Kapi-Mana News : October 4th 2011
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However, Capital & Coast District Health Board said the savings were made from reviewing dupli- cation and management costs in a contract review that eliminated one of three service providers, and level of service won t be affected. Capital & Coast DHB chief executive Mary Bon- ner said $1.6 million was saved from the home services budget by contracting home-based sup- port services for those over 65 to Presbyterian Support Central and Access Home Health, and eliminating Healthcare of New Zealand from the contract. The DHB now plan to spend $11 million on the service during the next three years. Where we have got the savings is going from three to two, we have been through a competitive review process . . . so the whole management [of a third provider] will be no longer needed. We had a bit of duplication. It was a big effect for us. An earlier review to eliminate unnecessary spending was not possible because the DHB was bound by previous contracts, Mrs Bonner said. The criteria and frequency of assessments to determine eligibility for the home help services have not changed. However, Healthcare of New Zealand have hit out at the contract decision, saying the DHB is underfunding the service. Its chairman -- and the DHB deputy chairman -- Ken Douglas said the planning process was flawed. Modelling done by Healthcare of New Zealand during the tender showed that the new, more expensive service model was underfunded by more than $4 million. Mana MP Kris Faafoi and Labour list MP Char- les Chauvel have also criticised the decision. Over 300 people in the Mana electorate get home-based support and over the last two years they have seen the level of their home help eroded, Mr Faafoi said. Last year the DHB committed $13 million to home-based support services and now wants to reduce that to $11 million. This will have a serious impact on those who rely on getting assistance in their own homes. Mana National candidate Hekia Parata said she was satisfied with the CCDHB s assurances there would be no reduction in home help services for the elderly, and said any cases of people losing their home help are likely to be as the result of the normal assessment process. The decision will take effect on November 1. A DHB hotline has been set up for anyone with questions about the change in contracts and how it might affect them or their family or whanau. The hotline number is 0800 369 999. Parents embracing chance to be involved in market Crafty: Pataka's Margaret Tolland with Craft-e Mamas Pania Mitchell, holding son Manu, and Awhina Mitchell, display some of the handiwork that will be on sale at Pataka's craft market, this Saturday. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Members of the Craft-e Mamas group are among the Porirua artists gearing up for the annual Pataka Craft Mar- ket this Saturday. The group of parents meet several times a week to social- ise, share advice and infor- mation about parenting, and once a month work on crafts together in Pataka s education space. The plan to hold a stall has been a fun challenge and inspiration to get further into their craft work which many are taking home to work on as well, group co-ordinator Pania Mitchell says. It inspired us to do some- thing for it. It s a nice motiv- ation to be getting creative. They have focused on bright, colourful, fun items parents and children might like, like pois, wall hangings, ornaments and stress balls, using recycled materials where possible. The Pataka market is timed to complement the Maori Art Market, which is expected to attract thousands to the area from tomorrow until Sunday. We went to the Maori mar- ket last year, Ms Mitchell says. We ll go support the kau- papa [philosophy] and check out what s out there. It was very beautiful and it s nice to support something like this. The group plan to use any funds raised from their stall to hold a social evening. Pataka education coordi- nator Margaret Tolland says there will be plenty to see and buy at the market, and demand has been so high for stalls she is now having to turn artists away. There s going to be 30 dif- ferent stalls; there s jewellery, children s clothes, sculpture, weaving, carving, truck-loads of things. It s about the collective energy and the whole experi- ence of seeing the gallery and going and doing a bit of shop- ping. They are all beautiful hand-made items, so it s sup- porting artists and crafts people in the community. For Maori Art Market, see p11.
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