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The inaugural Aotearoa New
Zealand Jade Artist Awards were
announced in Hokitika on Saturday
night with a young West Coast
greenstone artist named taking the
emerging artist title in the national
awards. Caitlin Lewis of Hokitika,
a part-time student at the Tai
Poutini Polytechnic jade and
hard stone car ving course in
Greymouth, was praised by judges
for her nephrite pendant with the
theme ‘moving for ward’. The other
winners of the contemporary and
traditional categories were Donn
Salt and Louis Gardiner — both
of Rotorua. The awards were hosted
by the New Zealand Jade Artists
Society with 33 entrants from
across the West Coast and New
Miners’ hall sur vey
Runanga residents will be
consulted on the Miners’ Hall,
though it will not be a question
of whether or not to keep it this
time. The Runanga Miners’ Hall
Trust will issue every house in
the township with a survey to
ask what they want for the hall.
Steering committee member Angela
Stratford said it would give people
a chance to say what they wanted
from the hall.
protest in Wellington
Anti-mining groups staged a
street-theatre style “stakeholder
meeting” on Friday in Wellington,
billing it as an alternative to the
AGM of coalmining company
Bathurst Resources. The protest was
held in the lobby of Minter Ellison
Rudd Watts, where the Bathurst
meeting was being held. The groups
said their aim was to call attention
Bathurst ’s expansion plans, climate
change and the environment. The
protest included 350 Aotearoa, Coal
Action Network Aotearoa and Oil
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Stall operators set up in their usual positions for the annual Holy Trinity Church fair, on Saturday. The hall was packed out as the
public tried to sniff out a bargain or enjoy some of the food, books, kitchenware, toys and clothes.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Crowd flocks to Holy Trinity Church fair
Paroa School has received a glowing
report from the Education Review
The school, with a roll of 183, was
reviewed in September. ERO found
the school had high expectations and
positive, supportive relationships which
benefit well-being and learning.
Pupils were provided with a wide
range of cultural, musical and sporting
activities, as well as challenging
experiences that made regular use of the
local and wider environment.
mathematics was above similar schools
at district and national levels, “with very
good progress over time” for all groups
Writing was similar but dipped for
all groups, particularly boys and Maori
students in 2013.
Maori pupils were achieving as well as
their peers in mathematics and above
others at the school in reading. They
also made good progress in mathematics
during the year.
The report noted that the bicultural
content of learning programmes could
be strengthened so that all pupils had
consistent opportunities to learn about
their bicultural heritage.
The school had high levels of self-
management, particularly in senior
“Senior students have greater choice
over the nature and direction of their
learning and considerable leadership
opportunities. These factors contribute
to high levels of student engagement and
involvement in school decision making. ”
The report notes that there is scope for
the school to widen the information it
gathers from parents and early childhood
ser vices about pupils’ interests, strengths
and attitudes towards learning.
Education Minister Hekia Parata
was recently in Greymouth, where she
discussed the ‘community of schools’
initiative which pushed for schools to
engage more across sectors.
of the Westport News
Development West Coast
(DWC) is considering how it
can help with the loss of Air
New Zealand’s Westport ser vice
but Buller’s mayor says the
organisation may not need to
come to the rescue just yet.
Air New Zealand last week
announced it would be cutting
its Westport flights from April,
leaving the town without a
commercial air service unless
someone else steps in.
Sturgeon said he was personally
disappointed about what Air
New Zealand was doing to the
Development West Coast had
not yet been approached about
what it could do to help but
would think about its role in
the situation and talk with the
Buller District Council.
Mr Sturgeon said that if Air
New Zealand had cut the run
with good reason there was not
much DWC could do apart from
look for alternative providers.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
said council would have
discussions with DWC if
required. However, there were
options out there that meant
council might not need its help
at this stage.
Mr Howard attended a
meeting late last week with
acting council chief executive
Craig Scanlon, airport chief
executive Sonia Cresswell and
former airport chief executive
Mr Howard said they were
making positive progress and
were in discussions with a
number of airlines. He was
discussing things politically and
Ms Cresswell operationally. He
declined to name the airlines.
“At this point in time, we feel
that we’re going to have some
DWC not approached
for f light help
Greymouth pharmacists are
working together and hope
to set up in the integrated
family health centre to be built
alongside the new Greymouth
Mason’s Pharmacy and Olsens
Pharmacy, both located in the
central business district, are
now working out how they
can also have a presence at the
new health centre, where GPs,
specialists and pharmacists will
all be under one roof.
They say it may be similar
to Parkside at Christchurch
Hospital, with a small retail
“It ’s moving along quite
smoothly,” Lindy Mason, of
Mason’s Pharmacy, said.
“Olsens and Mason’s are
working together to be a
provider of pharmacy services in
Although nothing is confirmed,
talks are continuing and the
pharmacists assure there will still
be a presence downtown.
The changes will mean parents
with a sick child, for example,
will be able to see their GP and
also pick up their prescription,
all at the hospital. Those wanting
a repeat, or some lipstick with
their prescription, will be able to
shop at the main pharmacies in
They will also be close to the
hospital pharmacy, increasing
already good collaboration.
The small retail shop at the
hospital may sell gifts and things
that people rushed into hospital
do not have time to pack, such as
“But we don’t want to take
space from other providers,” Mrs
Kilkelly said the West Coast
District Health Board had been
accommodating and supportive.
“ We are trying to future-proof
pharmacy ser vices on the Coast,”
Mrs Kilkelly said.
They were trying to devise
something that would be
convenient for people. It should
also help staff recruitment and
Mrs Kilkelly said they planned
to continue services such as in-
pharmacy flu vaccines, where
people could pop in and not
have to wait in a GP clinic.
Pharmacists working together on
integrated family health centre set up
lack of urgency
A 58-year-old Karamea man last seen alive
on the Heaphy Track in August 2013 had a
background of mental health treatment with
several inpatient admissions.
The West Coast Coroner today released the
inquest findings into the death of Andrew
Ross White — without formal comment or
Prior to his death Mr White had been living
with his wife Margaret McTavish, at Karamea.
He had an ongoing history of mental
health care and had not long been in respite
care in Greymouth before his disappearance.
Following his discharge from Greymouth
mental health ser vices Mr White lived
temporarily at a Westport hotel before he
departed on August, 1 2013.
His partner, Ms McTavish, raised concern
about her partner’s welfare and whereabouts
with police on August 6 when she reported
By August 12, Mr White was still missing
although bank information obtained by police
showed he had accessed his bank account 15
times between August 1-6 .
Among the last purchases were two nights
accomodation on the Heaphy Track and a bus
ticket to the Heaphy Track.
The bus driver who dropped Mr White at
the Heaphy Track on August 6 noted he was
carrying a small bag and seemed unprepared
for the track.
“Mr White assured him he was a capable,
prepared tramper who had everything he
needed in his bag,” the coroner said in his
Three days later, on the afternoon of August
9 a DOC worker spoke to Mr White on the
north side of the Swan Burn Bridge, about the
direction he intended heading.
The following morning an off-duty police
officer and his brother biking the Heaphy
Track came across Mr White sitting on a tree
“He appeared a little gaunt and ‘down’.”
The following day, at about 3pm, Mr White
was seen in the Scott ’s Beach area by at least
On August 19, search and rescue were called
to search for Mr White and his backpack was
found on the south side of Swan Burn above
the high tide mark, on the Coastal stretch of
the Heaphy, later finding his arm.
The rest of Mr White’s body has never been
In evidence to the coroner, West Coast police
commander Inspector John Canning said that
when he became aware of Mr White’s missing
status he was “a little bit concerned about the
urgency police had given the case.”
As a result he went to Westport and looked
into the issue including the processes used and
the paper work involved
An “inexperienced” staff member had “made
an assumption that an experienced member
may not have made” when Mr White was first
The coroner said the cause of death was
drowning and it was likely that at the time
of his death his judgement was impaired by
hunger/fatigue, affected by his underlying
mental health illness.
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