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Westport must face flood threat—mayor
Jim Findlay had a good start to the day when he landed this salmon on the Taramakau River. Fish and Game ranger
Rhys Adams, who was out doing compliance checks, said the salmon started coming in from the sea as mature adults
from December onwards, with the main season from February to April. Mr Adams said the fish were now trickling in
and were generally 13, 14 and 15lb, compared to 9, 10 and 11lb last year. “ W hat ’s exciting about this season is the fish
are bigger than the last few seasons.” He was optimistic good runs were imminent. Mr Findlay did not have scales but
estimated his fish as a 16-pounder.
Big salmon excite Coast anglers
PICTURE: Fish and Game
Trades training facility progress
PICTURE: Nick McBride
Contractors excavate the site of the new trades training facility, at the front
of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Greymouth campus. The $2 million, 480
square metre, purpose-built facility will include a three-bay workshop, offices
and classroom space.
PICTURE: Dwayne Detlaff
Tourists in bridge mishap
A carload of Asian tourists hit the side of the
Bealey bridge, across the Waimakariri River, east of
Arthur’s Pass, yesterday morning. Passersby helped
push the damaged vehicle off the bridge into a layby.
In December, two Korean tourists died when their
car plunged off the single-lane Wanganui River
bridge, at Hari Hari. The New Zealand Transport
Agency said then it would continue retrofitting
wooden bridges on the West Coast with metal
A Grey Valley man pleaded guilty
in the Westport District Court last
Thursday to illegally possessing firearms.
Blair Michael Douglas, 24, of
Mawheraiti, pleaded guilty to charges of
possessing pipes, a rifle and ammunition
but not guilty to another firearms charge,
male assaults female and behaving
Defending, Doug Taffs said he had
spoken to police prosecutor Steven
Greer and thought the not guilty matters
could be resolved.
Judge Jane McMeekan called for a pre-
sentence report relating to the charges
Douglas had admitted.
He was remanded until April 15.
— Westport News
Goats are not part of the official gardening
contract at Buller Hospital, says the West Coast
District Health Board.
Three goats appeared on the hospital lawns
early on Friday, much to the mirth of locals,
after the Westport News ran a photo of the
Buller Health general manager Kathleen
Gavigan said the DHB’s contractor’s
lawnmower had broken down and was awaiting
The DHB’s usual mowing contractor had been
on annual leave, which meant the lawns had got
longer than usual.
On Friday morning a staff member brought
in their own goats to “help” trim the dandelions
and grass, Ms Gavigan said.
“ West Coast DHB assures the community that
the goats are not part of its official gardening
contract,” Ms Gavigan said.
The lawns were mowed on Friday.
— Westport News
Goats help trim hospital lawn
The Buller townships of Waimangaroa,
Ngakawau and Hector have all voted in
favour of upgrading their water supplies,
despite some confusion from residents
about who actually owns the supplies.
Buller District Council operations
manager Stephen Griffin said in a report
to the council meeting this week that
53 people in Waimangaroa, and 23 in
Ngakawau and Hector had voted in
favour of water upgrades.
However, he noted that just 47.48%
of the population of Waimangaroa
voted for their water to be upgraded,
and only 24.43% of those in Ngakawau
and Hector. In Ngakawau and Hector
43 people voted, and 20 of them were
“Part of the reason for the low turnout
may be that there has been considerable
effort from some of the consumers
of these supplies to convince other
consumers that council is not the owner
of the supplies, and therefore does
not have a mandate to either make an
application, or undertake the upgrades,”
Mr Griffin said.
He said “no evidence has been
produced to substantiate this belief ”,
and the council had confirmed it owned
the schemes. He said it was important
that the “correct facts” were put to the
populations of all three townships.
The council would continue to consult
with all three communities through
their water supply committees, and
would provide a report which would
outline the history of the supplies from
council minutes and records. The report
would also offer the various options for
each supply, alongside the benefits and
disadvantages of the current supply.
Organisers of the 25th annual South
Westland Lions Club salmon and
fishing competition hope to hook a good
number of anglers for the next event, on
Fishing enthusiasts will be able to
register from 6pm on Friday, March 7, at
the Lake Mapourika, McDonalds Creek
Department Of Conser vation campsite.
This year the date has changed from
February to March in an attempt to
make better use of the fish runs which
normally tail off due to low river and
lake levels and warm water conditions
during January-February, but improve in
The event is family orientated and there
are trophies and prizes in all sections —
men, women, junior and team categories.
Anglers can fish from the lake shore
or from a boat on the lake. All Fish
and Game rules apply for the weekend.
Camping (tent and caravan and
camper van sites are available) at the
McDonalds Creek campsite.
Spot prizes will be offered, with a
major prize to be drawn on the Sunday
Firearms charge admitted
The West Coast District Health Board
Consumer Council is looking for a
Pasifika representative, to fill a current
The Consumer Council was established
last year as a way for consumers to have
a strong voice in planning, designing and
delivering ser vices on the West Coast.
To fi nd out more visit the ‘About
Us’ section of the DHB website,
www.westcoastdhb.health.nz or call
Consumer Council secretary Julie Bell.
DHB seeks Pasifika representative
Organisers aim to net anglers
Buller Mayor Garry Howard has said
today Westport could no longer keep its
“ head in the sand” and must address the
flooding threat faced by the town.
Recent computer modelling, carried
out by a land and sea consulting firm,
had yielded a total of eight options for
protecting Westport from potential
Director and senior engineer of
Hydraulic Modelling at Land River
Sea Consulting, Matthew Gardner
was commissioned by the West Coast
Regional Council and Buller District
Council to provide options to mitigate
the town from flood events.
Those options included building an
18.1km-long stopbank with cuts from
Orowaiti Lagoon through to the North
“ We cannot keep our head in the sand
and just hope flooding will not happen,”
Mr Howard said
“It is a case of what will provide the
best protection and how do we pay for
He said that as with other flood
mitigation schemes, if the public
adopted a model it would be charged
through regional council rates.
However, Westport residents already
faced the highest rates bills in the region.
Someone with a $200,000 house in
Westport paid $2800 a year in rates, or
$53 a week, to the Buller District Council,
plus separate regional council rates.
Mr Howard said the council was
mindful of the overall rating cost and
the added effect if there a targeted rate
for Westport was introduced for a flood
He emphasised there was still a lot
of work to be done before any project
He noted that Westport was currently
the only major West Coast town without
On New Year ’s Day 2014 large areas of
the town were left under water after two
days of torrential rain flooded the area.
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