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West Coast leadership and governance programme graduates 2013, are: Bede O'Connor, left, Gareth Allen, Mel Sutherland, Chris
Rea, Emily Craddock, Kirsty Robertson, Quecha Horning, Judi Brennan, Stephen Lowe, Troy Scanlon, Hayden Kendrick, Suvi van
Smith and Hadleigh Smith.
e pool of West Coast people
with leadership and governance
experience has been
boosted with the graduation of a
second wave of business leaders
from the West Coast
leadership and governance
Development West Coast
launched the programme in
2011, in partnership with
Westland Milk Products, after
recognising the need to develop
the next generation of leaders
for the region. Participants are
sponsored by local businesses
and take part in an intensive
14-month programme, learning
and studying good governance
DWC chief operating o cer
Warren Gilbertson said 13 had
graduated from the second
intake last night, and six of
them were already on boards of
various West Coast
businesses and community
"As the second group to pass
through this programme we
now have a group of around
25 people ready to build up
the layers of leadership and
governance experience in our
communities," Mr Gilbertson
" ese people are already
becoming entrenched in our
community organisations and
Coast's future business leaders
Greymouth Uniting Church property committee members Graham Schaef, left, and Trevor Hilton
kneel beside one of the apple trees planted on the church front lawn as part of a Community Public
Health initiative to promote the growing of edible vegetation in public spaces and encourage people to
think about growing more produce locally. Once grown, the apples will be distributed to people in need.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Church grows apples for the needy
An eight-year-old boy tried to kill himself
in a lunch break because school was "too
hard" --- and his parents are furious the
school did not call 111 for an ambulance.
e boy was found with external marks
and apparently recovering quickly from
brief unconsciousness in the grounds of
Cornwall Park District School.
His parents have spoken out because they
believe the issues raised should be openly
He was rescued by a teacher and taken to
the school o ce where he told senior sta
he was not in pain.
e school called his mother, who took
him to the family doctor.
He was referred to Starship Hospital for
scans and observation of his mental health.
His parents are furious the school did not
call 111 for their son who was described as
changing colour to "purple red".
Principal Janine Irvine later told an
external inquiry, ordered by the Education
Ministry after the school did not hold
an internal review, that seven adults were
present that afternoon and none suggested
She said he recovered quickly to be able
to walk and talk and appeared to be moving
" ere was just nothing we could see
when we were observing him to suggest
that he was in danger or pain. When I
spoke with (the boy) I said: 'I see you've got
a mark ... but he was oblivious," according
to her written statement.
"I wanted to be as calm and professional
as possible in what was an exceptional
situation. Neither I nor any of the teachers
in the school had ever experienced anything
St John clinical director Dr Tony Smith
told the external inquiry he would normally
expect an ambulance to be called.
"I say this because the boy sounded like
he was unconscious and blue when he was
However, Dr Smith said he understood
why the sta did not call an ambulance
as the emergency appeared to be over
but noted the "case in question was most
e inquiry largely cleared Cornwall Park
District School of any health and safety
But the boy's mother said: " ey didn't
even do basic rst aid checks on him. If
this had happened in our own home, not
the school, we'd have government agencies
crawling all over the place.
"But in this case, there's nothing."
e couple are also disappointed about
the lack of learning support leading up
to the suicide attempt --- in which he
said he was trying to kill himself because
school was "too hard" --- despite them
"pushing" for extra help to lift his academic
ey had lobbied the school to provide
extra learning support for their son who
has attention de cit hyperactivity disorder,
mild Asperger's, dyslexia, and anxiety
disorders. He was on medication.
A teacher aide was available initially
but this funding ended. e couple then
struggled to get the school to provide an
individual education plan, as recommended
by his paediatrician, which led to a
complaint to the board of trustees.
e Education Ministry inquiry focused
only on the school's actions immediately
after the suicide attempt --- not what led
up to it. However, it noted that an earlier
complaint to the board by the boy's mother
led to the school addressing allegations
against sta rather than focus on her
" ere is no clear indication as to what
caused the incident and it is not part of my
brief to make any nding in that regard,"
the report's author, Carol Anderson said.
"Any such investigation would need to
be a multi-party investigation involving
the home, school and the relevant health
professionals. No person has suggested to
me that the school was responsible for the
But in a country with the highest youth
suicide rate in the world, the boy's parents
cannot believe a wider investigation had
not already happened.
e mother said she expected a review
would include sitting down with the school,
the Education Ministry and other agencies
to ask why her son tried to commit suicide.
"We're lucky he's alive. I thought we'd all
be talking about how we (can) prevent this
from ever happening again."
Management at Cornwall Park District
School would not be interviewed but said
in a statement that the suicide attempt was
"an upsetting and sad time for all involved
and the school has tried its best to meet the
needs of the family".
" e school was not aware of all the risk
factors leading up to this incident, with
the psychologist who had been working
with the family after the event noting this
incident was 'out of the blue' and therefore
could not have been expected to have
been predicted by school sta with the
information it had been provided with."
e boy's parents had signed a privacy
waiver to allow the school to share relevant
information with the Weekend Herald, but
are unsure what is being referred to.
ey say all this information would have
been shared in an individual education plan
for their son but this never occurred.
e couple also had concerns with the
external review and spoke to their local MP,
Sam Lotu-Iiga, who met the Education
Ministry to request the case be looked at
O cials wrote back to say it was not
Katrina Casey, the ministry's head of
sector enablement and support said: "We
believe the board has responded well to the
parents' concerns and to the review."
Meeting notes obtained under the O cial
Information Act show the Education
Ministry initially questioned why the
school did not report the "serious" incident
to the Department of Labour.
In response, the school felt there was
no "serious harm" physically which is the
But a spokesman for the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment
--- formerly the Department of Labour ---
told the Weekend Herald that the suicide
attempt should have been reported since
the test for "serious harm" was met if the
child lost consciousness.
e boy's parents say he is now doing
well at another school where he receives
greater special education support. --- New
Boy, 8, tried to commit suicide
A 28-year-old man died yesterday at a
private forestry site at Wake eld, south of
Nelson, after being pinned between two
logs, Radio New Zealand reports.
On Tuesday, 63-year-old forestry
worker David Beamsley was killed in a
plantation accident at Kaingaroa Forest.
e health and safety review will begin
in February and examine hours of work
and contract conditions, and how safer
technologies can be introduced.
Association president Paul Nicholls
says the industry needs outside help to
"For that review to be successful we'd
like all the people that are currently out
there criticising the industry to work with
us to make sure that we can uncover the
reasons for the accidents and what we can
He disputed Labour Minister Simon
Bridges' view that the industry already
has all the answers and needs to get on
with implementing them.
Mr Bridges said the Government is
doing enough by vigorously enforcing
a code of practice, but he says there is a
strong level of non-compliance in the
industry. Labour Party leader David
Cunli e said an investigation is needed
into the high number of deaths and
changes are needed to labour practices.
e Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment said yesterday it
had shut down 14 operations this year
because they were dangerous, though no
prosecutions were taken, and issued 182
A Healthcare company has run foul of
the Advertising Standards Authority's
Complaints Board, with complaints
against it upheld for being misleading or
deceiving to consumers.
Two complaints were made to the
authority by Mark Hanna about
advertisements for the CT Healthcare
arthritis treatment and therapeutic beds
e two-page newspaper advertisement
about the arthritis treatment included
statements such as it was medically
proven for 60 years.
It also included the statement that
the therapy relieved pain from arthritis,
relieved pressure areas and helped with
diabetes by increasing circulation.
Mr Hanna said the advertisement
appeared to have the approval of
erapeutic Advertising Prevetting
pharmaceutical advertisements on
behalf of the media, but he was unable
to nd information that backed up the
e advertiser KD and A told the
authority it was in the process of
amending the advertisement which had
some "obsolete" material and had been
printed in error.
It also defended the statement that the
product had been medically proven for
60 years, by stating CT Healthcare had
been involved in medical research since
e Complaints Board said that
statement was misleading and medical
research was not the same as "medically
" e low level therapeutic claims
made in the advertisement had not
been adequately substantiated, and it
also contained exaggerated claims that
were likely to mislead or deceive the
consumer and exploit consumers' lack of
knowledge," the ASA said.
It upheld the complaint.
It also upheld a complaint by Mr
Hanna about the company's website
for Niagara therapeutic beds and chairs,
which contained claims about the
therapeutic bene ts of cycloid vibration
"Much research had been conducted
on physical bene ts of (the therapy)
since 1954," the advert said.
Mr Hanna said the company's
therapeutic claims could not be
substantiated and the statement "much
research" was incorrect.
KD and A told the board the Australian
Register of erapeutic Goods
inclusions con rmed the health claims
had been adequately demonstrated by
e board was concerned about
another claim in the ad that said
"Niagara erapy beds and chairs
actually improve a person's overall
health, addressing a plethora of health
While the board said there was some
low level evidence for the bene t of
the therapy in the research, it was not
su ciently robust to substantiate the
claim. It also noted some of the research
had been paid for by the company.
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--- Passed away peace-
fully at her home
R ichard Seddon
Hospital, Greymouth on
November 25, 2013, in
her 91st year. Dearly
loved wife of the late
George, loved mum and
mother-in-law of Allan
and Pam (Greymouth),
R osalie and Ted
Tolchard (Perth), and
adored nana of Hayley
and Dan, and Kelvin;
Michelle and Michael,
and Craig and Mandy;
Steven and Beth,
Melanie and Mark, and
David, treasured old nan
of Elijah, and Ethan;
Maddison, and Jorja;
Lucy, and Nicholas;
Hazel; Jasmin; and
Lucan, loved sister and
sister-in-law of the late
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and Jim and Florrie
Hector, loved sister-in-
law of Lorraine and Ron
Gill, Daphne and Terry
Jolly, Joe and the late
Mona, Ces (deceased)
and Betty, and the late
Jack and Iris, and Ray.
"Special thanks for the
love, care and support
given for all the time
at Richard Seddon
Hospital, her home.".
Messages to 57 Rich-
mond Street, Cobden,
Greymouth 7802. At
Gladys's request a pri-
vate cremation has taken
p lace. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
James (Frank). ---
Pauline and the
extended Hudson family
wish to sincerely thank
everyone for the love
and support shown to us
in the weeks leading up
to and at the time of
Frank's passing. We
have been overwhelmed
by the beautiful cards,
letters, flowers, baking,
visits and phone calls.
To those who attended
Frank's service and your
donations to the Reefton
Hospital Comfort Fund
we thank you all, it
is truly appreciated.
Special thanks to Rev
Diane Griffin and David
Neame of Westland
Funeral Services for
your help and support,
also the RSA Women's
Section and the Work-
ingmen's Club for the
lovely afternoon tea
with many memories
shared. To the Reefton
and Greymouth St John
Fire Brigade, Daniel
Gilsenan, Nicky, Reef-
ton District Nurses, the
staff at Christchurch
Public Hospital, Grey
Base and Reefton
Hospitals and the
Reefton Medical Centre,
we cannot thank you
enough for the wonder-
ful care and respect
shown to Frank. Please
accept this as a personal
A gentle man gone
from the touch,
but not the heart.
Complaints against healthcare company upheld
Police have released
the name of the 70-year-
old man who died after
crashing his trike on State
highway 6 east of Haast
He was Barry Graeme
Nielson, of Feilding.
Mr Nielson was a
member of the group
of motorcyclists from
the New Zealand Fire-
who visited Greymouth
earlier this week during
their fund raising ride for
e group was in
Greymouth on Tuesday.
Police believe mechanical
failure was to blame for
Crash victim named
A new report on women and alcohol
con rms that New Zealand women are
drinking more like men and that young
women are consuming more than older
While the overall prevalence of
drinking among young women and girls
at high school has decreased markedly,
heavy drinking and the amount
consumed at a session has risen.
"Women are drinking larger amounts
and more frequently than ever before,
increasing their risk of a number of
health concerns including breast cancer
and other cancers, injuries, reproductive
and sexual health problems, mental-
health and alcohol-abuse disorders," said
the two groups which commissioned
the policy brie ng paper, Alcohol
Healthwatch and Women's Health
e paper's authors say their research
review and interviews with 41 key
informants "con rmed the prominence
of alcohol in sexual and domestic
violence against women, and that
alcohol-related violence is worsening.
"... violence is the major alcohol-
related harm experienced by women
and children as a consequence of the
drinking of others, overwhelmingly
"... at least one in three cases of
reported domestic violence is alcohol-
a ected, although the actual number is
considered likely to be much higher.
"If the woman was drinking at the
time of the assault it can lead to guilt or
self-blame, inhibit access to justice and
increase her potential for alcohol abuse.
Key informants said that the woman's
drinking often shifts culpability from
perpetrators to victims, sometimes
leading to family violence charges being
Something similar could occur in
sexual assaults and it was estimated
that more than 10,000 sexual assaults
occurred in New Zealand each year
which involved a perpetrator who had
been drinking. "Women who drink
are seen as less believable and more
responsible for the (sexual) assault, and
men who drink as less responsible."
Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca
Williams said New Zealand's liberal
alcohol laws were one of the reasons
for the rising levels of harmful drinking
"Take our meaningless restrictions
on alcohol advertising and absence of
controls on the price, for example.
"We are recommending a range of
population level interventions such
as increasing the price of alcohol
and restricting its marketing, as well
as community and individual level
inter ventions that respond to the
speci c needs of women."
e report calls for much greater use
of brief interventions by GPs and other
front-line health workers.
--- New Zealand Herald
increasing health risks
Police have released the
name of a man who died
after a three-car collision
south of Levin yesterday.
He was Graham William
Perry, 76, of Levin. e
crash happened on State
Highway 1 at Ohau just
after 2.15pm, senior
sergeant Kris Burbery
said yesterday. --- APNZ
A man who impersonated a teenage boy on
Facebook to befriend and then blackmail three
girls has escaped a prison sentence.
Brandyn Alan Stewart was sentenced by
Justice David Collins to 11 months' home
detention in the High Court at Wellington
He had earlier pleaded guilty to three
blackmail charges and two indecent act
In his sentencing notes, Justice Collins said
Stewart had assumed fake identities in which
he said he was 16, when in fact he was about
four years older.
He befriended girls aged 11, 14 and 16 ---
although at the time Stewart thought the
11-year-old was 14.
"After you befriended each of the
complainants you persuaded them to send you
compromising photographs of themselves in
which they were either naked or dressed only
in underwear," Justice Collins said.
"You continued to groom the complainants
and threatened each of them with disclosing
their photographs online unless they complied
with your demands."
Stewart asked the 16-year-old to meet him
for sex, demanded the 14-year-old send more
naked photographs of herself, and instructed
the 11-year-old to continue correspondence
with him. e messages to the girls from
Stewart were "persistent" and conveyed over
Facebook and through text messages.
On one occasion Stewart did send a photo
of the 11-year-old to a friend of hers, which in
turn made her think he would follow through
with the threats, Justice Collins said.
" ankfully, in no case were your demands
e judge noted Stewart had been diagnosed
with attention de cit disorder.
A clinical psychologist had earlier told
Justice Collins the disorder "signi cantly"
a ected Stewart's behaviour and contributed
to impulsiveness and a disregard to the
consequence of his conduct.
While serving his sentence, Stewart was also
ordered not to drink alcohol or take drugs,
to attend psychological counselling and take
drug and alcohol counselling.
He was also banned from accessing the
internet unless an approved supervisor was
with him and banned from contacting anyone
under 16 years of age except in the presence of
an adult who knew his background.
Facebook impersonator escapes jail sentence
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