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A fracas involving seven people
in Westport early on Saturday
morning is being investigated by
Westport police. The incident started
with some arguing and escalated
to physical violence. Community
constable Paul Sampson said it
appeared the trouble arose from
some previous tensions and alcohol.
A Westport car owner will be ruing
having left the keys in the footwell
of his vehicle after it was stolen over
the weekend. The grey Honda Civic,
registration number NW3184, was
taken from a Peel Street driveway
overnight on Saturday.
A 61-year-old Moana man was
arrested for possession of cannabis
yesterday after police went to see
him on another matter. Police called
at the man’s house at 7.15pm last
night and noticed a strong smell
of cannabis. After searching the
property they discovered several
Tribute paid to former
The West Coast District Health
Board paid tribute to former
Greymouth midwife Lorna Strange,
who died on February 3. Board
member Eleanor Stratford said Mrs
Strange started at McBrearty Ward
in Grey Base Hospital, and went on
to become matron. She spent time
in Dargaville before returning to the
West Coast. “ The last 15 years of her
career were in McBrearty. She was an
amazing midwife, and was an amazing
person. She also did lots of work in the
community. It’s nice to acknowledge
her,” Mrs Stratford said.
A major charity fundraiser is planned
virtual swim of Cook Strait in
two months. Greymouth aquatic
centre events co-ordinator Lynnette
O’Connor said the idea was that
local businesses would sponsor a lane
for a charity to swim in. The charity
finds their swimmers who get people
to sponsor them per lap (or make
a donation) and all funds raised go
directly to that charity. So far these are
the businesses and charities involved
Crawford Refrigeration (Blue Penguin
Trust); Scenicland Laundry Ltd
(Cancer Society); Property Brokers
(Life Education Trust); Mitre 10 Mega
(St John); Greymouth Seaside Top 10
(Breast Cancer Foundation). It is set
down for April 11.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Tainui,
Tawera, Iveagh Bay, Te Kahurangi,
six Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Thelma C , Sea Legend, two
Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, Tainui, Tawera,
Tencity, Annie,Tui, Iveagh Bay, Te
Kahurangi, 20 local vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, today.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
today; Jay Elaine, Wednesday.
Buller council to help cover
Westport f lights shortfall
Hokitika police are investigating
an arson yesterday at Goldsborough
which burned through 4ha of vegetation
on Department of Conser vation
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade chief
fire officer Harry Collett said the blaze
required the assistance of a helicopter to
get under control.
Police said today the fire, which broke
out near Callaghans about 1.30pm,
was suspicious and they appealed for
information from the public to find the
Meanwhile, a drier at the Hokitika
dairy factory was flooded on Saturday
after a computer malfunction activated
the fire alarm system.
The fire brigade was called to the site
of the Westport News
The Buller District Council has announced
it will cover some of the financial shortfall of
Sounds Air’s Westport-Wellington flights
should passenger numbers collapse.
Mayor Garry Howard said the council had
negotiated a commercial agreement with
Sounds Air that provided a “final backstop”
if passenger numbers deteriorated.
It became obvious to council that the key
to obtaining a secure ser vice with a user-
friendly flight schedule was the provision of
a limited form of security.
“ Without that security it was clear that the
district would only get a ‘left-over’ service
using old planes when those planes were not
being used elsewhere.”
Council would only become involved if the
average occupancy dropped below three seats
per flight. That was “exceptionally unlikely”,
The agreement stated that the income
guarantee would be based on the average
number of passengers Sounds Air carried.
He pointed out that Air New Zealand
currently flew an average of 12 passengers
“As Sounds Air will be flying nine-seat
planes everyone hopes that they will be near
to full on most flights.”
Both the council and Sounds Air knew
that it was not economical to operate an
air ser vice at such a low level. There was no
intention that things would ever be allowed
to deteriorate to that point, he said.
Both parties had agreed to provide early
warning conditions and provisions that
allowed either party to bring the ser vice to an
end well before loadings could drop to such
a low level.
While the guarantee existed, it had been
carefully constructed using the best legal
advice to ensure that it never had to come
“ We are very pleased to have secured New
Zealand ’s second-largest air ser vice operator.
They have been a pleasure to work with. The
proposed schedule is a big improvement and
we think that Sounds Air will only build and
expand their business here over time,” he said.
NAOMI. — Four years
Monday February 16
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
James. — Passed away
peacefully at Grey Base
Hospital Greymouth on
February 13, 2015, in
his 77th year. Dearly
Monica (nee Prangnell),
loved eldest son of the
late Vera and Michael,
loved brother of the late
Gavin, and a loved
brother in law, uncle,
cousin and friend of
many. RIP. Messages to
139 Main South Road,
Karoro 7805. Flowers
respectfully declined. A
Funeral Mass for Ian
will be celebrated in St
Church, High Street,
Greymouth on Wednes-
day at 2pm, followed by
Phone (03) 768 0250.
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The Greymouth Summer Street Fare in Tainui Street was a hit yesterday afternoon as crowds flocked to enjoy food, crafts and
music on a warm afternoon. The inaugural event featured a variety of food including German waffles, Blackball sausages, burgers
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth Summer Street Fare a hit
A man in his early 50s was winched
to safety after his quad bike rolled near
Ross, on Saturday.
NZCC Rescue Helicopter pilot
Angus Taylor said the man had been
riding with a group of friends on four-
wheeler motorbikes through the Mount
Greenland area, at the back of Ross,
when the bike flipped.
The helicopter had been unable to land
due to the terrain so a paramedic was
winched down to assess the victim and
help him into the stretcher.
He was flown to Grey Base Hospital
to safety after
Two great spotted kiwis were released back into the wild at the weekend by
ranger Jo Halley during an open day at Bois Gentil, the predator-free kiwi
sanctuary behind Moonlight. The birds have grown big enough to defend
themselves in the wild. Visitors to the open day saw the birds collected from
the sanctuary, and put in boxes ready for transportation into the Paparoa
Range for release. Ninety-five people attended the open day.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Great spotted kiwis released
The author of a critically praised book
on farming at Golden Bay will discuss
her experiences at West Coast libraries.
Robin Robilliard wrote Hard Country:
A Golden Bay Life as a memoir of
farming at an isolated area of Golden
Robilliard will start a week-long book
launch tour on the West Coast visiting
libraries Hokitika today, Greymouth on
February 18 and Westport on February
Robilliard said her book had received
several positive reviews: included in
the “Seven Best Reads for Summer
Businessmen” by NBR and “an
irresistible read” by Christopher Moore
of The Listener.
But it had also proved popular with
“Several men have phoned, or turned
up on the doorstep, to say they had only
read one book in their life, until someone
gave them mine. And they wanted to
tell me how much they enjoyed it.”
Robilliard said the response from the
public was all she wanted.
“I am not into authorship for the
money but because I get such pleasure
from reader’s comments.”
The book, published by Random
House, is currently number seven in
Nielsons top 10 best seller list, with six
cooking books ahead of it.
After the West Coast, Robilliard
will continue on to Wellington,
Christchurch, D unedin,
Timaru, Geraldine, Temuka, Richmond
Author visits Coast libraries
Work began last week on the first stages of a $2 million, 480 square
metre, purpose-built trades training facility at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Greymouth campus. The new facility, on the site of the old equipment shed
for the outdoor education course and next door to Y Furniture, will include a
three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space.
PICTURE: Eilish Ramsden
Work begins on trades training facility
West Coast mental health
patients and their families will
soon be able to provide instant
feedback on the ser vice, possibly
through tablet computers.
West Coast District Health
Board chief executive David
Meates said in a report last week
the DHB had to replace its paper-
based annual satisfaction sur vey
in the next two years, replacing
it with an electronic ‘real time’
Mr Meates said that would
involve the use of internet
devices, such as tablets, to obtain
immediate feedback from clients
and families at the time of their
contact with the ser vice.
The information could be viewed
and analysed by the ser vice on-line
in real time.
“Real time feedback has been
piloted in seven sites nationally
over the past year, and has received
very positive reports regarding
its effectiveness and ease of
The board had trialled several
different strategies in the past three
years to improve the response rate,
with rates of 36%, 66% and 46%
over the preceding three years,
which were among the best in the
“However, we acknowledge that
this amount of engagement and
feedback with consumers and
families is not sufficient alone
to base improvements
changes to ser vice delivery on,” he
Comments on what people
would change on the Coast have
ranged from “no more stew ”, to the
suggestion social workers need to
be out in the community, the need
for more communication between
the person’s health care providers,
secure environment for dementia
New technology speeds up
mental health feedback
The peppercorn rental charged for
the Greymouth Aero Club building
has been renewed.
The lease on the Greymouth
aerodrome premises recently expired
and the Grey District Council last
week had no hesitation in renewing
it. The previous lease was for 21 years
with seven-year reviews.
A staff report estimated a market
rental of the building might give
$5000 to $7000 a year, but also
acknowledged that third party
interest was unlikely.
The aero club also manages the
airfield on behalf of the council and
the rental had been in place for some
years, the report noted.
Aero club spokesman Peter
McIntosh said it was only a small
club with 24 members and mainly
concentrated on flight training.
“ We have suffered some economic
downturn as everyone else, but
we have continued to box on,” Mr
The clubrooms were used as a de
facto terminal and could be used by
any commercial ventures.
Other clubs from around the
country were also given access when
they flew through Greymouth.
Airport councillor Allan Gibson
said the club did a good job and he
recommended the peppercorn rental
be renewed, with final details to be
Nominations for the
Anzac of the Year award
have now opened.
The award uses the
image of Private Richard
Henderson as its symbol.
Private Henderson was
a 19-year-old trainee
teacher when he enlisted,
he helped save the lives of
many wounded soldiers
by carrying them to
safety on the back of his
donkey at considerable
risk to himself.
The award is presented
in partnership with the
RSA and requires four
key values: comradeship,
compassion, courage and
These values are
required to be used in
a way that typifies the
best of New Zealand’s
The award recognises
New Zealanders or a
group of New Zealanders
whose actions and
achievements prove the
Anzac spirit is still alive.
Nominations for the
award close on March 20.
Details are on the RSA
Anzac of the Year award
Greymouth Aero Club
peppercorn rental renewed
The Grey District ’s new branding is
now available for use by operators.
The branding was provided to
councillors at their first meeting for the
year, last night.
Grey District corporate planning and
community manager, Q uecha Horning
was pleased to see the project
“This has been quite an exciting process
for us to develop the very foundation for
our brand. ”
Ms Horning stressed that the brand
was “for the district separate from
Operators could register interest
and could collect the details, while the
council would ensure that all branding
was used properly.
Ms Horning said they had done
research on the approach of other
councils which had opted to share the
intellectual property so it could be
aligned with a positive brand.
“ It may not seem like much, but it is
a huge foundation for us to now work
The Grey District Council
has decided inaction is the best
course of action for its ‘local
alcohol policy ’, so it can learn
from the legal challenges mounted
elsewhere around the country.
Last week, liquor licensing
councillor Tony Coll recommended
further deferring any decision, this
time until November.
Similarly, the Buller District
Council also opted to defer any
decision on its own policy for the
same reason, when it came up
in May last year. The Westland
District Council came to the same
The deferral will allow the
councils to observe formal court
processes involving other councils
around the country.
The outcome of those processes
are as yet unclear and have involved
high costs of litigation.
The policy will be subject to full
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol
Act will be used as default
provisions until the council has
made a decision.
Community and Public Health
officer Jem Pupich addressed the
council meeting to argue in favour
of a policy.
“ We encourage you to go through
as soon as possible,” Mr Pupich
He suggested the West Coast
councils could have a unified
“It makes enforcing public health
a lot more consistent across our
Mr Pupich suggested that hours
remain consistent with what was
currently in place.
Council defers decision
on booze policy
Grey district’s new branding now
available to operators
The State highway bridge over the
Waiho (Waiau) River at Franz Josef
Glacier could be widened and the
stopbank on the south side of the river
realigned, if the motel under serious
threat of flooding, is moved.
The potential for a wider bridge and
altered stopbank was discussed at a
meeting of the lower Waiho rating
district meeting last November, and
reported to the West Coast Regional
Council meeting last week.
Planning and environment manager
Mike Meehan said the roof of the
Glacier Gateway Motel, “which I think
is lower than the top of the stopbank,”
had been vulnerable to flooding from
the gradually encroaching river for some
time, prompting efforts by the regional
council and Westland District Council to
have the motel moved.
If it was moved, that would create the
possibility for work to be done on the
bridge and stopbank, by the New Zealand
Transport Agency, he said.
“NZTA have the potential to widen the
bridge if they want to, that might be a
long time in the future ... it might be in
the next year or so, that ’s a decision they
would make depending on the condition
of the river,” Mr Meehan said.
“ We are not putting pressure on the
NZTA, it ’s just something that would be
possible if the motel was moved on. We
are not making strong submissions —it ’s
just something that might need to be
done in the future.”
Mr Meehan said that if NZTA decided
to proceed with the work, it would be
carried out and paid for by them.
The Waiho was one of the “most
dynamic” rivers in New Zealand, and the
degrading of the stopbank over the past
11 of 12 years “has only got worse”. There
was also the threat posed by a sudden rush
of water coming down the river if a gravel
bank on the Callery River, an upstream
tributary of the Waiho, collapsed, he said.
Waiho River flood protection
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