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No nominations for
No nominations have yet been
received for two vacancies on the
Inangahua Community Board.
Nominations close on Monday, July
6. Buller Mayor Garry Howard
today called on people to put their
hand up to ser ve on the board.
“ Reefton and its surrounding
communities are facing big
challenges these days and it is
important that there is a strong
local voice,” Mr Howard said. “ The
community board is the democratic
advocate for the Inangahua area,
and we hope that there are public
spirited people who will offer
themselves for the roles.” Any adult
New Zealand resident is eligible
for nomination, although those
nominating any candidate must be
residents of the Inangahua ward.
Nomination forms are available
from the Buller District Council
office in Westport, the Reefton
Ser vice Centre or at www.bullerdc.
Two small earthquakes were
recorded on the West Coast
yesterday. A magnitude 3.7 was
noted 20km south-east of Karamea
at 9.49pm, and just over an hour
earlier a magnitude 3.5 was felt; it
was located 30km west of Arthur’s
Van roll fatal
A passenger was killed after the
van he was in rolled on a rural road
at Waikuku, north of Christchurch.
The man died at the scene of the
crash on Gressons Road, Waikuku,
about 12.30pm yesterday. The driver,
reported to be a wheelchair user,
was taken to Christchurch Hospital
with moderate injuries. Police say the
man’s death has been referred to the
coroner. - - NZ N
Arrivals: Galatea II, Resolution
II, Corsair. Departures: Ocean
Odyssey, Cook Canyon, one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Galatea
II, Resolution II, Corsair, Lady
Sarah, Sovereign, 24 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea
II, Corsair, Resolution II, today.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
The jury trial of a West Coast man
charged with a variety of sex offences
against his stepdaughter opened in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
The man was facing two charges of doing
an indecent act on a child under 12, two
of indecently assaulting a child under 12,
one of doing an indecent act on a person
under 16 and one of indecently assaulting
a person under 16. The alleged offences
took place between 2004 and 2008.
Crown prosecutor Deidre Orchard said
all but the first charge were representative.
The victim is the daughter of the man’s
Ms Orchard said the defendant had been
in a relationship with the complainant ’s
mother, which during the early years of
the relationship had been very much “on
and off in nature”, as the couple had lived
together and apart.
When the victim was about eight years
old the couple bought a house and their
first child was born. It was during that
time that the defendant had allegedly
gone into his stepdaughter’s bedroom and
touched her under her nightgown.
Ms Orchard said the girl held off from
telling her mother because she “thought it
was her fault ”.
The family later moved to a farm, where
the defendant was working, and it was
during that time she told her mother
about the incident.
Ms Orchard said the mother’s reaction
was to burst into tears like she did not
believe her. When the mother tackled the
defendant about the incident, he said it
must have been a friend who had stayed
at the house during that time.
The Crown would allege that
subsequently the touching by the
defendant began to happen more
frequently, and not only included the
defendant touching the complainant, but
asking her, and sometimes succeeding in,
getting her to touch him.
Ms Orchard said that after the
defendant and the mother split up, the
pair lived apart. However, there was
another occasion when the defendant
allegedly entered their house and tried to
make her touch him, although this time
The Crown would also offer supporting
evidence around the defendant ’s alleged
offending, such as him accompanying her
on a shopping trip to buy her under wear,
and looking very intently at a camera
containing photos of the complainant and
her cousin taking photos of themselves in
their under wear.
The defendant ’s lawyer, Richard Bodle,
said his client denied all charges against
The defence case would show the reasons
why “someone would fib about things”, in
reference to the complainant ’s c laims.
“ My client is positive that there are lies
being told,” Mr Bodle said.
All the occasions referenced by the
Crown had “very innocent explanations”.
Mr Bodle said the defence would show
that the defendant accompanied the
complainant on a shopping trip to buy
under wear, but sent her to the shop on her
own. He also was looking at the photos
taken on the camera to help prove the
complainant had not been doing anything
wrong, when she had been reprimanded
for taking the photos.
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BNZ is once again
shutting up shop for a
day and sending its staff
into the West Coast to
work with community
groups — and project
submissions are now open.
Closed for Good will see
the bank shut each of its
stores on September 2
and up to 5500 BNZ staff
will get stuck in, helping
around New Zealand.
BNZ chief executive
Anthony Healy said last
year, 14 West Coast staff
put in a combined 105
hours of labour for their
“ We want organisations
to look at all the skills
our people have and can
share. We can help you by
running a financial literary
or scam savvy workshop,
or writing a financial or
marketing plan,” he said.
In 2014 there were a
range of Closed for Good
initiatives in the West
Coast region, including:
Nurturing the Future
Trust — helped to prepare
Reefton Area School
— helped teacher prepare
healthy food for students
Conser vation — planting
and Kiwi egg recovery
Blaketown School —
financial literary workshop
Submissions for this
year’s projects are due by
24 July 2015. To submit
your project, visit www.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic looks set for a
funding boost from central government
to support ecotourism short courses
Tertiary Education Minister Steven
Joyce announced last week that the
polytechnic was one of 10 New Zealand
tertiary education institutions to benefit
from the latest round of the International
Education Growth Fund.
It would be getting $30,575 of
funding to support the development of
ecotourism and activity tourism short
courses for the professional development
market in China.
Polytechnic outdoor education and
ecotourism business development officer
Zane Smith said the funding was great
news. “ We have already established
some solid partnerships in China and
we started offshore programmes in
Hong Kong last year. There are strong
opportunities to develop programmes
that will be delivered on the ground
and also potentially bring students and
visitors back here, to the West Coast.”
Mr Smith said that it was developing
a suite of short ‘Study Tour’ products
which would teach fundamentals
in ecotourism and activity tourism
to Chinese tourism
tourism operators and future tourism
professionals. The funding would be
used to carry out research in the China
market, develop a pilot programme and
deliver the programme itself.
“The funding means that we can get
moving on the delivery of these short
courses sooner than previously expected.
More broadly, receiving funding through
the International Education Growth
Fund is a great endorsement of the work
we are doing across a wide range of
The polytechnic council adopted an
International Strategy in 2012 which
aimed to increase international student
numbers and address the government ’s
priority for New Zealand tertiary
institutions to develop international
The International Education Growth
Fund was established by government
in 2013 to help open new markets for
New Zealand’s international education
Polytechnic set for funding boost
A section of piles wait to be screwed into the ground as reinforcing for
a section of the foundations at the Greymouth Recreation Centre. The
piles will be screwed to a depth of nine metres using the large drilling rig
contractor CYB has on site.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Recreation Centre piles ready A crane is positioned above McBrearty Ward at Grey Base Hospital as
repairs get under way to the roof, which was damaged during the storm on
Friday. “Recent bad weather has damaged the roof over the unoccupied end of
McBrearty Ward at Grey Base Hospital,” West Coast District Health Board
general manager Grey-Westland Mark Newsome said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Hospital roof repairs under way
Cobden School is well led and managed,
the latest Education Review Office report
ERO notes the positive, respectful and
Students’ wellbeing is given high
priority and well supported by a range of
The school is well resourced, including
a heated swimming pool and community
library. Many of the school’s facilities are
used by local groups.
Students who have been at the school
for extended periods of time make very
good progress in reading, writing and
mathematics. However, the large number
of transient students enrolling with
significant learning needs, impact on the
school’s overall achievement rates.
Teachers know students and their
families well. Students most at risk of
not achieving are closely monitored
and provided with carefully considered
Teachers and students are well
supported by experienced and competent
teacher aides, who are actively involved in
all aspects of the school.
Senior students have meaningful
Teachers plan meaningful learning
experiences that focus on the local
history and environment. They provide
differentiated programmes to meet
individual and group needs.
Students learn in attractive, calm
environments and the teachers participate
in a wide variety of regular and targeted
professional learning and development.
Maori students achieve at similar rates
to their peers. Students with identified
needs are closely monitored.
“The school is well led and managed,”
Good ERO report for
of the Westport News
The Buller District Council has
brought for ward a proposal for a
Buller River promenade.
It is part of a planned $6.3 million
revamp of Westport’s main centre.
Once it is done, people should
be able to walk from the new
picnic area at the Buller Bridge to
North Beach, via the Buller River
promenade and the Kawatiri River
Trail. However, that may depend on
any flood protection works.
Mayor Garry Howard said the
council had decided to bring
for ward spending on the promenade
from 2020-21 to next year, when
the council had budgeted $100,000
There would then be a year’s
gap before work started building
the promenade in 2017-18, when
$420,660 had been budgeted.
“ It was really a priority of getting
some infrastructure into place
that we believe can make quite a
difference to the appearance of
Westport,” Mr Howard said.
The town revamp includes
Chambers to become the council
offices again. The project is
budgeted to cost $2.8m in 2018-
19. The $6.3m revamp includes
relocating the Sue Thomson
Casey Memorial Library into a
modernised Carnegie Library in
2019-20 ($3m) and creating a
pedestrian mall in Lyndhurst Street
in 2020-21 ($570,000).
Westport promenade proposed
in council plan
Fine, clear weather spells ice, and
West Coast police have warned
motorists to be extra vigilant this
Senior constable Fred Aplin, of
Reefton, said with clear weather
predicted for the next few days, and
- 8degC and thick fog in Reefton
today, black ice was a danger
throughout the West Coast.
Drivers needed to take stock,
particularly on State highway 7
between Reefton and Springs
“The Rahu (Saddle) is a tricky bit
of road because it ’s winding and it’s
very shaded, which means the black
ice can last for days ... there’s some
very nasty patches in the Buller
With the clear weather, drivers
should treat ‘wet ’ pieces of road
as black ice and drive accordingly,
particularly in shady areas.
“If it looks like a wet road, it is
a very good chance it’s ice at the
moment,” Mr Aplin said.
Road crews worked around the
clock to spread grit which should
be an obvious sign to motorists of
ice and to “slow down, basically”.
“ You can fight nature, but nature
West Coast police traffic officer
in command, sergeant Dave Cross,
reiterated the point.
Mr Cross, currently working in
South Westland, said the “glorious
“Bridges, particularly in shaded
areas, will not free up from ice at
the moment,” he said, adding that
people were often caught out by
cur ved bridges covered in ice.
Police issue icy road warning
Reefton police have arrested a
man for the theft of a mine front-
end loader that was left blocking
State highway 7 at Maimai 12 days
The machine was stolen from an
enclosed yard at a mine site in the
Mawheraiti Valley and then driven
through security fencing and down
the road for several kilometres
overnight on June 11.
The incident was reported to
police after the machine was found
blocking the highway south of the
Maimai Valley turn-off, forcing
motorists to drive along the grass
verge to get past.
Police said the stolen machine
was “massive” and towered above an
Senior constable Fred Aplin, of
Reefton police, said today a man in
his late 20s had been arrested and
charged with being in an enclosed
yard, unlawfully taking a machine,
and a number of other related
The offender came from the West
Coast, but not Reefton. He was
bailed to appear in the Greymouth
“The arrest was one day after the
event. It was quite good because
it was as a result of the public
contacting us that we were able to
identify him (the offender),” Mr
Front-end loader theft arrest
Greymouth residents have the
fourth highest power rate in the
country and Westland is even
worse, the Green Party says.
The Electricity Authority is
considering changes to how
the national grid is paid for.
One option would see Grey
and Westland bills rise up to
“Coasters already pay more for
their power than almost everyone
else in New Zealand, and the
authority’s proposals would see
West Coast households paying
those already high prices,” Green
list MP Kevin Hague said.
“The electricity grid is a national
asset that benefits everyone and
people shouldn’t be financially
penalised just because of where
“As the temperatures start to fall,
Coasters need to know that they ’ll
be able to afford to turn on the
heater this winter.”
Rural residents would could
afford to would choose to go off-
grid completely, leaving those who
could least afford it to pay for
the ongoing maintenance of the
An analysis by the Parliamentary
Library showed that Westport
households paid 36.4 cents
per kwh for their power — the
second highest rate in the country
— and Greymouth paid 33.1 cents
the fourth highest rate. The
lowest cost was D unedin, on 24
Greymouth power rate fourth highest
Paddrick Davison, right, a Year 12 student at John Paul II High School, gets some advice on how to select a
university to attend, from Victoria University’s Richard Barrett during the Tertiary Providers Roadshow at the
Regent Theatre today. The roadshow is being facilitated by Tai Poutini Polytechnic in conjunction with West Coast
secondary schools and trades academy. A broad range of university, polytechnic, and training providers including
the NZ Defence Force, were represented from Auckland to Invercargill. The showshow has a second session today at
5pm, and will head to Westport tomorrow.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Ter tiary Providers Roadshow on Coast
Current affairs show Seven Sharp was
justified in screening images of a couple
having sex in a Christchurch office, the
Broadcasting Standards Authority has
Photographs of the couple were seen
around the world in February after bar
patrons across the road from the office
took pictures of the pair having sex.
Seven Sharp re-broadcast the images
“as part of a light-hearted segment ”
after they were “already in the public
domain and did not disclose any private
facts,” the authority said.
“By the time of the Seven Sharp
broadcast, the images of the couple had
already been widely shown by multiple
media outlets. ”
However, the authority did note
broadcasters should take care when
re-broadcasting material that may be
distressing to individuals involved.
The couple were not officially
identified, but friends and family
recognised them — including the man’s
wife. — NZ ME
Seven Sharp justified in screening sex images
A slip near the Otago-Southland
boundary in the Catlins has closed
the southern scenic route between
Papatowai and the Niagara-Tokanui
the Southland District
Council identified a minor slip last
Monday, about 3km from the Niagara-
Tokanui highway, the council’s staff
and contractors were on site when
two slips, including a “major” slip at
3pm yesterday, forced the closure,
the council’s communications and
governance manager, Louise Pagan,
She said she could not offer a
timeframe for the road’s reopening.
The detour along the Tahakopa Valley
Road adds about 13km to the route.
In the Clutha District Council’s
Catlins area the wet start to winter
has already resulted in several road
closures. Cairn Road, in the O waka
area, was closed on Friday due to a slip.
Mouats Saddle Road, near Papatowai,
remained closed yesterday after a slip
last week. Cannibal Bay Road remains
closed from Ahuriri Flat to the beach.
— Otago Daily Times
Catlins slip closes highway
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