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Lucy McHardy was named the 2011 Dux
of Fiordland College at the school's annual
prizegiving on Tuesday night.
Lucy is the daughter of Jane and Dallas
McHardy of Te Anau. She is an excellent all
round student who was first in Geography,
first in Statistics and Modelling and first
equal in Economics. She was awarded
the Real Journeys Excellence Award and
Manapouri District High School Memorial
Trophy for Dux.
Lucy enjoys playing squash, motor-biking
and spending time with family and friends
and next year will attend Teachers' College
to train as a Primary School Teacher.
was first in
first equal in
equal in Physics and first in Chemistry.
Fiordland College's full prize list can be
viewed at www.fiordlandadvocate.co.nz
Lucy McHardy named Fiordland College Dux
The Waiau Health Trust is contracted
by the Southern DHB to carry out 25
in-patient births and care post natally
for 50. But while there were reasonable
numbers of pregnancies in the trust's
primary catchment area, the reality was
that only a third of them actually gave birth
at the Tuatapere Maternity Hospital, Mrs
"The midwives do a fantastic job, there's
no criticism of that... but the model isn't
working and the costs are huge," she said.
"It's uneconomic and unsustainable now
and in the future to continue with the
in-patient model that we currently have."
Adding to the financial woes were
"extremely challenging" compliance costs
that had trebled in the past five years,
mileage costs had trebled in two
and-a-half years and insurance had gone
up 100 percent.
The trustees of the Waiau Health Trust
and TOMCAT held a joint meeting in
July to discuss a way forward after their
auditors and lawyers flagged concerns
about the sustainability of the current
financial situation.Ironically, this year the
maternity services were on target to meet
their financial budget but Mrs McCracken
that was no help on the back of five years
of losses. She declined to put an exact
figure on that accumulated loss but said it
amounted to a six-figure sum.
Southern DHB finance and funding
manager Robert Mackway-Jones said the
DHB supported the trust's difficult decision.
"We are confident the decision will help
ensure the sustainability of Western
Southland health services and will allow
the service to develop to meet changing
community needs. Southern DHB have
recently given substantial funding
increases to support district nursing and
other community support services to the
Tuatapere Trust -- the decision was not
about budget cuts," he said.
"Some -- not all -- maternity services in
the district have contracts which end in
March 2012 and the DHB will be working
with these providers in renewing these
contracts," he said.
Tuatapere maternity care reviewed
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A takahe chick and its foster parents,
Tumbles and Kawa, will be released into
the Te Anau Wildlife Park next Tuesday
(December 13). Their arrival will be
celebrated with a 'Chick Picnic' intended to
become an annual event on the Fiordland
"It's the first time in many years two adult
birds at the Wildlife Park will be rearing a
chick, so we wanted to make sure people
knew about it," Department of Conservation
Takahe Programme Manager, Phil Tisch
Like many takahe at Burwood Bush this
chick was raised using a takahe glove
puppet until old enough to be fostered by
two adult birds. Young takahe are placed
with foster parents to encourage their
natural parents to lay more eggs, thus
produce more chicks. Tumbles and Kawa
are both infertile but will teach the chicks all
the skills to live in the adult takahe world.
Te Anau Wildlife Park pioneered the artificial
incubation of takahe eggs, hatching its first
chick back in 1983. In 1985 the Burwood
Bush Takahe Rearing Unit was established.
Fiordland College students joined DOC staff
at the park last week to plant tussocks and
native shrubs in preparation for the arrival
of the takahe next week.
DOC is also running a competition to name
the takahe chick which has already drawn
entries from around the world. Entry forms
can be found on the DOC website
www.doc.govt.nz. The winning name will be
announced when the three takahe arrive at
the Te Anau Wildlife Park next Tuesday.
The takahe release and the Chick Picnic will
be held on December 13 from 5pm until
7pm. Bring a picnic tea and a blanket. DOC
will supply barbecue sausages and juice.
Takahe family for park
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