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Of Horse Haven,
Reefton, on Monday
June 1, 2015. Son of the
late Valarie and Noel
Derrett, brother of Paul.
Lover of horses and all
animals. Dear friend of
Irene and Kevin. A
gathering to celebrate
Silas' life will be held in
Reefton at a date to be
James (Ferg). — March
22, 1972 to May 11,
2015. Lynda, Brittany,
Jayden and the Ferguson/
Fuller families and
family friends who have
been with us throughout
this difficult time, thank
you all so much, words
cannot express how
grateful we are to you
all. To the Hokitika
Seido Karate Club,
Hokitika Fire Brigade,
St John Ambulance,
Grey Base Hospital
staff, Air Ambulance,
Christchurch ICU staff,
Kris Holland, Tracie
Piercy, Hokitika Search
and Rescue, Dean Fearn
and the WMP Protein
crew for all your love
and continual support,
Andy Barber (Hanshi)
and Nelson, Christ-
church Karate Clubs.
Also to the people who
travelled to be with us,
the cards, food, flowers
and donations have been
accept this as a personal
“Such a short life
lived to the fullest”
With aching hearts
we had to say goodbye.
We are left with such
Words cannot explain
we love you so much.
Until we meet again.
Possums are the main cause of bovine
tuberculosis spreading between herds of
cattle and deer, according to Operational
Solutions for Primary Industries (Ospri)
which manages the $80 million a year Tb-
free programme on behalf of New Zealand
farmers and the public.
Ospri group manager new business Peter
Alsop said yesterday Tb infection in possums
“c auses about 70% of herd infections”.
The remaining infections, he said, were
caused by movement of cattle or deer with
undetected Tb, but those infections were
also likely to have initially been generated
by infected wildlife.
Mr Alsop was responding to a suggestion
from New Zealand First MP Richard
Prosser the Tb problem in possums had
been overstated and aerial drops of 1080
poison, targeting possums, were not needed.
Mr Prosser noted that none of the 9838
possums autopsied in New Zealand last year
had Tb, and only 54 possums from 124,213
autopsied over nine years had the disease.
However, Mr Alsop said autopsies were
only carried out in certain areas.
“ Where we know Tb exists in wildlife, our
focus is on controlling the disease through
possum control, and not on spending money
unnecessarily capturing and examining
possums for signs of disease.
“In other areas, where the programme
is getting close to eradicating the disease,
the emphasis switches to sur veillance
work to carefully prove that the disease no
longer exists — a process that does require
individual possum capture and examination.
“O verall, finding fewer and fewer infected
possums, and fewer and fewer infected
herds, is a positive sign the programme is
Mr Alsop said the Tb-free programme had
resulted in a reduction of infected cattle and
deer herds from about 1700 in the late 1990s
to the present level of fewer than 50 herds.
And about a million hectares of New
Zealand was free of the disease, Mr Alsop
“The programme is running effectively and
ahead of predictions.
“Unless Tb is eradicated from the possum
population, Tb infections in cattle and deer
can return. ”
Tb in cattle and deer herds caused
production loss and “a wide range of other
adverse consequences for farmers”, Mr
Alsop said. — Otago Daily Times
of the Hokitika Guardian
Planned Saturday night closures
of the Taramakau Bridge, linking
Hokitika with Greymouth, has been
criticised for hijacking weekend
The Guardian has fielded calls from
residents who have had to change
or drop their travel plans due to the
solid 12-hour closures planned by
the New Zealand Transport Agency
for the road-rail bridge over the two
Saturdays later this month.
The State highway 6 bridge will be
closed from 8pm on Saturday, June
13, through to 8am on Sunday, and
then again at the same times the
That will interfere with shows in
both Greymouth and Hokitika. Past
closures were usually overnight on
NZTA said the
were necessary to allow safety
improvement work to be carried out
on the bridge approaches, including
the installation of rubber mats to
improve safety for motorcyclists and
Hokitika Grey Power president
Colleen Freitas said that in the past
the bridge had been opened on the
hour for motorists to get through.
inconvenience to weekend travellers,
as well as those who worked night-
shift, particularly Grey Base Hospital
staff, Mrs Freitas said.
A detour via local roads will be
available through Jacksons, Stillwater
and Moana, but that adds about an
hour and a half to travel times.
NZTA network performance
manager Pete Connors apologised
for any inconvenience the closures
would cause motorists.
“However, this safety work is
critical and a couple of 12-hour
windows, plus some good weather, is
needed to successfully complete this
work,” Mr Connors said.
If it had been possible to open
hourly they would have, he said.
“ We would have if we could have.
However, this work requires the
complete closure of the bridge so it
can be done as quickly as possible.
“ We haven’t received any complaints
or concerns about this work, so far.
Hopefully, people will see the job
as a little bit of short-term pain for
some real long-term road safety
Taramakau Bridge closures critcised for hijacking travel plans
Two resignations from the Inangahua
Community Board within days of each
other could result in a by-election
costing up to $8000.
Earlier this week Kim Bolton resigned,
citing personal reasons, and yesterday
the Buller District Council advised the
resignation of Barrie Fowler.
Mr Fowler told the Greymouth Star
he was stepping down for “personal
“ It was a hard decision and I’ve
enjoyed my time,” Mr Fowler said.
The council said yesterday
nominations for the two vacancies
had been extended to July 6, possibly
leading to a postal ballot on August 31
if enough nominations are received.
The Inangahua Ward covers areas
such as Inangahua Junction, Springs
Junction, Maruia, Ikamatua and
Waiuta, as well as Reefton township.
Council electoral officer John Rodgers
said if it went to a full by-election,
it would cost between $7000 and
Second Reefton board resignation
Warren and Mahoney Architects will lead the
design team for the new Westport integrated
family health centre to replace Buller Hospital, it
was announced recently.
Earlier this year, the West Coast District Health
Board called for proposals from design ser vices
interested in working on the Westport building,
which will replace the current Buller Health
Canterbury and West Coast DHBs chief
executive David Meates said the Christchurch-
based architects were currently part of the design
team for the acute ser vices building at Christchurch
They had recently completed a number of public
and private hospital developments across New
Other design ser vices have been awarded to
AECOM for mechanical and electrical ser vices;
Calibre Consulting for structural and civil
engineering ser vices; Olsson Fire and Risk for
fire consultancy ser vices; and WT Partnership the
quantity sur veyors.
“This building design team will work closely with
Buller clinicians on the next stage — the master
plan and concept design,” Mr Meates said.
“A recent decision to include community oral
health means the initial building footprint will
need to be increased to encompass that ser vice.”
Mr Meates said the work about to commence
would confirm the preferred option for the
construction and ownership of the new integrated
family health centre.
“A range of options was identified in the initial
business case, and the detailed analysis and market
engagement relating to those is ongoing,” he said.
Westport integrated family health
centre design team announced
The new St John health shuttle is now operating
between Hokitika and Greymouth.
The free ser vice, sponsored by Four Square, has
been launched solely to help West Coast residents
get to health appointments.
St John Hokitika area chairwoman Abbie Provis
said the van was yet to transport any Hokitika
residents to Grey Base Hospital, but it was available
The eight-seat shuttle will be dedicated later this
St John hierarchy and supporters of the initiative,
including members of the West Coast District
Health Board and other local health officials, have
been invited to the launch on Friday June 19, at
Hokitika St John.
New St John health shuttle now operating
Women from all over the country, including four
from Greymouth and one from Hokitika, will
be gathering in New Plymouth from June 15 to
17 to celebrate the 94th annual general meeting
of the New Zealand Federation of Women’s
Much fun and laughter will be heard morning,
noon and night as members enjoy the camaraderie
that comes with being part of a women’s
organisation that does so much for women and
The official opening will include invited guests
from sister organisations and will celebrate the 2015
gold honours recipients, the Women’s Institute
highest award. This year the gold honours badges
will be presented to four outstanding members for
their activities within and for the organisation.
Over the three days there will be business sessions,
remits to discuss and vote upon, interesting speakers,
prizegiving and entertainment, including a 1950s
and 1960s evening of music and dancing.
Winning handcrafts will also be on display.
Locals to attend Women’s Institute national meeting
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