CMDHB, which in 2019 said such claims were untrue, has now responded to the prime minister’s statement.
“Despite the dramatic language used previously around sewage issues at Middlemore Hospital, the sewage leaks were small,” a spokeswoman said.
She confirmed one incident in the Scott Building in November 2017, but said it was the result of a cracked sewer pipe joiner.
Pipe joinery also required replacement in one of Middlemore’s retail areas in October 2017.
However, there was “no sewage spilling into the building” and leaks were “immediately repaired”, CMDHB’s spokeswoman said.
Ardern has been told many many times her claims are false. Yet she keeps repeating them – just days after she claimed she wanted a positive truthful campaign.