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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
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A Greymouth house is among
100 homes around New Zealand
named today as gold reserve national
finalists in the Registered Master
Builders 2014 House of the Year
Awards. They will next be scrutinised
by the national judging panel before
the winners are announced on
November 15. The only West Coast
finalist is Robert Caldana Builder
Ltd, in the ‘builder’s own home
award’ category for the Caldanas’
Karoro Estate home.
Three chainsaws were taken in the
burglary of a shed in Water works
Road, Westport, early yesterday
morning. The stolen machines are
a Husqvarna 570 and 394 , and a
Stihl 046. Also early yesterday, a
lump of wood was thrown through
the back window of an unoccupied
house in Queen Street. Last night,
a Westport man was allegedly
threatened by another man in an
incident at Palmerston Street flats
about 7.30pm. Police said no one
was injured but inquiries were
A council has been blasted after
warning undertakers it can only
cremate one obese person a day on
health and safety grounds. South
Lanarkshire Council has written to
funeral directors informing them
they can only accommodate one
ser vice a day for people weighing
over 21 stone. They said the extra
workload involved and ‘health and
safety issues’ meant that over weight
people had to be cremated before
11am at their crematorium in
Blantyre. The crematorium can cater
for coffins weighing up to 45 stone
but have said only one casket will
be accepted each day. The move has
been criticised by funeral directors
who say it is discriminating against
the families of over weight people.
— Daily Mail
Sunny, light winds
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A Greymouth fishing boat skipper who
drowned when his boat rolled while crossing the
Grey River bar last year, might have sur vived if
he had waited, not smoked cannabis and had
worn a lifejacket, the coroner has ruled.
The Lady Anna rolled on April 16, 2013.
Two crew members survived, but Nicholas Bret
Coroner David Crerar said the boat crossed
the bar about 7.30am when a large wave broke
across the stern. It heeled to port and then
Mr Eklund and crew members Jethro Carson
and Joseph Campbell climbed on to the
upturned hull, but were washed off again. The
two survivors self-rescued in a lifebuoy, but Mr
Eklund, who was floating in the river mouth,
could not be reached.
Maritime NZ said Mr Eklund — known to
be experienced and cautious — did not follow
best practice when crossing the bar that day.
Reference was made to Mr Eklund having
No one on board was wearing a lifejacket.
Survivor Mr Carson was woken about 7.05am
for the bar crossing. He felt the big wave lift
the boat and thought it would be all right, until
he saw sparks and water coming from the front
quarter of the wheelhouse.
On the upturned hull, Mr Eklund, who was
wearing a lot of clothing, was lethargic and
short of breath. The two sur vivors were swept
off the other side.
Another fisherman, Mark Thomas, was at the
tiphead that morning and called Mr Eklund.
He said Mr Eklund told him Talley ’s had “called
him in a day early”.
The bar was moderate and workable.
“It was obviously going to be a bit splashy but
I wasn’t thinking ‘what are you doing coming
in?” Mr Thomas said.
He called 111 after the boat rolled, then sped
to Westfleet to get life rings and headed for the
Cobden tiphead, arriving about 7.50am. It was
considered too dangerous to swim out. Someone
eventually did and dragged Mr Eklund on to
the beach, but he could not be revived.
Grahame Boote was at work when he was told
a boat had gone down. They got a rope, lifebuoy
and lifejackets. Mr Boote attempted to get surf
rescue, but was told its principal was overseas.
He threw the life ring to Mr Eklund who was
only metres away at the time, but he was not
responding and could not reach it.
Mark Bradley, with 25 years’ fishing experience,
expressed concerns about the long hours Talley ’s
required its fishermen contractors to work.
He said the Lady Anna had a shallow draft,
made for fishing out of Motueka, which made
it less suitable for Greymouth. He believed
Mr Eklund had been “ordered” by Talley ’s to
bring the boat in so its fish could be trucked to
Westport that morning.
Craig Bernard Jones, talking on behalf of
Greymouth fishermen, said the decline in
the number of boats had impacted on Grey
District Council finances and the ability of the
council to provide the necessary services. Mr
Jones explained that Greymoth crew did not
traditionally wear lifejackets as they could get
trapped inside the boat.
The coroner said there was “now another death
which could or would have been prevented
had Nicholas Eklund chosen to wear a PFD
(personal flotation device)”.
Although someone could get trapped, in most
cases it would save lives. Some could be inflated
by the wearer, the coroner said.
The average response time of the Coastguard,
which is run by volunteers, was 30 minutes.
Mr Crerer found response times by all were
“reasonable and normal”.
“It must be understood by all that the West
Coast region, and particularly Greymouth, have
limited rescue resources, which are crewed by
He also said that in 2000, after the Koromiko
rolled on the Grey River bar, West Coast
coroner Peter Roselli noted the need for a
harbourmaster and a blue light.
The light was installed but the council had
struggled to find people to perform the task and
monitor its operation.
The coroner said Mr Eklund may have been
subject of implicit pressure to unload, but he did
not attribute responsibility to Talley ’s.
There was unproven consensus that a load
shift had possibly exacerbated the roll.
The effects of cannabis, consumed eight to 12
hours before he died, had “likely” compromised
Mr Eklund’s ability to survive the further few
A “cluster of factors” had resulted in the
PICTURE: Robert McAuliffe
Greymouth photographer Robert McAuliffe was at the Blaketown tiphead to photograph the sunrise on the morning of April 16 last
year, when he witnessed the capsizing of the Lady Anna, before ringing 111.
Road cost balloons $30m
Every day delayed in
progressing the Haast-Hollyford
road proposal is adding $15,068
to the cost, according to backers.
The road cost was originally
given as $220 million. However,
a recent press release said road
partners “have signed an MOU
(memorandum of understanding)
allowing $250 million to design,
build, finance and maintain a toll
road for a period of 30 years from
the opening date”.
In response to queries, Haast-
Hollyford Highway Ltd released
an extract from a June legal
report, which said the increase
was due to interest charges, and
the delays were costing just over
$15,000 a day.
The memorandum was signed
in June 2012, with an inflation
rate of 2.5% built into the
In just two years the costs of the
project has risen by almost $11m.
chairman Durham Havill said
it had gone up in price, but
inflation was also up so in real
terms it was less severe.
“At the same time, we want to
get it built sooner. The longer we
leave it, the longer it takes for our
economy to feel the benefits,” Mr
The original figure of $220m
was three years old, he said.
The proposed toll had
subsequently been adjusted, too.
“It ’s still very viable. If ever the
Coast needs it, it ’s right now. We
need the tourism growth.”
A leaflet has just been
distributed Coastwide asking
for support from West Coast
residents, and after that they
would look to support from
With the dairy forecast again
lowered last week, and mining
still in the doldrums, Mr Havill
said he believed the southern
road link would help the regional
“It won’t be the be all and end
all, but it will certainly make a
hell of a difference. ”
The large number of tourists
using it would need somewhere
to stay, he said, suggesting new
hotels would be required.
Costs exceeding $500,000
have already been incurred by
the Westland District Council
subsidiary Westland District
Property Ltd, and the privately-
The agreement with the
Chinese financial backers allows
for time to process the resource
consents, and construction, with
the hope of opening in 2020.
New hospital design talks begin
Talks will get under way next
week as health officials work
out the details of the new
$68 million Greymouth
Hospital and adjoining family
The new ‘integrated family
health centre’ will bring a
raft of medical professionals
under one roof, including
It will also have district nursing,
health care for the elderly,
outpatient ser vices (for instance
local and visiting consultants or
nursing specialists) and mental
health ser vices.
West Coast District Health
Board programme director
yesterday talks with clinicians
on the new hospital would
restart next week.
He expected an announcement
on the tenders for the design
work, which were recently called
for, in the near future.
Asked when the first sod would
be turned, he said they would
“start firming up schedules in
the next wee while”.
The vision was that all GP
services would be delivered from
the integrated family health
centre. The DHB was still
working through whether that
would be via one larger practice,
or separate ones operating in the
Discussions with pharmacists
were also ongoing.
Mr Frampton said now the
Crown had committed the
money for the hospital they
were working through the fine
Blackball 1080 poison drop nears
Pre-feeding of non-toxic baits
before the aerial 1080 poison
drop is about to get under way
around Blackball township.
However, residents will have to
wait to find out what conditions
health officials intend putting in
place after residents expressed
concern for their drinking-water
supply. The Blackball Residents’
Association had called for the
poison to be excluded from
the water catchment, but Tb
Free NZ refused. Instead, it
said it would not drop poison
within 1km of the water supply
intake. The operation, part of
a larger 21,230ha Atarau drop,
was notified yesterday, with
pre-feeding to start after this
weekend. Poisoned baits will be
dropped aerially after September
16. It will include the slopes
above Dunollie, and the western
side of the Taylor ville-Blackball
Road. Community and Public
Health chief medical officer of
health Dr Cheryl Brunton said it
would probably be late next week
before she finalised conditions
for the poison drop, but that was
taking shape on the corner of Kaiata
Park Drive and Sutton Road.
of development taking place in the
main industrial/commercial area.
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