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Three Greymouth Star star
winners have a new book to add
to their collection after winning
the Bookshelf competition. E
Perrie of Kaiata and Neil Richards
of Greymouth each win a copy
of Hometown New Zealand by
Derek Smith, while Ken Forman
of Greymouth wins a copy of The
Hobbit location guidebook.
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Over 1500 Ngai Tahu iwi
representatives and other guests
are expected in Arahura on
Friday for the unveiling of its
The $5.5 million state of the
art complex has been under
construction by Te Runanaga o
Ngati Waewae for five years. On
opening it will become Arahura’s
first dedicated marae in 145
Thousands of guests, including
Maori King Tuheitia Paki, Ngai
Tahu ambassador Sir Tipene
O’Regan, iwi from across the
country and local stakeholders,
including council, police and
Department of Conser vation
representatives have been invited
to mark the milestone.
Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae
chairman Francois Tumahai
said between 1500 to 2000 were
expected for the formal opening,
which will start from 6am with a
A smaller crowd of about 600
would take part in the traditional
ceremony which would be
followed by a public unveiling
at 10am, starting with a wero
(traditional challenge and rite of
passage onto a marae) and four
hour powhiri before the Whare
Tuhuru marae is opened for
Mr Tumahai said as per
custom the marae and intricate
woodwork had been kept under
wraps until the official opening.
The last of over 50 car vings to
adorn both inside and outside
the marae were completed last
A car ved gatehouse at the main
entrance had also been wrapped
ready for unveiling on the day, he
The marae building is the last
to open on the site, overlooking
the Arahura River next to the
The first sod was turned in
2009 and two years later offices,
an ablution block, small kitchen,
meeting room and courtyard
were opened as the first phase
of the complex, followed last
year with the opening of the
wharekai (dining hall), which
can accommodate 100 people.
Mr Tumahai said the runanga
had long outgrown the current
whare wananga building in
Arahura which could only sleep
“ We have a base of about 5000
members but the core local
base is about 50 people. But
I’d imagine once this (marae)
takes off, that will start to
The runanga was gifted the
land for the marae on Old
Christchurch Road in 2007 by
the Ellison Taiaroa Trust, which
manages that family’s South
Island Maori land interests.
The runanga had to contribute
at least a third of the total cost of
the project but received $900,000
early on through the Lotteries
Marae Heritage Fund, followed
by another $300,000 for the
The multi-million complex
features the latest in video
conferencing technology, under-
floor heating throughout and will
eventually run off solar power.
Mr Tumahai was it was first
and foremost a marae for the
runanga it would be available for
functions to the wider public.
On Saturday the marae will
host Ngai Tahu’s annual general
The AGM was last held on the
West Coast in 2005 when Te
Runanga o Makaawhio opened
its marae at Bruce Bay.
Up to 2000 for marae opening
A new electronic patient information system
is now in place on the West Coast, allowing
medical staff to see a patient ’s pharmacy records,
lab results, GP records and outpatient letters.
Only authorised health care providers can
use Health One, such as doctors, nurses and
West Coast and Canterbury District Health
Board chief executive David Meates, said
yesterday it would mean better, safer and faster
“ What it means is that if for some reason you
can’t remember what medications you’re on, or
you are unconscious, your health carers will be
able to quickly check records and make sure they
treat you accordingly,” Mr Meates says.
Individual health information is only available
to the people caring for a patient, and checks are
in place to monitor how records are accessed.
The types of information recorded will include:
Pharmacy records of dispensed medications,
Hospital discharge summaries and outpatient
letters from visits to West Coast and Canterbury
A complete set of any laboratory and radiology
tests from the West Coast and Canterbury; and
A summary of your GP records including
diagnoses, prescribed medications and allergies/
Health One replaces an earlier system in use on
the coast, Share for Care.
People are able to opt off if they do not wish for
their information to be shared.
New electronic patient
information system in place
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A new draft strategy outlines ways to stop
the Grey district going into slow decline,
transforming it into a vibrant place people
want to visit.
The Grey District Council’s community
McGoldrick today released the Draft
Community Economic Development
Strategy for 2014.
It incorporates reporting on key performance
indicators and prioritised actions in the
prior 2013 plan, with three new proposed
In 2012, the Grey District Council pulled
together a group of key economic partners
including Development and Tourism West
Coast, the education sector, Department of
Conser vation, farmers, iwi, and industry and
The strategy wants the Grey district to be the
Heart of the West Coast — internationally
competitive with a growing local economy.
There would be clusters of tourism-based
businesses, primary and food processing,
manufacturing and engineering.
Ultrafast broadband would be used and
leveraged by new and existing businesses,
exporting actively pursued, and a flow of
Unemployment would fall, the town would
have a new vibrancy and everyone would
share in the economic success.
Without committing to the strategy “the
Grey District will be a small, peripheral area
invisible on the world stage and in slow
Businesses would go elsewhere and the
district would lose its innovators. Students
and migrants would go elsewhere.
Unemployment would rise and there would
be greater disparity between the wealthy and
the majority of the community.
Plans include a Discovery Centre —
A Signage and Interpretation project is
already under way, to boost pride in the
town, find positive stories and celebrate
There will also be better signs to help people
find their way around the district.
The district would also be rebranded as a
great place to live, work and play. There will
be a focus on ‘our unique identity’.
A compelling destination will be created,
and the waterfront redeveloped.
To enhance growth and remove barriers
to development, the ‘Grey District — O ur
Talent ’ campaign will be developed and
implemented to grow, retain, inspire and
attract an educated and skilled community.
It will include tracking down ‘heroes’ from
the schools-district to showcase people.
For each of the strategic themes, priority
projects and project leaders will be identified.
The draft strategy has gone to the Economic
Development Liaison Group network
New strategy aims to
stop Greymouth decline
Tai Poutini Polytechnic may
start charging students a $240
fee for using its support ser vices.
If introduced, it could mean
students on full-time courses
are charged for using ser vices
such as careers guidance,
counselling, financial support
and advice, health ser vices, sports
and recreation, and clubs and
societies. The polytechnic council
gave its support in principle to
the proposal at its meeting last
Last year the polytechnic chose
not to introduce fees, partly
because of the complexity.
However, chief executive Allan
Sargison said it could look again
at a fee covering its West Coast,
Auckland and Christchurch
Mr Sargison gave the example
of the Nelson and Marlborough
Institute of Technology, which
charged students $250 a year,
while Lincoln University charged
them $700 to $800 a year.
“If we got $100,000 out of this
could we afford not to do it?” he
The fee was unlikely to apply
to students on the shorter
courses, however it could still be
applicable to about 400 students
in Christchurch, and 300 on the
West Coast, equating to 700 full-
Chief financial officer Alyson
Bone said students had paid a fee
of at least $90 for some ser vices
when in the past the polytechnic
had its own students’ association.
“Those students were paying for
the student association. When
the student association ceased we
took up the provision of some of
those ser vices and did it for free.
So the students have had a good
run for a couple of years, and it is
something that they were paying
previously that they’ve not had to
pay,” Ms Bone said.
Council chairman Graeme
McNally said there was a case
for charging students who spent
quite a lot of time on campus,
and demanded quite a lot of
support ser vices.
While it could potentially put
some students off enrolling, the
fee would be only a small part
of the overall cost of study, Mr
“The impact in terms of student
decision is probably quite low.”
The council supported the
introduction of fees, with a
possible fee being capped at $240
took an Arnold Valley
man in for questioning
last evening following
an alleged incident of
at Maori Gully Road.
Inquiries are continuing.
arrested a 37-year-old
Greymouth man last
night for driving while
disqualified. He will
appear in the Greymouth
District Court in due
A 23-year-old Hokitika
man had his vehicle
impounded last night
after he was caught
driving while suspended,
in Hokitika. Charges
are pending and he will
appear in the Greymouth
District Court on
A Westport driver was
issued an infringement
notice by police yesterday
afternoon following a
two-car collision at the
junction of Russell and
Paul Sampson said a
Toyota car being driven
south on Russell Street
failed to give way at
Cobden Street, and
collided with a ute being
The Toyota was
extensively damaged but
there were no injuries.
Tai Poutini mulls student support fee
Baptist minister Shaun Hutson and Child Youth and Family super visor Tara Adams with some of the
food that will make up the meal when the White Ribbon motorcycle ride arrives in Greymouth this
evening. The anti-violence ride started in Blenheim today with about 28 riders who travelled through
Nelson before reaching Reefton and stopping for the night in Greymouth. About 100 people are
expected for the meal, which is open to the wider community at the Baptist Church. The riders will talk
about family violence at John Paul II High School at 9am tomorrow.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
White Ribbon ride meal
by Laura Mills
Singer Dave Dobbyn said the Pike
families went on a pilgrimage as they
recorded the documentary Dreams
Lie Deeper with him, which airs
tomorrow on the fourth anniversary
of the disaster.
It follows Dobbyn on his personal
journey to compose his emotional
Pike River tribute song.
Dobbyn said when the song was
performed earlier this year with
the 160-strong Orpheus choir in
Wellington, it was the families’
“It was just down the road from
the Beehive,” he said, referring
to their battle with Government,
“There was a great sense of a
journey. It was a great pilgrimage for
them. They were lightened by it, and
didn’t feel so alone in their battle.”
It was a story which needed told,
retold, and retold again.
He believes the documentary puts
a human face on the tragedy.
It also has lighter moments
the families, who showed
Dobbyn such good Coast
hospitality, were treated to a
champagne breakfast in Wellington.
And, when the song is performed,
many tears are shed.
Dobbyn speaks of the families
with warmth and respect, saying
how brave they were to speak out.
Some allowed the cameras into their
“I’ve so much respect for them
and the battle they have fought for
four years. It ’s incredibly generous to
show yourself in such distress.”
Dreams Lie Deeper is a one-
off special tomorrow, the fourth
anniversary of the disaster, on
TVNZ On Demand.
Pike River doco to screen tomorrow
The operator of Roa Mine has
welcomed the new health and safety
legislation and hopes it will set a
benchmark against complacency.
NZ Coal and Carbon chief
executive Brent Francis said the
new health and safety legislation
would provide a “fresh set of
challenges for the industry”.
A new Health and Safety act is
in the process of being created and
could be in place as early as April
The reform has been sparked
by the Pike River Mine disaster
and the Royal Commission that
Mr Francis said they supported
a number of the changes and had
been through a lengthy consultative
“The new legislation should
provide clear benchmark guidelines
to any potential operator within our
industry that attempts to enter with
any form of complacency.
“The downside to the new
legislation is the increased cost of
compliance on smaller operations
and the practical application in
some areas of the new regs to these
Mr Francis said they welcomed
the stricter responsibilities of
boards of directors and hoped it
would bring a new and improved
balance to that level of governance.
He expected the changes to see
an increase in workload for site
management, who will have to
provide an adequate audit trail. He
did not expect that to be significant
overall in their own operations
given the “vast experience” of
their site management and mining
Their goldmining counterparts
have not welcomed the changes.
Some noting that alluvial mining
was completely different to
coalmining and were aggrieved that
they had been put in together.
Roa Mine operator hopes new
legislation will set benchmark
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