Waitomo News : 18 February 2014
16 Waitomo NeWs Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Fresh Bluff Salmon Fillet Product of New Zealand 2599 kg Chicken Drumsticks Product of New Zealand 549 kg Freya’s Continental Bread 750g Limited to 8 assorted 299 ea Corona 355ml 12 Pack Bottles Limited to 10 assorted 2299 pk Shingle Peak Range 750ml (Excludes Reserves/ Pinot Noir/Sparkling) Limited to 48 assorted 999 ea Cadbury Block Chocolate 210g-220g Limited to 12 assorted 279 ea Mainland Butter 500g Limited to 12 assorted 379 ea Tip Top Trumpets 4s/ Eskimo Pies/ Jelly Tips/ Toppa 6s/ FruJu 8s Limited to 6 assorted 599 ea Servingsuggestionsonly Prices valid until Sunday 23 February 2014. Trade not supplied. Deals valid until this Sunday or while stocks last. All prepared meals are serving suggestions only. Props not included. Available at all New World stores in the Upper North Island (Taumarunui to Kerikeri). Excluding Lower North Island (Ohakune to Wellington) and South Island. Some items may not be available at New World Metro Queen Street. Please contact the store for details. Shop & Get Rewards DuetocurrentLicensingTrustlaws,liquornotavailableatGreenBayandNewLynn. Yummy Flatto Peaches 5 Pack Product of New Zealand White Button Mushrooms 400g Product of New Zealand Blueberries/ Kiwilicious Kiwiberries 125g Punnet Product of New Zealand 399ea 399400g 299ea ews WAITOMO By ROBBIE KAY NORTH King Country women are call- ing on the Waikato District Health Board to put health before profit. About 40 women from the North King Country and Waipa district joined forces on Monday night to let the WDHB know they will not allow Matariki maternity unit in Te Awamutu to close without a fight. The board is proposing to close the unit after a review found it isn’t financially viable and most mothers are bypassing Matariki to give birth at modern mater- nity centres in Hamilton. (Waitomo News, Jaunuary 30) Board chief operating officer Jan Ad- ams and four elected members – Clyde Wade, Andrew Buckley, Pippa Mahood and Crystal Bevis – met with heated criticism at Monday night’s meeting in Te Awamutu. Otorohanga councillor for the Wharepu- hunga ward Robyn Klos says senior DHB management presented the same financial information and argument for closing Matariki as they did at the first public meeting in December. “I felt the audience did not trust that argument and was not prepared to accept those figures anymore,” says Mrs Klos. “People clearly have two issues, the first being the poor standard of the Matariki birthing unit. “And mothers want their partners with them but there are no facilities for that. “Partners can sleep on a mattress on the floor, but it’s very cramped.” Mrs Klos says it was stated at the meeting that Matariki is being underused because midwives from out of the area take on North King Country and Waipa clients, then encourage them to have their babies in Hamilton. REPORT Mrs Klos believes the report recommen- dations of Chris Hendry (from Christch- urch-based New Zealand Institute of Com- munity Health Care and commissioned by the DHB) are wide of the mark. “The ‘underused and too costly’ case for closing Matariki doesn’t reflect the true catchment area of the unit. The report almost presented Te Awam- utu as being on the outskirts of Hamilton and didn’t talk about the needs of rural woman who have to travel more than an hour to reach Te Awamutu, let alone make it to Hamilton to have their baby.” An audience member said she didn’t even make it to Te Awamutu in time for the birth of one baby, so the next time she was forced to go to Hamilton just before she was due, to be induced. Mrs Klos says senior management stated they still want to hear from people, but she believed the audience felt the DHB wasn’t listening. The board is continuing to push safety issues. Mr Buckley asked those present if women were worried about the risks of having a baby in a small unit, later saying he doesn’t want a baby’s death on his hands. “He doesn’t seem to realise rural women just get on with having their babies and living in the country is simply a fact of life to them,” says Mrs Klos. DHB urged to listen to unit supporters TO P9 BATTLELINES DRAWN: Otorohanga councillor Robyn Klos says there was a strong belief after last week’s meeting, that the Waikato District Health Board is set on closing the Matariki birthing unit in Te Awamutu, but supporters are not taking that lying down.
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