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Hoon witnesses sought
Greymouth police are seeking
another witness to dangerous driving
on Water Walk Road on Tuesday
evening. They hope a man who saw
a white Nissan Skyline saloon doing
‘ burnouts’ about 5pm will come
for ward. Police said the car rounded
the Mitre 10 corner from Water
Walk Road on to Raleigh Street,
with the back of the car fish-tailing
across the centre line, forcing an
approaching driver to take evasive
action to avoid being hit. Police said
the victim of this “foolish driving”
spoke to a man who also recounted
seeing the Nissan doing burnouts on
Water Walk Road just prior to the
Security camera smashed
A security camera was ripped off
the outside of a house in Carroll
Street, Runanga, and smashed to
pieces some time between 3pm and
5pm yesterday. Police want to hear
from anyone with information about
The West Coast District Health
Board is leading the country for
Maori women breast screening rates.
About 80.6% of all eligible women
aged 45-69 on the West Coast have
undergone breast screening for the
period ending December 2014. The
coverage for eligible Maori women
(91.57%) continues to be higher
compared to all other ethnicities
on the West Coast. The next best
is Nelson-Marlborough, with 85%
of eligible Maori women being
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, Calypso, one Greymouth
vessel. Departures: Tenacity, Ki
Lin, Expatriate, Strike Force, Stella
Marie, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Latitude, Tainui, Tawera, Sovereign,
Okarito, Iveagh Bay, Joy Maree,
Calypso, Louisa, 22 other vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
Jay Elaine, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, Moon Shadow
Four seeking top apprentice
Four of the region’s top young builders will
be hammering it out in the New Zealand
carpentry apprenticeship regional challenge, at
ITM next weekend.
One of the five apprentices will be crowned
regional champion and will advance to the New
Zealand final, to be held in conjunction with
the Certified Builders annual conference, in
Christchurch on May 22-23.
The West Coast apprentices are Daniel
Hyndman, Glen Oakden-Eathorne and Dale
Green, all from Hokitika and Brodie McLean
from Westport. All are in the third year of their
The apprenticeship challenge is supported
by Certified Builders, the only building trade
association in New Zealand that requires its
members to be trade-certified.
The challenge this year has apprentices
competing to build something that all
apprentices need to know how to build, such
as a framing wall or a staircase, which can
be used to study by future generations. The
challenge is undertaken in a set timeframe and
covers all aspects of technical building, from
following plans to meeting health and safety
Certified Builders West Coast regional
president David Gunter said today a major
focus for Certified Builders was helping to foster
more quality apprentices and it was appropriate
that the finished products of the competition
would be used to help train future apprentices.
“ With housing availability in New Zealand
such a major issue, ensuring that there are
enough high-quality, qualified builders is vital
for the country,” Mr Gunter said.
The three judges for the West Coast final will
be a builder, building inspector and a carpentry
tutor from Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
The contest runs from 9.30am until 4pm on
Thursday March 19
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Govt action call in meat industry
The Government needs to be “hands
on” in a shake-up of the the meat
industry if it is to remain competitive,
The Meat Industry Association and
Beef and Lamb NZ this week released
a joint strategy in response to increasing
retrenchment of red meat farming and
the increasing challenges of too many
The report particularly highlighted
the ongoing retrenchment of red meat
farming due to dairy conversions.
Labour primary industries spokesman
Damien O’Connor said a shake-up
of the red meat sector was desperately
needed and the Government needed to
take a lead role.
“The Government has committed
hundreds of millions to the meat
industry to assist them, but in my view
in the wrong direction.”
Mr O’Connor said the existing West
Coast processing plants at Hokitika and
Kokiri were unlikely to be rationalised
under a new model as they were
relatively modern and fitted the current
The strategy initiative by the sector
itself was positive, he said.
However, the Government needed
to step up despite the possible merger
of the two major co-operatives not
necessarily requiring a law change.
“It is time for the Government to
show leadership and take action on the
sound findings in the red meat industry
The Government had a particular role
in attaining better leverage from the
existing “government to government ”
agreements which sustained the red
meat industry, he said.
The New Zealand Red Meat
Sector Strategy, released on Tuesday,
confirmed overcapacity, inefficient
transportation and a lack of market
co-ordination are costing the industry
$200m plus a year.
Mr O’Connor said that kind of money
was “desperately needed” to boost farmer
confidence and halt the decline in stock
numbers which was beginning to tip the
Uncertainty around profits and falling
job numbers was hitting regional towns
“A Fonterra of the meat industry”
might be an ambitious prospect but
it was “not unrealistic ” to expect the
existing major meat co-operatives to
combine as a formidable international
exporter, Mr O’Connor said.
“ We must reach our full potential
through better harmonisation from
pasture to the palate.”
The new strategy had eventuated only
because the industry knew the time for
change was now.
“ It’s now time for the Government to
deliver for its rural constituency. ”
The red meat strategy says the
economic and social importance of the
meat industry is “under threat ” from
competing land uses which provide
“The threats to finishing country
posed by dairy conversions, and to the
hill country posed by forestry are well
recognised,” the report said.
The strategy aimed for an ‘umbrella’
framework to identify growth strategies
and improved profitability.
“This is the first time in decades that
both sides of the farm gate have come
together and committed significant
time, effort and data to a strategic
process,” the report said.
Into Jeans store owner Emma Cornish shows the Minx shoes that helped her to scoop a
national prize. The Greymouth store won the award out of a plethora of stores nationally
selling Minx shoes, thanks to customers supporting the store through social media.
Greymouth store wins national prize
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Leadership needed to keep sector competitive, says MP
A 22-year-old from Boston is
cycling around New Zealand as
part of a year-long project to collect
stories about climate change and
Devi Lockwood cycled along the
Coast Road into Greymouth on
Ms Lockwood recently graduated
from Har vard University and for
her senior thesis she took a trip
from Memphis to Louisiana, where
she said wetlands were disappearing
at a rate of a football field a day.
She collected stories from people
she met and wrote a poem inspired
by what she had been told.
She was now working on the “ big
sister of that project ” after being
funded for a year of “purposeful
As part of the trip she visited the
small island nation of Tuvalu, where
she recently spent a month, followed
by Fiji for two months.
She arrived in Auckland in
January and had been travelling
down the island by bike hoping to
get to Invercargill before cycling
back up the island. Along the way
she stops and talks to people about
climate change and water.
“Some days I don’t record any
stories at all, some days I get 10.”
So far she has recorded 250 stories
and hopes to amass 1001 from all
around the world.
“The plan with these is to make a
map where you can click on a point
and hear what someone there thinks
about water or climate change.”
From New Zealand, Ms
Lockwood will next head to
Australia, and in an effort to reduce
her own carbon footprint she is
investigating making the trip by
“ It will take a minimum of six
days and a maximum of a couple of
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Devi Lockwood is shown at Dobson as she travels the world collecting stories about climate change and water.
1001 climate change,
water stories sought
from around world
of the Westport News
Westport horse trainers
may have to send their
horses to Canterbury for
a month’s training when
defence forces invade
Buller, in November.
The military wants
to use Patterson Park
as one of its bases
for the month-long
Exercise Katipo, which
will involve more than
2000 military personnel
from New Zealand and
Westport Trotting Club
Reedy said the club had
agreed to rent the public
area of the course and
was negotiating to rent
If the military took
over the whole course,
about eight local trainers
would have to send their
horses to Canterbury
during the exercise, he
They would not be
able to relocate to local
beaches for training
because the military
would be there as well.
The club would help
compensate the trainers
for temporarily moving
their horses out of town.
“ We are going to have
to come to some sort of
arrangement with the
horse trainers, which is
quite complicated. The
trainers are prepared to
take it on the chin, just
to bring this exercise to
However, the timing
was bad because Exercise
Katipo preceded the
c lub’s Christmas meeting,
Mr Reedy said.
The West Coast District Health
Board says it remains confident it
can break even this year, though its
budget is under pressure.
The consolidated financial result
for the month of January 2015 was
a deficit of $278,000.
The year to date position is now
$633,000 worse than budget.
management said the January result
had maintained and increased
pressure on its ability to achieve a
full year break-even position.
Significant effort had been
focused on a number of areas
where a sustained improvement in
efficiency could be made.
“ We remain confident that we can
maintain the planned break-even
position for year end. ”
Despite “significant efforts” it was
still using locums and agency staff
more than expected, to maintain
ser vice through periods of leave and
There had also been significant
increases in IT and communications
costs this year, “generally related
to regional spend, in addition to
higher consultancy costs relating to
ser vice reviews”.
DHB confident of breaking even
To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must be:
• A charitable organisation or other body (including
schools) who assist in the relief of poverty and financial
hardship of children and adults in needy circumstances
• Situated on the West Coast between a line from
Barrytown to Ngahere in the North and Otira
to Kumara Junction in the South.
Applications close 30 April 2015.
Application forms can be obtained by either...
• Writing to Public Trust, PO Box 367, Greymouth
• Visiting Public Trust at 129 Tainui Street, Greymouth
• Calling us on (03) 906 0153
• Or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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