December 10, 2023

Christchurch Hospital worker flagged to Te Whatu Ora after series of racist social media posts

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A Christchurch healthcare worker is in hot water after a series of racist comments on social media were brought to her employer’s attention.

The public has flagged a Christchurch Hospital cardiac radiographer, who displays her job and workplace on her social media with Te Whatu Ora Health NZ. 

According to Stuff, the woman’s tweets stating her job title and employer have now been deleted.

Some of the tweets included disparaging words about a news article on health inequities between Māori and non-Māori, with her replying it’s “hard to argue with you” on a Tweet claiming many frontline hospital staff are “so fat”.

“They push te reo at work. Mostly coming from the management level. I ignore it,” she also said.

However, some of the woman’s comments remain on Twitter.

In response to an article about Waitangi, she said Māori were “not an advance culture”, and when replying to a recent tweet about a “Proud to be Māori” billboard advertisement, she said, “Why do Maori do this? Is it to distract from their terrible crime stats”.

Te Whatu Ora’s Canterbury interim chief people officer Jo Domigan said in a statement to Newshub the issue is now an employment matter.

“Our employment policies make it clear to staff that if they are identifiable on social media as a staff member, they must ensure that their content does not reflect negatively on the reputation of our organisation and that it is in line with an employee’s profession’s social media guidelines and our wider policies (such as our code of conduct),” Domigan said.

“Any breach of these policies is a serious matter and we thank the public for bringing this to our attention. As this is now an employment matter, we cannot provide further comment.”

Newshub has reached out to the woman for comment but has not received a response.

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