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Free tickets to win!
The Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prize packs — including
two double pass tickets — to give
away to readers, but be quick, as it
has to be drawn on Monday. Each
pack includes a double-pass to the
latest show, European Romance, at
the Regent Theatre on August 26,
an Operatunity book and a CD.
To get in the draw, and because of
the tight timeframe, please hand
deliver entries with your name,
address and phone number under the
subject Operatunity, to the offices
of the Greymouth Star or Hokitika
Guardian, or e-mail competitions@
greystar.co.nz with Operatunity
in the subject line. One entry per
household. Entries close at 10am on
Firefighters dampen down the
aftermath of a garage fire in
Reid Street, Blaketown yesterday
afternoon. Greymouth Volunteer
Fire Brigade chief fire officer Lee
Swinburn said the fire, just before
3pm, was caused by hot ashes being
taken out of the house from a
fireplace to the shed. Damage was
minimal. Mr Swinburn said the vast
majority of fires in structures were
caused by the misplacement of hot
ashes. Fire safety officer Dan Green
said fires caused by hot ashes had
become a big problem. “ We’ve had
probably six houses burn down from
people not putting the hot ashes
away properly ... we’ve had a big
spike in the last year in fires caused
by it. Most of the time people don’t
realise how hot they (ashes) stay,
as they can stay hot for up to five
days,” Mr Green said. People should
put hot ashes from a fire in a metal
bucket with a metal lid with water.
Coast misses out on
additional St John staff
The West Coast has missed out
on getting any additional frontline
staff. St John announced yesterday
that it would be increasing frontline
staff numbers by 158 paid staff in
35 locations across the country.
The move is patient-focused in an
attempt to improve ser vice response
times, reduce single crewing levels
and improve patient and staff safety.
NZ 45s entries slow
Entries are low for the New
Zealand 45s Tournament, to be held
in Greymouth on August 30, but a
spokesman for the organisers, Ian
Innes, said that was typical. “ This
happens every year, then we get
an influx close to the cut off date,”
Mr Innes said. Entries close on
Wednesday with the Greymouth
West Coast schools say
rewarding good behaviour is
the reason for a decline in the
number of stand-downs and
suspensions over the past five
Ministry of Education figures
for past year show a steady
decrease in the disciplinary
actions of the three West Coast
districts. That includes a drop of
more than 100 cases in the Grey
district since 2009.
Buller had 46 stand-downs,
Grey 24 and Westland 19. The
expected number for the West
Coast was 99.
In 2009, the Grey district alone
had 136 stand-downs.
A stand-down is the removal
of a student from school for a
period of up to five days before
returning to school.
Suspensions also fell, Buller
and Grey both had nine, while
Westland had two. The expected
number for the region was 20. In
2009, the entire region had 51
A suspension is the formal
removal of a student from a
school until the board of trustees
decides whether to lift or extend
the suspension, or expel the
A ministry spokesman said the
expected number of stand-downs
was how many cases would have
occurred if the national rates
for each age were applied to the
school or region in question.
“They are not a desired number
of cases nor are they a projection,”
the spokesman said.
Greymouth High School
principal Andy England said
the school had worked hard to
establish clear expectations for
“ We have had a huge effort to
create expectations in school. If
students know the expectations,
they are far less likely to break
them,” Mr England said.
Behavioural incidents had
dropped, notably the school
halved their referral rate out of
the classroom, which had also
halved on the previous year.
“The process around stand-
downs hasn’t changed, the
number coming to the stand-
down stage has decreased. That ’s
a very good news story from the
The school was reaping
the success of the ministry’s
‘positive behaviour for learning’
programme, which had also been
implemented in primary schools.
However, Mr England agreed
synthetic drugs had been a “big
problem” prior to them being
Buller High School principal
Andrew Basher said they did not
want children out of school.
“Things have changed a bit.
There was a phase where it was
easy to stand a student down,”
Mr Basher said.
“ We get no joy about those kids
not being in the classroom ... we
don’t want our kids roaming the
Buller High also used a positive
“Rather than hit them with the
sword, we hit them with a bar of
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Kidsfirst Kindergarten Greymouth head teacher Tim Eden-Calcott helps pupils Kymaani Karena, left,
Manawa Beal and Tui Irvine plant sunflowers as part of the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens project.
Kindergartens across the country are taking part in the project, including the Kidsfirst Kindergarten in
Hokitika, which runs until December 9. Prizes are available for the Kindergarten which grows the tallest
sunflower, and the sunflower with the widest head.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Kindergar ten sunflower project
The installation of major sewerage
pipes at Taylor ville, Dobson and Kaiata
is nearing completion, though a pipe
bridging the Grey River between
Taylor ville and Dobson is still to be
A statement from the Grey District
Council yesterday said the project
was progressing well, despite an
This includes the pressurised
main along State highway 7 from
Dobson to Kaiata and the majority of
gravity mains within the three
The council and its contractor, Tru
Line Civil, were currently finalising
a design for the pressure aerial
main across the river from Dobson
bridge the river at the same place
the current pipes crossed, while also
increasing its strength, the council
Work to complete this will probably
commence within the next four weeks.
Several small pumping stations and one
major pumping station are also still to
be installed in Kaiata.
The council said it was working closely
with Kiwi Rail and the New Zealand
Transport Agency to gain approval to
install the final pressure main along the
main road from McKendry’s Corner,
at Omoto, into Greymouth. That was
expected to be completed by the end of
The last major piece of work was
given a boost after the council received
a $900,000 subsidy from the Ministry
of Health at the start of the month to
connect the Kaiata water supply with
Greymouth’s and cover about 85% of
The council is now considering
laying the water supply pipeline from
Greymouth to McKendry’s Corner
at the same time to reduce disruption
to road users and to make use of a
common trench, and it noted that could
delay the installation of the final stage
of the sewerage scheme work.
Sewerage pipes installation nearing completion
Blaketown School aims to
have work under way on its new
building before the end of the
In July 2013, the Ministry
of Education gave the school
$346,886 as an investment in
buildings other than classrooms.
The board of trustees met on
Wednesday night and decided on
a concept and contractor.
Principal Bevan Clark said they
had narrowed that down from
three concept plans presented,
but he could not yet release
details of the chosen building.
The 10m by 20m building would
sit on the grass area outside the
library and continue along the
same lines as the current school
“ It should fit nicely into the gap
we have there,” Mr Clark said.
A new shed would also be built
to replace the boiler shed, which
had been demolished.
Under the guidelines for the
money, the school had until
December 2015 to have the
“So we are a year ahead.”
Mr Clark said that in an “ideal
world” they would have the
building finished during the first
school term next year.
“ It ’s coming along nicely.”
building plans progress
of the Hokitika Guardian
A planned West Coast wedding and homecoming
is buoying a former Hokitika couple whose home was
destroyed by fire this week.
Born and bred Hokitika man Josh Robinson, his
fiancee Shannon Watts, who also grew up in Hokitika,
and their four children managed to flee their Hornby
home when it caught fire just before midnight on
They escaped with only the clothes they were wearing,
a cellphone and a blanket as the fire spread.
“It was terrifying at the time,” Mr Robinson said from
“I couldn’t stop shaking as I was ringing the fire
brigade. It was harrowing.”
Most of their possessions in the rented house went up
in flames in the blaze, which started from their tumble
drier either overheating or malfunctioning.
What was not destroyed by fire was ruined by either
smoke or water.
The couple did not have contents insurance.
“At the end of the day it is just stuff. All our stuff
is gone but we are still together and that is most
important. Things can be replaced.”
The family has been staying with a relative since the
However, yesterday a place of their own was offered to
them by fellow parents of the South Hornby primary
school where their 10 year-old twin daughters attend.
The school has also given them replacement uniforms
and a fees break for the year.
Mr Robinson said the donations were among the
“over whelming” support and assistance the family had
been offered over the past few days.
“The amount of people that have come for ward with
food, bedding, towels and clothing for the kids is just
over whelming. We really can’t thank people enough
and the really touching part is it ’s people that we don’t
even know. It is really humbling.”
Their West Coast family had also rallied to take care
of the final details for their Arahura church wedding on
September 6, which will go ahead as planned.
The couple, who have been together 13 years, did
manage to salvage their wedding rings which had been
tucked in a drawer.
Ms Watts’ wedding dress was also safe as it was at the
Mr Robinson said the wedding was giving the family
something to look for ward too.
“It will be good to get back and take a load off ... and
celebrate a good reason for everyone to get together. ”
Donations to help the Robinson family back on
their feet can be made at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/
Donations help fire-hit
Hokitika will host
a workshop to help
adventure and outdoor
operators get their
up to standard next
The Tourism Industry
Association is running
free workshops around
New Zealand to help
adventure and outdoor
operators satisfy auditors.
The workshops are
open to all. Personal
coaching and advice
on safety systems and
documentation will be
offered, with a focus on
preparing for audit or
fixing areas that do not
comply with the audit
The workshops will
help to operators get
their system up to the
standard to pass an audit.
The Hokitika one is
Hokitika to host
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