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Cissy Chen: What the
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
200 years on
of f clothesline
Westport police are keen to peg
down the person who swiped a
full set of clothes from a washing
line at a Brougham Street property
yesterday morning. Two pairs of
jeans, two pairs of under wear, three
pairs of socks, a bathrobe, a couple
of tee-shirts and a black Roxy
hoodie were all taken, some time
between 8am and midday.
Court trial to be
in te reo Maori
A Cobden man has been allowed
to defend charges of threatening
behaviour and possessing cannabis
with a hearing to be conducted
entirely in te reo Maori, in the
Greymouth District Court on
September 9. Kevin John Mossley,
48, was also charged with failing
to appear in court on June 2. In
court yesterday, Mossley referred to
himself only as Kevin John, saying,
“my father’s name was Mossley ”. He
also challenged the police charging
documents, which he said were
invalid as they contained incorrect
date of birth and name information.
Mossley initially entered ‘no contest ’
pleas to the charges, which Judge
Brian Callaghan interpreted as not
guilty pleas. Mossley then asked
for the hearing to be held in “manu
korero,” which Judge Callaghan
interpreted as a request to conduct
the hearing in te reo Maori. He
set down a full day for the hearing,
which would be conducted through
Police were involved in a stand-
off with a “snake” after being called
by a worried resident — before
realising it was a garden ornament.
Officers were called to an address in
Sutton, south-west London, when a
passer-by phoned the RSPCA saying
a snake was “on the loose”. After
arriving about 7.17am, officers stood
and watched the “reptile”, but kept
their distance from the “venomous
adder”, which was “ lying very still on
a patio” at a block of flats. Soon after,
officers were told by a local resident
that the “snake” was in fact a garden
ornament. A police spokesman
said: “One of the officers attending
obser ved, ‘It wasn’t moving but they
can stay still for a long time. We
didn’t want to move in too close in
case we disturbed it.’ “Officers then
made inquiries at the flats — only for
a resident to reveal it was a garden
ornament!” Gary Hollins, who lives
nearby, said: “I could have told you it
was a fake snake because the paint is
peeling off it.” — Daily Telegraph
Rain, heavy falls at times
Laura Mills and NZ Herald
West Coast power bills could rise
10% under proposals to make the
region pay for its own share of the
The Electricity Authority is
considering changes to the way
the cost of the national grid is
About two-thirds of the billions
of dollars invested in upgrading the
grid in recent years has benefited
consumers in the upper North
Island, reflecting the concentration
of population growth there, but
under current transmission pricing
arrangements the cost is spread over
the whole country.
One proposal would see regions pay
entirely for their own share of the
On the West Coast, consumers
in the Westpower area — from the
Grey Valley right down to Paringa —
could see a rise of up to 10%. Buller
Electricity would be less affected,
as its national grid has a different
Independent energy consultant
Molly Melhuish said the West Coast
infrastructure had been expanded
a few years ago to cope with the
new Pike River coalmine, and other
mines, but with the mine closures the
extra electricity was now not needed.
“ West Coast ordinary power
Government ’s desire to develop
resources to promote economic
growth,” Ms Melhuish said.
The Pike River Mine was based on
bad geology and a coal market that
was falling apart, but the Government
ignored that, she said.
“ We are talking about substantial
consumer price rises paying for assets
built because Government wanted
to push economic development. The
whole thing is wrong.”
Trustpower spokesman Graeme
Purches said “we strongly hold the
view that any changes which result in
sudden price shock for some regions,
and/or which result in wealth
transfer between regions, are not
good regulatory practice”.
Electricity Authority chairman
Brent Layton likened the issue to
a group of diners in a restaurant
arguing about how to divide the bill.
Some dishes were ordered for the
whole table while individuals chose
their own main course and one had
his stomach stapled and could have
Meanwhile, the wine bill (analogous
to the high-voltage direct-current
interisland link) is presented only
to the heaviest drinkers when others
partook as well.
But Ms Melhuish said West
Coasters should look elsewhere to
A trial in Reefton to improve air
quality had proven that coal could
be burned cleanly and there was the
opportunity for a whole new industry
around that here, she said.
“There’s a technical solution (for
cheap heat) that should be pushed.
If the West Coast can set up a new
manufacturing industry, with their
resources they would be in clover.”
Electricity Authority chief executive
Carl Hansen confirmed that under
one of the options customers in the
Westpower region could pay more.
methodology is a deeper connection
“The main assets that contribute
to Westpower’s deeper connection
charges are the lines between
Dobson, Reefton and Inangahua,
and the Dobson substation. Another
factor is that the Dobson-Reefton
lines were upgraded by Transpower
in 2011, which increased the amount
of costs to pay off on this asset,” Mr
The increased charges reflected
investment to improve the reliability
and expand the capacity of electricity
transmission in the region, he said.
Other options and a range of
different transition arrangements
would have a lesser impact on
Westpower chief executive Rob
Caldwell said they were studying the
impacts of the various options and
would be making a submission.
“The options in the report are
of significant concern, of course,
but at this point they are options
for discussion and this round of
consultation will be followed by a
proposal next year. “
Submissions close on August 11.
Coast power bills could rise 10% in grid plan
Westport man critical after Buller Gorge crash
Two children from the Grey district
have been hospitalised with a childhood
disease which had been almost eradicated
Two cases of Haemophilus influenzae
type B (Hib) were reported in the week
ending June 5.
Hib used to be the most common cause
of life-threatening bacterial infection in
under-fives. It can lead to meningitis.
Community and Public Health says it
cannot release too many details to protect
the identities of the children involved,
but confirms that both were hospitalised.
Neither child had been immunised.
Medical officer of health Cheryl
Brunton said one of the children was
“absolutely fine” and back home. The
other remained in hospital but was
“doing okay ”.
She confirmed the pair had been in
contact with each other. Others they
had been in contact with had since been
Dr Brunton said she believed the
outbreak would be limited.
However, if a child had a fever and
was unwell, parents should “trust their
intuition” and see their doctor.
Most doctors who had qualified in
medicine in the past decade would not
have seen a case of Hib before, as it had
more or less disappeared within two
years of the vaccinations starting, about
a decade ago, she said.
“It’s a vaccination success story.”
Hib bacteria are found in the nose
and throat, usually without causing
symptoms, and are spread through the
air by breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Hib most often leads to meningitis or
epiglottitis, an infection and swelling
in the throat that blocks the breathing
Although antibiotics can be used to
treat the disease, children still die from it
and some risk permanent damage to the
brain and spinal cord.
Children are not protected until they
have had all four vaccination doses at six
weeks, three months, five months and 15
PICTURE: Paul McBride
CYB construction operations manager Steve Gibson on the Westland Recreation Centre site with a large
drilling rig alongside the Greymouth aquatic centre. “ We are in the process of screwing 18 large poles into
the ground, they will go in to a depth of 9m for reinforcing requirements where we are working close to the
aquatic centre,” Mr Gibson said.
Two of the four people injured in a two-
car collision in the Lower Buller Gorge
yesterday morning are from Westport.
The 30-year-old driver of one car is
from Westport and remains in a serious
condition in Christchurch Hospital.
His 17-year-old passenger is also in
Christchurch with two broken legs. The
pair were evacuated to the hospital in
The 30-year old was today in a “very
A North Island couple aged in their 60s
were travelling in the other vehicle and
both received broken bones. The woman
broke her wrist and thumb, while the man
sustained a broken nose and ribs.
The police serious crash unit is
investigating the 11.15am crash near
Fuchsia Creek, on the Westport side of
Stadium piles go down 9m
Police today warned the Greymouth
public to be extra vigilant with their
security after a second vehicle was stolen
from a suburban property overnight.
At the weekend, a locked Subaru
Legacy was taken from a driveway in Eva
Street, and last night another Subaru was
stolen from an address in Blake Street,
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly said
police were not going as far as saying
there was a “spate” of car thefts, but he
urged people to secure their vehicles.
Mr Tinnelly said Subarus were “easy to
pinch” as there were only five different
keys and they all fitted makes of Subarus.
The car taken from Blaketown has been
recovered, but a chainsaw that was in the
boot was missing.
The Eva Street vehicle has still not
Second car stolen from driveway
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