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Two people were arrested in
separate incidents overnight in
Greymouth. A man was taken into
custody charged with assault in a
domestic argument, and another
man for breach of bail.
Drivers using the alpine passes to
Canterbury have been warned to
expect snow over the next 24 hours.
The Metser vice forecast falls of 10-
20cm near the summit on Arthur’s
Pass from early tomorrow until late
at night, and 20-25cm near the
summit of Lewis Pass throughout
Friday until early Saturday. A few
snow showers are also expected on
Porters Pass from early tomorrow.
Farmers fret over dairy prices
welcomed the exclusion of the town’s
drinking-water supply creek from a
planned 1080 poison drop, despite the
operation shutting down the water
supply for up to three days.
Tb Free NZ was set to begin its
pest control operation around Atarau,
however the Blackball Residents’
Association gained a concession to have
an area 500m either side of the creek
excluded from the aerial poison drop.
Chairman Paul Maunder said the water
supply would be shut off the day before
the 1080 was dropped, until around three
days after wards, to allow for a “rigorous
The Grey District Council had arranged
for a firm to take a series of water samples,
with results expected three days later.
He said the community welcomed the
concessions from Tb Free NZ.
“The Blackball Residents’ Association
applauds the fact that Tb Free NZ and
the chief medical officer of health are
listening and negotiating meaningfully
with the community with regard to
water safety,” Mr Maunder said.
Two water samples would initially be
taken for testing between six and 12
hours after the drop, with another two
samples to be taken 24 hours later. The
water supply would be turned back on as
long as the water was free of the toxin.
Further samples would be taken over the
next three months.
“In the very unlikely event that any
1080 residue is detected at any test, then
the water supply intake will be turned off
until further tests are clear,” he said.
Tb Free NZ will ensure an ample
drinking-water supply is available while
the water supply intake is closed.
West Coast dairy farmers are chewing
over more bad news after the global dairy
market dropped sharply overnight.
The international Global Dairy Trade
(GDT) auction dipped 7.3%, with the
benchmark whole milk powder price
It means prices for milk powder — the
mainstay of Westland Milk Products —
have more than halved since the beginning
of the year.
West Coast Federated Farmers dairy
chairwoman Renee Rooney said farmers
were waiting for the bad news to end after the
GDT result and yesterday ’s “disappointing”
announcement by Westland Milk confirming
a $5.40 to $5.80 payout for 2014-15, and a
final payout of $7.57 for last season.
Coast farmers having to contend with “the
least competitive” payout in the country and
the state of the GDT was “disappointing”,
Mrs Rooney said.
While Westland’s payout was “well
signalled,” adding the GDT bad news into
the mix added some uncertainty to the
The next year “ will be tough” for many,
particularly those with high debt.
“ It might be worth considering taking the
final payout for this season, which is above-
average, and banking it for next winter. Next
year is going to be tight for everyone.”
Mrs Rooney said farmers also needed
to “keep faith” with their co-operative,
Westland Milk, whose move into higher
value production “would hopefully increase”
returns by moving away from raw ingredients.
The remaining payout of 13 cents a kilo of
milksolids, due to farmers on October 20,
would be “a lifeline” for some and the last
opportunity to capitalise off this season’s
more favourable payout.
meetings this month would look closely at
the co-operative’s strategy and performance,
Wednesday October 2
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Grey Medical Centre
Tragically taken 10
years ago. A good life
cut short. Loving you
always, forever in our
hearts and memories. —
Tash and Fred Logan.
KING, Frank T. — On
September 30, 2014
peacefully at St Nicolas,
aged 83 years. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Eleanor (nee Bell),
much loved father and
father-in-law of Russell
and Sally, Christine,
Diane and Warren,
Trevor and Michelle,
Shelley and Adrian,
Peri, Carl (deceased),
Fleur, and Lara, much
loved grandad of all his
Every day, in some
Precious memories of
you come our way,
Sometimes a smile,
sometimes a tear,
In our hearts you will
always be there.
Messages to King
Family, 104 Roydvale
Christchurch. A Service
of Farewell and Remem-
brance for Frank will
be held in the
Chapel, Johns Road,
Christchurch on Satur-
day, October 4, 2014
at 11.30am. Hall and
Co, Funeral Directors,
WATSON, Karl. —
Not a day do we forget
In our hearts you are
We who love you, sadly
As it dawns the 10th sad
Love from family.
Youngsters’ ar t spruces up gallery
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Children on a WestREAP school holiday programme this week have helped brighten up the back of the Left Bank Art Gallery, in
Greymouth, with a West Coast-themed mural. The children helped paint the mural, which features the Pancake Rocks, a mountain
range, a whale and a kiwi. Their artwork was put on display yesterday. The Mawhera Quay site will be further spruced up with a small
garden and seat.
The West Coast recorded the largest
drop in reported crime within the
Tasman police district for the year
ending June 30.
Reported crime on the Coast dropped
8.8% for the year, compared with a 2.9%
decrease for the entire Tasman police
Tasman comprises the West Coast,
Marlborough, and Nelson Bays regions.
The West Coast had a 55.9% crime
resolution rate, the highest within
the police district, Tasman district
commander Superintendent Richard
Reported serious assaults resulting in
injury also reached a nine-year low after
dropping for the second year in a row.
Mr Chambers said the overall statistics
also showed the lowest annual recorded
offences since electronic recording began
Tasman also saw “significant reduc-
tions” in robbery, extortion and similar
crime, with the West Coast and Nelson
dropping by 20%. Public disorder
offences were down by over 20% across
Nationally, the police recorded 353,564
offences in the year ending June 30.
When adjusted for population growth,
reported criminal offences per head of
population were down 4.1 % overall on
the previous year.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Tai Poutini Polytechnic tutor Ric Moor with his prizewinning sculpture.
A Tai Poutini Polytechnic tutor has
car ved out a prestigious prize at an
international jade exhibition in China.
Ric Moor won the gold award at
the international Suzhou Exhibition,
in an area of China regarded as the
country’s jade car ving heartland.
Mr Moor and five fellow New
Zealanders were invited to exhibit
at the jade sculpting competition
alongside 800 other artists, from
about 3000 Chinese and international
His sculpture, called ‘Life Fold’,
represented the cycle of life from
grandparent to parent to child, and
was one of four Mr Moor took with
him to China.
“It is great to come away with this
result and I’m looking for ward the
new opportunities that come out of
the experience,” Mr Moor said. “I was
pleased just to be asked to attend the
exhibition this year, the gold award
has made it all the more special.”
The award recognised a high
standard of work, on par with the
Chinese ‘master’ car vers, and was
presented to 25 car vers.
“I spent time watching some of
their masters work while I was there,
learning the techniques they use to
train apprentices, and I can say I am
truly honoured to receive the award.”
The week-long exhibition was the
first multi-national exhibition of jade
works in China. Three of the other
New Zealanders attending the show
received gold awards and two received
silver, which Mr Moor said recognised
the high calibre of car vers in New
“It is a major acknowledgment
and it is really great for Tai Poutini
Polytechnic, as well. I attended
meetings with car ving association
and government heads while I was
there and have been invited back to
exhibitions next year.”
More than 30,000 people are
involved the jade car ving industry
in Suzhou. The annual exhibition
in Suzhou is one of three main jade
shows in China each year.
Jade car ver strikes gold
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westland Milk Products says it is not
responsible for the white scum which has
again been plaguing whitebaiters on the
Hokitika River this season.
Westland Milk environmental manager
Chris Pullen said yesterday the company ’s
own investigations into the matter had found
the white gungy substance was most likely
naturally occurring algae.
“ Westland Milk Products has carried out
thorough checks on its plant associated with
its permitted discharge into the Hokitika
River. Tests have shown that the stringy
filamentous material taken from whitebaiters’
nets earlier this week is not discharge from
Westland Milk Products, it is most likely
naturally occurring algae,” Mr Pullen said.
The test was carried out by Westland Milk’s
own accredited research laboratory with a
sample also sent to West Coast Regional
Council for independent verification, he
“A river such as the Hokitika, which flows
through a large and varied catchment, is
likely to have various substances occurring in
it from time to time,” Mr Pullen said.
“These may be natural or a result of
human activity. All such occurrences need
to be checked out and people should avoid
jumping to conclusions about the source
until the results of investigations are known
in order to ensure Westland is able to respond
to any issues that might arise as quickly and
effectively as possible, and the true source
of any apparent substance in the water
established. Westland staff are checking the
river and talking to whitebaiters daily. ”
Fishermen on the river last week reported
the pollution at its worst since the start of the
season and was clogging their nets daily.
One whitebaiter said it was a recurring
problem, year after year.
Westland Milk denies river scum link
are regularly visiting the
central business district,
‘inviting’ place and would
prefer to see a town
centre or plaza, according
to a survey for the Grey
Last month, the council
team posed a series of
questions about the CBD
on-line, face to face,
through a drop box and
via the Greymouth Star.
A total of 354 responses
The sur vey found 52%
of residents visit the
CBD more than three
times a week, and 55%
Opus said it was a good
result compared to other
respondents were asked if
the CBD reflected local
character, the results were
not so encouraging. The
over whelming majority,
81%, said ‘no’ and 87%
indicated that it was not
an inviting place to be.
The fairy lights above
the Mackay and Tainui
Street intersection were
regarded as a popular
feature to retain, as well
as preser ving heritage
buildings and identity.
People wanted to keep
the locally-owned and
operated shops and
the public art scattered
around the town centre.
Some praised the
floodwall and library, and
the majority called for
more green space, public
art and shelter, especially
from the Barber.
pedestrian spaces was
also a strong theme, with
many suggesting a plaza-
style hub or town centre
for markets, events and
up well, with 72% of
‘yes’ to the question ‘do
you feel safe at night?’
“O verall, the responses
indicated that there is
much that works well and
to celebrate about our
Greymouth CBD, but
there is some room for
to invite people to linger
and enjoy our CBD
area and to articulate
our identity as West
Coasters,” the council
team said in a statement
The next phase of the
CBD renewal project has
now begun and involves
the development of a
will also be gathering
feedback personally at
the upcoming Buskers
Festival on Friday,
To view the draft
vision, guiding principles
and have a say on how
the vision may be
implemented, go to
renewal. The ‘vision test
quick-poll’ has a specific
range of questions, and
allows business owners
and operators to provide
input into the draft
Amid tough economic
conditions on the West
Coast a free forum aims
to help business owners
operate in trying times.
The ‘Inspire Business
Forum’ aims to help
more about operating
business in volatile
economic times. The key
theme of the event will
be to share with new and
existing business owners
the latest business trends,
challenges and solutions.
First Class Accounts
director John Brydon,
said it would focus on
helping small businesses,
which were critical to
creating to keeping more
jobs on the Coast.
Mr Brydon said key staff
from Xero, ASB Bank
and Harcourts would also
be offering their advice.
“They are all nationally
known corporate brands
who are at the forefront
of their respective
The forums will be
held at the Town House
Restaurant in Westport
on October 7, and
Kingsgate Hotel in
Greymouth on October
8, both between 4.30pm
Business forums for Coast
03 769 7920
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