Home' Greymouth Star : April 21st 2015 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
West Coast master carvers
stst. 1886666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 Phone 769 7990000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Health professions trying to
prevent suicides on the West
Coast have been targeting South
Westland. Community and Public
Health helped with on-line training
licences, with a particular focus
on South Westland because of a
geographical cluster of suicides
there. Work was carried out
with the Hari Hari Community
Association, Federated Farmers,
the Rural Support Trust, Westland
Milk Products and local vets to raise
Car f lips
The driver of a car that flipped on
State highway 7, about 1km south
of Runanga on Sunday afternoon,
was taken to Grey Base Hospital
for a check-up. Greymouth police
community constable Mike Tinnelly
said the driver, a 53-year-old from
Christchurch, had blood taken. Mr
Tinnelly said according to police
who attended the accident the man
was “very intoxicated”. No other
vehicles were involved and the road
was blocked for a short time.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency has awarded the $22.3
million tender for the Mingha Bluff
realignment. A NZTA spokesman
said the project was expected
to cost $22.3m and the work
would be carried out by Hawkins
Construction Ltd. A timeframe for
the work was still to be confirmed.
The project will involve construction
and realignment of a 5.2km section
along State highway 73 between
Mingha Bluff, near Greyneys
Shelter, and Rough Creek Bridge
through Arthur’s Pass National
Park. Work will include rail
realignment, river protection works,
construction of retaining walls,
guardrailing and safety barriers
and about 18 road and 12 railway
Dizzle, clearing early morning
An agoraphobic grandmother who
conquered her fear of open spaces
left home for the third time in 10
years only to fall down a manhole.
Janet Faal, 57, was out with a friend
in Crawley, West Sussex, as part of
her rehabilitation when she moved a
wooden pallet to help them reverse
and plunged down into the open
gap. She now has two black eyes
and a suspected fractured leg after
smashing her face on the pallet and
was left in a ‘splits’ position as only
one of her legs went down the hole
when she slipped.
of New Zealand Herald
The Health and Disability Commissioner
has referred a nurse at Grey Base Hospital to
the prosecutor in his office, after the death of
a 15-year-old boy whose oxygen-monitoring
machine was disconnected while another
patient was attended to.
Matthew ‘Matt ’ Gunter, 15, died in
November 2012 from a brain injury caused by
a lack of blood flow and oxygen while he was
recovering from emergency surgery.
The Nelson College boarder from Greymouth
had his appendix removed. After surgery, he
had a laryngospasm, in which the vocal cord
muscles tighten, closing the airway.
The lungs keep sucking and the negative
pressure pulls fluid into them. The heart then
has to work harder and the blood has less
An autopsy report said the laryngospasm was
successfully treated but it appeared the lung
fluid problem was not recognised.
Matt was on supplemental oxygen overnight
in Grey Base Hospital’s children’s ward. The
sole nurse turned off his oxygen saturation
level monitoring machine at 5am — because
she had to attend to another patient — and
did not assess him again until 6.30am, when
she found him in respiratory arrest.
Resuscitation was attempted and Matt was
flown to Christchurch Hospital’s intensive
care unit. He died there days later.
Yesterday, his mother, Heather, a district
nurse, in a family statement with Matt ’s father,
David, recalled that moment.
“As I hugged my son, I will never forget the
sound of his heartbeat slowing down before
stopping forever. My heart broke that day
too. I hope that no one ever has to go through
what we have, and I encourage all of you to
feel empowered to ask questions as patients,
family, nurses and doctors.
“ ... Matt ’s death should not have happened.
The health care providers trusted to look
after Matt failed to give him the care that he
needed. In fact, it was total neglect of care.
“This was a totally avoidable death and a
waste of a young man’s life.”
Mrs Gunter said today she believed only
one of the four staff ordered to apologise still
Matt has three siblings, now aged 12 to 20.
Releasing his report on the case yesterday,
Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony
Hill said two nurses, an anaesthetist and their
employer, the West Coast District Health
Board, had breached the Code of Patients’
Rights. He did not publicly name the health
Mr Hill made five recommendations to the
DHB, including a review of staff training.
He also notified the Nursing Council of
both nurses’ names and the Medical Council
of the doctor’s, and referred the night nurse to
the prosecutor in his office for a decision on
whether to take disciplinary proceedings.
He said both nurses had shown a lack of
Mrs Gunter said the health workers were
“clearly accountable for the death of our son
and the result is just lip service”.
“The truth of it is this: if you shoot someone
in New Zealand you will go to jail, but if you
die in our health system, those responsible just
get told off. Where is the justice in this?
“I am disheartened and disappointed. I
believed in this system but it has let us down
in the worst way possible,” Mrs Gunter, said.
Mrs Gunter had called for the health workers
involved in her son’s care to be named.
Mr Hill he said there was a “cultural shift”
occurring around the naming of people.
“There’s an important conversation that needs
to be had and that we are currently having in
New Zealand,” he told Radio New Zealand.
The night nurse told the commissioner that she
turned the oxygen level monitor off because
the probe had been falling off Matt ’s fingers
triggering an alarm — and she would not
be able to respond as she would be attending
to a new patient. Also, his oxygen level had
been at 95% for six hours, one percentage
point above the level requiring medical review
under a standard protocol.
Mr Hill said this nurse’s failings were “serious
departures” from expected standards.
She had also failed to make a full, prompt
and truthful explanation to Mr and Mrs
Gunter and the DHB about when she ceased
the oximeter monitoring.
Mrs Gunter said: “I have read every report
I was able to read. In each report the stories
changed. You tell me what ’s the truth.”
She said Matt had the kind of personality
that meant “everyone knew who he was”.
West Coast District Health Board chief
executive David Meates said it “deeply
regrets that in this instance our systems did
not support staff responsible for caring for
Matthew to provide care of an acceptable
“The West Coast DHB accepts all the HDC’s
findings. We have made significant progress in
implementing changes which will reduce the
possibility of something similar happening in
It had reduced the number of locums.
Death ‘should not have happened’
The remaining Greymouth High School hostel building in Tasman Street, latterly occupied by the Focus Trust, was lifted on to a trailer this
morning, to be taken to Barrytown, where it is going to be used by a private landowner. The building, and its twin next door were going to be
demolished. Chris Yeats, director of Parfitt Place Developments, which previously owned the buildings, said that a few weeks ago one was snapped
up by a private buyer, while the other was set to be demolished, once the rimu wood flooring had been reclaimed.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Old hostel uplifted
Community says the proposed
Heaphy Road closure is not aimed
at limiting access to hunters, but to
prevent vandalism, including spilling
milk and letting out deer.
In November, the Grey District
Council agreed to close a section
of the road after a request from
Gloriavale, despite public submissions
objecting. The issue is set to go before
the Environment Court for a ruling.
The road provides access to the
Haupiri River and hot pools, though
to do so people must cross Gloriavale
land once they reach they end of the
Gloriavale leader Fer vent Stedfast
said they needed to protect themselves
from “the small element who from
time to time invade our privacy to
steal, destroy and cause personal
“There has been a very small
minority of people who have used this
short section of the legal road inside
our property to gain access illegally
into our private land to shoot prime
deer on our farm, let all the milk out
of our 24,000-litre milk silo, tip out
valuable dairy semen, and break into
our lodges and other buildings to
steal valuable equipment.”
Most of the families living in
the secretive Gloriavale Christian
Community are unaware of their leader’s
sex abuse conviction and believe he was
jailed for preaching the gospel, a former
Elijah O vercomer was evicted from the
isolated West Coast religious community
after questioning leader Neville Cooper
over his 1994 conviction for indecent
assault on young women, for which he
ser ved 11 months in prison.
“ Most people in there believe that it ’s
because he was preaching the gospel. So
everyone says, ‘oh, evil people put him in
jail because he preached the gospel’,” Mr
“ Most people would not have any idea,
and if you told them why he went to
jail (they say) ‘you’re a liar, you’re just
accusing our leader’.”
It would be difficult to convince the
small community in Haupiri to believe
their leader had committed such a crime,
“ No one’s going to believe you ...
they would take it as an attack on their
Mr Overcomer was banished two years
ago from Gloriavale after questioning
Cooper, also known as Hopeful
Christian, over his ability to lead with
such a conviction on his record.
Mr Overcomer was eventually joined
by his wife Rosanna, who fled the
community to be with him, bringing
their three children — and another on
the way — with her.
That was the “ biggest issue” for Mr
Overcomer, that men can be evicted and
completely cut off from their families.
“ It’s anyone who argues with the
leadership or questions or doesn’t agree
with them is getting kicked out of their
own homes, and that ’s really wrong, and
I would like to see that stopped,” he said.
TVNZ’s Sunday programme reported
that a total of 65 people had left the
Gloriavale community in the past eight
years, including 22 in the past two
That was because holes were being
exposed in the church leadership, Mr
Overcomer said, and people were
beginning to believe the leaders had
“taught falsely the word of God”.
“That seems to be the biggest attraction
to people in there, it’s like, ‘oh so I can be
a better Christian outside of here than I
can be here’,” he said.
“So I guess that ’s what ’s winning
people over now.”
of leader’s sex
‘Anyone who argues with leaders gets kicked out’
Gloriavale access debate heats up
34 TAINUI ST, GREYMOUTH PH 768 7470
Fight those winter bugs
Super Value deal
worth over $40.99
If bought separately
FREE travel mug
Ph 732 4111
Shop Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 9am-2pm
We have a large range
of Salami and
small goods available.
Links Archive April 20th 2015 April 22nd 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page