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One of the most unassuming parts of the
St John building in Greymouth has been
confirmed to be one of the rarest in the
The main garage door was custom made
in Germany and is one of only five like it
in the country. West Coast Door Services
owner Gaz Bowden recently confirmed it
was the only one of its type in the South
Island and the widest of its type in New
“A normal garage door goes up in
sections, normally about four sections and
it goes up over your head.
“This particular one goes up then goes
into a cassette, so you don’t get the door
going all the way back,” Mr Bowden said.
The door sits in seven panels made
of aluminium, fibreglass and perspex,
measuring 5.8m wide and 3m high.
As the door rises the panels
separate and are stacked back to
back. Mr Bowden said the “rather unique
door” was double-glazed, wind resistant
and had a rubber strip with electrical
contact which stops the door if it touched
St John ambulance officer Hugh Culling
said the previous door had been unsuitable
because of the constant use on a daily
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
West Coast Door Ser vices door technician Matthew Wilson, owner Gaz Bowden, and St John ambulance officers Anita Calder and
St John’s special door
Unvaccinated nurses who refused f lu jabs sent home
Three Waikato Hospital nurses have been
suspended for defying a controversial new
policy forcing non-vaccinated workers to
either get flu jabs or wear face masks.
Waikato District Health Board has
defended its stance, saying any staff
member who refused to comply could face
Last month, the board became the first
in the country to make it compulsory for
unvaccinated staff to wear masks, to protect
employees and patients from the flu.
Last night, it confirmed that four workers,
understood to be nurses, had since been
identified as being “non-compliant ” with
the new policy — a move unions have
branded as heavy-handed and “bullying”.
Three of the workers were suspended and
given an opportunity to “review the clinical
evidence” and meet their super visors about
the issue, the DHB said. All had since
returned to work. The fourth staffer was
made subject to “restrictions”.
The DHB refused to say last night
how long the workers were suspended or
whether they agreed to vaccinations in
order to return to work.
While no staff have yet taken legal action
over the policy, the DHB has been ser ved
with a claim by several unions challenging
A DHB spokesman reiterated that any
staff who worked in clinical areas and were
not prepared to be immunised or wear
a mask would be removed from active
“If following further discussion a solution
is not reached, then it is foreseeable that
employment will be terminated.”
One staff member said that while she
personally did not have an issue with the
policy, some staff had been “very vocal”,
protesting it was bullying behaviour.
The DHB, however, claimed the policy
had had “ widespread acceptance” and
contributed to a big increase in staff getting
More than 75% had — an improvement
on last year’s 53%.
“ When considering that our employee
numbers are in excess of 6500, the reality
is that almost all staff are getting on with
doing their duties and they recognise that
the intent of the policy is to provide a safer
clinical environment for our patients and
fellow employees,” the spokesman said.
But the Nurses Organisation sees the
measure as a “punitive action” against staff,
some of whom have turned to the union for
“ Whether the DHB can legally suspend
staff and discipline them is unknown,”
said the union’s industrial adviser, Lesley
Harry. “ However, we believe the DHB
has failed in its obligations to adequately
consult with unions both in respect of
the implementation of the policy and its
impact on the workforce.”
Ms Harry said that while the Nurses
Organisation supported education on
vaccination, as well as making jabs readily
available to staff, Waikato DHB had gone
“ We think forcing healthy nurses to wear
masks when dealing with patients and
their families regardless of circumstances is
bullying behaviour,” she said.
“ It doesn’t make sense to suspend a nurse,
send her or him home and leave the work
area short staffed and unsafe for patients.”
The Public Ser vice Association also
condemned the policy, calling it the “ latest
from employers who do not listen to their
staff and prefer using the stick over the
And the executive director of the
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists,
Ian Powell, was concerned the policy could
lead to “naming, shaming and blaming” of
The office of Health Minister Jonathan
Coleman said he could not comment on
what was an operational matter for the
More than 1.2 million influenza
vaccinations have been administered as the
illness soars to epidemic levels, similar to
the situation in 2010 and 2012, when some
The last weekly influenza report from
ESR shows 319 suspected cases were
reported in the week to Sunday, up from
184 in the previous week.
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Energy a possibility
Solid Energy has told staff the company
could be liquidated, as it struggles to ser vice
around $320 million worth of debt while
enduring a massive slump in the price of coal.
“In our staff updates, we have talked about
three potential paths for the company —
some arrangement that would allow us to
trade on, some kind of controlled sell-down,
and liquidation,” a Solid Energy spokesman
No decision concerning the company’s
future had yet been made, nor had a timeline
for a decision been established.
Solid Energy had been regularly updating
its staff about the issue its board first talked
about in February, he said. Back then, the
board foresaw an issue arising around the
company ’s ability to either repay or refinance
its debt, due in September 2015. Solid Energy
had “acted early” in starting talks with the
banks and shareholder (the Government), he
Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing
Union organiser Garth Elliott could not be
reached for comment.
Earlier this month, Solid Energy announced
its plan to cut eight jobs across four of its
West Coast operations in an effort to become
The operations affected were Reddale
Mine near Reefton, and Strongman Mine,
the Reefton Distribution Centre, and coal
washeries at Burkes Creek and Rocky Creek.
If the final decision is as planned, three
managers, four operators and an administrator
will be made redundant.
The company confirmed yesterday it had
made four of the eight roles redundant.
“ What we’ve done today (Friday) is confirm
the non-union changes, involving four
redundancies at management and support
level. Their one-month notice periods start
today,” the spokesman said.
Solid Energy had hoped to make the full
decision announcement yesterday, but was
still in talks with the other four employees,
who were covered by the collective agreement.
Those talks pushed the announcement out
another week or so, he said.
He was unable to say how much money
the company would save as a result of the
redundancies, both confirmed and planned.
“This is a tough market and these changes
are designed to ensure the business remains
In May, Solid Energy announced its plan to
cut 166 jobs at Stockton opencast mine and
six jobs at its idled Spring Creek underground
mine near Greymouth.
The number then cut at Stockton included
114 employees, 38 vacant positions and about
15 contractors’ jobs.
In 2014, Solid Energy cut 185 jobs at
Stockton. Around 312 people still work
Call for mobility
scooters to have
A concerned police officer has called
for mobility scooters to be equipped
with registration plates as tension grows
between their drivers and pedestrians in
A meeting was held at the Mosgiel
RSA yesterday, to address concerns
raised by residents about the use of
mobility scooters in the area.
Mosgiel community constable senior
constable Karren Bye said she had been
receiving complaints from pedestrians
for some time.
She said she would approach the NZ
Transport Agency to request registration
plates for scooters to help address the
“Part of the problem is identification.
“ We get complaints and a lot of the
time it ’s a random person on a mobility
scooter and we have no way of finding
The meeting was attended by more
than a dozen Mosgiel residents, both
pedestrians and mobility scooter users,
as well as D unedin City Council
community road safety adviser Deborah
Palmer, Mobility Scooters Otago owner-
operator Tony McCarthy, and Ms Bye.
Mr McCarthy said mobility scooters
had become bigger and faster and were
subsequently more dangerous.
“ When they were first designed, they
were to get people to the letter box. Now
they’re going further and faster.
“The top speed used to be 10kph, but
now some of the newer ones can go up
Mr McCarthy said some elderly
people were given mobility scooters by
family and often did not know how to
use them properly or were not given a
The main complaint of pedestrians
were of mobility scooter drivers going
too fast, not looking, and thinking they
had the right of way.
Mobility scooter drivers complained of
space issues including parked cars and
hedges encroaching on to the footpath.
Mr McCarthy was at a loss to
comprehend why the problem had
become so big.
“ I can’t see why pedestrians and people
on mobility scooters can’t get along — I
just can’t understand it. ”
Mosgiel resident and pedestrian Karen
Ferguson said it was unacceptable
mobility scooter drivers were able to use
the vehicles without any testing.
“Drivers that are older have to go
through regular testing — then why
don’t these people need to be monitored
as to their capability?”
There is no warrant of fitness required
for mobility scooters or their drivers.
There are 12 offences a mobility
scooter driver can commit while using
the vehicle and the fines range from
Another meeting will be held on
August 26 to further address the issue.
Otago Daily Times
The father of a 5-year-old Oamaru
girl killed by a tourist driver is
pleased the High Court has upheld
a sentence of imprisonment, but says
nothing will change the life sentence
his family faces.
Tristan Marris said he was “stoked”
Justice David Gendall dismissed Jing
Cao’s appeal against his jail term for
causing the death of Ruby Marris.
Cao had travelled more than
130kph, when he crossed the centre
line in his rented Ford Ranger on
State Highway 1 near Moeraki on
February 21, and smashed into the
Marris family’s station wagon.
Ruby died at the scene and her
parents suffered serious injuries. The
Marris’ two other children, Georgia
(9) and Sophie (7), suffered moderate
“Nothing is going to bring Ruby
back,” Mr Marris said after Justice
Gendall released his decision
“ I’m just pleased it’s over and he
gets to spend time in a New Zealand
“ He can sit there and contemplate
what he’s done.”
Cao, who sat silently throughout
the hearing — at times with his eyes
closed and resting his face against
his clasped hands — was led away
by Corrections officers after Justice
Gendall announced his decision.
Cao had expressed his regret for
killing Ruby during the court process
and at his sentencing in June told the
Marris family he owed them his life
and bowed deeply towards the family
to mark his remorse.
He had also written a letter of
apology to the family, which Mr
Marris said he had read.
“ I won’t forgive him for what he’s
done,” Mr Marris said.
The 18-month jail term handed to
Cao “sets a standard and draws a line
in the dirt ”, he said.
“People must obey the road rules in
New Zealand,” he said.
“Hopefully this gets back to China.
discourages tourists from ignoring
the road rules.”
Justice David Gendall found no
fault with the jail term handed to
Cao at his sentencing in the D unedin
District Court on June 9.
Cao’s driving “bordered on gross
recklessness”, Justice Gendall said.
Judge Kevin Phillips had given
sentencing Cao and Justice Gendall
found the starting point (of three
years and three months’ jail) and final
sentence were appropriate.
He dismissed the appeal in its
In May 2011, Parliament increased
the maximum sentence for dangerous
or reckless driving causing death
from five years’ jail to 10.
Justice Gendall said this had to be
taken into consideration.
“ Parliament has moved decisively to
respond to the public ’s concern over
the road toll,” he said.
Cao’s decision to cross the
centre line “involved a choice with
“This was not a case where a
appellant to veer to the other side of
the road for a brief instant,” he said.
“ To consciously take this extreme
risk with restricted vision as to what
lay ahead, not just for a momentary
lapse but for a significant period
of time, must be seen as ... grossly
Any sentence other than one of
imprisonment would “not properly
mark society’s condemnation in
regards to this kind of offending”.
Cao had remained on bail since his
sentencing on June 9.
An appeal against the 18-month jail
term was filed the following day.
In addition to the 18-month
jail sentence, Cao was sentenced
to nine months’ jail (to be ser ved
concurrently) on each count of
dangerous driving causing injury to
the other four Marris family members
as well as Cao’s mother, who was a
passenger in his rented vehicle.
He was ordered to pay $27,500
emotional harm reparation to the
Marris family and further reparations
Judge Gendall revoked Cao’s bail.
When asked after the hearing if
Cao would file an appeal with the
Court of Appeal, defence counsel
Anne Stevens said there was no
Otago Daily Times
Father ‘stoked’ appeal is dismissed
“I won’t forgive him for what he’s done ”
The West Coast Brewery has negotiated
a supply contract with a Chinese importing
company and as a result, will expand its
operation, creating more jobs in Westport.
The five-year contract involved supplying
the Chinese company, Shanghai Yin Co Ltd,
with the brewery’s own product line, as well
as manufacturing beer on its behalf, said West
Coast Brewery chief operating officer Grant
West Coast beer would be in eight of the
best bars in Shanghai by the end of September,
Having “two separate roads to market ” was
a positive. The manufacturing agreement was
to Shanghai Yin’s own recipe, while the supply
agreement gave the brewery the opportunity
to showcase its product range to a new market,
Production at the Westport-based brewery
would ramp up over the next five years, starting
slowly in the first year.
Capacity would have to triple to cater for the
quantities of beer stipulated in the contract, he
“It ’s capacity the brewery hasn’t had in the
It would also have to employ more people to
“Three or four jobs here, four or five there, it
will be a gradual process.”
The expansion was starting small, but
hopefully created “good, long-lasting jobs for
people in Westport”, he said.
West Coast Brewery was currently classed as
a ‘ boutique brewery’ and was now owned by a
group of people.
Some owners were from the Coast, some
were from the North Island and a couple lived
in Australia and had connections to the Coast.
West Coast Brewery was “very keen to
develop” under the new ownership structure,
he said. It was currently in the middle of
developing new products for market, which
would also be sold in China, he said.
“It ’s very exciting going forward.”
Earlier this week, representatives from
Shanghai Yin visited Westport.
Mayor Garry Howard was “instrumental” in
welcoming them, Mr Burnett said.
The representatives were “very impressed ”
with Westport and what they saw of the Coast.
Mr Howard gave them a selection of scenic
footage from around the Coast to play in the
Shanghai bars selling West Coast beer, Mr
“ We’ll hopefully do some promotion for the
Both companies were “very keen” to develop
the West Coast as a brand.
He hoped that would bring more tourists to
More jobs as West Coast brewery expands
of the late Anthony
(Tony) Walter Negri
wish to thank sincerely
all kind relatives, friends
and neighbours for the
many personal messages
and acts of kindness
received in the loss of a
dearly loved husband,
father, father-in-law and
grandad. Please accept
this as a personal
acknowledgment of our
Our Fairy Faye and
Tony finally together
WHYTE, Iris Edna. —
August 1, 1983. Passed
away 32 years ago
today. We had 14 very
special years of happi-
ness. Special memories
of you are always in my
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
1924 - August 1, 1995.
When we lose the ones
Our memories are a
Your wife June.
BURT, Sydney Lee
Friday July 31, 2015 in
the caring hands of the
Allen Bryant Lifecare
staff at Grey Base
Hospital. Aged 90
husband of the late
father-in-law of Warren
and Jennie, Trevor and
Fiona and Carolyn and
Peter, cherished pop of
Joshua and Kate, James,
Eden, Tom, Jack and
Harry, great-pop of
Brooke and Damian,
loved brother, brother-
in-law, favourite uncle
and a friend of many.
“He was strong and
silent right to the end
and will be greatly
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August 4, commencing
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Rotorua man sent to jail
An “ intelligent and calculating”Rotorua
man who stole more than $16,000 worth
of property from tourists’ cars has been
sent to prison for eight months. Sionne
John Sevaki, 24, appeared in the Rotorua
District Court yesterday after previously
pleading guilty to six theft charges from
six separate occasions.
Judge Barbara Morris said she would
grant leave for Sevaki if suitable
residential addiction treatment became
available during his sentence. The
charges relate to thefts from tourists’
vehicles at the Kerosene Creek carpark
between May 24 and June 4. —
One person is in a serious condition after a crash in
the Coromandel last night. One person was injured,
and rushed to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.
One seriously injured
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Best before dates between
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and 07/07/16 inclusive should not be consumed.
There have been no consumer reports of injury, however any person concerned about
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These products are sold in cafes, supermarkets, petrol stations and corner stores
throughout New Zealand.
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