South Waikato News : May 15th 2013
SouthWaikato News WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2013 www.southwaikatonews.co.nz FREE to every South Waikato District home *ABC Circulation 11,846 (DEC 2012) 5365460AA 12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE* PH: 07 883 7309 BY THE ROUNDABOUT PUTARURU FURNITURE & MANCHESTER MASSIVE MANCHESTER SALE Pillows / Sheets / Duvet Covers & Inners / Blankets 25% OFF PUTARURU GIRL MAKES A SPLASH LICHFIELD SCHOOL GOES WACKY Page 4 Page 10 Impressive medal haul Colourful hair on show Cannabinoid testing $20 HIGH: Journalist Aden Miles with the synthetic cannabinoid Kryptonite which costs $20 at a Tokoroa dairy. CONTINUED Page 5 Synthetic drug dramatically affects reporter Aden Miles Members of the community are taking on the fight to have synthetic cannabinoids removed from local dairies. In a controlled environment reporter Aden Miles, who has not smoked in his life, tested the synthetic product Kryptonite, which promises its potency is so strong it could bring down Superman. In the span of 20 minutes my resting heart rate had skyroc- keted from 69 beats per min- ute to 115. Over the course of those 90 minutes last Wednesday; from the moment I took my first inhalation to the last reading of my heart rate, the effects had included a fever, thumping chest, exhaus- tion, uncontrollable shaking, impaired movements and the inability to remember simple instructions. The experiment was completely controlled: I was fully supervised by my editor, before-and-after sobriety tests were carried out by Tokoroa Police Constable Glen Taylor and a health professional was on hand to monitor by blood pressure and heart rate. As expected, I passed the pre- sobriety test which involved pupil inspection and reaction, as well as counting, with one leg raised in the air while both arms are at my sides, and walking nine paces for- ward before shuffling around to repeat the act. I smoked the joint and when finished was asked if I felt differ- ent. I responded: I don't feel any- thing. I feel the same as I did before.'' Within two minutes of that I had a fever, had the impression my voice was deeper and took Problem councillors cost community -- CEO By ADEN MILES The outgoing chief executive of South Waikato District Council, David Hall, has accused council- lors of in-fighting and warned of the negative impact it could have on the community. Mr Hall who left his role on May 9, used his farewell speech at a full council meeting last week to address tensions within the coun- cil which he said over the past couple of years had seen four of the seven members of the man- agement team reduced to tears by elected councillors. I think the last couple of years have been difficult . . . I think four of the seven members of the lead- ership team have been reduced to tears . . . over the last couple of years as a direct result of elected members and I think that's the problem. I think that is a problem that you are all aware of and I couldn't really advise to think that is something you'll do something about because it is not good for the organisation, it's not good for the community when that sort of thing goes on. It just creates problems, it just creates costs for everybody,'' he told councillors last week. Mr Hall encouraged the council- lors to work better with the senior leadership team. He also gave cre- dit to his staff. Overall I have enjoyed my time here and I wish you all the very best. I've really enjoyed being here. As I said in the newspaper article, one of the things that I am most pleased of is that we have a really high satisfaction level among staff, staff actually enjoy coming to work and being here. The reality is I have had a really good team. I have enjoyed things like the waiata group,'' he said. Councillor Herman van Rooijen thanked Mr Hall for his work. I would like to thank David for the work over seven years. It takes quite a bit to get the district going and to lead what needs to happen.'' Councillor Brenda Watkins also acknowledged Mr Hall's tenure. Change is always difficult but I just want to outline a couple of incidences that happened to me yesterday. I was in the library and one of the librarians said oh it'll be sad to see David go, he's been such a good boss'. Then I was in the hai- rdressers . . . and the hairdresser said to me, that was David he was coming in for his last hair cut and we'll be really sorry to see him go'. There are lots of people in this community that will miss you,'' Cr Watkins said. I can still remem- ber the time when you were in charge of the cinema and I went in and you were sweeping up the popcorn off the floor.'' Corporate group manager Ben Smit will fill the chief executive's role until Craig Hobbs starts on May 20.
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