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“But the reality is the number of deliveries that
are occurring here have been declining pretty
consistently over the past 10 to 15 years.
“ There used to be well over 100 deliveries a
year here, but in the past two years there’s only
been about 30 or 40.
“So for one reason or another, women are
deciding to do it elsewhere and you just can’t
argue with the figures.”
Dr Buswell says there has to come a point
when it becomes uneconomical for the DHB
to maintain a delivery unit in Te Kuiti and that
discussion is happening now.
“ The upside is because of the funding that will
become available from the closure of the unit,
they will be able to enhance the community ma-
ternity services both antenatally and postnatally,
which in the long run will benefit all women in
the area,” he says.
“So overall, people can see that there are ad-
vantages provided the funding that will be saved
is channelled into community services.”
“SIGN OF THE TIMES”
Te Kuiti-based lead maternity carer Taku
Stanbury-Poa says the proposal to close the Te
Kuiti birthing unit is a “sign of the times”.
“A lot of women are going to places like Te
Awamutu because it’s more modern and more
comfortable for both them and their partner.
“So looking at it in a business sense, to keep
a facility [in Te Kuiti] open to serve only a small
percentage of women would be a non-viable use
Mrs Stanbury-Poa, who has been a midwife for
40 years, says although it is convenient to have
a birthing unit in Te Kuiti those who qualify to
give birth there also qualify to give birth at home.
As an alternative, she would like to see a
modern facility established in Te Kuiti provid-
ing services such as general check-ups, lactation
consultants and other specialist support for all
pregnant women in the area.
With most resigned to the fact that the writ-
ing is on the wall for the Te Kuiti birthing unit,
one person strongly opposed to the closure is
Otorohanga mayor Max Baxter.
shock,” he says.
“I think it further highlights the lack of invest-
ment in the regions in New Zealand especially by
district health boards.
“For the 28 mothers who gave birth in Te
Kuiti in 2015, it was very important that they
could actually have their babies close to home
“So it’s really disappointing.
“I suppose there is one positive that there is
a birthing unit in Te Awamutu, but it is still one
heck of a long way from the peripheries of both
the Waitomo and Otorohanga.”
Mr Baxter says he would like to see more
consideration given to retaining the Te Kuiti
“I hope they revisit the actual need and how
important it is for the regions and the districts
to be supported by the Waikato District Health
“It once again is probably due to a dispro-
portionate level of representation on the health
board of people living in the peripheries of the
area that they service.
“It does become incredibly urban centric and
as a consequence it fails those in the greater area
of the Waikato.”
LOCAL MEETING DATES
The DHB is holding public consultation on the
proposal from March 6-April 14 at nine sessions
in five rural community locations as well as an
Local meetings will be held at the Otoro-
hanga Club from 9.30am-11am tomorrow and
at the Panorama Motel in Te Kuiti from 10am-
11.30am on March 20.
Feedback can also be emailed to: Bernadette.
Closure a sign
of the times
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The man grabbed a scrub bar in self-defence
and blocked a tomahawk blow to his head before
the scuffle was broken up by a bystander.
Te Kuiti Police Sergeant Craig Lindstrom says
it seems tensions had been festering between the
two groups over a prior incident which finally
“ The level of violence, use of weapons and that
a matter like this was taken into the public do-
main is of major concern to police. And it sounds
like it was only through the intervention of a
bystander that it didn’t result in serious injury.”
Otorohanga Police Sergeant Andy Connors
says no major injuries were reported.
“It would have been very frightening for all
the people involved. When any weapon is used
there is serious risk for severe injury and there
certainly is an element of luck that it didn’t end
up that way.”
The 25-year-old Kawhia man who was car-
rying the tomahawk, was arrested yesterday
morning and was to appear in court charged
with assault with a weapon, assault with intent
to injure and threatening to kill.
in Kawhia township
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