His name was Rau Williams.
The denial of treatment to Rau Williams undertaken in the name of the rationing of public health resources sparked a heated political debate over the shape of the neo-liberal reform of Aotearoa. As one commentator remarked of New Zealand's new medical austerity, ‘This is where it was leading: A man who is condemned to die. State euthanasia.’
The architect of the rationing system used to deny Rau Williams for treatment was a woman called Lee Mathias.
Today she is the Chair of the Tamaki Transformation Project.
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