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A young man rolled his vehicle
on State highway 7 near the Kiwi
Point overbridge between Dobson
and Stillwater, yesterday afternoon.
Brunner Volunteer Fire Brigade
fire chief Rob Lunn said the man
suffered low level to moderate
injuries and was taken to Grey Base
A man caught driving in
Westport yesterday morning had
been disqualified indefinitely. He
presented an Australian licence when
pulled over at 10 o’clock, but he was
still disqualified in New Zealand.
The man’s vehicle was impounded
and he will appear in court on June
Burglars entered a Menzies Street
property in Westport overnight on
Sunday, breaking into a padlocked
tool shed. Police said the burglary
was discovered first thing yesterday.
Three chainsaws and a compressor
were taken, and fishing lines and
tackle box were taken from a second
unlocked shed on the property.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey,
Jay Elaine, Christina, Sovereign, 25
other vessels. Expected departures:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Ocean
Odyssey, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
No decision on
Police are investigating how a gate was
“ intentionally left open” on an Ahaura farm
over the weekend, resulting in at least one calf
wandering on to the nearby railway line, where
it was hit by a train.
A police spokesman said sheds at the farm
property may have been entered as well.
However, the extent of other interference on
the property was being investigated by officers
Calf hit by train after gate left open
Ben Aulakh and NZME
A West Coast lawyer says that it would be a
“ big loss” when Relationships Aotearoa shuts
Relationships Aotearoa is likely to close in 60
locations throughout the country by the end of
the week, the agency says.
The not-for-profit organisation failed to
get an assurance of more funding from the
Government this year and negotiations for a
transition plan for clients have fallen through.
The organisation provides counselling to
both the victims and perpetrators of domestic
violence, including on the West Coast.
Lawyer George Linder, who specialises in both
criminal and family law on the Coast, warned of
the impact the closure of such a ser vice would
“ It will be a big loss, it ’s the only provider for
family court for counselling, as far as I know. I
don’t know of any other provider in town that
does it,” Mr Linder said.
“They have already cut back on Family Court
appointed counselling sessions, they did that a
couple of years ago.”
He saw “quite a few ” people being referred to
the ser vice through the Greymouth court.
Whenever a protection order was made
against a person, banning them from contacting
someone, they were entitled to three counselling
sessions through the court.
Some 7000 people who get counselling will
have to find help elsewhere, and of those, up to
900 will be referred back to the courts.
The organisation is New Zealand’s largest
provider of counselling ser vices, and 183 staff
will lose their jobs.
The organisation has said its funding from
government agency contracts had fallen by
$4.8 million since 2012, a drop of about 37%
from $13.1 million to a forecast $8.2 million.
It posted a $271,000 deficit for the year ended
June 30, 2014.
Lawyer laments counselling
No decision has yet been made whether
anyone will be charged in connection
with the brutal death of a dog in the
Greymouth area on January 9.
The pet was found with what appeared
to be a smashed skull. However, despite
regular statements via a Facebook
page that someone has been criminally
charged over the death, in fact no one
has yet been charged.
The national office of the SPCA
confirmed today that it had yet to make
a decision whether to charge anyone.
Inspectorate regional manager Susan
Baudet said her office had just received
the case file following completion of the
Greymouth-based investigation into
the case. Her office would be reviewing
that file over the next week, including if
further information was needed, before
consulting the Crown Law Office about
whether to proceed with charges.
The SPCA has previously described the
incident in which the dog was killed as
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from us far too soon, on
May 24, 2015, at Christ-
church Hospital, aged 44
years. Adored and much
loved husband and best
friend of Jaruphan, fun
loving dad and great
mate of Jack. Much
loved son of Alan and
the late Miriam, best
friend, brother, brother-
in-law and uncle of
Thomas, Kasey, and
Reuben; Philippa and
Charlie, Zoe, Olivia, and
Beau; Deidre and Chris,
Andrew, and Jason; and
a loved great-uncle.
Special thanks to all the
doctors and nurses at the
ICU. A service to cele-
brate Paul's life will be
held in the Lamb &
Chapel, 467 Wairakei
Road, Burnside, on
Thursday May 28, at
2pm, private cremation
May 24, 2015, tragically
taken as a result of an
accident at Rocky Point,
much loved son of Tony
Daglish and Lonnie
brother of Kimberley
and Hayley, Uncle
David of Lydia, loved
grandson of Flora and
the late Jack Daglish,
and nephew of John,
Paul and Brenda, Linda
and Shaun Habgood,
Owen and Renee, and
McAllister. Aged 22
years. Messages to 31
Main South Road, Grey-
mouth 7805. Funeral
details to be advised
later. Anisy Funeral
of the Hokitika Guardian
At least 200 ratepayers voted with
their feet last night, many protesting
against the Westland District Council’s
proposed rating changes and hefty
It was standing room only in the
Hokitika Greypower rooms as people
from as far as Franz Josef Glacier and
from every sector of the rating district,
vented their frustration over forecast rate
rises — some higher than 100% — in a
However, it was at times a divided
room as a minority agreed the council
was on the right track.
The biggest angst was among those
who had changed sectors to one of the
four simplified rating categories, mainly
those in the rural-residential sector
created as part of the 2014 rate review
which brought about the unpopular
change to capital value-based rating.
It was a common story: while their
rates had gone up, they received minimal
ser vices and in many cases a reduction
in ser vice.
The inflated uniform annual general
charge — poised to be pumped up to the
maximum of 30% — was another hot
Speakers called for a pause on the
rating changes, which are proposed to
take effect from July 1, and the council
was asked to investigate ways to iron
out the anomalies, consult further and
spread the load more evenly.
A burning question around the room
was why farmers appeared to be getting
off lightly and why farms, which fit the
bill as a commercial ratepayer under
the new formula, were not charged
Mayor Havill acknowledged that the
new rating system had “gone down like
a lead balloon” in all three of the four
long-term plan consultation meetings.
The fourth will be held in Franz Josef on
However, he reminded the Hokitika
crowd the consultation meetings were
“We are not here to say you have to
like it or lump it. We are dealing with a
draft plan and we are here to consult. As
a council, we will keep consulting until
we get it as close as we can to acceptable.
We are dealing with a pretty limited
deck of cards.
“ We have gone from an extremely
complicated model to one that is simple,
but it is not ‘one size fits all’.”
Work continues on a new $2 million trades training facility at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic, in Greymouth. The 480 square metre,
two-storey building, facing Tainui Street, will include a three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space.
Progress on polytechnic trades training building
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Pike ‘already held to account ’
of the Hokitika Guardian
Moving the Wildfoods Festival out of
Hokitika, bringing back night entertainment
or taking it out of council hands altogether,
were just some of the options put for ward by
stakeholders yesterday in an open forum on the
future of the event.
About 50 people — including past and present
Westland District Council staff and councillors,
business owners and health officials — shared
Their feedback was being collected for a
combined submission on the long-term future
of the festival, which turned 26 in March.
Financials were also released yesterday,
revealing an $80,300 deficit against budget.
While the crowd numbered over 6200, actual
tickets sold reached only 5345.
Total revenue was $157,000 lower than
expected. However, council chief executive
Tanya Winter said “prudent management ” by
the festival organising team created savings in
expenditure of $76,849, which had offset the
lower than expected revenue.
The council had budgeted for the festival to
make a surplus of $46,853, but it made a loss
Ms Winter said any losses the festival made
were ultimately under written by ratepayers.
She asked those taking part in yesterday ’s
forum if that was sustainable or acceptable.
Mayor Mike Havill said he was of the view
that Wildfoods belonged to the community and
it was theirs to decide in what format it should
He also wanted it “made clear” on what the
council’s future involvement should be: “I want
it to sur vive, to prosper and be successful.”
A number of options were put for ward and
extended on by the floor.—
Keep the status quo.
Cease the festival altogether.
Hold it every second year.
Contract it out.
Have it run by a community trust or group.
Shift the location, to the Hokitika beach, for
Former veteran Wildfoods Festival co-
ordinator Mike Keenan, now working for the
Ross and Kumara communities, said if the
council did not want it, Kumara would happily
If it was run outside of the council, the council
would not have to feel the pressure of the likes
of “killjoys” — Community and Public Health
and the police.
“ I believe the CPH and police are the killjoys
of the festival,” Mr Keenan said.
They, along with a lack of a cash sponsor were
currently restricting the event.
CPH representative Karen Hamilton said its
involvement was a reflection of legislation.
“ We are not killjoys, We want people to have
a good time and for the festival to carry on and
we want people to get home at the end of it,”
Ms Hamilton said.
Mr Havill said that between the West Coast
District Health Board and the police there was
a focus to deliver a quality festival that was not
a “generic booze up. ”
Many agreed the demographics had shifted
over recent years to become more family
Cr Andy Thompson said the Wildfoods
target market, which today included university
students, needed to be taken into account.
Deputy mayor Pauline Cox said the Friday
night and Saturday night entertainment should
return: “I think it ’s been a bad idea to do away
Jenny Keogan, who ser ved 10 years on a
festival committee, said entertainment would
play a huge part in continuing the festival and
seeing it gain momentum again.
If more money was invested in attracting a
big name or identity band, more people would
come and they would probably pay more.
Both Ms Keogan and former councillor
Russell Gugich highlighted the times when the
festival was community-led.
Mr Gugich, who ser ved around the table at
the time the festival peaked at 23,000 people,
said Hokitika had “dined out on those good old
“ It ran well with a community committee . . .
but it just got too big.”
The council at the time had made the decision
to cap it at 15,000, being conscious of the
impact on the infrastructure of the town.
The management of the festival had also
changed and Mr Gugich specifically pinpointed
the changes made this year, saying the council
had left it “so horribly late” to get organised “it
was never going to succeed”.
Mr Havill said as a result of yesterday ’s forum
a working party would be formed that was
representative of the community’s views.
A lawyer for Work Safe New Zealand
says Pike River Coal had already been held
to account when charges against former
executive Peter Whittall
A judicial review for the dropping of those
charges in December 2013 is under way in the
High Court in Wellington. Lawyer Joanna
Holden said there were several reasons why
the prosecution against Mr Whittall did not
She said many witnesses were not
available, and the principal offender — the
company — had already been convicted and
Ms Holden says there was no causative link
between Mr Whittall’s alleged offending, and
the explosions in the mine.
A member of the public gallery called out
“you’re joking” as Ms Holden laid out her
Ms Holden said the prosecutor had to
weigh up the cost of the case against the low
likelihood of a successful prosecution.
The prosecutor knew that Pike River Coal
was unlikely to pay reparation of $3.4 million
as ordered, she said, and the $3.4 million
offered by Peter Whittall covered those costs.
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