31M Funding Boost For Southern DHB

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay has welcomed a funding increase of $31 million for the Southern District Health Board as part of Budget 2017.

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced that the Southern DHB will receive an extra $31 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $914 million for 2017/18. That’s an extra $223 million in funding over the past nine years.

“This increases the DHB’s total allocation to a record level and will help people living in Clutha-Southland get more of the health services they need,” Mr Barclay says.

“Making sure we have access to quality health services in the South is a top priority for me. I regularly meet with Southern DHB chief executive officer Chris Fleming, commissioner Kathy Grant and deputy commissioners Graham Crombie and Richard Thomson and my team and I spend a lot of time advocating on behalf of individuals who need assistance in navigating the Health system.

“A priority of mine has been bringing Minister Coleman to the Clutha-Southland electorate to ensure the views of our smaller rural centres are heard and it’s been great to get him here three times over the past two-and-a-half years.

“After running in deficit for nearly all its years, the Southern DHB is on track to balance while increasing services.”

Other Budget 2017 highlights for Health:

  • $38.5 million of new operating funding over four years to further support the staged implementation of the national bowel screening programme. The additional funding will support the roll-out to Southern DHB during 2017/18.
  • $59.2 million to ensure all road ambulance call outs are double crewed. For Otago and Southland, double crewing will create 31 more paramedic and emergency medical roles over the next four years.
  • $8m pay rise for community-based midwives, equates to a 6% pay rise and comes into effect on 1 July 2017.
  • $2 billion pay equity settlement to give 55,000 aged care workers a pay increase of 15 to 50 per cent.
  • $224 million over four years for mental health services, including $124 million for innovative new approaches.
  • $60 million more for Pharmac to access new medicines for Kiwis that need them.
  • $200 million to maintain and improve disability support services.

New Sponsor And Format For Corporate Pursuit Track Cycling – Entries Close At End Of Week

Track cycling’s annual corporate pursuit has been bolstered with the announcement of Architecture Unlimited as the new naming sponsor for this year’s event.

Passionate supporters of cycling, Architecture Unlimited owners Wayne and Linda Partridge said taking on the popular business house track event was an ideal and timely opportunity following a recent rebranding of their business.

“We have always been avid supporters of Cycling Southland and the events it runs as a result of our son Sam’s involvement over recent years. During his junior racing years, supporting the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland has been an ideal way to give back to cycling,” Mr Partridge said.

“The Corporate Pursuit is a chance to step up the support commitment and exposure while still giving back to Cycling Southland and the fantastic velodrome for all they have helped with Sam’s development to a national representative level,” he said.

Cycling Southland general manager Mark Hotton was delighted to have the family and their business Architecture Unlimited on board.

“This event that is an awesome way to introduce new people to track cycling so we’re looking forward to working with Architecture Unlimited to create this year’s event.

Planning this year was well-advanced, team entries were coming in and, following on from feedback from last year, the structure of the divisions had been changed, he said.

“We have businesses wanting to enter teams but don’t fall into the original ‘corporate’ definition. Some businesses simply don’t have six employees required to make up the numbers.

“With an eye on the overall goal to introduce people to the sport through a friendly collaborative team racing environment and to provide a unique team building experience for businesses, these changes will make it easier for new businesses to take part.”

This year there are two divisions – a corporate division, made up only of staff directly employed by the company or business. The alternative is an all-comers division – made up of not just employees but family members, two businesses (or more) joined together, friends coming together among other scenarios.

“We want to encourage people to take part in this fun event while maintaining the spirit of the competition and think this is an excellent way to achieve that,” Mr Hotton said.

At a glance

What: Architecture Unlimited Corporate Pursuit
When: Friday 7 July (Time Trial), Sunday 23 July (Race Day)
Where: SIT Zero Fees Velodrome
Entries close:  Friday 2 June   That’s this Friday!!

World Smoke Free Day Today – “Don’t Give Up On Giving Up” Says Local Artist

Quit now – it’s about whānau is the message for this year’s World Smokefree Day on Wednesday 31 May, and it starts in Southern homes and communities.

The Smokefree team at Southern DHB is encouraging people who smoke to make the most of the occasion and stop for good.  It’s a message local artist Carolyn Edmonds is quick to support.

Carolyn started smoking at the age of 12 and smoked until she was 43, when a back injury forced her to think about her smoking and make a decision to quit.

“A back injury forced me out of work and gave me lots of home time and lots of time to smoke. I was sick of smoking and every day I was waking up tired. I just wanted to stop,” said Carolyn.

In collaboration with the Cancer Society and WellSouth, the Smokefree team are asking people who smoke to “Fuel Your Way to Being Smokefree” and be in with a chance to win MTA vouchers.  The promotion, running mainly through the Smokefree South Facebook page asks people who smoke to ‘like’ the page and then contact the team for a referral to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.

“We’ve had a great response so far,” said Southern DHB Smokefree Co-ordinator, Debby Newton. “The promotion on our Facebook page has provided people who smoke who want to stop with support, and an incentive to do so. It has also sparked many conversations about stop smoking success stories.”

The Smokefree South Facebook page prompted Carolyn to share her smokefree story.

“I had my last cigarette on the 7th of January 2017. I downloaded an App called Cessation Nation and by 22 May it showed that I’d not smoked 2688 cigarettes.

“Stopping smoking has been quite significant for me and I’ve had a lot of support which I am grateful for. It’s hard to give advice to people wanting to stop smoking, but I would say don’t give up on giving up.”

To read Carolyn’s full story click here

For those who decide the time is right to stop, there’s free help available.  Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust provide the Southern Stop Smoking Service, a free service offering community group clinics and one-on-one support with nine mobile coaches operating across the Southern region. They also provide free nicotine replacement therapy resources.

To get in touch with them, phone (03) 214 5260 or free phone 0800 925 242, email the service [email protected], or refer online at www.kaitahu.maori.nz/online-referrals

“We know that stopping smoking isn’t easy, it takes courage to do it but in the end it’s worth it.  The benefits of not smoking and leading a healthy life make it all worthwhile.  There is free support out there to help people so they don’t feel alone and to encourage them along the way.  We want to connect people with the Southern Stop Smoking Service who can provide them with the tools and strategies that work best for them,” said Ms Newton.

Duffy & Garrett Take Southland Table Tennis Titles

Ben Duffy of Otago and Debbie Garrett of Southland took the Men’s and Ladies Singles titles respectively at the recent Southland Open Table Tennis Championships played in Invercargill.

Duffy, the top seed, defeated former Aucklander and second seed Lingnan Kong who is now based in Otago in the Men’s Final by four sets to one (14-12, 11-5, 13-11, 8-11, 11-9). Earlier he had beaten Jonathan Wang of Canterbury in one semi while Kong beat former Southlander Michael Zhang, on a summer break from Duke University in North Carolina, to get to the final.

Garrett secured her tenth Southland Open Women’s title since her first in 1991 when she beat fellow Southlander Shelley Smith in the final, also in a four sets to one victory (11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8). Garrett defeated Gemma Buzzard of Canterbury in the semis while Smith beat Debra King-Newell of Otago to reach the final.

Men’s Open Singles winner Ben Duffy of Otago with Andrei Casareo of Southland, the Under 13 Boys Singles Champion. Photo: supplied.

The Men’s Doubles title went to Otago pairing Bruno Sarson and Willie Brocks, the sixth seeds, who eliminated top seeds Ben Duffy (Otago) and Grant Wilson (Canterbury) in the quarter-finals. In the final they beat Wilson’s son Alex and Jonathon Wang in straight sets.

Debbie Garrett and Holly Wu (Southland) combined to win the Women’s Doubles beating King-Newell and Buzzard in the final.

Duffy and King-Newell took the Mixed Doubles title beating Southland’s Andrew Fleming and Holly Wu, the seventh seeds in the final. Fleming and Wu had eliminated second seeds Wang/Buzzard and fifth seeds Finn Holden (Southland) and Debbie Garrett on the way to the final.

In total Duffy won four titles in total and Casareo three/Casareo in action. Photo: supplied.

Barry Ellis (Southland) won the Over 45 Men’s Singles before combining with William Brocks to win the Over 45 Men’s Doubles. Ellis also paired with Lynley Routhan of Gore to defeat Southland’s Ron and Ngaire Garrett in the Over 60 Mixed Doubles while Ron Garrett beat Ellis in the Men’s Over 60 Singles.

Bruno Sarson won the Over 30 Men’s title and Shelley Smith the Women’s with Ben Duffy taking the Over 30 Men’s Doubles with Christian Kasper (Otago) and the Over 30 Mixed Doubles with King-Newell.

Laura Geraghty of Southland took the Under 21 Women’s Singles while Jack Bell and Jordon Mills (Otago) won the Under 21 Men’s Doubles defeating Southland’s Carl Rodmell and Damian Mitchell, three sets to one.

The Under 18 Grade produced a clean sweep for Southlanders, Caleb Duffy and Holly Wu taking the Boys and Girls titles respectively with Andrew Fleming and Damian Mitchell becoming the Boys Doubles Champs and Holly Wu and Maia Cavanagh the Girls Doubles winners. Mitchell and Wu took the Mixed Doubles title.

Martin Page of Otago defeated Finn Holden (Southland) in the Under 15 Boys Singles with Alex Clarkson (Otago) and Andrei Casareo of Southland winning the Under 15 Boys Doubles. Lauryn Fleming and Maia Cavanagh (Southland) combined to take the Under 15 Girls Doubles while Cavanagh and Finn Holden won the Under 15 Mixed Doubles.

In the Under 13 Grade Andrei Casareo won the Boys Singles and Ruby Anderson of Otago the Girls Singles.

Casareo and Mac Allen (Southland) took the Boys Doubles and Alex Clarkson and Ruby Anderson the Mixed Doubles.

Southlanders also dominated the Under 11 events with Lauryn Fleming taking the Girls Singles while Harriet Allen and Fleming won the Girls Doubles for the age group.

Martin Page (Mens) and Gemma Buzzard (Ladies) took the B Grade titles.




Spotlight On NZ Country Music In Gore This Week

This week the spotlight goes in New Zealand Country Music with the 44th New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards being held in Gore, the home of New Zealand country music.

This is no small beer event. Over 700 contestants from all over New Zealand find their way to Gore to perform in front of audiences totalling over 5000!

And the value of the prize offerings just gets bigger and bigger. This year the total value of the prize pack is close to $15,000

The serious stuff starts tomorrow evening (Thurs) with the New Zealand Songwriters Trust contest featuring the MLT Songwriting Awards, APRA Best Country Music Song, Recorded Music NZ Best Country Album. Also live performances from all finalists/nominees, and Guest Artist Marian Burns. This is all at the SBS St James Theatre in Gore, doors open at 7.15 for drinks and nibbles, show starts at 8.

All the other info on the where’s and when’s are on www.goldguitars.co.nz and switch on to Hokonui FM for goldguitars info.

So welcome one and all who have travelled distances to hear the best in New Zealand Country Music. Enjoy your time in the sunny south!

By the way, here’s last years winner of the top ward, the Senior Section, our very own Alice Fraser.



Tickets To This Year’s ILT Kidzone In July Are On Sale Now

Tickets to this year’s ILT Kidzone Festival are on sale now.

The festival, being held from Wednesday, July 12 to Monday, July 17, at James Hargest College, Senior Campus, is one of Southland’s most popular family events, and is jam-packed with hundreds of hands-on activities for kids.

This six day festival caters for children of all ages and includes physical activities, craft, song, dance, music, entertainment, food and drink options, make up, face painting, hair-do stations, spooky make-up, squash, golf, bikes, sewing, and other educational sites and activities, including wood craft, mini jeeps, painting, lego-land, clay play and chalk art.

Some action from a previous ILT Kidzone in Invercargill. Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

The festival began in 2005 as a four day festival and has grown to a six day event with more than 170 activities for families to experience.

Every year 11,000 people get the opportunity to walk through the doors of the ILT Kidzone Festival. Tickets cost $15 per person which covers the costs for all activities, materials and entertainment, excluding food purchases.

There is only one entrance to ILT Kidzone and it is on Layard Street. The festival begins at 10.30am each day.

Some action from a previous ILT Kidzone in Invercargill. Photo:whatsoninvers.nz

Invercargill Licensing Trust Foundation, chairman Alan Dennis said the ILT are again delighted to be main funders of the iconic ILT Kidzone Festival.

“This family orientated event is certainly the type of activity that we love to assist. We congratulate the organisers on their excellent efforts, and in particular, we thank the many volunteers who continue to make this event one of the best. We wish everyone a happy and fun time.”

For more information and ticket information visit: www.iltkidzone.co.nz

Winter Driving Warning From Southland Police

Winter may not officially start until the 1st of June, however we’ve already had some cold days to remind us it is on its way.

This is a timely reminder for drivers to take care in winter conditions.

We want every journey for all road users to be a safe one.

Motorists need to make sure they are keeping themselves, their families and other motorists safe.

Speed is always one of the major factors when dealing with incidents on our roads.

Just a few kilometres per hour can make a huge difference between avoiding a collision or a crash with a devastating outcome.

Winter is a good time of year to check our vehicles.

It is very important to have good tyre tread depth, working lights, brakes, de-misters, wiper blades and batteries, when it comes to winter driving.

On frosty mornings take that extra minute to ensure your windscreen is fully defrosted and you can see out all windows and mirrors.

Make sure you have a cloth handy to wipe any condensation off your windscreen.

This will also clean any grime and help in case you get hit with sun-strike.

Make sure your lights are on and people can see you.

As the daylight hours get shorter cars are harder to spot.

You’ll be much more visible to other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists if your lights are on.

Southland weather can change suddenly and without warning.

Drivers should always be alert and look out for areas shaded by things such as hills and trees.

These spots are often where ice and black ice occurs and this may not thaw during the day.

Bridges can also stay slippery longer than other road surfaces so slow down when crossing.

Check your following distances, it only takes a split second for things to go wrong and an extra second can make all the difference.

Police will be out and about checking vehicles and ensuring people are staying safe on our roads this winter.

If you want to report or check current road conditions on the state highway: – call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) – check online at www.highwayinfo.govt.nz .

Throwback Tuesday

Today its all about cars from 1970 including the Rothmans Production Car Race Series at Teretonga with $3,500 prize money.
Who owned a Ford Cortina or Zephyr Zodiac or Viva?

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Lorneville One of Two Alliance Group Plants for China Chilled Trial

Lorneville and Pukeuri among proposed plants for China chilled trial Our Lorneville (sheep) and Pukeuri (beef and lamb) processing plants are among 10 plants nominated for a six-month chilled export trial.

The plants put forward for the trial were selected by the Meat Industry Association in consultation with the Ministry for Primary Industries. Companies had to demonstrate relationships with distributors in China providing facilities capable of handling chilled meat.

Scale and geographic spread were also considered. We had already undertaken extensive trial work with our key in-market partner Grand Farm in preparation for this programme. We look forward to providing our Chinese customers with our high-quality range of chilled products.

This is a good opportunity for the New Zealand red meat sector to demonstrate the integrity of our chilled programmes.

Chilled lamb exports to China offer encouraging prospects for the co-operative and farmer shareholders, particularly in the food service sector. This is a growing segment of our business and a key part of our strategy to capture more market value.

Mike Mika Appointed To World Rugby Judiciary Panel

Congratulations to partner Mike Mika who has been appointed to the World Rugby Judiciary Panel. Mike is also a panel member for SANZAAR. He was one of two New Zealanders who attended training in Singapore with panel members from South Africa and Australia. The panel members also had the opportunity to attend the Singapore 7’s from left: Mike Mika (Manu Samoa), Benn Robinson (Wallabies), Conrad Jantjes (Springboks), Eroni Clarke (All Blacks), Lawrence Sephaka (Springboks)