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down with the flu
Winter illnesses have also hit
health staff, with up to 12% on sick
leave at times over the past month,
the West Coast District Health
Board said today. “Staff have been
flexing up to cover and we have
utilised casuals in areas such as
CCU (critical care) and paediatrics,”
the board said.
work on merger
Work is under way in merging the
Rural Academic General Practice
and Greymouth Medical Centre,
into a single practice across multiple
locations, the West Coast District
Health Board says. The two GP
surgeries will move into the new
integrated family health centre,
alongside the new Greymouth
A Chinese woman received the
surprise of her life after a recent
visit to the doctor to treat her
regular headaches.The patient,
from Anhui, eastern China, was
told that a needle had lodged itself
in her brain for at least 46 years.
A CT scan revealed that a sharp
object, nearly 5cm in length, was
stuck inside her skull. The patient,
48, who is known by her surname
of Liu, said she had suffered from
regular headaches for more than
four decades. Ms Liu visited the
doctor often, but had never found
out the cause of the pain. After
experiencing increasing pain and
numbness in half of her body,
Ms Liu decided to visit Huaibei
Miners General Hospital again
to have a thorough check up on
August 29. Hospital staff realised
something was wrong when they
wheeled Ms Liu into an MRI
scanner, because the metal alarm
kept beeping when her head went
in. Ms Liu was then referred to do
a CT scan to find out the reason
for alarm. Shocking x-ray images
revealed a needle was lodging near
the top of her skull.
— The Daily Mail
Brief rain in morning, then fine
Greymouth Star On-line
A Cobden woman who had to be
pepper-sprayed for kicking out and
spitting at police after a drunken
argument with her partner, was
sentenced in the Greymouth
District Court this week to six
months’ super vision and ordered to
complete 100 hours of community
Anna Hazel Jensen, 23, was
convicted of aggravated assault on
police, assaulting police, and one
charge each of obstructing and
Just after midnight on January 25,
Jensen got into an argument with
her partner while she was heavily
intoxicated. Police were called and
when they arrived they found the
couple covered in blood.
After she swung a right arm at
an officer she was threatened with
pepper spray, however Jensen said
she was “stronger than police”, and
she “didn’t care”.
She kicked out at an officer but
was eventually handcuffed and
led away to a police car, where she
wedged her foot against the door
pillar, refusing to enter the car.
She only lowered her foot when
she was once again threatened
with pepper spray, however she
continued to struggle, and after
kicking a police officer in the shin,
she was sprayed.
However, this had little effect on
her, and she kicked an officer in the
hand, causing it to swell up.
Lawyer George Linder said a
restorative justice conference had
not occurred as police had not
been willing to take part. He asked
the judge to sentence Jensen to a
combination of community work
and super vision.
Mr Linder said Jensen had a
“ limited” criminal history, however
the charges were all against police
due to her “longstanding issues”
Jensen realised she needed help
with her anger management,
and Mr Linder said he thought
a sentence of super vision would
assist with that.
Keri Hulme admits drink-driving
The Bone People author Keri
Hulme, who lived at Okarito
until recently, pleaded guilty
in the Oamaru District Court
yesterday to a charge of drink-
The 68-year-old Booker Prize-
winning writer, now of Oamaru,
appeared before Judge Joanna
Maze on a charge of driving
with a breath-alcohol level of
1008mg on August 31. The
breath-alcohol limit for adult
drivers is 250mg.
Prosecutor sergeant Chris
George told the court Hulme
was driving her van in Oamaru
about 5.20pm. At an intersection
she attempted to complete a
u-turn, but mounted the kerb
and struck a traffic light pole.
She made several attempts at
driving off before pulling to the
When police arrived, Hulme
was breath-tested. Hulme said
she was going to get food.
Reparation of $2962 was
sought for damage to the traffic
Judge Maze asked whether
Hulme had a problem with
alcohol and referred the case to
Mr George said it would
appear the case involved
drinking during the day.
Alexander said it was “clearly
accepted that the level is
Hulme was remanded for
sentencing on October 21.
— Otago Daily Times
90th bir thday, then back to gym
Jean Webber had a workout at the
gym on Monday, and yesterday she
celebrated her 90th birthday. Next
week she will be back in the pool.
Asked how she felt about the
milestone, she said she felt good: “I
don’t feel any difference.”
That might be because for the past
20 years Mrs Webber has been going
to the gym every Monday for the
over-50s classes — though she has
nearly double the qualifications —
doing exercises in aerobics, steps,
balance and muscle strengthening.
“I can do everything, I keep up with
the young ones,” she laughs.
Mondays are a busy time for the
Greymouth nonagenarian; after
going to the gym for an hour in the
morning, she looks for ward to two
hours of Scottish country dancing in
the evening, as she has done for the
past 36 years.
“ I’m not going to stop just because
On top of this, she also plans to
return to swimming next week.
“I want to keep fit and I’ve got to
have something to do. ”
Mrs Webber, originally of Australia,
has lived on the West Coast for 66
years. She arrived for a holiday in
1948, met her future husband and
returned a year later to live.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Jean Webber relaxes at home as she marks her 90th birthday yesterday.
The West Coast Wilderness Trail
is eight bridges away from being
fully rideable all the way from
Greymouth to Ross, hopefully by
Work is under way on eight
bridges of the Hokitika to Ross
section, the fourth day of the ride.
That will leave only the Kaniere
Tram section into Hokitika to
Project manager Ashley Cassin
said they wanted to have the trail
fully rideable by October 24, to
coincide with the Ross goldrush
Good progress had been made
lately, although the rain had seen a
couple of days of construction lost.
“ We had some pretty good wins
in the last couple of months, it’s
not been without its challenges,”
Mr Cassin said.
Bridges one, two and nine
had been completed, and the
others were in various degrees of
Offshoots from the trail would be
looked at once the main line was
happen over the next years,
depending on how things go.”
He said the trail was set to be
one of the ‘great rides’ of the New
Zealand cycle network, and would
not be extended further south or
north as a result.
Tourism West Coast has been
handling the marketing of the trail
and chief executive Jim Little said
they were already marketing the
cycleway, ahead of the summer
“It’s going to be a big drawcard,”
Mr Little said.
Most people using the trail
were domestic travellers, but tour
companies such as Adventure
South were bringing international
Those cycling the trail tended to
spend more while they were on the
Coast, he said.
Coast cycle trail nears
Ross finish line
Man escapes jail for cannabis supply
A Cobden man escaped jail on a charge
of possession of cannabis for supply,
partly because his co-accused had already
been given diversion by the police.
On August 13, police searched Steven
James Ross’s address and found a plastic
bag containing 18g of dried cannabis,
alongside six rectangular sections of foil,
with the sides turned upwards, ready to
be turned into ‘tinnies’ of the drug.
Police also found half a gram of cannabis
in tinfoil, two $20 notes and a square of
tinfoil, and a notebook containing eight
names with amounts in multiples of $10
and $20 next to their names. Police also
found a metal tin containing $258 in
cash, three pre-cut sections of tinfoil, and
cannabis plant stalks.
When questioned by police Ross said
the drug was all for his own personal use.
Lawyer George Linder said the
sentence recommended in a pre-sentence
report was for community detention, but
he asked the judge to impose a large fine
Not only was the amount of drugs “just
18g”, but Ross’s co-accused had been
granted diversion on the same charge.
Mr Linder said it was also Ross’s first
drug-related charge, and he had not
offended since he was charged for this
offence, on August 24 last year.
“Anything that went on at that address
was a minimal thing to make a little
extra cash,” Mr Linder said.
Ross had to quit his job after hurting
his hand, and as he was on ACC,
completing a community work sentence
would be “problematic”.
Judge Brian Callaghan said he had a
“sense of disquiet ” that Ross’s co-accused
had been allowed diversion on the same
However, he could not impose a
sentence of home detention or prison
because of the diversion offered to the
Judge Callaghan said it was likely that
the police were “on to” Ross, and would
be watching him in the future.
“That may motivate him to change his
ways”, the judge said.
As Ross was also unable to do
community work due to his hand injury,
the judge accepted that a large fine was
the way to go, fining him $2000.
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