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By CATE BROUGHTON
Geared up: A motocross rider competing in this year's Michael Godfrey Memorial Trophy at Omihi. Photo: FAIRFAX
RELATIONS BETWEEN the
Hurunui Council and the moto-
cross fraternity are at an all
time low, with a report to
council saying the future of the
sport in the district is uncer-
The report, which highlights
an increase in the number of
noise complaints over the past
18 months, will go to a full coun-
cil meeting tomorrow.
Councillors will also hear a
deputation from representatives
from the Christchurch Off Road
The council has received
numerous complaints relating to
unreasonable noise levels, park-
ing on road verges, litter and
damage to roads, the report
Motocross is defined as a tem-
porary and permitted activity
under the district plan, and as
such is not required to meet
noise standards listed in the
However, when complaints
are made regarding noise, under
the Resource Management Act
the council is required to take
Due to the complaints, the
council employed a staff member
from Food and Health Stand-
ards, David Shovel, to take noise
readings at three motocross
events on a property at Mound
Road, Broomfield, in July.
Mr Shovel concluded that
noise generated from two of
three events was excessive and
The council advised the event
organiser, Terry Sparks from
the Christchurch Off Road
Motorcycle Club, that if an
enforcement officer attending
an event deemed the noise to be
excessive, an excessive noise
direction would be issued.
Non-compliance would see an
infringement notice issued, car-
rying a fine of $500.
The report concludes the
future of the sport is uncertain,
unless suitable sites can
be found that avoid adverse
effects on neighbouring proper-
By CATE BROUGHTON
A REPORT on the recent audit of Rangiora s Wilt-
shire Resthome and Hospital reveals a litany of
poor management and care issues.
Findings in the Canterbury District Health
Board report included dehydration, unmanaged
weight loss, poorly-managed skin wounds, inad-
equate pain management, staff shortages, lack of
lifting equipment and concerns about medication
errors and storage.
The audit also identified a lack of attention to
basic care, including continence management,
oral hygiene, nail care and podiatry, and manage-
ment of pressure injuries, or bed sores.
Two pressure injuries were identified in clinical
assessments that key facility staff and manage-
ment were unaware of, as well as others that had
already been identified.
Staff were observed to be pressured to achieve
their tasks, and there was little evidence of one-
on-one interaction between residents and staff,
apart from that which was necessary for perform-
ing care tasks, the report said.
Infection prevention and control measures were
lacking, with no hand-washing facilities in numer-
Cleanliness was deemed to be substandard in a
number of areas across the resthome and hospital.
Measures taken to address the problems
included appointing a temporary manager, sup-
plementing the low staffing by 500 hours of
additional staff, and ensuring additional equip-
ment was purchased.
Medication-related issues were still being
reviewed by the audit team.
Wiltshire director Paul Busby said the facility
welcomes the release of the report into the unan-
nounced audit and has moved quickly to satisfy
concerns raised to restore confidence among resid-
ents, their families and the wider North Canter-
"Wiltshire has worked constructively with the
CDHB to satisfy their requirements, including
improvements in the staff training regime, as well
as recruiting new senior personnel to oversee
clinical care and quality management," he said.
He said Wiltshire continued to receive inquiries
for long-term residential care, and he believed this
demand was based on the reputation it had built
up over the years.
Hurunui Youth Programme is running school
holiday programmes on first aid, defensive driving
and paintball. A Red Cross first aid course is on
Tuesday, October 2 at the Amberley Library. The
defensive driving course by Drive Safe is in Amuri
from Monday till Friday, October 12. Paintball is on
Thursday, October 11 at Ultimate Paintball in
Leithfield. To sign up go hyp.hurunui.govt.nz.
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