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Slip just misses
A Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade crew had a lucky escape
themselves on Saturday night when
a large slip came crashing across
the road in front of them at Rocky
Point, near Turiwhate. The Kumara
and Greymouth brigades were both
responding to a call to the Otira
substation at the time. Greymouth
fire chief Lee Swinburn said the
driver had to “pin” on the brakes
when the slip came down right in
front of the fire truck. “ They were
all counting their lucky stars. ” The
Kumara engine was travelling ahead
and made it to the fire.
fireworks at cars
Fireworks were fired at cars
travelling along Main South
Road, Karoro, just before 10pm
on Saturday. The culprits had
decamped when police arrived on
the scene. “ They were halfwits,
being halfwits and their behaviour
was irresponsible,” senior constable
Mike Tinnelly, of Greymouth
A man suffered a leg injury on a
Kokatahi farm about lunchtime on
Saturday when his quad bike rolled
over. The NZCC Rescue Helicopter
took the man, in his mid-30s,
to Grey Base Hospital. Almost
immediately after dropping him off,
the helicopter was airborne again,
to collect a fisherman who damaged
his fingers while unloading a
boat on the Westport wharf. The
33-year-old was flown directly to
Christchurch Hospital for surgery.
Yesterday, the Greymouth-based
machine made a mercy dash across
the Southern Alps to airlift an
American tourist who received
spinal injuries in a car accident at
Lake Clear water, near the Rangitata
River. The Canterbury rescue
helicopter was on another job at the
Heavy rain clears, returning at night
Every date this week will be
the same backwards. But only
if you use the American way of
writing dates, like this ... 5/10/15,
5/11/15, 5/12/15, 5/13/15, 5/14/15,
5/15/15, 5/16/15, 5/17/15. The last
palindrome for people who write
dates starting with the day, then
month and year was 21/02/2012.
Laura Mills and NZ Herald
The Grey District Council says it
is business as usual, after Building
and Housing Minister Nick Smith
announced major changes to how
quickly earthquake-prone buildings
would need to be assessed and
The Government has also divided up
the country into high, medium and low
The West Coast is in the high-
risk zone, which means few changes
to policies which have already seen
a number of buildings in central
Greymouth strengthened — and
The most at-risk places are Arthur’s
Pass, Hanmer Springs and Milford
Dr Smith said the changes nationally
would reduce the number of buildings
that would require assessment from an
estimated 500,000 to 30,000.
It would reduce the total estimated
cost from $1360 million to $777
million, with the timeframe for work
in low-risk areas such as Auckland
and Northland significantly increased,
from 20 years to 50 years.
The Government has come under
pressure to re-examine its proposed
rules around earthquake strengthening
after people who own older buildings
faced huge bills and uncertainty,
and groups using heritage buildings
predicted they would need to be
abandoned or pulled down.
Grey District Council chief executive
Paul Pretorius said from his reading of
the weekend announcement, nothing
had changed on the Coast.
Buildings here would still need to be
assessed within five years and upgraded
within 15 years.
Educational and civil defence
buildings, which did have a timeline
of five years for assessment and 15 for
strengthening, were being reduced to
21⁄2 and 71⁄2 years.
Mr Pretorius said the council’s own
civil defence buildings already met
Low-risk buildings were now being
excluded, including farm buildings not
used by people, and wharfs.
Mr Pretorius said that meant a hay
shed would probably now be exempt,
but not a milking shed.
Heritage buildings would get an
additional 10 years’ grace.
Anyone upgrading an old building
would now have to bring it up to 34%
of earthquake standards, and also meet
fire and wheelchair access rules.
Mr Pretorius said the Grey district
had made a good start, and to a large
extent things would remain unchanged
here. “ We are fortunate people are
active,” he said.
The Earthquake-prone Buildings
Amendment Bill — expected to be
passed this year — will still require
every commercial, public or multi-
storey residential building to have at
least 34% of the earthquake design
strength expected of a new building.
Building owners and councils around
the country were previously given five
years to assess buildings, plus a further
15 years to complete any necessary
National stor y, p3.
Govt ’s relaxed quake rules bypass West Coast
Greymouth police were tested at the
weekend dealing with two incidents
of drunken disorderly behaviour.
Overnight on Saturday, Alexander
Street residents protested about a
noisy party, with reports of 20 to
30 people making a nuisance of
“They were breaking bottles and
fighting as they were trying to get
into the house on the property,” senior
constable Mike Tinnelly said.
All those involved appeared to have
When police arrived they were only
able to locate four people, all of whom
were hiding inside.
Mr Tinnelly said that in order to
avoid trouble, people should invite
guests privately, not post their party
intentions on Facebook.
“Stating on social media that there is
a party at a certain address attracts all
of the hangers-on — and that is when
the trouble begins.”
Meanwhile, police had to be
stationed at the taxi stand after reports
of drunken disorder.
“This is becoming a regular
“ We are having to send staff to the
taxi base most weekends around 3am
to keep an eye on everyone milling
around waiting for a taxi.”
Party gets out of hand after Facebook invite
lags behind NZ
Laura Mills and New Zealand Herald
The West Coast has the second worst life
expectancy rate in the country, according to
People on the Coast will live an average
5.72 years less than those in Waitemata,
which has the highest life expectancy in
the country, at 85.12 years.
Tairawhiti (Poverty Bay and East Coast)
has the lowest life expectancy, at 78.
The West Coast is rated second worst, at
It has long been known that West
Coast residents have higher smoking
rates compared with other areas in New
Zealand, and the district health board
has previously reported that children and
young people have poorer health outcomes.
Proportionately, the Coast also has higher
rates of alcohol-related deaths than the rest
of New Zealand, more admissions, and
more alcohol-involved road traffic crashes.
The new report is the first time life
expectancy measured by DHB region
has been released, after the figures were
produced by specialist epidemiologists
from Auckland’s three DHBs.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor said that as well as smoking,
alcohol and deprivation, the Coast had
another factor — late presentation to a
There was a little bit of “she’ll be right ”,
he said, exacerbated a bit by difficult access
to GPs at times.
People retiring off the Coast may also
have influenced the figures, he said.
programmes do around smoking and
alcohol, including the PHO, are absolutely
crucial,” Mr O’Connor said.
The figures were one reason the West
Coast DHB got more than the normal
amount of funding per head of population.
The figures will go to the Ministry of
Health where they are expected to help
shape policy and distribution of the $15
billion of government funding every year.
Dr Peter Sandiford, one of the project
leaders and Waitemata DHB clinical
director health gain, said life expectancy
was determined by factors including
income, housing and deprivation. Lifestyle
factors such as smoking, obesity, excessive
alcohol consumption, physical activity
and diet also played an important role.
Concrete pours when it rains
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Johnny Cain, of CYB Construction, helps pour cement for the Westland Recreation Centre
foundations this morning. The third pour at the site today will see 26 cubic metres of cement laid down.
Work will start on the pre-cast panels within the next 10 days.
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