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Isavena Vallduvi might have
an injured leg but her days
just got brighter with a move
into Dunedin Hospital s new
children s ward.
e eight-year-old was the first
child to move into the ward on
the first floor of the hospital s
ward block yesterday.
"It s so much better; so cool.
Her new room had a blue
feature wall --- her favourite
colour --- an ensuite and a
built-in sofa/bed for her mother,
Blanca, if she stayed.
"It s really nice. It has a toilet
and a big window.
e 2000sq m $7 million
combined neo-natal intensive
care unit (NICU)/paediatric
ward was constructed out of the
old staff cafeteria and hospital
It also included the child
assessment unit, where children
came after being referred from a
general practitioner, after hours
medical service or the emergency
Children s Health clinical
leader Dr David Barker said staff
had been planning and waiting
for the move for many years.
"We re all extremely excited.
I ve never seen so many people
Yesterday, staff were moving
the last of the equipment
and testing the new as they
welcomed children from the old
wards, which were no longer fit
for their purpose, he said.
" e whole area is purpose-
built for children and their
families. It has more space, is
modern and is comparable to
any other children s facility in a
hospital this size.
It was also notable in having
its NICU and children s ward
adjoining, he said.
ere were single rooms to give
children and their families more
privacy, a light-filled play area,
murals by Otago Polytechnic
students on the walls and even
a Snoezelen room for children
who needed to be calmed or
e new unit would be
officially opened in February.
--- Otago Daily Times
Dunedin children's facility
open for business
Moving day . . . Enrolled nurse Karen Neilson (left), Blanca
Vallduvi (back) and orderly Bradley Hayward escort Isavena
Vallduvi through the new children s ward to her new room.
An army officer who served in
Afghanistan has been accused of
facilitating the booby trapping of a
cache which allegedly put others in
Heavy suppressions are in place
around the case, which is being
heard before Brigadier Tim Gall,
Land Component Commander for
the New Zealand Defence Force at
a military hearing at Trentham.
e army officer is facing two
charges in relation to an incident
last July in Afghanistan where a
cache was booby trapped.
He has been charged with being
party to inviting another officer
--- whose details have also been
suppressed --- to commit a civil
offence by putting an explosive
device in place that risked the
safety of others, specifically by
booby trapping a cache.
A second charge of negligence in
performing his duty has also been
brought against him in relation to
He has pleaded not guilty to both
Media have been permitted to
report the arraignment and the
outcome, but have been excluded
from hearing any evidence. Eight
witnesses are expected to be called.
Brigadier Gall said the accused
officer s details had been suppressed
as identifying him would likely
cause extreme stress, in addition to
the stress he had already suffered
in the service of his country.
e details of the second officer
involved in the incident have been
suppressed to prevent identification
of the accused.
Army officer in
charges over booby
A man who lost a leg, suffered a
compound fracture of his right wrist
that resulted in a deformity and was left
with pelvic and lower back injuries after
a motorcycle crash nearly eight years ago
has won an appeal against the Accident
A written judgment by district court
Judge Roderick Joyce which followed
a hearing in Wellington District Court
in August upheld the appeal lodged by
Feilding man Murray Duff, 60, who was
represented by Masterton barrister Jills
ACC has been ordered to restore
entitlements to Mr Duff which had been
stripped from him and to set aside its
determination he had attained "vocational
e upshot of the ruling is that Mr Duff
will be entitled to ACC wage replacement
payments back-dated to September 10,
2010 amounting to about $50,000.
e appeal judgment made substantial
mention of Literacy Wairarapa and the
efforts that body went to in trying to
help Mr Duff who was "substantially
illiterate" at the time he was held to have
"vocational competence" in two clerical-
Judge Joyce said the content of an
affidavit by Mr Duff about his literacy
problems sat comfortably with the
evidence given by Literacy Wairarapa,
which made it plain that at the time he
was held to have vocational independence
in the two clerical positions, Mr Duff had
"no prospects at all of actually doing that
type of work".
Literacy Wairarapa has however been
credited by Mr Duff for bringing his level
of reading up to the stage where he could
read the court judgment.
At the time he was injured, Mr Duff
was working as an electrical linesman
with Rural Power, and has not worked
since the crash.
Judge Joyce said reports showed when
jobs were discussed with Mr Duff he
"generally exhibited a constructive
approach, one manifest in comments that
were thoughtful and positive rather than
In 2008 he took part in several training
courses related to the electrical industry
and lines transmission work and in
March 2009 a specialist in occupational
medicine identified work types in which
"medically speaking" Mr Duff should
have the capacity to work for 35 hours or
more a week. ese were long-haul truck
driver, excavator operator, forklift driver,
warehouse administrator and electrical
But 18 months later a doctor engaged
by ACC as a medical assessor concluded
Mr Duff had major mobility problems.
"He uses two sticks to coincide with his
right foot fall.
"He does manage to walk in this manner
but is somewhat slow walking and he
sometimes uses a wheelchair at home."
e doctor reported Mr Duff had
difficulty with balance and "gets soreness
in his left knee, both hips and his back".
"He can get a sore left foot and tends
not to go out on rainy days as he doesn t
feel particularly stable and can slip quite
readily." Mr Duff s job capacity fell to 30
hours or more a week only as a stock clerk
or warehouse administrator, the doctor
In the middle of last year an occupational
physician reported to Ms Angus-Burney
that Mr Duff was "substantially illiterate".
He could drive by steering with his left
hand and using the accelerator and brake
with his left foot and apparently on that
basis was sent for work trials as a road
roller driver and a forklift driver.
ose in charge of the work trials
refused to teach Mr Duff, considering
him to be a health and safety risk.
Mr Duff had never used a computer,
and after 13 one-hour lessons did not
consider he had "anywhere near mastered
the use of it".
e report said Mr Duff "probably could
never have learned to use a computer"
but the two job types that remained to
him would have meant "a good part of
the time would be spent sitting at the
computer or performing clerical tasks".
Judge Joyce said ACC needed to
"seriously consider" establishing a means
of effectively screening people whom
it intended to put through computer
training "so as to identify whether they
are up to that without need of some level
of literacy enhancement education".
He said it was "troubling" Mr Duff was
at risk of being put into a job on account
of a "misleading" CV prepared by ACC.
Mr Duff affirmed he had not worked
since the crash. He had volunteered to
return to Rural Power and, in fact, had
been invited back but there was no real
work for him.
Sometimes he would sweep the floor
but, as he was still on crutches, this could
only be done slowly with a broom and
when a new company took over he could
not continue as he was a "health and
Allowing Mr Duff s appeal, the
judge set aside ACC s September 10,
2010 determination of vocational
independence and said ACC must restore
to Mr Duff the entitlements of which he
had been bereft.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
A spooky shape in the ocean at Ruakaka
Beach is almost certainly a bronze whaler,
says a shark expert.
Aryan McKay captured the photo after
she got her family out of the water on
Department of Conservation marine
scientist and shark expert Clinton Duffy
said the shark was "99%" a bronze whaler
and people needed to realise that they
were the most common shark around and
were often in the water at the same time
However, Mr Duffy said, bronze
whalers were fish eaters and did not
" ey have been known to have a go
at spearfishers who have a dead fish
with them, but you would have to be
very, very unlucky to have any dealings
with a bronzy if you are just out there
swimming," Mr Duffy said.
" ey are everywhere out there at this
time of year, but there s very little danger
to the public. e females start coming in
from October to drop their pups and the
males come after that.
" ey feed on fish like kahawai, snapper
and mullet, that are in the shallows in
abundance at this time of year so aren t
interested in us. But they are the reason
spearfishers are told not to tie fish around
their waist after catching it because a
bronzy will have a go at the fish."
Mr Clinton said shark attacks were
extremely rare in New Zealand.
"Surf lifesavers see bronzies all the time
at this time of year."
Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club captain
Tania Ahrens said while sharks are
always in the ocean they rarely come
close to shore. " ere might be a bronze
whaler cruising round and we will sound
the siren and get everyone out but in
my eight or nine years with the club
I ve never seen them take much notice"
she said. --- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Shark casts beach shadow
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