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Bay Chronicle : August 25th 2011
21 BAY CHRONICLE, AUGUST 25, 2011 NEWS Woman in hospital with meningitis A 45-year-old woman has been admitted to Whangarei Hospital with probable meningococcal disease. The mid-North woman was admitted to the hospital s intensive care unit on August 22, and is in a serious con- dition. Northland DHB medical officer of health Dr Clair Mills says this is the third case in Northland following two cases identified earlier this month. Northland DHB s public health unit is identifying close contacts of the woman, who will be offered advice and prevent- ative treatment. This case does not have any clear linkages to other meningococcal cases here or in the rest of New Zealand. Meningococcal disease can occur at any age, but is most common in children under the age of five years. Symptoms of meningococcal disease in babies and young children may include fever, irrita- bility, sleepiness, floppiness, hard to wake, refusing drink or food, vomiting and a rash. Adults can have similar symptoms and may also have a stiff neck, headache and sensitivity to lights. Special offers for mobility impaired Mobility first: An improved holiday experience for visitors with a mobility impairment. Guests at the Copthorne will have access to greater mobility around Waitangi and Paihia, thanks to a new partnership between Dove s Tail and the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, with financial support from Top Energy. A new mobility scooter available for hire at the Wai- tangi Copthorne will provide a far greater holiday experi- ence for tourists with a mobility impairment who are visiting the Bay of Islands. Dove s Tail who operates commercially under the umbrella of Tiaho Trust is teaming up with the Copth- orne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, to demonstrate the underlying commercial value of accessible tourism and to increase the accessibility of the Bay of Islands to disabled and mature tourists, seeking services and an environment that better suits their needs. Access tourists represent a huge burgeoning market, Tiaho Trust CEO Jonny Wil- kinson says. But there is no use just talking about it, he says. To meaningfully engage with business you ve actually got to prove the value prop- osition. Having a mobility scooter for hire at a hotel proves that the disabled/ mature market is very real and has its own particular needs. Dove s Tail has developed a training package that teaches staff how to give exceptional customer service to mature and disabled guests. The Waitangi Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is interested in pur- suing new markets, general manager Simon Boyle says. Northland is a very innovative tourist region. This project is a great example of that. For instance we are probably the first major hotel in New Zealand to have a mobility scooter available for hire. We have given our staff specialised training that was delivered by Dove s Tail Tourism and they were so enthusiastic about providing exceptional service to mature and dis- abled guests, that they fund- raised to purchase a wheelchair for guests to use while staying with us. We can also offer Bupa alarms to guests who have concerns about having a medical incident while stay- ing with us and we are offer- ing a special room rate to guests wanting these features until the end of August. To find out more about this project or Dove s Tail Tour- ism contact Tiaho Trust go to www.dovestail.co.nz. Northlander is board CEO New boss: Dr Nick Chamberlain A Northlander has been appointed chief executive officer of the Northland Dis- trict Health Board. Dr Nick Chamberlain will transition into the role during October and will start formally on October 24. Making the announcement, district health board chair- man Tony Norman said Dr Chamberlain s appointment followed a global executive search process which pro- duced 25 applications from the United Kingdom, Aust- ralia and New Zealand. After assessing applications the board s selec- tion panel interviewed six applicants, and was very impressed by the overall quality of the interviewees, which made the selection of the successful applicant par- ticularly challenging, he says. Nick has experience in many aspects of the sector including GM, clinical services, Northland DHB and GM and funding and plan- ning at Capital & Coast Dis- trict Health Board. In addition to this is his experience in the primary sector working as a GP. Nick also completed an MBA giv- ing him strong financial and analytical skills. He has been involved with a number of committees at national level and has sponsored several national projects. It gives the board great pleasure to appoint a North- lander as its CEO, as Nick has a genuine empathy and understanding of the region and our people. The board welcomes Nick to the CEO position and looks forward to the continued strong leader- ship he will bring as the new chief executive. Grants out for Waitangi Day events Community funding is now available through the Minis- try for Culture and Heritage for Waitangi Day activities. The Commemorating Wai- tangi Day Fund supports community events that com- memorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Applications are now being accepted from groups that want to host local celebrations. Projects run in partnership between local authorities, community groups and tangata whenua are particu- larly encouraged. Previous grants have help fund food festivals, marae open days, workshops and public performances.. Grants average around $3000 and applications close at 5pm on September 23. Visit www.mch.govt.nz, phone (04) 499-4229 or email ashley.mackenzie- firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Vincent a high flyer Day to remember: Vincent Claus. Kerikeri teenager Vincent Claus recently spent the day with Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe and his senior managers learning what it takes to be a CEO. The Springbank School student spent the day in Auckland along with nine other senior high school students from around the country going behind the scenes at the national carrier as part of the airline s CEO for the Day programme. Claus was selected from hundreds of students after entering a nationwide compe- tition which asked students to detail how they would make a difference if they were Air New Zealand s CEO for the day. The group chosen took part in a range of activities includ- ing a leadership session with Rob Fyfe, an operations talk with the airline s Chief Pilot, lunch with Warriors players Lance Hohaia, Lewis Brown and Shaun Berrigan and a social media challenge at the airline s design lab. The students chosen had some great suggestions about social media programmes, smartphone applications and ways to enhance the in-flight experience for teenagers, Mr Fyfe says. It s a real privilege for me to be able to spend some time with these students, hear their ideas and give them a taste of the aviation industry and what it s like to lead an award-winning airline. The day wrapped up with a tour of the Auckland engin- eering base and an experi- ence on board a Boeing 777-200.
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