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WEST COAST FEATURE
Grey district councillors Cli
Sandrey, Doug Truman and Peter
Haddock were con dent enough
about their chances of re-election
that they did not spend a cent
on advertising during their local
body election campaigns. Returns
o cer Alan O'Connell said several
unsuccessful candidates ---Philip
Lemon, Graham Ford, Arthur
Gempton and Michelle Cotton ---
also spent nothing. Kevin Brown
was the biggest spender, outlaying
$2400 on his campaign, while Marg
Sexton's unsuccessful attempt to
win a seat cost her $2140. Election
spends of other candidates were:
Tony Coll $1884, Murray Hay
$1659, Karen Hamilton $1126,
Allan Gibson $766, Anton Becker
$491, James Mathieson $130, Paul
Maunder $98 and Doug Gri n $50.
Coast PHO dips
into reser ves
e West Coast Primary Health
Organisation used up some of its
reserves this year after reporting
an operating de cit of $128,939.
Chairman John Ayling said the
reserves and savings were used to
continue initiatives which targeted
'at risk' populations. By using
reserves, it nished with a surplus
of $113,575. e PHO subsidised
131,549 visits to medical centres, an
average of 4.2 per enrolled person.
On average, that saved patients
$194.81, at a cost of $5.3 million to
the PHO. e organisation spent
just over $1 million on salaries
and wages, and $66,100 on trust
If you are clumsy and constantly
spilling food down yourself, or just
lazy and do not like washing your
clothes, a student has invented the
answer to your problems --- a t-shirt
that is impossible to stain. e tops
can resist any spills and splashes
including Coca-Cola, tomato
ketchup, mustard, milkshakes, beer,
ink and even red wine. e clothing
is made from polyester, which has
been infused with a combination of
chemicals that make it resistant to
water. e material in the Silic shirt,
created by San Fransisco-based
student Aamir Patel, has billions
of silica particles bonded to the
bres. Water-based liquids form a
150-degree sphere on this material
and roll o . e shirts are due to go
on sale from May and will cost £30.
--- Daily Mail
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When a fresh-faced Mandy
O'Sullivan rst started at Grey
Main School on a one-year contract
in 1984 she had no idea she would
still be there 30 years later --- and
School is now out on Mrs
O'Sullivan's 30th year --- and she
has never taken more than a three-
month break from the classroom.
Greymouth-born and educated,
she originally applied to be part of
the Canterbury Education Board
when she landed the job at Grey
"I had lived in Christchurch for
eight years prior to that and there
had been no thought that I would
come back to Greymouth."
She started teaching 27 Year 2
children. At that time the school
had 170 pupils, compared to 380
She became deputy principal
in 1997 and 10 years later was
promoted to the top position.
"It's great, I wouldn't swap my job
for anything," said 'Mrs O', as she is
fondly known by the children.
Mrs O'Sullivan said she had seen
huge changes in teaching over her
In 1984 the most technological
device the classroom had was a
cassette player; in 2014 the school
will have its rst totally digital
"Now we are getting to a stage
where we are going to see more
creativity and spontaneity in
Teaching is in her blood as the
third generation teacher, following
in the footsteps of her mother and
"I'm still very excited about what's
happening in teaching. Every day is
a new day."
Next year Mrs O'Sullivan will
take a short sabbatical in term two.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey Main School principal Mandy O'Sullivan relaxes at the close of her 30th year at Grey Main, the largest primary school on the West Coast.
'Mrs O' reflects on 30 years
A West Coast District Health Board
member has demanded action after a
man was discharged from Christchurch
Hospital and left to nd his own way
back to the West Coast.
Kevin Brown told the board meeting
last week he understood the man had
laid a formal complaint.
"I've had complaints about people
being discharged from Christchurch
Hospital, with no way of getting home.
ey've had to nd their own way," Mr
Some elderly Coast residents had no
family in Christchurch, he said.
"It's highly unsatisfactory."
DHB programme director Michael
Frampton said that when people were
discharged from hospital it was their
responsibility to get themselves home.
However, patients transferred back
to Grey Base Hospital would have
transport organised as they were still a
Mr Frampton said a "number of
people" who were taken to Christchurch
by plane or ambulance at the expense of
the health system, were then left to nd
their own way back to the West Coast.
Social workers tried to co-ordinate
with Christchurch Hospital as there
were a number of options to bring
"It does remain a challenge for a
number of folk," Mr Frampton said.
e Greymouth Star has been told of a
number of people who have caught the
Atomic Shuttle home after attending
Mr Brown asked for more information
to be brought back to the next board
meeting, in February.
º Do you know someone who has been discharged from Christchurch Hospital
recently and left to make their own way home to the West Coast? e Greymouth
Star would like to hear from you. You can call reporter Laura Mills on 768 7122 or
Greymouth GPs unhappy
with 'one-stop shop'
Some Greymouth GPs do not want to
relocate their surgeries to the hospital
because there is already a shortage of car
parks, board member Peter Neame said
at his rst West Coast District Health
However, the board chairman told Mr
Neame he was not going to debate the
e DHB proposes an integrated
family health centre containing many
health professionals including GPs and
pharmacists, alongside the $60 million
new Greymouth Hospital.
Mr Neame said he had spoken to a
number of GPs and had not found one
who was happy the services were to be
concentrated on the same site. e lack
of parking added to that dissatisfaction.
He said a check at the hospital
revealed the car park was already full at
10am on Friday.
ere was "serious dissatisfaction"
among GPs, he said.
Board chairman Dr Paul McCormack
said integrating services was critical, but
Mr Neame said they did not have to be
on the hospital site.
"I'm not prepared to have a debate,"
Dr McCormack replied.
Programme director Michael
Frampton said they had heard "very,
very clearly" the message about car
parking, and had passed concerns on to
the hospital design team.
Mr Frampton said it was not surprising
that GPs who had worked in their own
practice would "have some challenges"
about moving into an integrated family
"(But) it's quite important we continue
to pursue the model of care."
Another new board member,
Michelle Lomax, of Westport, queried
community consultation around the
Westport integrated family health
centre, which would replace Buller
She said the community was concerned
about a reduction in bed numbers.
e Reefton policeman had turned
around a rebellious teen's life by
nding him a job, the Greymouth
District Court has heard.
Dylan John Ellis, 19, admitted
charges of assaulting police, unlawfully
entering a yard and o ensive
behaviour relating to o ending about
10.30pm on February 28.
e court heard that Ellis and
two associates had been wandering
around Reefton drunk after being
denied entry into hotels. One of
them was tearing down hanging
ower baskets so police were sent to
When constable Mark Watson
went to Ellis's home, he was hiding
behind a shed but he gave himself
away by yelling abuse at the o cer
before running o . Later, Ellis used
the phone outside the Reefton
Police Station to contact the
communications centre to ask them
to convey to the constable that he was
waiting for him there.
When Mr Watson returned, Ellis
stood in the middle of the road
taunting him, yelling insults and
abuse and making gestures mimicking
masturbation. He yelled that he was
going to smash the constable's head
in with a rock, picked up a stone and
threw it at him before again running
He was followed to a Shiel Street
property and tried to avoid arrest
by leaping a fence at the rear of the
section, but found himself hemmed
in by shrubs when he landed.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Ellis
had been full of drunken bravado on
the night and deeply regretted his
When the constable suggested that
he should get a job, Ellis said: "You
nd me one and I'll do it".
Mr Watson took him at his word
and arranged a job on a dairy farm
and Ellis had not let him down
by retaining the employment and
staying out of trouble since.
Judge Brian Callaghan said he
would further reward Ellis by
sentencing him to only 120 hours of
Policeman saves teen from life of crime
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