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Robert. — Passed away
November 13, 2011.
Sadly missed and fondly
remembered by family
November 10, 2014.
Passed away suddenly
at home. Dearly loved
and loving husband
cherished father and
father-in-law of Sarah
and Elton (Brisbane),
and Mark and Mel
“Poppa” to Rohan,
Lloyd, Katie, Hannah,
and Jordan. Eldest son
of the late Norman and
Edna of Timaru. Much
loved “Bap” of David
and Carol, Wayne and
Gail, Sandra and Stuart,
Grant and Sue, and
Brent and Jill. Fondly
great-uncle to his
family. The funeral
service for Barry will be
held at St Andrews
Sinclair Centre, Park
Street, Ashburton on
Monday, November 17,
2014 at 1.30pm. To be
followed by private
interment. Our family's
sincere and grateful
thanks to our special
emergency services who
A kind and gentle man,
loved by all
Galbraith Mid Canter-
bury Funeral Services.
The West Coast District Health Board has
offered to pay up to $350 in petrol and fuel
vouchers to smoking pregnant women in a
bid to get them to quit the habit.
To check they do not cheat, they will have
to blow into a carbon monoxide detector
once a week.
The programme has been trialled by
Counties Manakau DHB with a quit rate of
65% for those who stay the course. Regular
quit programmes normally achieve 30 to 40%
The West Coast DHB is not sure yet how
many women will participate, so the exact
cost is unclear, but the organisers point out it
costs $3000 a night to look after a premature
baby, and smokers are more likely to go into
Women can be referred by their midwife
to smokefree counsellors in Greymouth,
Hokitika or Westport.
After one week smokefree, the reward is a
$50 voucher, with $25 rewards up to week 12.
Mothers still smokefree two weeks after the
baby’s arrival — a time when some women
relapse — will earn a $50 pharmacy voucher.
Smokefree ser vices co-ordinator John
Caygill said they estimated there were more
than 4700 smokers on the West Coast, the
second highest rate in the New Zealand.
With the new initiative, women would have
“much better odds” of becoming smokefree.
The cost of the initiative was relatively low,
“And this is as much about the well-being
of the baby. ”
Project specialist planning and funding
Jenni Stephenson, said existing programmes
were not being cut to finance it.
Although they plan to start before
Christmas, pregnant women who smoked
could ask their midwife for information now,
Smoking during pregnancy contributes to
a higher rate of miscarriage, pre-term births,
low birth rate babies, difficulties during
childbirth, sudden infant death syndrome,
childhood asthma and glue ear.
The payment incentive has also been trialled
As well as speaking to their midwife,
pregnant women can phone the smoking
cessation office at Grey Base Hospital, Aukati
Kaipaipa or the West Coast Primary Health
Money offer for
to quit smoking
Mark Haldane gets under way on his spraypaint artwork on the brick wall at the side of the DP One
Cafe, in Greymouth, this morning. The final image will be of a white heron standing, with a shoal of
whitebait running below its feet. Mr Haldane said he settled on the design because the kotuku was the
bird of Greymouth and he regularly used birds in his work.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Spraypaint ar t brightens up Mawhera Quay
The scientists drilling
into the Alpine Fault,
near Whataroa, have lost
their drill bit — again —
this time at a depth of
The drill was removed
from the hole and the
scientists got a surprise to
find the bit was missing.
“So was the bottom
7.5m of the bottom-
they said on their latest
blog. “Steps to recover
the lost BHA piece are in
motion. We know how to
fish it out from our last
The loss was caused
by a broken thread and
is same section of drill
collar that bore the full
impact when the BHA
was previously dropped
to the bottom of the
hole, so it may have had a
However, there are
also signs that drill bit
failure contributed to the
They hope to be drilling
again in a few days.
Scientists drop huge
drill bit — again
Operatunity’s last show of the
year will combine two songful
occasions for Christmas at the
This will bring an end to a season
of nine national tours with over
The show will be at the Regent
Theatre on November 25.
This time Operatunity has
combined Christmas and the
Last Night of the Proms, both
synonymous with some of the
world’s best loved songs.
The show will be full of famous
Christmas carols and songs, with
classics such as Jerusalem, Land
of Hope and Glory and Rule
Britannia, the Best of British
Ballads, skits and jokes and even
an appearance from Santa Claus
and his little elves.
Emma Sloman debuts with
Operatunity for this series.
Sloman has a wide theatrical
repertoire spanning 20 years,
having performed with Auckland
Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber
Orchestra, Auckland Choral
Society, Canterbury Opera,
Hawke’s Bay Opera, and Opera
She is currently a resident artist
with New Zealand Opera and has
appeared in a number of lighter
recitals with Rob Guest and with
Dame Kiri te Kanawa.
Christmas at the Proms promises
“music, madness, magic and
mayhem” to get into the Christmas
mood and celebrate the season.
Sloman will feature alongside
regulars Susan Boland, Albert
Sword, Bonaventure Allan-
Moetaua and accompanied by
Ludwig Treviranus on piano.
Emma Sloman in patriotic
The Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prize packs to give away.
The pack includes a double-pass to
their latest show — Christmas at the
Proms — at the Regent Theatre on
November 25, an Operatunity book and
To enter the draw please hand deliver
entries with your name, address and
phone number under the subject
‘Operatunity’ to the front office of
either the Greymouth Star or Hokitika
Guardian, or e-mail competitions@
greystar.co.nz with Operatunity in the
subject line. One entry per household.
Entries close on November 21.
Operatunity’s festive combination
A 400-cow Whataroa dairy farm
sold for $6.5 million last month to
Dave Nolan of PGG Wrightson
Real Estate, Greymouth, sold the
320ha property, which equated to
$21,500 per effective hectare.
“This farm was only on the market
for three days before selling to
Southland buyers, who have been
looking for West Coast property
for some time and decided that it
ticked all the right boxes for them.
At that price, it was slightly ahead
of the value of similar properties
sold locally in the past few months,”
Mr Nolan said.
milksolids last season and projected
to achieve 180,000kg in 2014-15,
the farm had a 2011 rateable value
“ Prior to Westland Milk’s payout
announcement in late August, we
fielded increasing inquiries from
Southland farmers looking to buy
or extend into our region. This sale
indicates that interest is still there
and likely to re-emerge as farmers
adapt to the reduced payout.”
South Westland farm goes for $6.5m
Education Minister Hekia Parata told
West Coast educators yesterday to adopt the
Government ’s new ‘community of schools’
policy or find themselves in a four-year queue.
Ms Parata spoke to the Education West
Coast meeting where she raised the subject of
the $359 million initiative.
The Government had spent almost the entire
budget surplus of $372m on the initiative.
“That is how serious we are taking this,”
Ms Parata said. “Be an early adopter or find
yourself in the stampede ... and find yourselves
in a four-year queue.”
Speaking to the Greymouth Star, Ms Parata
said the scheme would have early childhood,
primary, secondary and tertiary all working
together. “ There is already a very collaborative
practice here on the West Coast of working
together on projects.”
However, that was mostly within each sector
and the minister wanted more collaboration
along a student ’s entire “pathway ”.
She said Greymouth High School had
emerged from its time under a commissioner
“in really good shape”. “ The school is in a good
place to move for ward from here.”
In the past five years, Greymouth High
School, Runanga School, Barrytown School
and Hokitika Primary School had been under
“Different communities have different
challenges with governance over time and the
West Coast is no different.”
The Ministry of Education had “significantly
increased ” funding to the New Zealand
“It is their responsibility to support boards.”
Ms Parata said the ‘community of schools’
would allow boards from different schools to
“ be in a much more structured relationship
with each other”.
She was pleased with how the West Coast
“Over the past two years the West Coast has
achieved the highest increase in the percentage
of its students achieving NCEA level two, of
all the regions in New Zealand. It has achieved
the highest increase and that is 11.2%. In the
same period the increase for the West Coast
for boys was 17.2%.
“So this region has made some outstanding
Parata issues warning to Coast schools
The Buller District Council has warned
homeowners on the new recycling service
that they could be kicked off the scheme
if they continue to put non-recyclable
items in their bin.
The council also said that it could be set
to install cameras to check on compliance
with its new recycling ser vice, if people
continued to flout the recycling rules.
Buller District Mayor Garry Howard
said that the new recycling service,
introduced by Auckland-based waste
firm Smart Environmental Ltd, had been
running for the past nine months.
However, non-recyclable items, such as
plastic rubbish bags, had been repeatedly
found in people’s bins, alongside recyclable
items which had not been properly rinsed
before being put in the bin.
“I would like to remind residents to use
the service in an appropriate manner. If
you are unsure of what is recyclable there
are many ways you can check. It has been
noticed that some wheelie bins have
recyclable material on top appearing as
they are supposed to but the bottom is
Mr Howard said that if the level of
refuse in wheelie bins did not decrease,
cameras would be installed on the
collection truck that would monitor what
came out of the wheelie bins.
“Any non-recyclable items will be
identified on-site. Properties that are
identified will have the bins removed
from the property and the ser vice
will no longer be available to those
Rubbish hidden in recycling bins
A team of scientists
drilling deep into the
South Island ’s high-
risk Alpine Fault have
high temperatures just a
few hundred metres below
The landmark drilling
project at Whataroa Valley,
north of Franz Josef
Glacier, reached a depth of
about 490m and yesterday
afternoon and had
of more than 60degC.
high in Alpine
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