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JAYET, Ronald (Ron).
Passed away peace-
fully at Kowhai
Manor, Greymouth on
December 13, 2014,
aged 90. Dearly loved
husband and partner of
Margaret, loved step-
dad of Angela, Stephen,
and Ralph, and a loved
brother, uncle, cousin
and friend of many.
He will be sadly missed
Messages to 16a Black-
more Street, Greymouth
7805. A service to
celebrate Ron's life will
be held in the William
Chapel tomorrow (Tues-
day) at 2pm, followed
by cremation at the
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Leslie. — Amanda and
Melissa, Jess and Alec
and families would like
to sincerely thank of all
Dad's many relations
and friends who atten-
ded his service. We are
overwhelmed by all the
throughout this time. We
would like to acknow-
ledge the nurses, and
Dad's loving partner
Debbie who cared for
and helped Dad through
his illness, you are truly
amazing. Also a huge
thank you to everyone
for the messages, cards,
flowers and baking, this
really meant a lot to us.
To the many we have
missed please accept
this as a personal thank
Buller will be one of the first
districts in the country to set up
under the Ministry of Education’s
new community of schools initiatives.
The new initiative has been
confirmed for Auckland, Hawke’s
Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller,
Canterbury, and Southland for the
2015 school year.
Ministry of Education head of
sector enablement and support
Katrina Casey approved the first 11
communities on Friday.
“They will be the first to bring
in changes which will improve
students,” Ms Casey said.
The Westport community will
include five schools in the district:
Buller High School, St Canice’s
School, Westport South School,
Westport North School and Granity
Nationwide, 83 schools have
been included from primary,
intermediate, secondary and area
“In each community, schools will
work together to raise achievement
through shared education goals.
They would share and build
teaching and leadership excellence,
Ms Casey said.
Additional funding would be
provided for new leadership and
teacher roles to “enable sharing of
Communities will work together
and with parents to identify
achievement, transitions between
schools, and student well-being. The
challenges would be specific to each
The ministry received 71 expressions
of interest — including the 11
already approved — with another
group of potential communities “very
Ms Casey said she expected those
to be ready in March, and another
group would be ready before the
middle of next year.
Buller schools among first to adopt new unity programme
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Search for tourist at
Arthur’s Pass called off
Police have called off a search for
a French tourist reported missing in
the Arthur’s Pass National Park over
the weekend. The missing woman,
known only as Celine, sparked a
search when it emerged she was
two days overdue from a tramp in
the park yesterday. A Canadian
tourist who met the missing French
woman while walking the same route
contacted police, after an appeal
yesterday morning for information.
Genevieve Forcier confirmed that
she left Route 12 in the park at the
same time as the missing woman, a
few days ago. Police had also received
reports of someone fitting the
French tourist ’s description, hitching
a ride from Cora Lynn Station back
to Arthur’s Pass, last Wednesday.
Other sightings have not yet been
verified. D ue to language difficulties
the only description so far for the
missing woman was that she was in
her mid-20s. Police were due to talk
further with Ms Forcier through a
leading into Christmas
Christmas tills are starting to ring
on the West Coast. Latest figures
from Paymark, which runs the eftpos
network, show a 3.74% increase in
the volume of sales on the Coast for
the first two weeks of December,
compared to 12 months ago.
However, the value is down 1.1%.
Fire false alarm
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade got an early morning wake-
up call today, but it was a false alarm.
The volunteers were called to Mitre
10 Mega at 4 o’clock for what turned
out to be a malfunctioning smoke
Cow injures woman
A 75-year-old woman was airlifted
to hospital after she was injured by a
cow yesterday. The woman received
leg and facial injuries after the
run-in at Wallingford in the
Hawkes Bay at 3pm. She was flown
by the L owe Corporation Rescue
Helicopter to Hawke’s Bay Regional
Hospital for further treatment.
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Moon Shadow II, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: one Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, Moon Shadow II, Ocean
Odyssey, 18 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
A man has escaped a conviction for using
a belt to flick his 13-year-old son who was
“nutting off ” at his mother.
The man pleaded guilty in the Westport
District Court on Thursday to assaulting the
The Westport News has not named the
man to protect the identity of the child.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said the
boy lived at home with his mother and
He had had a verbal argument with his
mother and yelled at her and used offensive
When his mother told his father what he
called her, the father took a black leather
belt and hit the boy in the back of the legs
a number of times, Mr Greer said. The boy
received no visible injuries.
The man told police the boy had been
misbehaving, had a poor attitude towards
him and his wife and did what he liked. He
had tried different methods of discipline.
Defending, George Linder said the man
flicked the back of the boy ’s legs twice with
the belt to get his attention while he was
“nutting off ” at his mother. The flicks were
not a punishment but an attempt to get the
The boy had been behaving badly, staying
out late and was involved with drugs and the
He said the man had not even had a traffic
ticket in his life.
Things were now improving a little. Child
Youth and Family had been involved briefly
and the man had asked what he should
have done about the issue. Child Youth and
Family said he should have walked away but
he had believed he needed to put an end to
his son’s abuse of his mother.
Mr Linder said that at this stage of the
man’s life, a conviction for assaulting a child
would outweigh the gravity of the offending.
Restorative justice co-ordinator Trish
Hird said the man had now devised good
strategies for dealing with his son regarding
boundaries and consequences. A restorative
justice conference would not add anything
to what he had already done.
Judge Noel Walsh discharged the man
without a conviction or financial penalty.
Man avoids conviction
for ‘belt flick’ on son
Food glorious food — a section of the Grey Main School Year 8 students about to take part
in a luncheon specially prepared for them as they get ready to leave for Greymouth High
School next year. Students on the school’s Master Chef programme prepared the food for
the Year 8 class as a celebration. There was cooked ham, salad and new potatoes sourced from
the school garden with helpings of ice cream and school grown strawberries for dessert.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Final feast for Grey Main students
The number of pokie machines
allowed in the Grey district will be
capped at 130 machines and 18 venues,
ignoring health spokespeople requests
for it to be cut further.
Last week the council approved its
draft class four gaming venue policy
and kept the number of permitted
machines at 130, and venue numbers
Active West Coast co-ordinator
Rosie McGrath told the councillors
that more than $3 million was spent
on gaming machines in the Grey
district. “ You cannot have a thriving
community if millions of dollars are
going to class four gaming machines.”
Karen Hamilton also spoke and
suggested the number of machines
should be capped at 112 and venues
capped at 13.
The Grey district had a higher than
average spend on gaming machines
which sat at $248 “for every man,
woman and child”.
“Every dollar spent on gaming is one
less for their family.”
The national spend was $191 per
head of population.
The council passed the policy, though
it stimulates the community, through
the council, will have influence over
the location and number of gaming
venues and machines within the Grey
The primary activity of any venue
must not be associated with family or
New venues will be allowed no more
than nine machines.
Any relocating venues will be
restricted to being within the same
census area as defined by Statistics
Tai Poutini Polytechnic council chairman Graeme McNally addresses the 2014 graduation, held at the
Regent Theatre on Friday afternoon. Full graduation list on Thursday.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Council refuses request
to cut pokie machines
Jaime Laughton, left, and Melanie Lister perform ballet to Swan Lake, as
part of the Rhythm and Grace School of Dance end of year concert, at the
Paroa School hall on Saturday.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Grace of a swan
Stillwater will soon be hooked up
to mains water supply and the Grey
District Council hopes it will end
the area’s dirty water issues.
Grey District Council utilities
engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith said
work would begin at the Stillwater
reser voir tomorrow to connect
the township to the Brunner
Work could carry into Wednesday
too and there will be low water
pressure during that time.
Stillwater currently gets its water
from bores and had experienced
“aesthetic problems” because of it.
Once connected, contractors
would flush the mains and
disconnect the old system.
“It will be a good day for
Stillwater,” Mr Perrin-Smith said.
The project was possible due
to funding from the Ministry of
Health, he said.
The Brunner supply would itself
be connected to the Greymouth
supply “in the not too distant
Mr Perrin-Smith said there had
been some delays to the project but
they were making a push to “give
the community a bit of a Christmas
Stillwater set for water hook-up
The new section of the Blackball
Museum will contain a mock-up of
part of the town’s old coalmine.
The latest newsletter for the
Museum of Working Class History
says work is well under way on
extending the museum, which is
located next to the Hilton Hotel.
An extra container has been
ordered, panels designed and
concrete is about to be poured.
The new container will feature a
mock-up section of the mine, with
the gear, some photos and a panel
on women’s life back then.
On the outside will be a collage
of photos entitled ‘Life after Coal’,
which represents Blackball now.
The trust said the cost of the
building permit had dented the
budget but the Blackadder Trust
had come to the rescue. It also
received just over $21,000 from
the Lotteries Environment and
It will open during the Blackball
May Day celebrations next year.
Replica coalmine for Blackball Museum
The Buller District Council’s draft
Local Alcohol Policy looks likely to
remain parked until the resolution
of two appeals against similar
draft plans in other parts of New
At the end of April, the council
decided to delay the hearing
process on its draft policy, pending
the outcome of appeals from top
industry players such as Progressive
Enterprises, Foodstuffs, Super
Liquor, Independent Liquor and
Hospitality New Zealand, against
policies from the Tasman and
Waimakariri District councils, and
Wellington City Council.
A report form Buller council team
leader, planning and policy Rachel
Townrow, to Wednesday ’s council
meeting advised the council to once
again defer making any further
That was until the appeals against
the policies from Wellington
and Waimakiri had reached a
resolution. Ms Townrow was
also advising council to park the
policy until guidance material on
LAPs, currently being prepared by
Local Government New Zealand,
and which would likely contain
information about the outcome
of the two appeals, had been
Ms Townrow said that the
Tasman appeal, brought against the
council’s plans by Hospitality New
Zealand, had since been dismissed.
Alcohol policy appeals
hold up Buller decision
Audit New Zealand says it is
satisfied with the West Coast
statements, despite the council’s
unbudgeted borrowing of about
The audit report said while the
council had shown it was complying
with its own financial limits, it had
also made “substantial unbudgeted
borrowing” for the Hokitika seawall
and the lower Waiho River works.
The council explained that the
unbudgeted loan “could not be
foreseen by the council, where we
are requested to finance unexpected
works there they are urgently
The report said that for the past
five years the council’s actual cash
flows had been “significantly
below ” the planned cash flows,
with negative cash flows from its
operations. That was mainly down
to the council using its investment
proceeds to subsidise its operations.
Auditors also pointed out that an
“area of concern” for the council was
the amount of unbilled for consent
work, currently in progress, which
However, after reviewing the age
and status of unbilled consents in
progress, they found that much
of the work had been on hold for
Audit NZ recommended that
consents which were no longer
moving for ward should be closed,
with the expenses for work done
to date invoiced and recovered. The
council said it had hired a chartered
accountancy firm to carry out that
Auditors also recommended that
the council sought a solution to
analyse those who were in rates
debt to the council. In response
the council said that it would be
producing a report showing the
levels of rate debt over the past six
Audit NZ satisfied with
regional council statements
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