Kapi-Mana News : October 11th 2011
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011 PORIRUA CITY & TAWA www.kapimananews.co.nz INSIDE E-VOTING Mayor pushes for trial 2 GOODBYE GAVEL 40-year legal career ends 4 POLY POTS Green-minded planting 12 SHANGHAI SCROLLS Andrea O'Neil in China 14 INDEX Letters ................................ 8 Eye On Crime ..................... 17 Talking Politics ................... 25 Cinemaddict ...................... 23 Weekly Workout ................. 24 Kickin' Back ...................... 26 Classified .......................... 63 Sport ................................ 72 CALL US Phone 04 237 8118 Fax 04 237 8552 Address Ground floor BNZ Tower, Hartham Place, Porirua Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org richard.gordon@ fairfaxnz.co.nz Final word from bard of the bricks Low on letters: Russell Plume should eventually get his courtyard back as his wordy bricks are running out. This one spells out ''Brevity is the soul of wit'' (from Hamlet). By KRIS DANDO A labour of love for a Plimmerton resident could see one of his literary creations eventually become part of a rebuilt Christchurch. About two years ago Russell Plume noticed the amount of brick and rubble on Plimmerton s beaches. One was shaped like a P and he took it home but didn t pay it any further mind. Over time, however, the former geologist became more intrigued with the bricks, which were spread over a wide area from Hongoeka Bay through to Paremata. He speculates they were washed down from the old Winstone s quarry, which shut many years ago. Who knows how they really got there, but everywhere I looked, there they were, especially in the stream. I just began collecting them and built up a substantial pile at home without really knowing what I would do with them. A friend suggested there was almost enough letters -- the pieces of broken brick can form any letter of the alphabet -- to write the works of Shakespeare , and Mr Plume was hooked. A fan of The Bard, his first phrase, using bricks fastened onto tiles, spelt out The quality of mercy is not strained from The Merchant of Venice. Since the beginning of this year he has pieced together nine phrases onto tiles. Three of these now grace the Plimmerton seawall on the South Beach, while another ( All the world s a stage ) has been erected at Mana Little Theatre. No bricks were harmed in the making of his phrases -- Mr Plume has stuck rigidly to the view that it must be a natural process, so he has not broken or modified any of the bricks. He has made a special one for Christchurch, What is the city but the people (from Coriolanus), and hopes to have it received as a gift from the people of Porirua. The city s mayor Nick Leggett says he has spoken to his Christchurch counterpart Bob Parker about it, We are waiting to hear when they can receive it . Mr Plume says it is a small ges- ture for Christchurch as they look toward their rebuild. One of the things I ve found com- pelling is that notion of turning rubble into poetry, so the idea of Christchurch rising from the rubble is the underlying theme. I d love it to become part of the way people think, that it s not the city but the people. His stock of letters is coming to an end, however, with the Macbeth phrase that starts Double double, toil and trouble , likely his last. I ve got all the bricks, there aren t any more that I can see down there [on the beach] and I ve looked. I guess there is poetry in that, I can t do this forever. Family speaks out By KRIS DANDO Needing answers: Tupulua Sekai believes Capital & Coast District Health Board should provide more information and a thorough investigation into the death of his granddaughter Jyanah-Rae, in June last year. The review into a Porirua infant s death from meningococcal disease has left the family with more questions than answers, and they are seeking further investigation and a public apology. Meningococcal disease is a bac- terial infection that either attacks the brain -- meningitis -- or blood -- septicemia. It develops quickly and must be treated with antibiotics early, otherwise it can be deadly. There have been 11 cases in the Wellington region this year, includ- ing six in September. Two teenagers have died this year. The Sekai family from Porirua East had no idea what meningococcal disease was when 23-month-old Jyanah-Rae was taken to Kenepuru Hospital with flu-like symptoms at midday on June 16, 2010. In the early hours of next morning, she died at Welling- ton Regional Hospital. A meeting between family members and DHB representatives in late July 2010 was shut down , claim the Sekais, when one of their support people, Porirua city council- lor Litea Ah Hoi, asked to record it. Capital & Coast s event review report was published in February this year and Tupulua Sekai, Jyanah-Rae s grandfather, said they have serious concerns about what it addresses and what it doesn t . They dispute the assessment at Kenepuru that the infant was well- looking on her visit at noon and insist there was a rash that was dismissed. The review report says Jyanah- Rae was taken back to Kenepuru at 7.05pm as she had been vomiting and the rash had developed. An ambulance was requested at 7.30pm, left Kenepuru at 7.45pm, and arrived at Wellington Hospital s emergency department at 8.15pm. Jyanah-Rae did not receive antibiotics until 8.50pm. The family claim the review did not address an alleged lack of com- munication from hospital staff, or the time it took to move the child from Kenepuru to Wellington. They say sirens and flashing lights were not used. Jyanah-Rae s condition deteriorated after 10pm. She was transferred to intensive care at 10.30pm, went into cardiac arrest at 12.50am and died at 1.30am. Mr Sekai claims there was a lot of screaming and yelling by the fam- ily that night that went unheard. The communication with the family that night was very bad, things went wrong and there needs to be accountability. We want this story told. We re not pointing at one person but we want it thoroughly investigated so we can have closure. There must be lessons learnt so we can prevent it happening again. She was my first grandchild and I will never have the opportunity to see her grow. The DHB event review team said there had been, a lost opportunity to administer antibiotics at an earlier stage , but it was unclear whether this delay affected the out- come. The review also found when Jyanah-Rae arrived at Wellington emergency department she should have been triaged as T2 -- to be seen by a doctor within 10 minutes -- but was instead assessed as T3 -- to be seen within 30 minutes. The review recommended any patient suspected of having meningococcal sepsis, who is to be transported from Kenepuru to Wellington Hos- pital, should be given antibiotics prior to the transfer. The case is now before the Health & Disabilities Commissioner and Coroner. Because of this Capital & Coast would not comment on the case, but extended its condolences to the Sekai family and said we will make ourselves available at any stage in the future should they wish to meet .
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