Doctors clinics are about to become ``healthcare homes'' as the new primary health care plan for the South is implemented. Expressions of interest opened this week for practices wishing to become HCH's - a hub which co-ordinates services, appointments and patient information between clinicians. All practices in the region received the expressions of interest documents, and have until May 18 to respond. The primary and community healthcare strategy was debated at public meetings earlier this year, and feedback had largely supported the draft plan's vision, SDHB strategy, primary and community executive director Lisa Gestro said. Planners also addressed issues regarding continuity of care and patients maintaining their relationship with their GPs.
PHOTO: PAUL GORMANThe autumn colours often seem to come into their pomp about Anzac Day. Last year The Wash columnist Dave Cannan asked you to send in your best photographs of autumn around the region. And there will be a prize of some kind for the best one. Stunning autumn colours at the weekend in this leafy Christchurch lane in the heart of deepest Fendalton. ``As things stand now, this monstrosity effectively destroys the enjoyment of patrons in row A in our beautiful town hall.
Three southerners proved they were the best of the best, taking out top spots at the New Zealand Ploughing Championships in Thornbury recently. The Middlemarch horse team of Sean Leslie and Casey Rae, with horses Anna and Nugget, won the horse class, while Waimumu man Alistair Rutherford won the vintage ploughing class. Hosted by the Thornbury Vintage Tractor and Implement Club, 40 finalists from throughout New Zealand competed in two days of competition. Rain most of the week in Southland had organisers worried but, overall, ground conditions were not too bad, apart from the odd wet area, Mr Pearce said. ``It's been a huge success, not just for the vintage club or the New Zealand Ploughing Association but for Thornbury,'' Mr Pearce said.
Nurses from Lakes District Hospital protest on Kawarau Rd yesterday. PHOTO: GUY WILLIAMSQueenstown nurses have joined a national campaign of protests over their latest pay offer from district health boards. About 10 nurses - a third of Lakes District Hospital's registered nursing staff - waved flags and placards to motorists on Kawarau Rd in Frankton yesterday afternoon. Last month, nurses voted to reject a second pay offer from DHBs, which proposed a 2% pay rise as well as a $1050 lump sum for the country's 27,000 nurses, hospital aides and core midwives. Nurses were becoming increasingly stressed and fatigued as their workload increased, and morale was suffering as a result, Ms Anderson said.
Cobie Smith (9) gathers the posies created in the HMNZS Toroa Dunedin naval reserve headquarters yesterday. PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSHThe atmosphere was upbeat in Dunedin yesterday morning as thousands of Anzac Day posies were created from rosemary and red paper. About 70 volunteers flocked to HMNZS Toroa Dunedin naval reserve headquarters at 9am, and worked so quickly they were able to finish early, creating 4300 posies within two hours. RSA administrator Sally Turner said there were a number of volunteers who had made the posies for ``quite a few years''. The posies would be laid by girl guides, pippins and brownies at a ceremony at 9.30am today, Ms Turner said.
Water levels have recovered in Southland in most areas, with consistent rainfall over the past couple of months. Environment Southland senior science co-ordinator Karen Wilson said even with the consistent rainfall, some farmers would still be dealing with the impact of low water levels at the start of the year. Most of the region's aquifers were showing an increase in water levels in response to rainfall or reduced abstraction. River levels had also largely returned to normal levels. Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels and river flows are most likely to be in the near normal range (45%).
The Department of Conservation's decision to allow helicopter landings at a remote Fiordland mountain plateau to increase from 10 to 70 a day was ``contrary to law'', the Ombudsman has found. After Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) laid an official complaint, Ombudsman Leo Donnelly yesterday ordered Doc to cancel the extra landings. Doc must also report regularly on how it reduces the number of landings to an acceptable level. ``FMC always knew that Doc was wrong in granting the extra landings, but it is satisfying to have it declared unlawful. Mr Wilson said it was the second such ruling by the Ombudsman in recent years over faulty Doc decision-making.
Yes You Did and BB Hong finally break through for a win together when beating Patricia Rose and Lee Callaway at Wingatui yesterday. Yes You Did had threatened to win a race in 13 starts before his victory and had finished in the top five in his five runs before his win. Mee credited BB Hong for helping to develop Yes You Did, who has an arsenal of tricks to throw at his riders, into a winner. The South Korean-born Hong gave Yes You Did a perfect trip three back in the running line before launching the horse for his winning run before the home turn. The group is on a tour of the South Island's racetracks and had attended Saturday's Riccarton meeting before travelling to Dunedin.
PHOTO: MARK PRICEWanaka real estate agent Sue Grant, selling Anzac poppies, pins one to the T-shirt of Tasmanian David Clark, who is visiting New Zealand with his family. Nationally, the annual fundraiser is expected to raise about $2million for returned servicemen and women.
A "jealous'' Queenstown man cut up a painting, assaulted his wife and threatened her with a knife during two separate incidents after becoming suspicious she was having an affair, a court has heard. During the August incident, the man found a painting, done by his wife, in a cupboard in the family home. The man's wife alleged that when she confronted him about the painting, he threatened her with a knife while pushing her to the floor. On September 10, the man became "suspicious'' of where his wife was going when she said she was going to a meditation class. His wife alleged during a resulting altercation he had headbutted her.
McDonald's accused of not paying staff correct holiday pay or lieu daysSIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF Unite Union has accused McDonald's of incorrectly paying staff. McDonald's workers could have missed out on lieu days or correct pay for working a public holiday at least twice a year for nearly a decade, a union group claims. It comes after a decision by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) in November 2017, which stated that fast food chain Wendy's way of calculating its holiday pay and lieu day entitlement was illegal. READ MORE:* Holiday pay a 'nightmare' for businesses struggling with confusing law* Why are employers struggling with holiday pay? "We want McDonalds to recognise a three-month average for calculating days in lieu and go back nine years to give employees what they're owed."
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Kiwi break-up comedy to open Sydney Film FestivalPiki Films The Breaker Upperers is scheduled to open in NZ cinemas on May 3. Sydney Film Festival is going for a dose of droll New Zealand comedy on opening night this year. Supplied Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek say they love Australia because it's 'close to New Zealand and the accent sounds reasonably similar to ours'. READ MORE:* The Breaker Upperers: The Kiwi comedy breaking new ground for female-led film-making* How Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek's friendship survived The Breaker Upperers* Kiwi comedy 'might even be funnier' than WilderpeopleSami and van Beek said they were delighted to be opening the festival. Supplied Sydney festival director Nashen Moodley says 'The Breaker Uppers is awash with humour and heart'.
READER REPORT: Alcohol took everything, and I didn't even careTOM SODOGE/UNSPLASH I drank alone. (File photo)I took my first drink when I was about 15. AMY VELAZQUEZ/UNSPLASH At the depths of my addiction, I just wanted to drink to oblivion so I wouldn't have to feel. It took away everything and everyone I care about. I never wanted to feel anything, I just wanted to drink myself to oblivion so I wouldn't have to feel.
Slammin' Sam Burgess vows to change for South SydneyCAMERON SPENCER/GETTY IMAGES Teammates love the way he plays, but Sam Burgess may need to tone it down a bit after being suspended again. Suspended South Sydney star Sam Burgess has vowed to change his ways in an attempt to stay on the paddock. "But we love the way Sam plays. We don't want him to change, he's just got to fix up a few little technical things," Inglis said. "(Sam's) not happy at all about missing those two games but we've got Cam Murray who's coming back in, who's pretty much Sam Junior.
Welfare overhaul working group details emerge onlineROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes there needs to be a culture change at Work and Income. Details of the "imminent" Government overhaul of the welfare system have emerged in online job listings. The job listings show the Government is setting up a welfare overhaul "expert advisory group" supported by a secretariat of officials from different departments. In the job description MSD write "the Government has committed, through the Labour/Greens Confidence and Supply Agreement, to overhaul the Welfare System. It is unclear whether or not the working group would make up the entire overhaul or just be a part of it.
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