8 Apr 2020

Tamihere told staff to lie for Covid-19 test, doctors claim

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 8 April 2020

Two Māori doctors have walked off the job at a Covid-19 testing clinic in west Auckland, after claims the urban Māori leader John Tamihere allegedly told his staff to lie so that they could be tested for the virus.

Mr Tamihere is the chief executive of the Waipareira Trust, which opened a drive-through testing clinic in Henderson at the start of last week.

But within days, the lead clinician Dr Renee Yearsley and another doctor had quit.

RNZ Māori news correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan reports.