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Tranz Alpine in crash
Buses were bringing Tranz Alpine
passengers to Greymouth today after
a car collided with the train west of
Christchurch. The crash happened
near Springfield just after 9am. The
car driver was hurt but there were no
injuries among those on the train.
Westport police dealt with two
minor car crashes in the town
yesterday. No one was injured in a
two-car collision at the intersection
of Bentham and Palmerston streets
at 9.15am. At 1.35pm a car ran into
the back of a truck in Brougham
Street, but there were no injuries. No
charges were laid in either case.
Women’s business awards
Entries are open for the
Mumtrepreneur Awards, a scheme
recognising and celebrating women
in New Zealand who have founded
their own start-up business while
also raising a family. The 2014
Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards
highlighted the work of Wellington
businesswoman Bridgit Hawkins,
who developed an app to help dairy
farmers irrigate effectively and
took the crown of supreme winner.
Category champs included start-ups
The Growth Collective, Brollysheets
and Rock My Baby. This year’s
entrants could win the grand prize
of flights to LA or Hong Kong. The
awards will be judged by an expert
panel including Trilogy founder,
Catherine de Groot. Women
can apply or be nominated at
close on June 15.
Body in submerged car
A man’s body has been found in
car partially submerged in water
at an Auckland boat building yard
this morning. The man’s body was
found at 7am by a member of the
public at the yard on Rame Road
in Greenhithe. An investigation is
under way. — NZME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Jay Elaine, Ocean
Odyssey, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Christina, Sovereign, 23 other
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
Wednesday May 27
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Richard. — MBE, JP.
May 27, 2014.
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us
Unseen, unheard, but
Still loved, still missed,
and very dear.
Love always Angela,
Stephen and Sharon,
Marlene and Geoff,
Tragically taken May
Always thinking of you
and missing you
Grandad Brown and
Genuine Care and
May 24, 2015. Tragic-
ally taken as a result of
an accident at Rocky
Point. Much loved son
of Tony Daglish and
Kimberley and Hayley,
Uncle Dave of Lydia,
loved grandson of Flora
and the late Jack
Daglish, and the late
McAllister, and nephew
of John, Paul and
Shaun Habgood, Owen
and Renee, and Ashley
and Anne McAllister, a
loved cousin and friend
to many. Aged 22 years.
Messages to 31 Main
South Road, Greymouth
7805. A celebration of
David's life will be held
in the Holy Trinity
Anglican Church, Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
followed by interment at
the Karoro Cemetery.
Anisy Funeral Home,
It was right to consider a compensation offer
when deciding to drop charges against former
Pike River chief executive Peter Whittall, Work
Safe New Zealand says.
This was despite initial concerns about the
legality and propriety of the unusual offer from
Mr Whittall’s legal team — one that has since
been labelled chequebook justice.
The role that a compensation payment played
in the decision not to pursue the charges has
been central to a two-day hearing in the High
Court at Wellington.
Twenty-nine miners were killed in a series of
explosions in November 2010.
Mr Whittall had faced 12 charges related to
failing to ensure the safety of workers in the
mine, but they were dropped in December 2013,
after the informant, the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Enterprise, offered no evidence.
Christchurch District Court Judge Jane
Farish had agreed a successful prosecution was
A proposal that Mr Whittall, on behalf of
the directors and officers of the former Pike
River Coal, would pay families a share of $3.41
million was then carried out.
Families were not told of the prosecution’s
decision until after it had been made.
Anna Osborne, widow of contractor Milton
Osborne, and Sonya Rockhouse, mother of
miner Ben Rockhouse, subsequently applied for
a judicial review of the decision to drop charges,
which was heard in the High Court this week.
Work Safe NZ lawyer Joanna Holden said
the prosecutor had initially been concerned
about the legality and propriety of the unusual
compensation offer. However, after careful
consideration the concerns were ruled to be
Ms Holden said the prosecutor was likely to
have been criticised if the compensation was
not considered and the prosecution later failed
or was dropped.
Family members at court yesterday wore
yellow ribbons, a symbol of the tragedy, and
long-time family spokesman Bernie Monk was
Nigel Hampton, QC, lawyer for the families,
argued that the compensation was “chequebook
justice”, funded by the insurance company ’s
payout from the sale of Pike River.
He said a deal was struck between the
prosecution and defence for Mr Whittall’s
charges to be dropped if the insurance money
“ Pragmatism overcame principle . . . and
following the money coloured everything . . .
(this was) a disastrous message to allow to be
sent to the public — that justice in this country
can be bought.”
Justice Farish had previously ordered Pike
River Coal to pay reparations, which the
company said it could not meet.
“That experience meant Justice Farish was too
focused on ensuring compensation was paid,”
Mr Hampton argued.
“This was a District Court judge following a
line I suggest she shouldn’t have been following
Justice Brendan Brown has reser ved his
decision. — NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Pike River compo
Westland Milk Products is predicting
it will pay $5.60 to $6 a kilo of milksolids
next season — although what farmers
will actually get in the hand remains to
Chairman Matt O’Regan told
shareholders by e-mail yesterday that
the previously forecast 2014-15 season
operating surplus remained unchanged
at $4.90 to $5.10, before retentions.
Mr O’Regan said the board had
approved the co-operative’s 2015-
16 season budget at $5.60 to $6, and
approved the June advance payout at
$4.40, to be paid on June 20.
The starting advance payments for the
new season, starting on September 20,
would be the same, at $4.40.
Mr O’Regan said the “key inputs”
would be presented in detail at
shareholder meetings throughout the
Coast next month.
“The budget represents our views of
the likely market prices, milk flows,
production plans, foreign exchange rates
and costs over the August 2015 to July
2016 period,” he said.
Shareholders and suppliers would
continue to receive monthly updates in
view of the market dynamics as the year
“It is worth highlighting the extremely
volatile market we operate in which
makes accurate forecasting of prices
and foreign exchange movements in
particular a significant challenge. ”
The Greymouth Star understands
the board is considering reducing the
retention rate from 30c to 20c for every
kilo of milksolids for the 2014-15 end of
However, a spokesman said the
company would not respond to “rumours”
and would decide on the retention rate
when the final end of season figures were
At the same time, the company released
a statement saying its prediction for next
season of $5.60 to $6 “might be more
optimistic than some”.
But it was Westland’s “considered
forecast ” of expected outcomes for 2015-
16 and it would commence next season
with a higher than usual advance payout
“This is based on the expected need
for cash required on farms to keep milk
production as high as possible, while
the company has robust cash flows and
manageable working capital headroom.”
Chief executive Rod Quin said he
expected dairy prices to recover next
season but to remain relatively low due
to milk supply pressure from Europe and
the United States.
Chinese whole milk powder buyers
were expected to return with more
demand early next year but the dairy
industry was currently dealing with
“ uncharted territory,” with at least three
major changes impacting the market.
These included the removal of
European Union milk quotas after 30
years — but the retention of import
duties — and ongoing sanctions against
“ Lower demand” from China, with
high imported milk stocks “overhanging
the market ” along with growth in
Chinese milk production was the third
factor — at a time when Westland is
setting up a separate Chinese based
operation with its own board structure,
along with a $40 million UHT plant at
Rolleston aimed at the same market.
A Westland farmer, who declined to
be named, said the latest predictions
were still a “bloody disaster” for the
420 suppliers scrambling to meet basic
running costs while ser vicing their own
The “ogre” of head office capital
expenditure weighed heavily, too —
from which farmers had yet to see a
return, he said.
If Westland Milk stuck to the lower
payout range of $4.90 this season and
took 30c a kilo at the end, farmers would
be left sur viving on on $4.60.
If the company pared back the retention
to 20c, as many expected, it would still
be “a bloody disaster” either way.
“ It’s under most farmers’ costs, that sort
Maori land change hui set
Changes that make
it easier for Maori
landowners to use and
develop their whenua
will be the focus of
discussions at 23
hui announced today
by Maori Development
Minister Te Ururoa
are being asked to give
feedback on the draft
Te Ture Whenua Maori
“The reform of Te Ture
Whenua Maori is a
landmark for Aotearoa
New Zealand. It is
essential that iwi, hapu
and whanau Maori are
informed and engaged in
this reform,” Mr Flavell
“It is the culmination
of 40 years of advocacy
by Maori for greater tino
rangatiratanga over their
whenua; while ensuring
that land is safeguarded
and retained as a taonga
tuku iho for future
The review of Te Ture
Whenua Maori Act
1993 is part of a Maori
land reform programme
which also includes
offering practical support
for Maori landowners.
A new $12.8 million
Te Ture Whenua
Maori Network was
announced in the budget
last week. This network
will support targeted
initiatives to improve the
productivity of Maori
land over the next four
hui begin next week;
Maori landowners can
make oral and written
submission on the bill by
The hui will be at the
Arahura Marae on June
4, from 10am to 1.30pm.
Uncertainty for counselling clients
The Ministry of Social Development says it
is too early to provide details of who will take
over from counselling agency Relationships
Aotearoa when it closes its doors in Greymouth
this Friday after almost half a century of ser vice.
The Greymouth branch opened in 1969
as Marriage Guidance. It was run out of the
Methodist Church where McDonald’s is now.
Its founders were the Rev Spindler, Les
Clements, Fred Lindbom and Dr Keith
It is currently based near the coal heritage
However, the agency will close nationwide
with the loss of 183 jobs after negotiations with
the Government broke down, and up to 7000
people will have to get counselling elsewhere.
When asked about Greymouth, a Ministry
spokesman said today transition planning was
under way and it was too early to provide details
down to a regional level.
“Clients will be contacted and suitable
arrangements made with them. ”
The ministry told Radio NZ it had made
arrangements with other agencies to pick up
Relationships Aotearoa’s clients.
Barnardos, Family Works, Stand Children’s
Ser vices and Lifeline would take on
Relationships Aotearoa clients.
Barnardos runs child care centres in
Greymouth, and Family Works (Presbyterian
Support) has a branch in Frickleton Street.
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