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2 - Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Westport police impounded a
disqualified driver’s vehicle on the
spot late on Sunday morning. The
38-year-old was caught driving in
Russell Street shortly before noon.
The vehicle was impounded for 28
days and its owner will appear in the
Westport District Court on
A 20-year-old Greymouth man
was due to appear in court today
after being arrested at 4.50am in
Ngarimu Street, Greymouth, for
breaching his curfew. Police said the
man, who was subject to a 9.30pm
to 7am curfew, was seen in Tainui
Street at 1 o’clock in the morning.
New home consents
Eleven new homes were consented
on the West Coast during
November, Statistics NZ said today.
The figure is about average for the
past 12 months; in November 13
there were 14 consents. Nationally,
there was a 10% increase for the
Old Ghost Road on-line
People can now visit the Old
Ghost Road, or at least two parts of
it, from a computer screen thanks
to new 360-degree ‘photospheres’.
Two photospheres have been
uploaded to the www.oldghostroad.
org.nz website providing a
panoramic view of the track at
Heaven’s Door and Specimen Point
Hut. The pictures were done by
James Graham and show the spots
on the track in a similar way as
Google Street View.
Coasters stubbing out
Quitline says eight West Coast
residents are among the 1685 New
Zealanders who signed up to use
its quitting support ser vices in the
first seven days of January. Quitline
attributes the high number of
people quitting to the 10% increase
in tobacco excise duties that came
into effect on January 1. “ This year
we’ve seen big cost increases across
most tobacco brands. One of the
cheaper packs of 20, for example,
has gone up by 21% this year. It cost
$15 in 2014 and it is now $18.20.
That ’s an extra $3.20 a pack. The
cost of one of the cheaper packets of
30g of loose tobacco has increased
by $5.60 (from $32.90 to $38.50),”
Quitline chief executive Paula
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II. Departures:
Two Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, Moon Shadow II, Tainui,
Tawera, 15 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, Moon
Shadow II, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Thursday; Ocean
Odyssey, Friday; Cook Canyon,
An information session on the new maritime
operator safety system introduced by Maritime
New Zealand on July 1 last year for commercial
operations, and passenger and freight transport,
will be held at Haast on Thursday.
Maritime NZ maritime officers will give
operators in the region the chance to find out
more about entering the system.
It replaces the previous safe ship management
system, which required operators to work
through safe ship management companies to
manage their safety systems.
The new system gives the operator direct
responsibility for safety plans with Maritime
NZ overseeing the system without third party
Maritime officer Matt Owen-Eales said the
session at at the Heartland World Heritage
Hotel, Haast, at 7pm would give operators from
all around the lower West Coast and Fiordland
the opportunity to get advice on applying to
enter the system.
“(It) is the biggest change in the maritime
sector for 15 years and we want everyone to
have accurate information on what is required
as they go through the application process,” Mr
Under the new system, operator certificates
will be valid for 10 years, up from the four-year
term of the previous systems.
Operators have until the expiry date of
their current certificate to apply, meaning all
operators should be in the new system by 2018.
Maritime safety system
session for Haast
Tuesday January 13
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
HALLINAN, Carol. —
Four years ago today
Time takes away the
edge of grief.
But memory turns back
Ken, Brian and
Laura, Daniel, Nicholas
JOHNSTON, Nicki. —
Our heartfelt thanks to
the community of
Ikamatua for all the help
and kindness that was
shown to Nicki's family.
We cannot express our
thanks enough, but
would like to say a very
big thank you to Mr and
Mrs Wayne Wright,
Anna and John McInroe,
Robyn and Stewart
Doyle, Jill Tainui, the
people who supplied
flowers for the hall, also
Services. Thank you all
so very much.
Ron and Jackie
Johnston, and family.
Kim Fulton and Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
The Buller District Council chief executive
says honouring the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA)
costs ratepayers, for little benefit.
Paul Wylie’s comments follow the council’s
refusal of two requests from the Westport News
for information on how it dealt with a derelict
house of concern to police at Mokihinui.
Granity police officer Greg Sherie had told
the council about three months ago that he
was worried about the health and safety of
a pregnant woman who lived there. He later
raised his concerns with the newspaper, but
said the council directed him not to give the
newspaper a copy of its response to him.
In early November, the Westport News
asked the council under LGOIMA for all
correspondence between it and Mr Sherie about
the house. The council declined the request.
The paper then asked the council for
correspondence between the council and police
relating to media coverage of the house.
The council failed to respond within
LGOIMA’s 20-day deadline. Mr Wylie replied
last Friday — 13 days late — and only after the
newspaper had reported the council’s failure to
respond and asked Mr Wylie for an explanation.
Mr Wylie said separate LGOIMA requests
from the paper had been “near identical”,
causing the council to believe its response had
“I accept that you can argue that the second
request stands on its own. However, the manner
in which you reported a supposed council failure
to respond was selective and misleading. ”
Mr Wylie said the reporting was “unfortunate”.
He said the council went to considerable lengths
to honour the Act, “even though in doing so
we incur considerable costs that provide little
benefit to ratepayers”.
Mr Wylie said he was uncertain any
information existed that met the request for
correspondence between the council and police
on media coverage of the derelict house.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard last year
promised that the council would be open and
transparent and answer journalists’ questions
promptly without the use of the LGOIMA.
However, the Westport News later resorted
to the Act after the council failed to provide
requested information on ratepayer-funded
expenses for Mr Wylie’s wife.
The council has also yet to provide a complete
response to a LGOIMA request submitted
three months ago for a full list of Mr Wylie’s
expenses. The newspaper asked all Coast
councils for details of how much their chief
executives had cost ratepayers last financial year.
‘Considerable cost to
ratepayers for little benefit’
The petition for a unitary
council for the West Coast is
getting another push this week,
and organisers now say they do
not want to stop until they get the
numbers to force a referendum.
Peter Salter, who ran for the
Ban 1080 Party in the general
election, is leading the campaign.
“Until we get enough signatures,
we won’t stop,” Mr Salter said
“If we are 500 short, that ’s 500
people we have got to get that
He did not know how many
people had signed so far; the
Westport forms were just coming
back, and he would shortly collect
them from Greymouth.
However, he has been surprised
by the number of Buller ones
sent directly to him.
councillor Anthea Keenan, who
recently resigned, is collecting
signatures in Hokitika this week.
“ We’ve got people on the street
now who are working on getting
the petition signed,” Mr Salter
said. “ We might have another
push in February. It ’s ongoing.”
He said in launching the
petition late last year the petition
was about far more than just
1080 poison or the West Coast
Regional Council’s recent $1.9
million investment in a 1080
factory at Rolleston, citing
investment off the West Coast
and huge rate rises in Westland
as other factors.
The petition was distributed
with the West Coast Messenger,
and it has also been posted on-
Children on the WestREAP school holiday programme today were excited by the sight of mud as they enjoyed their
trip to On Yer Bike and a ride in the Hagglund, at Coal Creek. The children also took part in a scavenger hunt.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Mud delights youngsters
More than 190
people have just days to
confirm their place at
the Gallipoli Anzac day
The final applicants
were drawn from the
Gallipoli 2015 ballot and
have only three days left
to accept their place.
Minister Craig Foss
said the 194 successful
applicants have until
11.59pm on Thursday
to accept the offer of
two attendance passes
and confirm travel
themselves and their
“It ’s likely a small
number of passes will
become available to the
waiting list after the
January 15 deadline,” Mr
With limited time
left to make travel
Gallipoli 2015 ballot
office is asking those
on the waiting list to
confirm whether they
would be in a position to
accept reallocated passes
“ We want to make
sure as many people as
possible are given the
opportunity to attend the
100th anniversary of the
Gallipoli landings,” Mr
Of more than 10,000
applicants, 950 people
were drawn by ballot
to be granted a double
pass to attend the
including veterans, their
direct descendants and
the general public.
The ser vice at Anzac
Cove marks 100 years
since the fateful Gallipoli
landing on April 25,
1915. — NZ ME
Gallipoli ballot deadline
Pressure on for more
fuel price cuts
Petrol prices fell again yesterday and more
discounts are expected in days ahead.
Automobile Association (AA) and Consumer
NZ have repeatedly said big retailers could have
dropped petrol prices further — and one petrol
company here agreed.
The plummeting global price of crude oil is
largely responsible for falling prices at the pump.
At most ser vice stations yesterday afternoon, a
litre of 91 octane cost 179.9c. Diesel was mostly
111.9c to 112.9c per litre.
Dave Bodger, Gull New Zealand general
manger, said Gull had 24 sites selling diesel for
less than $1 a litre this afternoon. The company
average was 100.2c.
Gull’s prices for 91 octane had an average price
of $1.69, with a range from 160.9c to 174.9c.
He said Gull had 60 sites and the company
controlled prices for three-quarters of them. Mr
Bodger said motorists missed out in locations
Gull was not present.
“Sometimes, we sit here and have a bit of a
laugh and think, everyone can match our pricing
where we are, but they can’t do it elsewhere. ”
He said for at least three months, Gull had
sold petrol for about 10c less than bigger
“That give or take 10c difference from what
the others call their ‘national pricing’ has been
pretty much the norm since October, probably
even earlier. ”
Mr Bodger said Orakei Marina had diesel for
just 89c a litre yesterday afternoon. The most
expensive Gull diesel was 108.9c.
Mr Bodger said the the best deals were in east
Auckland and a Gull station in east Rotorua.
Mark Stockdale, AA senior policy analyst,
said petrol pump reductions had been relatively
“miserly” compared at least to the fall in crude
prices. But he said a drop of about 2c per litre
was likely in days ahead.
“All things being equal, we should see another
price reduction. ”
Mr Stockdale said Z was “ leading the charge”
in price reductions among major companies.
He said Gull had lower overheads than its
bigger competitors. He said some of the price
variations between Gull outlets “might be
down to the whim of the local ser vice station
Mr Stockdale said no motorist should be
paying more than $1.80 for a litre of 91, unless
they were in an extremely remote location where
the cost of transporting petrol was very high.
He advised motorists to “shop around” for the
best price. — NZME
Crash pair in country
for only weeks
The two men who died in a car collision with
a milk tanker in the Bay of Plenty over the
holidays were Indian nationals who had been in
the country only a matter of weeks.
Bismon Xavier, 30, and Manoj Haridas, 31,
died following a collision between a Volkswagon
Golf and milk tanker, near Paengaroa, on
Both men were from Kerala in India, but had
been living in Rotorua, police said.
The crash occurred when the Volkswagen
Golf made a southbound turn on to State
highway 2 from Wilson Road South, and
apparently crossed the path of a northbound
Mr Xavier was driving the car and was killed
in the crash. He had been in the country for less
than six weeks.
Mr Haridas, a passenger in the vehicle, had
been in the country for three weeks and died at
Waikato Hospital hours later.
The investigation into the crash was
continuing, police said. — NZ ME
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FOOD RECALL RETRACTION
Neill Cropper & Company
Golden Boy Fish Sauce
In early November this year Neill Cropper & Company
initiated a recall of their Golden Boy Fish Sauce after
discovering foreign product in the bottle which was initially
suspected to be glass.
Following extensive testing of the affected products by an
independent authority approved by the Ministry for Primary
Industries, it has been confirmed that this foreign matter
was crystallised salt and not glass. We apologise for any
inconvenience caused by this recall and we confirm that
the product recall is retracted as all Golden Boy Fish Sauce
is safe for human consumption.
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