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Justice for Nicky Stevens

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Tony Stevens for "The Macpherson-Stevens family"

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The death of musician Nicky Stevens was preventable. Can you help Nicky's family fight for the truth to be heard?

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Tragedy Legal Family Support

Support Nicky's family and their fight to make the health system accountable – please Givealittle to Nicky's campaign.

Nicky Stevens died in March when Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Centre let him out unescorted and unwatched while he was a compulsory inpatient, at high risk of suicide.

He drowned in the Waikato River on 9th March after being given his 5th 'cigarette break' of the morning – after his parents had repeatedly warned Hospital management and psychiatrists (in writing and face to face) NOT to let him out unsupervised, for fear of him drowning himself in the nearby river.

Nicky's family was not listened to by the Hospital leaders, and their worst fears came to pass.

The family is now without their loved son, brother, uncle, nephew and grandson – and they are facing high legal costs in the Coroners' court and other inquiries looking at the causes of Nicky's death. They have no choice about participating in these processes.

The Hospital/Waikato DHB have refused the family's request to fund their legal costs, but are using taxpayer funds to cover their own legal defence, and to support the management and psychiatrists responsible.

It is an unfair, uneven playing field that the family face – and they are asking you to help them find justice for Nicky, with any amount you can afford.

All funds raised will go towards legal costs charged Nicky's family for legal representation in the Coroner's inquest, Waikato Hospital's own internal investigation, and any Health & Disability Commission inquiry. Any surplus will be used to support other families going through similar battles with NZ's mental health system.

For more information on the circumstances around Nicky's preventable death please visit the Facebook page:

Page created by:

Tony Stevens


I am Nicky's brother, his only sibling. His family should not have to pay tens of thousands while they are mourning the loss of their youngest son and brother. We want justice and are fighting hard to make sure our voice is heard - but we can't do it alone. Nicky needs representation to make sure the truth isn't covered up and to ensure the Waikato DHB are held accountable for his death.

This page is on behalf of The Macpherson-Stevens family: Nicky Stevens (deceased), Jane Stevens and Dave Macpherson (his parents), stakeholders in mental health awareness.

All funds raised benefit:

The Macpherson-Stevens family

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Tony Stevens on behalf of The Macpherson-Stevens family.
“Good luck and love and prayers to all x”
“Much love to you all.”
“The refusal or inability to fund you is disgraceful. I hope this helps a little bit.”
“Our thoughts are with you! Stay strong!”
“My condolences to Dave and family, best of luck with your battle ahead, I'm sure many people will support you, we need to have confidence in the Health system”
“Kia kaha”
“Keep fighting to right the wronged. You will achieve your goal.”
“with our deepest sympathy and unquenchable rage”
“Nicky was a wonderful person and a trustwourthy friend it fills me with rage to have another person in my life take thier own life because of the hospital system. my partner's dad was like another dad to me and his suicide could have been prevented by the hospital just like nicky. Shit like this needs to be fixed! I give my gratitude for nickys family who are willing to fight for justice in such a hard time, my condolences”
“I support this whanau in their journey to seek the outcome that is rightful and legal. I find the decision by WDHB not to support the legal costs extremely shameful. I don't know what I would do if I ever had to live with what this whanau are living with. The WDHB in particular the HBC had a duty of care which was breached, sadly resulting in the loss of this young man - with his huge potential silenced.”
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