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Hokitika police say threats over
the telephone will not be tolerated
and they will act on complaints,
following the arrest of a man, 36, on
Thursday night. He had allegedly
made a threatening phone call to
Hokitika Winz. Hokitika police
visited the man’s address about 9pm
and arrested him. While making the
arrest, police found cannabis and
cannabis related instruments at his
house. He has been charged with
issuing threats, cannabis possession,
and possession of utensils for
cannabis and will appear in the
Greymouth District Court on
October 30. “Police would like to
remind the public that they will not
tolerate any threats of this nature,” a
Hokitika police spokesman said.
No paper on
The Greymouth Star will not
be published on Monday, Labour
Day. Have a safe and relaxing long
Community and Public Health
distributed 19,400 condom packs in
the past year. Greymouth received
7940 packs, Westland 4260 and
Buller 7200. Four hundred packs
went to Franz Josef and Fox Glacier
for their welcome packs given to
new seasonal workers. Six hundred
packs were supplied to hotels related
to the Kumara Races, and 2000 to
the Wildfoods Festival.
Rain, heavy falls
An NHS hospital trust in England
has banned reception staff from
having a cup of tea at their desk
because it makes them look like
they might be slacking off from
work. Bosses of Leicester’s three
hospitals have brought in a ban on
hot and cold drinks after complaints
from patients who were already
‘ inflamed’ about long waiting times.
But the move has been criticised as
‘draconian’ by patients at Leicester
Royal Infirmary and Glenfield and
Leicester General Hospitals — and
even the trust admits it could prove
counter-productive by encouraging
workers to take more frequent
breaks from their desks.
— Daily Mail
A report on West Coast dental
ser vices has identified huge gaps in
ser vice, close to 1000 children waiting
for an appointment, isolated staff
and management lacking skills and
The dental review was carried out last
year and the report has just been released
by the West Coast District Health
It found plans to improve the dental
ser vice had been delayed due to
operational problems within the School
Dental Ser vices and significant delays in
the redevelopment of Grey and Buller
Only four school clinics remain:
Hokitika has been upgraded, while Grey
Main, Westport North and Westport
South are still operating although
none comply with current infection
prevention and control standards, and
have other major deficiencies.
Seven of the remaining 36 schools do
not have an on-site dental ser vice and
therefore no preschoolers are seen; 18
of the remaining 29 have less than 50
At last count, there were over 975
children in arrears on the West Coast.
Hokitika no longer has a dentist. There
is also no dental facility at Grey Base
Hospital, and this limits the type of care
that can be provided in an operating
theatre under general anaesthesia. No
outpatient care is provided.
“ West Coast dental ser vices are
characterised by positive people working
with limited structure and support,” the
The key findings include: therapists
work in isolation and lack the
opportunities for peer contact and review
and audit; and the small size of the
ser vice makes it particularly vulnerable
to the loss of staff.
Too much is asked of the current
management team, “which lacks the
skills and experience ... in a sector which
is technically complex”.
There is a gap for adults with special
needs; and the small volume of patients
being treated in Christchurch shows
the current arrangement of relying on
patients travelling to other DHBs is not
Recommendations include building
a ‘trans-alpine’ dental ser vice, and
developing a programme to target
preschoolers most at risk.
It also proposes decommissioning the
outdated facilities at Westport North,
Westport South and Grey Main schools,
and also developing an outpatient
facility at Grey hospital linking with
the integrated family health centres in
Greymouth and Westport.
The report was discussed at one of the
DHB subcommittees, on Thursday.
Board papers say the dental ser vice is
“provided by a group of individuals who
are all committed to ensuring the best
The new mobile clinics, with fixed
clinics as the hubs, are expected to
ensure that all children have their annual
dental review on time.
setting up a steering group and
developing an outpatient facilities at the
Grey and Buller integrated family health
Chorus is busy rolling out ultrafast
broadband (UFB) throughout
Greymouth, with the promise of
providing substantially faster internet.
Cables have already been laid in the
central business district, along Preston
Road and are gradually extending
through residential Greymouth. The
rest of Blaketown, and residential
Greymouth up to Winnie Street will
soon be connected. With UFB just
around the corner, the Greymouth Star
investigated prices and gathered other
answers from Chorus.
Q: Which providers in Greymouth
can hook up to UFB?
A: Spark, Snap and Trustpower.
Q: What does it cost?
A: UFB is available at different
download-upload speeds, the slowest
of 30/10 megabytes per second (mps)
or fastest 100/50mps.
Various plans are available, the
cheapest options with a phone line are:
Spark offers 40GB for $85 a month
on 30mps, or $115 at 100mps.
Snap offers 80GB for $75 on
30mps, or $110 at 100mps.
Trustpower offers 50GB for $69
on 30mps, or $95 at 100mps. Cheaper
options are available for naked
broadband (without a landline).
Q: What is involved with installing
A: Chorus use a variety of methods,
depending on the circumstances. They
install the fibre cables along the street
using existing ducts, dig or drill to
install new ducts and microducts, or
in some cases may use existing street
poles. They prefer to put the network
underground wherever possible.
Q: What is the timeframe for the
A: Chorus expects to have Greymouth
completed by the end of 2015.
Q: What happens once the cables are
A: Once work in the street is
completed customers need to place an
order with their telecommunications
ser vice provider. The ser vice provider
will then contact Chorus to make the
last connection, which can be made by
stringing the fibre optic cable from an
existing street pole, through an existing
underground duct, or through a new
underground duct we install to the
property. The fibre is finally connected
to the external termination point
(ETP), which is a box on the outside
of a house or building where the fibre
network is joined to the internal wiring.
Q: What do people have to do to get
A: When Chorus has finished
laying fibre in your street you need to
contact a telecommunications ser vice
provider to order a UFB-based ser vice.
They place an order with us. We then
organise a time to visit your home and
connect you to the new fibre network.
In the simplest cases that process could
take a couple of days, though it could
be longer as further cables may have to
homeowner to install the cables they
need to connect to UFB?
A: This depends on a number of
aspects of the installation. In many
cases, where there is a standard install,
there is no cost for the homeowner
to connect to fibre. More complex
premise installations are managed on
a case-by-case basis. For example, a
home that is a long distance from the
road where the fibre runs or a home
where the standard of internal wiring
is not sufficient for the ser vice.
Q: How do businesses connect?
A: Businesses need the go through
the same process. Firstly, they need to
contact a ser vice provider to set up a
meeting to scope the work required for
Chorus reveals all about ultrafast broadband
Calls for purpose built gallery
The West Coast Society of the Arts
says it wants to be more involved in
the redevelopment of the Greymouth
central business district, saying the
Grey District Council has shown
little interest in the arts.
The society’s 30th annual general
meeting on Wednesday night
discussed the often suggested
possibility of having purpose-built
premises for an art gallery.
President Nick Leach was re-
elected, and told the Greymouth Star
this week that the arts society wanted
to be part of the ‘discovery centre’
discussions for the town.
Ms Leach said they were after a
purpose-built gallery that could have
better lighting and humidity control.
“ Part of our submission at the draft
annual plan was that was what we
That would allow them to bring
more to the gallery, as currently they
did not have the right environment
to host some exhibitions.
She said the council wanted a
vibrant central business district, but
had not shown much interest in the
“ We need to make sure our voice is
Meanwhile, their current location
in the Left Bank Gallery could be up
Ms Leach said the council was
looking at a short-term lease for
the historic Bank of New Zealand
building given the earthquake
Council assets manager Mel
Sutherland said they had tied
back the parapets as stage one
of the earthquake strengthening
work. Stage two involved internal
strengthening of the building and
that work would be budgeted and
included for consideration in the
council’s Long Term Plan for 2015
The driver of this car was lucky to get out alive after
colliding with a tree on Marsden Road early this morning.
Greymouth chief fire officer Lee Swinburn said the driver
did not need to be cut out and was a “very lucky man”. The
man crashed into a tree and ended up in the front hedge of a
Marsden Road property, just before the Sawyers Creek No 5
bridge at 8.30am. The driver was taken to hospital. The crash
shocked neighbouring residents, who were unsure as to how
the car ended up in its position in the hedge. “ There was a
hell of a bang. We didn’t have a clue what it was,” Marsden
Road resident Kevin Caldwell said.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Odd crash shocks neighbours
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