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LEAVE A GIFT
Health body stands by service record
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE RURAL Canterbury Public
Health Organisation (RCPHO)
has defended its level of health
services to people in the Hurunui
District, following a report on the
effects of the earthquakes.
The Hurunui District Council's
community development advisor,
Sonny Whitelaw, released the
report, based on a survey of
residents and organisations in the
The report found support for
people had been insufficient, due
to a perception the region was not
affected by the earthquakes, and
because it was outside the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Authority (CERA) zone.
greater assistance from and
recognition by the RCPHO of the
issues currently being faced by
The gap continues to widen
between needs versus provision,
in all wards to different degrees,''
Ms Whitelaw said.
However, in a statement to the
Outlook, RCPHO chief executive
Bill Eschenbach and primary care
mental health manager Paul
Wynands said there was no wait
list in Hurunui for counselling
and nor has there been post-
Further, they said clients are
seen within two weeks of referral.
There has not been a
significant increase of referral to
the Amberley brief intervention
counsellor when we compare the
periods May 2011-April 2012 and
May 2012-April 2013.''
However, Mr Eschenbach and
Mr Wynands said the RCPHO had
employed a brief intervention
counsellor one day per week in
Cheviot to bolster services to
Mental health support for youth
was also defended.
Our brief intervention
counsellor, who lives in the
Hurunui, is very active in the area
and well connected with other
She works from Amberley and
Waikari one day per week. She
also can cover for Amuri and
CDHB general manager of
planning and funding Carolyn
Gullery said the organisation was
concerned about the feedback
expressed in the report.
Ms Gullery defended the pro-
vision of services, which she said
included additional funding and
support for GP recruitment, the
appointment of a clinical advisor
for North Canterbury (a rural GP)
based in Amberley, and an after-
hours telephone triage answering
Mental health services had
been bolstered by additional
TREASURE TROVE: Artist Yasmin Yussof sees beauty in everything, and this is evident in her
exhibition, Reflections and Time, now showing at the Chamber Gallery.
By RACHEL MACDONALD
FOR TUAHIWI artist Yasmin Yussof, there
is no such thing as waste. Pieces of wood or
concrete, a broken watch or random nail
are artworks waiting to happen, and the
results are now on show at Rangiora's
I think I see beauty and potential in
everything -- it drives my husband nuts. I'm
constantly dragging things home and wait-
ing to see what I can turn them into.''
The daughter of an ambassador, Yussof
is half Swiss and half Malaysian. She was
born in Germany and studied her craft at
the Chicago Art Institute. Her husband is
British, they are both Australian citizens,
and they settled in North Canterbury 18
I suppose I've never really stayed for
very long in one place, but I think I feel
comfortable here. I love New Zealand -- I
lived in Queenstown for a while 13 years
ago. The people here are just amazing.
They're so generous and resourceful. They
dare to be different and take a chance;
they've got such a great go-get-it approach,''
Her exhibition is called Reflections and
Time, and is a remarkable collection of
three-dimensional works, from a small
cupboard containing a dark forest and a
woman chained to a tiny house, to an enor-
mous driftwood log studded with watch
faces, to branches and mirrors, the frames
of which came from a Kaiapoi pub that was
destroyed in the September earthquake.
I don't want to tell anyone what they
should be thinking as they look at the
pieces -- I'd like them to look at each one
and find their own little story in it.
But for me, I think it's an age thing. I
wanted to look back and reflect on what's
been, but also to play with the idea of what
is yet to be -- I'm fascinated by what the
passage of time does to objects,'' she said.
My art is also a way to lend old or bro-
ken things new life.''
The intricacy of many of the works belies
the limited timeframe she had to pull the
I came to see the gallery and absolutely
loved it, but it was booked up for a year.
Then I got a call in March to say that
there had been a cancellation and that I
could have the space if I wanted it,'' she
We pulled out all the stops and put
together a studio in the barn, but it was
really hard in the last month to get things
finished. With the weather and the cold, it
was a challenge even to get glues and
paints to dry. I'm just blown away by how
it all looks now that it's in here.''
Reflections and Time is supported by the
Waimakariri Community Arts Council and
is on show at the Chamber Gallery until
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