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Family members apparently
involved in an alleged domestic in
northern Buller yesterday afternoon
denied there was anything wrong
when spoken to by police. Police
were called to an address north of
Granity at 4.20pm after a member
of public reported yelling and
screaming. Attending police spoke to
members of a family at the address
who denied what had been reported
and no charges were laid.
Pike walk study
Which buildings will stay and
which will go at the Pike River Mine
site will be decided once the route
of the ‘great walk’ has been decided.
A feasibility study is under way on
two walk options — a coal history
walk through the Paparoa Range, or
a shorter walk across to Punakaiki.
The Department of Conser vation
said it was working closely with
Solid Energy, and in liaison with
Pike River families committee
representatives, to decide the work
required before it was handed over.
It would include sealing of the
mine, and restoration of some of
the sites including re-contouring
and re-vegetation work. “Some
infrastructure, including buildings,
will be removed. However, final
decisions are still being made on
what infrastructure will be retained.
These decisions cannot be made
until the outcome of the great walk
feasibility study is determined,”
DOC spokeswoman Trish Grant
Health funds approved
The Ministry of Health has
approved $27,500 through the
Maori provider development scheme
to Hokitika-based health provider
Poutini Waiora. The money will be
used on information technology and
infrastructure support, workforce
development and best practice.
Ex-vicar on sex charges
A former associate priest at
Taradale’s Anglican All Saints
church has appeared in court on
sex charges. John Hamilton Tovey,
64, appeared before a registrar in
the Napier District Court yesterday
and was remanded on bail without
plea until July 15. He faces one
charge of sexual violation and two
charges of indecent assault, all three
charges relating to the same alleged
female victim. Tovey was a vicar in
Wainuiomata for more than 10 years
before he moved to Hawke’s Bay in
2010 to take up the associate priest
role in the Taradale parish. He left
the role the following year.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Cook Canyon, Corsair,
one Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Resolution II, Ikawai, Claymore,
Lady Sarah, one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea II,
Corsair, Sovereign, 21 other vessels.
Expected departures: Corsair,
Galatea II, Cook Canyon, today.
Expected arrivals: Resolution II, Jay
By Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
Buller ratepayers will have a rates
decrease of 0.26% in 2015-16 .
Individual rate falls or rises will vary,
but Buller will be the only district on the
West Coast where rates will drop overall.
Rates will rise 4.66% in Westland —
but the increase is only a proposal and
has not been struck — and 3.8% in Grey.
Buller’s rates rose 3.98% this financial
The latest decrease — the first in Buller
for many years — is slightly less than
the 0.6% drop proposed in the Buller
District Council’s draft long-term plan
Corporate ser vices manager Angela
Oosthuizen said yesterday that the
change reflected extra information
technology costs ($22,000), funding for
grants for the Karamea and Ngakawau-
Hector swimming pools ($7000),
an additional grant of $3000 to the
Reefton Visitor Centre and extra waste
minimisation costs of $1800.
Mrs Oosthuizen said the council
had also brought for ward three capital
projects: development of a picnic
area at the Buller Bridge ($150,000),
planning for the Buller River promenade
($100,000) and capital costs for new
radios and reprogramming of repeaters
The IT and radio-repeater spending
followed late submissions from council
staff to council’s draft plan.
The c ouncil will adopt the LTP at its
meeting next week.
Mayor Garry Howard has warned that
councillors have cut spending to the
bone. He said unforeseen events could
stretch the tight budgets and reduce
Franz cafe assault charges
Thursday June 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
PRICE, Ivy Ellen.
Of Dixon House, Grey-
mouth passed away
peacefully on Tuesday
June 23, 2015, dearly
loved wife of the late
Bill, much loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Keith (Tauranga), and
Lois and Colin Roberts
(Hokitika), loved Grand-
ma of Brent and Anna,
Bradley and Jackie;
great-grandma Ivy of
Blake and Alexa, Maya
and Lincoln, and loved
sister, sister-in-law and
aunty. In her 96th year.
Messages to 202 Park
Street, Hokitika 7810.
declined but donations
to St John would be
appreciated and could be
made at the service. A
celebration of Ivy's life
will be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
(Friday) at 11am,
followed by cremation.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Graham (Ken). —
Passed away suddenly
on Tuesday June 23,
2015 at his home, dearly
loved husband and best
friend of the late Carol,
much loved father and
father-in-law of Brian
and Laura (Lower Hutt),
loved grandad of Daniel
and Nicholas, loved
brother of Max, and a
loved friend. Aged 69
years. Messages to Flat
7, 66 Tasman Street,
declined. A celebration
of Ken's life will be held
in the Anisy Ceremony
Centre, 77 Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth on
followed by cremation.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
Passed peacefully at
Nelson Hospice June 24,
2015 in his 74th year.
Dearly loved husband
and friend of Evelyn.
Loving father of Grant
(Hokitika), Brent and
(Christchurch) and the
late Kim. Loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Marie and Bob Cohen
(Australia), and Butch
and Sharon (Hokitika).
Loved grandad, great-
Loved and respected
Evelyn's family. At
Jim's request a private
cremation has been held.
Messages to 13 Appleby
Highway, Hope, Rich-
mond. In lieu of flowers
donations to the Nelson
hospice in Jim's memory
gratitude and thanks to
the staff at Nelson
Hospice for their gentle
care of Jim.
PICTURE: Eilish Ramsden
Grey Main School pupils get into the swing of things while performing their production of Rock ‘n’ Roll Idol for Karoro and Paroa
schools yesterday. The stars of the show were selected by students, who also had input into how the play would be realised on stage.
The musical will be performed at the school tonight and tomorrow at 7pm, with a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday.
Grey Main pupils ready to rock
The jury trial of a Westland man facing
a raft of assault charges began at the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
Brian Patrick McBride is charged with
assault with intent to injure, assaulting a
female and two charges of common assault,
in relation to an incident at the Blue Ice
Cafe at Franz Josef Glacier, on November
Crown prosecutor Deidre Orchard said
the incident had been an “ unprovoked and
unpleasant assault ” on two members of staff
at the cafe, husband and wife Nathan and
The Crown alleged that on the day in
question, McBride walked into the cafe
as a customer, and had a conversation
with Hendy about McBride’s daughter’s
upcoming wedding, to which both the
Hendys had been invited.
Ms Orchard said it was a “quite amicable
conversation, which turned nasty”.
It ended with McBride head-butting
Hendy in the face because he had some
animosity towards his daughter’s fiance.
Ms Orchard said Hendy was “shocked
and surprised by the attack,” however he
remained calm and tried to find out what
the problem was. However, that seemed to
make McBride’s anger and rage worse.
McBride said Hendy’s punching his son
10 years previously had been the reason
behind the attack. However, Hendy said
that was in the past.
The Crown would say that McBride then
punched Hendy in the face, and when his
wife tried to inter vene McBride grabbed
her by the wrists and twisted them to try to
get her away.
McBride then punched Hendy again, and
then threw a chair at the doors of the cafe as
he left, Ms Orchard said.
Community School has been given a
clean bill of health by the Education
In its report, which was released
today, the Education Review Office
(ERO) said many improvements had
been made around the school since it
last visited in June 2011.
The report said facilities in other
parts of the community had been
“further enhanced and very effectively
used to closely support school
programmes”, since its last visit.
“These include a well-resourced
engineering workshop and a school
farm, with a dairy and gardens that
the students are responsible for
and which are also used to feed the
The report also said teachers
upheld the beliefs and values of
the community and the school’s
curriculum reflected the community’s
“Students are well supported to
learn literacy and mathematical
capabilities and develop appropriate
skills for life in the community. ”
On the basis of information
obtained during the
ERO said Gloriavale Christian
Community School met the criteria
for registration as a private school.
The Ministry of Education said
Gloriavale was eligible under the
law to receive limited Government
funding due to meeting the standards
to be registered as a private school.
Ministry spokeswoman Katrina
Casey said Government funding
for private schools “was a long-
established feature of our education
system, dating back to the 1930s”.
“ Private schools, which make up
about 4% of our schooling system,
have always had wide freedoms in
what they teach,” she said.
“One of the reasons private schools
are funded at a lower level than State
and State-integrated schools is that
it reflects the greater freedom private
schools have in how they operate,
including in regard to curriculum.”
The criteria for registration as a
private school under the Education
Act are that the school have suitable
premises, provide tuition for children
over the age of five and under the age
of 16, have appropriate staffing, have
the right equipment, have a curriculum
for teaching learning and assessment,
have “suitable tuition standards”, and
have managers who are “fit and proper
persons” to be managers.
“ To meet the criteria for tuition
standards, private schools must give
tuition of a standard no lower than
that of the tuition given to students
enrolled at State schools of the same
class levels,” Ms Casey said.
Gloriavale school given ERO pass mark
A former West Coast
man with more than 30
years of mining experience
is the new programme
manager for mining and
quarrying with the Tai
perience includes working
in alluvial goldmining,
underground coal, tunnelling and
working in Australia in hard rock
copper, gold and long wall development.
More recently, he held training positions
with Solid Energy’s Spring Creek Mine
and for Oceana Gold’s Globe Progress
Mine, in Reefton.
Mr Harper said he had joined the
polytechnic because of what he called “a
passion for training”.
“It might be a bit of a cliche, but
I’ve always said, if you have a trained
workforce you’ll have a safe workforce
and, eventually, a more productive
workforce,” Mr Harper said.
He also described a historic industry
culture of “she’ll be right” and said safe
work practices were more important
now than ever.
“ What we need to realise
is that safe work practices
not only save lives but
result in better business
Mr Harper acknowledged
his new role would be a big
challenge, but it was one he
was eager to tackle.
“ I’ll be spending a lot of
time initially getting to
know everyone and introducing myself
to the community, both here on the
Coast and in the wider industry. It’s my
first week and I’ve already got to meet a
lot of great people. You can expect to see
me out and about, introducing myself
and helping people put a face to the
Mr Harper said his goal for his first
year was to look for ways he could take
what was an already very successful
training programme and push for more
and better outcomes.
“ My personal goal has always been
about the individual: I’ve always felt that
if I can get through to just one person
and make them always think of safety
first, then I’ve made a real difference. ”
Canterbur y DHB
District Health Board
— which has the same
chief executive as the
West Coast — fears it
will be sacked.
Last week, Health
the Southern District
Health Board over its forecast
deficit of $42 million.
The Press reported today that
Finance Minister Bill English
and Dr Coleman wrote to the
Canterbury board on June
11 raising concerns over its
management of its earthquake
repairs programme and its
“As you know we have
allocated more than $70 million
to the DHB over and above
your expected population based
funding allocation. Ministers
concerned over recent months
about the financial performance
of the Canterbury
DHB in the current
financial year, with
the latest forecast
being a deficit of
The Ministry of
Health has been
asked to undertake a
financial review of the
Both boards have the same
chief executive, David Meates.
Board member Susan Wallace
also sits on the Canterbury and
The Press reported Mr Meates
was overseas and unavailable for
A letter to the Coast board
from Dr Coleman, stressed the
importance if incorporating
savings into future annual plans.
He then approved the annual
The Canterbury board is the
only one whose plan has not been
Over 300 responses to
West Coast councils have had
an influx of replies to a sur vey
about broadband speeds.
The sur vey, organised by
the Buller District Council,
asked questions as a part of a
nationwide initiative to bring
faster broadband to rural areas.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard
said more than 300 responses
had been sent in so far.
“Some valuable data is coming
in regarding the level of ser vice
we get on the Coast, or lack
thereof. O ut of the responses
those who say they are unable
to have internet find that it is
because it is unavailable in their
area,” Mr Howard said.
“It is crucial that we hear from
a broad range of Coasters on the
internet ser vices that they receive
or don’t receive. We also want to
know why people may or may
not have internet at home. Is it
too expensive? Is it not available
where you live? Or do you choose
just not to have it?”
The four district councils,
in collaboration with the Tai
Poutini Polytechnic, will submit
the sur vey responses as part of
an application to receive funding
from the Government ’s rural
broadband initiative and mobile
If the application succeeds, the
aim will be to provide broadband
of up to 70 megabits per second
a whopping 53 megabits
higher than the current average
of 17 on the Coast.
“Receiving funding for
this initiative would make a
significant impact for the entire
West Coast, especially those
carrying out their business here,”
Mr Howard said.
The sur vey can be completed
on-line or taken out of last
week’s West Coast Messenger.
All completed forms need to be
in by Friday.
New mining manager at TPP
workshops on the future
management of bovine
tuberculosis (Tb) will
be held in Hokitika and
Westport next month.
Since the start of 2000,
over $1.2 billion has been
spent fighting bovine Tb
and controlling the pests
(especially possums) that
spread the disease.
representatives of funding
parties, Ospri, and wider
stakeholder interest, has
developed a new proposal.
are proposed for disease
testing and vector control
to improve the targeting
and extent of such work.
During June and July,
will be held in about 30
New Zealand where the
details of the proposal can
be discussed, and people’s
questions and comments
on the proposal will be
must be made by July 31.
The workshop will be in
Westport on July 1 at the
Westport Motor Lodge
at 5.30pm before moving
to Hokitika on July 2 to
the Regent Theatre, at
Coast Tb workshops
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