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16. In loving memory of
a Mum and Nana, three
Death leaves a heart-
ache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory
no one can steal.
In our hearts you will
Loved and remembered
Love Sandra, Bryan,
Josh, Vanessa, Rylee,
Kayden, Jordy, Breanna
John (Bob). — Passed
away peacefully on
October 14, 2014, at
Whareama Rest Home,
aged 91 years. Dearly
loved husband of the
father and father-in-law
to Marlene and John,
Jeff and Pui, and the late
Grandad to Stacey and
Natasha, Ben, Zoe and
Drew. Great-grandad to
Leah, Jai, Chelsea, Noah
and Grace. Special
thanks to the staff at
Whareama for their
dedication to Bob and
the care provided. At
Bob's request, a private
farewell service has
been held. Respectfully
cared for by Shone
& Shirley Funeral
Lois, Mary, Rosalin,
Diane and families
relatives, friends and
neighbours for their
visits, food, flowers,
prayers and personal
expressions of sympathy
with the sudden passing
of their much loved
brother Maurice. The
love and support they
received has made a
very difficult time
easier. Maurice's passing
leaves a large gap in our
Love and memories
BATY, Mavis Myrtle.
— Passed away October
Forever in our hearts
Loved and remembered
Mary and family.
peacefully on Wednes-
day October 15, 2014 at
Grey Base Hospital
surrounded by her
loving family, aged 55
years. Funeral details to
follow later. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Greymouth’s Opus International
and Sicon Ferguson workers have
been recognised for their hard
work during the Wanganui Bridge
washout, at Hari Hari, at the start
The two companies won the
customer champion team award
at the New Zealand Transport
Agency ’s annual Going the
Extra Mile (GEM) Awards on
The January 2 washout closed
State highway 6 for five days after
a 10m section of the single-lane
bridge was washed away by strong
floodwaters after heavy rain, and a
40m gap opened up.
The resulting road closure
severed communications to South
Westland and disrupted travel and
NZTA highways and network
Tommy Parker said one of their
top priorities was to put customers
at the heart of the business, and
the GEM Awards recognised
contractors and ser vice providers
who looked after customers.
“The GEM Awards celebrate the
work that can sometimes go unseen
but affects New Zealanders every
day,” Mr Parker said.
Opus and Sicon Ferguson were
recognised for their team members
breaking their New Year holidays
to return to work to reinstate the
northern approach to the bridge
during the busy holiday season.
“ For the local community, which
relies on business generated by the
summer tourist season, these work
crews were local heroes,” the award
The two companies were also
runners-up in the
customer moving’ award for the
management of the Diana Falls slip
site in the Haast Pass.
Judges said this project was a
good example of keeping customers
moving by ensuring safe passage
through a slip site by monitoring
the unstable slip face and working
with local tourist operators and
petrol stations. “ The organisations
showed innovation around site
communication and customer
notifications given the remote
nature of the site,” judges said.
September missions flown by the NZCC
rescue helicopter based in Greymouth.
Sept 3: To Buller Hospital. A 66-year-old
woman with a dislocated hip was flown to
Grey Base Hospital. To Buller Hospital. A
50-year-old woman with a medical complaint
was flown to Grey Base Hospital.To Glenaan.
A 17-year-old man with a medical condition
was flown to Christchurch Hospital.
Sept 5: To Buller Hospital. A 57-year-
old man with a medical issue was flown to
Grey Base Hospital. To Hannahs Clearing.
A 65-year-old man with a medical issue was
flown to Grey Base Hospital.
Sept 6: To Buller Hospital. A 43 year old
male with a medical issue was transferred to
Grey Base Hospital.
Sept 9: To Maruia for a 65-year-old
man with a medical issue was flown to
Christchurch Hospital. To Hari Hari. A
16-year-old girl with a medical issue was
flown to Grey Base Hospital.
Sept 10: To Barrytown. A 51-year-old man
with a medical issue was flown to Grey Base
Sept 11: To Porter Heights ski field. A
12-year-old boy with concussion was flown
to Christchurch Hospital.
Sept 14: To Karamea. A 66-year-old man
who had collapsed was flown to Grey Base
Hospital. To Buller Hospital. A 38-year-
old man was transferred to Grey Base
Rescue helicopter missions
Runanga School has begun
the new term back under the
governance of an elected board
of trustees for the first time in 20
The newly-elected board of
trustees had its first official
meeting on Tuesday night. The
school has been under the control
of a Ministry of Education
commissioner since March 2013.
The elected parent
representatives on the board are:
Hayley Skeats, Gina Freeman,
Chris Burrows and chairman
David Hoy, while the staff
representative is Lexia Copp.
Principal Philip Graydon said
he was happy with the people
who had made the board,
describing them as “good local
Mr Hoy was the board
chairman prior to the school
being put under a commissioner,
and Mr Graydon said it was
good to have someone with
board of trustees experience back
“David is well regarded within
our community and I really look
forward to working with him
and the new board,” Mr Graydon
The point of having a board was
to “run Runanga School with a
local flavour,” he said.
Runanga School principal Philip Graydon, right, with the board of trustees chairman David Hoy.
Runanga School’s board back in control
Of the $77,000 funded by
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ)
for water safety training nationally,
the West Coast will be getting a cut
of just over $13,000.
yesterday, will deliver boat and
water safety training to thousands
of young people and adults around
The West Coast will host two
courses — a day skippers course for
boaties, and a water safety course
for children, run in partnership
with West Coast Rugby League
and the Grey District Aquatic
West Coast Rugby League
development officer Paddy Byrne
said there would be a two-pronged
attack on water safety.
“ We will hold the day skipper
course, which focuses on the
essential knowledge relevant to
all boaties, who will learn about
boat handling, safety equipment,
navigation, tides, weather and rules
and regulations, and how to handle
an emergency,” Mr Byrne said.
The free course was not just for
people involved with rugby league.
He wants people with boats to get
on board and support the skippers
course, which will be held as soon as
he as at least 20 people interested.
The tutor is Rob Hewitt, a Navy
Seal with 20 years’ experience in
the Royal New Zealand Navy, who
survived four days and three nights
lost in the sea, in 2006.
The water safety course for
children would be held at the
beginning of the 2015 West Coast
schoolboy rugby league season.
“It will be an hour-long course for
all players and will cover all aspects
of water safety.”
Mr Byrne said he expected over
500 children to take part.
Coast gets big cut of water safety funding
Four West Coast mines were
caught illegally discharging
sediment in the past month, while a
farmer was fined $3500 for illegally
diverting a river in the Grey Valley.
The farmer was ser ved with
five infringement notices for
diverting the Little Grey River, at
manager Jackie Adams said the
farmer carried out the diversion
so he could build flood protection,
but he did not have consent. He
was fined and the flood protection
washed away soon after.
It was a busy month for the
council, which made 36 visits and
found 20 sites were non-compliant.
Incidents included a goldminer
discharging sediment at Inangahua;
enforcement action was undertaken.
The same happened at Greenstone
and again, enforcement action
is pending. At Reefton, gravel
extraction sent sediment down
Devils Creek; enforcement action is
pending. The last mining complaint
was at Ngahere, where a mine
discharged sediment to Deadmans
A person creating a stink at South
Beach, Greymouth, was ordered to
stop and at Ruatapu, the council
failed to find the person who had
used a digger to clear scrub to
create beach access.
Discharge of sediment from a
Greymouth gravel yard is still
Council takes action against miners, farmer
The introduction of
a new police system
to electronically scan
fingerprints and take
digital photos of
will “sharpen up” the
processing of offenders,
says the head of West
Coast road policing.
The system known as
‘Booze Bus Biometrics’
will help police officers
sergeant David Cross, of
Greymouth police, said.
Following trials, the
new technology is being
installed in all 21 police
booze buses throughout
the country, starting
from the middle of next
fingerprinting and taking
photographs of alleged
offenders has taken place
on police booze buses
for some years. But the
will make it cleaner and
It will enable police
officers to quickly
confirm the identities of
people on the roadside
biometric data, through
DNA, with existing
police records. It will
also enable the police to
collect new information
about individuals for
Police are already
empowered to obtain
the fingerprints and
photographs of alleged
offenders, however they
cannot require drivers
to go to a police station
to verify identity unless
there is good cause to
suspect a driver has given
Mr Cross said the issue
of alleged offenders
giving false details to
avoid prosecution has
not really been a major
factor on the West Coast
because there is less
chance of anonymity
in the region than in a
larger populated centre.
However, the use
of biometrics is in
line with a series of
being introduced to
make police work more
efficient, he said.
“ It sharpens up our
processes and it just
means people trying to
avoid prosecution by
giving false details aren’t
going to get away with
it,” Mr Cross said.
“ Technology is
becoming more and
more part of our
everyday lives, and our
work as well.”
The West Coast draws
on the Nelson-based
booze bus on occasion
— mainly to coincide
with big public events
such as the Kumara
Wildfoods Festival, and
the Greymouth Street
West Coast police
John Canning said today
that while a booze bus
had been present in
Greymouth for between
six and nine months
this year, it was not here
The Tasman police
district had two booze
buses which were
the area as required, with
the bus recently used on
the Coast currently in
Marlborough, he said.
Grey district councillors have been
given a glimpse into the council’s
Corporate planning and community
community economic development
adviser Erin McGoldrick had their first
meeting with councillors at the monthly
council meeting on Monday to “improve
clarity” about the projects they were
They will report each month between
now and March 2015.
Ms Horning opened by reminding
councillors that the marketing manager
position had not been filled. She said the
use of contractors gave them flexibility to
stop contracts when things slowed down.
She said the process by which their
contractors were appointed was a “robust
“I am very well aware of the procurement
process,” Ms Horning said.
She wanted “value for money” and had
the contractors working on cross-over
“I am working in the best interests of
the community and the council, and I
stake my reputation on it.”
Ms McGoldrick said that as of
September they had 20 projects under
way, including Real Stories, 150th
celebrations, Regent Theatre, long-
term plan, Greymouth CBD renewal,
Cobden sanctuary, Grey district rebrand,
Westland Recreation Centre, cycle trail
and a cycle hub.
The council was leading a lot of projects
and Ms McGoldrick said they hoped to
have the community start to lead more,
which would save the council money.
“The community will do more for itself,
the council will do less and it will cost
less over time.”
Ms McGoldrick referred to the council’s
community economic development
strategy 2013-23, which was for the
district to become a “progressive, growing,
vibrant province, renowned for its people,
culture, talent, environment and desirable
Ms McGoldrick said the proposed
discovery centre, which was described
as a “future focused, inspirational,
integrated and engaged facility”, was
on hold while they awaited feasibility
Overall, they were looking to make
Greymouth a “tourist destination, not
just a gateway ”.
Councillors briefed on community projects
Salmon and trout catches in Lake
Ianthe do not seem to have been
affected by the presence of a pest fish.
In January 2013 Fish and Game was
alerted after an angler caught a bright
orange pest fish, knows as rudd, in Lake
Ianthe, near Hari Hari.
The fish, known as the ‘possum of
the water ways’, voraciously consumes
invertebrates, which removes an
important food source for existing
fish species. Mature fish eat freshwater
plants, destroying food sources and
shelter for existing species, and
damaging water quality.
Rudd were illegally imported into
New Zealand in 1967 from Europe
with a consignment of vegetables.
At the time it was first identified in
Lake Ianthe, a number of netting and
trapping exercises were carried out by
Fish and Game to catch as many of the
fish as possible.
West Coast Fish and Game manager
Dean Kelly said that it and the
Department of Conservation had
carried out subsequent surveys of Lake
Ianthe, and it looked like the number of
Rudd had not got out of control.
“The trout and salmon are doing well,
the reports from the start of the season
are people catching reasonable sized
salmon and good trout,” Mr Kelly said.
Lake Mahinapua had also been
sur veyed and no rudd had been found
there, he said.
The same survey had also been carried
out on a number of other lakes, where
no rudd had been identified.
“ It may not be the worst case scenario,
it looks like it may just be isolated to
that lake (Ianthe). There’s an extensive
sur vey of West Coast lakes to be done
in the near future to identify if any
noxious species have spread to other
lakes. Anyone found in possession of
pest fish will be punished to the full
extent of the law” Mr Kelly said.
Salmon, trout unaffected by pest fish
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