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Grey District valuations
Grey district ratepayers will soon
find out the new valuations of their
properties. The three-yearly Grey
District Council revaluations will be
done in September. They will be used
for rating purposes from July 1, 2016.
Values in the district peaked between
2006 and 2009, but have been falling
since. By December they appeared to
Mayor offered a lamb
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn was last
night offered a live lamb if he took
concerns about parking in central
Greymouth seriously. Kotuku
resident Bob Smithem addressed the
Grey District Council meeting to
ask that time restrictions on parking
live lamb that would weigh 30kg
— if you accept what (we) say. ” Mr
Kokshoorn replied with amusement:
“That would be a bribe”.
Right of way may
become public road
A right of way above Stanton
Crescent, Karoro, may finally
become public road, 14 years after
the suggestion was first raised. Part
of the road is not actually owned
by the Grey District Council. Both
the district council and West Coast
Regional Council have expressed
concern about the stability of the
access. Before accepting the right
of way, the district council asked
for a geotechnical assessment and
any upgrade works carried out, with
property owners to foot half the bill.
Tb Free applies to
increase size of 1080 drop
Tb Free has applied to the West
Coast Regional Council to increase the
size of its aerial 1080 poison drop in
the Grey Valley. It wants
to increase the size of the Rough
River-Craigieburn zone from 16,500ha
to 19,973ha. The edge of the drop zone
runs roughly parallel to Atarau and
Mirfins roads. The application says
the drop is mainly to control possums
and keep down bovine Tb. However,
the Department of Conser vation had
“recognised a real conservation benefit
and allowed the area in their estate
to be increased,” Tb Free said in its
The West Coast Primary Health
Organisation is looking for people
aged 30 to 50 to help plan a healthy
eating campaign. It wants people to
‘ brainstorm’ on current attitudes to diet
and nutrition, benefits and barriers
to healthy eating, and the best way
to communicate with the public. The
PHO says people will not be asked to
share their own diet information, and
the information will be used to develop
a healthy eating website, social media
or campaign tools.
slipping: Cr Brown
The Grey District Council has been urged
to remove time restrictions on parking in
central Greymouth and get the parking officer
working also as a promotions officer.
Kotuku resident Bob Smithem, a former
Grey County Council chairman, said the
council had to act quickly to save the central
business district before it was too late.
On his drive into town to address the council
meeting last night he noticed The Warehouse
car park was humming, but that could not be
said of the town area.
Mr Smithem took issue with a comment
from a council submitter recently that people
were “too lazy ” to walk into the CBD.
“I took exception to that comment and so did
Many key retailers were located out of town
— The Warehouse, Mitre 10 Mega, Farmlands,
Wrightsons and even Smiths City.
For those who did come into town, parking
restrictions were a “disincentive”. If they had
the energy to shop, they were not lazy, he said.
People had no time to park, browse, or have
“If you are going to be chased around by
the parking warden it’s hardly worth the
The parking warden should be instructed to
enforce disabled parking, taxi and bus stands,
and should then be redeployed to hand out
leaflets promoting the town, and act as public
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the council was
revamping the central business district and
would look at parking.
Cr Kevin Brown agreed with Mr Smithem,
saying 30-minute parks were not even enough
time for lunch.
Bryan Williams made a written submission
also noting that a 30-minute parking limit was
Council urged to remove CBD
parking time restrictions
It was on, it was off, now an upgrade
of the Kaiata water supply could be on
The water upgrade was estimated to
cost $1.25 million, although a Ministry
of Health subsidy would have met 85% of
that cost. That would have added $495 a
year to rates bills.
When put to a local vote, it was too
much for them to stomach.
As a result, the Grey District Council,
which spent $132,000 laying the water
pipe when it did the sewerage scheme,
was left with a pipeline to nowhere.
However, the council was told last night
that some residents had had a rethink.
“The ward councillors have been
chief executive Paul
The council had not yet written to the
Health Ministry to refuse the subsidy but
a decision had to be made within three
“Just hang on and let the community
come back to us,” Mr Pretorius said.
Cr Anton Becker said he was looking
at doing a postal drop to see if there was
interest in holding a public meeting.
Town maintenance has been let slide and
the Greymouth fountain — once the pride of
the town — is not what it once was, the Grey
District Council meeting heard last night.
During a debate on upgrading the central
business district, Cr Kevin Brown, a former
mayor, said maintenance in the past few years
had “gone right back”.
“The fountain was the pride of the town,” Cr
Now half the lights that coloured it were out
and many of the walkway flags close to the
railway station had been blown away in the April
2014 cyclone and had still not been replaced.
The floodwall which was “supposed to be
an icon” was “ basically a disgrace” with moss
growing out of it.
Cr Peter Haddock, referring to stores such
as The Warehouse and Mitre 10 Mega, said
Greymouth today actually had more square
metres of retail space than it did 25 years ago, for
He expected the centre of town would
eventually condense into a smaller area.
Cr Tony Coll said that after the mine closures,
things seemed to be stabilising in the past 12
“Some people are looking at re-establishing,”
Cr Coll said of business owners.
Cr Allan Gibson said from feedback he had
received, people were more concerned about
potholes than the central business district.
However, Cr Doug Truman said in order to
move on with the rejuvenation, the council had
to work in partnership with the main landowner,
the Mawhera Incorporation.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” Mayor Tony
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Greymouth skate park committee member Dave North works to extend the new half-pipe
section yesterday. “ We are cleaning up the old section for extending the new half-pipe area,
which is already in place. There is still a lot of work to be done but the facility is coming
along and it is work in progress,” Mr North said.
Skate park work progressing
Kaiata water upgrade on again?
A Westport man who offered to supply
synthetic cannabis has been fined $800.
Nigel Alden Kinsella, 42, pleaded guilty
to offering to supply a psychoactive
substance and was convicted in the
Westport District Court last week.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme
Eden said on August 20, police issued
a warrant for Kinsella’s cellphone under
the suspicion he was using it for drug-
Text messages showed Kinsella had
used the phone to offer synthetic
cannabis to another person.
Defending, Marcus Zintl said Kinsella
had a modest list of previous convictions
including two drug-related ones when
he was 19-years-old.
Kinsella had recently been offered full-
time employment and was able to pay a
modest fine, Mr Zintl said.
Judge Noel Walsh convicted Kinsella
and fined him $800.
Kinsella also appeared in court on a
charge of male assaults female, to which
he pleaded not guilty. He was remanded
on bail until a case review hearing on
July 23. — Westport News
Westport man offered to supply synthetic cannabis
The first new signs should
go up around the Grey district
in time for the next tourist
The Grey District Council
is trying to improve signs
district-wide as part of a
‘signage and interpretation’
Cr Peter Haddock said at
the council meeting last night
they had spent an “awful lot
of money on consultants and
“I ’ve still not seen a template
of what we are going to get,”
Cr Haddock said.
He hoped to see some signs
up by the start of the tourist
Manager corporate planning
Horning said she thought the
first signs would be up in time.
“That ’s what we are shooting
for,” Ms Horning said.
The templates for the signs
had been done, and they
were working with individual
groups and communities to
come up with the content.
They included the Blaketown
Blackball and Moana, and
cycle hub signs.
A report to the council said
staff were also working with
Ngai Waewae to “ensure their
stories are woven through the
New signs for tourist season
Fox Glacier bar patrons held
down a drunken man until
police arrived and arrested
him, early on Saturday
Constable Brad Morton, of
Franz Josef Glacier police,
said he was called to the
Heartland Bar at Fox Glacier
about 12.30am after a drunk
became violent, made threats
and assaulted his partner.
The man had been at the bar
throughout the evening and
became abusive when he was
refused further ser vice, Mr
Bar staff had seized car keys
from the drunk patron, who
began throwing glasses and
making threats — including
to burn the place down —
while assaulting his partner at
the same time.
“He was really aggressive, to
the point he had to be held
down by patrons in the bar,”
Mr Morton said.
The man was bailed to
appear in the Greymouth
District Court on June 16
charged with threatening
behaviour, assaulting a female,
and disorderly behaviour.
Mr Morton said the incident
typified similar ones handled
by South Westland police
Fox Glacier bar patrons
restrain drunken man
The Grey District Council last night affirmed
its “absolute confidence” in the chief executive,
at a closed door meeting lasting about one
A letter sent to the Greymouth Star last
month questioned management decisions, and
suggested a pending vote of no confidence
would be moved against the chief executive, Paul
In September, a similar leak highlighted
council spending on consultants.
The letter questioned Mr Pretorius’s hiring of a
graphic designer, without public tender, who had
a relationship with a council staff member.
The leak also rightly identified that the
contingency fund for the new Greymouth sports
stadium had almost been exhausted on ground
Cr Doug Truman indicated in the open part of
the monthly council meeting last night that he
wanted to discuss a “staff member in committee”.
After a two-hour public meeting, the room
was cleared — including the entire management
team — leaving just councillors and the minute
This morning a public statement was released,
saying a resolution was passed: “Council reaffirm
their absolute confidence in the performance of
the chief executive Paul Pretorius and distance
themselves from the newspaper article published
in the Greymouth Star on Saturday, June 6. The
decision be confirmed in open.”
The motion, carried unanimously, was proposed
by Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and seconded by Cr
“Council members present all confirm they
had nothing to do with the article ...”
The statement said there was “no credibility” to
the leak from the council.
Mr Kokshoorn said the hiring of a graphic
designer for the Greymouth renewal project and
cycle hub design contracts was also discussed
with the chief executive.
Mr Pretorius said the graphic artist was used
because the council needed the ser vices of a
graphic designer to assist with the branding,
logo, signage and interpretation and renewal
The partner of a staff member had the full
credentials to do so. However, because of the
process issues such involvement would require,
“e very effort” was made to find an external
“A consultant from Christchurch increased
her fees as soon as we appointed her. The final
choice of the manager involved fell on the
relevant partner, whose pricing was also most
favourable. The focus was to manage the working
In February, councillors renewed the
employment contract for Mr Pretorius until
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