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Greymouth High School says its
tertiary education adjunct Karoro
Learning might be sold to an
organisation other than a private
company. The Greymouth Star
reported last week that it could
be sold to a private company but
principal Andy England said it
could be a trust, registered charity
or other educational institution, or a
Just before closing time at The
Warehouse on Saturday night,
two women aged 53 and 28,
were arrested and charged with
shoplifting. A police spokesman
said the pair left the store without
paying for a number of items. Police
are investigating two other thefts
over the weekend. A scrubcutter
were stolen from a North Beach
shed and a $4000 generator was
taken from a house in Atarau
target of burglars
The Westport waste transfer
station has been the target of
burglars for the second time in a
month. Police said attempts were
made to break into the office at
the station before the weekend
but nothing appeared to have been
taken this time. It followed a similar
burglary last month in which cash
was stolen. “No valuables or cash
are kept in the office so it is unclear
what the burglars are looking for,”
senior sergeant Steve Baddock, of
Westport police, said.
Car theft inquiries
Police inquiries are continuing
into the theft of two cars from
Reefton a fortnight ago. Constable
Fred Ackland said both cars were
subsequently recovered — one had
been found burned out and the
other was pushed down a bank into
a stream several kilometres from the
township. Mr Ackland said police
believed the cars were probably
converted by someone passing
through Reefton, but he would
welcome any information to assist
The Gladstone community
will be polled on using $23,427
of their infrastructure fund on
improvements at the Ogilvie
Reser ve. The Ogilvie Reser ve
Management Committee hopes to
install fencing at the playground,
a seat, and tree guards. The fence
would be similar to that at Karoro
School. The Grey District Council
agreed last night to push the issue
out for consultation. “At the end
of the day it is their money, their
ratepayers will make the call one
way or the other,” Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said. The committee
also asked for 75m of kerb and
channelling around the reser ve to be
included in the council long-term
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Bid to allow dogs in Greymouth CBD rejected
A suggestion to allow dogs in the
Greymouth central business district has
been turned down due to concerns about
irresponsible owners not obeying the
During a review of the Grey District
Council dog control bylaw and policy, a
suggestion was made of allowing canines
in town on a leash, rather than banning
Liz Burke based her suggestion on
the experience of other cities where the
practice was allowed, saying it would make
the town more vibrant.
“ Within the context of the Greymouth
CBD renewal project, initiatives which
will encourage Greymouth residents to
visit the CBD and spend their money at
local businesses is surely a positive thing,”
Ms Burke said.
However, councillors were cautious at the
prospect of less responsible owners taking
advantage of a relaxation of the rules.
A staff report for the council meeting
last night observed that while responsible
owners would “readily comply” with
picking up faeces and keeping their
dog under control,
“ we foresee a
significant problem with less responsible
Staff said the council would have to do
“much more in the area of public education”
before the suggestion could be viable.
Cr Peter Haddock said he had seen the
same thing in other cities but noted one
problem: “I wonder how you sort out the
friendly dogs from the vicious dogs.”
Ms Burke responded that the central
business district would become a leash area
and education would be required.
“(The owner) would still be responsible
for the behaviour of the dog.”
Cr Murray Hay also raised concerns
about vicious dogs.
“I have some reservations that less
responsible dog owners (might) bring their
dogs in. There are some very aggressive
dogs that I wouldn’t want next to me when
I’m having a coffee.”
Cr Doug Truman, a Mackay Street
retailer, said that although dogs were not
allowed on the street, people often kept
their dogs in their cars when in the central
“I seem to get barked at all the way along,”
Cr Truman said.
He approved the bylaw without changes
to the CBD status.
The bylaw was also amended to note the
change of the definition of “companion
dog” to fall under the definition of
“disability assist dog”.
Tuesday May 12
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Passed away peacefully
on Monday May 11,
2015 at Richard Seddon
Dearly loved husband of
the late Alma, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Eric and Jo
and Micky, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Shirley (Suffolk,
England), Alan and
Noreen (Tuapeka West),
(Tawa), and the late
Gordon, and a loved
uncle and great-uncle.
Aged 77 years. Mess-
ages to 77 Shakespeare
declined. A celebration
of Pancho's life will
be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
Greymouth on Friday at
2pm followed by crema-
tion. Resting in the care
of Anisy Funeral Home,
Frederick (Cactus). —
Passed away peacefully
at Reefton Hospital on
Monday May 11, 2015
after a short illness, in
his 76th year. Dearly
loved son of the late
Alice and Pat Kennedy,
brother-in-law of Mary
and Ross Campbell, Bill
and Cynthia, and the late
Pat and Dorothy, a
dearly loved uncle and
special friend of Leanne.
Rest In Peace. Messages
to the Kennedy Family,
2498 Atarau Road, RD1,
Blackball 7871. Flowers
respectfully declined. A
funeral Mass will be
celebrated for John at
the Sacred Heart
Ngahere on Thursday at
1pm followed by inter-
ment at the Ahaura
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
Joan (Joan). — Passed
away peacefully at her
home in Hokitika on
May 10, 2015. Dearly
loved wife of Bryan,
cherished mum of Roger
and Lexy, loved grand-
ma of Stacey, Samantha,
Rowan, loved sister and
sister-in-law of Gordon
(Hokitika), Noeline (de-
ceased), Verna and
Graham (Nelson), Judy,
(Hokitika), Shirley (de-
ceased), Nova (Auck-
land), Ruth and Mervin
(Wellington), and Bev
and Bill (Perth), loved
daughter of the late
Bishop of Kumara,
special friend of Jan and
Ron Coleman (West-
port) and Jean Ring and
family (Melbourne), and
a loved aunt and friend.
Just close your eyes and
you will see,
All the memories that
you have of me.
Just sit and relax and
you will find I'm really
still there inside your
Don't cry for me, now I
There is no pain, there is
So dry away that silent
Don't think of me in the
dark and cold,
For here, I am no longer
I'm in the place that's
filled with love,
Known to you all as
In accordance with
Joan's wishes a private
cremation has been held.
Michael. — Peacefully,
at home on Sunday May
10, 2015, surrounded by
family. Dearly loved
husband of Alison,
loved dad of Sarah, Matt
and Sally, and Tim,
Jeremy, Caitlyn, Jess
Gallant to the end
Heartfelt thanks to Dr
Paul O'Gorman and the
Halswell Health team,
the Halswell Pharmacy
Palliative Care team and
the Oncology Service at
addressed to the family
of the late Peter Gallant,
C/- PO Box 39001,
Christchurch 8545. The
service for Peter will be
held at our Westpark
Chapel, 467 Wairakei
Road, Burnside, Christ-
church, on Thursday
May 14 at 10am, private
interment to follow.
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regions will “fail”
economically and perhaps socially
unless we help them to adjust, the
Salvation Army says.
A major report by the army’s social
policy analyst Alan Johnson shows
that most North Island provincial
regions still have lower real incomes
and higher youth unemployment
than before the global financial
crisis hit in 2008, while Auckland,
Wellington and most of the South
Island are doing much better.
However, some of the West Coast
statistics make for grim reading.
The police apprehension rates for
14 to 16-year-olds were highest in
the Tasman police district, which
includes the West Coast, at 230
apprehensions per 1000 population
aged 14-16 .
Illicit drug offence rates are
highest in the most remote regions
— Gisborne, Northland and Nelson-
The report comments: “Perhaps this
could be expected given that this is
where cannabis is most likely to be
The West Coast also has the
highest number of non-casino pokie
machines, and the highest spending
on them, per person.
But it has the lowest levels of school
leavers with University Entrance.
It also has the highest car crash
accident rate in the country,
deaths and injuries are also more
common in regions such as West
Coast, Northland, Gisborne and
One positive is the report notes
strong income growth on the Coast.
“There is strong evidence that
several regions in New Zealand
are slipping back and perhaps even
slipping away from mainstream New
Zealand,” the report warns.
It says the poorest regions are also
at most risk from coming changes
such as population ageing, c limate
change and scarce resources.
“A turning point might be reached
where a choice has to be made to
either assist these regions to adjust or
allow them to fail economically and
perhaps socially,” it says.
The picture it paints is complicated.
In some ways it points to “two New
Zealands — Auckland and the rest ”.
Auckland’s younger population
creates an inbuilt force for growth
with the highest proportion in the
15-64 working age group.
In contrast, the ageing population
in regions such as Northland and
Nelson-Tasman is slowing economic
growth because retired people
generally have lower, and either static
or declining, incomes.
But on other measures such as jobs
and the well-being of children and
young people, the South Island is
doing best, Auckland comes in only
around the middle of the pack and
provincial North Island regions are at
Institute of Economic Research
economist Shamubeel Eaqub, who
warned last year that “zombie towns”
were developing in the provinces, said
he also found North Island provincial
areas doing worst.
“ In the South Island there’s not a
great deal of population growth but
the people who live there generally
have access to jobs and reasonable
incomes,” he said.
— New Zealand Herald
Coast statistics grim in Salvation Army report
The West Coast Conser vation Board
has waded in to the debate on a proposed
petrel viewing platform at Punakaiki,
and has asked the Department of
Conser vation for more information.
Conser vation Ser vices NZ is
considering building a platform at
the old Westland Ilmenite site, north
of Barrytown, which it has been
However, last month Bruce Stuart-
Menteath, who runs his own Westland
black petrel tours, said the new site
would pose a significant threat and as a
result he withdrew his support for the
Return of the Westland Petrel Festival,
at Punakaiki, held at the weekend.
DOC said recently a formal application
for a viewing platform had not yet been
Mr Stuart-Menteath spoke to the
board meeting in Reeftonrecently “We
have asked DOC and the Westland
petrel people for more information ...
where the proposed viewing platform
would be in relation to the petrel site,”
chairman Mike Legge said.
Duncan Wilson pauses at Punakaiki during his ‘circumnavigation’ of New Zealand on a bike, as a fundraiser for St John. After
setting off from Mission Bay in Auckland in January, he is now pedalling his way up the West Coast. “I passed through Greymouth
on Sunday and am heading to Karamea where I will do the Heaphy Track. I’ll go to Collingwood and then down the north-western
side. Riding up and down the Coast has been pretty rugged at time,” Mr Wilson said.
Cyclist fundraising for St John on Coast
Nearly half of West Coast stock welfare
cases reported last year were about animals
on lifestyle blocks, the Ministry of Primary
Industries (MPI) says.
It received 25 animal welfare complaints
for stock on West Coast farms during
2014, according to figures released to the
Of these, 12 related to commercial
farming operations, including eight with
dairy cattle, and the remainder involved
MPI senior communications adviser Jim
Flack said all of the 25 West Coast cases
had been investigated.
“ To date, three complaints were
unsubstantiated, meaning no animal welfare
concerns were found during the MPI
inspection,” Mr Flack said.
“substantiated” did not
necessarily mean animal welfare offences
had been committed. “ It could mean the
body condition of animals was less than
optimal,” Mr Flack said.
In those cases the ministry worked with
owners to come up with a plan to ensure
their animals were fed enough to improve
The MPI kept tabs on those cases to ensure
owners did what they said they would do.
One of the welfare issues last year included
bees but the farmer had already taken action
to mitigate that situation when visited by
Former West Coast Federated Farmers
president and national board member Katie
Milne said the incidents of lifestyle block
animal welfare complaints on the Coast
fitted the bigger national picture.
“It’s definitely a concern and the figures
are probably not very different around the
country,” Miss Milne said.
Invariably, lifestyle block animal issues
involved people “ with good intentions” but
a lack of knowledge who “discover it is not
as easy as they thought”.
“The lifestyle thing, it is a worry for us
commercial farmers. Sometimes you see
it and think that reflects on the whole
Regardless, animal ownership imposed
serious responsibility on everyone and
owners needed to seek appropriate advice
about animal condition and feeding, Miss
Mr Flack said one prosecution was
currently under way as a result of a West
Coast complaint last year. This related to
an unregistered free-range chicken farm
producing eggs for sale.
MPI did conduct a raid on a Kaihinu
property, north of Hokitika, last June but
he would not say whether the prosecution
related to that.
The chickens at Kaihinu were euthanised
by MPI after it investigated and found a
tuberculosis (Tb) outbreak.
Mr Flack said most of the chickens,
numbering 800, were in poor body condition
and diseased. A number of dead birds were
found on the site.
“The prosecution is ongoing through the
court,” he said.
Another two animal welfare cases,
reported in 2012 and 2013, were also before
Of the 25 complaints received for the
West Coast last year, 18 related to poor
body condition of stock, and “feed deficits”.
“A few complaints reported illnesses left
untreated such as eye cancer, mastitis and
Twelve of the 25 complaints received by
MPI were for commercial farms, 11 were
for lifestyle blocks and two were described
One of the ‘other’ cases involved live
shark finning and one where pest species
were trapped then inhumanely drowned.
Of the 12 commercial farming complaints
eight related to dairy cattle, “with the
majority reporting poor body condition and
Six of the 11 lifestyle block complaints
related to heavily fleeced, daggy sheep with
Nationally, the MPI received a total of 698
complaints last year.
25 West Coast stock
Board wades in
to petrel viewing
Up to 35 police staff are still working on
the 1080 contamination case, five months
after anonymous letters threatened to lace
baby formula with the poison.
By last month, deputy commissioner Mike
Clement said police had visited more than
3500 dairies, supermarkets, pharmacies and
ser vice stations to discuss issues including
how to safeguard formula from tampering.
Police had also fielded 600 or so calls came
from people offering information or tips.
Some veteran anti-1080 campaigners —
including on the West Coast — were also
A statement from police headquarters last
week said up to 35 staff were working on the
case, depending on requirements.
Police said the case “remains fully focused
on identifying the person or persons
responsible for the threat ”.
The investigation was ongoing and police
continued to pursue “a range of lines of
Police would not be discussing any
particular individuals or areas of the country
which were relevant to the investigation, the
“ We continue to urge the public to be
vigilant and report anything suspicious,
and we continue to appeal for anyone with
information relevant to the inquiry to
Hari Hari anti-1080 campaigner Phil
Paterson has been fighting the poison
through the courts.
He said last week he had not heard a thing
since police interviewed him about the
contamination scare last month.
“Nothing at all.”
Mr Paterson was not sure if the
investigation was going anywhere, and still
wondered whether the threat was an “inside
Hokitika campaigner Jackie Douglas was
also interviewed by detectives, along with
others up and down the Coast, and she has
not heard back from them.
“It seems to have died off,” Mrs Douglas
Police still working on 1080 contamination case
Two people are in
hospital with serious
injuries after their utility
vehicle lost control and
rolled in rural Canterbury
at the weekend.
The crash came in a
weekend in which 10
people were killed in road
Emergency ser vices
were called to the single
vehicle crash near the
intersection of State
highway 73 West Coast
Road and Ansons Road
shortly before 9am on
Police believe a red
or gold coloured 1991
Nissan utility vehicle
was heading east-bound
towards Kirwee around a
moderate bend when the
driver lost control.
The vehicle rolled
before coming to a stop
in the westbound lane.
No other vehicles were
involved in the crash.
The driver and
passenger were taken to
Christchurch Hospital by
The male driver suffered
serious cuts and required
surgery on his arm while
the female passenger was
being treated for serious
They are understood to
be in a stable condition in
Police investigations are
ongoing. — NZ ME
Two injured in Kirwee crash
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