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The increasing numbers of
Chinese tourists and visitors
coming to the West Coast has
prompted the principal of John
Paull II High School to join an
educational delegation to the
Kieran Stone will be visiting
China as part of a delegation of
school, polytechnic and university
educators, on a trip organised by
the Confucius Institute based at
Mr Stone said he applied to be
part of the group after the institute
contacted him and other principals
about the trip.
“It ’s basically learning about
the Chinese education system.
One of the criteria was that we
were looking at having Mandarin
within the school, and we had been
exploring that, co-incidentally.”
The trip also made sense as John
Paul II was set to teach English
to Chinese students studying at
Tai Poutini Polytechnic, through
a scheme organised by the two
“If we’ve got Chinese students
coming here I thought I’d better
learn a bit about their background
as to what they ’ve been exposed to
with English,” Mr Stone said.
The 10-day trip to Shanghai and
Beijing leaves on March 17.
“ We’ ll be visiting several schools
and universities, a mixture of
primary and secondary (schools).
The Chinese government is
picking up a lot of the bill, those
going on the trip just had to pay
for their airfares.”
Given the ever-closer ties
between the West Coast
and China, he said it was an
ideal time for him to make such a
“Knowing the numbers of
Chinese tourists coming through,
for some of our kids I think it’s a
bit of a no-brainer to maybe look
at it as a serious part of their career
path, learning another language.
We’ve got kids learning Maori
and a few other languages, but I
think this other one coming in is
going to be more and more
John Paul II already had two
teachers of Japanese, one of whom
was also interested in teaching
Mandarin, he said.
Last week a Chinese resource
centre was opened at Tai Poutini
Polytechnic, also in conjunction
with the Confucius Institute. One
of the resources the centre would
be offering would be a Mandarin
Mr Stone said the school might
also make use of the assistant
when it began offering Mandarin
to the students.
“ We were planning on looking
at something for the start of next
year, but we might be able to do
a bit more groundwork even this
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A treasure hunt was held in central
Greymouth to celebrate Children’s
Day, on Sunday.
It involved stroll around the town
answering questions from a clue card.
Children were then rewarded with
a treat after they had completed all
of the answers, which included tasks
such as getting their sheet stamped by
the staff at the information centre.
Binky the clown was also at the
Albert Street base when children
finished their adventure around
town. Daryna Konozalenko won the
major prize — a free family pass to
Shantytown. The hunt was followed
by a lolly scramble and some chalk
drawing and then a free sausage sizzle
at the aquatic centre.
“Although the event was not as
huge as the previous years at Dixon
Park, the treasure hunt provided
parents and families a different way
to spend time together. The families
who participated welcomed the
opportunity to spend quality time
with their children doing something
fun while exploring their town centre,”
WestREAP spokeswoman Melissa
A treasure hunt in Albert Street was held to mark Children’s Day, in
Greymouth on Sunday.
Children’s Day celebrated with treasure hunt
A driver escaped
injury when their vehicle
rolled at Awatuna
on Saturday night.
A Hokitika police
spokesman said the crash
happened about 7pm and
the driver was the sole
They say lightning does not strike twice
— but the Department of Conservation
and ranger John Cardell, pictured, are
taking no chances at Alex Knob, at Franz
Conservation ser vices manager Wayne
Costello said the huge brass table,
showing the names of the surrounding
peaks, had been on the knob summit
for decades, possibly since the
1960s. It was recently struck by
“It’s just been re-done and all shined up,”
Mr Costello said. “ We’ve created another
stand for it.”
It was reinstated last week and Mr
Costello said this time, a lightning
conductor had been installed.
PICTURE: Department of Conser vation
Alex Knob brass table fitted with lightning rod
A surprise frost made February one to
remember in Reefton.
Although Greymouth did not get as cold, it
still got down to a chilly 6.6degC. Greymouth
had less rain than Reefton for the month.
Reefton weather obser ver Tony Fortune
said it was not as hot or as dry as 2014, due
to some localised showers at times during the
month. A top minimum temp of 16degC was
recorded on February 1, when thunder was
also recorded. There were a few cooler days
thrown in during the middle of the month,
along with some welcome rain.
“There was also a surprise frost on the 7th in
some parts of the town,” he said.
There was 113.55m of rain, well up on
35mm the previous years. Rain fell on 11
days, compared to nine the year before.
The warmest day was on February 20, when
it reached 28degC, compared to 32degC last
In Greymouth, weather obser ver Phil
Forrest recorded just 28.2mm of rain,
considerably less than the 84.1mm in
There were 217.1 hours of sunshine, up
from 170.2 hours last year.
The warmest official temperature was
just 22.8degC and the coolest 6.6degC, on
Surprise Reefton frost a feature of February’s weather
American folk musician Ezza Rose and her band
will bring their sound to the Barrytown Hall on
Friday. Rose grew up in Julian, California, a mining
town with a population of 1500 that is rich in
American folk music and renowned for its ‘world
famous’ apple pies. She left home for the big city to
fulfil her dream of studying at the American Musical
and Dramatic Academy. Rose moved to Portland,
Oregon and has been touring North America ever
since. She arrives in New Zealand and will be joined
by Jess Shanks of The Eastern and Reb Fountain for
the Barrytown show. The show will feature songs
from her new album When the Water’s Hot.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
American folk band for Barrytown
of the Hokitika Guardian
Ross stakeholders eagerly awaiting the
arrival of the West Coast Wilderness
Trail have lobbied the Westland District
Council for an October opening.
Residents were previously assured by
council staff that the final Ruatapu-Ross
section would be ready next month.
personally worked on clearing the old
rail line track several years ago, which
spurred the cycleway concept.
He last week put councillors and staff
on the spot for an opening date during
their council meeting.
Mr Keenan said he knew of people,
including media, who wanted to come
to complete the promised Greymouth-
Ross cycle trail.
As it stood now, Ross was losing out on
tourism dollars and marketing because
the “product ” was not ready.
“ We want an update. Is April still the
date and one that we can work to?” he
Chief executive Tanya Winter said
there was no date set in April.
Construction was progressing and
engineers were working to assess all
structures, including the historic Totara
River rail bridge.
She said it was the bridges in that
section of the trail that were holding up
“ We are going to get a great product
along there but it is going to take time,”
Ms Winter said.
Mr Keenan suggested an opening be
set for October to coincide with the Ross
150th goldrush celebrations planned for
pressure to complete
Ross cycle trail
A quit smoking contest is back, and the
search is on for West Coast contestants.
The Wero Stop Smoking Contest
involves teams of 10 people, all working
to stop smoking. Teams compete on a
regional basis; the team with the most
people who quit at the end of 12 weeks
wins a $5000 prize for a charity or
community group of their choice.
Though developed with Maori and
Pacific smokers in mind, the contest
welcomes any smoker who wants to quit.
Each team chooses its own coach,
and expert stop-smoking advice along
with carbon monoxide monitoring (to
confirm if people are smoking or not)
provided by local cessation ser vices, plus
the Wero website.
The contest also uses social media and
iPad and iPhone apps so team members
can stay in touch with each other on-line,
ask questions about their withdrawal
symptoms, and receive expert advice to
help them win.
The contest was developed three years
ago by the Centre for Tobacco Control
Research at the University of Auckland.
It had an overall quit rate of 36% for the
first round of the contest. Some teams
have more recently achieved rates of 90
and 100% by the end of the 12 weeks.
For more information, visit the WERO
website www.wero.me, or contact
Aukati Kaipaipa quit coach Joe Mason
at Community and Public Health in
Quit smoking contestants wanted
West Coast finalists in
the 2015 New Zealand
Dairy Industry Awards
are due to be announced
later this week.
Regional judging is in
full swing from today
until Thursday, with 33
West Coast entrants
across three awards
categories in the running.
This year the West
Coast has punched above
its weight in contributing
most of the entrants
to the regional awards,
which include Nelson,
Marlborough and the
A broad sweep of the
Coast ’s dairying from
Franz Josef Glacier to
Westport and Maruia are
The West Coast
has contributed eight
entrants of nine in the
top of the south for the
sharemilker category. In
the farm manger section,
the Coast has six entrants
of nine and in the
dairy trainee section 10
(including Maruia) of 19
entrants for the regional
convenor Chris Keeping
said early March was
always a highlight as
33 winners from the 11
“O ur teams of judges
have an interesting time
as they meet our entrants
and learn where their
strengths and skills lie,
as well as gain a sense of
their enthusiasm for the
industry and their future
within it,” Mrs Keeping
The first regional
winners will be
over the next few weeks.
Waikato judge Jenny
Sinclair said a common
thread which had
emerged while judging
a group of this year’s
farmer entrants was that
all had different starts in
“There are no
prerequisites for entering
the dairy industry.”
The regional winners
for the West Coast-Top
of the South will be
announced at an awards
dinner at Shantytown
on Monday, March 23.
Those finalists will go
on to a national event at
the end of April and the
national winners will be
announced on May 2.
in NZ Dairy
due this week
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