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Man injured in
Pike River mishap
A man working on the removal
of the bath house at the Pike River
Mine site was injured today when
part of the building collapsed about
9am. Police said an internal wall
fell on the man. He was taken to
hospital, where he was listed as
being in a comfortable position
late this morning. Firefighters from
Ikamatua and Reefton helped with
the recovery. By 11am police had
secured the site and said the incident
was now in the hands of Work Safe
NZ. Various pieces of equipment
at the site are being dismantled as
the new mine owner, Solid Energy,
prepares to hand over the site to the
Department of Conservation later
this year. A Solid Energy spokesman
confirmed that the injured man
was not an employee but was
apparently part of a crew dismantling
equipment, which had been sold off
in recent months.
Dogs kill guinea
The owner of two dogs that
killed chickens and a guinea pig in
Taylorville on Saturday has agreed to
replace them. Grey District Council
dog control officer Paula Kerr said
the owner had been co-operative.
She confirmed that a chicken and
a guinea pig had been killed at
one property and an unconfirmed
number of chickens at another
property. Both dogs were registered.
“This is nothing out the ordinary, as
with other dog and poultry cases,”
Ms Kerr said. It was “more than
likely” that the dog owner would
receive an infringement but she
doubted the dogs would be seized.
The organisers of a long-running
English village vegetable show are
allowing people to enter food bought
from supermarkets after receiving
too few entries. Local residents
have been showing off their prize
marrows, carrots and cauliflowers
at the Q uedgeley Show since 1972.
The event features more than 50
categories with the homegrown and
homemade produce taking pride of
place — with the winners getting
a rosette. But this year after the
show it emerged contestants were
allowed to submit vegetables they
had not grown — and had bought
from Tesco or Asda. Organisers
have admitted they were forced to
allow shop-bought goods in because
numbers of entrants were so low and
they needed to increase competition
entries. But members of the Parish
Council are up in arms and say
the situation was “pathetic” and
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A decision by Talley ’s to insist that
fishing boat crews unload their own
boats at the Greymouth wharf has been
criticised by a veteran fisherman as an
“accident waiting to happen”.
Matthew Fisher, who has fished for
26 years, said the decision was made
Talley’s counterpart, Westfleet, has its
own unloading crews for all of its boats.
“ We have been out fishing for seven
days and come back in and have to
unload — that ’s out of own downtime,”
Mr Fisher said.
When fishermen arrived back in port
they were tired and ready for a break,
but before they could leave the wharf
they were now expected to work a
further five to eight hours unloading
tonnes of fish.
“ It’s dangerous,” Mr Fisher said.
“The skipper of my boat is 60
something and he is expected to do the
unloading as well — it’s a joke.
“They (Talley ’s) have us working on
the cranes and other unloading gear
we have no experience — it’s an
accident waiting to happen.”
The change applied to boats catching
ling and inshore trawlers. An exception
was made for hoki boats, which had
“ unloaders” to empty their holds
“ because they have a quick turnaround”.
Mr Fisher said he understood
Greymouth was the only port where
Talley ’s boat crews had to do the job
“It is not as if Talley’s are strapped for
cash, it’s a cost saving measure.”
Talley’s head office at Motueka
refused to discuss the issue with the
Greymouth Star, a spokesman saying
only that it would “cause aggravation”
before hanging up.
director Craig Boote said it was a matter
of health and safety for his company.
“ We want to keep our fishermen fit
and compliant with health and safety
regulations, so we use unloaders,” Mr
He recognised that the fishermen had
worked long hours at sea, and “fatigue
The plan to reopen St Mary’s
Church is finally tangible, with
the installation of a large container
outside the front of the Hokitika
landmark on Thursday.
A donation box has also appeared
to help the parish raise some of
the $500,000 it will need to pay
as its share of strengthening the
building. The parish is also seeking
positive submissions from the
community for the public consent
process before work to preser ve the
building can get under way.
The Heritage New Zealand
category 1 church, built in 1914
— with the tower added about
six years later — has been shut
for nearly three years following a
negative engineering assessment
and an estimated $1.6 million
bill to strengthen it to 67% of the
Faced with Hobson’s choice, the
parish announced late last year
it preferred a cheaper $800,000
option of a new build, but that
changed in June after the diocese
revised its maximum Building
Code requirements down to a
baseline of 34%.
Depending on design and
consent, work on the tower and the
supporting structure of the gable
ends should enable the church to
reopen by Christmas.
The arrival of the building
container on site, in conjunction
with the Christchurch Catholic
diocese engineering consultants
Opus, is the first physical start on
St Mary’s is one of three closed
churches in the Catholic diocese
where staged re-entry is now
possible by the removal of features
such as towers, to help bring the
buildings to 34% of the code, with
the removed features to be rebuilt
at a later date.
The stone Temuka church, with
a 30m tower, was suddenly closed
in June 2012 while the other
at Leeston, triple brick with a
29m tower, has been shut since
The Catholic Bishop of
Christchurch Barry Jones is due
at the Hokitika parish on August
8-9 for his official five-yearly visit,
which includes visits to outlying
churches and shut-in parishioners.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
A builder’s container placed outside St Mary’s Church, in Hokitika, signals the start of the earthquake strengthening.
Quake work set to begin
DOC clampdown on firewood theft
The Department of Conser vation
has started patrols after reports of
firewood being illegally taken from
conser vation land around the West
In a statement this morning, DOC
issued a public warning, following
a number of reports of wind-throw
native trees being removed from
conser vation areas.
Greymouth senior ranger Glen
Newton said taking firewood from
native species was totally prohibited
from any area of public conser vation
“Anyone doing so is committing
theft, even if they ’re taking leftover
wood. Those caught are likely to be
prosecuted,” Mr Newton said.
Staff would be carrying out patrols
to catch offenders, including during
He said there were plenty of
other places where people could
obtain firewood, such as from
former Timberlands West Coast
land, owned by Ngai Tahu and
administered by P F Olsen Ltd.
“It’s simple to get a firewood permit
“They also have sites that are pretty
close to town.”
DOC said the area between
Kumara and Mitchells along the
Kumara-Inchbonnie Road seemed
to be attracting a lot of unwanted
On April 17 last year, Cyclone Ita
flattened an estimated 20,000ha of
native forest and caused significant
damage to a further 200,000ha the
length of the West Coast.
Special legislation was passed
under urgency on June 27 last year,
allowing DOC to sell the wind-
throw logs to sawmillers.
Health officials today urged West
Coast residents to get their flu
vaccination after a recent sharp rise in
cases of influenza-like illness.
In the past week, GPs have reported
a significant increase in patients
presenting with flu-like symptoms.
For the first time this season, swabs
have been taken from people with flu-
like symptoms and influenza viruses
have been identified. Both types of
virus identified are covered by this
West Coast medical officer of health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said the arrival of
the flu meant it was important people
who had not yet had their vaccination
received it quickly.
“It takes up to two weeks to develop
immunity, so people need to get
vaccinated as soon as they can in
order to prevent themselves getting
influenza and spreading it to others,”
Dr Brunton said.
Influenza can be a serious illness
that is sometimes fatal, and is very
different from a common cold.
“A cold virus only affects the nose,
throat and the upper chest and lasts
for a few days, whereas influenza
can be a serious illness that affects
the whole body and can last up to a
week or more. Influenza can result in
hospitalisation and even death,” Dr
Influenza vaccinations are free for
New Zealanders from a doctor or
nurse until the end of August for
those aged 65 or over, pregnant, or
have long-term health conditions
such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes,
respiratory disease (including
asthma), kidney disease and most
The DHB said others could
still benefit from an influenza
immunisation available, at a small
cost, from GPs or vaccinating
Health warning as influenza cases spike on West Coast
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The Grey Base Hospital rail underpass is getting a colourful makeover — with
a step back in time. Greymouth spray artist Mark Haldane has been commis-
sioned by Kiwi Rail to portray a steam train with multi-coloured smoke coming
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