No need for the ‘‘wreckavator’’
It sounds as if Bishop Paul Martin is offering to spend the Diocese’s $30 million insurance payout for the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on housing for the homeless (May 12). Or is he earmarking funds from a future sale of land about the Barbadoes Street peripheries he’d rather be shot of?
Either way, I pray he isn’t another ‘‘wreckavator’’ in the mould of one of his predecessors, the late Bishop Brian Ashby who, in 1974, consigned the beautiful Cassioli marble High Altar, and other irreplaceable treasures, to the scrap heap in a rush to embrace post-Vatican II liturgical ‘‘novelties’’. In so doing, he spurned an avalanche of wellinformed and respectful advice that the Cassioli masterpiece was worthy of preservation. Blandness was the new order of the day. And yet, the pity is, this ‘‘sanitising’’ of the cathedral’s interior space needn’t have happened: contemporary can, and does, happily co-exist with traditional as the example of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels well demonstrates. If the Christchurch City Council is genuine in its statement that chlorination of our water supply is temporary (as per the flyer in my letterbox mid-March) it needs to display its integrity. The Council should have a chart in The Press every two weeks, or on the Council website, listing every bore and the progress made. As each individual bore is completed, it should be marked off the list and chlorination of that bore terminated immediately. Currently, we are being given no information and the entire issue appears to be a Council secret. Our water reeks of chlorine, and this process needs to be completed in the shortest possible time frame. drinking water after a correspondent questioned our reporting of results.
Christchurch City Council supplies drinking water to about 342,000 in the city (including Lyttelton) and 2500 on Banks Peninsula.
We test the water daily and our testing regime is more extensive than that required by the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand.
Results are publicly reported each month through the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee. The latest results, half of which were upstream of the chlorination units, show that in April 530 samples were taken with no positive results for E.coli. I would like to respond to Saturday’s front page article, ‘‘Seclusion for children potentially traumatising and unacceptable’’.
As the clinical head of the unit I am completely supportive of working to the elimination of seclusion and we have in fact made significant inroads into decreasing the use of seclusion over the last few years. We have gone from 17 patients being secluded in 2013/14 to 5 in 2016/17.
We work hard to avoid seclusion by attempting to intervene early when patients are becoming distressed and we use a variety of de-escalation strategies including collaborative problem solving, use of sensory and quiet rooms for patients to take space and talk with staff about issues of concern, involving parents and family supports to help calm young people, involving cultural supports with karakia and waiata and also offering use of as needed medication.
A decision to seclude a young person is only taken when there is real risk to the safety of the young person, other patients and staff by dangerous behaviours.
We are hopeful that with the new unit currently being designed, where significant attention is being given to the design of space for the most disturbed patients, we will be able to almost eliminate seclusion.
Catholic Bishop Paul Martin outside the wall surrounding the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Basilica.