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COX, Charlie. —
October 13, 2004. Ten
years have gone by.
Many stories retold
Nev, Barb and Terry.
HUNT, (nee James)
of Reefton and Hokitika.
On October 11, 2014
passed away peacefully.
In her 90th year. Be-
loved wife of the late
George Harold. Much
mother-in-law of Garth
Nana of Greg and
Jamie, Dale and Lisa,
Mark and Tash, and
Kristy, Julieanne, and
mother of Lucas, Rome
and Tamaya, Laekin,
Emmy and Briar and
Dakota. Messages to
1/37a Tahunanui Drive,
Tahunanui, Nelson. A
graveside funeral service
for Helen will be held at
the Richmond Cemetery
on Wednesday October
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Tai Poutini Polytechnic hopes a new
degree will help West Coast businesses
work smarter and more effectively.
Programme leader in trades and special
projects Hadleigh Smith said they hoped
to introduce a degree in business enterprise
early next year. The course had been sourced
from British higher education facility
Edinburgh Napier University, however the
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
(NZQA) would have the final say over
whether Tai Poutini Polytechnic could
deliver the course.
Representatives from NZQA would
be visiting Greymouth next month, and
subject to their approval the course would
be offered from February 2015. It would
cost between $25,000 and $40,000 to set up.
Mr Smith said he expected the biggest
demand to come from people working
at businesses across the region, as well as
students already enrolled on the diploma in
“They (businesses) are saying it ’s a great
idea for a degree — it will build capability
in our staff, identify new opportunities for
us, new efficiencies and evaluate where our
businesses are doing well.”
Mr Smith said a recently completed sur vey
of close to 100 Tai Poutini Polytechnic
students showed that more than 88%
wanted to do another degree with the
Many of the students who would be
interested in the new course were already
working. Therefore it had been designed to
allow them to study part-time on projects
based in their workplaces.
The course would run for three years,
however for students already enrolled on the
diploma course, the new degree would entail
only one extra year of study, Mr Smith said.
He said the course offered by Edinburgh
Napier University was the one best matched
to its students.
“ When we looked at what suited our
students on our courses and our business
environment, this programme was the one
c losest to matching their needs. They could
study part-time and carry on working and
stay with their families.”
Edinburgh Napier would be involved in
providing resources and tutor support for
the course, if it was introduced, he said.
New qualification for
Coast business hopefuls
About 150 people got a taste of the
pioneer life on Saturday on the site of
where everything started for Greymouth
town 150 years ago.
Cafe DP1 owner Sarah Burdon, whose
cafe sits on the site of Reuben Waite’s
pioneering store, organised a Pioneer
Day as part of the town’s 150th
On offer were old fashioned children’s
games such as apple bobbing, horseshoe
throwing and knock the cans over.
A high tea of cakes, scones and club
sandwiches, a special pioneer menu and
traditional lemonade were also on offer.
Ms Burdon said the day was a great
“ We had quite a good turnout, and the
boys sold heaps of lemonade, about 20
litres of it.”
The high tea was popular, as was
the apple bobbing and the horseshoe
One of the children who enjoyed the
programme of traditional games also
won a prize for the best dressed
Ms Burdon said the success of the day
encouraged them to hold similar events
in the future.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Connie Duell and Adrienne Hally enjoy a spot of high tea at the Pioneer Day organised by Cafe DP1, on Saturday, on the very site where it all began for Greymouth 150
years ago, when Reuben Waite set up his pioneering store on what was to become Mawhera Quay.
Old-time games at pioneer celebration
of the Westport News
says he received only
$NZ360,000 of the
attributed to him in the
company ’s 2014 annual
package isn’t what I get
— I get about $30,000
a month,” Hamish
Bohannan said on Friday.
The rest was
“performance rights”, he
They were allocated to
him, but were paid only
if the company reached
certain targets, which it
had failed to do in recent
Bathurst ’s annual reports
show Mr Bohannan’s
cash salary has more than
halved since 2011, when
he received $A628,678.
“The company ’s in strife
so ... I’ve taken less and
less every year,” he said on
His total package
in 2011 was listed as
But most of it consisted
of share options, which
he did not receive, he
“It was valued at the
value of the stock at the
time, and I never got
them because we never
met the targets.”
acknowledged that the
way the company had to
report its remuneration
packages was misleading.
“I don’t know, as
a shareholder, how
most shareholders can
understand what it all
Bathurst posted its
biggest loss of $NZ189m
this year, mainly due
to writing down the
$NZ449.9m value of its
Buller Coal Project, at
pay takes a dive
A flight could be specially organised
from Westport to Wellington next year
for the first Elton John concert in New
Zealand in nine years.
Westport Airport Authority chief
executive Sonia Cresswell said they were
in the process of gauging public interest
in organising a plane to take people
from Westport for the concert at the
Westpac Stadium, in Wellington, on
“If we can get a full plane load, we
can negotiate a great deal”, she said. Ms
Cresswell said the package would include
return airfares and concert tickets.
Anyone who was interested was asked
to contact the Buller District Council to
register an interest.
One of the most contentious moments
in New Zealand sporting history has
been brought to the stage and will be
brought to Greymouth next month.
The Underarm is a play about two
brothers being ripped apart 25 years after
the infamous underarm incident between
New Zealand and Australia during a
cricket one-day match in 1981.
With New Zealand needing six off the
last ball, Australia captain Greg Chappell
ordered his younger brother Trevor
to bowl an underarm to batsman Brian
McKechnie, giving Australia the win.
In the play, brothers Colin and Don
are reunited at the Basin Reser ve in
Wellington as adults. During a rain
delayed test match the pair decide to
re-create the events of that fateful day.
What results is a tumultuous ride
through sport, politics and the ugly side
of broken families.
The Underarm is directed by esteemed
New Zealand actor and director, Peter
Hambleton, known for playing the dwarf
Gloin in The Hobbit trilogy.
Representing New Zealand is multi
award-winning Wellington actor Chris-
topher Brougham as Colin.
He has previously appeared on
Shortland Street, The Strip, Avatar, as
well as The Hobbit.
Representing Australia is award-
winning Melbourne actor Jeremy Kewley
as Don. He has appeared on Rove Live,
Blue Heelers, Underbelly and McLeod’s
An actual ball from the underarm
match will also be on display.
The show will be on the stage at the
Regent Theatre on November 13, with
adult tickets $38.
Greymouth Child Youth and Family social worker Tara Adams, ahead of
the White Ribbon ride.
Motorbike riders from across New
Zealand will be doing their bit to say
‘no’ to domestic violence when they
arrive on the Coast next month.
Bikers taking part in the fourth
annual White Ribbon ride will be
arriving in Greymouth on the evening
of November 18, with a free meal
being laid on at the Baptist Church at
There will also be a breakfast at the
Advance Mawhera Masonic L odge
the next morning before the riders
meet with students from John Paul II
High School and St Patrick’s Primary
School. They will then head down
to Hokitika to meet students from
Westland High School.
This year’s ride will once again aim to
raise the profile of the White Ribbon
Organisation, which encourages men
to take the pledge, “I promise never
to commit, condone or remain silent
about violence towards women”.
Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle
Club members Jackie and Tara Adams
will be organising the West Coast
stage of the event. Mr Adams hoped it
would be well backed by people in the
“The hope is that the people of the
West Coast will take part and support
this event, whether it ’s wearing a white
ribbon, talking to your mates, taking
part in the ride or just coming along
on the day to see the bikes and meet
the riders,” Mr Adams said.
“The riders are all volunteers who
take time off work and away from their
own families to support victims of
family violence and to raise awareness
of the issues faced by New Zealand
families every day.”
On this year’s West Coast stage of
the event an All Blacks replica rugby
shirt, signed by the current team will
be raffled off to raise funds for White
The draw for the winning ticket
will take place during the Motorcycle
Exhibition at the Regent Theatre on
October 26 during the motorcycle
The ride, which gets under way in
Blenheim on November 18, will finish
in Christchurch on November 25.
Bikers to roar into Greymouth
Department of Conservation ranger Tim Butcher,
shows off a bird’s foot that has come a long way. “A
chap strolling along Gillespies Beach noticed the
remains of a bird with a band on its leg and handed
it over to staff in Fox Glacier. Our records show
the foot belongs to an Australasian gannet of the
booby family, caught and banded on White Island
in 1995, almost 20 years ago and 900-odd kilometres
away,” DOC spokeswoman Lisa Tovey said. It is not
unusual for Australasian gannets who fly from New
Zealand to Australia at only 16 weeks old, to live up
to 40 years.
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Bird foot’s 900km journey
The defendant and complainant in
a case over a restraining order were
warned by a judge to “stop bickering”
in the Greymouth District Court
Jacqueline Ann Galland, 42,
of Blaketown, was defending
accusations from James von Hooker,
that she had made allegations about
him on her Facebook page, ‘ West
Coast checkpoints/speed cameras
and police gossip’.
The case had been set down for
this morning, however Galland
told Judge Stephen O’Driscoll that
she had only seen the application
from von Hooker for her to provide
more evidence when she walked
into court at 9.20am, and said she
needed more time to prepare her
Galland said she could provide
evidence this morning if she could
use the internet or her phone in
However, Judge O’Driscoll said he
would not allow that.
After repeated comments flying
from both parties at the other,
the judge ordered both parties
to behave: “I won’t have this
bickering going on. I won’t be the
judge (for the case) but it’s just a
Robert Alexander Gardiner, 51,
of Blaketown, had a charge of
assault on June 22 withdrawn after
a witness for the police failed to turn
up at court.
Judge tells bickering pair to behave
Mary Trayes delivers her talk on Darkies Terrace at the History House open day, on Friday. Organisers said today they were
thrilled with the turnout. Jack Flood, from Friends of History House, said more than 150 people visited and they had lots of good
feedback. “People have found out just how good and how valuable an asset it is,” Mr Flood said. He praised the museum staff for
going above and beyond the call of duty to make it work.
PICTURE: History House
History House open day attracts 150
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