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Apathy threatens to
bowl Coast cricket
Meet the most powerful
man in the world
Kowhai Manor rest home has
been struck by the infectious
norovirus. West Coast District
Health Board director of nursing
and midwifery Karyn Bousfield
said there had been seven official
cases at the Greymouth home. They
were “now in the final 48 hours of
quarantine, as there are no further
Fire brigades on the West
Coast reported a quiet night for
Guy Fawkes last evening. Things
were quiet in Cobden, while in
Greymouth there was one fire, but
unrelated to fireworks — a rubbish
fire in William Street about 10pm.
Fire chief Lee Swinburn said the
brigade doused it as a matter of
course because it did not have a
permit. Hokitika Volunteer Fire
Brigade fire chief Harry Collett also
noted the absence of Guy Fawkes
related call-outs. The brigade was
called to a Weld Street address at
1.30pm yesterday to extinguish a
small blaze in a car. The damage was
minor, Mr Collett said. Westport
fire chief Alan Kennedy said things
were “as good as gold” in the town
last night — helped perhaps by the
large military presence in town.
Mr Kennedy noted earlier in the
week that “common sense” in
lighting fireworks never went amiss.
“Common sense, that ’s the main
thing. A lot of people with fireworks
haven’t got that. I don’t like them
(fireworks). They should only be for
public displays. I just pray for rain.”
Meanwhile, the Brunner Volunteer
Fire Brigade in conjunction with the
Brunner Workingmen’s Club will
mount a controlled public display in
Dobson tomorrow night, beginning
A mysterious black orb has been
discovered in the middle of a field
after apparently falling from space.
Spanish goat farmers discovered the
strange object, which bears a striking
resemblance to the Star Wars torture
device, the IT-O Interrogator, in
Calasparra, Murcia. The men alerted
the Civil Guard to investigate and
the area was subsequently put under
quarantine. Independent researchers
have now attempted to provide an
explanation for the orb. The mystery
object is not said to be dangerously
radioactive or explosive but has been
taken away for further analysis. The
Civil Guard confirmed that the
object was an aerospace artefact and
pointed to the possibility that it fell
from a rocket or a satellite.
— Daily Mail
Cloud increasing, light winds
Rest homes audit released
A raft of concerns were raised
after an unannounced inspection of
two Greymouth rest homes in early
September, audit reports show.
In one incident, one of the inspectors
had to go looking for a nurse to help
a patient whose restraint had slipped.
In mid-September, the West Coast
District Health Board announced the
appointment of a temporary manager
for Kowhai Manor and Granger
House rest homes, owned by the
company Kiwiannia since early 2014.
The audit reports that prompted the
inter vention have now been released
They reveal a complaint to the
Ministry of Health alleging that
Kiwiannia could be in breach of its
obligations as a certified provider
at both homes. Concerns related
to systemic issues with the quality
and risk system, including incident
recruitment and orientation, and
c linical care of residents.
As a result, the ministry and
Canterbury DHB decided to make
an unannounced inspection in early
The team reviewed 16 resident
clinical files, inter viewed 18 staff and
spoke to residents and their families.
They found that the rest homes did
not fully comply with 13 of the health
and disability ser vices standards.
“Ongoing monitoring will be
undertaken by the ministry in
conjunction with the Canterbury
The report notes three managers in
A key concern at Granger House
was the significant use of restraint,
including lap belts and bed rails, as
the provider was not certified for
dementia ser vices.
The report said the punch-code lock
restricting residents from moving
around the facility needed to be
In the lounge at one home, a resident
had slipped in her chair, resulting in
the lap belt being at chest height. A
member of the inspection team had
to go looking for a registered nurse
assessment to rectify the situation.
“ In addition ‘removing a resident ’s
frame to stop them walking’ (as a falls
minimisation strategy) could also be
perceived as an attempt to restrict
free movement and could constitute
restraint,” the report said.
Staff at both homes said there were
ongoing issues with equipment and
supplies — at Granger House, staff
reported issues accessing appropriate
wound dressing supplies and night
bags for residents with catheters, while
at Kowhai Manor, linen supplies were
“reportedly insufficient to meet the
needs of residents”.
“There were pieces of linen sighted
during the inspection in need of
Generally, medication was managed
in an acceptable manner, though at
Granger House registered nurses
indicated they were unaware of the
need to record discarded controlled
The report said food ser vices would
benefit from a review.
The homes remain under the control
of a temporary manager.
The full report can be read at www.
Work is progressing on the new guardrail supports in the Otira Gorge, after a slip swept away a section of
rails in September and closed State highway 73 for almost a day. About two more weeks of work is needed
to complete the safety guardrail. While the work is progressing, there are delays of five to 10 minutes, on a
steep slope in both directions. Traffic lights are operating from 8am to 5pm weekdays.
Earthquake centred under Greymouth
A small earthquake, felt as a sharp jolt
in Greymouth yesterday afternoon, was
pinpointed to just off Aerodrome Road.
An even smaller one in the morning
was also felt as a jolt by some people,
although that one was too small for
GNS to be able to locate the epicentre.
GNS duty seismologist John Ristau
said the afternoon jolt, at 4.22pm and
10km deep, did not mean Greymouth
was sitting on a faultline.
“Most earthquakes, particularly smaller
ones, do not actually occur on faultlines,”
Dr Ristau said.
“Smaller earthquakes tend to basically
break through their little area of crust.”
He said there were thousands of these
sort of quakes, not on a faultline. A
faultline was an existing area where the
crust was weak.
The earlier earthquake, which was
picked up by one of its monitoring drums
at Inchbonnie, could not be located as it
was too small. To get an exact location, it
had to be recorded on different stations.
Dr Ristau said there was no significance
in having two small earthquakes in one
By this morning, 67 people had
registered on the Geonet website as
having felt the tremor.
Greymouth High School has
been praised for the “considerable
improvement ” in its self-governance
and leadership, but needs to do more
for Maori students, according to the
first Education Review Office report
since the West Coast ’s largest school
emerged from under the control of a
Deputy chief review officer southern,
Chris Rowe, said the improvements
reflected a “significantly increased
management and direction setting”.
“The board, principal and senior
leaders have been proactive in managing
changes in the school that focus on
achievement and well-being,” Mr Rowe
The report praised the “deliberate focus
on building constructive relationships
with the local community, which is
helping to strengthen links that benefit
students and their learning”.
It noted a significant reduction in
referrals out of class, stand-downs and
However, the school was advised
to improve Maori success, with a
recommendation that it develops a
coherent plan for success for Maori.
It should do that through the inclusion
of priorities, goals and structures
designed to strengthen the language,
culture and identity of Maori students
Mr Rowe said the introduction of
transitions into school, mentoring
programmes and reviews of high-needs
students’ learning had all helped.
“ increasingly flexible and responsive to
students’ learning needs and interests,
with distance learning, ser vice and trade
academies available to students.
The report said the new board of
trustees had brought “significant
improvements” to the school’s financial
situation, although it needed to clarify
its reporting requirements, develop
rigorous self-review practices and
maintain positive change.
Greymouth High School principal
Andy England said he was delighted
with the report, and the return to the
three-year review cycle.
Progress had come about through
the hard work and commitment of
the entire school community, notably
students standing up and setting their
own goals, and dedicated staff pushing
beyond their comfort zones.
“ We’re going to celebrate the progress
we’ve made before we roll up our
sleeves and get stuck into the next
School turnaround impresses ERO
A Greymouth furniture maker which
employs 38 staff has quietly secured a
top award with national retailer Harvey
Coastwood Furniture sells bedroom
furniture at all 25 Har vey Norman
stores around New Zealand.
During the year, stores get to rate the
sales representatives, customer ser vice
performance and pick their overall top
Despite being remote and far from the
city, the Greymouth firm was voted tops
for customer ser vice, had the top sales
representative and was runner-up for
overall supplier of the year.
manager Bill Savage said attention to
detail during design, quality control, and
timely and accurate communication,
combined with a clear and simple
business philosophy, were key to their
Street furniture factory.
It recently finished building a new
inwards goods store, which freed up
space on the factory floor, allowing
them to install a third CNC router.
Mr Savage said the versatile and
productive machine was vital to creating
a consistent flow of accurately sized
components for the workers in the
Several employees were enrolled
with the Forestry Industry Training
Organisation, working towards national
standards in furniture manufacturing.
That was backed by a comprehensive
on the job training programme.
He said Coastwood also employed
seven highly skilled migrant workers
who brought qualifications that were
difficult to access locally.
Wherever possible, raw and finished
materials were sourced locally. The
Forest Stewardship Council certified
forests, owned by Ngai Tahu in
Westland and provided high quality
furniture grade lumber that fitted with
the sustainability ethos of Coastwood’s
Mr Savage joked the workers may have
to build a bigger trophy cabinet next.
Coastwood Furniture scoops awards
Otira Gorge safety progress
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