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Recreation Centre in
found safe in
A 77-year-old man reported
overdue from a walk at the
Taramakau River mouth last night
was found safe and well about
10pm. Police response manager
senior sergeant Brent Cook said
the Camerons man had left home
earlier in the evening to check out
potential fishing spots. Concerned
family members raised the alarm
about 8pm when he failed to return.
A search was mounted involving
a search and rescue foot patrol,
the NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter and the Greymouth
Coastguard searching just off the
river mouth. Coastguard skipper
Doug Griffin said they were already
at sea on their weekly training
exercise when they got the call
about 8.30pm. Mr Cook said a foot
patrol eventually found the man in
the vicinity of the river mouth. He
was able to walk out with assistance
and did not require direct medical
Police today warned South
Westland residents to double check
their security following a spate of
thefts and burglaries over the past
week in rural areas near Franz Josef
Glacier, Okarito and Fox Glacier.
Senior sergeant Brent Cook said
a thief broke into a tourist boat
moored at Lake Mapourika a couple
of nights ago and stole personal
belongings. This, together with a few
other isolated thefts or burglaries
in the area recently appeared to
be opportunistic and could mean
someone was targeting property. It
ser ved as a warning for residents
to be alert, lock up and report any
suspicious activity to police straight
away. Police were stepping up
patrols in the area and giving advice
to residents and visitors.
A Wheel of Fortune contestant
could be the worst gameshow player
ever after he failed to take home
the prizemoney — despite having
just one letter to guess. The man,
identified only as Kevin, was given
the opportunity to fill in the one
remaining blank to name a popular
‘title’. But as he looked at the clue:
“A Streetcar Na_ed Desire”, Kevin
just could not fathom the letter he
was missing. Instead, Kevin, who
had accumulated $1600, managed to
guess the letter incorrectly, assuming
‘K’ to spell ‘naked’ was correct.
Mainly fine, cloudy in north
A Ministry of Health audit of
Granger House rest home has found
improvement but it also noted staff
problems, including a fight overheard
The Greymouth rest home, in
Shakespeare Street, was audited in
January about the same time as sister
home Kowhai Manor, which was
stripped of its operating licence as a
result of a poor audit and will close at
the end of next week.
The Granger House audit included
the adjoining Richard Seddon
Hospital, and resulted in 19 corrective
actions requiring attention, six of
which were considered high risk.
All residents, family members
and staff spoken to by the auditors
were unanimous that excellent care
was being provided. The manager
was given credit for having made
significant improvements. Three staff
members expressed confidence in the
changes already under way.
However, auditors reported that
antagonism between the owner and
the facility manager was witnessed on
three occasions during their visit.
“Arguments were heard between
the ED (owner) and manager by one
of the audit team, and a selection of
staff approached the audit team to
discuss their frustration with the
ongoing behaviour between the ED
and manager,” the report says.
Prior to the current facility manager,
Granger House had three different
managers, each of whom introduced
different methods and documentation.
Attracting adequately skilled staff
to the area was a challenge for the
owners, auditors said.
Food, identified as a key issue at
Kowhai Manor, was again an issue at
“The ser vice provider is not currently
using a menu that has been approved
by a dietitian/nutritionist to guide
food preparation. The risks associated
with this were further verified by the
high number of processed foods in
storage and recorded as being used,
plus the limited supplies evident in
food storage areas.”
Although minor dissatisfaction
around food was expressed by residents
and family members, there were
reports that quantities had recently
increased, which had improved things,
the auditors said.
“The facility manager provided
examples of this and how she had
responded to complaints of residents
Stored items included a range
of processed foods such as frozen
crumbed chicken tenders, crumbed
fish and fish bites and bacon, however
there was no evidence of supplies of
unprocessed meat, fish or chicken.
Supplies were reportedly due the
following day, when sausages were
Auditors say a dynamic activities
programme was being implemented.
A new maintenance person had just
been employed and a plan for ongoing
maintenance was being compiled.
Staff were obser ved interacting with
residents in a respectful manner.
There was no evidence of abuse,
neglect or discrimination.
However, there was also no evidence
that the quality and risk management
system had been maintained since July
2016.The facility manager reported the
focus had been on improving clinical
care. A quality and risk management
system was recently purchased and
was about to be implemented.
The facility manager was unaware
that all risks needed to be reported to
the West Coast District Health Board.
Correction actions relative to:
complaints management, governance,
cover during a temporary absence of
the facility manager, all except one
of the nine aspects of the quality
management systems, staff training
and staffing levels. Assessment
processes for residents’ care, medicine
management, nutrition and food safety
and electrical compliance testing also
have areas in which corrective actions
have been raised.
Ministry auditors overheard rest home fight
Work on the new two-lane Taramakau
Bridge will ramp up in the next few weeks,
the New Zealand Transport Agency says.
The contract for the $25.8 million
project to replace the single lane
combined road-rail bridge of the 1880s
was let to Fulton Hogan.
Work began in January on the northern
and southern abutments, and excavations
are also well under way several hundred
metres south of the new bridge for the
associated road deviation and railway
A cycle and pedestrian path will also
be constructed to realign the West Coast
Wilderness Trail with the new bridge so
it has a separate path.
The existing cycle trail clip-on will be
removed from the old bridge once the
new bridge is completed.
NZTA manager Colin Knaggs said
people would start to notice big changes
over the next few weeks as work ramped
“A work site has been established and
fenced off, work on the cycling and
walking link is under way, and permanent
sediment control ponds are in place
to treat any water runoff from site,”
Mr Knaggs said.
“Major earthworks to stabilise and
strengthen the ground on either side of
the site of the new bridge have also been
carried out in preparation for the bridge
approaches to be constructed.
“The contractor is getting ready to build
a temporary staging structure across the
Taramakau River. This will be used as a
base to build the new bridge from.”
Mr Knaggs said a 180-tonne crane
would be used to construct the temporary
staging, expected to start in the next few
Pile driving for the main bridge
structure would get under way once the
staging across the river was completed.
“This work will see steel casings
driven into the riverbed to a 30m depth.
Pre-constructed bridge columns will then
be connected into the piles in order to
complete work in the riverbed between
the regular flood events,” Mr Knaggs said.
The new bridge would provide
significant improvements in terms of
safety, travel times and journey experience.
“ We know people will be excited to see
it take shape,” he said.
The new bridge and approaches are
expected to be finished by the end of
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Ground work on the road deviation and southern approach to a new overbridge across the railway line, as part of the bigger Taramakau Bridge project.
The West Coast District Health
Board has appointed a temporary
manager to Granger House rest
home, just three weeks after the
Ministry of Health forced the
closure of sister home Kowhai
The moves comes days after the
Ministry of Health released the
findings of an audit conducted in
January. It identified a number of
problems, while also noting that
things were improving.
Kowhai Manor and Granger
House are both privately owned by
Kiwiannia Care Ltd.
Granger House has been put
under DHB management twice
since Kiwiannia purchased it several
years ago, the most recent stint
ending in October.
The Greymouth Star is aware some
concerned Granger House staff met
with the DHB last week.
The DHB said today it had
appointed Mary Pecekajus as
funding and decision support
Carolyn Gullery said Ms Pecekajus
was a registered nurse with expertise
in aged residential care facility
“ Mary has been appointed to
lead and support improvements
at the Kiwiannia Care Ltd aged
residential care ser vice to address
some issues around care of residents
and management of the facility.”
Her role was to work with and
assist the owner of Kiwiannia Care
Ltd and the DHB as the funder
of ser vices, to understand the areas
of good ser vice quality and also to
identify and act on the areas that
required improvement. The DHB
would be monitoring and supporting
this quality improvement process as
“Mary knows what is required to
ensure quality care of frail elderly
people in residential ser vices. She
understands ... what is needed
to rectify the high risk findings
identified in the recent audit,”
Ms Gullery said.
The DHB did not expect any
changes to usual routines and
visiting for residents and their
Jeff Peacock, whose mother has
just been moved from Kowhai
Manor to Granger House, said they
had been assured Granger was okay.
“ Two weeks later ...”
The West Coast DHB has installed
temporary managers at Kowhai
Manor and Granger House twice in
the past two years, from September
to November 2015, and from May
to October last year.
In each case the temporary
manager’s role was to address
specific breaches in the rest home’s
contract with the DHB.
Kiwiannia owner Anne Hook
declined to comment today.
The DHB says residents or their
families who have any concerns
or questions can talk to project
specialist, planning and funding
Alison Young on 0800 778 226.
Manager put into Granger
“People will be excited to see
it take shape” — NZTA
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