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Failed Greymouth rubbish
Subloos, has been put into
liquidation by Inland Revenue, with
some staff disputing their final pay.
The first liquidator’s report says
Subloos director Darryl Subloos
told liquidators the insolvency was
due to the longstanding difficulty
with achieving profitability. There
was just over $9000 in the bank,
but unpaid bills of $86,250.
Inland Revenue filed a claim for
outstanding PAYE and GST of
$455,634. The liquidators say they
are inquiring into a cardboard baler
being made in China. The purchaser
said the sale proceeds from the
assets were being withheld to settle
any potential creditor issues, and to
pay for some plant and equipment
purchased. “ We are investigating
whether that is permissible,” the
liquidators say. The Grey District
Council holds a $99,394 bond but
is withholding funds due to damage
caused to a storage shed at the
McLeans Pit landfill. Some former
employees have also disputed their
Cloudy, scattered showers
Greymouth Star On-line
ESPN confirmed this week
it removed Asian-American
announcer Robert Lee from
a college football game in
Charlottesville, Virginia, because
he shares a name with Confederate
General Robert E Lee. It was a
Charlottesville rally to preser ve
a statue of Lee that touched off
violent protests involving white
supremacists earlier this month.
The fallout includes a bitter
national debate about the fate
of Confederate statues. So, Lee,
who was scheduled to cover the
University of Virginia’s home game
against William and Mary on
September 2, has been reassigned to
a game in Pittsburgh. Some outlets
quickly criticised the move as
political correctness to the extreme.
But in a statement, the network
said it had practical reasons for its
action: fearing that its employee
would be subject to an avalanche of
memes, jokes and other unwelcome
publicity. — Huffington Post
Fears are held that Granger House
rest home may not be re-certified when
its current certification expires on
A flurry of belated activity is under way
to prevent closure, but in the worst case
scenario it could be the second rest home
closure in Greymouth in six months.
Granger House, in Shakespeare Street,
has been managed by a receiver from
Auckland for months, following the
closure of sister home Kowhai Manor
after the Ministry of Health refused to
Granger House was recently audited
by the Ministry of Health and receiver
Victoria Toon said on Thursday the
result was “absolutely fantastic”.
However, the home is still not allowed
to accept new patients and has 15 empty
beds, forcing some Greymouth elderly
into homes in Hokitika and Westport.
Moana resident Kevin Klempel had
to put his mother into the Hokitika rest
home, even though only 56 of the 71
available beds at Granger House were in
use last week.
Mr Klempel said he was concerned to
be advised by officials on August 11 that
the Granger House operating certificate
was due to expire on October 1.
“ We are waiting to hear whether
(the Ministry of Health) will renew
the health certificate,” DHB project
specialist Alison Young wrote to him.
“But it is not usual for the (ministry) to
provide a health certificate to a receiver.
We desperately don’t want it closed. We
are in limbo for a couple more weeks
while the audit process is completed
and (the ministry) informs us of their
decision regarding re-certification.”
Mr Klempel said the ministry’s refusal
to allow Granger House to take new
residents was now hitting the rest home
The home was exceeding the 1:1
staffing requirements and was now being
forced to cut staff hours.
He asked where people would go if
Granger House also had to shut.
“It ’s not as though there are other
facilities around the country,” he said,
noting that rest homes in other parts of
New Zealand were closing because they
could not afford the landmark pay equity
settlement imposed on all rest home
The whole situation was a “failure of
the aged care model,” Mr Klempel said.
“ What about the staff who are having
their hours cut because they can’t fill the
place, earn money?”
Ministry of Health manager Emma
Prestidge said because the receiver had
no previous experience with aged care it
had been important for both the ministry
and the DHB to be closely involved
in ongoing developments at Granger
House to ensure the continued well-
being of residents and their families.
Since its initial certification in 2014,
issues and concerns had been ongoing
relating to the care provided to residents,
as reflected in audit findings and lack of
progress made with corrective action
reporting in the past, she said.
This year, the Canterbury and West
Coast DHBs had been providing
significant free clinical support and
advice (such as nurse practitioner support
and a DHB appointed temporary
“The effects of this support are reflected
in the good progress shown in Granger
House’s recent certification audit ...
however we were recently advised that
the receiver no longer wishes to receive
Without support, and due to the
receiver’s lack of aged care experience,
concerns were held this would result in
“slippage” and put residents’ care at risk
again, Ms Prestidge said.
“Because of these concerns, the DHBs
have stopped admissions to the facility.
This has been the case since mid-July
The 2017 certification audit report for
Granger House was still under review
and no decision had been made about
the certification outcome, she said.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor has gone to the head of the
Canterbury and West Coast DHBs with
his concerns for the future of the home
and to ensure it was allowing Greymouth
people to access Granger House.
The viability of the rest home depended
on its ability to attract new residents,
Mr O’Connor said.
Granger House employs about 100
staff. It has not accepted admissions
since in mid-July.
X-ray scanner boosts Grey Base
West Coast patients with low
impact fractures and symptoms
of conditions such as osteoporosis
will benefit from a dual energy
x-ray absorption (Dexa) scanner,
which has just arrived at Grey Base
From Monday, the second-
hand machine will help diagnose
osteoporosis referrals and other
serious symptoms of low impact
falls, West Coast District Health
Board radiology manager Jason
Radiology on the Coast until
now had ‘outsourced ’ acute imaging
ser vices for about 50 mainly older
patients a year, to a private provider
Mr Lister said the advent of
the ‘trans-alpine’ health ser vice a
couple of years ago, and a broader
range of medical practitioners
involved, meant this type of
referral had doubled to about 100
— m ainly for people aged 50-plus.
Attending those appointments
in Christchurch proved daunting
for the elderly and frail, with some
not attending appointments and
missing diagnosis for treatable
conditions such as osteoporosis.
Radiology staff at Grey Base
Hospital knew the cost of a new
Dexa for the volume of patients
here was expensive but by good
fortune they recently got board
approval to buy a second-hand
Mr Lister said the Pacific
Radiology Group, which until now
provided Dexa scans for the
West Coast, recently restructured
and decided to dispose of a
machine at write-off cost to the
West Coast board, “which was very
“It’s a win for the health system
in terms of money, but it’s also a
win for patients,” Mr Lister said.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Radiology manager Jason Lister test runs the new scanner at Grey Base Hospital with ‘patient ’ Anna Mead.
The Klempels of Moana are just one
family now having to travel long distances
to visit a loved one in a rest home.
The Greymouth Star is aware of several
others who have been affected.
Kevin Klempel’s mother, Joyce, is now in
the Hokitika rest home.
He was impressed with the care there,
however it has separated her from her
family by a two-hour round trip from
Moana. The move has cut her off from
her friends, family, her social circle and
her own church.
For someone with dementia, the change
was difficult, Mr Klempel said.
For family members the trip was
draining, and costly. Other families have
had to go to Westport, he said.
One family’s struggle
Ex-Kumara chef on world stage
An up-and-coming chef who
grew up on the West Coast
and started his kitchen career
at the Theatre Royal Hotel
in Kumara, will represent
New Zealand in a prestigious
international commis chef
Quillan Gutberlet, who is
currently working in D unedin,
took first place in the junior
chef ’s heat in the Bocuse d’Or
culinary chef competition in
Auckland last weekend.
It means he will now
represent New Zealand in
the Asia-Pacific heat of the
in 2018 alongside other
participants from Japan,
Australia, Singapore and
All going well, he could go
on to the world final to be held
in Lyon, France in 2019.
When contacted by the
Greymouth Star, Mr Gutberlet
was fairly modest about his
achievement of being chosen
to represent his country.
The idea of entering the
competition had not really
been on the horizon until
colleagues in D unedin
urged him to enter and last
weekend’s success was “just by
luck,” he said.
With four other competitors
in the final, he had to
create from a mystery box
of ingredients two plates
featuring snapper and New
Zealand green lip mussels, and
two plates of New Zealand
lamb rack with a compulsory
ratatouille side dish ser ved in
Mr Gutberlet grew up at
Coal Creek and Kumara
Junction. He embarked on his
cheffing career as a 15-year-
old in 2013 when he began
work at the Theatre Royal
Hotel under chef Alex Ensor.
At the time he was also
enrolled at Tai Poutini
Polytechnic after gaining
special leave to finish at
Greymouth High School early
to enrol for his polytechnic
training, under tutor Stuart
He has not looked back
since. After graduating he
moved to Taupo to work at the
Huka Lodge for a time before
heading to Dunedin, where
he is currently a chef at the
Nectar Espresso Bar and Cafe.
The Bocuse d’Or New
Zealand Academy is to
develop and support the
culinary craft of younger
chefs as future culinary
ambassadors and mentors
for the culinary arts in New
Zealand and within the world
Junior chef heat winner Quillan Gutberlet, left,
and senior chef winner Andrew Ballard following
the Bocuse d’Or competition final, in Auckland last
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