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Lost at sea at the 12
Mile, October 21, 1972.
Also a much loved Dad
WRIGHT, Andrew. —
October 22, 1980.
In God's garden you rest
In our hearts you rest
Brett and family.
Secret health consumer
Young people could be about
to carry out a ‘secret shopper’
sur vey — but their target is not a
store, it is the West Coast District
Health Board. The board said the
Youth Health Action Group was
developing a project seeking youth
consumer advice through a secret
shopper sur vey. “ This is likely to
seek feedback from youth about
experiences in primary care as
well as hospital ser vices such as
emergency and sexual health,” a
board report said.
New f lood warning
Flood warning stations have
been the focus of the West Coast
Regional Council this month.
A new one has been installed on
the Mokihinui River, in northern
Buller, and the council is looking
at another low-flow gauge on the
Mawheraiti River, in the Grey
Valley. The Waiho River gauge at
Franz Josef Glacier had been moved
to “ better meet national standards”.
Six Greymouth Star readers will
enjoy some hunting and fishing
reads after winning our monthly
Book Shelf giveaway. Ken Bowater
of Karoro, Jean Adams of Paroa,
Tony Fortune of Reefton and
M Anderson of Greymouth each
receive a copy of Open Season,
which features fishing adventures
on the West Coast and elsewhere
around New Zealand. Digger
Howden of Blackball, and the
South Westland Area School each
receive a copy of 50 Years of Trophy
Hunting by Gary Joll.
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Nil.
In port: 22 vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Jay Elaine, October 22; Cook
Canyon, October 25.
John Paul II High School student Keegan South stands in front of the infrared camera displayed as part of the Science Roadshow, which called
into the Greymouth school yesterday. Several other schools from around the district attended the roadshow, which had various interactive
displays and a live presentation.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Cultivating tomorrow’s scientists
Anyone in Greymouth last week will
know that it does not always rain on the
West Coast, despite forecasts being off the
mark for the entire week.
Rain, and even the risk of flooding,
was forecast for the week when it was
actually mostly fine, and then today it
was meant to be fine with light winds
but turned out drizzly, overcast and
Asked to explain the discrepancy,
Metser vice meteorologist Peter Little
offered some insight into how they make
“A lot goes into forecasting, more than I
could explain over the phone,” Mr Little
They used global models to give a wider
view of highs and lows, and had their own
finer model to give a better idea of the
“The majority of the time we do pretty
well,” he said.
Metservice had “very highly trained staff
who are among the best in the world”.
Given that New Zealand was so far away
from other land masses, forecasters had
sparse obser vational data, compared to
“At the end of the day New Zealand is
in the middle of a massive piece of ocean
.. . we o nly see the weather when it comes
The West Coast had several features and
within that, Greymouth was in “quite a
tricky location,” Mr Little said.
“The Southern Alps certainly make a big
difference. That makes forecasting very
north-easterlies and when they hit the
mountains would run along the coast.
Coming from the other way, forecasters
had to determine how much rain would
continue through from the alps to the
He said the rain radar installed at Blue
Spur a couple of years ago helped give
forecasters a more accurate picture for up
to six hours.
“It does help forecast in the short-term,
not tomorrow, but the next few hours.
We can give people much more accurate
information on where the rain is.”
That information was important for
“For the public, that might not be
important but for aerodromes that is quite
significant,” Mr Little said.
Bella Vista Motel owner and former
Greymouth Motel Association president,
Bryan Williamson, said the weather played
a big role in whether people decided to
visit or avoid the West Coast.
“ People look at the weather map
and decide on where they will go,” Mr
There was the common perception that it
always rained on the West Coast, and the
entire region was often clumped together
for weather forecasting, despite its
“ It is 240km to Christchurch and
300km to Haast. It could be raining in
Karamea (but) it doesn’t mean it’s raining
The weather could dampen people
travelling for events.
“ We have had, in the past, people
cancel because of the weather, it depends
on the event. The Spring Challenge,
no. But stockcars need fine weather to
“(For) events that are weather dependent,
you do see a drop,” Mr Williamson
Wrong forecasts leave
Coasters scratching heads
The hills of Greymouth will be
alive with the sound of music when
Operatunity presents their show
of the best songs of Rodgers and
Hammerstein at the end of the month.
Rodgers and Hammerstein and
Friends re-live the films and shows
made famous by greats like Julie
Andrews, Dick van Dyke and Rex
Harrison with timeless joyful songs
from shows such as The Sound of
Music, South Pacific, Carousel, The
King and I, and Oklahoma.
Showcasing in the production
are several artists with top music
Alex Milligan and Ella Smith both
graduated from the University of
Auckland with a bachelor of music in
classical vocal performance; Robert
Enari graduated from the National
Academy of Singing and Dramatic
Arts with a bachelor of performing
arts; Helene Holman holds a conjoint
degree in arts and music from Otago
University; and classical jazz pianist
Operatunity managing director Sue
Boland said they had five great young
“No matter how many pieces of
paper you attain with qualifications,
like any job it is the talent and
practical implementation that counts
and these artists have talent in
Operatunity will be at the Regent
Theatre on October 30.
Operatunity artists Ella Smith, Alex Milligan, Robert Enari, Helene
Holman and John Cameron.
The Greymouth Star has two Operatunity prizepacks to give away to
a couple of lucky readers. The pack includes a double-pass to their latest
show — Rodgers and Hammerstein and Friends — at the Regent Theatre
on October 30, an Operatunity book and a CD. To get in the draw please
hand deliver entries with your name, address and phone number under
the subject Operatunity to the Greymouth Star front office or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with Operatunity in the subject line. One
entry per household. Entries close October 29.
The sound of Rodgers
The West Coast Penguin Trust
has logged 267 dead penguins
between 2006 and last year.
It has now set up a simple on-
line form so anyone can report a
dead penguin or other seabird to
Trustee Leon Dalziel, who
created the form, said the more
information the trust had, the
more it could understand the
threats “and the more we can
do to ensure those threats are
He said 267 dead blue
penguins was a huge number
given that large colonies may
only number 20 or 30 birds,
and it was generally the healthy
breeding adults that were being
killed, often during the breeding
season, so eggs or chicks would
“I ’d encourage anyone who sees
a dead penguin or other unusual
seabird to hop on to the trust ’s
website and complete the simple
form, so that we can build up a
more thorough picture of where
and why these birds are dying,”
Mr Dalziel said.
Records show that over half
of the dead blue penguins were
killed by vehicles and 19% by
dogs. Of the 267, 163 were
Buller, 60 in Grey, and 44 in
The form is available at www.
The Greymouth Bridge
Club hosted Hokitika
in the second round of
the Bridges Shield, on
Greymouth went in
with a first round lead of
over 3%. Hokitika came
back with a 2.1% win in
the second round, giving
Greymouth an overall
winning margin of 1%
to take the shield from
Rowlands and Stuart
Oliver 67.5% 1, Stan
Naylor and Ash Hamilton
57.5% 2, Alan Comis and
Pitabas Mishra 51.6% 3 .
East-West: Sue Glue
and Mary Pupich, Judy
and Barry Bruns 62.7% 1
equal, Colleen Freitas and
Monica Wilkinson 54% 3.
penguins, trust asks
The Karoro School kapa haka group performs for the Community Alternative
Resources for the Elderly (CARE) group at the Holy Trinity Church hall
yesterday. CARE holds two elder care afternoon teas a month and occasionally
invites people to speak at their events.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Kapa haka show for seniors
of the Westport News
Buller Electricity-controlled electricity
retailer Pulse Energy aims to grow its
business by raising up to $6 million
cash through a convertible notes offer to
Pulse announced last week that it
planned to raise at least $3m new capital
from the mandatory convertible notes
offer and might accept oversubscriptions
of up to a further $3m.
Some of Pulse’s directors and executives
had expressed an interest and would
potentially subscribe for up to $1.5m.
Pulse would begin conditionally
marketing the offer soon and aimed
to complete it in early November,
the company said. The offer would be
restricted to non-public investors and
needed to be considered in the context of
risks to Pulse’s business.
Pulse’s last annual report showed it
made a paper profit of $3.9m for the year
to March, but in real terms it lost $2.8m
compared to a profit of $828,500 the
previous year. It had accumulated losses
Buller Electricity chairman Frank
Dooley, who is deputy chairman of Pulse,
told the Westport News four months ago
that, based on the latest information, the
risk to Buller Electricity of Pulse failing
was “virtually zero”.
Pulse had had customer growth for
19 consecutive months and been the
fastest-growing electricity retailer in New
Zealand since October 2013, Mr Dooley
Buller Electricity took a majority
shareholding in Pulse in August 2011.
The lines company currently owns almost
60% of the Auckland-based retailer.
Mr Dooley invested $600,000 of his
own money in Pulse last year.
Pulse to raise $3m
A fundraising appeal is under way to
help a Gisborne family after the head
of their family was severely injured in an
incident at their home in September.
Sam Wanoa, 54, suffered extensive head
injuries. He is in an Auckland head injury
unit and it is feared he might not fully
Two boarders at the house also suffered
A 30-year-old Opotiki man is before
the court on three counts of wounding
with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,
and other charges arising from an alleged
Police allege the Opotiki man used a
baseball bat to beat the three.
Gisborne woman Maria Destounis has
started an internet appeal for Mr Wanoa
and his family on the Givealittle website.
“Sam, who is my work-mate, is a
wonderful, kind, bubbly and humble
man. He has lost an eye and hearing in
one of his ears as a result of this incident.
His skull was broken in four places and
he now has frontal and temporal brain
damage, a shattered eye socket and
“Sam is the main breadwinner of his
whanau, with six others living at home.”
Ms Destounis said.
Mr Wanoa’s wife Liddy said her
husband’s recovery would take years.
“Sam might never fully recover,” she said.
Ms Destounis says she would like to
try to relieve their financial burden while
they all recover from the incident.
Mr Wanoa remains in a head injury
rehabilitation centre in Auckland.
“Liddy is by his side there while he tries
to learn how to talk again. Their world
as they knew it has been turned upside
down,” Ms Destounis says.
Donors can support the family by
website, and making a donation to “Sam’s
Recovery”. — Gisborne Herald
A West Coast man charged with
numerous sexual assaults on children
changed his plea yesterday afternoon,
admitting a representative charge
mid-trial in the Greymouth District
The man, who was given interim
name suppression for the duration of
the judge-alone trial, was facing nine
charges, allegedly committed between
May 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
He faced one charge of doing an
indecent act on a young person, seven
charges of doing an indecent act on a
child, and one of making an intimate
The trial had been scheduled to
continue into tomorrow, however
part-way through one of the
afternoon the defendant pleaded guilty
to one representative charge of doing
an indecent act on a child, for offences
committed between February 1, 2013
and June 30, 2013.
He was discharged on one charge
of doing an indecent act on a young
person, while all other charges against
the defendant were withdrawn due to
no evidence being offered.
The man was remanded on bail for
sentencing tomorrow morning. He
has made an offer of reparations to his
West Coast man
admits sex assaults
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