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Growing levels of violence in
our schools was an issue that
principals and teachers now
had to face, according to the NZ
Principals' Federation president
Ernie Buutveld of Wellington.
Mr Buutveld's comments come in
the wake of an alleged assault on
the principal of Central Southland
Rural Primary, near Winton, earlier
this week. The incident highlighted
the risks that principals and
teachers faced every day, he said.
"Without a doubt -- this is not the
first time that it's been exposed.
"The growing violence in our
schools is a reflection of what's
going on in society and there have
been growing concerns about the
number and severity of cases that
are being recorded in schools.
"Schools are unfortunately a
place where parents can feel it's
appropriate to vent a frustration
and unfortunately it's not
something our children need to
see in terms of solving a problem."
He hoped that the Central
Southland school would handle
with the issue appropriately.
"I hope there will be some
processing for the children
in terms of dealing with the
incident... and that there is good
support for everyone involved."
And he was quite concerned for
the principal involved.
"Something like this tends to
knock the confidence out of you...
and you tend to start second-
guessing a bit about why you're
doing the job.
"And that's why, very early on,
reassurance and support needs to
be put in place to help them work
their way through it."
NZEI Southland area chairwoman
Kay Stevens, of Riversdale Primary
School, said the incident was very
"This is not at all what principals
should have to tolerate in any way,
shape or form.
"It's certainly very upsetting for
any person to be put in that sort of
Increasing violence in school was
an issue and reflected what was
happening in society, she said.
"It's certainly not something that
we would condone and there
needs to be a clear message that
this is not an acceptable way solve
NZ School Trustees Association
Lorraine Kerr said the incident
was a sad day for education.
"You know you kind of feel gutted
that this sort of thing can happen.
No one, not principals, not
teachers, should be subjected to
this kind of thing."
Mrs Kerr said with trustee
elections coming up, she feared
this incident could put some
Southland parents off becoming
involved with school boards.
By Mary Witsey
The Browns community is forging
ahead with plans to record and
protect its heritage for generations
Thanks to the support of Venture
Southland, the Central Southland
town hopes to come up with a way
of recording its past and ensuring
that the stories of old are kept
safe into the future.
Heritage protection specialist
Cathy Macfie, who recently held a
workshop in the area, said Browns
had a wealth of history to
"In the Central Southland
area the story of limestone
and its contribution to
Southland's rural heritage, in
actually finding the fertiliser
to make the land more productive,
is a very strong story."
And as time went by, recording
that history was becoming all the
"There're a lot of communities
around Southland who are
increasingly aware of how
important it is to safeguard
their stories -- and I think that's
certainly one of the things that
Browns wants to do."
However, finding features that set
the community apart was the key.
"I think it's important that each
community finds its point of
difference, because so many of
the Southland stories are shared.
So we want to focus on the stories
which really do belong to Browns."
Locals had a vision of establishing
a heritage display in the town and
were also working with the local
school, Hillside Primary, involving
it in the process.
Mrs MacFie said she would
prepare a heritage plan for the
community by May which could
then be used as a framework for
implementing the Browns project
and securing funding.
Venture Southland community
development planner Diana
Zadravec said there were possible
funding sources but it was locals
who would have to take the project
"It's now up to the community."
Browns protects heritage
By Mary Witsey
The Otautau Community Health
Trust will celebrate the extension
to its medical centre next week
with an open day for the whole
The guest speaker will be the
Southland District Health Board's
chief operating officer and
regional deputy chief executive of
the Southland and Otago District
Health Boards Lexie O'Shea.
Mrs O'Shea has been asked
to speak about how the
amalgamation of the district
health boards will affect rural
The Otautau Community Health
Trust was formed in 2000 to buy
the health centre and equipment
in order to maintain medical
services for the people of Otautau,
Nightcaps and districts. It followed
the difficulty the then GP Dr Deidre
Clink had in selling her business.
Since then the trust has also
acquired and renovated the
The medical centre itself was
built in 1984 to accommodate
one doctor, one nurse and a
receptionist and over the years
has become too cramped. The
first extension was made in
2006 and included a dedicated
physiotherapy room, larger waiting
area and a rearranging of the
treatment room to cater for more
The latest extensions are designed
to provide adequate working space
for two doctors and two nurses in
four spacious consulting rooms
and also allow room for clinics by
visiting health professionals.
There's also a staff room with
kitchen and a manager's office.
A new electronic filing system is
soon to be installed.
The open day kicks off at 3.30pm
on March 26. Everybody is
Health board boss to speak at Otautau open day
Lexie O'Shea, chief operating officer
of the Southland District Health Board
and Regional Deputy chief executive
of the Southland and Otago DHBs
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