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Mel Ryan Memorial 45s
Norrie Williams and Les Allan
won the Mel Ryan Memorial 45s
tournament at the Railway Hotel
yesterday, narrowly beating Ken
Smythe and Robert Lord in a close
final. Barbara Collett and Belinda
Skelton were third. The consolation
plate was won by Millie Sinnott and
Joy Teasdale, who beat Glen Balloch
and Phil Gardyne.
Camper van crash
No one was injured when a
camper van went off the road
about 3km south of Ross yesterday
morning. The accident happened
about 8.45am. Police said the driver
was from overseas.
Four hurt in crash
Four people have been injured, two
of them seriously, in a car crash on
Saturday. Police said a single vehicle
crashed and all four occupants hurt
in the incident on State highway 12
north of Dargaville, Northland. The
Fire Ser vice said a four-wheel-drive
crashed and ended in a paddock. The
condition of the injured people was
not known. — NZ ME
New trains arrive
The first pair of two-car units from
Wellington’s new trains arrived this
morning by boat from Korea. The
two-car units were the first of 35
pairs made set to arrive in stages
by the middle of next year. Greater
Wellington Regional Council
chairwoman Fran Wilde said locals
preferred the new units to the old
Ganz Mavag units. The council said
rail patronage had steadily increased
since the first batch began arriving
in 2010. “ This is the final step on the
way to having the single, modern,
electric train fleet the region’s
commuters deser ve,” Ms Wilde said.
“It can’t come soon enough. If you
stand on a platform today, you can
still hear a collective groan when
the old units come into view instead
of one of our new Matangi.” The
remaining Ganz Mavag units will
be phased out as the new Hyundai-
made trains arrived and were
commissioned. — NZ ME
Greymouth Bridge Club results
were. — Wednesday: Tina Fernando
and John Boyes 58%, 1; Bijaya
Mishra and Ian Anderson 54%, 2.
Thursday: Bijaya Mishra and Sue
Glue 71%, 1; Bruce Truman and
Michael Glynn 53%, 2; Joy Willman
and Rhonda Levien 57%, 3.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Jay
Elaine, Ocean Odyssey, Christina,
Sovereign, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Ocean Odyssey, Wednesday.
Expected arrivals: Nil.
WMP suppliers in spotlight
State highway 6 traffic will face two
12-hour closures of the Taramakau
Bridge in mid-June.
The closures are planned from 8pm
on June 13 to 8am in June 14, and then
again at the same times on June 27-28.
The closures are to enable Kiwi Rail
to install rubber mats on the bridge
approaches to improve safety for
motorcyclists and cyclists.
The work requires the removal of a
50m section of track at each end of the
It will be replaced with new track and
concrete sleepers. A large amount of
material has to be removed at the ends
of the bridge and the foundations for the
A representative of the European
manufacturer of the special matting will
A detour route will be available via
Jacksons, Stillwater and Moana, adding
about 90 minutes to journey times.
The first stage of the roll-out of Westland
Milk Products’ new Farm Excellence (Farm
Ex) programme has almost been completed,
with 97% of farms having had their first
Launched in 2014, Farm Ex works on the
basic philosophy that what happens behind
the farm gate impacts on Westland’s ability
to sell in a highly competitive marketplace.
The programme sets high quality
production, environmental, animal welfare
and sustainability standards for Westland’s
The move has been welcomed by the
Department of Conser vation on the West
Coast because of the positive environmental
spin-offs that the programme entails.
Westland Milk chief executive Rod Quin
says Farm Ex is primarily about future-
proofing the dairy industry and Westland
Milk Products’ ability to continue to sell into
an increasingly demanding international
market, where not only is food safety and
quality paramount, but also the story behind
“Customers increasingly want trans-
parency, traceability and accountability in
all areas,” Mr Quin said.
“Naturally their focus is on food safety
and the quality of our products, but they
also want assurances on our performance in
such areas as environmental protection and
sustainability, animal welfare, employment
conditions and even the aesthetic appearance
of the farm property itself.”
One of the focus points for the initial
roll-out of the programme has been the
environment, Mr Quin said. “O ur staff have
been looking at such issues as weed control,
fencing off of water ways, effluent disposal,
fertiliser use, farm chemical disposal and so
The company has been working closely
with the West Coast Regional Council and
DOC on the environmental aspects of the
Farm Ex programme.
DOC conser vation partnerships director
for the north and western South Island
Region, Jan Hania says: “ Water quality is a
key foundation to environmental protection.
Our native freshwater fish, birdlife, wetland
and riverside vegetation and our recreation
enjoyment depend on it.
“The whitebait fishery is a good example
of a resource that the community values
that thrives where there is good water
quality. Whitebait are juvenile forms of
various native fish that, as adults, breed in
local estuaries and rivers. Water quality and
suitable waterside vegetation is essential to
their breeding success. This programme,
successfully rolled out should see a large
contribution to this.
“ Everything Westland’s shareholders do
on their properties to fence off water ways
and manage nutrient flows not only
enhances their reputation as responsible and
sustainable producers, it has a benefit for
whitebait, too. That ’s good news when you
consider several of the fish that comprise
whitebait are rare and threatened species.
Of course other fish, insects and birds,
and recreational water users benefit from
improved water quality, too.”
Mr Quin said everybody benefited from the
Farm Ex standards, shareholders especially.
“ In essence, Farm Ex is designed to
guarantee our suppliers’ right to continue
to supply milk. It also has the goal of
shareholder pay-out by
supporting Westland’s move into nutritional
products where the standards that need
to be met are higher, but the potential for
improved returns is substantially better.”
Monday May 25
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Graham. — Two years
Even though you are
I just want to say.
I love you and I miss
Always on my mind
Forever in my heart
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SHAW, Bruce. —
Passed away peacefully
on Saturday May 23,
2015 at Grey Hospital,
dearly loved soulmate of
Marion, loved dad of
Renae and Steve, and
Willow, and loved gran-
dad of Jordyn and
Kaylin Austin. In his
55th year. Messages to
77 Shakespeare Street,
Special thanks to the
staff of Grey Hospital
for their wonderful care
of Bruce. A celebration
of Bruce's life will be
held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
Greymouth on Thursday
at 1.30pm followed
by cremation. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
March 19, 1983 - May
25, 2001. In loving
memory of our precious
son and brother.
Right now I'm in a
And though we seem
I'm closer than I ever
I'm there inside your
I'm with you when you
greet each day,
And while the sun shines
I'm there to share the
I'm with you every
I'm with you when the
times are good,
To share a laugh or two.
And if a tear should
start to fall,
I'll still be there for
And when that day
That we no longer are
I'll smile and hold you
close to me,
... Forever in my heart.
So deeply loved and
sadly missed every day
Love from Mum,
Sahrae, Troy, Mylah and
all your family and
peacefully at his home
on May 21, 2015, aged
63. Loved husband and
best friend of Pauleen,
loved dad and father-in-
law of Michael, and
Kelly and Tony, loved
grandad of Rian, and
Keira. Messages to 52
7803. Thank you to
all those who were
involved during Bruce's
journey. As per Bruce's
wishes a private service
has taken place. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 768 0250.
Drum major Mort Cruickshank leads the Westland Brass Band for their march down Hamilton Street, Hokitika, during the Brass
Bands Association 2015 Contest street march on Saturday. Westland was up against bands from Marlborough, Nelson, and Westport
for the march, and then joined together as a large massed band to return.
Bands put on smar t show
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
97% of farms assessed in excellence programme
Two months after the Department of
Conser vation turned off the power to
the winch for the small passenger railway
used by the Denniston Experience, tours
of the underground coal museum are
continuing on foot.
DOC made the move after Work Safe
raised concerns over the train and the
risk of fire.
Tourists still catch the train but get off
near the portal, and walk the rest of the
DOC Westport conser vation ser vices
manager Bob Dickson said the
Denniston Experience remained open
“ We are still waiting to hear back from
the High Hazards Unit,” Mr Dickson
The regulators were “ very co-operative”.
Walking tourists on the last part of the
journey “seems to be going very well”.
Mr Dickson said he understood tourist
numbers had been particularly high this
The Denniston Experience was
officially opened in early 2011.
It is one of the highest rated West Coast
tourist events on the website tripadvisor,
with many rating it five out of five.
Taramakau bridge closures loom
The defended hearing of a Hokitika
man who pleaded not guilty to a
burglary did not take place last week
after he chose to change his plea over
the offence to guilty.
Tyran Robert Dixon had earlier
pleaded not guilty to the offence.
However he was convicted and was
remanded for sentence to August 11
after changing his plea to guilty.
Police said that in 2013 the victims
of the burglary had had to move their
belongings into a garage due to a house
fire. Between October 28 and November
4, 2013, the complainants noticed that
the garage had been entered and a
number of their belongings had been
On September 16 last year Dixon’s
fingerprints, which had been entered on
the police database after he was arrested
for another offence, matched those
found on louvre windows at the garage,
and he was charged.
Dixon will also be sentenced on
charges he had previously pleaded guilty
to, of threatening behaviour, driving
while forbidden and intentional damage.
Chloe Ann Singer, of Whataroa, was
readmitted to bail after she was arrested
for failing to appear at Christchurch
District Court. She was remanded on
bail to reappear in Christchurch on June
Scott Nicholas Bradley, of Hokitika,
was remanded on bail to appear at
Christchurch District Court on June 3,
after making a voluntary appearance at
Greymouth District Court. A warrant
had previously been issued for his arrest
after he failed to appear in Christchurch
on May 11.
Firearms charges remand
A former Kokatahi resident, now living
in Geraldine, had his appearance in the
Greymouth District Court on firearms
charges excused on Friday.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Matthew
Schlager, 19, had previously been living
in Kokatahi, therefore a letter informing
him of his court appearance had been
sent to that address. However, he had
since moved to Geraldine, and therefore
the letter had not reached him.
Schlager was facing two charges of
possession of a firearm and one charge
of possession of ammunition.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll remanded
him to June 17 to plead to the charges as
he would be sentenced on two charges of
assault, which took place on October 3.
Eight months after
five marine reser ves
opened on the West
Coast, the Department of
Conser vation says people
appear to be abiding by
They were officially
opened in September,
covering 174 square
kilometres, at Kahurangi
and Punakaiki in Buller,
Coast, Tauparikaka and
Hautai/Gorge River, in
It is illegal to fish
inside a marine reser ve,
either from a boat or
from shore, or to take
or interfere with fish
and other marine life.
handpicking of beach
stones, non-living shells
and driftwood is allowed.
Conser vation Westport
conser vation ser vices
manager Bob Dickson,
said last week they
had not identified any
particular issues and so
far there has been just
one breach — a tourist
who collected mussels
Other than that, it was
“pretty quiet ”.
Key staff involved in
the reser ves would come
together in July to look
at enforcement and
Penalties under the
Marine Reser ves Act
1971 include confiscation
of equipment, vessels
or vehicles, fines and
of the Hokitika Guardian
Progress on the anticipated Ruatapu-
Ross section of the West Coast
Wilderness Trail will step up a gear from
this week as the contract for work on
the old rail links bridges and structures
The Westland District Council expects
to have the leg completed by October, in
time for Ross’s 150th celebrations.
Council operations manager Peter
Anderson said last week tenders for the
contract closed on Wednesday.
He said the council had invited five
companies to tender for the works
covering 11 structures, including the old
Totara rail bridge, which will be a feature
of the completed trail.
Mr Anderson said four tenders were
now on the table for review.
Volunteers and operators have been
doing their part to assist in beautifying
the ride with native flax and cabbage
Mr Anderson said the group, including
Department of Conser vation staff, had a
good understanding of the environment
through the coastal route and the council
was happy to be working alongside them.
Over 75 plants were put in the ground
Ross School students have also helped,
potting up another 50 cabbage trees for
Ross-Kumara community develop-
ment officer Mike Keenan said Ross folk
were poised to work in with the trail.
“In Ross we don’t want to think of it
as the end of the trail; we think of it as
The Grey District Youth Trust
say the town’s youth have nothing
to do and need some incentive to
stay in Greymouth.
The trust made a submission to
the Grey District Council long-
term plan asking for more youth
development to be included.
It bemoaned a “lack of any
mention of young people” in the
While addressing the councillors,
trust member Ella McGeady said
many of her age group complained
of little to do in the town.
“There are many negative
comments by teens about there
being nothing to do in this town.”
She suggested an area where
young people could meet, possibly
located in the centre of town.
Trust youth co-ordinator Sarah
Har vey said the council needed
to keep young people in
“ We have an ageing population,
we need to find ways to keep our
young people,” Ms Har vey said.
In 10 years’ time — the length
of the long-term plan — today ’s
young people would be the
“ Young people now, between the
ages of 12 and 24, will be in the
22-34 age group in 10 years’ time.
They will be the workers, parents
and decision makers and need
to have a hand in shaping
the long-term plan for this
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
young people could meet in the
foyer area of the aquatic centre
and would also have the Westland
Recreation Centre once it was
The trust asked to be involved in
discussions about the suggested
‘Discovery Centre’ which the
council agreed to do. The council
will also work with the trust on
strategies and policies.
The Westport Brass Band passes the Carnegie Building in the street march.
Ruatapu-Ross wilderness trail
contracts to be let this week
Submissions call for more
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