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Top schools revealed
The best performing West Coast
schools in this year ’s NCEA
examinations have been revealed.
Reefton Area School and John
Paul II High School were the
top performers at level one, with
pass rates of 94.4% and 84.2%
respectively. At level two, John Paul
II came out top with a 90.9% pass
rate, again followed by Reefton on
86.6% For level three, Buller High
School was the leader with 86.1%,
followed by Westland High School
on 85.1% . Buller High was again the
leader at university entrance with
58.3% . Full results on nzherald.co.nz
Reports to police of a dark coloured
Nissan Skyline saloon speeding and
drifting sideways last night around
the streets of Cobden netted another
similar car being driven illegally.
Someone reported a car driving
dangerously on Bright and Sturge
streets and Domett Esplanade at
7.30pm. The registration number was
not visible because of the darkness
but police stopped another Nissan in
Blackett Street at 8pm. That driver
was fined for having no warrant of
fitness or registration.
Tremor near Reefton
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was
recorded 20km north of Reefton at
11.24am today, 5km deep. It was felt
in Reefton and Westport.
Teen dies on quad bike
A teenage boy has died following
an accident in Northland. Police
said the teenager was believed to
have been involved in a quad bike
accident and taken to a medical
centre in Kaikohe, where ambulance
staff found him dead this morning.
More details would be released
by police after family were told, a
spokeswoman said. — NZ ME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, Latitude.
Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, Latitude,
Achernar, Expatriate, Iveagh
Bay, Louisa, Okarito, Sovereign,
Tantramar, Towai, Thelma C, 27
other vessels. Expected departures:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
Minister in 1080 funding talks
of the Westport News
The international spot price for coking coal
has dropped a further $US2.70 a tonne in the
The Tuesday overnight price, on thin
trading, was $93.50 a tonne, Solid Energy
communications officer Bryn Somer ville said
He declined to comment on the impact of
the low price, combined with the high New
Zealand dollar, on Solid Energy.
“Until we have something concrete to say
about what ’s been decided and what will be
done, we have nothing more to say.”
The latest price is yet another 10-year low.
Over the past three weeks the price has plunged
$9 a tonne.
Solid Energy confirmed last week that it had
renegotiated its international coal contracts,
but it would not reveal prices. It traditionally
obtains more than the spot price.
Meanwhile, the company continues to
negotiate with its banks to try to reduce its $320
Finance Minister Bill English said last week the
Government wanted Solid Energy to continue
operating and would do all it could to help.
Mr English had changed his tune since last
month, when he and Prime Minister John Key
both said they doubted Solid Energy was viable
and ruled out any further taxpayer bailout.
Coal price slumps further
With the budget fast approaching,
Conser vation Minister Maggie Barrie
is in “close discussions” over funding,
including around the Government ’s
spending on 1080 poison.
The beech mast on the West Coast last
spring prompted the biggest 1080 aerial
poison drops in history.
Although the mast is over, the ‘Battle
for Our Birds’ programme looks set to
continue under Ms Barry, as the new
minister, despite her stated personal
aversion to poisons.
Last year, Mrs Barry told the Stuff
news website: “From garden show days
. . . as wellastothisdayItrynottospray
anything. I have been known to use
the odd herbicide when I had a bigger
garden ... but I figured early on in the
piece I didn’t really want to grow the
things that needed spraying every 10
The minister told the Greymouth Star
yesterday it was an “ongoing campaign”
of targeted drops using 1080.
Asked if she wanted the drops
increased to cover a larger area, she said
the scale and size of future operations
were a matter for the Department of
Conser vation to decide.
“1080 remains the most effective way
of controlling mammalian predators
in difficult hilly country, and I
strongly support its continued use as a
conser vation tool,” Ms Barry said.
“I’m very pleased with the programme
so far. Monitoring results to date indicate
that rat numbers have crashed in most
areas immediately after operations. That
is a great outcome for the native species
which live in those areas, and there will
be many more native birds alive today
than there would have been without the
targeted 1080 campaign.”
Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a Hari
Hari dairy farmer, said there was no
appetite for the Battle for Our Birds to
continue on the West Coast.
“I’m quite sickened by the raft of 1080
operations continuing on the West
Coast,” Mrs Molloy said.
Species already on the edge, for
example the kea, had taken a hit, she
“It’s time Maggie Barry applied the
same principles (she does) to her own
garden — no poison.”
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Carpenter Francie Ilton, Kieran Lowe from Think Water, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and
Gladstone Domain Board chairman Graham Farmer in front of the new water tanks.
Gladstone water tanks to help firefighters
Gladstone resident Graham
Farmer has watched six buildings
burn down in his 40 years living
there, so recently he decided to act.
The area does not have mains
water supply, so he arranged with
the Grey District Council for two
25,000-litre water tanks to be
The $18,500 came from
Gladstone’s portion of the council
“ It will give the fire brigade
something to fight with,” Mr
The emergency water supply
will cover an area from about
Humes concrete north to the IPL
plywood factory. The Gladstone
Domain has also been offered to
the fire brigade for training.
Thursday April 9
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FREW, Valerie Joan.
— April 9, 2011.
You are forever in
A great mother and
nana who will always
Tina, Wayne, Ryan,
Shyanne and Zane.
Sounds Air says
it is waiting to see
how its new daily
Westport flights go
before committing to a
Air New Zealand is
due to withdraw from
Westport on April 28,
and Sounds Air has
confirmed it will start
flying its nine-seater
planes to Wellington
starting the same day.
Sounds Air managing
Crawford was in
Greymouth in mid-
February, when he met
with Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
about possibly adding a
Mr Crawford said
yesterday extending the
flights to Greymouth was
“still an option”.
“There are about 10
options at the moment,”
he said, including some
around the country.
An arrangement with
the West Coast District
Health Board was one
Computer maintenance course
Greymouth senior students will soon be
learning how to maintain, take apart and
reassemble a personal computer.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic general manager
West Coast, Rob Van Lent, said a 16-week
IT essentials training course was being offered
to students at John Paul II High School and
the West Coast Trades Academy, run through
Greymouth High School.
Mr Van Lent said the courses were run by the
polytechnic as an accredited training academy
of American computer networking solutions
“This course teaches students how to maintain
a personal computer.
“It is practically-focused and provides the
knowledge and skills required and physically
take apart and reassemble a personal
The course format including two hours of
classroom study a week and more than two
hours of on-line self-directed study.
Mr Van Lent said the course was the brainchild
of polytechnic IT tutors Bob Gilmore and Tom
“ Both tutors worked hard to bring this
initiative to fruition, none harder than Tom,
who undertook a lengthy period of training
and an intense series of assessments and skills
competency testing to enable him to become a
qualified tutor and assessor.”
The training course also provided a lead into
the polytechnic ’s level six diploma course. The
polytechnic was also delivering a level two
National Certificate in computing to West
Coast Trades Academy students every Friday.
Mr Van Lent said the IT essentials course
would get under way on April 22. So far John
Paul II had indicated it had five students
wanting to enrol, with 10 on the trades academy
The bulk of IT essentials students would
most likely be in their last year at high school,
A 21-year-old man hunting with
a friend fell about 35m in the
Waimakariri Gorge last night.
The Christchurch-based Westpac
rescue helicopter ser vice said the
pair activated a personal locator
beacon after the man fell down a
bluff on to rocks about 7.30pm.
A spokesman said in deteriorating
weather and darkness, the crew of
the helicopter managed to see the
companion of the injured hunter in a
narrow gorge. The injured patient was
then located 300m further upstream.
The man who fell sustained serious
injuries and the pair was flown to
Christchurch Hospital. — NZ ME
Hunter hurt in Waimakariri Gorge fall
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