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Lee Harvey. — Taken
six years today.
We thought of you with
But that is nothing new.
Thought about you
And the days before that
We think of you in
We often speak your
Now all we have are
memories and your
picture in a frame.
Your memory is our
keepsake with which we
will never part,
God has you in his
We have you in our
You will be forever
Always Loved and
Mum, Dad, Christina,
Kyle, Madison, Blake,
Joanna and Oliver.
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Fill-in physio on Coast
A physiotherapist has been
seconded to the West Coast to
help out with staff shortages.
The West Coast District Health
Board has ongoing vacancies for
physiotherapists in Buller and Grey-
Westland. A physiotherapist from
the Canterbury DHB has agreed to
a six-week secondment to Grey Base
Hospital to help relieve immediate
staffing shortages. The Coast DHB is
also looking to recruit new graduates
who will be available to commence
work early next year.
Less health transfers
The number of tertiary health
transfers from Greymouth fell from
42 and 38 patients for June and July
respectively, to 31 patients transferred
for the month of August, the West
Coast DHB said yesterday. The
majority of the August transfers were
for orthopaedic and general surgical
patients, with the main reason for
transfers once again being that
specialty care was not available at
Grey Base Hospital.
The West Coast community health
department has been busy. In the
year to June, it generated 98,508
pamphlets and posters, sent to the
community including GPs, schools
and community organisations.
Ten readers have won with the
Greymouth Star monthly garden
page prize competition. Annette
Packham of Boddytown, Roseanne
Green and T van L ooy of Cobden,
and Gloria Robinson and A Jones
of Hokitika, each receive a copy of
the October issue of New Zealand
Gardener magazine. Steven May of
Cobden, Jay Costello of Punakaiki,
Nerine French of Greymouth, Sandra
Beaumont of Reefton and Sarah
Cross of Rutherglen each receive a
copy of the latest NZ House and
Man missing in ranges
Search and Rescue teams are
looking for 59-year-old man who
has not been seen since he entered
the Coromandel Ranges on Monday.
The missing Pukekohe man entered
the ranges from Kauaeranga Valley
Road on Monday, intending to return
late in the day. Waikato Search and
Rescue Sergeant Phil Bell said the
missing man was poorly prepared
for spending an extended time in the
bush, police said. — APNZ
Arrivals: Canopus, Jay Elaine, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Nil.
In port: Canopus, Jay Elaine, 23 other
vessels. Expected departures: Jay
Elaine, October 24. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, October 25.
Buller Electricity chairman Frank
Dooley is planning to invest more of
his own money in its Auckland-based
subsidiary, Pulse Energy, of which he is
Pulse, an electricity retailer and
metering business, aims to raise up to $3
million new capital from a mandatory
convertible notes offer.
It might accept over-subscriptions of
up to a further $3m. The offer will only
be available to suitable investors.
Pulse directors — Mr Dooley, James
Hoseason and Peter Young — and chief
executive Gary Holden plan to take up
notes to the value of $1.5m.
Asked yesterday how much he would
invest, Mr Dooley declined to answer.
He said board members and the chief
executive saw their further investment
in Pulse as “a demonstration of their
individual and collective confidence
in the strategic pathway established to
further grow the business”.
Mr Dooley also invested $600,000 of
his own money in Pulse a year ago, when
the company raised $3.9m capital to fund
expansion and shore-up its balance sheet.
Pulse is 56.4% owned by Buller
Electricity and has relied on loans and
guarantees from Buller to meet its
cashflow and prudential requirements.
Mr Dooley said a year ago that Buller
Electricity believed Pulse would be in
a position to stand on its own feet by
October 31, 2015.
Pulse’s last annual report showed it
made a paper profit of $3.9m but in real
terms it lost $2.8m compared to a profit
of $828,000 the previous year.
It had accumulated losses of $40.1m.
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Dooley to pump more money into Pulse
Six months after Cyclone Ita
demolished forests the length of the
West Coast, timber companies have still
not been allowed to mill the wind-throw
The Department of Conservation
received 14 applications — 12 of them
from the West Coast — to remove wind-
throw timber from the conservation
estate after the Easter storm.
The logging was permitted by special
legislation pushed through Parliament
under urgency by former conser vation
minister Nick Smith, in July. However,
three months on, and six months after the
storm, the saws are still quiet.
A DOC spokeswoman said yesterday
they were still working through
processing the approved operators’ work
plans for authority to be issued for timber
recover y work.
The first work plan was expected to be
approved and authority issued later this
month, the spokeswoman said.
The Grey District
Council has had to carry
over projects valued at
$18.6 million due to
prioritising major work
around the sewerage and
That includes 48
projects ranging from
$1102 for extra mowing
of the aerodrome and
old horse paddocks, to
$5,886,759 of funds
raised for the Westland
Assets manager Mel
Sutherland said some
projects had a higher
priority than others and
they were “starting to see
the light at the end of the
“ We are getting through
Mr Sutherland said
projects with government
funding, such as the
water schemes, had to
meet deadlines on some
The budget carry-
overs from the 2013-14
financial year were
approved at the council
meeting on October 13.
A staff report
carry-overs for a number
of projects were due to
staff being committed to
other projects, notably
noted that the sewage
treatment plant was now
In the coming projects,
the council’s own
building will undergo
$120,000 worth of work
for “legacy issues” with
Mr Sutherland said the
council had previously
done some structural
upgrades of the building
but had outstanding
issues, such as leaking in
the first floor.
The council chambers
were built in 1979 and
were subject to wear and
tear: “Some materials
need to be replaced, just
like any building.”
The Johnson Street
pumping station requires
$83,592 worth of work
due to a separation
between the wall of the
station and the floodwall.
In Runanga, the council
still needed to address
the Raleigh Creek flood
At the council meeting,
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said they were “running
the gauntlet ” with the
“ We’ve got the money,
let ’s try to do something
other wise we will get
Mr Sutherland told
the Greymouth Star
they had done the
investigation work and a
preferred option had been
identified, which was to
increase the size of the
He said they would put
in additional culverts so
the water could flow away
The Dixon Park toilets
are due for a $50,734
revamp. Being located on
the main road the toilets
received a lot of use and
were subject to “high
wear and tear”, Mr
Sutherland said. It
would be a “substantial
refurbishment ” given the
amenities originally cost
The Department of Conser vation
says reports of dead seals on beaches
Coastwide are not unusual for this time
Lincoln University ecologist Stephane
Boyer noted on Twitter at the weekend
that he had found two dead seal pups in
Punakaiki last week and had been told
of five more at Hokitika.
There are also a few dead seals on
“ It sounds like a lot of dead seals. But I
am no seal expert. An informed opinion
would be good,” Mr Boyer said.
DOC technical adviser marine Don
Neale said it was always hard to tell if
there were more seal deaths than usual.
“On some past occasions, we’ve done
some runs along parts of the coast to
get a more measurable impression of
the numbers, but that ’s a pretty ballpark
assessment,” Mr Neale said.
It was not unusual to get more seal
reports at this time of the year, when
there are more people on the beaches
during the whitebait season and leading
Also, seal yearlings were getting
weaned by their mothers about now and
heading off into the sea.
“The natural mortality of seals in their
first year is quite high,” Mr Neale said.
He said adult seals were returning at
this time of the year to their breeding
sites, some of which were on the West
Coast. They breed from about November
through to January.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic will showcase
to community leaders the work it does
throughout the West Coast from next week.
Polytechnic council chairman Graeme
McNally said that for the first time in three
years they would be holding a community
leaders’ forum on October 29, involving
business leaders and representatives from
district councils, the West Coast District
Health Board and government agencies.
“ We want to show the community the series
of initiatives we have got under way, and some
we’re planning for the Coast. In Greymouth,
we have got a number of initiatives under
way,” Mr McNally said.
The polytechnic had held the same forum
in Westport over the past couple of years,
and a similar version in Auckland, where Tai
Poutini Polytechnic was involved in music
and trades qualifications.
This year the forum was being brought
back to life in Greymouth, after work to start
a number of initiatives at the main campus
over the past couple of years had started to
bear fruit, he said.
The forum would also highlight the
polytechnic’s role in economic development
of the West Coast.
“I think it’s about (Tai Poutini Polytechnic)
being an institute based on the Coast, but
that does a lot of work off the Coast. We are
like an import-export business — we bring
students in, we bring money in,” Mr McNally
Polytechnic to show off wares
A man who cannot use his legs has been
charged with dangerous driving after
being caught using a shortened walking
stick to operate his car.
Police said the Manurewa man took
“dangerous driving to a new level”.
The man’s licence said he could operate
only a vehicle with hand-held controls
because he had no use of his legs.
“He was found to be in a regular
vehicle, without hand controls, but using
a shortened walking stick to operate the
brake and accelerator,” sergeant Mark
Fleming, of Counties Manukau police,
“Needless to say this was a very
surprising thing to come across and we
are shocked at his blatant disregard for
his own safety and the safety of other
The driver was caught at an automatic
number plate recognition checkpoint this
morning. He had held a learner licence
since 2002. He also had two passengers,
neither of whom were licensed to drive.
A 32-year-old man was charged with
dangerous driving and will appear in
Manukau District Court. — APNZ
Man drives without
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