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With the future of central
Greymouth at a crossroads, the
Greymouth Heritage Trust has
appealed for new members.
Heritage buildings must be
strengthened, or in the long-term,
A revitalisation plan for the central
business district is advanced, with
heritage expected to play a key
part in making the town more
Trust chairman Stewart Nimmo
said the heritage trust had about 40
members, with an active committee
of nine or 10.
Its biggest project currently was
saving the historic cranes at the
“ We need to progress with it. We
need some new blood in the group,
some new vision and enthusiasm,”
Mr Nimmo said.
They also need to finish off the
interpretation at the restored
World War Two pillbox at the
Blaketown tiphead, spruce up the
interior of the railway signal box and
complete the Coal Heritage Park on
“ We are a small group and we are
all busy,” he said.
The trust will hold its annual
general meeting on Monday and is
keen for people to come along.
There will also be a guest speaker.
The meeting will be held at 7pm at
the Harbour Board offices.
A Greymouth man has joined Prime Minister John
Key and singer Stan Walker, to become a ‘ White
Northern Irishman Jackie Adams is the first man on
the West Coast awarded the title.
The White Ribbon Campaign is about eliminating
violence towards women. In New Zealand, an average
14 women a year are killed by their partner or ex-
partner, and last year the police attended 95,101 family
violence incidents, one every five and a half minutes.
“I grew up in a very violent community with the
fighting that was taking place in Belfast and with
shootings and bombings a daily occurrence, but most
of the violence I saw as a child was in my own home
which is why I feel so strong about this. ”
Mr Adams’ appointment comes a week before the
fourth White Ribbon Ride rolls into Greymouth.
The South Island ride is organised by the Nelson,
Marlborough, West Coast chapter of the Patriots, a
motorcycle club for ser ving and ex-military.
The riders will be starting the ride in Blenheim,
travelling through to Nelson and then on to Reefton,
stopping in each town they visit to speak about the
issues of family violence and to tell their own personal
Local riders who wish to join the West Coast part of
the ride can join in Reefton between 2.30pm and 3pm
on Tuesday, November 18 or at Stillwater between
4pm and 4.30pm.
Once in Greymouth the riders will be treated to an
evening community meal at the Baptist Church at
5pm, free to anyone who would like to come along.
The riders will be welcomed by the Greymouth High
School’s kapa haka team.
Students from the Limelight drama group will
perform a play they have written about family violence
and the students of Tai Poutini Polytechnic will also
The riders will the next day visit John Paul II
High School and St Patrick’s Primary School before
travelling to Hokitika to attend Westland High
School, and then over to Ashburton.
They are due to arrive in Christchurch on November
25 for a walk from the police station to the courts, in
remembrance of those who have been murdered and
those who are still living with daily violence.
The White Ribbon campaign started in Canada in
1991 after the murder of 13 women in one incident.
Grey Heritage Trust new member appeal
Greymouth meal to welcome White Ribbon ride
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Penny Anderson, dressed as the paper bag princess, was a hit at the St Patrick’s Primary School book character day yesterday. Plenty of princesses
and pirates were there, and even Clifford the big red dog.
Princess has it in the bag
The mother of a little boy killed in a
house fire is unaware her son is dead
and has missed his funeral.
Cherie Kingi remains on life
support after she was severely
burned in the fatal fire in Hamilton
Yesterday three-year-old O’rlandau
Kingi-Day was buried by his grieving
family as the New Zealand Fire
Ser vice announced a novelty lighter
started the blaze — calling for them
to be banned.
The preschooler perished in the fire
in the Dinsdale house where he lived
with Ms Kingi and three brothers,
two of whom were rescued from the
burning home with minor injuries.
It is thought Ms Kingi risked her
life to save her children but the
10.30am fire spread through the
house within minutes, overcoming
her and O’rlandau.
Ms Kingi’s mother, Helen Kingi,
said emotions were still too raw to
speak about the tragedy but she said
her daughter was unaware of what
“She’s just stable at the moment.
She’s still on life support. ”
The 35-year-old was transferred
the National Burns Centre at
Middlemore Hospital earlier this
Mrs Kingi said O’rlandau’s tangi
at a marae in Hamilton was special.
She said the little boy ’s brothers
18-year-old Jahden Day and
4-year-old Ziah Day — who were in
the fire, and Dre Day, 20, who was
not at home at the time, were coping
well for now. — N Z Herald
Mum unaware of son’s death
Three people are unaccounted
for after a large house fire in
Hamilton early today.
Emergency ser vices were
called to the Collingwood
Street house just after 5am,
Michael Upton from the Fire
Ser vice said.
The property was “well
involved” by the time fire crews
arrived, he said.
The fire had been contained
by 7am by 13 appliances
and 45 firefighters. The six-
bedroom home was thought to
be student accommodation and
a number of people escaped the
blaze, he said. — NZME
Three missing in huge blaze
Prime Minister John Key has
assured German’s Chancellor
Angela Merkel her cellphone
was not being tapped while she
was in New Zealand.
Dr Merkel criticised the
United States for spying on
its friends after learning the
NSA had tapped her personal
cellphone in the past.
New Zealand is part of Five
Eyes under which it shares
intelligence with the United
Dr Merkel was asked about
that relationship and said she
was aware NZ was part of
the Five Eyes and had a close
intelligence relationship with
the United States.
A slightly embarrassed Mr
Key said New Zealand also
shared some intelligence with
Germany although it was not
part of Five Eyes.
“I think there are some
lessons have been learnt in the
past. If I was the Chancellor
I would rest assured she has
nothing to fear on her phone
calls in New Zealand. She’s a
great friend of New Zealand
and if we have any questions of
her I’ll just ask her. I think that
would be the fastest way of
resolving any issue. So there’s
nothing to fear. ”
Dr Merkel said she was not
opposed to intelligence sharing
and Germany and the USA
also shared information that
had been critical in stopping
terrorist and cyber attacks.
“So we depend on this kind
of close cooperation. But it
is true as a close partner and
friend of the United States we
believe the ratio between the
kind of sur veillance they have
been carrying out and privacy
of the individual is perhaps a
bit out of kilter. ”
She said working on
intelligence did not preclude
them having differences of
opinion sometimes and when
that happened she raised them
openly with US President
Merkel also thanked New
Zealand for its support of the
sanctions put in place against
Russia after its incursion into
— New Zealand Herald
NZ phone tap
An investigation is reportedly
under way into a sexual
harassment complaint against
Recovery Authority chief
executive Roger Sutton.
Mr Sutton had been accused
of harassing a senior female
staffer, including making
inappropriate jokes, comments
and giving her an unwelcome
hug, Fairfax reported.
The findings by the State
Ser vices Commission was
expected to be delivered next
Mr Sutton told The Press he
was horrified when he heard of
“I can be a larrikin and make
stupid silly jokes. It is a very
difficult, stressful job and I’ve
sometimes used humour to
“But I’m not the victim. I’ve
made some stupid mistakes.”
He said he was confident the
inquiry would come to a “fair
and proper conclusion”.
“I realise a chief executive
in the public ser vice has high
thresholds of behaviour and
sometimes I have not met
those standards,” he told The
“I have behaved in a juvenile
and stupid way and I’m not
proud of that.
“I ’m an over-the-top, out-
there sort of person and that
has often made me successful
in this role but it is also my
Achilles heel. ”
Sutton said he would decide
his future over the next few
The State Ser vices
Commission would not
comment on the investigation
but confirmed to The Press
that Mr Sutton had not been
stood down from the role of
chief executive. — NZ M E
quake boss Sutton
A primary school lost more than
55 teachers in four years — but got
a government inspector’s tick of
Some children at Manurewa’s
Rowandale School had as many as
four different teachers assigned to
their class in a single year.
Concerned parents called a meeting
with the Ministry of Education and
discussed the turnover as well as the
leadership of the then principal Judd
An Education Review Office
(ERO) inspection last September
found the school to be “ well placed”,
and it was put on a three-year review
cycle — the most common and an
indication that the school was not a
The then-22 classroom school had
17 teachers leave last year, and a total
of 58 between 2010 and the end of
last year, according to a Weekend
Herald analysis of school documents
and inter views with former staff.
Mr McLauchlan acknowledges the
turnover but said it was for a variety
of reasons and had no negative effect
on student learning. It was in part
driven by changes necessary to turn
around a failing school.
In his time in charge, the school
changed from being teacher-focused
to student-focused and the roll grew
substantially, he said.
But one former parent was worried
about a child having four different
teachers in a year. — NZ Herald
School goes through 55 teachers in four years
of the Westport News
Westport schools are calling for a
review of their new decile ratings,
saying much has changed in the town
since the census that gave rise to them.
The provisional rankings have risen at
local schools, meaning the schools will
be entitled to less funding.
The figures will be confirmed next
Westport North School acting
principal Cath O’Loughlin said the
school’s decile rating had provisionally
gone from a four to a five. That would
mean a drop in funding of about 3.66%
or $15,000 a year.
“That ’s $15,000 we can’t spend on the
children. Because our fixed costs don’t
“ We have to fundraise so much
as it is that we would be loath to ask
our families to participate in more
She said the decile rating did not
have anything to do with standards of
education but was worked out based
on the economic status of each area as
revealed in the March 2013 Census.
Things had changed dramatically
in Westport since then, said Ms
The drop in coal price had affected
local mines and Bathurst ’s Denniston
Escarpment Mine was yet to ramp up.
“ You only have to look at how many
houses are for rent now and for sale.”
Buller High School principal Andrew
Basher said the school had been told
its decile was provisionally rising four
steps from a 3F to 5I, resulting in about
a 4% reduction in funding.
Buller High School would also be
asking for a review of its new decile,
based on the census information.
He said there were no benefits to
the school from having a higher
St Canice’s School principal Peter
Knowles agreed that the Buller area
had changed considerably since the last
“ I believe the new decile ratings do
not reflect our community, so we’ ll
definitely be appealing.”
Westport schools’ funding cut
McGuire) Elsa Rubina.
Elsa's family wish to
acknowledge and thank
shown to them in the
loss of their loved
nana, aunt, sister and
friend. Thank you for all
the cards, visits, phone
calls, flowers, baking
and hugs. A special
thank you to the
Granger House for the
love and care given to
our Mum during her
time with them. Thanks
also to Robin Hill and
Anisy Funeral Home for
their care and kindness.
Please accept this as
a personal acknowledg-
ment to you all.
Frederick. — Members
of the Hokitika-
Westland RSA are
requested to attend the
funeral of their late
Service member, Alan
Frederick Peters, No
445365 RNZAF, AC 2.
A service for Alan will
be held at Thompson's
Riverside Chapel, 86
Gibson Quay, Hokitika
on Monday November
17, commencing at
11am thereafter private
November 16, 2013. A
cherished Mum, Nana
Always in our thoughts
Love Kenny, Lesley,
Maxann, Chloe, Taylor
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
November 10, 2014.
Passed away suddenly at
home. Dearly loved and
Daphne. Much cherish-
ed father and father-in-
law of Sarah and Elton
(Brisbane), and Mark
and Mel (Greymouth).
Adored “Poppa” to
Rohan, Lloyd, Katie,
Hannah, and Jordan.
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 cremation.
A kind and gentle man,
loved by all
Messages to C/-
Rissman Family, 246
Havelock Street, Ash-
burton. Galbraith Mid
Ph 768 0250
Why have your loved
ones taken away
from the Coast for
The only Funeral
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Mary (Harv), (Nee
away peacefully after
failing health surroun-
ded by family in Reef-
ton, on November 14,
2014, in her 80th year.
Much loved mum and
mother-in-law of Lynn
and Donna (Reefton),
Suzy (Brisbane), Rosco
(Reefton), Jeff and
Annette (Nelson), and
Malc and Jan (Reefton),
loved granny wobblez of
Jacqui, Ashley and
Haruka, Shane and
Daniel, Lisa, Scott and
Jeanene, Haylee, Dan
and Olivia, Craig and
Connie, Aimee and
Loren, Brad and Jessica,
Cam and Andrea, Kev,
Alana and Elmo, Jake,
and Elsie, loved great
granny wobblez of Ryu,
Declan, Tara, Nicole,
Jared, Caleb, Miles,
Dane, Conrad, Phoebe,
and one on the way, and
a loved sister, aunty,
cousin and friend of
many. Messages to C/-
PO Box 417, Greymouth
7840. In lieu of flowers,
Salvation Army can be
made at the service or
posted to PO Box 573,
Greymouth, 7840. A
service to celebrate
Harvena's life will be
held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 2pm. Harv
will then be laid to rest
with her mother at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery.
The family would like to
invite you to a time of
reminiscing at Wilsons
Hotel Reefton from 5pm
Funeral Services Ltd,
Phone (03) 768 0250.
William (Ron). — On
November 13, 2014,
peacefully at Allen
Hokitika. In his 94th
husband of Val, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Gary and
Hetty, Vivienne and
Douglas King, loved
granddad of Rene and
Stephanie, Kerryn and
Jason, Martin and Pam,
Amy and Leki, Katie,
Garry. Loved great
granddad of Caleb,
Micah, Samara, Taylah,
Mayleigh, Noah, Emily,
Isaac, Eli, Noa, Vann
and Brooklyn. Messages
to 237 Revell Street,
private family service
followed by cremation is
to be held, also a
memorial service will
take place at the
131 Kaniere Road, Ho-
kitika, on Saturday 22
November, at 11am.
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Alex and Corban Walls were runaway winners of
the reality home-building show The Block last night,
making $307,000 profit.
The couple’s Pt Chevalier home set an early cracking
pace in a live auction on TV3, selling for $1,552,000. .
Immediately after they won, the Walls surprised the
other contestants with their generosity, giving Quinn
and Ben Alexandre $30,000 from their winnings
saying they deser ved more than $10,000.
Block winners generous
Strong wind gusts of up to 140kph are barrelling up
the country felling trees, power lines and lifting roofs,
emergency ser vices say.
Gales buffeted the east coast of the South Island
between 7am and about 8.30am, southern fire
communications shift manager Tim Reynolds said.
Trees had come down in around O xford, Sheffield,
Cust and Kirwee in north Canterbury. — NZ ME
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