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SEARS, (nee Blyth)
away December 31,
Loved and remembered
Too precious to forget.
Love you always
Mum and Dad.
NEWMAN, Ray. — In
the arms of his beloved
family, December 29,
2014. Sincere condol-
ences to Gail and
Trevor, Peter and our
dear ones from Australia
and all their family.
Respected uncle of Iris
and Bill's family, Karen
and Harold, Lynette and
Tom, Liam and Dawn,
and Marilyn and the late
Kerry Daly. Grand-
uncle to Christina,
Uncle Ray is with
sweet Auntie Rosie
RUSSELL, Ross. — In
loving memory of a
dearly loved husband
December 31, 2009.
Your wants in life were
Your love for me was
As long as I was happy,
You were happy too.
You gave me all you had
Gifts both great and
Most of all you gave me
The greatest gift of all.
January 31, 1941 to
December 31, 2001. In
loving memory of our
much loved and deeply
missed Mum, nana and
Mum, you are in our
thoughts every day and
our hearts forever
Love you always,
from all your loving
PS: Give Brad a big hug
and kiss for us all.
December 30, 2014 at
Grey Hospital, dearly
Yvonne, much loved
father and father-in-law
of John (Jnr) and Shelly,
and Marcus and Tracey,
Candice, Bradley and
Shaun; and Amber,
Cameron and Sara,
loved son of the late
Colleen and Trevor
McKenzie and a loved
and uncle. Aged 68
years. Messages to 46
Blake Street, Blaketown,
declined but donations
to the National Heart
Foundation of NZ would
be appreciated and could
be made at the service.
A celebration of John's
life will be held at the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Saturday
at 2pm followed by
interment at the Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
BROWN, Pauline Ann.
Sadly passed away
December 31, 2001.
Kevin Brown and
of the Westport News
The Women’s Refuge West Coast
centre in Westport has been in demand
over the past couple of weeks, mainly
because police had attended so many
domestic dispute incidents, Women’s
Refuge West Coast manager Heather
The past 10 days, in particular, had
been extremely busy for West Coast
police, and the Women’s Refuge centre
in Westport was the only one on the
Coast, she said.
Whenever police attended a domestic
dispute or family violence incident, a
copy of the report was sent to women’s
refuge so it could offer support to the
This time of year could be particularly
stressful to relationships and families,
Mrs Greer said.
Financial pressure escalated at the end
of January, when the bills for things
purchased on credit over Christmas
started coming in.
Although the Christmas period got
busy, there was no way of knowing what
time of year would be the busiest. “ It
comes in waves. ”
The centre also had times where a
number of women from a particular area,
such as Carters Beach or Waimangaroa,
would seek help or be referred by
the police. The patterns were always
unpredictable, she said.
Many women whom women’s refuge
helped wanted to try to work things
out with their partner and keep their
As a way of further helping women do
this, women’s refuge had a male advocate,
who worked with men involved in
In the New Year, Women’s Refuge
West Coast would open its 24/7-crisis
line to men.
This was so men who felt stressed or
at breaking point could call and offload
or vent before things escalated out of
control, Mrs Greer said.
Surge in domestic disputes
of the Westport News
Bathurst Resources says it is lucky to have a
domestic coal business to keep it going until
international coal prices recover.
2014 had been a “tumultuous year” for
the company, managing director Hamish
Bohannan said in Bathurst ’s latest newsletter.
International coking coal prices had
plummeted after Bathurst received consent
for its Denniston Escarpment Mine.
“This meant making the hard decision to
put the full development of the project on
However, Bathurst had started work on
the ground, Mr Bohannan said. It was
establishing water management facilities,
clearing roads and stockpile areas, and
installing mine infrastructure.
It had recovered the first coal from
Escarpment, as part of the construction
process, in September, and would be ready
to ramp up production when coal prices
recovered. Mr Bohannan said Bathurst had
developed a sound domestic business to
carry the company through. It was supplying
coal to dairy, cement and food processing
He did not mention that Bathurst ’s cement
contract, with Holcim’s Cape Foulwind
works, would expire in 2016 — the year
Holcim exits Buller in favour of importing
He said Cascade (Buller) and Takitimu
(Southland) mines had exceeded their
production targets and Canterbury would
come back on line soon, after its coal
processing operations were upgraded.
“It’s a tough market out there but we’re
fortunate to have a base business to sustain
us until the time is right to get back into the
“The global coal market is cyclical and, as
long as the world needs steel, it will recover.”
He said Escarpment would be the first
new coal mine to operate under new mining
health and safety regulations that came into
force in December last year.
Bathurst chief operating officer Richard
Tacon and site senior executive, Buller
operations, Richard Thompson, had been
industry representatives on a panel that
reviewed the regulations.
Mr Tacon had also been re-elected to the
board of the Mines Rescue Trust, representing
open-cast coalmining, Mr Bohannan said.
Domestic business boosts Bathurst
Cuts to district road funding rates have
placed the burden of roads of national
significance on to rural towns, Grey
District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
The Grey District Council will end
up with an annual $321,000 roading
shortfall due to government funding
Currently the council receives a
funding assistance rate of 62% from
the NZ Transport Agency, but from
2016-17 that will drop 1% each year
until it levels out at 57%.
That leaves the council with the tough
choice — either cut maintenance or
increase rates to cover the shortfall.
Mr Kokshoorn said it was a “balancing
exercise”. “ It is one we don’t welcome.”
The Government ’s emphasis had been
put on gross domestic product, with the
rural cuts transferred to roads of national
significance, he said.
“This is a huge problem for all rural
Many had signalled they would stop
maintaining lesser used roads, rather
than increase rates.
“Surely there is a better way of funding
the roads of national significance rather
than continually transferring the burden
on to already stretched rural towns’
Mr Kokshoorn said they could absorb
the changes for a few years “ but at some
point the hard decisions will have to be
Councillors would address the issue in
the long term plan.
“ It just adds to the pressure central
government is putting on the rural
district rating system.”
He expected it to be a mixture of the
options and roads with lower usage were
likely to suffer.
Mr Kokshoorn said a tarsealed road
was safer than a gravel road, as well as
the added inconvenience and health
issues of dust.
“ If we don’t maintain them they start
to become less safe, it’s that simple.”
Dangerfield said the national land
transport programme had been updated
to ensure funding was “directed where
and when it is most needed”.
Under the changes 59 councils would
increase or maintain the same funding,
while 20 councils would move to lower
NZTA would gradually “transition”
changes over the next nine years “to
address concerns about the impact of
any sudden changes”.
The overall “co-investment rate” for all
local transport programmes was 53% —
individual councils received a higher or
lower rate depending on their “relative
ability to fund their share”.
Funding rates ranged from 51% to
A review of funding assistance rates
had been under way for almost two years,
looking at ways to “provide better value
to all users of the land transport system”.
Road funding changes
extra burden for council
Big band era to return
The application to operate a
1080 poison bait manufacturing
plant at Rolleston, in Canterbury,
gives a unique insight into how
the product is made.
The resource consent paper work
from Pest Control Research,
which has partnered with the
West Coast Regional Council
in the investment, was filed with
the Selwyn District Council just
It reveals how the base poison,
imported from the United
States, becomes a pellet ready for
The dust containment system is
activated and the plant inspected
to ensure it is not contaminated
by residue from prior batches.
Bulk ‘excipients’ are added
to the paddle mix hopper,
which combines everything.
Conditioning takes place to
ensure the best moisture content.
The mass is fed into the pellet
press. Baits are squeezed through
a dye and cut to length by
mechanical shear. The baits then
undergo a cooling cycle during
which a fan forces air through
them to reduce the temperature
to about room temperature.
Bait is sieved to remove pellets
that do not meet specification,
with rejects recycled back into
the manufacturing process. After
sieving, the bait is packaged and
labelled. A sample of bait from
every batch is diverted for analysis
to ensure it meets specification.
The Selwyn council is still
deciding whether to publicly
notify the application.
Consent gives insight
into 1080 manufacture
Operatunity will launch its
2015 season with big band music
This will be the 15th year
the concert series has run its
national tour and the new season
will begin for Greymouth on
Artists included in the 2015
season will be Helen Medlyn,
Suzanne Lynch, Marian Burns,
Pat Urlich, Bonaventure Allan-
Moetaua, Derek Hill and young
up and coming artists including
Elisha Fa’i Hulton, Rory Nolan
and Elisabeth Harris.
Shows will be an eclectic mix
ranging through Big Band,
Opera, 1950s, war songs, and
music theatre with each concert
focusing on the best songs of that
Operatunity will begin its
2015 concert season with The
Big Band Era, with music from
Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini,
Ella Fitzgerald, D uke Ellington,
Louis Armstrong and Billie
Every song in the show will
be a walk down memory lane
including New York New
York, Fly Me to the Moon, Big
Spender, Summertime, My Way,
It Had to be You, and The Lady
is a Tramp.
Elisabeth Harris will sing at
Operatunity’s show The Big
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