Letters to the editor
after-hours service in Rangiora to serve the needs of North Canterbury residents.
To simply say the after-hours surgery is less than an hour away by car does not take into account the long waiting times which ill patients have to endure because of the high demand for services at the 24-hour surgery after hours.
Also an after-hours medical service should be available in Rangiora so that elderly or unwell people and those that live alone, who may not be able to transport themselves to Christchurch, do not have to find a way to travel to and from Christchurch for treatment.
The local doctors should be providing the appropriate and timely duty of care for their patients after hours.
Bill Poysden Rangiora
never been specifically made clear to the school or the community.
For the benefit of readers, Moore and Stewart have a previous background at Marlborough Girls College.
Progress at the school post Canterbury Earthquakes was hampered by a lack of clear direction by the Ministry on interpretation of the Education Lands Act, which impacted directly on the use of assets built up over generations by the school.
As the Ministry indicate that they don’t record meetings or issue minutes thereof, it is a little difficult to understand how they can determine ‘‘further progress was needed’’.
It is understood that two previous Board members whom resigned, and it seems destabilised the Board in the process prior to elections, now sit on the Commissioners undemocratically appointed ‘Community Panel’ which I believe you refer to as ‘‘members of the school community’’.
Ms Casey, in her Education Report to Ms Parata, who issued the notice to dissolve a democratically elected Board, detailed that Moore had ‘‘interviewed local councillors’’. From research, this appears not to be true.
As Principal for 13 years, Ms Burrows, the Board and the school had made fantastic progress which benefitted the students, the school and the community.
Moore’s report was issued to the Ministry almost three weeks prior to the Board’s dissolution. Moore’s ‘‘damning report’’ was judged by the Employment Relations Authority Hearing Member (an Employment Lawyer) to contain bias and predetermination.
Moore was to issue the report to her employer (the Board) but she instead issued it direct to the Ministry.
Moore was contracted to ‘provide advice to the Board of Trustees on Governance matters relating to their role as a good employer’ and was certainly not engaged to show her report to the Senior Leadership Team or issue it to the Ministry.
Burrows and the Board never saw the report prior to the Board dissolution but it was shown to members of the Senior Leadership Team who were told not to discuss it with Burrows, who was overseas at the time it was issued.
The reasons the Commissioner dismissed Ms Burrows were:
Ms Burrows release of confidential documents or her assisting others to release confidential documents to the media. The ERA Member ruled this was not a finding the commissioner could make in all the circumstances;
Ms Burrows accessing her computer when she had a clear and lawful direction not to and in circumstances where she had agreed not to. The ERA Member ruled that there was absence of a clear direction;
Ms Burrows presenting to the commissioner for her signature Board minutes which Ms Burrows knew were incorrect. the ERA Member ruled that this was not a conclusion an employer acting fairly and reasonable could reach in all the circumstances. The ERA concluded that the Commissioner had unjustifiably dismissed Burrows.
Paul Finch Rangiora