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In a ‘first ’ for Australasia, the West Coast
District Health Board is using software in
its hospitals and GP surgeries that could
help identify any superbug outbreaks and
will track resistance to antibiotics.
A World Health Organisation report
released in May this year warned of
increasing resistance to antibiotics and the
presence of drug-resistant superbugs in
The ICNet system, introduced into the
West Coast in April, has the ability to track
any patterns of resistance or outbreaks of
The West Coast DHB is unique in that
it operates most of the Coast ’s general
practices and captures all the laboratory test
information. This enables the ICNet system
to be applied throughout the health system.
Clinical nurse specialist infection
prevention and control Julie Ritchie said
the computer software system replaced a
previous paper-based system that was far
West Coast and Canterbury DHB
hospital support and laboratories general
manager Trevor English said infections
were among the most serious risks to
patients and the health system
“A system like this that greatly improves
our ability to track and manage infections
from a patient ’s first visit to a doctor for
tests through to their stay in hospital
is going to be hugely beneficial for our
patients,” Mr English said.
Those benefits included a reduction in
ward outbreaks, and quicker inter ventions
preventing relapses and cross-infection.
“There is a big push on about antibiotic
overuse. This system would pick something
up as soon as the lab result was out,
identifying antimicrobial resistance
organisms such as MRSA (a strain of staph
bacteria that has become hard to treat),” Ms
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A generator stolen last week from a
shed at Awahono School in Ahaura
has been quietly returned. Police said
they will fingerprint the equipment
to try to identify the thief.
Roof membrane over
The roof membrane over the
McBrearty Ward block at Grey
Base Hospital is breaking up. The
West Coast District Health Board
said yesterday the membrane was
“problematic, with water damage to
the membrane and lack of adhesion
to the substrate and breaking up of
the membrane”. It is working out
what to do, given the hospital rebuild
is now imminent.
Minister to announce
Associate Conser vation Minister
Nicky Wagner will be at Punakaiki
next week to announce two of
the Community Conser vation
Partnerships Fund recipients. While
in the area she will also visit the
Punakaiki coastal restoration project
site, south of the village.
DHB looking at nurse
The West Coast District Health
Board is looking at how staffing will
work when the new Greymouth
Hospital is built. A report to the board
meeting tomorrow says planning is
under way to “develop the nursing
staffing model for the new in-patient
configuration in the hospital rebuild”.
The report says it is important to “grow
this workforce from now in preparation
for the new way of working”.
DHB ends year
better than budget
The West Coast District Health
Board has ended the year $13,000
better than budget. The board had
set a target of a $1.1 million deficit.
It is striving to achieve a break-even
position by 2015-16.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Remus. In
port: Galatea II, Corsair, Lady Sarah,
Remus, 25 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Sunday; Ocean Odyssey Monday.
Coast man jailed for 14 years on rape charges
The $67 million Grey Base hospital
rebuild has reached the first tender stage.
In a report to the West Coast District
Health Board meeting tomorrow, the
board says requests for proposals have
been advertised on the Government
Electronic Tender site.
It wants proposals for design, quantity
sur veying and project management.
The project is being led by the National
Health Board, with input from the Coast
Responses will be analysed this month,
and a design team should be appointed
by the end of the month.
It will start talks with its medical staff
In Buller, where the health centre will
be built using private funds, the board
will shortly call for expressions of interest
from groups “wishing to work with us
to bring the Buller Integrated Family
Health Centre to life”.
A West Coast man, 46, who pleaded
guilty to charges of indecent assault, rape
and sexual violation was sentenced to
14 years and four months in jail at the
Christchurch District Court yesterday.
Stephen Roger Jackson had admitted his
guilt during his jury trial in Greymouth in
The woman involved had been aged under
16 at the time of the offending.
Judge Alistair Garland, who imposed
the jail term, said that although he had
pleaded guilty, Jackson was now denying
He gave Jackson a first strike warning,
but imposed no minimum non-parole term
as part of the sentence.
Mr Garland had said at the trial that the
victim of Jackson’s abuse was “probably
one of the most impressive complainant
witnesses in a sexual case that I
have observed in the course of my
The woman had been deeply affected by
Jackson’s offending, and had since found
it hard to maintain stable relationships.
However, she had managed to successfully
continue with her education.
Get out your spare change as Greymouth gets ready
to host its own Buskers Festival and Night Market.
The river end of Tainui Street will be closed off for
the night as firesticks, facepainting and crafts take
over next Friday, August 15, from 5pm to 7.30pm.
The Grey District Youth Trust is organising the
event, which will include a variety of food and craft
stalls as well as performances.
Trust member Alice Winter said “anything goes” for
“This is a great opportunity to experience and
support some of our local talent. Not only will there
be a variety of entertainment but also some delicious
foods to try, and cool creations to buy from our
market stalls,” Ms Winter said.
Tainui Street would be closed from Mackay Street
to Mawhera Q uay for the night.
“Everyone is welcome. Wrap up warm, bring your
spare change and help us all to have a great evening,”
Ms Winter said.
Trust youth co-ordinator Sarah Harvey urged
people to attend and support the evening.
“ We have a great group of young people making
this event happen and we want to create a vibrant fun
event in our town centre,” Ms Har vey said.
The trust has timed the event to coincide with
the Left Bank Art Gallery which which will be
simultaneously opening its latest exhibition entitled
‘Greymouth 150 years, Then and Now ’.
The trust is now keen to hear from any local
performers, artists or businesses interested in being
part of the festival. Those interested in performing or
putting up a stall can e-mail youthscenenz@gmail.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey District Youth Trust members Riley Coleman and Ben Whitehead get in some practice for the
Greymouth Buskers Festival and Night Market next week.
Greymouth to host buskers festival
West Coast DHB clinical nurse
specialist, infection prevention and
control, Julie Ritchie using the ICNet
One of New Zealand’s
premier punk bands will
rock the Barrytown Hall
band Die! Die! Die! is
set to tour the country
following the release of
the upcoming album S
Made up of Michael
Prain on drums, Andrew
Wilson on vocals and
guitar, and Michael Logie
on bass, Die! Die! Die!
has spent the better part
of the past nine years on
“There is no rehearsed
set of messages, postures
or stage antics: cutting
to the quick, their songs
and live show is delivered
straight to your bone
marrow,” the band says in
its publicity material.
The band will perform
at the Barrytown Hall on
Die! Die! Die! is well
accustomed to touring,
having travelled to
Chicago to cut its
first self-titled release
followed by a whirlwind
series of tours. In 2007
the trio recorded in
upstate New York, in
2012 they recorded in
France, and last year they
toured the United States
and Europe with their
The band said they
perform without the
aid of gimmicks, hype
or pretence, aiming to
appeal to all walks of life.
Die! Die! Die!
of the Hokitika Guardian
Up to 100 members of the Maori
Women’s Welfare League from
throughout the South Island will
be in Hokitika later this month for
the regional conference.
The Te Wai Pounamu conference
will encompass 16 league branches
from Southland to Marlborough.
Hokitika-based life member
Barbara Greer, who joined the
league in 1974, said national
president Kataraina O’Brien
would also be attending. “It is a
bit of a coup for our region that
she should grace us with her
presence for three days,” Mrs
begin on Friday, August 22
with a powhiri before the
annual general meeting and
throughout Saturday and include
discussion on its Te Mana o te
Whanau research project and
recently launched book, which
focuses on the health and well-
being of whanau.
The Te Wai Pounamu area
representative Susan Wallace, of
Hokitika, said some time was
expected to be allocated on the
last day for sightseeing and could
include a tour of central Hokitika
taking in local pounamu
businesses — and possibly a visit
to the Treetops Walkway.
Hokitika last hosted the
regional conference in 2008 at
the Beachfront Hotel. This year’s
venue is still to be confirmed.
Hokitika to host Maori Women’s
Welfare League conference
The decision to grant an access
agreement for oil exploration
near Moana was a ‘first ’ in New
Changes to the Crown Minerals
Act came into force last year.
The decision to grant an access
agreement on conservation land is
no longer just the decision of the
Conservation Minister, but is now
made jointly with the Minister of
Energy and Resources.
On June 26, Conser vation
Minister Nick Smith and colleague
Simon Bridges granted Mosman
subsidiary Petroleum Creek Ltd
an access agreement to undertake
exploration activities on public
conservation land, near Kotuku. It
was the first petroleum agreement
granted under the new rules.
A DOC report by Judi Brennan
said the exploration was on land
that had been disturbed by a
goldmine and used previously as a
heli-logging staging area.
Mosman is also operating on
private and Landcorp land.
The site would be rehabilitated
and equipment removed after the
three-month programme, she said.
The West Coast Conservation
Board initially said the application
should be declined at it was
inappropriate to allow prospecting
on the conservation estate.
However, the board now has new
New chairman Mike Legge said
the previous board did not agree
with prospecting on conser vation
land, as it led to the possibility of
“This board has not tested the
water,” he said.
He said someone with knowledge
of the area told the board it was
“ basically gorse”.
spokeswoman Eugenie Sage said
they had strongly opposed changes
to the legislation.
The change was part of “National’s
pollution economy in opening up
even our most treasured areas”.
Kotuku oil exploration access
agreement a f irst for NZ
West Coast classical music lovers
have the chance to hear great
European romantic classics being
performed by Operatunity, in
Greymouth later this month.
The great European romantic
renaissance due to artists like
Andre Rieu and Andrea Bocelli
popularising the music to wider
audiences, Operatunity director
Susan Boland said.
Operatunity has specialised in a
daytime concert series for the past
14 years, performing around New
Zealand at over 220 dates per year.
In its latest outing, Operatunity
will present famous European songs,
beloved Viennese waltzes, and
famous arias. The line-up includes
violinist Jessica Hindin, who has
toured extensively in the USA and
Europe, and Penny Dodd on piano.
“European Romance celebrates
the best of Europe, waltzes and
timeless melodies, presented with
a bit of fun as well as with great
respect to these gorgeous tunes,” Ms
The West Coast concert will
be at the Greymouth Regent on
August 26 at 11am. The ticket price
Operatunity to perform European romantic classics
Have a burning desire to teach
raceway pitstop etiquette or
ancient weaving techniques?
Fancy sharing how to tie a fishing
fly or speak a foreign language?
Want to identify native plants
for keen amateur botanists, teach
how to cook with exotic spices
and wind down with a new
A group organising an event
from October 6 to 12 to support
well-being and encourage people
to keep learning is looking for
activities to add to their calendar.
‘Learning for Well-being’ is
the theme of this year’s Mental
Health Awareness Week.
People up and down the West
Coast have already indicated
they are keen to be involved, but
there is room for more, organisers
Birte Becker-Steel of New
Coasters, and Sarah Harvey from
Community and Public Health
Activities can include anything
that improves people’s well-being
relaxation techniques, how to
make healthy food, art and craft,
speedway pitstop demonstrations,
how to tie a fishing fly, movies and
music, outings into nature, just
getting together and connecting,
and much more.
“ We are planning to organise
Greymouth, things like drop-in-
workshops and information stalls
on the main street — anything
that supports positive well-
being,” Ms Har vey said.
register by e-mailing
health.nz. An event form can be
downloaded from the Keep on
Learning for Well-being page on
the West Coast DHB website.
Events are currently being
planned for Westport on Monday,
October 6; Greymouth from
October 7 to 9, and Hokitika
on October 10 and 11. Plans are
also under way for Franz Josef
A metal frame will be hung with
‘ bomb-proof ’ items which are
irresistible to kea, in a bid to lure
them away from a skifield.
This past month has seen
one skifield in particular in the
Arthur’s Pass area challenged by a
group of 12 enthusiastic kea. The
activity intensified during the full
moon but has now subsided.
The Kea Conser vation Trust
posted a request for volunteers and
materials to help in the building
of a diversionary activity area — a
‘ kea playground’ — to help draw
kea to a more interesting and safe
As a result, the trust is now in
the process of building an activity
frame for the kea, thanks to Chris
Harrington of The Works —
Metal Fabrication in Otira.
The frame will be decorated
with a continually changing array
of ‘bomb-proof ’ kea enrichment
items, natural and man-made,
many of which were initially
being donated by zoos.
should get in touch. It could
provide information how to
kea-proof a property, although it
would not relocate birds unless
it could be shown there were
extreme circumstances and all
possible mitigation avenues had
Kea playground being
built at skifield
A Karamea farmer has become the first
to get in trouble for breaching the West
Coast Regional Council’s controversial
new wetland rules.
A second possible breach is also being
looked at by council staff.
A controversial policy which makes
200 West Coast wetlands far harder
to develop, became operative in May.
Those wetlands are included in a court-
approved list, which makes them far
harder to develop.
Landowners were furious that by the
time they learned what had happened, it
was apparently a done deal.
The unnamed Karamea farmer has
received a formal warning for carrying
out earthworks within a wetland.
Cr Allan Birchfield noted dryly that
the council was “now enforcing DOC’s
wetland list,” as it was DOC that drew
up the wetland list.
Council consents and compliance
manager Jackie Adams said today a
second prosecution was being looked at.
In the first breach, a farmer put drains
through a small area of wetland,
Mr Adams said all farmers with a listed
wetland had received a least two letters.
He urged them to proceed with caution,
and contact the council before starting
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Grey Medical Centre
TOPLIS, Brian Leslie.
November 2, 1966 -
August 7, 1997. In
loving memory of my
husband and best friend
taken too soon.
Deep in my heart your
memory is kept,
Our love was special
and I will never forget.
Love and miss you
Alexander. — June 10,
1926 to August 7, 1994.
Twenty years have
passed, it's hard to
Still thinking of you
Your loving family.
Gavin, Marilyn, Angela,
Bromilow (Reg). — On
August 6, 2014, aged 71
years, after a short
illness. Dearly loved
husband of Betty and
father of Steven and the
late Jill Hamilton. Loved
Grandy to Bianca and
Loved brother of Athol
Olson and special friend
of Scott, Lavinia and
Andrew. Messages to 40
Sale Street, Hokitika
service to celebrate
Reg's life will be held at
the Hokitika Chartered
Club, Hamilton Street,
Hokitika, on Saturday,
August 9, commencing
at 11am. Thompson
Phone (03) 755 7993.
MOLES, Ann Debbie.
August 7, 1962 -
August 10, 2002.
Words cannot heal a
Nor stop a silent tear.
Or take away the
memory of the one we
loved so dear.
Love and miss you
Trev, girls and grand-
Passed away in
Greymouth on Sunday
August 3, 2014, dearly
loved and cherished
of the late
Bromley. In her 81st
year. At rest. Loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Yvonne and
Kevin, Pauline and
Gary, and the late
Naomi, loved friend of
Kim, Jenny, Marg and
Christopher, and mother,
nana, great-nana, and
great-great-nana of her
other family. Thank you
to the wonderful caring
staff at Richard Seddon
Hospital and Granger
House. Messages C/- 77
Greymouth 7805. In
service has been held.
Anisy Funeral Home,
MELROSE, Anita. —
Pam, Robin, Ted, Tom
and families wish to
sincerely thank everyone
for their kindness and
support after the loss
of our Mum. For the
prayers, cards, flowers,
baking, kind wishes and
thoughts and to all those
who travelled to be with
us, your love and
expressions of comfort
were greatly appreci-
ated. Special thanks to
the staff of Dixon
House, Grey Hospital,
Hospital, Dr Naidoo and
the staff at the High
Street Medical Centre
for your wonderful care
of Mum over the last
five years. To the
Rev Marge Tefft, Arch-
deacon Robin Kingston,
David and Janette
of Westland Funeral
Services for their care,
sensitivity and support.
Please accept this as a
personal thank you to
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