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A mini tornado cut power in
Granity yesterday afternoon. Buller
Electricity chief executive Eamon
Ginley said roofing iron flew off,
taking some power lines down. No
power poles were damaged. The
power cut affected all of Granity
and the area as far as Waimangaroa
for just over an hour. Westport
community constable Paul Sampson
confirmed there had been reports of
a mini tornado about 12.30pm. There
were no reports of injuries.
— Westport News
Memorial pump fault
Alternative pumping options
are being sought for the Miners’
Memorial on the Greymouth
floodwall, which has not been
working properly. Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
the pump kept stopping but the
contractor was working to rectify it.
Strongman tragedy on tv
The 1967 Strongman Mine disaster
will feature in a repeat of the TV
One show Descent from Disaster, on
Wednesday at 8.30pm. In the show,
television presenter Leigh Hart,
whose family comes from Runanga,
visits the town and scene of the
A small earthquake was felt by
a few people around Haast last
night. The magnitude 3.8 quake
was recorded at 8.23pm. It was
15km deep, and 40km east of Haast
Public loos cleaner
The cleanliness of the public toilets
in the Grey district has improved,
the council says. Staff would
continue to do more frequent audits,
but they would no longer be weekly.
Water decision tool
A new tool has been introduced
to help the West Coast Regional
Council make decisions about
water allocation. Planning and
environment manager Mike Meehan
said in a report to the council
meeting today an environmental flow
strategic assessment platform tool
had been developed with $190,000
of funding from the Ministry for
the Environment ’s Community
Environment Fund. The tool was one
of two which had been developed
as part of an 18-month project
to help the council work more
collaboratively in making decisions
about water allocation. Mr Meehan
said the program had been installed
on council computers and staff had
been trained how to use it.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, Sovereign, Corsair, 26 other
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Moon
Calls to a freephone line set up by the
police to canvas information related to
the Gloriavale Christian Community
have tapered off.
The phone line has been open since
early May and staffed by Nelson-based
police after former members raised
concerns in national media.
Tasman police district commander
Superintendent Karyn Malthus said calls
to the 0800 number had reduced although
it was still active should someone want to
speak to police about Gloriavale.
“ Police continue to use other avenues
to engage with former Gloriavale
members,” Ms Malthus said.
Despite previously labelling the
Gloriavale operation as an “investigation”
police have still not given a specific lead
on what is being investigated — aside
from setting up the 0800 phone number
after a number of allegations were aired
Ms Malthus said police were not
prepared to confirm how many calls had
been received and no further information
about the operation was being released
to the public.
“O ur position has not changed in
relation to discussing the number and
content of calls to that 0800 number or
any action that may arise as a result of
The Greymouth Star understands most
of the calls so far have been of a civil
nature, not criminal.
Gloriavale calls slow
A former Buller district
councillor and harbourmaster
has expressed his dismay at
the council’s history of having
“z ero knowledge” of their
responsibility towards the
In a submission to the council’s
long-term plan, David Barnes
said that during his term as
councillor and harbourmaster
those around the council table
had “zero factual knowledge
of the harbour and their
responsibility towards it ”.
Mr Barnes was Westport
harbourmaster for 10 years
before he resigned a decade ago.
He also attacked the council’s
plan to sell the harbour dredge
Kawatiri once Holcim closed its
Cape Foulwind cement plant.
The long-term plan includes
a profit of almost $2.9 million
‘profit from sale of assets’ in
2017-18, which the council
recently confirmed as part of the
sale of harbour assets, including
“collective extensive dredging
expertise of the crew of Kawitiri
. . . s ell the Kawatiri and you will
throw a huge skill asset away ”.
He also accused Buller Harbour
Ltd (BHL), the port operator, of
having “vested interests” in selling
the dredge, such as “ridding BHL
expense and perceived problems”.
Mr Barnes said comments from
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
that “expert hydrologists had
indicated that river dredging did
little to reduce Westport ’s flood
risk” were ill founded.
harbourmaster an average of
80,000 cubic metres of material,
sometimes up to 105,000 cubic
metres, was dredged from the
harbour “just to keep a ‘pocket ’
for the cement ships to sit in”.
“ To flow, a river needs a slope
harbour fills the less slope and
flow . . . more water will gather
behind the town and ipso facto,
Westport will be very much
easier to flood.”
Mr Barnes also attacked plans
to sell the port tug Bob Gower,
as saying it would take away the
“eyes of the harbour and bar.
“ Without her, no one will know
what is happening to the depths
and channel. ”
Thursday June 11
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Grey Medical Centre
West Coast businesses
integrating their day-to-day management
and financials on-line will be able to see
examples of how this can be undertaken at a
free business forum later in the month.
Organised by Cuffs Chartered Accountants
and Business Advisers, the seminar will focus on
the use of Xero and Workflow Max. Xero is an
accounting package allowing users to manage all
their business transactions, including invoicing,
receipts, payments, bank reconciliations and
reporting on-line at any time, from any device,
from any location. Workflow Max enables the
management and measurement of staff on jobs,
creates, sends, approves quotes and invoices,
tracks all job time, can bring all data together
providing profitability reports and much more.
It integrates with other on-line software like
Xero. The seminar, which is open to the public,
will be held on Monday, June 29 at the Paroa
Forum highlights on-line business financials
Teenage Greymouth musicians — Courtney Allison, soloist, left, and the Greymouth High School band Plethora, Dean French,
Becky Lomax, vocals front, Blake White, drummer, Brayden Emery, guitar and Ethan Wilson Bruce, bass guitarist, absent keyboard
player Gina Hopkinson — have been busy rehearsing for their big night of the year, with the West Coast finals of the Smokefree
Rockquest, at the Regent Theatre, on Friday night. Soloist Courtney Allison said she was a bundle of nerves ahead of her first big
outing on stage. Plethora members said they had been together since the beginning of the year and were looking forward to playing
their style of music which they described as “experimental rock”. As well as Allison and Plethora, other finalists include The Reckless
State (Reefton Area School), Meg Theron (Westland High School), The No Eyed Deers (Buller High School), Chloe May Estoque
(Reefton Area School), Sal-Cherie (Reefton Area School) and Q4 ( John Paul II High School).
Tuning up for the big night
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Additional pool sought for Reefton
The body of quarry owner Murray Taylor has
been recovered from more than 1500 tonnes of
rubble after a 50-strong team spent three days
trying to reach him.
Police reached the digger cab and were able to
extract the body late yesterday afternoon.
Hopes of finding Mr Taylor alive faded on
Tuesday after no sound was heard from him
since an overhanging cliff face at Heathstock
Haulage quarry collapsed on his digger on
Mr Taylor was a life-long Canterbury man,
living at nearby Balcairn with his wife Jill.
The family has asked for privacy while they
come to terms with Mr Taylor’s sudden death.
Inspector Corrie Parnell said the digger’s cab
sustained a “catastrophic collapse” when the cliff
The body was believed to be Mr Taylor but
formal identification will be carried out today.
More than 50 people worked on the recovery
operation yesterday, which included two
bulldozers and a 40-tonne excavator towing the
damaged digger from the site.
The team faced challenging conditions under
threat of another landslide and an ambulance
was on standby, Mr Parnell said.
The death has been referred to the coroner.
Body recovered from quarr y
An additional swimming pool for children
learning to swim in Reefton is just one of
the requests from the township to the Buller
District Council’s long-term plan.
A submission from the Reefton i-Site manager
Hayley Cutbush, on behalf of the community,
asked for a third swimming pool in the pool
block, to accompany the main pool and toddler
Ms Cutbush said the depth of the main pool
had been increased to 1.4m when it was relined
“This is a huge disadvantage to children who
are new to swimming . . . it means smaller class
sizes for safety reasons and the children must
wait at the platform for the instructor. What
many parents of young children have been
asking for over the years is a third pool to be
considered which meets the needs of children
learning to swim who can’t touch the bottom of
the main pool.”
Ms Cutbush said the seating area at the end of
the lap pool was “under-utilised” and provided
plenty of space for 8m by 15m pool. Another
option was to investigate a removable block
which could fit across the shallow end of the
main pool, reducing the depth to less than 1m.
The Vision 2010 plans for Reefton had noted
the potential for a water slide at the swimming
pool, and that was something the community
still wanted, she said.
There was also a request for the pool opening
hours to be permanently extended past the
end of the April into the Easter Holidays.
The council and Buller Recreation Ltd, which
oversaw the pool, had supported extending
opening hours earlier this year.
Ms Cutbush said pool numbers had been
steady during that period, and it had been
“ worthwhile opening”.
Karoro School pupil Sam Fekkes removes the power source from a desktop computer as part of a workshop at the West Coast Kids ICT Conference, held at
Shantytown today. About 80 primary school children from throughout the region are attending the two-day conference, learning about everything from taking
apart computers and 3D design, to creating websites and storytelling using computer games.
Youngsters gain ICT skills at Shantytown workshop
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Rape, abduction appeals dismissed
A Wairarapa man found guilty of repeatedly
raping a teenager and abducting her to the
countryside has had his appeal against his
Michael Lihou was found guilty of seven charges
relating to the incident in 2013, during which
he continuously raped an 18-year-old woman
over a period of several hours. The following day
he allegedly frogmarched her 8km across the
countryside before setting up camp. They were
found by a farmer who contacted police.
He had two earlier convictions for similar
offences. Lihou appealed his conviction and his
sentence of nine years and four months in April
Both appeals were dismissed by the Court of
Appeal yesterday. — NZ ME
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