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Operatunity will be
true to their name for
their show next month.
The latest concert
‘Opera’s Greatest Hits’
promises some of the
world’s most stunning
arias, light-hearted fun
opera moments, and
the amazing melodies
from opera’s most
The show will
feature the arias made
famous by memorable
20th century opera
singers such as Kiri
Te Kanawa, Luciano
Pavarotti, and Maria
Callas, as well as
from the operatic
Meditation from Thais.
and soprano Susan
Boland will be joined
by two of the New
Zealand Three Tenors
— Bonaventure Allan-
Moetaua and Derek
Hill —mezzo Elisha
Jessica Hindin and
pianist Stephen Small.
The singers will perform at the
Greymouth Regent Theatre on
The Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prizepacks to give
away to a couple of lucky readers.
The pack includes a double-pass
to their latest show — Opera’s
Greatest Hits — at the Regent
Theatre on May 6, and a cd.
To get in the draw please hand
deliver entries with your name,
address and phone number under
the subject Operatunity to the
Greymouth Star front office, or
co.nz with Operatunity in the
subject line. One entry
per household. Entries close
2 - Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Driver faces cannabis
Police who pulled over a 27-year-
old Greymouth man on vehicle
related matters found cannabis in
his car. Community constable Mike
Tinnelly said the man was charged
with possession of cannabis and
also issued with a number of vehicle
Police nab teen
A 16-year-old Westport boy
found himself in hot water with the
police yesterday after he was nabbed
doing wheelies from Henley into
Derby Street. Community constable
Paul Sampson said the vehicle
was impounded and the matters
was referred to police Youth Aid.
Overnight on Saturday, heavy duty
curtains at Talleys Fisheries were
slashed. The previous day police
arrested a 23-year-old man who was
charged with threatening behaviour
and disqualified driving. He also had
his vehicle impounded.
Big seas causing
Big seas have caused damage
Coast-wide. Yet more metres of
beach have gone at Ross, and at
Punakaiki rocks have been thrown
up. In Greymouth, the water also
came onto the cycle trail.
Departures: Moon Shadow II.
In port: Cook Canyon, Latitude,
Achernar, Borda, Christina,
Sovereign, 20 other vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, today.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
A lecturer in theology at the University of
Auckland said many of the core beliefs of
Gloriavale were similar to evangelical Christian
groups, but the isolation of the community made
Dr Nick Thompson said the second clear
difference of the community was “their intense
focus on the authority of this one man Hopeful
He classified Gloriavale as a sectarian religious
movement because of their “sharp distinction”
between their community and the outside world.
“I guess all religious groups have a sense of
difference from those that do not belong, but for
some those differences cover a lot more aspects
of life than others.
“At one level in their decision to remove
themselves from the rest of the world they ’re
not that different from early monastic christian
groups that have traditionally done that thing.”
The difficulties the young couples would have
faced in their decision to leave Gloriavale was not
something Dr Thompson had looked into from
an academic level, but he said he felt “concerned ”
for the members on the outside.
“Reading the coverage I felt quite concerned
for the families and hoped that there was some
sort of close community to welcome them in and
help them readjust
“It ’s not just a question of finding a new
community but also just of making a living and
things like that when you have this very limited
skill-set and even education that you bring from
Attempts to contact a representative of
Gloriavale in response to the article were
unsuccessful. — N ZM E
Tuesday April 21
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Nick, Simon, Jane
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Love leaves a memory
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2015, at Grey Hospital.
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The National Government ’s programme
to get New Zealanders into their first
homes is failing people in regional
New Zealand because of an inflexible
technicality, West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O’Connor said today.
The Welcome Home loan scheme
allows first home buyers to access $10,000
from the government as a deposit on a
house. They must then borrow the rest
from a bank participating in the scheme.
But a clause in the small print means
that Housing New Zealand, which
under writes the loan for the banks,
must find sales of three other ‘similar’
properties from the last six months and
within a 10km radius of the proposed
The sales are needed to compare
property values, and to assure HNZ as
the under writer that the property could
be on-sold if needed.
“This effectively locks out buyers
looking in most of the smaller centres on
the West Coast, and even in parts of our
main towns,” Mr O’Connor said.
“ With the local economy flatlining and
fewer properties changing hands, many
places don’t have the required numbers
Government ’s home loan scheme failing Coasters, says O’Connor
Wanaka will host a summit for emerging
musicians with some of the country’s top
performers on hand to mentor.
The inaugural Youth and Adults in the Music
Industry Summit will be held in Wanaka on
The summit has been developed by the
not-for-profit group Lake Wanaka SouNZ
Incorporated to nurture and inspire the next
generation to find their place within the New
Zealand music industry.
Kiwi music icons will present a series of
workshops, panel discussions and showcases to
participants with a keen interest in music as a
Yami SouNZ Summit aims to address the
challenges faced by emerging musicians in
creating a financially viable career.
Participants will work with Chris Faiumu of
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Anika Moa, Dave Dobbyn,
Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds and Fly My
Pretties, Devin Abrams of Shapeshifter, Craig
Pearce of The Phoenix Foundation, MC Tali,
Warren Maxwell of Trinity Roots throughout
Summit director Lynne Christie was
delighted to have an experienced group
“The calibre, depth of knowledge and
experience within this group of tutors is
astounding,” she said.
“These musicians know their stuff and
fully back the next era of NZ musicians. We
are totally humbled and over whelmed by
the support they have shown for this not-
for-profit event, and can’t wait to see some
of them take to the stage alongside their
A panel professionals will also discuss the
range of career opportunities available in the
business, management and marketing side of
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Aquatic centre closes for maintenance
Brent Neither erects scaffolding at the Greymouth aquatic centre this morning. The swimming pool is
expected to be closed to the public for a week while maintenance work is carried out. Steel construction
beams within the centre are at present being sanded and painted. “ We are putting scaffold up right now
as part of health and safety requirements and then will begin sanding,” construction operations manager
Mr Neither said.
Operatunity singers Derek Hill, left, Elisha Fa’i-Hulton, Susan Boland and
Tribute to ‘Opera’s greatest hits’
Classic New Zealand rock band The
Feelers will return to the West Coast
for the first time in more than eight
The Christchurch band will perform
an R18 show at The Railway Hotel,
Greymouth, as part of a South Island
tour during May.
Made up of James Reid on vocals,
Hamish Gee on drums, Andy Lynch
on guitar and Clint Harris on bass,
the band are known for their live
Self-described as “New Zealand’s
hardest working band” the group are
hitting the road and heading south to
“add some heat ” to the beginning of
The band has performed for more
than 18 years and audiences will be
able to take a trip down memory lane
enjoying songs such as Pressure Man,
Communicate and Fishing for Lisa.
Over that time The Feelers have had
more than ten Top 10 hits and twenty
Top 20 hits, three Silver Scroll awards,
and five number one albums.
The Greymouth show will be on May
The Greymouth Star has two tickets
to give away to The Feelers’ only West
Coast concert. To enter the draw
send your entry with name, address
and phone number to competitions@
greystar.co.nz with the subject line
Feelers, or to Feelers c/o Greymouth
Star PO Box 3 Greymouth. One entry
per household. Entries close April 28.
The Feelers will play in Greymouth next month.
The Feelers return to Greymouth
Wanaka to host summit for
The search is on to once again unearth
the hardworking voluntary groups on the
West Coast with entries opening today
for the Trustpower Grey and Westland
District Community Awards.
Anyone can enter a voluntary group or
organisation for the awards, with more
than $5000 up for grabs.
Monk said the Grey district was a
resourceful part of the country, with a
great sense of community.
“ In the face of economic difficulties,
along with Westland, the people of the
Coast just keep keeping on.
“ With the Trustpower Community
Awards, we want to show who the real
heroes of these communities are. ”
Entry forms are available from the
council offices or ser vice centres or
Amendments to the Construction
Contracts Act are due to be passed in
Parliament soon and to come into effect
from July 1.
based dispute resolution consultant and
construction expert closely involved with
the original act, backed the changes to
the law, intended to help resolve building
disputes and fights over money.
The changes will affect homeowners and
their relationships with builders and other
consultants, as well as those working in the
commercial building sphere.
“The main changes are technical, to make
the payments and adjudication process more
effective,” Degerholm said.
This was needed because some adverse
decisions from the courts meant elements of
the act were not entirely clear or adjudication
had not worked as well as intended.
However, the changes will also draw in
many other people in the construction
The bill would also extend the coverage
of the act from March 2016 to designers,
engineers and quantity sur veyors — over
the objections of architects and engineers,
The changes would make these professionals
more accountable to consumers.
“The bill is still at committee stage but is
expected to be passed shortly in view of the
proposed effective date of July 1.” But one of
the biggest changes was over retentions —
a percentage of the money withheld during
work to ensure defects are fixed, if they arise.
From March next year, retentions will have
the status of being held in trust.
“That means that if a company goes into
liquidation, retention money withheld
is protected so the liquidator would not
have access to it other than for remedying
defects,” Degerholm said.
“ When Mainzeal collapsed, it highlighted
a problem. Mainzeal had retentions withheld
from them but they in turn were holding
about $19 million from subcontractors,
performed some time ago.
“So it was regarded as money which should
have been paid to the sub-contractors and
not used as working capital by Mainzeal.”
— N Z M E-New Zealand Herald
Law change takes aim at building disputes
A man who was run
over in a driveway in
Pukehina has died.
Fire Ser vice Northern
manager Scott Osmond
confirmed the death but
was unable to give more
details of the incident as
police were investigating.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty
Continued from p1
Two weeks ago people illegally
trespassed and cut down fences
and let deer out, he said.
“Other trespassers have caused
offence to our people and even
our children. Please remember
that this is the private home of
540 people, including over 300
children, and our school and
early childhood centres use this
Council chief executive Paul
Pretorius said the matter would
be with the court soon.
Environment Court, which
must set a date, then the
objecting parties must decide if
they want to proceed with their
“...The road goes nowhere. The
general public can use it, with
(Gloriavale’s) permission, which
they have done for many years.
Nothing has changed.”
The council agreed to proceed
to the court on the condition
that the Christian community
paid its legal costs.
Fish and Game West Coast
manager Dean Kelly said
about three or four people were
stopped a year.
“Although we want to believe
(Gloriavale), that they will
continue to let people up a
public road, the track record isn’t
Mr Kelly said there needed to
be public interest to close the
“Fish and Game fail to see
the public interest in the Grey
District Council stopping the
“They are giving away future
access to that river.”
Gloriavale access debate heats up
Auckland businessman Alex
Swney, who admitted evading
taxes of nearly $1.8 million,
faces further charges totaling
more than $2.5 million relating
to allegedly fake invoices.
The 57-year-old former Heart
of the City boss will appear in
the Auckland District Court
today on a new charge laid by
the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Court documents allege he
dishonestly used false invoices
to obtain $2,527,005 from the
company between February
2004 and October 2014.
The charge carries a maximum
prison term of seven years.
Swney is set to be sentenced
on IRD-laid charges next week
and a judge previously told him
jail was the inevitable outcome.
In January, the former mayoral
candidate pleaded guilty to four
representative charges covering
12 years of offending and
$1,757,147 of unpaid taxes.
Heart of the City — a city-
registered by Swney in 1994 —
has income-tax exemption on
the basis that it was created to
develop or increase amenities
for the Auckland public.
But technically the defendant
was a contractor of the
organisation as the sole director
of AGS Ser vices Ltd and the
ser vices he provided were
The IRD charges come with a
maximum penalty of five years
imprisonment and/or a fine of
up to $50,000, and almost from
the outset, the SFO said it was
also investigating Swney.
A summary of facts filed by the
IRD alleged Swney had issued
“various fictitious invoices” to
Heart of the City.
several organisations over the
authenticity of the invoices and
determined they were created
Swney is also facing civil
action launched by Heart of the
City, whose board announced
the move in December after
forensic accountants scoured
applications to view documents.
In January, the defendant ’s
lawyer Murray Gibson said
they hoped to have all criminal
matters dealt with at one
sentencing date at the end of
“It’s in the best interests of
everyone that all matters get
resolved at the same time,” he
encouraging.” — NZME
Swney set to face further charges
over alleged fake invoices
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