Christchurch charities rally around Fijian baby with rare eye disorder so she can get the medical care she needs

Two Christchurch charities have rallied around a Fijian baby with a rare eye disorder so she can get the hospital care she needs.

Eight-month-old Rosalia and her mother are back in Christchurch for a second crucial operation after being rushed to the city for her first operation aged only six-weeks.

"It's very hard for me because only me and my daughter could come from Fiji to New Zealand," mother Veronika Nakauairi told 1 NEWS.

The family comes from the island of Vanua Levu where Fijian doctors weren't able to help with her rare eye condition.

They've had free accommodation at Ronald McDonald House and had help from rotary humanitarian program, ROMAC.

Sadly, despite the Christchurch surgeon's best efforts during a four hour long surgery, little Rosalia's eye couldn't be saved. Meaning on this second trip, flesh from her back has been used to build up her eye socket ready for an artificial eye.

In three months, she'll return for a final operation so she can live a normal life, back home in Fiji.

The eight-month-old and her mother returned to Christchurch for a second crucial operation. Source: 1 NEWS



Frontline agencies helping victims of family violence get $76m Government funding boost

The government today announced a $76 million funding boost in next week's budget for those working on the frontline against family violence.

As the Prime Minister today made the announcement, she also criticised the funding history in this sector - saying workers have been waiting a decade for such an injection of funds.  

The boost of funding will go to around 150 providers of anti-family violence services.

"They are actually some well known services that are frequently used by families in need who are really struggling just to meet the demand they have now," Ms Ardern said.

"The likes of Womens Refuge, or groups like Shakti. This is about making sure they can keep their doors open and keep doing the work they do."

However, National says the Prime Minister's assertions about funding are incorrect, and it did invest in the sector.

"Well $169 million that our government invested in 2016 I think really speaks to the commitment our government made," National Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston said.

A recipient of these funds, Shakti Women's Centre, says they've been on the verge of closure for years. 

"The numbers are increasing with each passing year," Shakti worker Shila Nair said.

It's also likely there will be more funding for families and child poverty in next week's budget. 

The Prime Minister said today she wants to reduce child poverty to historic lows.

Seventy-six million dollars will be injected into the sector. Source: 1 NEWS

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How and where all quad bikes are used up for review by Government

Landcorp has removed quad bikes from its dairy farm operations and now how and where all quad bikes are used is up for review.

The government is looking at regulations on the use of machinery on Kiwi farms which rank as one of our most dangerous workplaces.

Mangatoa farm manager Peter Eagles says a quad bike accident means he will never use one again.

"Personally myself I've had an accident and broke my neck a few years ago ACC bought me a cyber side and since then I would never go back to a quad it just jars your whole body and they're not safe at all," he says.

Three years ago Landcorp removed all quad bikes from the government's dairy farms and left just a limited number on its other properties.

The move has had a dramatic impact, with the number of injuries has halved from 23 to nine last year.

The government is undecided on whether it will take a similar approach.

"What we are doing is forming regulations that will deal with machinery on farms. I'm waiting advice on that but we do need to make sure those regulations are appropriate," Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Utility vehicles with full body crush and roll protection, airbags, seat belts and ABS brakes are touted as being the answer to the quad bike conundrum, but not everyone is convinced.

"They can be potentially just as dangerous you are sitting on one side of that vehicle so it's not balanced as well as if you're sitting in the middle of a vehicle," Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says.

A strategy for dealing with health and safety in workplaces is now up for public consultation.

The Government is looking at the use of machinery on farms – one of NZ’s most dangerous workplaces Source: 1 NEWS