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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014
One ward will close and beds will
be reduced at Grey Base Hospital
over the Christmas and New Year
period. The West Coast District
Health Board said non-urgent
surgery would cease between
December 19 and January 11.
Hannan Ward would be closed
and bed numbers reduced in
both Barclay and Morice wards.
However, it says it retains the ability
to open beds if the need arises.
St John ambulance officers
attended to a cyclist at the
Greymouth Railway Station level
crossing on Mawhera Quay, early
yesterday afternoon. The cyclist,
in his 30s, was taken to Grey Base
Hospital after sustaining minor to
moderate injuries. The man fell from
his bike after coming a cropper in
some gravel by the rail crossing after
exiting the cycle trail and riding
down the steep floodwall bank.
A family plagued by thousands of
maggots falling into their kitchen
were horrified to discover that the
source was a body which had been
decomposing in the flat upstairs for
a month. Karen Davy was baffled
when the bugs began dropping from
the ceiling of her home in East
Dulwich, south London — and
called in police who broke into the
flat upstairs and found a decaying
body. “ I’m disgusted by the maggots,
but more traumatised by what
happened to my neighbour. The
housing group ... still haven’t sorted
it. We’ve blocked the hole ourselves,
but they are still finding a way in.
Now they are starting to turn into
flies, and the council still haven’t
cleaned out his flat. It ’s disgusting.”
— Daily Mail
Rain spreading north
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Hokitika’s $2m winner thanks her lucky charm
A Hokitika woman who struck it rich
by winning $2 million in Lotto at the
weekend has credited her good fortune
to a lucky charm bracelet.
The winner, described as a deser ving
local by the Fitzherbert Street Four
Square supermarket that sold the
ticket, received the bracelet as a gift last
Christmas and immediately decided
she would use it as a lucky charm.
“As soon as I received the bracelet
I bought a lucky charm to hang off
it — I decided if I gave the bracelet
a positive vibe from the outset it was
bound to bring me luck,” she told the
“I feel like I’ve had a bit more good
luck in my life since then — and now
I’ve won Lotto.”
multimillionaire status was taking
some getting used to, she said.
“The win hasn’t hit home yet, it still
feels unreal. My husband and I have
been really busy recently, so we’ve
hardly had a moment to think about
it, even though we’ve known since the
draw on Saturday. We finally got a
chance to talk about it last night and
we ended up staying up late dreaming
about all the possibilities that are ahead
of us now.”
Their children will get a share. “ We’re
definitely going to help out our kids,
they ’ve never asked for a thing, so it’s
so special that we can give them a bit
of a hand now,” the winner said.
“My lucky bracelet won’t be
forgotten, though. I’ll be hitting the
shops tomorrow to buy a new charm to
remind me every day just how lucky I
am and what it felt like to win Lotto!”
Fitzherbert Street Four Square
owner Yvonne Manera said the
windfall “could not have gone to a
West Coast farming leaders are cautious
about a less than stellar performance
by Westland Milk Products, despite
reporting record sales.
While the Hokitika-based co-operative
New Zealand’s second largest dairy
producer — last night reported a 46%
increase in revenue to $830 million for
the 2013-14 year, the record result mainly
reflects increased milk volumes, up 21%
at 753 million litres.
It also confirmed in its annual results,
a payout of $7.57 per kilo of milk solids.
But the clouds are looming. Increased
international dairy competition and
constrained terms of trade driven by a
high New Zealand dollar are pushing
back farmer payout expectations for the
West Coast Federated Farmers
president Katie Milne, a shareholder and
dairy farmer from Rotomanu, said today
the positive result masked a less than
ideal trading performance by Westland
While the company was trying to lift its
game to more value-added products, its
performance needed to be seen in light of
what the other companies were achieving
overall, Miss Milne said.
“The thing is, as they say, while it’s a
good result for the West Coast, given the
other companies have had a real stellar
year, it’s not what suppliers want to see.”
The prospects for the new season look
gloomy, with the payout having been
pulled back to between $5.40 and $5.80,
down from a predicted $6 to $6.40
announced by the company in July.
“The biggest problem is going into
the new season with it being very low.
It would have been nice for it to be as
robust as for the previous season so we
could handle it better,” Miss Milne said.
A problem for Westland was its
“It will be very interesting to see how
the chips fall this year. This year could
well be a different story. They do need to
lift their game for us.
“No one is overly happy, but at least we
had forewarning,” Miss Milne said.
Federated Farmers dairy section
chairwoman Renee Rooney said the
return posted by the co-operative was “no
surprise” but shareholders would need to
be confident that the company had the
right strategies to lift its game into the
“ We just have to keep the faith. It’s
about growth and keeping us sustainable
and simply making a profit. We’ ll just
carry on farming,” Mrs Rooney said.
Westland Milk chief executive Rod
Quin said the result was strong compared
with recent seasons, but did not meet the
co-operative’s strategic goal of providing
“superior returns” to its shareholders.
“ While $7.57 is an above-average
management acknowledge it is not as
industry competitive as it has been.”
The payout gap was due to the price
difference between whole milk powder,
which was a “star performer” for the dairy
industry this year, and casein and skim
milk power which were Westland ’s main
volume products, Mr Quin said.
Westland Milk Products plans to
spend $40 million on a UHT milk
processing plant to produce its first retail
milk product — long-life milk, mostly
destined for the Chinese market.
An ultra high temperature (UHT)
plant will be built at the company ’s
Rolleston site, near Christchurch.
“This is a high value product with
excellent prospects for Westland,” chief
executive Rod Quin said.
Little fresh refrigerated milk was
currently consumed in China, with
most milk being in sold as a sterilised
UHT product. “ Most milk is consumed
as a UHT product that does not need
refrigeration, and we see that market
continuing to expand,” Mr Quin said.
Producing UHT is part of an ongoing
push by Westland Milk into China,
including the establishment of a sales
and marketing office in Shanghai.
Long-life milk for China
Whitebait lovers will be pleased to
hear the bait is starting to run, with
improving catches on the Hokitika
and Grey rivers after a slow start to
The weekend rain had the desired
effect of clearing blocked river
mouths, and the bait has since
started to move.
Steady catches of up to 20kg were
reported on both main rivers, and
one of 45kg on the Taramakau.
Tony Kerr, of the Curly Tree
Whitebait Company near Haast,
said the South Westland rivers
famous for catches of mammoth
proportions had had one of the
better Septembers for a while.
“ We are getting a bit in and still
trying to catch up on all our orders,
but all in all, things are going well,”
Mr Kerr said.
He also let slip, without disclosing
the river, that someone had caught
120kg. “I believe that was caught
over two days — but it was still one
of the larger catches to date.”
A whitebaiter on the Grey River
said he had been scooping enough
for a feed each night, but understood
that whitebaiters waiting upstream
with set nets near the old Cobden
Bridge were feasting on the bait
with some much bigger catches.
Those who waded out to the
rocks in the middle on the river
on the Cobden side have also been
enjoying the fruits of their labour.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Cobden whitebaiters wrapped up warm this morning as the Barber blew down the Grey River.
Whitebait on the move
New Buffalo chief
Cobden man Jim Moore has
recently been promoted to head
of the New Zealand Royal
Antediluvian Order of Buffalos.
The lodge says it strives to
teach its members the duty to
ser ve others and inculcate the
practice of virtue.
Mr Moore, a roll of honour
life member of the Greymouth
lodge since 2011, was elected
Grand Primo of the New
Zealand order by 26 national
delegates during their annual
convention in Rotorua recently.
As Grand Primo, he will have
a busy year touring Buffalo
lodges around the country,
mostly in the North Island.
“During the term, I’m required
to visit as many lodges in New
Zealand as I can. I’m able to do
this with the help of the lodges
I visit,” Mr Moore said.
At 71, he is relishing what is a
He said he could not have
achieved the position without
the ongoing support of his wife
“I’m happy I’ve got it now
and not in another year or two’s
first West Coaster to hold the
position. While the current
Greymouth Buffalo L odge
goes back nearly 25 years,
‘Buffaloism’ has a much longer
West Coast history.
The current Greymouth lodge
has up to 15 active members. It
meets every second Thursday at
the Blaketown Bowling Club
and operates as a “remote”
lodge within the national
organisation, which made
his selection as Grand Primo
“I’m basically the first from
the West Coast — and to make
it even more unique ... I’m
the first Grand Primo to ever
come from a remote lodge,” Mr
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