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Losing job cost
A man who was unjustifiably
dismissed said the job loss caused
him to lose his home and his
relationship of 14 years.
The Employment Relations
Authority determined Diverse
Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Limited unjustifiably dismissed
Shane Clement. In the decision, it
was awarded the employer pay Mr
Clement lost wages of $11,375,
holiday pay of $910, compensation
for the loss of dignity and injury to
feelings of $15,000 and legal costs
Mr Clement was dismissed from
Diverse just before Christmas
in 2015. He was due to take two
weeks’ leave the following day.
The dismissal arose over a spat
about worked hours and whether
Mr Clement was going to his own
workshop when he was supposed
to be working for Diverse. He
received a first warning after he
went into work in October 2015 for
an hour and a half, leaving after a
heated argument with a co-worker.
According to Diverse manager Jeff
Chandler, Clement “flipped his lid”.
“(He) rushed upstairs and yelled
down the hallway ‘I’m over this
f—ing s—t and I’m out of here’.”
Mr Chandler said he expected
Mr Clement would go home, but
instead saw his van parked outside
his workshop. The following day,
Mr Clement went home sick
but his van was again seen at his
Mr Clement was called in for
a disciplinary meeting about the
absence but walked out. The ERA
found that the warning was unfair
because Mr Clement had correctly
filled his time sheet to account
for the absence and Diverse had
not properly investigated the
The second warning was based on
Mr Clement leaving his van outside
his workshop while he was meant
to be making sales calls for Diverse.
Mr Clement argued he had left the
van there and walked.
Nonetheless, he was called in for
another disciplinary meeting where
a pre-written letter was offered and
which he did not take.
Finally, another spotting of the
van outside the workshop saw
Mr Chandler call in Mr Clement
and hand him a dismissal letter.
The ERA found procedural
failings with the warnings and
final dismissal. When he was called
in for the meetings, Mr Clement
was not told he could bring legal
representation. Instead he was
offered a support person. The ERA
also said Diverse used an unfair
process to dismiss Mr Clement.
Mr Clement said that the
dismissal caused him to have an
emotional and physical breakdown
which further caused him to lose
his home and relationship of 14
years because he was unable to pay
rent or support his partner and her
losing his home,
Mr Clement moved into his
windowless workshop which had
no kitchen and no bathroom. His
landlord allowed him to use the
bathrooms at an adjoining premises.
Mr Clement claimed $25,000 in
compensation for the humiliation,
loss of dignity and injury to his
feelings caused by the unjustified
dismissal. The ERA found that
compensation of $15,000 was
reasonable and agreed the negative
affect of the unjustified dismissal
was “significant ”. — NZ ME
Scientists accept they are still
a long way from understanding
climate change’s effects on the
paua and mussel industries and
have called for more work to be
The teams began studying how
New Zealand waters are being
affected by higher acid levels in
the world’s ocean a decade ago,
the National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research says.
While it is known this is being
caused by the ocean’s collecting
more carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere, scientists are still
building and merging together
their models to accurately
explain its affects on New
Zealand’s waters. Niwa marine
biogeochemist Professor Cliff
Law said scientists started with
just basic experiments 10 years
everything together — how
changing temperatures, pH levels,
nutrient run-off and turbidity for
example, are affecting our coastal
waters,” he said.
“ It ’s got more and more
complicated as it’s gone on,
but what we know is that New
Zealand waters are already
exposed to ocean acidification
and will be subject to further pH
stress in the future.”
With a decade of study under
the belt, Prof Law said it was
now crucial for scientists and
policy makers to identify where
future research efforts should be
As an example, he said
researchers were already studying
well-known marine crops, such
as green-lipped mussels, paua
and snapper, in their habitats in
the Firth of Thames, Karitane
and Nelson Bays.
They are also looking into
whether other species of coastal
marine life, such as selectively
bred shellfish, would prove more
resilient to water changes.
“ We are looking for tools and
solutions,” Prof Law said.
“The outcome will be better
models, allowing more accurate
predictions of the impacts of
acidification. ” — NZN
New Zealand tenants are supporting
an Australian State’s move to allow all
tenants to have pets, saying they would
like the same here.
Robert Whitaker of Renters United
backed Victoria’s major tenant reforms
which would allow every tenant to have
“ We would definitely support people
having the right ot have pets. It’s very,
very difficult for tenants to find a place if
they have a pet and many landlords just
prescribe ‘no pets’,’’ Mr Whitaker said.
The ABC in Australia has reported
that every tenant in Victoria would have
the right to have a pet in their rental
property under sweeping reforms to the
State’s tenancy rules.
Mr Whitaker said it was wrong that
pets were banned from most New
“Pets are an integral part of New
Zealand culture. People like cats and
dogs,’’ he said.
NZ Property Investors Federation
executive officer Andrew King said he
did not favour more tenants here having
pets, mainly due to property damage.
“The landlord is now responsible for
paying for tenants’ accidental damage
because of the Osaki case,’’ he said
referring to a judicial ruling that the
landlords’ insurer must pay when a
tenant burned a house to the ground, not
the tenants’ insurer.
“The landlord might be able to claim
on their insurance, but they are still
responsible,’’ Mr King said.
He said landlords often did not want
to rent to tenants with pets due to the
damage caused by animals, including
issues with carpets, skirting boards and
other areas of a house.
“A lot of properties are just not suitable
damage,’’ he said.
“Also in New Zealand, a landlord is
responsible for their tenants’ behaviour
towards neighbours and other tenants.’’
However, he said allowing pets used
to be a good thing as tenants really
appreciated it so the relationship was
good and tenants tended to stay for
“The federation would be responsive
to looking at ways to make it easier for
tenants to have pets.’’
Mr Whitaker said he backed other
aspects of the Victorian reform including
longer leases and smaller bonds.
“It’s indicative of what ’s happening
with longer-term renting,’’ he said.
The Wanganui Chronicle reported in
August on the situation of tenant Sandra
Rickey, who owned a cat and a dog. She
has had great difficulty finding a house
Her pet troubles began after the June
2015 floods when her home was washed
out, meaning she, son Ben, elderly friend
Allan, dog Flea and cat Paws had to find
rental accommodation in a hurry.
“O ur landlord didn’t want tenants with
animals, but I paid an extra $10 a week
for Flea and had the carpets cleaned,’’
Ms Rickey said.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment ’s Tenancy Ser vices
provides information about tenants and
A landlord wanting to charge an extra
bond if a tenant has a pet, allowing tenants
to have pets and tenant responsibility for
pet damage are covered.
— NZ ME -Wanganui Chronicle
Call for more studies
into changing waters
Two registered nurses and a
district health board were found
to have provided inadequate care
to a baby girl in hospital.
Deputy Health and Disability
released a report yesterday, which
related to a seven-day-old baby,
who was admitted to hospital
after losing weight since birth,
feeding less and had jaundice.
The baby was treated with
phototherapy, and the following
day her temperature spiked,
which saw fluids and antibiotics
ordered by a paediatrician.
However, a junior paediatric
antibiotics and fluids, which
were higher than the amount
recommended by DHB
One of the nurses caring for the
baby on an evening shift, gave
the baby antibiotics and fluids,
but shortly after wards the IV
monitor was flashing.
After investigating the line,
the nurse did not document the
incident to hand over to the
Another nurse took over the
baby’s care for the night, but did
not review the baby for nearly
By 2.30am, the baby was due
for more antibiotics and fluids,
but while receiving them, her
arm started to swell.
The baby was treated for an
The report found that the
paediatric fluid balance charts
from the baby’s hospital stay were
not filled in regularly.
Ms Wall considered the DHB
failed to ensure that ser vices
were provided to the baby with
reasonable care and skill.
She stated that several staff
reviewed the baby, but did not
recognise that her IV fluid
prescription was too high,
and criticism was made of the
registrar for prescribing IV fluids
higher than recommended.
that the DHB are clear on which
guidelines are to be followed
when prescribing IV fluid to
Both nurses are recommended
to provide a written apology to
the baby’s family. — NZ N
Baby given inadequate
care in hospital
Air NZ trials in-flight
wifi for long haul
Soon you will be able to look
at social media, e-mails and
browse the web, all while you are
thousands of feet in the air.
Air New Zealand has started
trialling its new in-flight wifi
ser vice on one of its long-haul
Boeing 777-300 planes.
Air NZ chief digital officer
Avi Golan said the airline would
gather customer feedback to
ensure it meets the needs of
customers before it is rolled out
across the international fleet.
In-flight wifi will be installed
in the Boeing 777-300 fleet by
June, and will be rolled out to the
Boeing 777-200 fleet by April.
“The trial will not only test the
technical aspects of the ser vice,
it will also gather feedback on
pricing options,” Mr Golan said.
Events and Functions 2017
For bookings and Inquiries
phone (03) 768 4013
Come on in and try our
Have your workplace or group function in
the Union Hotel’s Copper Room.
Catering for groups of 30 - 110 people
We can do midweek and weekends. Give us a call
and have a chat about what we can do for your
Don’t forget to check our fantastic Christmas Display
Great Menu options for your
‘end of year’ workplace functions
including our exciting new menu
• Christmas Smorgasbord and
set menus starting at $45pp
• Breakfast functions available
• Stunning outdoor dining
For bookings and inquiries
03 768 5154
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Accommodation available from luxury apartments to cabins.
Function facilities available, book yours for
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Phone 7626860 or email email@example.com
Talk to us about options for your next function
in our modern restaurant and bar
Relax in the newest hotel rooms in town!
uccleugh’s on High, part of the
Recreation Hotel, offers a complete
package when it comes to a venue for
functions, providing a conference room, bistro
bar, a la carte restaurant and private function
Buccleugh’s on High, centrally located,
provides a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff
and the complete dining experience for all
Owned and operated by Mark and Linda
Connors, the Recreation Hotel is the venue for
break-ups, send-offs and work dos and with
Christmas fast approaching a full Christmas
menu is available for end of year celebrations.
“We cater for breakfast functions, which
are popular, and we also cater for private
functions, which includes morning and
afternoon teas and suppers,” says Linda. “We
have a great Christmas menu available for the
end of year functions -- and we are open on
otel Lake Brunner provides the perfect
setting for functions and is a venue
with that special point of difference for
end of year Christmas celebrations.
The hotel offers a postcard view of the lake
and a venue for relaxation and celebration,
catering for groups of 30-50 people, with a
private dining room for private functions.
A great food selection is available from the
Kingfisher Restaurant offering full course and
finger food options to suit all tastes.
Hotel Lake Brunner offers the very best in
accommodation and facilities for an overnight
stay or relaxed weekend away.
“Grab a luxury suite or cabin. We have
accommodation to suit everyone and make it
easy on yourself,” proprietor Phillip Barnett
Moana is the popular place to be on New
Year’s Eve, too, and Hotel Lake Brunner will
have a DJ entertaining while you see in the
For further information visit www.
golakebrunner.co.nz or phone 03 738 0083.
aroa Hotel has a large dining area catering
for large and small groups for functions
and special occasions, with a wide range
of food choices available, from finger foods to
Private functions and a conference room are
available with a catering service as required,
and with newly renovated motels the Paroa
Hotels offers the perfect stopover.
Olivia Monk says the function facilities are
first class and with Christmas closing fast
there is plenty of food choice for end of year
“There is our popular smorgasbord and
we have the Christmas function set menus as
well, finger foods, breakfast and lunch. Those
food choices are available throughout the
year, and we have live music regularly. We
offer a catering service and our bottle store can
provide refreshments for other functions.”
he West Coast Events Centre at
Shantytown prides itself on being the
premier conference and events centre
on the West Coast. All events are assigned a
dedicated events co-ordinator, who works
alongside the client to meet all their desired
Add in on-site catering, a fully licensed
bar and a large car park, and we can offer a
one-stop shop service to deliver efficient,
professional and successful events of all kinds.
This year, the West Coast Events Centre is
excited to offer a great night out that includes
their renowned buffet menu with a Christmas
twist, a great West Coast band playing all the
good old hits that will get you up dancing,
and a courtesy van ride back to Greymouth
However, if your business or club is looking
for something different this year we will
happily tailor a private Christmas themed
lunch or dinner suited to your group and
budget. Take advantage of the complimentary
entry offer into Shantytown and its attraction
for all event centre guests. Contact our events
team to discuss the options.
Buccleugh’s on High Hotel Lake Brunner
Hotel Lake Brunner
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