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Rodeos all round
The southern rodeo season begins with a rush
next month with five events over the first eight
days of February.
It will be the first time in two years that all five
Otago / Southland events have been scheduled
in the same week.
Top level competitors will be there to race, rope
and ride for a spot in the national rodeo finals in
the North Island in April.
All the regular rodeo favourites will be on show,
such as bareback bronc riding, rope in tie,
saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, steer
wrestling, team roping, bull ride and many of
the rodeos will have local events such as sheep
rides, calf rides and barrel races.
The southern run begins at Lawrence on
February 2, followed by Waikouaiti on
February 3, Outram on the 6th, Mataura the 9th
before finishing in Invercargill on February 10.
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Tamworth trip a thrill
for Gore ambassador
Ready to go: Young ambassador
Shanna Forbes reads about
Tamworth in preparation for her
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON
It's all smiles, sashes and celebra-
tions for one Gore woman as she
prepares for a trip to the town's
sister city next week.
Gore Young Ambassador for 2012
Shanna Forbes is about to embark
on a 10-day excursion to Tam-
worth, New South Wales, to join
in their country music festival as
part of her ambassador duties.
Shanna, 28, representing Gore,
will attend all concerts and
parades, as well as helping with
She will also deliver a few
speeches at the event, which she
is a little nervous about.
''I'll need to overcome my small
fear of public speaking,'' she said.
Crowned last May, the bubbly
28-year-old said she has had an
amazing experience being the
young ambassador and claims it
is a fantastic way to build
confidence and meet new people.
The trip to Tamworth is some-
thing she had been looking
''It's been great getting involved
with the sister city,'' she said.
''I can't wait to see Tamworth's
Queen Dimity and Princess Shae.
''I'm not looking forward to the
heat though, being from Gore and
She urges more people to try for
the role this year, insisting, ''it's
not as scary as it sounds''.
''It's a great opportunity meeting
new people and I've really enjoyed
getting involved with the Gore
Country Music Club.''
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Boy's mum claims hospital negligence
Pathetic' police had to be called
By BRIDGET RAILTON
Not good enough: Distressed Mum
Jessica Turnbull and four-year-old son
Jason Turnbull are disgusted by their
treatment at Gore Hospital.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627480964
A Christchurch family is fuming
after they say Gore Hospital
refused to treat their four-year-old
son's painful dental condition ---
then called the police to remove
Mother Jessica Turnbull is dis-
gusted by the actions of Gore
Hospital staff who instead of
seeing her son Jason, who is
awaiting surgery for a pre-
existing dental condition, called
police to get her removed from the
Gore Hospital acting CEO Rhonda
Reid has backed her staff's efforts
but would only respond in a
statement, which read: ''We are
well aware of the situation that
''We are satisfied that we have
provided care to the highest
standard. The family are welcome
to make a formal complaint
through normal channels by
But Mrs Turnbull is far from
happy, having turned to Gore
Hospital to help her ailing and
deteriorating child after she was
unable to make an appointment at
local medical centres or with a
GP. But hospital staff refused to
see him because his condition was
not classed an accident or
emergency, she said.
''They told me, 'it's not an
emergency, we don't give out
prescriptions willy-nilly','' she
''My son was in pain. As far as I'm
concerned, that's an emergency.''
Ms Turnbull said she became
upset with staff and a non-violent
scuffle ensued, ending with both
parties calling the police, and her
being asked to leave the premises.
After police showed up, her son
was seen by medical staff. They
claimed there was nothing wrong
with the youngster, according to
''He's on antibiotics, I know my
child. You don't take them in for
Ms Turnbull said this was not the
first time the family had been let
down by Gore Hospital. Ten years
earlier, her grandfather had been
turned away by the hospital only
to have his condition worsen and
ultimately claim his life. The
family had been attending his
memorial in Gore when the four-
year-old got sick.
Ms Turnbull said their treatment
by Gore Hospital was not simply
''It's quite pathetic that police had
to be called before they would
agree to see my son.''
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