'We didn't know' - Simon Bridges says National was unaware of Middlemore Hospital's faulty building issues, shifts blame to DHB

National Party Leader Simon Bridges says former health minister Jonathan Coleman was definitely not told of the issues at Middlemore Hospital, and says the blame lies with Counties Manukau DHB.

Mr Bridges, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast, said the mould, leaks and power issues at the south Auckland hospital are "not good enough" and that "the reality is we didn't know".

"It sounds like we should have," he said - "it wasn't brought to the minister's attention."

Counties Manukau DHB knew of the rot inside walls and potentially dangerous mould as early as 2012 in four leaking buildings - Scott Building, the McIndoe Building, Kidz First and the SuperClinic Complex.

Counties Manukau DHB insists it doesn't have a reliability problem but others are critical. Source: 1 NEWS

A facilities stocktake reported by RNZ has shown a total of 16 hospital buildings considered to be in the high or medium-concern categories.

The issues will likely cost tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to fix, and Mr Bridges says the current government should "get on with things".

"They could do a PPP (public-private partnership) on something like Middlemore if that's what's required," Mr Bridges said.

"They've got to get on and do it."

David Clark told 1 NEWS “the conversation is on-going with what needs to be done”. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Bridges said the blame in this situation would appear to lie with Manukau DHB.

Former facilities manager at CMDHB has told RNZ that the board lacked the funding the maintain the buildings, and that the water, sewage and underground services are outdated.

The Auckland hospital has leaky buildings and the problem could be worse than initially thought Source: 1 NEWS

The CMDHB board made no mention of any of the issues at their first public meeting since news of the issues broke, RNZ reports, and have only issued a statement saying they are "completing a paper which addresses these questions".

National’s leader says former health minister Jonathan Coleman was never briefed on defective buildings by Counties Manukau DHB – but should have been. Source: Breakfast



Hamilton shooting which left man in hospital was 'targeted attack'

Police say the shooting of a man in Hamilton last night was a "targeted attack".

The incident occurred on Derby Street at approximately 10:25pm yesterday, leaving a 35-year-old man in Waikato Hospital with moderate but not life-threatening injuries.

The man is in a stable condition in a high dependency unit.

Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Freda Grace said a group was involved in the attack.

"Investigations so far have established a group of offenders arrived at Derby Street and approached a house they believed belonged to the target of their attack and knocked on the door," she said.

"A man who lived at the address opened the door and an altercation occurred. He was uninjured but understandably shaken by the event.

"Following this, the group of offenders went to the house next door. A number of shots were fired and the 35-year-old man they were targeting was hit inside his address.

"The group have then fled the scene in vehicles."

Police are continuing a scene investigation today but it is not yet known whether the incident involves members of organised crime groups.

Inspector Grace says there is nothing to suggest the shooting is connected to a number of serious incidents involving people being harmed across Waikato in recent months.

Police are keen to talk to anyone who was in the area around 10:25pm yesterday who may have witnessed anything suspicious or have information of interest to the investigation.

People can contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

The incident took place in Nawton at 10.25pm yesterday – the offender fled the scene by car. Source: Breakfast

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Pet food company fined $90k over employee's ill-treatment of bobby calves

The owner of a pet food plant has been sentenced for allowing one of his employees to ill-treat bobby calves.

Alan Cleaver from Te Kauwhata has been sentenced in the Hamilton District Court to six months community detention and 180 hours community work.

His company, Down Cow Limited was fined $90,000 dollars.

Mr Cleaver has also been banned for five years from having anything to do with the ownership or care of farm animals.

Charges were laid against Mr Cleaver, the company and an employee following secret video taken by the animal rights group, Farmwatch in 2015.

The employee, Noel Erickson was originally sentenced in 2016 to home detention but this was reduced on appeal by two years in prison.

Noel Erickson's actions were exposed by TVNZ's Sunday programme and caused widespread anger and disgust. Source: 1 NEWS

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Fine weather for most of the country today, a few scattered clouds otherwise clear

TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett gives the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS