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DTR Greymouth is running
a ‘Lucky Break’ competition
to give a deser ving family the
chance to win a lounge or
whiteware package, each valued
at over $4400.
The promotion coincides with
the relocation to new premises
in Guinness Street, in the
Olsen’s Pharmacy mall.
DTR Greymouth has been
trading on the West Coast
for 12 years, operating out of
Albert Street until last week.
“ We’ve moved to a brighter
spot and a better shop,” branch
manager Joel Thomson said.
“ We’re committed to the
West Coast and as part of
our celebration we want to
give something back to the
The lounge package includes
an Evolution two and three-
seater lounge suite, Panasonic
49 inch tv with cabinet and an
Idance audio system, while the
whiteware package has a Haier
clothes drier and washer and
a Fisher and Paykel fridge-
“ People can nominate
someone who needs or deser ves
a lucky break. It can be families,
an individual or a community
group out there,” Mr Thomson
Entry forms can be picked up
at the new DTR Greymouth
store in Guinness Street.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
DTR Greymouth staff members Lyndal Coates, left, Jared Hibbs and branch manager Joel Thomson.
Shop shift prompts competition
A tsunami generated by November’s 7.8
Kaikoura earthquake reached a height of 7m
in some places, comparable with some of the
biggest events in recent history.
Niwa hydrodynamics scientist Dr Emily
Lane said the height was confirmed at sur veys
conducted at Oaro and Goose Bay, south of
Kaikoura, three weeks after the midnight quake
on November 14.
Scientists were able to determine the wave
height from marine debris such as dead fish and
paua shells strewn far up the beach.
“There was basically a very clear line of debris,
including lots of marine debris that you wouldn’t
normally get on the beach, and we found it both
on the beach and up the local river valleys. ”
Dr Lane said it was fortunate that no one was
in the tsunami’s path when it hit.
“ When you’re coming from Christchurch
toward Kaikoura and following the coast, Oaro
is the first settlement where the road meets the
sea, then Goose Bay is a little bit further north.”
In some places, she said, there was evidence
the tsunami had breached a beach berm next to
the highway, but the berm was still high enough
to protect both settlements.
“ We met with some of the people in Oaro,
including one woman who was the wife of the
civil defence controller, and as far as we could
tell they did the right thing,” Dr Lane said.
“Everyone got up the hill after the earthquake,
which is exactly what we always call for.”
The tsunami was comparable with some of the
largest to hit New Zealand in recent decades.
Gauge readings taken at Kaikoura at the time
of the quake showed that, in the 25 minutes
immediately after, the tidal level dropped by
In the 15 minutes following that, the tide rose
4m from the lowest point, before a series of
waves were recorded over several hours.
Notably, the tide level changed by a metre
in the event; reflecting the fact that gauge had
been hauled up by that much along with a large
stretch of the coastline it sat on.
Elsewhere, the tsunami registered on
gauges long after, showing up in readings at
Wellington’s Queens Wharf and Castlepoint an
hour after, and at the Chatham Islands four to
five hours following the event.
At Little Pigeon Bay in Canterbury, where
a historic cottage was wrecked, wave heights
The force of the tsunami was enough to lift the
unoccupied historic cottage from its foundations
and flood it with water a metre deep, leaving
debris stuck to its walls. — NZ M E
An elderly man dying of cancer
suffered through high levels of pain
because of failures at the private hospital
that was meant to be caring for him, the
Health and Disability Commissioner
The 74-year-old man, who had terminal
prostate cancer and bowel cancer, was
admitted for pain management and end-
of-life care to a hospital owned and run
by Bupa Care Ser vices NZ.
He was prescribed drugs including
Oxycontin, methadone and the anti-
psychotic medication haloperidol.
However, during the 23 days he stayed
there, there were “numerous delays”
in giving him his pain medication,
even when he was reporting maximum
pain levels and was “grimacing and
grey with discomfort” according to his
In one case he did not receive his
prescribed methadone for six days.
He was also given haloperidol for
five days after the prescription had
ended. In several cases the hospital
did not tell or put off telling the man
and his family about mistakes it had
made. In one instance his daughter
said she “openly wept” when pleading
with the hospital to alleviate her father’s
At times, the man was in “intolerable
pain”, according to his daughter. Her
comments were in a report released
yesterday by deputy Health and
Disability Commissioner Rose Wall.
“He reported to me that he rang
the bell last night and screamed out ‘I
demand pain relief ’. He said the nurse
mumbled some reply he could not
understand and left the room. This was
very distressing to hear,” she told the
After learning — 10 days late —
that her father had been receiving
unprescribed halperidol, his daughter
took him to another hospital, where she
said he was treated well. He died a short
Two registered nurses and the hospital
were found to have breached the man’s
rights under the Code of Health and
Disability Ser vices.
Ms Wall said this was “an example of
poor end-of-life care” and the hospital
“failed woefully in its duty of care to the
man and his family at a critical time in
She recommended the nurses and
the hospital apologise in writing to the
man’s family and that nurses’ training be
The Nursing Council of New Zealand
should also consider competence reviews
for the two nurses, she said.
A statement from Bupa said the
company accepted the commissioner’s
findings and “deeply regrets” the distress
experienced by the resident and his
“ Bupa has formally communicated our
sympathies to the family.
“ In the four years since this incident,
Bupa has continued to improve our
systems and processes in medication
communication and documentation.
“ We share these improvements with
the commissioner on a regular basis,
and continue to discuss the learning
with all our clinical staff,” it said.
Testing of toilet and shower wastewater
for illegal drug use among Christchurch and
Auckland residents indicates a low use of
heroin, police say.
In December police began analysing
wastewater in Christchurch and Auckland to
work out how much and which kind of drugs
were being consumed.
The tests looked for methamphetamine,
cocaine, heroin, alpha PVP and MDMA.
According to results released yesterday,
the first three months showed 734g of meth
detected in Auckland in December, 648g in
January and 730g in February. Christchurch
returned readings of 731g , 458g and 798g.
No alpha-PVP or heroin was detected,
Assistant Commissioner Bill Searle said.
He said the testing time was too short to
draw conclusions but “the absence of these
drugs in the areas being tested is good news for
agencies”. — N ZN
Former Feltex shareholders will get another
day in court in a legal battle which has raged for
over 10 years.
The Supreme Court has granted an oral
hearing for the appeal case led by Eric Houghton
representing Feltex shareholders left out of pocket
after the carpet manufacturer folded in 2006.
When the company collapsed, roughly 8000
investors lost a total of $200 million.
On 5 April, the Supreme Court will allow a
hearing for the appeal granting the counsel for
the applicant 30 minutes for oral submissions.
The respondents will have 45 minutes to submit,
followed by 10 minutes of the applicants replies.
“ Without this, the case is a dead duck,” Tony
Gavigan, director of Joint Action Funding Ltd,
said. “ The long fight would be over. ”
In 2014, Justice Robert Dobson in the
High Court at Wellington cleared the former
Feltex directors of misleading investors in
its prospectus, but did note there were some
criticisms to be made of the offer documents.
Mr Houghton lodged an appeal with the
Court of Appeals which was dismissed in
October of last year.
Within a year of NZX listing, Feltex stock
was virtually worthless, thanks to a series
of warnings that the company would miss
its forecasts. Receivers were appointed in
September 2006. Mr Houghton had sued
the former Feltex directors, owners and sale
managers in a representative action on behalf of
3639 former shareholders seeking $185m over
what he said was a misleading 2004 prospectus.
Rival Australian carpet maker Godfrey Hirst
ended up buying the assets.
The action alleges the company’s prospectus
in 2004 — the year it floated — contained
information that was misleading or wrong, or
omitted to make information available that would
have affected investment decisions. — N Z ME
Feltex shareholders get final chance
Toilet water reveals drug use
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