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sex assault after
The Christchurch man who
allegedly indecently assaulted a
21-year-old woman at a makeshift
campsite for visitors to the
Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika at
the weekend was granted interim
name suppression when he made a
brief appearance in the Greymouth
District Court this morning. Duty
lawyer Richard Bodle said the
20-year-old denied the charge and
would be “100% defending” himself.
He elected trial by jury. As part of his
bail conditions the accused must not
associate with the complainant, not
consume alcohol and must reside at
a specified Christchurch address.
The Grey District Council last
night agreed to a $1200 grant to
the Creator’s Place Charitable
Trust, which proposes setting up
a preschool in Cobden. The trust
promises “high quality education”.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said it
would boost a low decile area. The
meeting agreed to the grant, sourced
mainly from the Perotti reser ve, to
help meet resources consent fees.
E-coli found in
Stanton Cres water
E-coli contamination was found in
the Stanton Crescent water supply
in Greymouth last month, the Grey
District Council says. While the
bug was found in the reticulation,
residents were not told to boil
their water because the supply is
chlorinated. It did not show up in
subsequent testing, the council says.
The area is isolated from the rest of
Greymouth with a non-return valve.
The small reser voir would be cleaned
out as a result.
Fine with light winds
The president of Brazil has moved
out of his official residence, blaming
‘ bad vibes’ and even ghosts for the
disturbance. Michel Temer, 76,
and his former beauty queen wife
Marcela, 33, have left the Alvorada
Palace in Brasilia and moved a mile
away to the traditional residence
of the vice-president. President
Temer said he found the cavernous
modernist building spooky and his
seven-year-old son was the only
one who liked the home. “I felt
something strange there. I wasn’t able
to sleep right from the first night.
The energy wasn’t good. Marcela felt
the same thing. We even started to
wonder: could there be ghosts?”
— Daily Mail
The Ministry of Health audit that
led to the pending closure of Kowhai
Manor rest home, heaped praise on the
care of the residents but it also slammed
the food, found some bored and hungry
residents and a high staff turnover.
The West Coast District Health Board
ended its temporary manager’s role at
the Greymouth home last October. An
audit in January identified problems,
with the result that the home will close
at the end of this month.
The audit, released publicly today,
found 23 problem areas that needed
addressing, seven of which were
considered high risk.
Residents and families inter viewed for
the audit reported being well informed
and that the care was satisfactory, or
even excellent. There was no evidence
of abuse, neglect or discrimination.
However, nine complaints were
logged since August 2016; two related
to residents’ spiritual needs not being
met, four concerning a resident ’s care,
two concerning staff behaviour and one
complaint about the food.
Concerns about food temperatures
were raised in sur vey responses.
The home dished up a high number
of processed foods — corned beef,
saveloys and crumbed fried fish bites —
all within a 24-hour period.
Family members confirmed they
were bringing in packets of biscuits
and supplementary meals to counter a
reported lack of food, which “appeared
to be due to dislikes and intolerances/
allergies being disregarded”.
Food was prepared in the kitchens at
the sister facility of Granger House,
and driven up to Kowhai Manor.
“ Despite food temperature recordings
indicating they are within the expected
range, complaints from residents and
from relatives on their behalf, about
the low temperature of the food were
ongoing during the two days of audit,”
the ministry audit says.
Staff, residents and family members
also reported frequent delays in the
food arriving, and this was evident
during the audit. On the first day of
audit, residents in the lounge looked
“ uninspired and disinterested as there
was minimal inclusion in activities for
The second day was a Friday and the
activities co-ordinator from the sister
facility of Granger House led the
activities. According to staff, there is
not usually a replacement.
There was evidence of an overall lack
of variety, and activities were repetitive.
The facility manager took on the role
in August 2016 following a period of
statutory management. Prior to that,
there were three different managers
who each introduced different methods
and documentation to the management.
Attracting staff was hard and gaps
in the roster were being met by casual
It was hard to replace staff when they
were sick or on leave. Staff reported
working over their contracted hours
often in a pay period.
“The guideline for staffing states eight
hours per resident per week for hospital
level patients and two hours per resident
per week for rest home level patients.
Registered nurse hours did not meet
this guideline,” the audit found.
Discrepancies were found during a
review of residents’ files — the most
extreme example was a care plan that
was randomly selected to check reasons
for the weight record. The care plan
described the resident as able to make
her own decisions, when she was in fact
receiving end-of-life care.
The reporting of infection control data
into the quality management system
was not occurring.
Obsolete documents had not been
removed from circulation. Site specific
details were incorrect on the fire/
There had been no quality and risk
meetings since July 2016.
View the full report on our website
More West Coast contractors
are being pulled into the new
Greymouth Hospital construction.
The main contract went to
Fletchers, which is overseeing the
The steelwork framing is being
erected from north to south of the
site, and work also started last week
on the large retaining wall below the
Although a number of
subcontractors are based elsewhere
in the South Island, the Ministry
of Health says many are employing
Its most recent list of
Civil works: Paul Smith
Construction from Christchurch
and Timaru, supplemented with
local labour. Materials being sourced
through local suppliers.
Piling: March Construction
from Christchurch, supplemented
with local labour. Concrete supply
through local supplier, Allied
Structural steel: HML
Engineering from Blenheim.
Concrete install and formwork:
Evan Jones Construction from
Concrete: Firth National,
* Lifts: Schindler International
Plumbing: David Browne
Contractors from Christchurch;
local contractors not known at this
Electrical: Electronet from
Mechanical and medical gases:
David Browne from Christchurch;
Jeff Evans Plumbing based in
Hokitika is a subcontractor.
High voltage reticulation:
Facade trades: KSI Christchurch.
A 17-year-old girl who was not
wearing a seatbelt escaped with
“ bumps and bruises” when the 4WD
she was driving crashed and rolled on
Atarau Road yesterday morning.
“She was very, very lucky as
indications were that she was not
wearing a seatbelt,” West Coast
police prevention sergeant Paul
“She was in fact an incredibly lucky
The driver lost control of the
vehicle on a moderate bend, struck
a large strainer fence post, causing
the vehicle to bounce off it and roll
“She received some bumps and
bruises and was checked out at Grey
Base Hospital and discharged.”
Mr Watson said it was a reminder
for drivers — especially those living in
rural areas — to wear their seatbelts.
It has not yet been decided
whether the young driver will be
Meanwhile, at Cape Foulwind
yesterday a rental vehicle was badly
damaged when an overseas tourist
driver failed to negotiate a right-
Neither the driver nor the passenger
was hurt when the car rolled, ending
up in a roadside ditch.
Teen driver with no seatbelt escapes with ‘bumps and bruises’
Council relaxes Easter trading
The Grey District Council has voted
to allow Easter Sunday trading after
putting it to a conscience vote last
Only Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and
Cr Peter Haddock voted against it.
A law change last year put the
decision making on whether to relax
Easter trading hours, on to local
The council called for public
submissions, with mixed results
although the majority of local people
were against it.
Sundowner Motel, said trading
should be allowed as people may
arrive from Q ueenstown or the
glaciers where everything was open,
only to find Greymouth closed.
Marlene Trounson, from the West
Coast Shuttles, also backed the move:
“ We live in a society that is trying to
promote tourism but shuts everything
down on this day ”.
The Greymouth Business and
Promotions Association said its
members’ views were mixed, but
generally they felt it should be up to
the individual business to decide.
Natalie Taft-Boddy said people
deser ved a public holiday, while
Michelle Keene said three-quarters
of her household worked in retail and
ended up working on public holidays.
“Think about the retail workers
who get called into work on this day
because others can’t go a day without
Olwyn Witton said Easter was the
most important Christian festival,
Jack O’Connor said it would teach
the community to sur vive one day
without retail therapy, and Meagan
Williams said people working in retail
deser ved time to spend with their
families. Allyson Kennedy said stores
only closed three and a half days a year,
and Debbie Crestani said, “before you
know it they will want us retail people
to work (Christmas) day ”.
Cr Allan Gibson said they did not
want people to arrive on the West
Coast to find it closed.
“It ’s up to the business owners,”
Cr Cliff Sandrey said.
Cr Tony Coll noted that cafes and
restaurants already opened.
But Mr Kokshoorn said it was a
Christian holiday and if people could
not go a day without shopping “there’s
something wrong with us”.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
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