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1942 to October 24,
We loved you like a
Nana, and you treated
us as if we were your
We will miss you
terribly, and you will
always be in our hearts.
Samantha, Skyla and
Passed away suddenly
at Wairau Hospital,
Blenheim on Monday
Loved and cherished
fiance of Relita, dearly
loved father of Jason,
Eden, Tiffany, Jordana,
Christine, Daniel, and
Trevor and their part-
ners, loved brother of
Grant, much loved son
of the late David and
Trisha Haywood and a
loved friend. Messages
to 1 Manuka Street,
Ahaura 7843. A service
to honour Honk and
celebrate his life will be
held at the Ahaura
Domain on Saturday at
1pm followed by burial
at the Ahaura Cemetery.
Honk is at his home for
those wishing to pay
their respects. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
WRATT, June Iris. —
On Tuesday October 28,
2014, peacefully at
Kowhai Manor, Grey-
mouth. Aged 91 years.
Dearly loved wife of
the late Gerald, loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Steven and Sue
(Adelaide), and Murray
and Philippa (Auck-
land). Much loved Gran
of Rachel and Tim;
Jonathon and Sam, and
her great-grandson Jack.
Loved sister and sister-
in-law of Brian and
Lorna Hynes (Black-
ball), Maureen and Bob
Godfrey (Rotorua), Gary
and Rosa Hynes
(Ngahere), and the late
Jack Hynes. Messages to
the Wratt Family, C/-
PO Box 162, Hokitika
7842. A service to
celebrate June's life will
be held at All Saints
Anglican Church, corner
of Stafford and Bealey
Streets, Hokitika, on
commencing at 2pm.
Following the service
June will be laid to rest
with her husband Gerald
in the Lawn Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
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A compromise solution for Cobden
families having to pay to get their
teenagers to high school in Greymouth
looks likely to remain in place, according
to the Ministry of Education.
In March, 46 Greymouth High School
students living in Cobden lost their
entitlement to ride the school bus for free.
At the time, the ministry’s head
Shannon said bus company Ritchies
had ruled that because those students
lived more than 4.8km away from the
school, they were not entitled to a free
The ministry’s eligibility for school
transport assistance was based on a
distance criteria for children in different
To qualify for free bus travel, students in
Year 1 to Year 8 had to live within 3.2km
of their school, while those in Year 9 and
above had to live within 4.8km.
Families were also informed in March
that they would lose a ‘pay-as-you-go’
travel option and would have to pay $100
at the start of term two for each student
who used the ser vice.
However, later in the month a
compromise was reached whereby
students were allowed to continue with
the pay-as -you-go system for travelling
on the bus.
Ministry group manager service
delivery Jerome Sheppard said on Friday
there were not “any plans for a change
to the school bus arrangements in
“Bus companies may provide a service
for students who do not qualify for
assistance. The fare charged, if any, is a
commercial decision for the bus company.
Students will not qualify for transport
assistance if there is suitable public
transport available,” Mr Sheppard said.
Greymouth High School principal
Andy England said that as far as he knew,
the compromise remained in place.
“It was my understanding those
ineligible for the bus still can get one
have to pay $1 per trip for the privilege.
No parents have raised it with me, which
makes me think there’s not been any
change,” Mr England said.
School bus pay
likely to stay
Two of the West Coast Society of Arts’
committed ser vants, Marg Sexton and Bob
McQ uarrie, were awarded life membership
at the society’s annual general meeting last
Mr McQ uarrie came to the very first
meeting of the society, called by mayor Barry
Dallas who offered them a gallery space
above the council chambers more than 30
During his time he has been treasurer three
times and said he had supported the society
“through thick and thin”.
Mrs Sexton got involved about five years
after the group began and said she was
“ blown away” by the exhibits.
She had been the society chairwoman twice
and most recently been the Left Bank Art
Over the years the gallery had run with the
support of volunteers, she said.
“A lot of people have had a passion for this
place. It gets under your skin. ”
President Nick Leach was re-elected,
Colleen Eason was elected vice-president
and Catherine Moffitt treasurer at the
meeting. Ms Leach said the committee
needed more volunteers.
“The problem is we are entirely run by
volunteers, we have one staff member who
works one day and volunteers the others.”
Ms Leach said they had a vacancy for the
position of secretary and also needed more
enthusiastic committee members.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The newest life members of the West Coast Society of Arts, Marg Sexton and Bob
Ar t for life
Rowles show cancelled
Greymouth will miss out on John
Rowles and Elvis’ original Taking
Care of Business Band on their first
tour of New Zealand, due to lack of
sales. The Regent Theatre yesterday
announced that the show had been
cancelled. The show was to be held
Pike River decision
‘sensible’ — O’Connor
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor says Solid Energy’s
decision to delay making a final
decision on re-entering the Pike
River Mine is a “sensible move”.
“ It has been clear for some months
that there is critical information
the Solid Energy board and the
experts advising the families
disagree on. These issues need to be
resolved before any final decision
is made,” Mr O’Connor said. He
acknowledged the “huge effort made
by the families involved to get the
Solid Energy board to see sense and
delay their decision”.
Greymouth Star readers have
won two Operatunity prize packs,
including double pass tickets to the
next show at the Regent Theatre
tomorrow. Alison and Gavin
Smith, of Greymouth, and Colleen
Charlton, of Kaiata, will also receive
an Operatunity CD and book.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Lady Sarah,
one Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Nil. In port: Jay Elaine, Lady
Sarah, 23 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, October 30.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
The first mines check inspector in 22
years has been appointed, and will be on
the West Coast this week.
The new industry health and safety
representative role was created by
legislation as a result of the Pike River
Mine disaster and Royal Commission.
They are empowered to independently
inspect mines and stop work if there is a
risk of serious harm to anyone involved in
a mining operation.
Stephen Woods is the first to take up
“This is the first time in 22 years that
miners will have a worker-elected check
inspector on the job,” Engineering,
Printing and Manufacturing Union
O’Connell said yesterday.
“Because of the deregulation of the
mining industry, we don’t have people in
New Zealand with the skills and training
to do the job yet. We’re training people
up right now, but in the meantime it ’s
important to have someone in the role.”
Mr Woods has a background in
Queensland mining. He will join Work
Safe inspectors and company mine
managers on the West Coast tomorrow
A 2008 government review raised
questions about the mining industry
and called for renewed safety measures,
including the return of the check
inspectors. Two years later, the Pike River
Rate arrears in Buller spiked
again at the end of August, up to
just under $1.2 million from about
$830,000 the previous month.
Mayor Garry Howard said the
spike was due to August marking
the end of a quarterly period when
rates were due. At the end of the
previous quarter, in May, rate arrears
spiked to more than $1.2m, up from
less than $1m in April.
However, at the end of August
average rate arrears had continued
to follow a general downward trend
from about $1600 at the end of
January to $1100. August also closed
with $442,439 of serious default
rent in arrears, up from just under
$400,000 at the end of July.
The amount of rates arrears, which
was subject to ongoing monitoring,
was also up at the end of August,
from $400,000 to close to $650,000.
Mr Howard said ongoing bad debt
had been an issue for the council
for some time, however it now had
measures in place to ensure people’s
rates debt did not get to the point
that it could not be recovered.
“Before the account gets to the
serious stage we are taking action
with them ... to agree an established
payment plan, that might be $100 a
week, it might be $20.
“ We are getting better financial
management in place, rather than
having outstanding accounts. We
have a person who is in contact with
them to put in place a payment plan,
that ’s working well for us.”
Mr Howard said a council staff
member was constantly monitoring
the level of rates debt. Sundry debt,
covering areas of debt such as dog
registration and types of council
licensing, reduced by about 6.2%.
Total debtor arrears remained
stable at $600,000 between the end
of August and the end of July.
Serious default debtor arrears
also remained stable at just over
Buller rates debt
spikes to $1.2m
A dead humpback
whale was found washed
up on Waikanae Beach,
on the Kapiti Coast, this
Conser vation ranger
Angus Hulme-Moir said
the whale “had been dead
for some time, hence the
He said the whale
would be removed from
the beach and buried after
local iwi had performed a
The whale attracted a
number of onlookers.
— Wanganui Chronicle
Mines inspector role reinstated
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