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An attempt was made to break
into Dick Smith Electronics in
Greymouth some time overnight on
Monday. A wall panel was broken at
the rear of the Mackay Street shop
in what looked like an attempted
break-in, a police spokesman said.
The burglar alarm was not activated
and nothing was stolen. Meanwhile,
the Blackball Community Centre
was vandalised when someone
ripped off shower curtains, broke
off soap containers and smashed
mirrors in an ablution area within
the building. Police said the damage
occurred some time after 6pm on
Monday and yesterday morning.
The police investigation into the
sudden death of Cobden toddler
Leith Hutchison six weeks ago
is still ongoing, police say. The
15-month-old died in Auckland
Starship Hospital on April 23,
days after a caregiver took him to
Grey Base Hospital not breathing.
The little boy was revived and
transferred to Starship, where it was
established he had suffered a bleed
on the brain. On his death, police
launched a full inquiry including a
post-mortem examination, which
involved tests being conducted
overseas. Greymouth CIB senior
sergeant Dan Keno said today that
police had yet to receive the results
of the overseas medical tests. Police
have previously said that members of
Leith’s family, including his parents,
had been spoken to.
An English 36-year-old wife who
walked out on her husband after just
eight months is now marrying his
74-year-old father. Liza Goddard, of
Grimsby, divorced Jason Har wood,
35, in 2003, after a short-lived
marriage which broke down in
less than one year. But she is now
set to become her ex-husband’s
stepmother after becoming engaged
to Jason’s father John, who is nearly
40 years her senior. Jason had
become suspicious of his father and
his wife after the trio lived together
in the pensioner’s bedsit in Slough,
Berkshire. But Jason only found out
about the secret affair after he visited
his father to congratulate him on
the news of his engagement. His
father then revealed that his fiancee
was his son’s ex-wife. Distraught
Jason, unemployed, claims that Ms
Goddard is bragging that she will
now be his stepmother.
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Showers easing in morning
West Coast lobby group
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
wants a change to the bovine Tb
strategy after it was revealed that
not one of 9838 possums checked
for the disease was infected.
New Zealand First MP
Richard Prosser, who released the
figures last week, said that raised
questions over the need for Tb
Free New Zealand ’s aerial 1080
poison programme to control
“It would appear ... the
prevalence of bovine tuberculosis
in possums is very much less —
many orders of magnitude less, in
fact — than the public, and even
the farming sector, have come to
believe,” Mr Prosser said.
Farmers Against Ten Eighty
spokeswoman Mary Molloy, a
Hari Hari dairy farmer, said today
the reality was possums were not
infected, almost everywhere.
“Remember what came first
and what maintains any Tb in
the wild is inherently farmed
cattle and deer with undetected
infectious bovine (cattle) Tb,”
Mrs Molloy said.
She called for a new culture
under Ospri and Tb Free where
farm strategies would be shared
with all farmers, “especially those
who buy in infected stock or have
a herd which in the absence of
Tb-infected possums, appears to
break down regularly”.
“ We need
lessening stress on animals to
remove the likelihood of Tb
breakdown on farms,” she said.
The habit of blaming possums
for Tb outbreaks and then
spreading 1080 poison was
“flawed, ill-conceived, failed and
Under the current regime, Tb
in herds or bought-in stock,
escaped testing at a rate of nearly
30% and was falsely identified at
nearly 30% also, she said.
“Perfectly healthy young stock
are killed most years and found
to have no Tb, but leaving
animals in farm herds. On top
of that grossly inefficient system,
the authorities — by specious
reasoning (and) with science
lacking — then turn to 1080
poison as the solution.”
Tb Free said in a statement its
aim was to eradicate bovine Tb
from New Zealand.
Where there was disease, its
focus was on controlling the
disease through possum control,
“and not on spending money
unnecessarily capturing and
examining possums for signs of
Where they were close to
eradicating the disease, the
emphasis switched to sur veillance
work to carefully prove that the
disease no longer existed, and
that process required individual
possum capture and examination.
“Overall, finding fewer and
fewer infected possums, and
fewer and fewer infected herds, is
a positive sign the programme is
working and a good outcome for
New Zealand,” Tb Free said.
‘Major retailer’ poised for Greymouth move
A major retailer is poised to come to
Greymouth if more car parks are made
available, the Grey District Council
heard on Monday night.
Brunner House (former St James
Theatre) owner Ben Alexander said an
“out of town” retailer was interested.
“ I believe it would be great for the
town,” Mr Alexander said.
However, they needed more car parks
made available in the Lord Street area,
at the back of the building.
“ We’ve got someone who wants to
come. They have their requirements. We
need a review of parking along Lord
Cr Peter Haddock congratulated Mr
Alexander on getting a new business
to come to town. Four or five years ago,
when the town was booming, the council
looked at angle parking on that street,
Cr Haddock said. It emerged then that
the land was railway reser ve but “it could
probably be re-looked at ”.
Mr Alexander said he was currently
earthquake strengthening the building.
School suppor t appreciated
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Greymouth High School support staff celebrated National Support Staff Day with a special morning tea today. “It is recognising the vital work support staff do
in making education happen in schools,” principal Andy England, left, said. “ They work incredibly hard.”
Two Inangahua Junction
residents have been arrested as a
result of a drug raid yesterday.
Roberts, of Nelson CIB, said one
person taken in this morning
was assisting police with their
inquiries after a farm in the area
was raided late yesterday morning.
The other person connected
to the Inangahua property
arrested during the
raid, and a small amount of
methamphetamine (P) was found.
Police also raided a house
for drugs in Adderley Street,
in Westport, earlier yesterday
Mr Roberts said both occupants
were away when police visited.
Police had since tracked down
one of the residents and spoken
to him by phone. The man was
apparently out at sea working.
Inquiries were continuing around
the whereabouts of the other
person connected to the Westport
An obser ver, who declined to be
named, told the Westport News
that police spent the morning
at the Adderley Street address
removing items — including
what appeared to be an extraction
unit — from a garage.
“ It looked like they (the
occupants) were growing dope,”
the witness said.
Buller drugs raids
Greymouth schools overturn decile change
Greymouth High School has had
its original decile rating restored after
a successful appeal to the Ministry of
In March, a review of decile ratings
across New Zealand schools resulted
in a third having their decile ratings
increased, while a third dropped.
Greymouth High School, Reefton
Area School and all Westport schools
appealed the changes. Only Westport
failed to budge the ministry on its
Greymouth High principal Andy
England said they had successfully
appealed the change from decile four
“ We have gone back to decile four,
so we were successful in our appeal.
I am pleased as it ’s going to make a
significant difference between the next
review in terms of funding. The actual
funding we were to lose was $22,000,
and we are now going to lose $3000, so
the appeal was worth $19,000 a year,”
Mr England said.
“I said at the time, I don’t think it
(the change) reflected the nature of our
community as it is.”
Reefton Area School was also partially
successful in its appeal, after its rating
went from decile three to seven.
Principal Wayne Wright said they had
been told informally that the rating was
Mr Wright said the change in decile
ratings proved that the system used
“needs a little bit of a good look at ”.
“ We don’t believe we are a decile six
school, there were factors on the West
Coast at the time of the 2013 census
people were employed in higher paying
jobs, that ’s not necessarily the case now.”
However, all Westport schools —
St Canice’s, Buller High, Westport
North and Westport South — were
Buller High School has fallen from a
decile three to five, while the rest have
gone from four to five. That will mean
$37,000 a year less for Buller High
School, and $15,000 to $25,000 less for
A majority of residents in the wider
Moana area have voted to draw down
Grey District Council funds to pay
for a new health clinic, despite clear
reser vations from some.
So far $204,000 has been raised for the
$270,000 health centre.
The fundraising committee asked the
council to release up to $192,000 from
the infrastructure fund set aside for the
Moana area, but when put to a postal
ballot a large number of residents did
not vote at all.
“The hospital board are a weak lot, they
are chopping everything down,” resident
Graham Ford submitted to the council,
noting that the Dobson health clinic
had already closed.
“ We’re going to have to go to
Christchurch (for hospital treatment).
I don’t think the council should ...
subsidise the health board. It ’s up to
the buggers on the health board —
they should get off their ar..s and do
something,” Mr Ford said.
He offered to help with labour in
building the facility.
Written submissions were mixed.
Some said Greymouth was closer and
they would go to town for a health visit,
while another said it seemed a lot for a
clinic that was open for just 12 hours a
Others felt the new clinic was well
overdue, while many said the DHB
should be paying a lot more than the
$40,000 it had offered.
Cr Cliff Sandrey said he firmly believed
the clinic should be Government funded.
Based on the result of the ballot,
councillors agreed to release the funds,
though far less than the $192,000
sought will be needed.
Result: Arnold Valley 89% yes, Haupiri
100% yes, Lake Brunner 87% yes, and
Marsden-Hohonu 65% yes.
Moana clinic funding, despite misgivings
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