In the midst of the cataclysmic big stories, we should not lose sight of the small:
Hospital cuts off 96-year-old woman, leaving her to fend for herself
A 96-year-old woman is terrified at the thought of being left to fend for herself when her home support is cut.
Trixie Cottingham has lived in the same house, just outside Levin, for 68 years, but her future there is now under threat due to a policy change by her carers.
Cottingham has lived alone for 31 years since her husband died, and for the past two to three years has relied on a cleaning service provided by MidCentral District Health Board.
But, at the start of the month, she received a letter telling her she would be cut off.
About 1000 people were affected by the change, which the DHB began telling people about in August 2015.
[Manager] Johnston said a number of appeals had been carried out.