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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kapiti News

Price high for Kapiti Island gateway DAVID HAXTON A Kapiti Island gateway information centre on the mainland could cost nearly $15 million, a study report says. Council and the Conservation Department awarded TRC Tourism $30,000 to carry out a study focusing on the potential for a gateway and departure point for the island on the mainland that could operate as an entity independent of both organisations. TRC Tourism’s Kapiti Island Gateway Centre Feasibility Study

identified four gateway options. Its preferred option is for a new, relocatable building positioned on the site of the existing Kapiti Boating Club, which would incorporate an information and ticketing area, cafe, theatre, stage, strong Maori themes, better linkages to the beach and shops, and would accommodate existing users of the building. Cost estimates for the preferred option one were between $13.3m and $14.8m and there were risks including not obtaining funding, demand

doesn’t meet projections and partners to the management entity couldn’t work together. But there were opportunities including significantly enhancing the visitor experience, increased visitation to the island, increasing the profile and appeal of the Kapiti district as a visitor destination. Option two was a modified and cheaper version of option one, and option three involved modifying the boating club to create an island departure lounge. Option four was to slightly modify the boating club to provide a space for biosecurity and

briefing procedures. The report said unless substantial funding sources suddenly appeared and all the stakeholders agreed to the preferred option as the favoured solution, then the study team recommended the Kapiti Gateway committee implement option four, continue to explore the other options and remain open to other ideas. A council staff report for tomorrow’s environment and community development committee recommended working with stakeholders and potential

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funders to explore opportunities to create a gateway centre. “At this stage council has made no commitment to supporting this project beyond funding the feasibility study,” strategic projects manager Philippa Richardson said. “No funding has been earmarked for further work. “Further involvement could be considered as part of the review of the visitor information network. “This would allow council to include future expenditure in the 2015 Long Term Plan should it wish to.”

Local project patches up health care overseas DAVID HAXTON Two Solomon Islands babies could have been born in the back of a ute if it hadn’t been for a special health project involving Wellington Free Ambulance and the Rotary Club of Petone. Both organisations combined to get an old ambulance kitted out and sent over to the islands, as well as provide some training from medical personnel. Vanessa Simpson, from Waikanae, who is a Wellington Free Ambulance extended care paramedic, put her hand up to help in the islands when she heard about the project. Before the HMNZS Canterbury dropped the ambulance off, Mrs Simpson and patient transfer officer Michael Bolton gave some medical training at the main hospital on Gizo Island to about 20 people in August last year. “They had an ambulance service but it was an open-back ute,” Mrs Simpson said. “They had drivers but didn’t have any [medical] knowledge. “So we trained about six ambulance drivers. “Also if they went to a serious job they would take a security guard, so we trained them too. “And we trained the registered nurses at the hospital, who hadn’t been trained since their registration.” Mrs Simpson went back in

Their health care [in Solomon Islands] is just diabolical.

VANESSA SIMPSON Wellington Free Ambulance extended care paramedic

HELPFUL: Wellington Free Ambulance extended care paramedic Vanessa Simpson has been giving medical help in the Solomon Islands. PHOTO: DAVID HAXTON / KAP300714DHVANESSA May this year to give more training, and was joined by paramedic Ben Wylie-Cheer. “We trained about 30 people. “They brought some people in from the outer islands, including some registered nurses. “The training went exceedingly well and it was great

to see their development over the three days. “Red Cross paid for a defibrillator to go into the ambulance, so we took them through lots of scenarios. “We did lots of bleeding, burns, fractures — just lots of practical stuff.

“We had a good look over the ambulance, which is being cared for very well and also very well used. “There has been two births in the ambulance and also a teenager who fell three stories needed help.” She said going to the islands

was good for professional development. “It was great to see the other side of things. “Their health care [in Solomon Islands] is just diabolical. “Ben and I worked in their emergency department for a day, which is run by nurses, and they have a doctor, who is just a GP, on call if need be.” Mrs Simpson was concerned that a lot of hospital presentations were through family abuse. “So they’ve got some way to go in that respect.” Overall she found people happy and friendly, and those they helped very appreciative. “They were very grateful and gave us sarongs to thank us. “I think they amazed themselves about how much they learnt.” She said there was only one complaint. “That the ambulance didn’t have air conditioning.”

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