Northern News : November 7th 2012
3 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 NEWS Visit our Northland showhome 5 Kowi Lakes Drive, One Tree Point or call David Skudder on 027 295 5941 or 0508 639 496. Showhome open 10am - 4pm. MY GENERATION IS WARM 'N' COSY. Week 7of14 "With the plumbing pipeout and prewire completed, in went the pink batts, so our home now feels nice and warm." -- Peter and Doreen Focus on free health care Proactive promotion: Tayiah Takaia learns about healthy eating at last week's Whangaroa health expo in the Whangaroa Memorial Hall. Constant garden: John Kenney provides produce for the kitchen in an extensive and well maintained vegetable garden. Trust chairwoman Jannye Freeman picks one of his strawberries. Elder care: Billie Gates has lived at the rest home for three years. Long serving: Cook Christine Frear has been with the health service at Whangaroa for 34 years. FREE health care is the Whangaroa Health Services Trust s top priority. That s the assurance from trustees. The trust was in the firing line last week about a failed business venture and its management style -- with community concern about the future of Whangaroa s free GP service. But chairwoman Jannye Freeman says the trust is strongly committed to pre- serving the status quo of free health care through the pres- ent challenging economic times and into the future. It was the trust s hand-up not hand-out philosophy that led to what is seen in the community as a misguided project, involving a catering contract at Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club. The venture resulted in an $85,000 loss to the trust and the matter is presently with lawyers. It s hoped there will be a satisfactory resolution for the parties, both of which play a prominent role in the com- munity. The cafe proposal was designed to earn revenue, create employment opportun- ities and promote healthy eating, trust chief executive Garry Ware says. Mr Ware says financial constraints for the health ser- vice over the past three years required cost cutting, includ- ing redundancies or reduc- tions in employment hours for staff. Cleaning has been rational- ised and the supply of food has been reviewed. Funding constraints have also generated creative think- ing about how to make funds go further. The trust is proud of its extensive and productive veg- etable garden and 59 fruit trees that supply the rest home kitchen, plus extra pro- duce for sale to staff. Last year, enough pump- kins were stored to supply the kitchen for a year. We have had minimal increases in government funding for the past three years including one contract that has had no increase. So we have had to absorb some costs but the trustees are very determined to give free health services as long as is practicable, Mr Ware says. The trust is also clearing up what it sees as technicalit- ies to do with its trust deed, also questioned at its annual general meeting. Mr Ware says audits have been done, as required, and corrective actions under- taken. Ms Freeman says the ser- vice has valued long-serving staff, although it s a chal- lenge to attract registered nurses. The staff are seen as a major factor in maintaining the organisation s stability and the involvement of the community also plays a big part in the trust s strategic plan. Services for the elderly include the 20-bed Kauri Lodge. The health centre had 35,948 clinic visits in the 2011/12 financial year.
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