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bank burglar y
Westport police believe an
attempt was made to break into the
ANZ Bank, in Palmerston Street,
early yesterday. A security officer
discovered a broken door at 1.30am.
Police said the lower glass panel of
the door had been kicked in and
an interior door window was also
chipped, probably due to shattered
glass from the initial hit. Police
inquiries were continuing today
and the bank was checking closed
circuit television footage for
evidence of an offender on the
Kotuku oil driller
Mosman Oil, which has been
drilling near Kotuku, has won two
of 15 new oil and gas exploration
permits awarded today. Energy and
Resources Minister Simon Bridges
announced the award as a result
of the Government ’s block offer
2014. The offer includes six onshore
permits across the Taranaki, West
Coast and East Coast basins, and
nine offshore permits across the
Reinga-Northland, Taranaki, and
Pegasus basins. Collectively the
permits represent more than
$110 million in committed
expenditure on initial exploration
which, the Government says, if
successful, could lead to further work
worth more than $1 billion. Two
of the companies to win permits
are major overseas companies with
significant resources and extensive
worldwide experience — Chevron,
in a joint venture with Statoil, and
ONGC Videsh. Mosman gets one
onshore East Coast permit and two
onshore West Coast permits.
A grandfather convicted of
dangerous cycling has been left
with a £3000 legal bill for having
his dog tethered to his bicycle. Ian
Frankland, 54, used an extended dog
lead fitted on his bicycle to take his
german shepherd Mali for a walk
by the river. But he was stopped by
police who claimed the dog caused a
traffic tailback which could have had
“catastrophic consequences” when it
wandered into the middle of the road
while trotting behind him. When a
police constable told Mr Frankland
to pull over he tried to ride off
before pulling out a camcorder to
start filming the officer. He was then
detained and placed in the back of a
police van. — Daily Mail
Heavy rain eases to showers
The budget for the Westland Recreation
Centre has ballooned out to $11,073,462,
leaving the Grey District Council to
again look at ways to cut costs.
The centre was expected to be built
at a cost of $10 million, but it is now
A total of $10,210,000 has been raised
or committed so far.
A council staff report last night
put the extra cost down to increased
construction costs “due to current market
conditions”, additional costs of removing
the contaminated soil, and increasing the
seismic standard of the building.
Increasing to a higher earthquake
standard alone will cost $250,000, but
will also enable the stadium to function as
a welfare centre in the event of a disaster.
To pay for it, the council decided to use
money from the civil defence rate budget.
The report also acknowledged that the
council had received only one tender
for the work, from local company CYB
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said there were
avenues for further funding but they had
not been confirmed.
“ We need to keep our hats on and keep
working this through, we are not far away.
We still have some good funds we can
tap into, we just haven’t got them in the
bank,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
To reduce costs the council will make
some design changes including to roof
trusses, stairs and taking out the acoustic
absorption in the ceiling, at a saving of
questioned the changes to the roof beams.
“I’m very nervous about these things,” he
said, in reference to legal issues with the
neighbouring aquatic centre roof.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
the only change would be from a round
shape to a square shape.
The council had been asked to consider
a pulastic floor and was addressed by a
supplier. Mr Kokshoorn said they would
decline the option “at this stage” due to
the extra cost and reports that the floor
contributed to ankle injuries, but they
would would not close the door to the
opportunity and needed to do further
He also said the council was “very close”
to agreeing to a deal to buy out Fat Max’s
Gym, in Preston Road.
Christmas came early for the
Horridge family after their
beloved pet Izzy was found after
16 days missing in the Nemona
forest, in the Grey Valley.
Joanne and Franco Horridge and
their children had been searching
for the 11-year-old dog since
it went missing on a family walk
in the forest just over two weeks
Mrs Horridge said they had
almost given up hope of finding
Izzy alive when the call came
while she was at work yesterday.
“They had to shut the door in
the office I was crying so much.
I have never cried with joy like
A truck driver from Crofts
found the pet sitting on the side
of the road and radioed through
for someone to phone the owner.
After a quick trip to the vet,
Izzy ’s only ailments were a
sunburnt nose and eyes, a few
grazes and knotted hair around
the legs — and it was 5kg lighter.
“ We thought she was dead but
no, she’s alive and just a little
bit skinny — it ’s amazing. I was
astounded that she made it.”
Mrs Horridge said they had
doubted Izzy ’s sur vival instincts
as it was always so timid and had
“She obviously has more natural
instincts than we thought she had.
This is the best Christmas present
Izzy came to New Zealand from
England with the Horridge family
almost six years ago.
The family had spent the better
part of the past two and a half
weeks searching the forest and
putting up posters out there and
Because the dog did not bark
it made it harder to find. They
believed it had been stuck
somewhere among the windfallen
“ We can’t believe how nice
people here have been. We have
had so much support. We are so
thankful for everyone’s help.”
Hokitika SPCA had also been a
great help, she said.
Izzy has quickly settled back
into the family routine as if it had
never been away, and is quite keen
to receive four tiny chicken and
rice meals a day.
“S he sleeps next to our bed and
used to wake Franco up with a
paw on the face. We had really
missed that and she did it again
this morning, just like always.”
West Coast residents have been
invited to a public meeting on Thursday
for an update on the $67 million new
Greymouth Hospital and adjoining
integrated family health centre.
The Government committed in May
to building a new 60-bed hospital and
40-room health centre alongside.
The current facilities were built mid
last-century in the manner of base
hospitals of their time. Long corridors
stretch between departments, and in
recent years some parts of the buildings
have been closed because they are
not deemed suitably earthquake-
Grey Base Hospital orthopaedic
surgeon Pradu Dayaram, who chairs
the clinical leaders group in charge
of clinical decisions around the new
hospital, said the existing building
design reflected the way care was
delivered at that time.
“ Modern models of care are different.
Health care is delivered by teams of
professionals working together, with
care centred on patient needs. We now
design for long-life, loose fit to allow
for different ways of working over
time. The new facility will incorporate
a community pharmacy on site and an
integrated general practice, among the
usual hospital facilities,” Mr Dayaram
“ We’ve been working closely with
the architects and project managers
to ensure we have the right spaces
allocated to ensure good workflow and
best practice. I’m confident we are going
to end up with a world class rural base
hospital and integrated family health
centre that will be future-proofed and
a great working space.”
Along with Mr Dayaram, West Coast
District Health Board chairman Peter
Ballantyne and chief executive David
Meates will update the meeting on
project progress and timeframes, share
the preliminary concept plans and
outline opportunities for public input.
The meeting will be held from 7pm
to 8.30pm on Thursday night at the
Greymouth High School Hall, in High
New hospital unveiled
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Joanne Horridge was all smiles this morning after being reunited with family pet Izzy, which was lost in the Nemona forest for 16 days.
Lost dog comes home
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