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Families' long fight: 'I'm doing my best but I am a nothing'

Kirsty Johnston

Kirsty Johnston is an investigative reporter at the New Zealand Herald

For almost 20 years, families of the severely disabled have been fighting to look after their loved ones at home, and to be paid for it. Now, the battle is going beyond the courts.

Like a precious gift, the Appeal Court judgment was forwarded carefully through cyberspace. Emails shuttled from lawyers, to academics, to journalists and back again. Some had subject lines like "this is interesting" or "check