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Buller man injured in
A 27-year-old Buller man was
admitted to hospital late on Saturday
evening after a fight in Westport. He
suffered minor to moderate injuries
from the fracas, which involved
a group of men fighting in the
driveway of a Russell Street address,
adjacent to Victoria Square, about
11pm. Earlier in the evening police
were called to a domestic argument
between a man and his partner at
a Peel Street address. The pair were
separated and no charges were laid.
In port: Jay Elaine, Canopus,
Tawera, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
One submission opposing
disposal of windthrow logs
The ownership of the Runanga
Miners’ Hall is still to be transferred
to the newly established trust, which
hopes to have the storm damaged
heritage building re-roofed by the end
of the month.
Runanga Miners’ Hall Trust chairman
Paul Thomas said they were waiting on
the Grey District Council to transfer
ownership and the insurance payout for
the Easter storm damage.
“The process of achieving that has
taken longer then both parties thought,”
Mr Thomas said.
The trust had planned to have the new
roof on by the end of the month and
still hoped to meet that timetable.
“ We are poised to get the roof on, we
just need to get the formalities out of
The entire hall restoration project is
expected to cost $880,000.
Mr Thomas said they had to have all
the planning work done ready to submit
with the main funding application to
Lotteries, in February. They also needed
to have secured one third of the project
funds before applying.
They were now focused on getting
“The big push is to get the bundles of
money coming in,” he said.
Trust hopes to have Miners’ Hall
re-roofed by end of October
The Department of Conser vation
received just one submission opposing the
disposal of rimu logs from West Coast
conser vation reser ves which were blown on
to local roads and amenity areas in April
DOC publicly notified its intention
in August to dispose of rimu which
fell during Cyclone Ita at the Revell
the Milltown amenity area, and
the Totara-Mikonui forests conser vation
The notice encompassed rimu blown over
at the Paparoa south conservation area
during the big wind of May 23, and felled
during operations within the Pike River
DOC Hokitika permissions and statutory
land management manger Judi Brennan
said submissions had now closed, and the
department had received just one opposing
That submitter indicated their wish to
be heard and the department was now
required to work through notified public
hearing process, as outlined under terms of
the Conservation Act.
“This means any decision about the
timber that was cleared after the windfall,
but before the Cyclone Ita legislation
was enacted will not be made until the
submitters concerns have been addressed,”
Ms Brennan said.
That special legislation to enable recovery
of native logs from the conservation estate
was pushed through under urgency by
Parliament, in July.
After 18 years helping disabled people
with her job at CCS Disability Action,
Gloria Hammond is looking forward to
getting stuck in to a long list of things she
wants to do after she retires on tomorrow.
at my age, and it’s time for a young person
to come along and polish it and take it
for ward. You can get stale if you stay too
long, I want to just kick back a bit,” Mrs
She first started at CCS after taking
a year out to relax after a 16-year stint
working for Child, Youth and Family.
During her time at the CCS, Mrs
Hammond said she was most proud of
seeing it evolve from a charity into a fully
fledged ser vice provider.
She had loved working out in the West
“It ’s been the people, the giving nature
of the Coast, and that real community
Despite her impending retirement,
she will still be far from idle, having
recently applied for four part-time jobs, as
“something to keep me occupied ”.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Gloria Hammond says she is looking forward to getting out into her garden in her retirement.
CCS stalwar t retires
Kahya Pownceby, 11, would love the chance to tr y out the new chainsaw she won during an open house
showing at Lockwood Homes, in Nelson Street, Greymouth, at the weekend. The open home included a
display of lawnmowers and a chainsaw from Westland Lawnmower Services, with all visitors eligible to
enter a competition to win the chainsaw.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Open home visitor wins chainsaw
Amid the slump in the West Coast
dairy sector, the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
is looking at how it can better support
Chief executive Allan Sargison said
at the polytechnic council meeting in
Greymouth last week, they currently
supported dairying on the Coast by
delivering national certificates in
agriculture, and by providing training
for support ser vices in the automotive
and trades sectors.
However, the future capabilities
report from the Ministry of Primary
Industries said that for New Zealand to
remain competitive globally, currently
unqualified primary industry and
support ser vices workers would require
greater skills and training.
“ With this in mind, (Tai Poutini
Polytechnic) began research into how
the institution might better support the
dairy industry on the West Coast,” Mr
They had had asked a number of
organisations including Federated
Farmers, Dairy NZ, and Westland
Milk Products to identify the current
skill shortages on the West Coast, the
issues facing regional dairying, and if
further training could help.
agribusiness management, nutrient
and safety were the main issues
“Once this research is complete (Tai
Poutini Polytechnic) will work towards
delivering training relevant to the dairy
industry on the West Coast in 2016,”
Mr Sargison said.
Some of the skill gaps identified in
agribusiness were farm staff lacking
managerial experience, the ability to
plan, measure, monitor, review and
difficulties in financial planning and
Most of the organisations consulted
also commented around the areas
of regulations and environmental
compliance, however most said that
Westland Milk Products had that area
sewn up through its ‘Farm Excellence’
Some of those consulted identified
workers spending time off-farm,
geography and the logistics of travelling
to training, and the “less academically
inclined ” dairy worker as potential
issues around training.
The report suggested the polytechnic
could support the dairy sector
through literacy, numeracy, business
management and health and safety risk
mitigation training, and training in
Tai Poutini looks at options to
support Coast dairy industry
An extra workshop is to be held
at Waitaha Valley this Thursday
in a series on scoring dairy cow
body condition (BCS) being held
throughout Westland this month.
West Coast farm adviser Ross
Bishop said the extra Dairy NZ
discussion group would focus on
assessing BCS correctly, look at
the implications, and examine how
best to ensure BCS targets can be
Mr Bishop said Dairy NZ animal
husbandry extension specialist
Tony Dench, from Lincoln,
would take participants through
the appropriate steps to achieve
maximum accuracy and offer
pointers to farmers to ensure cows
were in good enough condition
performance for mating this season.
BCS is the standard visual welfare
assessment of dairy cattle used by
the dairy industry.
The extra workshop will be held
between 10.45am and 1pm at the
Waitaha Valley Road property
of Murray and Rachel Perks,
Westland Milk supply No 170.
With the addition of the Waitaha
Valley, eight workshops are being
run throughout the West Coast
starting at Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi
Valley tomorrow and finishing at
Karamea on October 16.
Dairy cow body condition
workshop for farmers
The recession and loss of corporate
sponsorship has left West Coast charities
competing for a shrinking purse.
Greymouth Coastguard has launched
an appeal for $1.5 million for a
replacement boat for Greymouth, at a
time when the Grey District Council
has already lost one major sponsor and is
scraping together the final funds for the
proposed Westland Recreation Centre.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said he had helped raise more than
$30m for charities on the West Coast in
the past 15 years.
“ I have found it a lot harder in that
time than what it was 10 years ago.
When times get tough people close
their purses up,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
For instance, State-owned coalminer
Solid Energy had originally offered $2m
for the recreation centre, but when it
hit the skids two years ago that figure
dropped to zero.
In May 2013, Solid Energy stakeholder
engagement manager Kath Low said
that between 2001 and the end of June
2012 the company had spent about
$9.94m on sponsorship on the West
But due to its “current financial
situation” it was unlikely it would be able
to provide any funding during 2013-14.
Emergency ser vice St John has also
found the loss of corporate funding
hard to cope with, chairwoman of the
Greymouth St John area committee,
Therese Gibbens, says.
Ms Gibbens said that when the
organisation was building it is new
premises in Greymouth Solid Energy
pledged $100,000, but was only able
to deliver on $66,000, leaving St John
short by more than $33,000. The current
fundraising climate was also making
it hard for the ser vice to fund
two, top of the line defibrillators,
which St John wanted to keep in its
“ We would normally rely on corporates
for our major fundraising exercises, even
the defibrillators. Now there would not
be a corporate that we would approach,
five years ago we would, but it’s really
Ms Gibbens said it had had to go back
to relying on raising funds through lots
of smaller events, such as sausage sizzles,
bake sales and raffles.
Coastguard skipper and training
officer Doug Griffin said most of its
funding currently came from Talley ’s,
and that remained unchanged. However
the organisation was about to start a
project to fund a new vessel.
“Now there is no longer a corporation
like Solid Energy in operation, finding
funding for a new vessel is going to be
hard,” Mr Griffin said.
All of the other
organisations in the region were “in the
same boat ”.
“ We are now trying to diversify
rather than relying on taking corporate
sponsorship,” he said.
Life Education Trust chairman
Nigel Ogilvie said the withdrawal of
funding from a number of corporate
sponsors had cost that group more than
“It has a a big impact on our funds, the
loss of corporate sponsors, not just Solid
Energy — we have to try to get that
from somewhere else. We have had to
redefine how we provide our ser vice, and
at times we have not had the funding to
do it,” Mr Ogilvie said.
The trust had had to turn to replacing
the lost sponsorship in the region by
looking to Auckland, where quite a lot
of its funding now came from.
“There’s no guarantee that ’s going to
He said the loss of big sponsors had a
significant impact on the Coast because
of the small population base.
“ To take out one or two big sponsors
has a big effect across the board on
charities. (However), corporate sponsors
are still the main source of sponsorship
but it’s not there at the moment —
they aren’t able to provide any form of
sponsorship,” Mr Ogilvie said.
Recession hits voluntary
groups’ fundraising efforts
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Several Westland farmers are uniting
to prepare health and safety plans for
their farms — sparked by a pending law
change and other incentives.
Increasing awareness of the importance
of safe practices and the impact of
pending legislative changes has spurred
a meeting at the Kokatahi Hall on
October 23. The meeting, organised by
local farmers and Hokitika accountants
Cuffs Ltd, will be a four-hour workshop
to draft a joint plan recognising the
pending new requirements.
ACC injury prevention consultant and
workplace safety management practices
auditor, Cathy Blincoe, will also give a
presentation at the free session.
“ We suspect there are lots of farmers
that may not have their health and
safety plans up to date,” Cuffs proprietor
Peter Cuff said.
He expected farmers would have many
questions and would need answers as
they prepared for health and safety
“Those initially emerging include the
processes required, specific issues like
managing share milkers obligations
when you are not onsite, having the
right forms and paper work when people
come onto the farm and staff training.”
Mr Cuff said with the amount farmers
were paying in ACC levies, and gaining
the 10% workplace discount would be
even more important.
“ Having the auditor from ACC present
will greatly assist the process. The event
is open to all farmers. ”
Farmers uniting to prepare
health and safety plans
attended two domestic
The first, at a Mill Street
house, resulted in the issue
of a five-day Police Safety
Order to a male and a
female after their verbal
argument got physical.
Later in the evening
police attended a
separate incident at a
Romilly Street address,
an argument between a
male and a female. The
police issued a 14 hour
safety order to the female
involved in the incident.
Some minor crime was
reported to Westport
Two old bicycles were
taken from a Derby
Street address some time
last night, community
constable Paul Sampson
Descriptions of the
stolen bikes were vague,
but one was a blue
women’s bike and the
other a male’s bike with a
A solar light on a
balcony was vandalised
on Gladstone Street early
this morning. The light
was smashed at the scene
and another was missing.
Westport domestic incidents
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