the decision on Tuesday, and received Justice Collins' written decision yesterday.

Ms Seales, a Wellington lawyer, died today after battling brain cancer for four years.

Earlier this year Ms Seales went to the High Court to try and gain the right for her doctor the right to euthanise her without fear of prosecution under the Crimes Act , in the event her final days became unbearable to her.

The High Court judgment is expected to be released to the public this afternoon.

Today, emotional tributes have been paid to Ms Seales.

Since news of Ms Seales death this morning became public hundreds of people have left tributes to the 42-year-old on the ONE News Facebook page.

Robyn Booysen wrote: "Sad news RIP now beautiful lady, my thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Anna Kerr wrote: "RIP Lecretia and my condolences to your family and friends you fought a brave fight god speed."

Lecretia Seales dies hours after her family receive High Court euthanasia decision

Other ONE News readers paid tribute to Ms Seales' bravery in taking her fight over euthanasia to the High Court.

Rhonda Smith wrote: "RIP Lecretia you were an incredibly strong lady. My heart goes out to her husband and family and my hopes are that the judge has changed the law to some degree to help the terminally ill."

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer also wrote a heartfelt tribute for Ms Seales. The pair worked together at Sir Geoffrey's law firm Chen & Palmer and then at the Law Commission.

"Lecretia has got to be one of finest human beings I have ever met," Sir Geoffrey wrote on Ms Seales' and her husband Matt Vickers' blog.

"She never sought the spotlight. And she is extraordinarily taciturn. But deep down there is a person of great compassion, empathy and judgment."

A grieving Mr Vickers wrote on the blog "I am unable to express my feelings right now."

Care Alliance, a group made up of medical and religious organisations against doctor-assisted dying also paid also tribute.

"We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this time. Even though we had opposing views, we always had the upmost respect for her strength and skill and the way she's presented her arguments," said Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance Spokesperson.

Lecretia Seales moving video to family and friends before brain surgery. Source: Sunday


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163 arrests after cannabis raids net huge haul of drugs and guns

A police sting has recovered more than 6000 cannabis plants and resulted in the arrests of 163 people in the central North Island.

Police recovered the plants as part of Operation Jasmin - an annual crime and cannabis recovery operation.

4175 plants were recovered from aerial searches while 2474 plants were recovered from search warrants.

Police say 163 offenders were arrested, resulting in 214 charges including cultivation and supply of cannabis and other illicit drugs.

Also seized was 156kg of dried cannabis, 17 firearms, 52 ecstasy tablets, 16 LSD tabs, and 52 grams of methamphetamine.

Police estimate $20 million dollars has been saved in social harm costs from the operation.

The drug bust was made throughout Central District which covers an area that stretches from the North Taranaki Bight, across to Ruapehu, south to Otaki in the west, and across to the Tararua ranges in the east.

Senior Constable Dave Kirk, Central District Operation Coordinator says: "Year on year we will continue to disrupt growers and dealers and while over the past few years we have seen a gradual decrease in the number of plants recovered in the District, we hope this is a sign that people are thinking twice before they engage in criminal activity and risk everything."

Police recovered 6,000 cannabis plants


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'I've had a wonderful life' - Lecretia Seales' moving tribute to family and friends

Lecretia Seales, the Wellington lawyer and pro-euthanasia advocate who died this morning, made a moving farewell video for her family and friends on the off chance she didn't survive her first brain surgery.

Source: 1 NEWS

"I've really had a wonderful life. I've been so, so lucky and I'm just incredibly overwhelmed and grateful for all the love and support everyone has shown me" Ms Seales said in her farewell video, filmed outdoors on a sunny day.

A smiling Ms Seales began the video by saying: "I just wanted to say a couple of words before my surgery on Wednesday".

"I'm really hopeful it's all going to go well and I'm planning to see everyone afterwards."

Lecretia Seales dies hours after her family receive High Court euthanasia decision

Ms Seales was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 and survived the surgery.

She had radiation and chemotherapy, exhausting all medical treatment options which ultimately led to her pro-euthanasia crusade as her condition deteriorated.

She died just hours after her family received the High Court decision about whether her doctor could euthanise her without fear of prosecution.

Ms Seales had gone to the High Court in Wellington this year to request a landmark ruling to allow her doctor to assist her in dying, without the risk of prosecution under the Crimes Act , in the event her final days became unbearable to her.

The High Court decision is expected to be released to the public this afternoon.

Lecretia Seales moving video to family and friends before brain surgery. Source: Sunday


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