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PICTURE: Paul McBride
Geared for polar plunge
Ella McGeady, Tessa Beirne, Felicia Calder, Harold the Giraffe (Libby Bolland),
Megan Coates, Caitlin Glue, Greymouth High School principal Andy England,
Life Education Trust co-ordinator Kylie Beynon, and in front, Rachel Crawford and
Ethan Wilson-Bruce. Harold was checking on West Coast schools yesterday
collecting mufti-day funds for the Life Education Trust, which holds the annual
polar plunge at Karoro tomorrow. “ We have had great support from the schools and
have been to Karoro, Cobden, Blaketown and Grey Main prior to catching up with
Greymouth High School,” Life Education Trust co-ordinator Kylie Parkin said.
“From mufti day alone we have collected well over $2000 and we look forward to the
polar plunge fundraiser tomorrow.”
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Officer of St John, Norman Walsh, right, presents the keys of the new Greymouth-Hokitika St John health
shuttle to Hugh Culling, alongside other Greymouth-based volunteer drivers — Chris Ryan, left,
co-ordinator Anita Calder, Val Bowater, Stella Baker, Trisha Nickerson, Judy Tutchen and Eileen Parker.
The shuttle runs daily offering free transport from Hokitika to Greymouth for health-related
appointments. It was officially launched in a ceremony in Hokitika yesterday attended by St John hierarchy,
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and Four Square supermarket representatives. The Hokitika-Grey-
mouth shuttle is one of 13 now in operation in the South Island, and the sixth to be donated by Four Square.
Greymouth-Hokitika health shuttle launched
January 11, 1931 -
August 22, 2014.
Loving memories of a
Nana, and Nana Shirley
who passed away one
year ago today.
You are deeply missed
and in our thoughts
Diane, Lynn, Leeann
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
John. — July 17, 1930 -
August 23, 2014.
Ever Close in Mind
No further away than a
A smile or remembered
Our loved ones live in
So close in so many
For how often does a
Bring nostalgic thoughts
Of moments that our
loved ones shared,
In days now left behind?
How often has a flower,
Or a crystal autumn sky,
Of happy days gone by?
Yes, memory has a
Of keeping loved ones
Ever close in mind and
Are the ones we hold
Much loved and missed
Dea and Julie.
Five years my dear,
My love always.
From you know who.
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make it right
Don’t live with
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Five years since leaving
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Workplace Relations Minister
Michael Woodhouse admits he
was blindsided by the media this
week over the fact occupations
such as worm farming, lavender
growing and mini-golf were listed
as high-risk industries within a
measure he proposed.
On the face of it, it would not
seem sensible to have them in
the final regulations of high-risk
industries due to take effect on
April 4 next year, he said.
“ What I didn’t do was go
through every list with a fine tooth
comb because that ’s what the
consultation process is for.”
Mr Woodhouse has been
shepherding the Health and Safety
Reform Bill through Parliament
But he has been on the back
foot since proposing a system of
identifying high-risk industries
which would see dairy, sheep, beef
farming fall outside the definition
despite having had a high number
of fatalities in the past five years,
but worm farming and lavender
farming deemed high-risk
because they are within the same
sub-group as dangerous occupation
as horse breeding and pig farming.
Mr Woodhouse said yesterday he
proposed a draft list after criticism
the bill could be considered by the
House without knowing which
industries would be high-risk —
they will be finalised by regulation
which is done by the executive
council, not Parliament.
It was based on the ANZSIC level
3 industry classification. He and
United Future leader Peter Dunne
had worked on an evidence-based
criteria including any industry
with a fatality rate greater than
25 per 100,000 and any industry
with a serious industry injury rate
of more than 25 per 1000 workers
reported to Work Safe NZ.
But it was not the final list and
consultation would now begin.
“Clearly it has thrown up some
rather unusual and potentially
ludicrous scenarios. But this isn’t
the end of the process.”
Asked if he thought they would
still be in high-risk list at the end,
he said: “Clearly on the face of it
it doesn’t seem sensible and that ’s
what we will be consulting on.
We will keep looking for the right
balance of detail and common
New Zealand Herald
Worm farm claims blindside minister
Former New Zealand rugby union
international Mils Muliaina has appeared
in a British court to face accusations of
sexually assaulting a woman.
Officials confirmed Muliaina, who
appeared before Cardiff magistrates,
has been charged with one count of
sexual assault, which the prosecution
c laim occurred in Cardiff city centre on
March 7. Hours before the alleged
incident, Muliaina had turned out for
Irish side Connacht in their away game
against Cardiff Blues.
A month later he was shown being
led away by police from the Kingsholm
Stadium in Gloucester following his
team’s European Challenge Cup quarter-
final match. While Muliaina has yet to
enter a formal plea, the New Zealand
Rugby Players Association has previously
said the full back “strenuously denies any
wrongdoing” and intended to “plead not
Muliaina, who lives in Galway, Ireland,
now plays for Italian side Zebre.
He won 100 caps for the All Blacks
before retiring. His case will resume at
Cardiff Crown Court on September 7.
Muliaina in court over sex charge
Half of the metal-on -metal hip implants
received by thousands of New Zealanders
about a decade ago experienced significant
defects, an investigation has found.
But there is still no official record of
the damage done to people fitted with
faulty metal hips, because the recall and
monitoring process is handled by the
medical companies which developed the
hips and the surgeons who put them in
The Government has defended the
system but concedes it is now planning to
The Weekend Herald investigation
found about 2500 of the 5000 metal hip
devices put into people were subject to
safety notices, health warnings or a recall.
Of the 2500 devices under question,
about 200 — going on international
rates — have led to medical problems so
serious they have needed to be removed
The term ‘metal-on -metal’ describes
the stem, which fits into remaining bone,
the metallic ball at its head and the cup
into which it fits - an artificial system
designed to replicate natural hip function.
In 2012, a British Medical Journal
article questioned the regulatory systems
and the high chromium and cobalt
readings in the blood of patients who had
been fitted with the devices.
A Lancet article the same year found a
higher than normal revision rate for those
fitted with the hips.
Hip-replacement surgeon Peter Devane
who advised Australia’s regulatory
body — said Governments were left
playing catch-up because the risk rating
of metal replacement parts was upgraded
after they became popular. He said about
5000 metal-on -metal hip replacements
were done in New Zealand — a lower
number than had been used by surgeons
in other countries. That tempered the
response, which involved surgeons
making contact with patients to raise any
“ We didn’t want to create a panic
culture because it’s not as big a problem,”
Mr Devane said.
Documents supplied to the Herald
under the Official Information Act
show 2551 devices were subject to
safety or hazard notices from Medsafe,
the government regulator for medical
devices. A Medsafe spokesman said the
regulator did not have a role to approve
devices but looked to overseas regulators
for guidance on devices.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
has stood by the regulatory system which
does not approve the use of medical
devices such as artificial hips.
“Officials have advised me that
New Zealand’s regulatory regime has
appropriately handled issues around
metal-on -metal hips.”
While standing by Medsafe’s handling
of the issue, Mr Coleman said the
regulatory system was going to be
Half of metal-on-metal hip implants have defects
A Christchurch cricket pavilion went
up in flames this morning in a suspected
Fire crews were called to the Rawhiti
Domain at 4.20, having received “multiple
111 calls”, a fire spokesman said.
They arrived to find the cricket
clubrooms well alight and flames
spreading to nearby foliage.
“At the height of the fire we had six
appliances in attendance,” the spokesman
said. “ We still have three crews on the
scene at the moment ... The fire’s being
treated as suspicious.”
today looking into blaze.
Sir Pita Sharples has called for more
Maori to become organ donors after
his wife received a life-changing kidney
For seven years, Arapera Sharples
has had kidney dialysis for five hours,
three times a week. After watching the
All Blacks lose the first Bledisloe Cup
rugby match earlier this month, she
received a 2am phone call.
“This voice goes, ‘Is this Arapera
Sharples?’ I said yes, and he goes, ‘This
is Dr Michael Collins from Auckland
Hospital, I’m ringing to offer you
a kidney, would you like it?’, ” Lady
Arapera told TV One’s Te Karere.
“I just started screaming, ‘Oh my God,
oh my God’.”
After being admitted to hospital,
a number of tests were carried out
between 3am and midday.
“Then they came back and said, ‘It’s a
perfect match — you’re going down
to theatre now ’. I just cried and cried
The Sharples do not know any details
of the deceased donor, other than that
the person’s family agreed to both
kidneys and a liver being made available
Since the operation, Lady Arapera
has made daily visits to the hospital
for check-ups. She said the transplant
would be life-changing: “I can see my
mokopuna growing up. I can spend
quality time with my darling. ”
Last year, four deceased Maori were
organ donors, compared with 37 New
Zealand Europeans, Te Karere reported.
Lady Arapera and Sir Pita, former
Maori Affairs Minister and co-leader
of the Maori Party, want to encourage
more Maori to donate their organs.
“O ur culture has to catch-up with the
times I think. There was a time when
we didn’t cremate. Now, cremations are
quite common in Maori families,” Sir
Lady Sharples, who wants to donate
her body to science when she dies, said
many Maori were in need of an organ
transplant, but the pool of people that
could match them was small.
ourselves. We have to give to each
Te Karere has also reported that the
Maori King needs two new kidneys,
and is looking within his extended
family to see if matching donors can be
found. King Tuheitia was hospitalised
last year with diabetes-related illness.
New Zealand Herald
Sir Pita Sharples urges Maori to donate organs
‘I just cried and cried and cried’
Rats are running amok in a
Glen Innes neighbourhood,
chewing through linen, using
drainpipes as links between
houses and even biting one
child on his ear.
One mother of three living
in a Maybury Street-State
home said her nine-year-old
boy had called out to her in
“He woke up crying, ‘Mum,
the rat bit my ear’,” she said.
“I turned on the light and
there were two little holes at
the tip of the ear. And the
The mother said all night
and often during the day
she could hear the rats
knocking against the walls,
running across the ceiling or
scrabbling their way under
the floor boards.
“I went in one day and my
son was sitting on the couch
eating,” the woman said.
“ I sat down and heard the
claws of the rat running
down the back of the couch.”
They found rats had
chewed their way through
the linen from her mother in
a storage cupboard.
“The rats were in the kids’
drawers,” she said.
Pest exterminators have
been to the house three
times but the woman said
there was no point unless the
other three homes in the row
of terraced houses were also
A spokesman for Housing
NZ confirmed the tenant
had made repeated contact
over rats, starting in February.
He said “due to the
proximity of a creek and
reser ve, we acknowledge the
potential for rat problems
our homes is
Rat bites sleeping boy’s ear
Landowners’ responsibilities for
trimming back trees and vegetation
could change after an investigation
into current regulations was quietly
The electricity industry has
welcomed the move, arguing
current rules are not working and
companies need a greater ability
to manage trees before they fall on
Vector, one of the country’s
numerous lines companies, said
one out of every four power outages
on its network was caused by
New Zealand Herald
Power line-tree rules under review
Fire destroys Christchurch cricket pavilion
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