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December 11, 1964 -
November 5, 2013.
Our family chain is
And nothing seems the
But as we are called one
The chain will link
We miss you Dave
Love Mum, Judy,
Paul and Sue.
LEACH, Kathleen. —
November 5, 2010.
Our hearts still ache
And many tears still
What it meant to lose
No one will ever know.
We hold you close
within our hearts,
And there you will
throughout our lives,
Until we meet again.
Your loving family
Des, Philippa, Joanne,
Shona and families.
Elizabeth Maud. — On
Monday November 3,
2014. Aged 79 years.
Loved wife of the late
Kevin. Loving mum and
mate of David and
Helen, Diane and Joe
Tapp, Kevin and Tracy,
Terry and Andrea, and
Michael and Corrina.
Much loved gran of
Tanya, Sonya, Chris and
Joanne, Kellie and Kyle,
Kayla and Wade and
Leyton. Special friend
of Daniel, Sean, and
Matthew. Loved great-
gran of Jack, George,
Eddie and Vinny. Loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Bill (deceased) and
Jill Harpur, Des (de-
ceased) and Bev
Harpur, Ngaire and Ray
Cuckow, George and
June Harpur, Bev and
Dom Manera, Chris and
Keith Aitchison, Irene
and Colin Fussell and
a loved sister-in-law,
aunty and friend. RIP.
Messages to The Foster
Family, 576 Waitaha
Valley Road, RD1, Ross
7882. A Requiem Mass
will be celebrated for
Margaret at St Patrick's
Aylmer Street, Ross on
Friday November 7,
commencing at 1pm.
Following the Mass
Margaret will be laid to
rest with Kevin in the
Recitation of the Rosary
at 576 Waitaha Valley
Road, Ross, Thursday
FDANZ. Phone (03)
BURLEY, Allan Bryan
away peacefully on
November 4, 2014, aged
63. First and only love
of Donna, dearly loved
friend of the AA fellow-
ship. Allan will be sadly
missed by all his friends.
“God grant me the
serenity to accept the
things I cannot change
. .. Courage to change the
things I can, and
wisdom to know the
difference.” Allan will
be home for those
wishing to spend time
and leave a message.
Messages to 6 Cardwell
Street, Cobden 7802. At
Allan's request a private
cremation will take
Goulding, nee Willett)
No 523159 NZES VAD.
On November 3, 2014 at
Kaiapoi Lodge. Dearly
loved wife of the late
George Scott and the
late Frank Goulding.
mother-in-law of Hugh
and Carol, Gay and Tim,
Erin and Kevin, Cherie
and Pete, Jacquie and
Neil, and John and
Emma. Joyce was dearly
loved by the Scott
family. A loved and
of her 10 grandchildren
and all her great-
grandchildren. A loved
sister, sister-in-law, and
aunty. A special thank
you to the Kaiapoi
Lodge staff for their
wonderful care of Joyce.
Messages to the Scott
Family, C/- PO Box
263, Kaiapoi 7644.
declined but in memory
of Joyce donations to the
Kaiapoi Lodge Comfort
Fund would be appreci-
ated and may be made at
the service. A service to
celebrate Joyce's life
will be held in the
Parish Church, Fuller
Street, Kaiapoi, tomor-
row (Thursday) at 11am
followed by interment in
the Kaiapoi Cemetery.
John Rhind Funeral
Kaiapoi. Phone (03) 327
More snow for passes
More snow is forecast this evening
for Porters Pass and Lewis Pass. The
Metser vice said between 1cm and
5cm could accumulate around the
summit of both alpine roads.
98kph Westport gust
A 98kph gust of wind in Westport
on October 6 was the second
strongest on record for the month.
Niwa figures for the month also
show that the third lowest record
or near-record daily maximum air
temperatures for October were
recorded at Westport (11degC) and
Greymouth (9.6degC). Haast had its
equal third lowest daily minimum air
temperatures of -0.4degC.
by Janna Sherman
of the Hokitika Guardian
Two glacier businesses
have been caught out in
an underage drinking
At Franz Josef Glacier,
restaurant Alice May
will face a forced one-
day closure later this
month as a result of the
combined operation by
the Westland District
Council liquor licensing
and Public Health and
Jon Armstrong said
the controlled purchase
operation in May
involved a 17-year-old
to make a purchase of
alcohol while being
obser ved by an adult
The breach was taken
up with the Alcohol
Regulatory and Licensing
Authority, which ruled
this week to suspend the
restaurant ’s on-licence
for 24 hours on Friday,
“This is one of two
licensed premises in the
Franz Josef-Fox Glacier
area that sold to minors
on this particular day,”
Mr Armstrong said.
“ It is very disappointing
that the simple process
of checking the legal age
of a customer was not
asked for. The police will
conduct more controlled
anywhere and at any time
so it is hoped that this
decision sends a clear
message that if you are
caught selling alcohol to
a minor, you will have
your licence suspended.”
Reefton’s Allie Caddie with boxes of fireworks for sale in the old Campbell Renton premises, in Greymouth today.
The issue of a fireworks ban is back in the public domain today — Guy Fawkes — with a parliamentar y select
committee scheduled to consider a 25,000-signature petition calling for a total ban on private sales. Prime Minister
John Key said on Monday there had been a slow shift towards more community-led public displays and there was now a
greater recognition of the threat of fireworks to public safety and animal welfare. Mr Key said he had detected a gradual
public groundswell towards a complete ban on private sales, but he was not interested in leading that change yet.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Last chance for fireworks?
caught in underage
Rob Cope, who
hitchhiked through the
West Coast last year
with a fridge, is back in
Greymouth this week
and yes, the fridge is
Author of the book
Men Wanted for
Hazardous Journey, he
first travelled with a
filled with his books,
and a message to all
New Zealand men.
marriages and strained
fathers we barely know
... We were never taught
how to be men, or what
a real man even looks
like. It ’s time to start
talking about this stuff
because the way we are
currently doing this
manhood thing just
isn’t working,” Mr Cope
said. The fridge was
simply for a bit of comic
relief, he said.
This time the trip is
to intended to raise
$24,000 to get Project
Wildman up and
running in four more
cities throughout the
Men and women are
welcome at the evening,
to be held on Friday
Clarry Behm signs the fridge when it came
through Greymouth last year.
Man and fridge return
of the Westport News
Buller Electricity Ltd (BEL) paid its top earner
presumably chief executive Erik Westergaard
between $240,000 and $250,000 in the year
to March 31, according to the company ’s 2014
The top salary the previous year was between
$230,000 and $240,000.
Neighbouring lines company, Westpower, paid
its top earner between $300,000 and $310,000 in
2014 (2013: $290,000 to $300,000).
Mr Westergaard joined BEL in 2010 and
left on August 7 this year. Neither he nor the
company would comment on the reasons for his
Four BEL employees earned over $100,000
for the year to March 31 — three fewer than the
year before. The second-highest earner received
between $180,000 and $190,000 (2013:$150,000
Westpower had 33 employees earning more
than $100,000, five more than the year before.
The second-highest earner received $260,000
to $270,000. The previous year, two employees
earned between $240,000 and $250,000.
The pay for all BEL directors, except the
chairman, has risen for the first time since 2011.
It increased from $19,000 to $22,333.
The directors are: William McNabb, Murray
Frost, Sharon Roche and Graham Naylor, who
replaced Peter Young after Mr Young resigned
effective August 1 last year.
Chairman Frank Dooley received $34,000 in
2011 and 2012, $44,667 in 2013 and $50,000 in
Westpower directors Richard Cornelius, Hugh
Little and Anthony Williams received $35,670 in
Mr Cornelius earned another $12,330 as a
director of Westpower’s 88% owned electricity
generation scheme Amethyst Hydro. Mr Little
also earned $16,207 as an Amethyst director.
Westpower director of subsidiaries and audit
committee chairwoman Suzanne Merriman
received $42,308, plus another $12,330 as an
Westpower chairman and director of subsidiaries
Mike Newcombe earned $66,222 plus another
$21,973 as an Amethyst director. Robert Smith
earned $12,330 as an Amethyst director.
Coast power heads’ pay revealed
The mining experts employed by the
Pike River Mine families have proposed a
simplified re-entry to mine owners Solid
Energy, in a 17-page report which offers
solutions to many concerns raised.
The report by international coalmining
advisers Bob Stevenson and David Creedy,
dated October 26, concludes that the
re-entry could be achieved safely.
They proposed a re-entry that was less
complex, initially on foot and by a highly
trained team, in fresh air. It would be halted
at the first sign of unsatisfactory ground
The report includes a list of all hazards
identified, and what could be done to
For example, there could be a risk of roof
collapse around the Hawea Fault, which the
families’ experts accepted was “extremely
disturbed”, but additional support could be
put in, such as a pre-formed concrete tunnel.
To reduce the risk of a vehicle fire, the first
re-entry could be on foot.
The report also reveals a report by Pacific
MGM found major risks, and 600 things
which needed to be “controlled”. But the
families report said all 600 would not all be
in place at any one time.
It also shows someone called Rob Thomas
thought the workmen would not have
enough experience. The report counters
they would be highly experienced Mines
The Rocksil plug had been tested
successfully in Australia.
The report reveals the 3km nitrogen
line has already broken; but the only
consequence was to delay things.
The families recognised there was only one
way in and out of the mine. They asked for a
quick resolution to the legal debate over the
lack of a second escapeway.
The report also asks the Solid Energy
board to “consider the journey they have
taken the families down over the past three
years and the hope given to them by the
September 2013 announcements by Solid
Energy environmental manager Mark Pizey
and Tony Forster, chief inspector of mines,
when without doubt they intimated that a
credible-feasible plan had been agreed and
the work for re-entry would start”.
The advisers are unpaid.
Simplified Pike River
by Brendon McMahon
Hokitika police left no stone unturned
during a search of a Fitzherbert Street
property yesterday morning, and a Park
Street residence later in the day as a result
of a spate of burglaries.
The operation, led by the Greymouth
CIB and including the armed offenders
squad, was connected to the spate of
burglaries around Hokitika in recent
months, and led to the arrest of two people.
The arrests related to two separate search
warrants. The first related to the burglary
of alcohol from the Beachfront Hotel last
weekend, and the second to a spate of
burglaries in the wider Hokitika area over
the past several months.
Detective senior sergeant Dan Keno,
of the Greymouth CIB, said an 18-year-
old woman, apprehended at flats in
Fitzherbert Street, was arrested for the
alleged burglary at the Beachfront.
Inquiries into that burglary are
continuing but the woman will appear
in the Greymouth District Court on
Armed police were called in to back up
police while executing the second search
warrant, at a Park Street address.
Mr Keno said electronic items and a
number of firearms, which police believed
were connected with several burglaries,
As of last night, a 19-year-old Hokitika
man was “assisting police with their
inquiries” and no charges had yet been laid.
The Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade was
called to a rubbish bin fire at Victoria Square
at 8.20pm yesterday after someone spotted
children throwing live fireworks and setting
the bin alight.
Fire chief Pat O’Dea said quick action by
the person who reported the fire meant it was
easily contained, although the perpetrators
had yet to be held to account.
“The kids were long gone, on their bikes,” Mr
However, fire brigade members were always
wary at this time of the year, particularly if dry
weather coincided with the annual fire works
Mr O’Dea said it was somewhat ironic that
in a society preoccupied with health and safety,
a different standard seemed to operate around
fireworks, despite the risk to children and
“Personally, I think unless it’s controlled in a
display, the amount of damage and the amount
of cost in injuries throughout the country, I
don’t see a lot of good in it ... I don’t think it ’s
politically correct or humanely correct.”
Meanwhile, the Westport News reported
that Westport’s annual fireworks display is off,
as calls mount to limit fireworks to controlled
The annual Carters Beach display will not
happen, partly because of the hard times
Westport ’s facing.
Carters Beach Domain Board chairman Jeff
Richards said the board usually had to get
sponsorship for the display but did not go out
and chase the money this year because of the
Bin set alight with fireworks
of the Westport News
Officials have changed their tune on
a ‘derelict ’ Mokihinui house where a
pregnant woman had been living.
A week ago, the Buller District Council
said it had no role to play. It now says it
has spoken to the parties concerned.
A pregnant woman was squatting there
and her father, who owned the house,
stayed there off and on.
The Westport News recently asked
the council whether it had inspected
the house, whether the house was safe
to live in and what role the council had
in such situations. Community and
environmental ser vices manager Craig
Scanlon responded that the council did
not intend to involve itself in such civil
However, when asked more recently
whether council believed it had
acted within its policy on dangerous,
buildings he said it had done so as it had
spoken to the relevant parties.
Mr Sherie said the council directed
him not to release its response to his
concerns to the Westport News.
Run-down house stance changed
Two Hokitika teenagers who joined
in smashing windows and fences during
a drunken, all-night party at a house in
Hokitika, were yesterday convicted in
the Greymouth District Court.
Ariana Tainui Simon, 19, was
remanded on bail for sentencing
on December 16 on two charges of
disorderly behaviour likely to cause
violence, and one of failing to comply
with a safety order.
Ranui Wani Dickson, 18, was given
200 hours of community work for one
charge of disorderly behaviour likely to
Both admitted the offences.
The pair, along with five other youths,
held a drunken party at a flat in
Hokitika during which they dismantled
part of a fence and smashed a number
When police were called to the
property the youngsters abused the
officer and made rude gestures, despite
being told to “finish the party or leave”.
A caretaker who turned up at the
property and saw the recent damage to
it was also abused.
When Dickson was arrested and sat
on the driveway of the property, he
continued to wind up his friends.
Simon had had a drunken argument
with her sister, and had a safety order
imposed, however she failed to comply
Judge Christopher Somer ville said
both Dickson and Simon had problems
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Dickson
admitted he had been “drifting” and
wanted to move to Dunedin to start a
work training programme.
A letter from his employer said he was
a good and reliable worker. However,
Judge Somer ville said Dickson behaved
in a “completely unacceptable manner”
when he was drunk.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Simon
accepted she had a problem with
alcohol, and wanted help to try to deal
Judge Somer ville said Simon had
previous convictions for drink-driving
“ You don’t need to be a clairvoyant to
know alcohol was involved with that.”
He said Simon would be facing a
sentence of super vision or community
Corey Innocente, 26, of Hokitika, was
remanded in custody for sentencing
on December 16 for possession of a
knife, threatening to kill and intentional
damage on September 20, and
threatening behaviour on October 28.
Innocente had a background of serious
dysfunction he was trying to sort out.
Innocente currently was not drinking,
but when he relapsed into alcohol it was
a “massive relapse”. He accepted he was
Judge Somer ville said an incident
involving a neighbour at the property
where the defendant lived had put
the lives of several people, including
the defendant, in danger, and had it
not been for the “heroic efforts” of a
policeman someone could have died.
Rikiana Jonathan Jarden, 20, of
Hokitika, was fined $350 for obstructing
a police officer on October 11.
Jarden had been drinking in Hokitika
and walked out of the door of the bar
and up the road, next to where two
youths were being questioned by police.
He was asked by police if he had
anything to do with the two youths, who
were part a group of four young people
who had been seen acting suspiciously
in the area.
Jarden said he had nothing to do with
them, but was just having a smoke.
After being repeatedly told to leave, he
Judge Somer ville said Jarden made an
“absolute nuisance of himself ”.
Teens go on alcohol-fuelled vandalism rampage
The reopening of Haast Pass to full-
time traffic — just in time for the
peak summer season — was today
thoroughly welcomed by West Coast
Operators have been expecting a busy
summer, and more assurance around the
road is expected to help.
Glacier Country Tourism Group
chairman Rob Jewell said it had been
a “trying” 14 months and tourism
operators were delighted to return to a
normal summer operating environment.
“State highway 6 is the lifeblood of an
extremely popular tourist route between
the West Coast glaciers and Wanaka.
Naturally, visitors have an expectation
that the road is open at all times so it is a
real confidence booster that we are now
back to 24-7 access,” Mr Jewell said.
Tourism operators on both sides of the
Haast Pass were optimistic about the
coming summer, with many reporting
the strongest for ward bookings they
have seen in some years.
Lake Wanaka Tourism general
manager James Helmore said the
reopening of the pass at night would
once again give visitors flexibility in
their travel plans.
“ Visitors like to pack in as much as
they can in a day ’s touring, so having the
road open after 7pm will give travellers
much needed confidence,” Mr Helmore
New Zealand Transport Agency
regional performance manager Pete
Connors said it was pleasing to have got
the highway reopened 24-7 before the
start of the busy tourist season.
He thanked the local community
and West Coast tour operators and
businesses for their support during the
past 14 months.
“ We know that the frequent closures
which resulted when the slip first
happened caused considerable impact
for many businesses and was extremely
frustrating for everyone.”
Tourism operators delighted at pass opening
After 14 months of night-time closures due to
the Diana Falls slip, State highway 6 through the
Haast Pass reopened to 24-hour traffic today.
The road has been closed every night since a
slip in September 2013 brought down more than
40,000 cubic metres of rock and debris — killing
two Canadian tourists in their camper van and
initially closing the highway for 11 days.
The coroner’s inquest into the tourists’ deaths
concluded in Greymouth yesterday.
New Zealand Transport Agency regional
performance manager Pete Connors said they had
reviewed emergency procedures and operations as
“This has focused on and reinforced the practices
and processes of our contractor in relation to
the closure of the State highway during such
events. NZTA have also installed a dedicated
communications system in the Haast Pass for
contractors to improve communications in the
area,” Mr Connors said.
Permanent messaging signs would be installed
at Haast and Makarora next month, speeding
up delivery to road users of any changes to road
conditions in the area. “Further changes to our
practices and processes will be considered after
the transport agency has reviewed the findings
and any recommendations from the coroner’s
Work got under way at the slip face in April
to install the most complex rockfall protection
system in Australasia.
Mr Connors said the site had been one of the
most challenging projects on the West Coast
State highway network for many years, because of
the steep terrain, fractured rock, weather, isolation
and on-site communication difficulties.
Mr Connors said they could never give a 100%
guarantee of access through the area, as one-off
events such as the slip would always highlight
the vulnerability of the road network, which no
amount of preventative maintenance could ever
stop from happening.
However, NZTA was committed to working as
quickly as possible to restore access, he said.
Some work remains to replace the bridge at
Diana Falls and reinstate two-lane access through
the area. This will result in intermittent and a
single night-time closure during the next few
weeks as the work is completed.
Haast Pass finally open around clock
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