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Hokitika police nabbed two
drink-drivers who were well over
the limit at the weekend. A 20-year-
old Hokitika man blew 243mcg per
litre of breath when stopped at 5pm
on Friday — the alcohol tolerance
for drivers aged 20 and under is
zero. On Saturday night, a Hokitika
woman blew twice the legal limit
when she was pulled over at 8pm.
She blew 846mcg per litre of breath
— the limit for criminal proceedings
is 400mcg. Both will appear in court
in due course charged with drink
driving. Meanwhile in Westport a
26-year-old man blew 281mcg when
pulled over at 10.30pm on Saturday
in the town. Under the new drink
driving limit of 250mcg the driver
was issued with an infringement
Public appeal after
Hokitika residents are being asked
to keep an eye out for untoward
behaviour in and around the town’s
laundrette after reports of minor
damage there. Police said damage at
the unattended Hokitika Laundrette
on Sewell Street was reported this
Greymouth Bridge Club results
from last week were.— Wednesday :
Bijaya Mishra and Ian Anderson
69% 1, Tina Fernando and Alan
Comas, Cynthia El-Hinsheri 67%
2 equal. Thursday: Pitibas and
Bijaya Mishra 62.5% 1, Paul Holt
and Tina Fernando 60% 2, David
Waugh and Michelle Gunn
Left Bank secures lease
The Left Bank Art Gallery will continue
to operate from the historic BNZ building
for now, but the long-term future is not so
The Grey District Council has already
spent $25,000 on securing the parapets,
and a staff report to council meeting on
Monday noted that making the building
earthquake proof would cost $250,000.
The council currently spends $29,025 of
rates annually on the art gallery.
The West Coast Society of Arts briefly
vacated the building in 2013 amid
earthquake concerns. The council was
reluctant to upgrade the building and
instead offered the society a shorter lease,
allowing them to move back. However,
that was still unsigned by Monday.
Society of arts chairwoman Colleen
Eason told the council the society was
“still trying to get back up to speed” since
returning to the gallery.
“There are a lot of people who feel like we
are still in limbo,” Ms Eason said.
The gallery was run by a committee of
seven, who collectively volunteered 40-50
hours a week. They had also gone through
changes of leadership during that time.
Citing the Greymouth central business
district upgrade, she said they wanted to be
a part of it: “ What is a town without an art
Ms Eason said they were not necessarily
committed to the former BNZ building
and were open to suggestions the council
“The building has ser ved us well, but it is
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said it was a
“ beautiful old building”.
“Everyone would agree, if there is a
building that needs to stay around town it’s
that building,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Cr Tony Coll agreed to give the art
society a new lease for the next seven
years, but noted that within that period the
council would need to either demolish or
strengthen the building.
Cr Pete Haddock said that would give
the group a chance to make a decision.
He said the art gallery, on the corner of
Mawhera Quay and Tainui Street, would
be in a good location if the proposed town
square went ahead across the road on the
Cr Coll said government rules now
allowed 15 years to make a decision on
Chief executive Paul Pretorius clarified
that the 15-year period was not official yet
and still under consultation.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Pretorius
said that could be cleared up later this year.
“ We accept it will be before the existing
lease with (the Left Bank Art Gallery)
expires ... I think it may work out that the
time clock starts ticking from the date of
the first structural assessment confirming
the building to be earthquake prone,” but
noted that it had yet to become policy.
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Mingha Bluff realignment work under way
Work on the Mingha Bluff road realignment project is now under way. The $22 million safety project — the largest along State
highway 73 since the Otira Gorge — is being done by Hawkins Construction Ltd. The project will involve construction and
realignment of a 5.2km section along State highway 73 between Mingha Bluff, near Greyneys Shelter, and Rough Creek Bridge
through Arthur’s Pass National Park.
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While the number of regular
smokers on the West Coast has
declined by 18% since 2006, the
number of smokers on the Coast
is still high compared with the rest
of the county.
Data from the 2013 census
released by Statistics New Zealand
last week showed that 18.44% of
the West Coast population were
regular smokers, compared to
23.37% in 2006.
However, the national percentage
decrease in regular smokers since
2006 was 23%, meaning as of
2013, just 15% of New Zealand’s
population considered themselves
to be regular smokers.
West Coast medical officer
of health Dr Cheryl Brunton
said smoking rates were “well
understood to be linked to levels
of social deprivation, therefore,
as a region with high levels of
deprivation, it is not surprising
that we have a higher prevalence
Dr Brunton said that for
individuals, their smoking habit
most affected their health. But
it was important for society as a
whole to work together to tackle
the notion of smoking as normal
behaviour, which would lead to a
reduction in smoking rates overall,
“It’s not just about helping
smokers to quit, it’s also about
stopping people starting smoking
in the first place.”
Dr Brunton said that over the
past 15 years smoking prevalence
among West Coast year 10 students
had continued to decrease.
The West Coast District Health
Board and other Coast health
ser vices continued to work
to reduce smoking rates towards
the smokefree 2025 goal, she
“As a region, the West Coast
District Health Board region has
the best level of funded face-to-
face cessation ser vice, offering our
smokers the best access to support
for their quit attempts.”
Some of the actions the DHB
and Coast health ser vices were
offering as part of their tobacco
control plan included:
Collaboration to enhance
smoking cessation ser vices for
Continued support for
subsidised nicotine replacement
Continued activity to support
legislation and regulation, such
as retailer compliance check and
support for plain packaging.
Raising awareness of smoking
as an addiction and raising public
support for smokers who were
attempting to quit.
Continued promotion of
activities that de-normalised
smoking in New Zealand
society, including expansion of
smokefree environments through
partnerships with local councils
Number of smokers on Coast
higher than national average
Greymouth mail is now being delivered
every second day, but fastpost will still be
delivered six days a week.
Last month it emerged that about 300
posties nationwide were expected to
be out of the job due to less mail being
Those cuts will be followed by 100 more
in the next couple of years.
One Greymouth postie has taken
voluntary redundancy and four others
will stay on in their jobs.
The delivery reductions being rolled
out in bigger towns and cities started in
Greymouth on July 1.
A New Zealand Post spokeswoman
said their advice was for people still to
check their letterboxes every day because
“Standard mail is delivered every second
day. For some postal routes, that will be
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and
for others, it will be Tuesday, Thursday
People can check the days standard mail
will be delivered to their house on the NZ
Post website or by ringing 0800 501 501.
A flier was delivered to households
in late June reminding people of the
changes. It noted that as New Zealanders
do more on-line, they are sending fewer
letters and more e-mails.
“ Today our posties deliver half the
number of letters they used to. What ’s
staying the same is our commitment
to deliver at least 95% of standard
mail within three working days,” NZ Post
The tourism ‘shoulder’ season is on the
up, with the Tranz Alpine carrying 4000
more passengers in April, May and June
compared to three years ago.
Between April and June, the
Christchurch to Greymouth train carried
22,300 passengers, up from 18,011 in
2012 and 17,652 in 2013.
April 2015 saw 10,897 passengers,
while May dropped to 6656 passengers
though both were still the highest
recorded for those months in the past five
However, only 4747 got on board
this June — down by 1000 passengers
compared to the same month last year.
Kiwi Rail senior communications
adviser David Miller said they had no
clear reason for the drop-off.
Scenic journeys manager Gavin
Rutherford said numbers generally
had increased as the tourism market in
the South Island continued to recover
following the Canterbury earthquakes.
“The increase in passengers shows
that the South Island tourism market is
strengthening and also that the Tranz
Alpine continues to be a recognised
brand within the international tourism
market,” Mr Rutherford said.
On the whole, visitor numbers on the
West Coast have been trending upward.
Figures from Statistics NZ show that
May guest nights increased by 16.2% on
May 2014 saw 59,000 guest nights
recorded, which was well eclipsed by the
69,000 recorded this year.
This year showed a marked jump for
the shoulder season month — May 2014
only increased by 4.9% compared to May
2013, which had 56,000 guest nights.
In June, the Tranz Alpine was awarded
a certificate of excellence for 2015 from
Trip Advisor. Mr Rutherford said they
were pleased with the award as it was
from one of the world’s leading travel and
Tranz Alpine passenger
numbers up for April,
May and June
The ‘discovery centre’ suggested
for Greymouth as part of the town
rejuvenation has failed in a bid for
feasibility study funding.
The Grey District Council applied to
the Lotteries Community Facilities Fund,
and will now have to wait until September
for the next round of applications to open.
As the council had already received
Lotteries funding for the Westland
Recreation Centre it had to apply via a
For the discovery centre, the council
formed a charitable trust, however the
trust had no audited accounts and so the
funding application failed to meet the
Council corporate planning and
community manager Quecha Horning
said “we don’t have the resources to move
it for ward very quickly, since we are tied
up with our other projects”.
In its CBD renewal concept design,
the council said the discovery centre
could include library services, historical
archives, museum, retail and office space.
It was described as “a place of destination
within Greymouth’s CBD that will
provide engagement between people and
place and showcase the facility as a hub
for innovation within the West Coast
The project identified two possible
locations for the centre — the former
R and N Trading site, now owned by
Development West Coast, in Boundary
Street, and the other just opposite that on
the east side of Boundary Street.
‘Discovery centre’ feasibility
study funding bid fails
Greymouth mail now being
delivered every second day
A high-end car seat brand has recalled
one of its products due to a defect that
could mean children are left unrestrained.
The Maxi-Cosi Euro A2 convertible
car seat was sold to 41 people from April
this year, through the Baby Factory.
According to the recall notice on the
Government ’s Consumer Affairs website,
the fabric around the car seat ’s harness
adjuster could get caught, allowing the
shoulder harnesses to loosen without
lifting the adjuster.
“If the harness is loosened the child
restraint is no longer effective in
restraining the child in the event of an
accident or sudden braking, increasing
the risk of injury,” the notice says.
People with the car seats made between
September 16, 2014 and March 12, 2015
are advised to contact manufacturer IGC
Dorel to arrange for free replacement of
the car seat ’s trim.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Car seat recall
An NZ Ski bus driver
who was caught by strong
winds and thrown under
his bus on Saturday
afternoon is in a stable
condition in Southland
NZ Ski chief executive
Paul Anderson said
the man had stopped
on the way down the
Remarkables access road
on Saturday afternoon to
remove the chains from
the bus, which had a full
load of passengers.
Mr Anderson said the
man opened the bus door
and the wind caught
it, pulling him out and
throwing him under the
St John Queenstown
station manager Keith
Raymond said the man
sustained “moderate to
serious chest and arm
— Otago Daily Times
Bus driver hurt in
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