Pauline Hanna: Mysterious death of Auckland health boss still ‘unexplained’ one year on

Police continue to treat the mysterious sudden death of a top health boss in the Auckland suburb of Remuera as “unexplained” a year on and are providing no new information about their investigation.

Pauline Hanna, also known as Pauline Polkinghorne, was found dead on April 5, 2021 in the Upland Rd home she lived in with her husband Philip Polkinghorne. Police scoured the property for clues for eleven days, but no significant updates have been provided to the public since.

The 63-year-old was a top health director at the Counties Manukau District Health Board and was involved in the DHB’s COVID-19 work.

Soon after her death, Philip said he was being treated as a “person of suspect” by police. He said his wife was “remarkable” and her loss was “insurmountable”. 

A police spokesperson this week said police are “continuing to treat Pauline Hanna’s death in April 2021 as unexplained”. 

“An investigation remains ongoing into the circumstances of her death and as such we are unable to provide further comment on specifics of the enquiry.”

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