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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, APRIL 13, 2013
Council recycling concerns
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE HURUNUI District Coun-
cil appears to have done a
u-turn on provisions for
recycling in the district, after
agreeing to the reopening of the
rural drop off area run by
The council had cited concerns
about safety when it closed the
drop off area on March 1.
In the end as landlords we
felt that safety in the yard
would be greatly improved if
public vehicles were restricted
to just one area, namely the
transfer station, special pro-
jects manager Bruce Yates said.
The move had left some
residents angry and confused.
Mr Yates said complaints
received about the change and
new arrangements to ensure
safety at the yard had led the
council to change its mind and
allow the re-opening.
The recycling drop off area
allowed residents to donate
items for recycling to Hurunui
Recycling by putting them into
separate containers on the site.
Items would then be sorted by
hand by Hurunui Recycling staff
and sold, with profits going back
into community projects, said
managing director Rex
The closing of the rural drop
off had forced residents to take
their recycling to the transfer
station, where it would be com-
pacted and sent to Christchurch
for further sorting and potential
Mr Yates said there was no
difference in the quality of recy-
cling at the transfer station, but
the council did not want to upset
Hurunui Recycling customers.
I concede that people have a
misconception that because we
are putting it all into the one
container then it must be con-
taminated, but that is not the
case. We re only putting in clean
cardboard and clean plastic.
Tube thrown out
By RACHEL MACDONALD
Eating - and loving it
TASTE FOR LIFE: Having been weaned off her stomach tube and taught to eat,
Rangiora's Inara Herdman has gone from surviving to thriving.
At the moment, the challenge is
to get as many calories as
possible into her, so that we can
keep that weight gain going.''
LITTLE INARA Herdman is poli-
shing off a packet of Skofs. An
activity so commonplace in other
2-year-olds, this is new for Inara --
she is eating for the first time,
having survived to date on for-
mula piped directly into her sto-
She and her family have only
recently returned to Rangiora
from the NoTube feeding clinic in
Graz, Austria, following a massive
fundraising effort by friends, fam-
ily and supporters nationwide.
She has gained 400 grams since
returning home, and her mum,
Bonnie Lintott, is encouraging her
to take on board as many sweet,
carbohydrate-laden foods and
drinks as she can before winter,
even if it means lemonade out of a
sipper cup at 3am.
At the moment, the challenge
is to get as many calories as poss-
ible into her, so that we can keep
that weight gain going. Without
proper nutrition, her immune sys-
tem has always been low and the
moment she gets sick, she fades
away to nothing. Finally, we can
start to give her something to
come and go on, Bonnie says.
Inara is loving experimenting
with a whole new world of taste
She s really into pretzels, and
we re very happy Marmite s back
because that s a real favourite on
sandwiches, says Bonnie. And
the other day, she ate a whole
bowl of korma and then had a
hissy fit because it had all gone.
This kind of two-year-old reac-
tion is new for the family. She has
never in the past had the energy
to throw her weight around.
As well as a very different life at
home, for Bonnie this is also the
start of a whole new engagement
with a health system that she
says is letting New Zealand s
tube-fed children down.
She has been invited onto the
board of the Neo-Natal Trust in
Canterbury to be an ambassador
for tube-fed children, and has also
been asked to address the Natio-
nal Nurses Conference in Rotorua
in October, to build awareness of
what these children -- and their
families -- go through when they
leave the hospital.
The current attitude is that
they ll be eating by the time
they re 5, so live with it . In many
cases, that s just not true.
Then there s the overall lack of
support -- they ll put a tube in, but
that s it. There s no end goal.
There s absolutely no Here s what
we re going to do to get her
weaned off the tube so that she
can grow and thrive.
It s basically neglect and we
have to change that, or at least we
owe it to these children to try.
The team in Austria included a
therapist, and speech and
language therapist to help Inara
understand how her jaw and swal-
lowing reflexes worked. There was
also a psychiatrist and a medical
team that kept an eye on her
blood levels daily.
By taking this kind of multi-
disciplinary approach, the team
had her weaned in nine days.
The specialists here said it
wouldn t work.
They were wrong, says Bon-
We have all these skilled pro-
fessionals here in New Zealand.
Why can t we establish our
own programme? Graz has
already offered the training. It
costs $6000 to $10,000 a year to
keep a child tube-fed, and that s
without costs to the hospital each
time they get sick.
That money would be far bet-
ter spent getting them off the tube
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