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A small fire on the Cobden
foreshore yesterday required two
visits by firefighters to put it out.
The Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade
attended the driftwood fire alongside
Domett Esplanade, at the end of
Bright Street, shortly after 3pm. It
was was called back shortly after
6pm when the fire re-ignited. Fire
chief Gary Pollock said an ember
from the previous fire which had
probably floated into surrounding
flax, causing the flare-up. “ Thank
goodness it didn’t get into anything
else.” It was unclear if the first fire
was deliberately lit but, “they don’t
start on their own”.
Police seek youths
Greymouth police are eager
to identify a group of teenagers
who were seen in the grounds of
Runanga School, McGowan Street
at 11.30pm yesterday. Police say the
teenagers may be able to help their
investigations into damage caused
in the area. Anyone able to identify
members of the group is asked
to phone the Greymouth Police
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Tainui, Tawera, Okarito, four
Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Moon Shadow II, Tenacity, one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Cook
Canyon, Tainui, Tawera, Achernar,
Okarito, 18 other vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey, Friday.
A National Party MP at the centre of reports
he is being investigated by police over an alleged
assault will remain as chairman of the law and
order select committee in Parliament.
Northland MP Mike Sabin, 46, has gone to
ground since reports emerged late last year that
he was under investigation by police after a
complaint had been laid against him.
Neither Mr Sabin, Prime Minister John Key
nor the police have confirmed the reports.
This morning, Mr Key said he was comfortable
with Mr Sabin holding the role of chairman of
the law and order select committee.
“As I speak to you today, I’m very happy for
him to continue in the position he does,” Mr
Key told Radio New Zealand this morning.
Mr Sabin was a “fully functioning member of
the caucus”, he said.
He refused to comment on the allegations or
whether he had been made aware of a police
“ I’m obviously aware of people wanting to
make allegations, but I’m just not in a position,
for a variety of different reasons, legal and
other wise, to want to make comments about
that,” he said.
Mr Key later described the allegations as
“rumours”, and said he would not “buy into
some rumour mill”.
If the allegations were correct, the public
would “in the fullness of time, subject to the
law ” be informed about it, Mr Key told the
Despite the potential controversy, it is
understood Mr Sabin will be present at Te Tii
Marae on Waitangi Day alongside his party
Yesterday Mr Key said he would be surprised
if Mr Sabin was not present, as he is the local
MP for Northland.
“ I would be (surprised), but just wait and see.
It’ll be my expectation that all members who
have indicated to the whips that they ’re going
would be there,” he said.
“ I don’t know if he has indicated to whips if he
is going or not.”
National’s senior whip Tim Macindoe expects
Mr Sabin to attend.
Police have refused to confirm the
investigation, saying they do not usually respond
to queries about whether an investigation was
Mr Sabin has been National’s MP for
Northland since 2011 when he gave up his
anti-methamphetamine consultancy business
Methcon, which he formed following his
departure from the police in 2006.
He lives at Coopers Beach with his partner.
Key happy to keep
on law committee
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Planned birthing will restart in
Westport this March when a new
provider takes over management of the
Kawatiri Birthing Unit.
The unit closed for planned birthing
in June 2013 with the West Coast
District Health Board citing a midwife
shortage. A 2013 review of West Coast
maternity services highlighted other
issues including inter-departmental
For the past year and a half, Buller
women have been travelling to
Greymouth and elsewhere to give birth.
DHB chief executive David Meates
has now announced a new provider, the
husband and wife Haslett Partnership,
to run the birthing unit. Planned
birthing would restart at the facility in
He said the 2013 review, undertaken
by clinicians from the Coast, Canterbury
and beyond, recommended planned
birthing be stopped at Kawatiri.
Recently, the health board sought
expressions of interest from providers
who could address the issues identified
in the review in order to best ensure a
safe and sustainable ser vice.
In addition to new manager Correen
Haslett, who is a lead maternity carer
(LMC), it has two full-time LMCs and
other on-call midwives.
Mrs Haslett has significant maternity
experience and has run a midwifery
business in Canterbury with a team of
She had worked more than 1440
clinical hours on the West Coast as a
locum for hospital-employed and self-
employed midwives in the past year.
Her husband, Alan Haslett, had a
long history in project management
and managing quality and risk at an
international level. — Westport News
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Seven new teachers were learning the ropes at Greymouth High School yesterday during their induction at the school, with
principal Andy England, fourth from left. Tara Moynihan, left, will teach students with special needs, while Rob Orr, who spent
the past two years in Colombia, will teach geography, and Simon Gannaway, in his first teaching job, science. Kimberley Vernall
will be teaching histor y, Carol Dyas employment skills and new vocational pathways and Sione Niupalau te reo Maori, while Karen
Kyriakoudis will share the role of guidance counsellor. Mr England said he hoped to hire three more teachers of maths, science and
English within the next couple of weeks. The new teachers had replaced others who had moved on from the school.
New faces on school staff
Music that is over
400 years old will be
performed in Greymouth
next month, when
a group of touring
musicians performs at St
Jewels of Baroque music
South Island concert tour
will hold an ‘intimate
performance’ at St
Patrick’s on February 23.
Presented by Tomas
Hurnik, the concert will
be an hour of music
from the 17th century,
played on two violins,
cello and a special
baroque instrument, the
It will feature two
musicians and specialists
in Baroque interpretation,
violinist Szabolcs Illes
and Czech harpsichord
player Edita Keglerova,
who will be joined
by baroque cellist Mr
Hurnik and baroque
violinist Philippa Lodge.
The group will perform
music from famous
and also from unknown
Uccellini, Matteis and
The church was chosen
for the venue as the most
suitable acoustic place to
hear the subtlety of the
Tickets will be on sale
at the door.
Old music set
Two of the 22 kea monitored during
aerial 1080 operations in Kahurangi
National Park last year were killed by the
poison, says Department of Conser vation
(DOC) Westport conser vation ser vices
manager Bob Dickson.
The two kea were found dead in the
Oparara Basin (western Kahurangi)
following the 1080 aerial drop last
They were sent to Massey University,
where they tested positive for 1080.
Mr Dickson said they were the only
kea known to have died from 1080
poisoning during the entire Kahurangi
operation, which took place between
August and November. The other 20
were alive and accounted for after the
“The kea deaths are unfortunate but,
without protection, most kea chicks are
killed by stoats. The population gains
from one good breeding season more
than offset the losses of individual birds.”
— Westport News
Two kea killed by 1080
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