Letters : Wairau Hospital

23:30, Feb 06 2013

Wairau Hospital

Wairau Hospital was established to serve Marlborough in the safest place possible. Which is why, when Edward Latter, MP for Marlborough, was directed to set up an emergency survival plan for New Zealand, Wairau Hospital - built on alluvial gravel - was selected as a base for Wellington and top of the South Island earthquake casualties, the Cook Strait ferries being transport.

Nelson Hospital was foolishly built on earthquake-faulty ground, with their generating facilities on the other side of the road, dependent on a tunnel to keep going.

I was in Nelson on the day of the Murchison earthquake in 1929 and a sorry site was the area around the colleges and hospital.

Marlborough broke away from Nelson in 1859, the reason being Marlborough made the money Nelson wanted and relied on.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is heavily weighted in Nelson's favour.


I have always had strong Nelson connections, and Nelson Hospital doctors and staff are no more perfect than Wairau. They all suffer from human error.

Don't look over there with envy. Why would we rely on a hospital built on unstable ground over unstable mountains?

There are no financial reasons our hospitals are struggling when councils and cities are spending millions on pleasure.

Marlborough needs strong leaders at local and national levels; leaders who respect and listen to those who elected them.



Facts wrong

Why did Denis Waters [Letters, Express, February 1] assume that Graeme Barsanti was financed by the council on his Japan trips?

All he had to do was get the facts from Graeme Barsanti or any other councillor to find that all trips are self-funded. It was assumptions like this that were proved wrong, a process that cost the ratepayers thousands of dollars.

As for the return to the people of Marlborough, I would suggest that Graeme Barsanti has done a hell of a lot for this district. The benefits from these trips has been fantastic, opening up a new world for the students. And this is only a fraction of the work Graeme Barsanti does for Marlborough.

Please, Mr Waters, take time to get your assumptions correct before racing into print and putting down our councillors.



Bad form

What happened to Kiwi sportsmanship, where both sides are cheered, and scoring by either side is applauded?

Every time that the English sevens team came on to the field to play at the weekend, they were resoundingly booed and, when they came on for the final, they even had beer thrown over them. Each time they scored they were also booed loudly. Bad form, I say.


Havelock Culture shock Some days ago my wife and I were on the way to visit friends in Grovetown. I noticed the new Rangitane Cultural Centre and thought, what an architecturally pleasing and inviting building.

I decided to take a closer look; maybe I would be able to have a look at the interior of the building, but unfortunately it was closed. But the final thing I noticed glaring at me was the big billboard-like print of the text of the Crown's apology to the Rangitane people, in Maori and in English.

Suddenly I felt horrified. I thought, I have been in this country for more than 50 years and I have not apologised to Maori for coming to their shores, introducing all these awful and alien Pakeha skills and customs.

What have I done?

I intended to go on my knees and offer a silent three minutes contemplating my sins to the indigenous people. Maybe I should leave again, maybe I am not welcome anymore, maybe I should pay for the water, air and land that I use.

I left the Rangitane cultural site wondering what went wrong, when, where and why. TONY THIEL


Drinking milk Cows suffer immensely at the best of times from being continually forced to endure the agony of birth and then having their beloved baby stolen from them. Now they are to be deprived of their "freedom" and condemned to life in a barn. All of this cruelty is unjustifiable because no one, besides calves, needs to drink cow's milk.



Workplace bullying

Injustice certainly continues, as written in Diane Cagney's letter [Express, January 21] on bullying in the workplace. This indeed leads to unemployment for a whistleblower followed by extreme stress, health breakdowns, family breakups and other illnesses.

It is worse for volunteers, who have no rights at all.

As a volunteer, I alleged workplace bullying. MPs, government ministers, the ministry and a professional council when approached - all turned a blind eye to this destructive behaviour.

Even the Human Rights Commission and OSH were unable to help.

Whistleblowers are treated with scorn and disbelief.

New Zealanders, stand up to workplace bullying and demand a change in the law to stop the injustice.


Rai Valley

The Marlborough Express