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The Coast Quit smoking cessation
ser vice on the West Coast has
a quit rate of 33.3% . The West
Coast District Health Board’s
programme is 27.7%. The figures
were inadvertently transposed in the
Greymouth Star yesterday.
Council to finance
The Grey District Council this week
agreed to finance a $12,488 overspend
on internet for the Haupiri community.
Residents were given the go-ahead
to draw $40,000 from the area
infrastructure fund to conduct work on
their internet ser vices recently. The 14
households and three separate business
offices in the area had previously
connected to a wireless ser vice courtesy
of the nearby Gloriavale Christian
Community. However, since Gloriavale
had hooked up to the Government ’s
rural broadband scheme with a fibre
optic connection to their school, it
no longer needed to keep the wireless
ser vice, which was unplugged in
December. The cost of installing an
alternative broadband at Haupiri
went over budget, with the total cost
Coast bottom on ASB
The West Coast slid to the bottom
of the rankings in the latest ASB
Bank economic rankings for the
last quarter, with only two stars.
The Coast ’s decreasing population
continued to suppress retail sales,
construction, and the housing market,
exacerbating other challenges the
Coast had faced recently, the bank said.
Tourism, however, continued to buck
other trends. “But tourism may not be
enough to lift the Coast ’s reading this
year, particularly as the dairy sector is
likely to drag on Coast activity,” the
failure causes holes
The Grey District Council says
a number of holes in Cobden
opened up recently because older
stormwater infrastructure had failed.
The council fenced off the holes and
made repairs. It said the main causes
were pipes cracking and manhole
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey.
Departures: Cool Canyon, Galatea
II, Moon Shadow. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, Corsair, Sovereign, 26
other vessels. Expected departures:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, Sunday; Cook
Canyon, Galatea II, Moon Shadow,
Pike walks feasibility
study due out soon
Feasibility studies on two
proposed ‘great walks’ from
the Pike River Mine should be
completed within two to three
months, Environment Minister
Nick Smith says.
The first proposed walk would
lead from the mine site at Atarau
and across the Paparoa Range to
Punakaiki, possibly emerging in
the Pororari Valley.
The other, longer possibility
would take four nights, and pass
through mining heritage areas,
linking up with the Moonlight
and Croesus tracks, along the tops
of Mount Sewell and Mount Davy,
emerging at the historic Brunner
Mine site, where 65 men and
boys were killed in an 1896
Dr Smith said the Pike River
families’ preference was for the site
to be handed from Solid Energy to
the Department of Conser vation
before the fifth anniversary of the
November 2010 mine disaster that
left 29 men dead.
“The major issue is ensuring
that Solid Energy has met all of
its legal obligations from DOC
permits and resource consent as
well as ensuring that the site is
safe,” Dr Smith said.
The Greymouth Star revealed
last week the auctioneers clearing
the site want everything gone by
the end of this month.
Dr Smith said the proposals
for the great walks were “quite
exciting for the West Coast ”.
“The Government is supportive
of the concept but wants to do the
Families’ spokesman Bernie
Monk said they were keeping their
He expected to meet with the
Grey District Council this week
after discussing the proposals with
Dr Smith when in Wellington
last week for a judicial review
of the decision not to prosecute
former Pike mine manager Peter
DOC had been due to report
back about now, but had asked for
an extension, he said.
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of the Westport News
The ‘Move to Westport’ campaign
has claimed its first success just a week
after being launched.
A retired couple from Rangiora
bought a house in Westport on Sunday
as a direct result of the campaign,
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said.
“They ’re really quite excited.”
The buyers did not see the
promotional billboard, which was
erected last week on Blenheim Road
in Christchurch, but found out about
the campaign through the news
media, Mr Howard said.
Launched by the Buller District
Council, the campaign encourages
retirees living in Canterbury to move
to Westport, where house prices are
Mr Howard denied it could turn
Westport into a retirement town.
He said the house sales would help
Westport families hit by recent job
losses to move on together. Currently,
a number of families were being
forced to live apart because they could
not sell their homes in Westport but
had to find work elsewhere, he said.
He was with the Rangiora couple
when they signed the contract for their
new home. They were “active retirees”
so did not just purchase a small, low-
maintenance house — they bought
one with three bedrooms and a large
garage, he said. It sold for between
$300,000 and $400,000.
Retirees have bought eight of the
last nine houses sold in Westport.
Interest in the Move to Westport
campaign has spread wider than the
target market in Canterbury.
Property Brokers Westport branch
manager Charlie Elley said he was
currently in talks with a retired
Hamilton man who was considering
moving to Buller. The man knew the
area and wanted to get away from
Hamilton, which he felt was getting
too big, Mr Elley said.
News of the campaign had even
reached overseas. “I’ve personally
received feedback from as far afield as
Word had also reached Australia and
it was all 100% positive, he said.
He was not expecting the campaign
to “ blow the market apart ”, but
anything was a bonus in the current
Ray White Landmark branch
manager Graeme Walsh said he had
already received “quite a few ” general
inquiries and lots of positive feedback
about the campaign.
Mr Howard did not believe Buller’s
limited health services would deter
retirees. Having to travel for some
ser vices was a reality for everyone
living in Buller.
The Move to Westport campaign
offers an activities package to the first
20 couples/individuals to book an
appointment with a Westport-based
real estate agent (Property Brokers or
The package includes two tickets to
Coaltown Museum, two tickets to a
movie at the NBS Theatre, two entries
into the Solid Energy Centre, and two
nights’ accommodation for the price
of one at one of five Westport motels
supporting the campaign.
‘Move to Westport’ claims first success
Members of the Canterbury West
Coast Air Rescue Trust gathered to
say ‘thank you’ to the Ashley Hotel
for a decade of support.
Rescue trust chief executive
Christine Prince presented a plaque
of recognition at the weekend.
“Getting a patient to advanced
medical care within one hour of
injury or illness increases their
chances of making a full recovery
by up to 80%, it is called the golden
hour. Having supporters like the
Ashley Hotel is integral to providing
this ser vice here in the West Coast,”
Ms Prince said.
The trust was only part government
funded and so relied on the generosity
of the community.
In January, the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter was sent in to search for
man, 63, who went missing tramping
with four other people. The search
continued overnight and eventually
he was spotted amongst thick bush
and windfall trees.
West Coast trustees Trevor Watts
and Jack Renton joined pilot Angus
Taylor Crew man Stu Drake for the
Ashley ‘thank you’.
“The Ashley Hotel and Williams
Hotel Group are really happy to be
able to sponsor the Air Rescue Trust
especially given the remote location
on the West Coast. It is a valuable
asset for all Coasters when faced with
an emergency,” Melanie Hibbs, from
the Ashley Hotel, said.
It costs $4997 plus GST to
operate the West Coast Air Rescue
Helicopter each hour; due to the
conditions and remote location the
average job time is longer at two
hours for the accident/emergency
ser vice missions and 90 minutes for
hospital transfers. It costs $30,000
to train each new crew member and
then a further $25,000 a year for
on-going training. St John provides
support to the ser vice and the team
works regularly with other emergency
Trevor Watts, left, Angus Taylor, Christine Prince, Stu Drake, Melanie
Hibbs, Barbara Slade, Kate Asher, Jack Renton and Connie Symes.
Air Rescue Trust thanks sponsor
One of the old bulk fuel storage tanks sits on the forecourt of the Greymouth Z ser vice station, as
contractors continue with $1 million of modifications at the Smith Street site. The garage is closed while
the underground tanks are replaced and the shop is revamped.
Ser vice station revamp progresses
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Tentative moves are under way
to create a private cemetery in the
Changes to the law, currently
being discussed, are expected to
make private cemeteries possible.
Kotuku resident Anne Donovan
told the Grey District Council t
someone was willing to donate
land in the Moana area.
She proposed a private burial
“ We don’t want to be buried by
the beach, we want to live in the
mountains forever,” Ms Donovan
The first step would be to call
a community meeting. The land
being offered was currently
covered in pine trees, on a north
facing ridge, with no groundwater.
Cr Peter Haddock asked if the
historic Maori Gully cemetery was
Ms Donovan said she was
not completely opposed to that
idea although it did “not feel
The council noted that currently
it was not legally possible to
proceed, but if the law changed it
would be open to discussions.
Public cemeteries that are still
open are at Barrytown, Blackball,
Ahaura and Nelson Creek, as well
as the main ones at Karoro and
Tentative moves under way to create Moana cemetery
of the Westport News
The Buller District Council wants
the Government to designate areas
of the West Coast for coalmining, so
prospective miners do not have to jump
through resource consent hoops.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard and Buller
District Council chief executive Paul
Wylie have been in Wellington meeting
Economic Development Minister Steven
Joyce seeking relief for Buller’s economic
The district is reeling from the loss of
hundreds of jobs in coalmining. A further
200 jobs will go when Oceana Gold
puts its Reefton goldmine into care and
maintenance later this year, and 120 jobs
go next year when Holcim Cement leaves.
Mr Howard said they had asked for the
Government to designate some areas for
mining and exempt them from Resource
Management Act requirements.
Companies would have set conditions
under which they could mine those areas,
he said. It would give them certainty,
rather than spending several years and
millions of dollars seeking resource
Mr Howard denied his council was still
pinning its hopes on coalmining when its
long-term plan says Buller needs a more
He said there would always be a case for
boutique mining. “Some of the smaller
operators do it very efficiently. It could
be part of the transition (to a diversified
Mr Howard said the talks with Mr
Joyce also covered information technology
and how the Coast could benefit from the
Government’s broadband programme.
He was expecting Mr Joyce to visit
Westport within a few weeks to make “a
number of announcements”.
Buller council wants
areas designated for
The Greymouth aerodrome will need
to be monitored after huge seas threw
debris on to the runway.
The Grey District
last month spent about $13,000
on emergency rock protection walls to
the south end of the runway.
Big seas came over the sandbank and
across the cycleway, leaving driftwood
strewn on the runway.
A report to the council meeting this
week says the debris was a “significant
risk to aircraft ”.
The southern end of the aerodrome
was now considered an erosion-prone
“This area will continue to be
monitored as to the likelihood of future
events that may cause the aerodrome to
be closed,” a staff report said.
Cr Allan Gibson asked about the West
Coast Regional Council’s role with the
Council chief executive Paul Pretorius
said had the regional council acted, it
would have set up a rating district and
the main contributor would have been
the district council.
Just one infringement
and two abatement
notices were issued by
the West Coast Regional
Council between April
30 and May 26, out of
62 site visits made by its
compliance and consents
Jackie Adams, in a report
to the council meeting
today, said 46 sites
visited were found to be
compliant, while 13 had
been non-compliant and
three were still under
An infringement notice
and an abatement notice
had been issued for
discharge at Haast, while
the other abatement
notice had been issued
for animal processing at
Mr Adams said a ‘paunch
pond’ overflow had been
reported to the council
by the animal processing
operator, the overflow was
contained and remedial
A dead cow was
removed from the Paroa
beach, and remedial
action was taken after a
complaint about water
discharge in Hokitika.
The report said that
of 41 farm effluent
systems inspected in
the month, seven were
non-compliant. With the
current milking season
winding up, there were
only 11 more systems left
notice issued by
Greymouth aerodrome to be monitored after heavy seas
A petition for a moratorium on seabed
mining has been launched, with 3500
signatures. Kiwis Against Seabed mining
has aimed its petition at Environment
Minister Nick Smith.
“After two failed seabed mining proposals,
it has become abundantly clear that we don’t
know enough about the impacts of this
experimental practice, and we need more
information,” chairman Phil McCabe said.
Trans Tasman Resources bid to mine
ironsands from the seabed off the South
Taranaki Bight brought a record number
of submissions to the Environmental
Protection Authority for any application
in its history, with 99% of submission in
A second proposal by Chatham Rock
Phosphate to mine the deep seabed on
the Chatham Rise was also refused. Trans
Tasman Resources now proposes exploring
off the West Coast.
Seabed mining moratorium petition launched
A motorbike and a four-wheel-drive utility were involved in an accident outside the Greymouth Hospital entrance
on Water Walk Road just before midday. The condition of the motorcyclist is unknown at this stage but the person was
attended to by emergency ser vices at the scene and taken inside to the hospital.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Waterwalk road crash
West Coast boat owners have been
urged to enrol in a day skipper course to
be held weekend.
It is an introductory course for all
members of the family or crew and
applies to a wide range of vessels
including yachts, launches, powerboats,
jetskis, sea kayaks, and waka ama.
Graduates of the course are eligible
for NZQA level 2 unit standard
credits. The course will be held at the
Greymouth Marine Rescue Centre.
Enrolments can be made on-line at
Day skipper course this weekend
A proposal to create a new
community facility in Punakaiki
has proved popular with residents
submitting to the Buller District
Council long-term plan.
The council has budgeted for
$100,000 to help create a a new
recreation facility within the reser ve
area. It also proposed setting up
a trust to run and maintain the
Neil Mouat, Dean Van Mierlo
and Richard Arlidge, all living at
Punakaiki, supported the proposal.
Mr Mouat said the $100,000
purposes” in Punakaiki was
“committed as seed money towards
raising the sum adequate to
provide a modest community
He also suggested the creation
of a trust, including one current
Mr Van Mierlo said he supported
the initiative as a community facility
was “urgently needed” in Punakaiki
and the recreation reser ve was a
“ logical place to site this important
Mr Arlidge also agreed with the
council contributing to a facility,
which he said would add to the
“330 beds available for visitors”,
which provided a market for “events
such as weddings and other family
events” to be held at such a facility.
He said that would “add value” to
the area’s tourism industry.
He also suggested that the
building have a kitchen “so that a
range of events and functions could
more easily take place”.
Punakaiki community facility proposal popular
daughter of Former
All Black Jerry Collins
remains in a “worrying”
condition at a French
hospital following a
car crash that left her
seriously injured and
killed her parents.
Ayla, suffered serious
injuries in the crash,
and remains in a
serious condition in a
Montpellier hospital in
In a statement, Yvon
Clavet, who is leading
the investigation into
the cause of the accident,
said “the state of the
health of Ayla still
Ms Clavet said
further analysis and
investigations were being
carried out, most notably
on the car in which the
couple and their baby
daughter were travelling.
“ In order to pinpoint
the exact circumstances
examination of the
vehicles has been
ordered,” Ms Clavet said.
Madill’s parents have
travelled from Canada to
the hospital to be with
Friends and family of
the couple, including
Ms Madill’s sister, are
already by the baby’s
side, French newspaper
An account for baby
Ayla on fundraising
site Givealittle has also
exceeded its target of
Collins’ baby remains serious
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