Health service review prompted by murder of autistic daughter to begin

A review of health services for high needs people in Nelson and Marlborough prompted by the case of Donella Knox, who was convicted of murdering her autistic daughter Ruby, will start this month.

Knox, 49, drugged and suffocated her daughter Ruby at their Blenheim home last year, after many years spent fighting for more medical assistance. She was sentenced in December to four years imprisonment, the judge referring to it as a once in a generation case.

Nelson Marlborough Health today confirmed an external review of its services will begin this month, and will be led by Rosemary Marks, a developmental paediatrician at Starship Children's Hospital.

In a statement, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nick Baker said he expects the part of the review which focuses on the care and treatment Ruby received will validate health professionals' efforts to provide care to Ruby.

The review will look to identity improvements to the system the DHB uses to transition high needs people from paediatrics care to adult care, as well as identifying risks when parents and caregivers decline support or healthcare, and identifying how professionals should respond when they have concerns about possible family violence when a potential victim is over age 17, but unable to care for themselves.

It's not clear when the review will be completed.

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Watch: Snow angels and fun galore as huge early dump hits Cardrona

An Otago ski-field has had a dumping of snow over the weekend, just 41 sleeps out from this year's ski season, leaving staff feeling "pretty stoked".

Yesterday morning Cardrona Alpine Resort went live from their Facebook excited to tell avid skiers and snowboarders that it was snowing on the mountain. 

"Half a pengi-o-metre" of snow fell all the way around the mountain, according to their penguin-shaped measuring device. 

Wellington was hit by wild weather overnight and this motorist was in the thick of it. Source: Supplied

There was even enough snow on the mountain for "intrepid snow hunter Daisy" to make snow angels. 

Most of the country is feeling the cold weather as a southerly moves up the country.

According to MetService, exposed areas of the South Island can expect gale force northwesterlies by tomorrow evening.

Stormy weather battered the lower  North Island overnight, with train services in Wellington affected and coastal roads flooded.

The front has affected transport in Wellington overnight and will move on to other parts of the North Island today. Source: Breakfast

The bad weather is set to continue as MetService issued severe weather watches for several areas of the North Island this morning as a southerly front makes its way northwards.

A weather watch is in place, warning of severe gales in parts of the following areas: Canterbury (Tuesday afternoon until mid-morning Wednesday); Fiordland, Southland and Otago (late Tuesday afternoon until mid-morning Wednesday); as well as Hawke's Bay east of Wairoa and Coastal Gisborne (until midday today).  

Strong gale force wind gusts are possible in exposed areas of Wellington, Wairarapa, coastal Hawke's Bay from Cape Kidnappers southwards and coastal Gisborne. 

Strong southerlies or southwesterlies were possible in Taranaki and Auckland this morning.


Baby visits give dose of happiness to retirement village residents

On baby buddy day, there are as many prams as walking frames at Selwyn Village Rest Homes. Source: Seven Sharp