involved in failure to investigate Lake Alice
Adecorated former health official charged with reviewing government agencies' actions before a child's death was in another life a departmental head fobbing off police questions over Lake Alice
The former bureaucrat now investigating Oranga Tamariki’s latest failure was in charge of the Ministry of Health for more than 10 years from the mid-1990s, a period when it failed to carry out a thorough investigation into the abuse of children in the Lake Alice psychiatric hospital.
Dame Karen Poutasi is leading an independent review of the response of government departments to concerns raised about five-year-old Malachi Subecz, who was abused and murdered by his caregiver.
However, Dame Karen was Director General of the Ministry of Health from 1995 to 2006, when civil action was taken against the government by survivors of the adolescent unit at the Lake Alice psychiatric hospital.