A clear case in my opinion of disgruntled dentists being denied their bloated profits. Their prices are so high people just can’t afford them. It’s why they head off to other countries to get their dental work done, the fares & treatment still costing less than local charges. Covid’s put paid to that of course. In this case the woman’s only technical ‘crime’ if you like was to take the impressions (ie putting her fingers in patients’ mouths thereby risking health). WINZ however saw fit to sign her up and use her skills for their clients. Now MOH is prosecuting her. The MOH showed up in an unannounced raid, treating her like a criminal. The MOH is of course a corporation, being a ‘subsidiary’ of the NZ corporation (your ‘government’ in case you didn’t know) … it is guarding dental profits. Remember, they threatened to prosecute retired Dr Charles Baycroft for caring about NZers’ health, which is all this dear woman was doing. Watch the video in the article and see all the people she’s helped to smile again. Huge kudos to her. And thumbs down to the MOH. EWR
“Wihongi-Matene says she was compelled to help her community because of the high cost of dental care. Last month The Hui revealed people in the Far North are pulling out their teeth with pliers because they can’t afford basic dental care. “
Dozens of people have turned out to a hui in Northland to show their support for a woman facing charges over claims she made hundreds of dentures without certification.
Kaikohe woman Claire Wihongi-Matene – known by locals as the “tooth fairy” – is facing seven charges brought by the Ministry of Health – one charge of claiming to be a health practitioner and six charges of performing a restricted activity.
The 40-year-old mother of five faces up to $190,000 in fines and is awaiting trial.
Wihongi-Matene has a fine arts degree and 10 years of experience making and repairing dentures in labs in Auckland and Hamilton. Her clients say she charged about a third of the price of dentists.
“My tupuna (ancestors) were tohunga (healers) – they helped heal people – and so I believe I was blessed with the ability to be able to help people and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she told The Hui.