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by Janna Sherman
of the Hokitika Guardian
A piece of Hokitika will be
presented to Pope Francis in the
form of a pounamu cross.
The 13.5cm-long pendant
has been crafted on behalf of
Hokitika-born Catholic Bishop
Stephen Lowe, who will gift
the cross to the pontiff when he
visits Rome shortly.
Hokitika car vers Kristy Wilson
and Stan McCallum, of Jade
Car ving, were commissioned to
make the piece, which has been
handcrafted from flower jade
sourced from Rimu.
Ms Wilson said a lot time had
gone into sourcing the right
piece of stone. F lower jade, with
its unique colouring, was one of
the most sought after, “and it is
from the bishop’s hometown,”
Ms Wilson said.
In February, she carved a
pounamu cross for Bishop Lowe
out of Rimu jade — chosen
for its association to Rimu
township, where his mother
grew up. It was presented during
his ordination as the new Bishop
of Hamilton earlier this year,
after he was hand-picked for the
position by Pope Francis.
Over the past 16 years
working together Ms Wilson
and Mr McCallum have car ved
significant pieces for the New
Zealand Warriors, New Zealand
Army and the American Navy.
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Two Greymouth men, aged 19
and 20, were arrested early yesterday
morning when police found them
scrapping outside the Railway Hotel.
Both were charged with disorderly
Noise control officers were called
out early yesterday to turn down a
loud party in Blaketown. A police
spokesman said the partygoers
complied and hushed the music after
Meeting with dad
turns ‘pear shaped’
A 16-year-old boy was
apprehended by Westport police
yesterday after a meeting with his
dad turned “pear shaped.” Acting
sergeant Georgie Were, of Westport
police, said the boy, who was not
from Westport, had travelled to
meet up with his estranged father.
“ Yesterday afternoon everything
turned pear shaped and escalated,”
Mr Were said.
Westport crash driver
The 24-year-old driver of a who
crashed on the corner of Domett
Street and Eastons Road, in
Westport, on Saturday night was
subsequently charged with drink-
driving and dangerous driving. Police
said the driver blew 840mg when
Westport police seeking help to
find the driver of a vehicle that
crashed through a fence in Derby
Street some time after 8pm on
Friday. A police spokesman said they
knew the vehicle was a Mitsubishi of
some type as the grill eof the car was
found at the scene.
Greymouth bridge results
Greymouth contract bridge results
from last week were. — Wednesday:
Mary Whitehead and Alison Dayne,
Bijaya Mishra and Ian Anderson
56% 1 equal. Thursday: Bijaya
Mishra and Stuart Oliver 61.1% 1,
Sue Holt and David Waugh 56.9%
2, Ash Hamilton and Ian Anderson,
Brian Rowlands and Glen Balloch
50% 3 equal.
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Moon Shadow II, Corsair.
Departures: One Greymouth vessel.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, Moon Shadow II,
Corsair, Sovereign, 23 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Moon Shadow II, today; Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
Programmes bringing down
Coast smoking rates
Working parents in Greymouth and
Hokitika will probably have a week-long
gap to fill in the next school holidays
now that WestREAP has canned its
school holiday programme.
Sport Canterbury West Coast had been
considering filling the void, but today
ruled out picking up the programme. It
will continue to offer the programme for
the second week of the school holidays,
leaving the first week empty.
Sport Canterbury chief executive Julyan
Falloon said it understand WestREAP
would no longer deliver a school holiday
programme on the Coast.
“This has been disappointing news for
many of our West Coast families.”
He said it would continue to deliver the
Active Kids school holiday programme
for the second week of the holidays.
Its programme will run as usual at
Grey Main School and St Mary ’s
Primary School, in Hokitika, from July
“ West Coast families have supported
Active Kids programmes for over 20
years. We are grateful for their support
of these programmes, which we believe
have long-term benefits,” Mr Falloon
Pilot to get
Four West Coast quit smoking
programmes are bringing down the smoking
rate on the West Coast, but there are still
population groups not keeping up with the
national rate of decline.
West Coast smokers have access to four
providers of cessation support: Aukati
Kaipaipa, Coast Quit, DHB Smoking
Cessation Ser vice and Quitline.
“ While progress has been made to reduce
the prevalence of smoking both nationally
and regionally, there are still population
groups that are not keeping up with the
rate of decline shown by the population as a
whole,” a report to the West Coast District
Health Board says.
According to 2013 census data there are
4794 regular smokers on the Coast, giving
a smoking prevalence of 20.5% (34.3%
Maori, 25.8% Pacific).
Smoking has decreased in all groups
between 1999 and 2014, but rates are
consistently higher for Maori and Pacific
ethnic groups and increases with deprivation
on the Coast “but only to a point ”.
“The prevalence decreases
with the highest
deprivation scores and increases rapidly in
late adolescence and peaks in those aged
20-29. From here, there is a steady decline
over the lifespan, and tends to be higher in
the West Coast DHB region than in New
Zealand as a whole.”
Aukati Kaipaipa has the best quit rate
at three months, at 44.6% . It is delivered
through a smoking cessation practitioner
based in Greymouth.
Staff have begun working with individual
practices to identify Maori smokers on their
register who either have no smoking status
recorded or are not up-to-date for receiving
Coast Quit, with a quit rate of 27.7%, is
delivered across the West Coast by clinicians
(GPs or practice nurses) in all eight primary
care centres and by three of the four
community pharmacies in the region.
Smokers are offered an extended face-to-
face initial assessment with an extended
first follow-up and three further follow-ups
as well as subsidised nicotine replacement
therapy or other smoking cessation
Third is the DHB Smoking Cessation
Ser vice, with a quit rate of 33.3% . The DHB
employs smoking cessation nurses based in
Greymouth and Westport but also provides
support for the Reefton and Westland.
Monday June 8
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5pm - 8pm
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Population groups not keeping up with national decline
A pilot project to try to get the
Department of Conser vation back on track
after a botched restructuring has concluded
on the West Coast.
The pilot began three months ago
after a report commissioned by director-
general Lou Sanson, a year after wide
ranging changes were implemented, found
“confusion” was rife.
The restructured department, pushed
through by former Conser vation Minister
Nick Smith, was divided into partnership
and ser vice divisions.
The report found that DOC staff had a
strong commitment to conser vation but
most were frustrated at how the organisation
was working. The accountability hierarchy
had been replaced by committees.
The 90-day regional pilot involving
Nelson-Marlborough and West Coast staff
finished in mid-May. The West Coast was
chosen because Mr Sanson felt it was one
of the better run regions.
DOC spokeswoman Fiona Oliphant,
of Wellington, said the DOC leadership
team was evaluating the findings and “will
decide on their response in the next couple
“There is no intention, as a result of the
pilot, to make changes to the ser vices that
DOC delivers or to cut staff numbers,” Ms
DOC has 141.65 full-time equivalent
positions on the West Coast and currently
has 13 vacancies.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Hokitika car vers Kristy Wilson, left, and Stan McCallum, of
Jade Carving, with the 13cm-long flower jade cross destined for
Papal pounamu cross made in Hokitika
Tb-infected herd numbers on the
West Coast have halved in two years,
and the first areas could be declared
disease-free by 2018.
The number of infected herds has
fallen from 48 in June 2013, to 23.
The Ospri Tb Free NZ plan to
attempt to eradicate Tb from a
huge area between the Ahaura and
Hokitika rivers, was launched in
2012. If successful, it means an area
the size of Urewera National Park
and home to 40% of all infected
herds on the West Coast — would
ultimately see an end to all pest
control, including aerial and ground
When the initiative was launched,
Tb Free warned that it could take 15
Ospri Northern South Island
Hickson said they aimed to eradicate
Tb from wild animals across at least
200,000ha of the West Coast by
Before they could declare an area
Tb-free, a large amount of supporting
evidence must be gathered to prove
the area was free of the disease.
That involved extensive wild animal
monitoring to check for the presence
“On the West Coast, we’re still
collecting data in the areas that have
been earmarked for eradication. By
about 2018, some of these areas are
likely to have their Tb risk status
removed, meaning the disease has
been eradicated,” Mr Hickson said.
“Until then, we’ ll continue to work
Staff were using handheld devices
that scanned and recorded the
location of traps, and detection tools
— such as chew cards — that helped
measure possum numbers. They also
captured and examined possums to
check for signs of Tb infection.
Ospri says that to eradicate Tb,
possum numbers need to be kept
extremely low — about one to two
animals for every 10ha. Once Tb has
been eliminated from the possum
population, it will also die out in
other wild animals, including pigs
In 2015-16, Ospri plans to control
possums across 641,650ha of the
West Coast. Ground control,
including traps and hand laid toxins,
accounts for about 93% of the total
Coast Tb infected herd numbers halved in two years
Sport WC rules out extending
Greymouth-based transport and fuel
contractor Aratuna Freighters says it
expects to feel the repercussions when
Oceana Gold mothballs its Reefton mine
in a few months’ time
Director Durham Havill said Aratuna
had carted all the fuel for the goldmine,
which the company confirmed last month
was about to be wound down.
“That will have repercussions down the
line,” Mr Havill said.
Aratuna had been doing eight to nine
loads a week, right up till last week.
However, he expected that they would
drop their four fuel tank sites down to
three once the mine closed.
“They are talking about slowing down
(so) we expect to be slowing down. It will
have an effect — If you look around the
whole place, we’re all taking a hit,” Mr
Despite that, Aratuna was building three
tanks which would be distributed around
the West Coast to smaller goldmines and
upgrades of other tanks.
Mr Havill said they had work for smaller
mines but “not a big one like that.”
He could not foresee another large
industry coming in to take the place of
“On the horizon I can’t see anything.
We’ve just got to face the reality that
things are slowing down.”
In a double blow, Aratuna had also
had lost the contract to carry chip for
Two truck staff had left and not
been replaced, but he said that was due to
the quieter period for freight over winter.
The company hoped the new Greymouth
fertiliser store would support them more,
now that it was receiving shipments.
However, the dairy slump could hit that
“ Dairy is down, what effect that will
have on fertiliser usage, we don’t know. ”
He was thankful for Westfleet ’s
operations, which were keeping them
Other wise, Greymouth had “flattened
off ” lately, yet Hokitika and South
Westland were still busy.
“(Hokitika) hasn’t been hit like Westport
or Greymouth have. The job losses in
Greymouth have been quite significant.
There has been an effect on the economy,
as signified by our freight movements,”
Mr Havill said.
Greymouth transport firms
expect repercussions when
Oceana mothballs mine
Kiwi Rail has applied for consent on
emergency work done two years ago at
a rail bridge at Mawheranui, in the Grey
This month the company lodged a
retrospective application for a resource
consent to place gravel and rock to form
an embankment to protect rail bridge 37
on the Stillwater-Ngakawau Line from
river scour. Bridge 37 is across the Big
Grey River, at Mawheranui.
The work was carried out as an
emergency response to flooding, over
a two-week period from the end of
Kiwi Rail notified the West Coast
Regional Council in November 2013
when work was being done. Normally
the consent application would be lodged
within 20 working days of the works
being undertaken, however the written
application has been delayed until now.
In their application, Kiwi Rail said no
further work had been done at the site
so they deemed that the delay in lodging
the consent application had no material
To protect from river scour a rock
embankment was built extending 160m
upstream to link with the road bridge
abutment protection works.
Kiwi Rail also placed rock around
the rail bridge abutments. About 6818
tonnes of rock was placed along the
riverbank on the true right of the Big
Two year delay for rail
Two successive years of low milk
prices will increase pressure on
the asset quality of New Zealand
banks, ratings agency Fitch said in
Fitch said the full impact impact
of low prices will depend on how
long they take to recover, the future
direction of interest rates and
on the level of the New Zealand
Fonterra last month cut its 2014-
15 farmgate milk price by 10c to
$4.40c a kg and set a $5.25 forecast
for the current 2015-16 year —
well below the break-even by most
estimates and below the long run
average of $6 a kg.
Fitch said New Zealand banks
were generally well capitalised
and had the capacity to absorb
impaired-loan levels similar to
the global financial crisis years of
Dairy farmers account for the
bulk of agricultural output, and
dairy loans make up nearly two-
thirds of total agricultural loans
while agriculture accounted for
14.5% of total banking system
claims in April 2015, according to
the Reser ve Bank.
Fitch said farmers were well
placed to withstand weaker prices
because of the substantial cash
payout by Fonterra from the record
Smaller payouts this season were
widely anticipated following last
year’s drop in global dairy prices,
and farmers have generally used last
season’s high prices and dividends
to pay down debt or invest, Fitch
the sector more robust, although
supply could rise and prices fall
further if farmers invest in fixed
assets,” Fitch said.
The depreciation of the New
Zealand dollar since mid-2014 had
cushioned farmers from the impact
of global price falls by supporting
prices in New Zealand dollars.
“Nevertheless, the failure of prices
to recover towards the long-term
average of $6 per kg of milk sold
by mid-2015 will exert pressure on
asset quality within banks’ dairy
Last month’s Financial Stability
Report from the Reser ve Bank
projected that lower payouts could
result in 25% of dairy farmers
experiencing negative cash flow.
Banks’ credit assessments when
lending to dairy farmers tend to
incorporate long-term average
payouts. “If payouts remain below
levels used for ser viceability
assessments, these may prove
too generous for the most highly
leveraged borrowers,” Fitch said.
Reserve Bank analysis has shown
that 10% of dairy farms account for
around one-third of sector debt.
Dairy farmers are more vulnerable
to rising interest rates than in the
Reserve Bank data shows that
floating-rate loans amounted to
72% of total dairy lending in June
2014, up from 16% in 2008.
Lower milk prices could have
an indirect effect on dairy loan
asset quality, if lower farm incomes
weigh on economic growth and
sentiment sufficiently to influence
monetary policy and reduce
pressure for further tightening.
However, this is far from certain.
Lower milk prices also widen
New Zealand’s current account
deficit, increasing the economy ’s
reliance on external funding. This
could make domestic funding
conditions more sensitive to
changes in global liquidity and
System impaired-loan ratios have
started rising from cyclical lows in
the six months to ended the first
quarter of this year.
Fitch said New Zealand banks
are generally well capitalised, have
strong profitability and sound asset
quality. “ This gives them ample
capacity to absorb impaired-loan
levels similar to 2009-10,” it said.
Low milk prices hits banks
Two people have died and another
eight were injured in a series of major
crashes on New Zealand roads over the
Wainuiomata residents heard a
woman screaming after a car struck the
side of a bridge and flipped on Main
Street in the Lower Hutt suburb about
A young man died in the crash and
two others were taken to Hutt Hospital.
Nearby resident Robert Yemm said
half a dozen neighbours headed out on
to the street to see what happened after
they heard a loud noise.
“ I just heard a bang, a solid bang, and
then it was all quiet and then I heard a
girl screaming so I went out. She was
screaming, ‘Help me, help me.’
“ I didn’t go right down, there was a
body in the road which put me off.”
Just an hour earlier, a teenager was
critically injured after a crash left
his car wrapped around a tree on
what locals call a “notorious bend ” on
Ocean Beach Road in Mount
The 19-year-old man had to be cut
out of the vehicle about 4am and was
still in a critical condition in Waikato
Hospital’s intensive care unit.
Ocean Beach Road resident Hannah
Taylor jumped out of bed when she
heard the impact of the car hitting the
large tree on their front lawn.
The driver appeared to be unconscious
and very pale, she said.
Neighbour Keith Smith said there
had been at least six similar crashes on
the notorious corner in the 12 years he
had lived there.
“This has happened so many times on
this corner. But we haven’t had people
seriously injured like this before.”
Another man was seriously injured
after his car came off the road and rolled
in the paddock of a 20ha farm south of
Auckland about 7.30am on Sunday.
The incident occurred on Glenbrook
Road, Kingseat, when the car went
through a fence and landed on its roof
in the paddock.
The driver had to be cut out and was
flown to Middlemore Hospital. He was
in a stable condition.
Property owner Anne Phillips said
the family was hopeful the driver would
have a speedy recovery.
“(The fence damage) is the least of our
worries. We just hope the guy in the
accident is going to be okay,” she said.
A less serious crash on the
Northwestern Motor way yesterday
afternoon saw another two people taken
to Waitakere Hospital in a moderate
The four Sunday crashes followed a
fatal two-vehicle collision on Saturday
afternoon in South Canterbury.
Shona McDougall, 80, from Timaru
died at the scene and two other people
The crash occurred at the stop-
controlled intersection of Scarborough
Road and State highway 1, south of
Timaru, about 3.30pm.
The passenger in Ms McDougall’s car
was taken to Timaru Hospital where he
was being treated for moderate injuries
and the driver of the other vehicle was
treated at the scene.
Canterbury police said investigations
were ongoing. — N ZM E
Two die in major
crashes over weekend
The Government is using mental
health patients as “gambling chips”
by implementing social bonds, one
social ser vices researcher says.
Steve Taylor, a counsellor and
social service outcomes researcher
said the answer to improving
mental health ser vices was
were most successful with clients,
and funnelling money to those
agencies, and away from agencies
who are not successful.
“Such a method is still
performance-orientated, but with
the absence of mental health clients
being used as gambling chips by
the State,” Mr Taylor said.
“In any social service, the
client ’s assessment of their
own improvement is the most
significant indicator of ser vice
success, rather than how many
clients simply present,” he said.
“The Government wouldn’t have
to spend any extra money — they
would simply need to mandate that
such client outcome measures were
used in the provision of ser vice
as a part of their existing funding
contracts with ser vice providers.”
Mental health clients being used as ‘gambling chips’
A New Zealander who fractured the
face of another inmate in an unprovoked
attack in an Australian prison has been
handed more jail time, and will be
deported back to New Zealand on his
Piripi Wiremu Mikaere Kingi, 30, was
found guilty earlier this year of seriously
assaulting Daniel Rolf at Acacia prison
in March 2014.
More than two years were added to
his sentence by Judge John Staude of
the District Court of Western Australia
on Friday for the assault, the Australian
Associated Press reported. Kingi was
due to be released from prison in
October, but will not now become
eligible for release until February 2018.
The court heard Kingi put Rolf in a
headlock until they both fell to the
ground, where Kingi kneed Rolf in the
chin. Rolf suffered a fractured larynx
and jaw in the fight, which Kingi has
always claimed Rolf started, AAP said.
But Judge Staude said Kingi, who
had a history of violent convictions,
carefully assaulted Rolf so he would not
be seen on camera. He had shown no
remorse for his actions, Judge Staude
Kingi would be deported after his
release,meaning he would be separated
from his former partner and their four
children if they remain in Western
Australia. — N ZM E
Violent NZ prisoner handed more jail time
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