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Three hurt in crash
Three people were taken to hospital
as a result of a single vehicle crash
on Lake Brunner Road, between Te
Kinga and Rotomanu, about 4.45am
on Saturday. Moana Volunteer Fire
Brigade chief Kevin Klempel said
the car ran off the road and into
a culvert. The vehicle’s occupants
suffered no apparent injury but were
taken to hospital as a precaution.
Poor driving reported
Police in Buller and Inangahua
received several complaints of poor
driving during the Christmas period.
Acting sergeant Mark Watson, of
Westport police, said the complaints
generally related to drivers crossing
the centre line, excessive speed
and poor overtaking. “ These are of
concern to us and we will have a
high presence on the roads — so
slow down, take a break and make
good decisions,” Mr Watson said.
Motorist travelling below the speed
limit should pull over and let other
drivers pass, he said.
Westport burglar y
Westport police are seeking
witnesses after the theft of several
electronic items in the burglary of a
Mill Street house some time between
Saturday and yesterday. Acting
sergeant Mark Watson said two large
backpacks containing clothing, a Dell
laptop computer, a Nintendo DS
hand-held game, an iPod docking
station, headphones and United
Kingdom-New Zealand power
adapters were among the goods
stolen. Police were keen to hear of
any reports of suspicious activity
in the vicinity of Mill and Russell
streets over the past couple of days.
Mr Watson said it was also possible
some of the stolen property had been
offered to local people and police
were keen to hear of this as well.
A small 3.2 earthquake was
recorded near Murchison on Friday.
At a depth of 9km, and just 5km
west of the town, it occurred just
Eftpos spending up
Eftpos spending on the West
Coast was up for the first 22 days of
December. Paymark said the volume
of electronic sales had increased
4.7% and 1.1% in value. Nationally,
growth was 6.5%. Spending is
strong in the watch and jewellery
component, up 10.4%. Health and
beauty is up 8.3%, accommodation
and hospitality 8%, supermarket
other food stores and takeaways
7.6%, and books and videos 5.9% .
Clothing and footwear spending is
Crash injures two
An elderly woman and her daughter
were injured in a head-on collision
outside Palmerston North on
Saturday. Both women suffered chest
injuries in the crash, which happened
at Tiraumea, east of Pahiatua, the
Palmerston North-based rescue
helicopter said. — NZ ME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, Ocean Odyssey,
Tainui, Tawera, Remus, 21 other
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Nil.
Resigned Westland district
councillor Anthea Keenan has
called for a unitary administrative
body for the entire West Coast.
Last week, Mrs Keenan
qualified her call for a “unitary
administration” as a result of her
increasing frustration at the way
the Westland council operated.
It did not necessarily mean
just one West Coast council,
she said, but there “had to be a
better way” than simply ramping
up rates to maintain a level of
administration which was hard
to justify given the small rating
base in Westland.
“I think with the small rateable
area, the administration body
of it can be put together,” Mrs
Ratepayers bore the brunt of
administration costs through small
councils like Westland having to
meet statutory obligations while
sacrificing basic ser vices.
An option for a single
Coastwide local government
administration body needed to
be explored on that basis alone,
Any debate about a unitary
body need not preclude the
current three districts retaining
their autonomy with independent
ser vice departments.
“ We’ve got four councils doing
plans and policies. The rates for a
council could all come out of one
Council costs continued to
escalate in line with rate increases,
essentially for administration,
“yet the ground work isn’t getting
“I think central government
needs to look at it pretty seriously,
but people also need to look at it
in terms of options, which is not
simply just going to a unitary
Better value for money with
should be at the heart of any
debate, Mrs Keenan said.
The Westland Ratepayers and
Residents Association agreed.
President Max Dowell said
any fear of loss of local identity
through a merger was not a big
“ Westland will always be
Westland, just like Kumara is
Kumara and Ross is Ross,” Mr
administrations within 40km
of Hokitika (Westland District
Council, Grey District Council
and the West Coast Regional
Council) did not make sense and
there could be better efficiency
through non-duplication of
The gap between administration
levels and the ser vices actually
delivered needed to be redressed.
Mr Dowell said that on that
basis alone the move to a unitary
authority could be justified.
As an example, the Westland
District Council currently
employed five engineers, yet
it did not appear to have the
capacity within its current staff to
present cogent alternatives for an
expanded Hokitika water scheme
to the public, he said.
All of this had a direct impact
on ratepayers’ pockets.
Possible cheaper and more
effective alternatives were not
being presented, and it did not
even seem to be a priority in the
Another example was the
move by the Westland council to
impose rates on utility providers
such as Westpower, a move that
would immediately rebound on
ratepayers through increased line
charges on their electricity bills.
Mr Dowell said the region
would be better to initiate a
move towards a unitary council
itself, rather than wait for the
Government to force the issue.
“ More and more of the
ratepayers in Westland are now
thinking along those lines. ”
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POKAIA, Bev. —
December 29, 2013.
One year has passed
We had our last good-
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memory of Chrissy.
Tragically taken from us
12 years ago today.
We can't have the old
When we were all
But secret tears and
Will be with us forever.
Love Mum, Dad, and
all your loving family.
Passed away one year
From Lisa, Peta,
Carys, Toby, Peggy,
Nelly, and Barry.
Keith. — Passed away
peacefully at Grey Base
Hospital, Greymouth on
December 28, 2014, in
his 80th year. Much
loved husband of Irene,
loved father of Trevor,
and Wana, loved brother
of June Allen (Auck-
land), and all his six
siblings, and a loved
cousin, and friend of
many. Messages to 499
Nelson Creek Road,
Dobson RD, Greymouth
7872. A service to
celebrate Alan's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Wednesday at 11am,
followed by cremation
at the Westland Crema-
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Helen (nee Bishop). —
2014, peacefully at
Allen Bryant Lifecare,
Hokitika, aged 71 years.
Dearly loved wife of
Cliff, loved mother and
mother in law of Robert
and Leanne (Hokitika)
and Peter (Sydney).
Much loved nana of
Jayden. Loved sister and
sister in law of Gordon
and Dell, Graham and
Shirley, Joan and Brian,
Vern and Kevin, Nova,
Bev and Bill, Judy, Ruth
and Mervyn, Noleen and
the late Don, Helen and
the late Charlie and the
late Percy. Special
friend of Nola Rochford,
a special aunt to Kevin,
Paul, Sandra and the late
Michael and a much
loved aunt of all her
nieces and nephews.
Messages to the Singer
family, 162 Jollie
Street, Hokitika 7810.
wishes, a private family
cremation service has
been held. Thompson
Phone (03) 755 7993.
Thomas. — Rev Father,
Priest of the Arch-
diocese of Wellington.
Passed away peacefully
on December 26, 2014
at the O'Conor Home,
Westport. Treasured son
of Patrick and Norah
Dorgan, and much loved
younger brother of
James, Maurice, John
(all deceased), and his
sister Margaret. Mess-
ages can be sent to the
Dorgan Family, C/-
Carnachan 349 Weld
Road, RD4, New
Plymouth 4374. A
Requiem Mass will be
celebrated at Saint
Street, Westport on
31, 2014 at 11am,
followed by interment at
the Charleston cemetery.
Recitation of the Rosary
will be held at the
(Tuesday) at 7pm. Hage-
dorns Buller Funeral
Rodders mark 40th anniversary with show
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Janet Haddock looks over a 1934 Ford Woodie, which was driven over from Christchurch for the show.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Dobson couple Gavin and Yvonne Thompson check out Dave Kokshoorn’s 1933 modified Ford V8
Coupe, at the Greymouth Rodders 40th anniversary show held yesterday.
Tills were ringing on the West Coast on Boxing Day, with especially brisk
trading at The Warehouse. Eftpos operator Paymark recorded a 4.9% lift in
the volume of sales on the Coast compared to Boxing Day 2013, although the
value of sales was up just 0.1% . However, Christmas Eve spending was even
better, up 11.5% on the Coast, and the value up 7.5%.
Christmas cheer for retailers
PICTURE: Laura Mills
of the Westport News
Westport harbour has at least three
options for new income, says Buller
Holdings chairman Brian Wood.
But he is not prepared to reveal them
or back any of them at this stage.
Buller Holdings governs Westport
Harbour Ltd (WHL) on behalf of
the Buller District Council.
The harbour needs new income
earners because it will lose its main
customer in 2016 when Holcim
Cement exits Westport. Holcim’s
departure will strip about $2.4
million a year from the port.
Mr Wood said WHL had was
looking at how to fill the gap, but he
declined to reveal what its options
“ Until you get all the facts and all
the possibilities it’s a little hard to say
whether it’s a goer or not a goer.
“ We’re talking about, if there is
a trade what is it and what does
it mean? If there is not a trade and
we can’t find a customer to use the
facilities at the port, what do you do?
“Can the dredge be used in another
way, like output dredging.
“ But the problem is we may just be
delaying the evil day when there’s a
question mark about the future of the
He had promised to report back
to the Buller District Council with
“solid options” within three months.
Mr Wood said it was too early to be
optimistic about any of the options
He noted that if the coal price
Escarpment mine could ramp up and
provide a new trade for the harbour.
However, he acknowledged a price
rise was unlikely and the trade would
take time to eventuate.
Bathurst has said it would ship
the first 500,000 tonnes production
through Lyttelton Port, despite
having built a $5m coal storage shed
on the Westport wharf.
Mr Wood said Westport ’s dredge
Kawatiri was a major cost to the port,
but was required to maintain bar
depths for shipping.
The dredge cost about $1m a year to
operate and returned about $400,000
from dredging contracts elsewhere.
The holding company had to
consider the life of the dredge,
whether it should be competing for
dredging contracts elsewhere and the
impact of that on local bar depths.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
said earlier this year that unless the
harbour could attract new trade, or
earn enough from contract dredging,
Westport would become a river port
like Greymouth catering only for
fishing and funded by ratepayers.
“The trifecta is to have an industry
replace Holcim that also uses the
port. To date nobody is absolutely
saying they ’ve got the answer to that.”
Westport ’s harbourmaster and port
manager, Mike Graham, warned the
council last year that Westport would
end up with a “ghost port” if it did
not find new port trade.
He said new trade for Westport
port could include bringing in copra
and molasses and shipping out hops,
tungsten and dairy products.
At least three new options signalled for Westport harbour income
Westland gears up for by-election
The Westland District Council
will start the new year with a
by-election, with nominations
for the northern ward vacancy
opening in mid-January.
Chief executive Tanya Winter
said nominations would open
from January 16, with the
election planned for April 11.
officer Richard Simpson has
been appointed to conduct the
election, brought about by the
resignation of Kaniere-based Cr
and Enterprise Hokitika co-
chairwoman Jacquie Grant has
already signalled her intention to
The council held its last meeting
of 2014 without Cr Keenan
around the table, just a week after
However, she did attend
the public forum at Ross.
The cost of the by-
although Ms Winter
said that had yet to be
A man has been
arrested after an
Boxing Day stabbing in
Dunedin man was
interviewed by police
and was charged with
injuring with intent
over the incident on
Hillhead Road, in the
Corstorphine area of the
He allegedly stabbed
his friend in a drunken
argument, police said.
The victim suffered
three stab wounds, which
were not life threatening.
The man will appear
in the Dunedin District
Court today. — NZ ME
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