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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
CYB contractors Bryan O’Neill, left, and Tyler Davy get work under way on strengthening the BNZ building in central
Earthquake strengthening work is under
way on Poutini House, which houses
the Greymouth BNZ, after a seismic
assessment found it was only 18% of the
Owned by the Mawhera Incorporation,
the two-storey office and retail block on
the corner of Mackay and Tainui streets,
was built in 1979. The three-month
upgrade will bring it to 80%.
The building permit application
lodged with the Grey District Council
says contractors will construct a new
reinforced concrete foundation beam
and frame along the western edge, with
steel bracing frame on the western and
During stage two, a new entry will be
added to the first floor, leading off Tainui
Part of the problem with the building is
the concrete masonry sheer walls, and the
In August last year, a 29m borehole was
drilled, and a downhole sheer velocity
wave test done. A quake assessment was
then written up by Opus.
BNZ spokeswoman Grace Honney said
the work was scheduled to take about
“Meanwhile, it’s business as usual, and
there are signs up at the store saying that
they ’re still open,” Ms Honney said.
Earthquake strengthening work is also
imminent across the intersection on the
1912-era building occupied by Showcase
BNZ ear thquake strengthening under way
The buskers festival returns to
Greymouth tonight, with a jam
session at the Left Bank Art Gallery
as part of the celebrations for the
This time around the festival also
coincides with the inaugural Mackay
Street Mile run, which includes a ‘men
in heels’ race as a fundraiser for the
Breast Cancer Foundation.
The gallery will hold its open mike
and jam session from 6pm until 9pm.
Organiser Maxine Morgan said
people could sing, perform, read
poetry or anything else.
“ People can get up and have a dance
if they want to. This is a cool space for
the community to use. It ’s not just a
The gallery would be open before
the jam session and light refreshments
would be available throughout.
The first buskers festival was held
on August 15, organised by the Grey
District Youth Trust, and brought
along 300 people into the town
Trust youth co-ordinator Sarah
Har vey said the last event had been a
Anyone interested in busking or
setting up a market stall should simply
turn up, with no need to book.
5pm to 7.30pm: Buskers festival
6pm to 9pm: Open mike and jam
6pm to 8pm: Mackay Street Mile.
Opening 6pm, first race 6.10pm.
7.10pm: Men in Heels race
8pm: Fun run.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Don Henderson on mandolin and Denis Gempton on congo drums practice
for the open mike and jam session at the Left Bank Art Gallery tonight.
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Greymouth’s 150th celebrations
The shale oil bonanza in America
is not behind the slump in coal
prices, New Zealand experts,
whose eyes are firmly on China,
The West Coast coal industry
has been beset by job losses since
the price slumped a few years ago.
Across the Pacific, United States
newspapers are full of buoyant
headlines about its energy
sector, with CNBC reporting a
“production renaissance” and the
New York Times a “ bonanza” that
means the country is now one of
the top global energy producers.
The American move to cheaper
shale oil and gas, which has left a
surplus of coal, is not what caused
the Coast coal industry to hit the
That surplus coal is used for
power generation (thermal coal)
and much has found its way to
Europe, Germany in particular.
Straterra chief executive Chris
Baker said this was largely
separate from the coking coal and
“The coal we export from the
West Coast can broadly be
described as coking coal, and is
used in the production of steel,
and for some other specialised
“This coal is not used as a thermal
coal and prices for coking coal are
not directly affected by events in
the thermal coal market.”
The low price for export coal
was substantially caused by
lower demand from China,
caused in turn by a downturn in
predictions were that a significant
increase in demand for coking coal
might be two to three years away.
Global economic growth was
also an important factor, as was
India and other developing
Shale oil bonanza
not behind coal price
slump, say experts
The Easter storm that pounded the
West Coast on April 17 cost more than
the devastating dual Greymouth floods
A report written by Anita Gillespie
for the West Coast Regional Council
puts the total insurance bill at $55.3
million, whereas the floods of May and
September 1988 cost $31 million and
the 2005 Greymouth tornado a little
under $12 million (inflation adjusted).
The Easter storm, the tail of Cyclone
Ita, felled about 20,000ha of forest and
damaged a further 200,000ha.
In Westport, the army helped clear
away 400 truckloads of green waste,
and it took Buller Electricity 11 days to
get all supplies reconnected, at a cost of
In Greymouth, 60 households lost
their roofs and five commercial buildings
were left uninhabitable.
Westpower estimated it was the worst
storm in at least 30 years. It cost the
Grey District Council $391,000.
In South Westland, 10 reinforced
concrete power poles near Whataroa
snapped and it took four days to restore
power to Fox Glacier.
Opus, which looks after the State
highways, spent $1.2 million fixing
About 250 Westland Milk Products
suppliers were affected by the storm, and
125 lost electricity for milking. In places,
the wind literally cut the grass, and with
fences down some stock escaped.
The report concludes that despite
reduced staff numbers because of the
Easter holiday, the Coast reacted with
“selflessness, strength, proficiency and
“No doubt the tireless work that each
and every person involved undertook
throughout the Easter long weekend,
helped ensure that our region suffered
no loss of life as a result of ex-tropical
Cyclone Ita,” Ms Gillespie said.
Cyclone Ita costs more than
dual Greymouth f loods of 1988
The search for a missing helicopter has
entered its fourth day.
On Tuesday, Damian Webster was
flying from Karamea on the West
Coast to Nelson when his Robinson 44
Search and rescue teams in helicopters
are now airborne, and ground teams are
also resuming their search.
Searches of dense forest near Nelson
failed to find any sign of Mr Webster or
his helicopter yesterday.
Four helicopters and five ground
teams were looking for the helicopter in
Kahurangi National Park, 35km west of
The Rescue Co-ordination Centre said
this morning at least as many personnel
would be involved in today ’s search.
Mr Webster’s family have not given up
“ Like every family in a situation like
this everybody is waiting and wondering
and worrying like hell because we don’t
know anything,” Damian’s uncle Peter
Webster said earlier. “It’s just wait and
wait and wait and hope to hell they can
find him. ”
High winds obstructed helicopters
searching on Wednesday afternoon.
Conditions were better yesterday but no
breakthroughs were made.
Up to 20 searchers in five teams, a
rescue dog, and helicopters have been
involved in the search.
No emergency beacon signal had been
detected from the missing helicopter and
the search area was based on information
from the helicopter’s tracking system.
“Things are more challenging on the
ground and the teams are conducting
contour searches, following the lay of the
land,” Rescue Co-ordination Centre’s
Neville Blakemore said. “ The area is
covered in very steep ravines so it is very
hard work, but the people on the ground
are well-trained and committed to a
comprehensive search. ”
The aircraft was believed to belong to
Helicopter Charter Karamea.
Two helicopters left Karamea about
8am Monday to fly to Nelson. The pilot
of the second helicopter raised the alarm
about noon that day when Mr Webster
did not arrive in Nelson when expected.
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