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PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Holliday McFarlane has her say on the future of the Greymouth central business district by using the
latest round of ‘visual preference polls’ set up at the Grey District Library. The five boards will be displayed
at the library for a week. Grey District Council community economic development adviser Erin Mc-
Goldrick said each poster had the projects previously identified and asked people to pick their preferred
option by placing a sticker beside what they liked. There was also a poster listing all of the 12 proposed
projects for people to choose their top five. “It’s an easy-to-do, approachable way for people to cast their
vote. Just get some stickers from the friendly library staff and stick them beside your preferred option on
each poster.” A suggestion box will be there for additional ideas. The previous round of visual preference
polls drew over 1000 stickers.
Reshaping the CBD
Resource consent applications for the
proposed Haast-Hollyford highway
should be lodged in April, its promoter
Former Westland Mayor and Haast-
Hollyford Highway Ltd director
Durham Havill said applications would
be lodged with four councils — the
Westland and Southland district
councils, the West Coast Regional
Council and Environment Southland.
The regional councils were involved
because the construction project would
involve waterways and earthworks, he
The decision followed a “positive’’
meeting on Thursday with a resource
consent consultant, Mr Havill said.
The next few months would be spent
writing the applications and finding the
money needed for the consent process,
which he said could be $3-$5 million.
Haast-Hollyford Highway Ltd has
the backing of Chinese investors JCP
Partners, who are finance partners with
allowing $250m to design, build, finance
and maintain a toll road for a period of
30 years from the opening date.
Mr Havill said JCP Partners might
contribute to the consent process and
he was also exploring other options,
including applying to Development
Westland for funds.
Westland Development was set up
to administer most of the $120m in
Government compensation given to
West Coast local authorities in 2000
when the logging of native timber on
the coast ceased.
“I would like to think they would give
us a hand with this one. The road will
be good for the Coast. It will create
jobs while it is being built and should
double tourism on the Coast when it is
Plans for the roads have been stymied
by a legal issue over who owns a stretch
of unformed road in the middle of the
The unformed road was removed from
maps and later reinstated, but last year
Land Information NZ added the words
“ legality not determined’’ to maps.
A decision on Christmas Eve had
sorted that, Mr Havill said.
The Westland District Council took
just 10 minutes to decide it legally
owned the portion of unformed road.
The decision meant there was no
longer a legal dispute and nothing to
stop Haast-Hollyford Highway Lrd
proceeding with its plans, he said.
“I believe all the barriers have been
cleared and the next step is to get the
resource consent under way. It also
means we can talk to both (district)
councils in a positive way.’’
Southland district councillors will be
updated at a meeting on March 18.
Southland Mayor Gary Tong said
yesterday Mr Havill would speak during
the pubic forum, and he had also invited
him to meet privately if there were
issues Mr Havill thought should
Mr Tong, who was elected in October,
2013, said he was looking for ward to
hearing an update on the project.
“Nothing at all has been nailed
down yet. I feel we as a council are no
further ahead than we were when (my
predecessor) Frana Cardno was mayor.”
A resource consent application would
be “the first stake in the ground’’, he
Mr Havill said there was nothing
he needed to keep private about the
proposal, where the funding was coming
from, or the resource consent plans.
“Everybody should be able to know
what is going on.’’
Otago Daily Times
BOOT. — Blake Boot
is very excited to let the
world know that his
baby sister has arrived.
Amelia Ruby Boot
was born on January 17,
2015 at 12.30pm,
weighing 6lb 15ozs.
Mum and Dad (Renee
and Patrick Boot) are
thrilled to have her here
safe and sound. Big
thanks to Mary
Ward and the awesome
HALL, Judd. — Taken
from us one year ago
Love you to the moon
and back infinity times
and miss you more
Died peacefully at his
home in Hokitika on
Thursday, January 22,
2015, surrounded by his
family. Aged 66 years.
Cherished and loved old
bugger of Tarn. Loved
and adored dad of Zara
and Kieran. Loved son
of the late Tom and
Alicia Wallace and son-
in-law of Iris and
Gordon Weaver. Loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Tony, Helen,
Marian and Murray
Lyn, Teresa and Gary
Bradley, Miriama and
Tracey Weaver and Pete
Blacktopp. A loved
uncle of all his nieces
and nephews and a
Messages C/- PO Box
162, Hokitika 7842. A
celebration of Wack's
life will be held at
Teresa and Gary's farm,
355 Old Christchurch
Road, Arahura Valley,
Hokitika, on Tuesday
January 27, at 10.30am.
Following the service
Wack will be laid to rest
in the Arahura Urupa.
Hokitika (03) 755 7993
March 10, 1920 -
January 24, 2005.
Ten years today.
The very echo of his
The memory of his
The things he said and
Are with us all the
Jeanne, Tony and
Andrew. — 1972-2001.
Many a lonely heart-
Often a silent tear.
Of one we loved so dear.
Mum, Nigel, Shane
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
peacefully in her 94th
year on January 16,
2015. Dearly loved wife
of the late Euan (Tas),
loved and cherished
mother and mother-in-
law of Wayne and
Lynette (Nelson), and
Christine and Adrian
loved grandma of Tony,
Wendy, and Kelvin,
of Debbie, Hayley,
Nicholas and their part-
ners, loved great-gran of
Liana, Riley, Kyla,
Taylor, Ryan, Liam,
Sean, Harry, Charlie,
Bryleigh, Lochlan, and
God looked around his
garden and found an
Then he looked down
upon this earth and saw
your tired face.
He put His arms around
you and lifted you to
God's garden must be
beautiful as He only
takes the best.
Now at peace with Tas
Thanks so much for the
wonderful care given to
Mum by staff at Kowhai
Manor over the last
three years. Messages to
173 Taylorville Road,
Coal Creek 7802. As per
Nola's wishes a private
committal service has
taken place. Nola's ashes
will be interred with Tas
at a later date. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Ph 768 0250
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Rock legend David Bowie has given his
seal of approval to a University of Otago
paper which explores his career.
Contemporary music lecturer Dr Ian
Chapman was pleased after a story on
his summer school paper was shared by
Bowie’s official website and Facebook
page, attracting more than 6000 likes
from fans across the world.
Dr Chapman accepted the story was
probably picked up on by one of Bowie’s
“minions”, but believed the man himself
given he was renowned for keeping a
tight control over his image — probably
had a say on it going up on his pages.
“It is really pleasing. As far as I am
concerned it is getting the official
sanction from David Bowie and I couldn’t
ask for more than that.” The attention the
paper had got as a result of being shared
was “vindication” for going ahead with it.
“I am aware that there are people out
there that don’t think someone like David
Bowie is a worthy academic topic, but I
don’t buy that for a minute.”
Apart from Dr Chapman being a
Bowie fan, he chose to do a paper on
his career because he was uniquely
“ You can look at Bowie in ways that you
can’t look at other rock stars, because he
has touched gender and film and theatre
and all these other disciplines.”
He was not the first academic to cover
“I don’t think he will be super surprised
that he is now being looked at in academia
because that has been a trend in recent
times.” In sharing the story, Bowie’s
official site referenced lyrics from his song
Kooks from his 1971 album Hunky Dory.
“And if the homework brings you
down/Then we’ ll throw it on the fire and
take the car downtown.”
Dr Chapman said he was not too
worried if his students followed the spirit
of those lyrics.
He would definitely be teaching the
Otago Daily Times
Bowie gives paper
the heads up
Nervous drinkers give up
New drink-drive laws appear to be working
but the hospitality industry says the reduced
limits have made punters ner vous and could
badly affect bar owners.
The legislation reducing alcohol limits for
adult drivers from 400mg of alcohol per
litre of breath to 250mg came into effect on
December 1 last year.
Auckland ’s Soul Bar and Bistro owner
Judith Tabron said diners, particularly
lunchtime business clientele, were opting
for low-alcohol beer and wine, but she was
personally annoyed at the law.
“It is actually spoiling our food and wine
matches. To have two glasses of wine with
dinner is not excessive.”
Bex Mulligan, manager at O’Hagan’s Irish
Pub in Auckland ’s Viaduct Harbour, said
the bar used to have a solid crowd between
4.30pm and 6.30pm but numbers had
dwindled since the new law was introduced.
“It seems to have annoyed a few of the
people that come in for a few drinks after
work. They don’t seem to be appearing as
much and they ’re not really too interested in
coming in for a juice or a soft drink.”
One Hamilton hospitality veteran said
there had been a big uptake in low-alcohol
beverages across his 15 bars and restaurants
in the city, and a drop-off in the after-work
The Lawrenson Group chief executive
John Lawrenson said the group had already
changed its wine and beer lists to highlight
“People are very ner vous. They don’t want
the fine, they don’t want the demerit points
so they ’re playing it very safe.”
Mr Lawrenson doubted the law would
prevent fatal drink-drive crashes.
“People don’t feel it’s going to make any
difference to the road toll. The people that
were driving drunk were two or three times
over the limit, recidivist drink-drivers.”
Instead it would affect weekday businesses
catering to the after-5pm crowd, he said.
“It’s the after-work drinking bars that are
definitely going to feel it. I would suggest it
will be substantial.”
Hospitality New Zealand chief executive
Bruce Robertson said he was receiving
similar feedback from industry members.
“Those businesses which cater to an after-
work crowd where people are in cars, we
think are likely to take the biggest hit,” Mr
To counter the laws new measures were
being put in place by bar owners.
“They ’re looking to provide a greater range
of non-alcoholic and low-alcoholic drinks,”
In rural areas some pubs were now
providing courtesy vehicles.
Police believe the new law is already
In Hamilton a week before the law came
into effect, a police blitz in the central
business district caught 16 drink-drivers,
warned another 43 they would have been
over the new limit, and educated hundreds
Two weeks later, after the new law was
introduced, similar checkpoints found no
Waikato road policing manager Inspector
Freda Grace said motorists had generally
been accepting of the new law and some had
even praised police for their efforts.
“There’s been some negative commentary
around it but for us the message is really
simple. If you’re going to drink, you
shouldn’t drive, and if you’re going to drive,
you shouldn’t drink.”
In Auckland a 24-hour police blitz in the
city on Wednesday nabbed six drink-drivers.
New Zealand Herald
Child abuse cases decline
New statistics released by Child Youth and
Family show reported child abuse cases in
Rotorua have declined.
In a four-year comparison from 2010 to
2014, the number of care and protection
reports of concern that required further
action decreased from 1102 to 982.
However, the number of substantiated
abuse findings has been increasing from 536
cases in 2012 to 603 cases in 2014.
Rotorua police area commander Inspector
Bruce Horne said the statistics were a
reflection of community-wide partnerships.
“A lot of the low level cases where families
are struggling and need help are being
handled by community-based agencies
allowing police and Child Youth and Family
to concentrate on the high level offending
Mr Horne said the response of state
agencies to family violence and child abuse
had improved significantly over the past 20
“ Police are
committed to working
in partnership with community and
government partners to achieve the goal of a
Mana Social Ser vices Trust director Theresa
Heywood said it was great to see the statistics
showed a decline.
“There are strong policies and procedures in
place that have helped these figures decline.
To ensure they keep declining we, as a society,
need to keep tightening those policies and
procedures and ensure there are plenty of
ways for abused individuals to reach out.”
The Mana Social Ser vices Trust offers a
range of free, professional social ser vices
including counselling, whanau conflict
resolution, positive parenting strategies, and
Ms Heywood said New Zealand was far
better than other countries when it came to
“ While the figures are still high, I don’t
think that should be perceived as a solely
bad thing. Having a high number of reported
abuse cases show that people are not ignoring
the issue and can identify when a situation is
“ We are having more families coming to us
asking for help which is great to see. There
are a lot of agencies around Rotorua and the
rest of New Zealand that are committed to
preventing domestic violence and they are
doing the best they can with the resources
A social worker, who did not wish to be
named, said keeping children safe in their
homes was the number one priority.
“There is always more that can be done to
keep our children safe. A lot of abuse cases
come about because of stressful situations
outside the home. Maybe dad can’t find a
job and is getting pressure from Work and
Income so he comes home in a bad mood
and takes it out on his children. ”
She said while the decline in reported child
abuse was good, there was still more to do.
“There is no quick fix to family violence
because a lot of it is intergenerational but by
solving issues that lead to violence such as
substance abuse and job shortages, we will be
able to stamp it out in the future.
work together as a community to protect our
from the Civil Aviation
Authority are on their
way to South Canterbury
farm where a microlight
crashed, killing two
Emergency ser vices
were called to a rural
property at Seadown, 10
minutes north of Timaru,
about 7.30pm yesterday,
Radio New Zealand
said today.The pair
were found dead at the
scene. CAA spokesman
Mike Richards said
investigators would arrive
at the crash site this
Seadown resident Mark
Phillips said although
he did not witness the
crash, he could see the
commotion from a
distance. Police said the
deaths had been referred
to the coroner.
They said no details
about the victims would
be released until their
next of kin had been fully
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