An 8yr old boy is rescued from Te Mata Peak in Havelock North

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The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter completed a complex mission on Saturday after an 8 year old boy tripped and fell down a steep section of the goat track on Te Mata Peak in Havelock North.

Due to the terrain and remote access to the site a paramedic on board the rescue helicopter was winched down to retrieve the patient.

The boy had received neck and leg injuries and was flown to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment.

Concerns have now been raised following the incident and Te Mata Park Trust Board chairman Bruno Chambers said they were sorry to hear about the accident and would be conducting an investigation into any safety issues.

He also stressed that they would endeavoured to keep the park as untouched and close to nature as possible. 


The Hawke's Bay Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter was involved in two recent missions:

Early this morning, the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter crew responded a 20 year old female suffering from serious pregnancy complications at Mahia.  She was flown by rescue helicopter to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital.

The second mission this morning was to a 41 year old female with serious multiple injuries from a car accident near Wairoa.  She was flown from Wairoa Hospital to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment.

Hawke's Bay's Cranford Hospice receives more generous donations.


Tremains recently conducted an art auction and raised around $4000 for our regions beloved Cranford Hospice.

Art was auctioned on behalf of the late Cedric Alexander and his wife Joan with 25% of the proceeds kindly donated to our regions hospice.

Cranford Hospice started in Hawke's Bay in 1982 with a handful of volunteers and today they have around 60 paid staff and 400 volunteers.

Every year the hospice cares for around 600 patients and their families.

Here is an example of how generous donations such as those collected from the Tremains Art Auction benefit the community...

Paul Seabright is grateful for the years he shared with his wife Christine before she died in December.

The couple had many adventures together before Christine was diagnosed last April with Pleural Mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

“Chris has always been quite matter of fact about life and death,” said Paul. “She’s been a nurse for many years, and she helped to demystify and take some of the scariness out of her impending death. Her attitude towards the whole thing was just awesome. I am not sure how I would deal with it if it was me in her position.”

The couple met in 2003, when Christine was working as volunteer nurse/purser on a square rig sailing ship. Paul was the ship’s Chief Engineer. By late 2006, they owned their own specialist repair business in Cheddar, servicing powered mobility aids.

But the pull of the sea was strong, and in 2009 Chris and Paul sold their business, moved to Torquay and were married. Christine found work as an agency nurse for the local health Board and Paul went back to sea.

In 2010 while on holiday in New Zealand, Paul and Christine enjoyed this country so much that by November they had emigrated; eventually buying a lifestyle block near Havelock North. Paul continued working at sea and Christine volunteered at Cranford Hospice before being employed as a shift nurse.

In 2011 she was appointed Clinical Nurse Manager at Cranford, later moving to a new role managing Cranford’s Learning and Development Unit. As the Hawke’s Bay Palliative Care Education Service, this unit now provides over 140 palliative education sessions a year for Hawke’s Bay health professionals and agencies.

Christine resigned from paid work in 2013 to devote more time to the couple’s lifestyle block. Within ten months, she learned she had a terminal illness.

”Given the options for dying, it could have been so much worse,” said Paul. “It was a journey that, if we had to take it, was a good journey. We had time to just be together.” Although Chris was sad at times, Paul said she was never afraid of death. “I just find this amazing. If I could have changed the outcome, of course I would have done, but I don’t think it is something people should be afraid of.”

Paul says he could not have gone through the journey with Christine without the help of Cranford, both emotionally and physically. “She had a wish to be home at the end. It wouldn’t have happened had not the nurses and doctors at Cranford worked incredibly hard to make it happen.”

Christine died on 13 December 2014. The gathering to celebrate her life was a ‘DIY affair’ which Paul felt was perfect for the woman he loved. “We made a good team,” says Paul.

Hawke's Bay Police say accident victims were lucky to receive only minor injuries.


Hawke's Bay police say those involved in an accident on State Highway 2 just south of Hastings yesterday were lucky to receive only minor injuries.

The head on collision happened in the morning when a van collided with an oncoming vehicle which was being towed by another van.

As the the vehicles passed they clipped each other and the van overturned.

Another southbound vehicle also became involved in the collision but the van that was towing the car came out unscathed. 


PSA welcomes the Hawke's Bay DHB's decision.


The PSA welcomes Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s decision to reject Health Benefits Limited’s proposal to outsource food services to multi-national company Compass Group.

Basil Prestidge, PSA assistant secretary, said "This is a great result for the Hawke’s Bay DHB and the people it serves. It underscores the importance of maintaining jobs in-house and close to the clients they support.

"We commend the board for conducting a robust consultation process and considering submissions opposed to the proposal, including from the PSA and other affected unions, as well as taking on board the advice of the Hawke’s Bay’s Clinical Council, Consumer Council and Māori Relationship Board which were all opposed to the change.

"We hope that other DHBs will be guided by the Hawke’s Bay DHB’s approach to focus on a holistic solution that puts clients, staff and communities, as well as the importance of supporting the local economy, at the centre of their decision-making," said Mr Prestidge.

Labour's say's the Government has egg on it's face over Hawke's Bays hospital food debacle.


The Government has been left with egg on its face with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board today giving a plan to outsource hospital food services the thumbs down, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

"Doing away with local kitchens by contracting services to hubs operated by a multinational catering company was a crazy idea from the get-go.

"Not only does it needlessly affect patients, it affects staff, local food producers and local suppliers and does nothing for regional development.

"The proposal, which would see food cooked and chilled in Auckland before being transported around the country to be reheated, was supposedly about saving money.

"However if health boards refuse to opt into the scheme the economics don’t stack up. Rejecting the plan costs them financially. In an environment where every dollar counts that amounts to bullying.

"In the case of Hawke’s Bay, the country’s top performing DHB financially, it is just plain stupid. The savings for it over the 15 year-contract would only be 0.81 per cent of its 2013/14 financial year expenses, and they would likely be driven by job losses.

"HBL, which put this case up, is now being investigated by the Auditor-General. The whole business has more than a whiff of unsavouriness about it and I’d suggest to DHBs that have yet to decide whether to go ahead or not, don’t."

Hawke's Bay District Health Board Wishes Province Safe Queen’s Birthday Weekend


The past week has reminded all that the official start of winter is not far away, and with the change in temperature has come an increased workload at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

While the hospital is coping well, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Gommans says it is timely, with Queen’s Birthday Weekend upon us, to remind the province’s residents to get ready for the three-day break.

“Winter is always a time of increased presentations to hospital, but as we head into Queen’s Birthday weekend we would like people to think about how they can stay out of hospital, and in particular, the Emergency Department which needs to be kept free for life-threatening situations.”

Dr Gommans said the community can take several steps to make life easier for themselves.

“Those who rely on prescription medicines should make sure they are up-to-date, and anyone suffering from early symptoms of illness should be treated by their doctor as soon as possible,” he said.

Dr Gommans said that unless it was an emergency, such as chest pain in which case an ambulance should be called by dialling 111, people should seek medical help from their doctor or nearest accident and medical centre, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free symptom assessment by a registered nurse.

Residents and visitors can call 0800 338899 for services available at the time they need it, and to find out where the nearest accident and medical centre to them is.

Government promises an extra $2 million for Hawke's Bays Cranford Hospice


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra $2 million is being pumped into Cranford Hospice over the next four years.

“Hospices make a huge difference to people's lives by ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible. They also provide valuable care and support for families and friends,” says Dr Coleman.

“As New Zealand’s population grows and ages, the demand for palliative care continues to increase.

“That’s why in Budget 2015 we allocated $52 million over four years to help hospices around the country expand their community palliative care services.”

Cranford Hospice will receive around an extra $500,000 a year for four years via Hawke’s Bay DHB. The new funding takes effect from 1 July 2015.

“This funding boost means the team at Cranford Hospice can better support terminally ill people at home and in aged-care facilities,” says Dr Coleman.

“This funding boost is part of the Government’s commitment to delivering high quality services closer to home.”

In 2013, more than 15,000 people received care and support from hospice services throughout New Zealand, and hospice staff made over 145,000 home visits. Just over 20 per cent of people using hospice services were aged under 60 and three-quarters had a cancer-related disease.

Hard work pays off on Hawke's Bay health targets.


Focus and hard work are paying off for Hawke’s Bay District Health Board as it hits the shorter stays in Emergency Departments target in the 2014/15 quarter three national targets released today.

Chief executive Kevin Snee said the Emergency Department target could only be achieved by managing the whole of hospital better. The shorter stays in Emergency Department target is 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged or transferred from the Emergency Department within six hours.

A special programme of work that involved a large chunk of hospital services was initiated late last year called AIM24/7, and that’s now seeing results, Dr Snee said. The hospital was able to flex better under pressure and patient flow was managed much more carefully. Clinical work streams had been set-up and made good progress.

"This is only the second time we have achieved this target and I’m very pleased with the work and focus from everyone involved as we work to constantly improve patient care.

This has also been achieved when we have had 10,697 presentations to the Emergency Department, which is 370 more, compared to the same quarter last year."

Dr Snee said he was particularly pleased with this quarter’s set of results - the DHB had met five out of the six health targets and Health Hawke’s Bay (PHO) had achieved all three of their targets.

"No other health system nationally had done better. The district health board is delivering on its commitment to the community, while at the

same time it has also delivered a financial surplus for the past four consecutive years and is on track to deliver another this financial year. This has meant we have had money to invest in staff, facilities and services, and while finances will always be tight we are in a lot better position than many other DHBs.

"We know we still have work to do, especially in addressing the needs of people who have hip and knee pain and we will be putting a lot of emphasis on that in the coming months - but I’m pleased with progress," he said.

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