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Police have identified a speedster
reported on Water Walk Road in
Greymouth last evening. The white
Nissan Skyline was reported to
police at 5.20pm as coming around
the corner “at speed” and “fish-
tailing” as it righted itself. “ We know
who it is and inquiries are continuing
with that,” police said today.
Dog probe for review
The Greymouth SPCA has
concluded its investigations into
a dog apparently found with a
smashed skull on January 9. The
national SPCA chief executive Alan
Wilson said the findings from the
local investigation — which included
both the Grey District Council and
the police — were now on their way
to head office for review. Mr Wilson
described the incident in which the
dog was killed as “particularly nasty”.
Any decision to take further action
including laying criminal charges
would be made once the case file had
been reviewed, but it could be within
the next 10 days.
Mayor mum on talks
Buller Mayor Garry Howard is
tight-lipped about his meeting in
Wellington last week with two
government ministers. Mr Howard
met Economic Development
Minister Steven Joyce, and Energy
and Resources Minister Simon
Bridges, in Wellington on Thursday,
to discuss challenges facing Buller.
Asked yesterday what had happened,
Mr Howard said: “ We are still in
discussion and working through
a particular issue. ” He would not
comment further and said it could
be a month before more information
was available. — Westport News
Kumara minerals probe
A company called Kumara Mining
is eyeing up a large area along the
south side of the Kumara straight.
It has applied for a minerals
exploration permit covering
1094ha. The company ’s directors
are Brian and Paul Thompson, of
142 seek posts
Associate Conser vation Minister
Nicky Wagner said she had
received 142 nominations for the
36 public vacancies available on
14 conser vation boards around
New Zealand. “ This is a substantial
number of nominations for the
number of vacancies. We have
received a lot of high quality
nominations from people from all
walks of life who can bring a diverse
array of knowledge and skills to
each board.” The new appointments,
which have yet to be announced, will
take effect from July 1.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Latitude. Departures:
Galatea II, Moon Shadow II. In
port: Cook Canyon, Latitude,
Tainui, Tawera, Sovereign, Okarito,
Tenacity, Iveagh Bay, Joy Maree,
Ki Lin, Expatriate, Louisa, Strike
Force, Stella Marie, 23 other vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
Friday. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
tomorrow; Galatea II, Moon
Shadow II, March 24.
of the Otago Daily Times
Amid the rain and a crowd of eager spectators,
a kiwi chick was released at the Orokonui
Ecosanctuary in Dunedin yesterday afternoon.
The chick, named Ben by its caretakers, was
one of five Haast tokoeka chicks which arrived
at the ecosanctuary yesterday.
Rain pelted down outside as ecosanctuary
members and visitors attended a ceremony
welcoming the chicks to the sanctuary.
Those attending then filed past the kiwi, taking
pictures, while the bird stuck its head into the
armpit of the Department of Conser vation
‘kiwi team’ member holding him, Sian Bent.
The group then headed outside into the
downpour to see — or attempt to see — the
kiwi being put into a makeshift burrow, which
had been structured to mimic the holes and
hollow logs that kiwi inhabit in the wild.
The other four chicks were to be released later,
away from the public, because the ordeal was
“quite stressful’’ for the chicks, Ms Bent said.
DOC senior ranger James Livingstone, of
Franz Josef Glacier, was a member of the team
that travelled with the chicks to D unedin.
“They were really pecky earlier when I
checked on them,’’ he said, showing his hands
The chicks’ eggs had been retrieved from their
natural environment in the Haast ranges and
incubated at the West Coast Wildlife Centre,
in Franz Josef.
Kiwi chick released at sanctuary
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PINK, Codey. —
Thank you for being a
part of our lifes. We will
never forget the time
and laughter we shared.
Your family and mates
forever Dougal and
Emma, Zeta, and Ebony.
PINK, Codey. —
On March 15, 2015,
Codey, aged 23 years
sadly passed away as
the result of a tragic
by his loving family.
Dearly loved partner and
best friend of Zeta
Russell, much loved son
of Jacinta Pink, and
Deon Pink, much loved
big bro to Trent, Logan,
and Hunter, much loved
cousin and friend to
Close to our hearts he
will always stay,
Loved and remembered
We encourage you to
share a tribute or
photo through Codey's
A service to celebrate
Codey's life will be held
in 'Denham's Wool
Shed', La Fontaine
Road, Hari Hari on
followed by interment in
the Hari Hari Cemetery,
Main Road, Hari Hari.
G Barrell and Sons
Phone 0800 222 155.
away peacefully, March
17, 2015, aged 91 years
at Woodlands Rest
Devoted husband of Fay
(deceased) and much
loved father and father-
in-law of Wendy and
Michael, Jill and Roy,
and James (deceased).
Adored grandfather of
Richard, Sarah, Louise,
Campbell and Gerard.
Hazel, Violet, Donald,
Lola and Florence. In
Norman's wishes, a
service will be held.
Defence careers bus visits schools
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
John Paul II High School student Paddrick Davison checks out the careers on offer in the
New Zealand Defence Force, on board the Defence careers bus, which has been visiting
West Coast schools to offer students information on a life in the armed forces.
The Grey District Council intends
trying to scale back an expected debt of
$38.3 million, while some areas may face
added costs for infrastructure upgrades.
The draft long-term plan for 2015-25
was released for public consultation on
Monday, and proposes an average rate
increase of 4.3% for the coming year.
The plan will cover recycling, sewerage
schemes, stormwater and the McLeans
Pit landfill, and looks to address council
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn described it as
a “steady-as -she-goes budget ”.
“It is one where we are addressing
issues now rather than later. We need
to bite the bullet now and address it so
we don’t have issues 10 years out,” Mr
The final rates increase would depend
on the circumstances in each area. He
expected the figure to drop as the council
was looking at some insurance gains and
a “major drop” in insurance premiums.
The council plans to spend $260,000
over three years assessing the stormwater
and water supply networks. Mr
Kokshoorn said they needed to find
out the condition of the infrastructure
so they could plan the long-term
The council will also try to rein in
the port debt, which is expected to be
$1.85m by June. That will result in a
0.3% general rates increase, while port
user charges will increase by 15%.
Runanga residents will have an extra
$88 to pay for a sewerage system
upgrade, unless they decide to use their
infrastructure fund. Meanwhile, Kaiata
residents will be asked whether they
want to pay an extra $495 a year to
upgrade their water supply.
The council will ask those in the greater
Greymouth catchment if they want to
have recycling, which will add a further
$90 a year to individual rates bills.
Mr Kokshoorn recognised it was an
“There is pressure on places like
Runanga and they need to think hard
The council will increase its debt
by $4.9m to fund a new cell at the
McLeans Pit landfill, taking overall debt
to $38.3m in 2016-17.
The council has aimed to reduce its
debt from 2017 onwards.
The current debt level is $29.8m —
about $3500 per ratepayer.
Mr Kokshoorn compared that to
Auckland’s debt of $16,000 per ratepayer.
The long-term plan says projects such
as the Greymouth sewerage scheme
had “pushed the level at which council
is prepared to borrow almost to its
The draft plan says: “Council feels what
is signalled in this plan strikes the right
balance between sharing the costs of new
assets, while still retaining flexibility into
the future to raise debt for new projects. ”
Public feedback on the draft plan
closes on April 13.
Coal prices expected to stay low
The Westpac Bank says it does not expect coal
prices to recover until next year.
With the mining boom over, the Australian
dollar has fallen and so have many commodity
On the West Coast, mines have closed and a
c loud hangs over the future of Stockton open-
cast mine, the second biggest employer on the
West Coast after the district health board.
Iron and coal prices are still well down on the
highs of two years ago.
Justin Smirk, senior economist at Westpac,
told ABC in Australia he expected the prices
to stay low and he could not see any sign of a
recovery until 2016.
“There has been what economists call a shift,”
Mr Smirk said.
“The boom in China is slowing, demand for
iron ore is still well down, but the economy
there is still growing at 7%. The more expensive
coalmines were being closed and the cheaper
newer coalmines were being expanded.
“O ver the past three years, coal exports were
actually growing year on year, but the price
has fallen. So jobs are being shed, margins are
tighter and profits are lower.”
DWC technology boost for schools
West Coast secondary and area schools
are to receive nearly $300,000 funding from
Development West Coast so they can make
the most of new technology like ultra fast
The funding boost, announced yesterday, will
allow the seven West Coast schools to upgrade
their ICT (computer) infrastructure so they are
not constrained by capacity or access issues.
The financial support comes two years after
DWC provided $303,000 to West Coast
primary schools to upgrade wireless networks
and purchase new classroom technology.
West Coast Secondary and Area School
Principals’ Association chairman Kieran Stone
said the funding meant schools would now be
on an equal playing field with those throughout
“ We are noticing that students coming through
from the primary schools are relatively computer
literate so this will mean that all schools on the
West Coast will have the infrastructure to make
the best use of whatever technology comes our
way. This is a huge investment by DWC, they are
thinking very laterally and seeing education as
a way of developing the West Coast economy. ”
DWC’s funding will contribute towards
each of the West Coast secondary and area
schools’ total ICT infrastructure upgrade costs.
The schools must also contribute towards the
costs and ensure they have in place an ICT
DWC chairman John Sturgeon said trustees
saw the economic and social benefit of assisting
schools to make the most of new technology.
“ You have this great technology at the gate
and you want to make sure the kids will be able
to take full advantage of it. The funding given
to the primary schools has been very successful.
With more and more of the school curriculum
being developed on-line, if the schools don’t
have the capability to meet those curriculum
requirements the students’ learning will be
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