By MSN NZ Money staff
A district health board has come under fire for refusing to host an afternoon tea for a retiring employee who had been with the company for more than 50 years of work.
Today is Barry Sweetman's last day at the West Coast District Health Board where he has been an employee for half a century, according to the New Zealand Herald.
The health board is short of funds but a request to have them assist in paying for his farewell afternoon tea was initially rejected.
But after receiving a national panning, Mr Sweetman's employer has "come to the party" and contributed a small amount of food to a farewell function held last night.
A Service and Food Workers' Union official told reporters it was "totally bloody disgusting" while Labour Party health spokeswoman Ruth Dyson said it was a "complete insult".
The health board also responded to the negative feedback by issuing a statement which paid tribute to Mr Sweetman's long service and called him a "valued member" of the trades' staff.
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