An Auckland care worker has to pay $5,000 to a disabled man she left in a parked van.
The man was being cared for by Grace Zhu when she made an unauthorised diversion to her home.
A neighbour phoned police after she noticed the man, who was unable to speak, squirming and uncomfortable in his wheelchair, inside the vehicle.
When police arrived, the van was warm and stuffy, and the man had wet himself.
Health and Disability Commissioner Tania Thomas says it's fantastic a member of the public phoned police and didn't ignore what was going on.
She says compensation is for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings.