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A bird bath taken from a
Shakespeare Street residence in
Greymouth last weekend has not
been found. The garden centre piece
was stolen sometime after 2pm on
Saturday with the owner noticing
late on Sunday morning that it had
gone. Greymouth senior constable
Mike Tinnelly said the yard at the
property had a low brick fence so the
offenders had either climbed over or
used the driveway. “ The victim was
away at work for the time period so
was not home at the time. Nothing
else appears to be missing from the
yard area. ”
Scrub cutters stolen
Some mechanical scrub cutters
have been stolen from a locked
shed in Westport. Westport police
said the theft from a locked shed
at North Beach of a pair of red
Solo scrub cutters was reported
yesterday and the break-in had
occurred sometime in the previous
two days. Meanwhile, a 48-year-
old Greymouth man was arrested
overnight. Police said the man failed
to appear in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday and a warrant for his
arrest was issued.
Eel catching apology
Ross hunter Josh James, who stars
in a new series to be broadcast this
year on Discovery Channel, has
apologised after catching eels in the
Kahurangi National Park. After he
posted a video of the trip, he said
the Department of Conser vation
got in touch. In a new video, he said
he “apologised profusely” and was
not aware you could not catch eels
in a national park. However, before
asking his viewers if he should take
the eel video down, he talks about
the large 1080 drop in the Kahurangi
park, asking if eels were killed during
that operation. Mr James shot to
fame after his videos, shot with a
Go Pro camera, became an internet
sensation, recording up to 40,000
hits a week on his You Tube channel.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II. Departures:
Tantramar, one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Moon Shadow II, Christina,
Sovereign, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay
Wildfoods decisions loom
A Waitaha Valley man is heading Westland
Milk Products’ latest venture into China.
For Westland’s general manager in China,
Gregg Wafelbakker, the hustle and the bustle of
Shanghai is a long way from the picture-perfect
world of the Waitaha Valley where he grew up.
But with a wealth of international marketing
experience under his belt, Mr Wafelbakker is
right at home in the high-pressure world of the
international dairy market.
He has been working for a year on the
establishment of Westland Milk Products’
Shanghai Ltd — the wholly-owned foreign
entity alongside the Hokitika-based parent
Mr Wafelbakker said establishing a wholly-
owned foreign entity in Shanghai made sense
“ It provides us with a foundation to grow
not just our dairy ingredients business but also
expand into nutritional ingredients, consumer
and food ser vice products,” he said.
Westland Shanghai would operate by buying
products from WMP and on-sell to Chinese
“This will enable us to have a closer relationship
with those customers, understand their needs
better, ultimately delivering product and ser vice
that we believe will give us a competitive edge
at the top end of the market.”
In the past year Mr Wafelbakker has focused
on setting up the Shanghai entity and building
a team — now numbering 10 staff.
“ Finding the office space was pretty easy but
setting up a company in China takes time,” he
It had been “a rare privilege” to begin with a
blank canvas in China and the core of Westland’s
strategy would be to add more value to milk.
Optimising Westland’s nutirional products
infant and toddler food — and branded
consumer goods, namely UHT milk and butter,
was the aim.
Mr Wafelbakker said the largest demand and
highest value for those two product streams was
As a wholly-owned foreign entity Westland
Shanghai would have its own board of directors
and a separate finance function within the co-
Westland Shanghai would concentrate on
marketing Westpro Nutrition infant and
toddler nutrition ingredient powders, branded
UHT milk and cream, Westgold consumer
butter, Easi Yo yoghurt, and Westpro milk
powders, milk proteins and butter, he said.
After growing up at Waitaha Valley Mr
Wafelbakker entered the dairy industry,
becoming a Westland shareholder and operating
his own farm near his parent ’s property.
From Waitaha to Shanghai
of the Hokitika Guardian
and faultline studies.
A permanent ‘obser vatory’ has been
installed over an Alpine Fault borehole
which was completed five months ago to
a depth of 893m.
GNS Science project leaders said the
obser vatory would continue to provide
valuable information including the
physical and chemical conditions inside
A fibre-optic cable extending the
full length of the borehole has been
installed enabling detailed temperature
measurements to be recorded.
Victoria University associate professor
John Townend said the fibre could also
be used to make seismic recordings.
“This is absolutely cutting-edge
technology. We will spend many months
extracting information from these
samples using a range of analytical
techniques.” The Alpine Fault drilling,
which began in September 2014,
involved a team of 120 scientists and
technicians from more than a dozen
countries. At its peak, about 60 of these
scientists were present in Whataroa. It
was led by scientists from GNS Science,
Victoria University of Wellington, and
the University of Otago.
However, drilling stopped before they
reached the fault when the drill broke.
Findings from the project will feed into
earthquake and fault studies worldwide.
Janna Sherman and Brendon McMahon
Hokitika people interested in the future
of the Wildfoods Festival are urged to have
a say at a lunchtime forum this coming
The forum is being staged by the Westland
District Council in the Hokitika chambers
Westland Mayor Mike Havill said while
council had no plans to “suddenly scuttle”
the festival, it did need to look at how it
continued to be run.
Changing the way it was hosted, either by
selling the brand or holding it every second
year are possibilities.
“ My view is that the festival belongs to
the community and they should be the
ones to say how it is run,” Mr Havill said
A decision had to be made on the level of
council support and resources.
The Guardian has requested and is still
awaiting a full breakdown of the 2015
Mr Havill said yesterday the overall loss
was in the vicinity of $100,000.
He said more financial information would
be on hand at the meeting on Monday.
Council chief executive Tanya Winter
said the council wanted to focus on the
successful future of the festival.
“ People are welcome to attend this
lunchtime session and I look for ward to
discussing ideas for the best way for ward
with the running of this iconic West Coast
Ms Winter said the future of the festival
was just one item council was seeking
feedback on through the submission
process. Council corporate planner Karen
Jury encouraged anyone with a stake in the
festival to come along.
“ It would be wonderful to have as many
interested stakeholders attend as possible,
so that we can openly discuss ideas for the
best way for ward with the running of this
festival,” Ms Jury said.
The lunchtime forum was meant to be
“c asual and interactive”. Tea and coffee
would be available.
The Monday session had been scheduled
to prompt people “to gather their thoughts”
in regards to the festival.
Those who were not able to attend on
Monday could provide feedback by making
a submission via the council website, or in
writing, Ms Jury said.
Formal submissions can be lodged until
Thursday May 21
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
BRUHN - KIOA.
Lynette, Barbara and
Allan are proud to
announce the engage-
ment of Joshua and Amy
on May 15, 2015.
We wish them all the
happiness in the world.
CLEGHORN, Ken. —
Maureen, Zelda, Judy,
Sandy and families wish
to express our sincere
appreciation for the
received in the recent
passing of Ken. A big
thank you to all who
attended the service. The
Brunner Fire Brigade
Thanks for the baking,
cards and phone calls.
The care and attention
given to Ken over a
period of time by the
wonderful staff at Grey
Hospital and Kowhai
Manor was appreciated.
To Laurie Anisy, thanks.
O'NEILL, Rose Eileen
(Rosie). — Eight years
Peggy, Nelly, and
Greymouth High School students Nikita Gagiano and Anna-May Smithers are giving up talking and food for the 40 Hour Famine
this weekend. The famine starts tomorrow at 8pm and finishes at noon on Sunday with funds raised going to Bangladesh, which has
nearly eight million malnourished children, to help establish emergency feeding programmes, teach families how to grow veggies
and improve access to health and nutrition services. The Shed will be hosting the annual famine camp and Greymouth committee
member Nicki Mora joked it would be a quiet weekend for her. Anna-May said giving up talking represented “the voice that (the
children) don’t have”. Students doing the famine can be sponsored on-line, with famine books, or by going to famine.org.nz and
searching for Greymouth High. A famine garage sale will be held at The Trinity Centre on Saturday at 11am. Items people want to
donate can be dropped at The Shed before Friday.
Quiet time ahead at 40 Hour Famine
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Westland Milk Products has lodged an
application with the West Coast Regional
Council to more than double the maxiumum
rate of discharge to the Hokitika river.
It wants to vary its wastewater discharge
consent into the Hokitika River to accommodate
the extra production that will come on stream
with the commissioning of Dryer 7 (D7).
The co-operative has asked the council to
approve a variance to its current discharge permit
to increase the maximum rate of discharge from
180 litres per second to 380 litres a second, and
increase the maximum volume of discharge
from 9000 cubic metres per day to 15,000 cubic
metres per day.
The maximum discharge would be 0.17 cubic
metres a second — a fraction of the Hokitika
River’s average flow of 50 cubic metres per
second, the company said.
Westland Milk’s environment manager Chris
Pullen said that new wastewater management
processes being installed in the factory as part of
the D7 build meant the quality of the discharge
would allow the current compliance conditions
to be met, despite increases in volumes
“As such, there will be no need to apply for
a variation in environmental protection pro-
visions. Wastewater treatment technology
has advanced significantly, and Westland has
taken advantage of this by proposing additional
measures to be included in the current treatment
The new processes will include turbidity
meters and a change to the storage/discharge
tank process that will allow a more gradual
release of waste water into the river.
Current resource consent conditions were
stringent, Mr Pullen said.
The net result of the improved waste water
management meant there would be no change
to the current environmental impact on the
river, and the monitoring process would be
If approved, the new system will be operational
in late August.
Westland Milk seeks
river discharge increase
Milford Sound rail link revisited
A $274 million tunnel plan
linking Queenstown with Milford
Sound has been dusted off and
lobbed back into public view.
MSLR Ltd wants to punch
a 13.5km rail tunnel under
mountains between the Dart
and Upper Hollyford valleys —
shortening what is now a 600km
round-trip by road to 240km.
The proposal stretches back to
2003 but two other projects —
Milford Dart Passage Project and
Fiordland Link Experience —
gathered a greater head of steam and
were submitted to the Government.
Both have been rejected.
MSLR’s plan has been submitted
to the Queenstown Lakes District
Council’s long term plan.
Managing director Colin Jenner,
of Queenstown, an engineer and
former council roading manager,
said: “ The main point of this is the
council called for submissions for
the 10-year plan.
“For us to just bury our head in
the sand and say it isn’t going to
happen is ridiculous.
“Sooner or later a tunnel will go
“So council should at least
recognise the fact there is a major
change, perhaps, in the passage of
people going to Milford . . . and
they should be taking that into
account in all their deliberations
and planning for the future. ”
The proposed tunnel would be
built under the Humbolt and
Ten rail wagons could take a
large tourist coach each, taking up
to 700,000 passengers a year.
For the project to gain
momentum, its 2008 feasibility
study needs updating and an
environmental impact assessment
needs to be done for the
Department of Conser vation.
Asked how close MSLR is to
getting financial backing, Mr
Jenner says: “It’s hard to say.
“ We’ve had some discussions
with two or three groups and there
is still a little bit of correspondence
going to and from.”
The groups are offshore.
The company estimates the
tunnel project will take at least
seven years to complete.
QLDC will hold long-term plan
hearings on Monday.
— Otago Daily Times
The main obser vator y
over the borehole is
housed inside a container
in the Whataroa Valley.
PICTURE: Westland Milk Products
Greymouth High School students Liam Latta and Ha’angana Tau with their West Coast
Regional Science Fair entry, Dirty Door Handles, at the school’s Coxon Hall. Liam said
they had chosen their topic from a list, then adapted it to which door handle in the school
was the dirtiest. However, the result was not what they had expected. Having started out
with a hypothesis that the door between the school cafe and the quad would be the dirtiest,
the boys discovered the muckiest door handle in the school was that leading to the wood
room. Students from John Paull II High School, Buller High School, Karamea Area School
and Westland High School were also displaying their entries at the fair.
Surprising find in science fair
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Bird bath stolen
Trip for smokes costly
A packet of cigarettes cost a Paroa chef
a $500 fine and a six-month driving ban
after he was convicted in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday of drink-
Nikhil Prakash Chandra, 25, of
Greymouth, was convicted of excess
breath-alcohol of 515mg on March 26.
About 1.15am Chandra was stopped
by police in Greymouth and breath
tested. He told police he had been at
home and had gone out to buy some
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Chandra
had been drinking due to the stress of
losing a job, and had made the “stupid
decision” to drive.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll
Chandra had bought a “very expensive
packet of cigarettes”.
Noel John Chamberlain, 46, of
Cobden, was sentenced to 125 hours
of community work for cultivation and
possession of cannabis.
Police went to Chamberlain’s house
on February 24 on an unrelated matter,
but looking in his yard and they found
14 cannabis plants growing in a tunnel
Inside his bedroom they found 49g of
cannabis head and leaf in a bedroom in
a plastic bag. In another bedroom they
found 21g of cannabis head in a plastic
bag, and in the bathroom, fertiliser, large
lights, light shades and ducting.
Judge O’Driscoll said Chamberlain
had been “caught red-handed” by police.
However, he gave him credit for his early
Benjamin Alan Campbell, 20, of Paroa,
was convicted and fined $500 and given
a six-month driving ban for excess
breath-alcohol of 509mg, on April 12.
Campbell had no previous drink-drive
offences to his name.
David Rata Bagley, 33 of Cobden, was
remanded on bail to July 9 to defend a
charge of theft under $500 and a breach
of super vision.
Deborah Ann Howat was remanded
on bail to July 9 to defend a charge of
assault, which she denied.
Ian Stewart Smith, 63, of Barrytown,
was remanded without plea to June 16
on a raft of drugs charges.
Smith was charged with supplying
cannabis between April 11 and 14,
cultivation of cannabis on April 18,
possession of cannabis for supply, and
possession of equipment for cannabis
Christchurch, was remanded on bail to
July 9 to defend charges of assault and
intentional damage, on January 24.
Gail Maree Wickes, 37, of Greymouth,
was remanded on bail to June 16 for
possession of cannabis, a cannabis pipe
and allowing her premises to be used for
the consumption of cannabis on April
16. She was also charged with excess
Vaughan Joseph Sopp, 48, of Paroa,
was remanded on bail to August 11 for a
restorative justice conference on a charge
O’Connor slates sex-change proposal
By Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
A possible Labour policy for free sex-change
surgery is “ bloody ridiculous”, West Coast-
Tasman Labour MP Damien O’Connor says.
Young Labour has come up with the
proposal for the government to fund hormone
replacement therapy and gender reassignment
surgery. Currently, the Government funds only
four procedures every two years.
The proposal has passed at two regional party
conferences and Labour could end up voting on it.
“It ’s a bloody ridiculous proposal,” Mr
O’Connor said. “ But energetic young people
in any organisation are always going to put up
ideas and you just have to accept it’s part of the
democratic process. ”
He admitted he found himself agreeing
with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman who
described the proposal as a “nutty idea”.
Mr O’Connor said the health system was
under huge pressure and had higher priorities
than gender reassignment surgery.
“ When we’ve dealt with the acute issues and
the other pressing needs of the health system,
I think probably at that stage it’s something to
look at seriously.”
Labour leader Andrew Little has described
the issue as “complex” and not one about which
he would make up a “policy on the hoof ”.
Dr Coleman said the proposal showed the
Labour Party was “out to lunch” and would be
unelectable for a long time.
Former Buller mayor
Martin Sawyers is the
new chief executive
and registrar of the
Plumbers, Gasfitters and
Mr Sawyers is currently
the corporate ser vices
manager for the Real
Estate Agents Authority
and will take up his role
on June 15.
Peter Jackson said he
stood out from other
high calibre applicants
because of his relevant
“I am confident that
Martin will relate well
to stakeholders in the
plumbing, gasfitting and
and that he will be a real
asset to the board.”
Mr Sawyers’ governance
a term as Mayor of
Buller and eight years
as chairman of Buller
Prior to his current
role with the Real Estate
Agents Authority he
was the manager of
legal operations with
the Department of
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