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Hundreds of detailed old mine
maps from throughout the West
Coast held at the Hokitika
Museum are being examined
this week as part of a nationwide
The mining plan project is
being undertaken by New
Zealand Petroleum and Minerals
(formerly Crown Minerals) in
conjunction with Worksafe NZ.
It will eventually see the
creation of a publicly accessible
on-line catalogue of all former
It has provided a good
opportunity for the museum to
retrieve layer upon layer of maps
housed in the collection to better
preser ve them. The museum
holds some 500 maps from
former West Coast underground
coal and goldmines, dredge and
alluvial drilling plans, all south of
the Buller River. Maps from sites
north of the Buller River are in
The detailed mining maps,
which once had to be replicated
and circulated regularly by mine
permit holders to the authorities,
have until now been housed in
drawers at the museum between
layers of acid-free tissue paper.
That mode of preser vation is
being updated this week as
the contractor undertaking the
search, mine consultant John
Taylor, examines each document.
Hokitika Museum collections
curator Helen Cook said going
through the maps, which came
to the museum following the
closure of the former mines
inspectorate office in Greymouth,
was a time consuming but
The museum held over 500 of
these maps and was pleased to be
able to assist with the inventory.
As each map is examined Mrs
Cook is re-housing them in
sturdier packaging, placing each
map on its own sheet of acid-free
card with a clear cover.
“This allows for better handling
and easier retrieval of the maps
and will ensure they are being
stored safely for the future.”
The best or most comprehensive
copy of each plan at the museum
will eventually be put on-line as
part of the national catalogue.
According to NZ Petroleum
and Minerals, building a national
catalogue is principally about
safety — to ensure that the
location of underground mine
workings and holes are known —
particularly for future developers.
Currently old mine plans are
spread across a vast number
of museum, university, and
government agency collections.
NZ Petroleum and Minerals
information ser vices manager
Richard Garlick said the project
was to better understand the
technical details of the resources
in the mine area, inform health
and safety planning for new
mining, and to act as a resource
to assist Mines Rescue in
2 - Thursday, August 6, 2015
Greymouth wet in July
It rained in Greymouth on 15
days last month. Weather obser ver
Phil Forrest ’s figures for July show
192.6mm of rain, with the wettest
day on July 28 with 41.2mm. So far
this year there has been 1602.8mm
of rain. The sun showed its face on
26 days, for 122.5 hours. The year
to date total is 996.2 hours. The
warmest day was July 26, when it
got to 13.9degC, the coldest was
-1 .2degC on July 10. The lowest
grass temperature was -4.8deg on
the July 9.
A free business seminar on a host
of things including cash flow will be
held in Hokitika. Organised by ANZ
Bank and Cuffs Accountants, the
seminar will offer advice on financial
systems, cash flow, benchmarking,
establishing break-even points,
monitoring financial performance
and debtor management. “ Many
businesses don’t focus enough on
cash flow, which is the lifeblood
of the business,” accountant Peter
Cuff said. The seminar is open to all
business people. Further information
and registrations can be made
through Cuffs website or at www.
Greymouth bridge results
Greymouth Bridge Club results
from this week were. — Stuart
Oliver and Brian Rowlands 65.3% 1,
Colleen Thorpe and Glenice Purcell,
Paul Holt and Tina Fernando 58.3%
Arrivals: Cook Canyon , Lady
Sarah , Corsair. Departures: Galatea
II. In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Corsair, Claymore, Lady Sarah,
Pursuit II, 27 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, Corsair, Lady
Sarah, Claymore, today. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II, today.
As low milk prices and a wet spring
begin to bite, news of extra funding to
boost mental health initiatives has been
welcomed by the West Coast Rural
The Government announced yesterday
a joint initiative to train about 100 more
people to help farming families around
the country to access support.
It is the first part of a one-off $500,000
funding boost for mental health
initiatives targeted at rural communities,
announced at National Fieldays at
West Coast Rural Support Trust
chairwoman Dianne Milne, of Aratika,
said the trust relied on the voluntary
time of its trustees to network the
region so the possibility through the
Government scheme of having a funded
support worker on the West Coast
would be welcome.
“It would be good to have a paid
person by MPI (Ministry of Primary
Industries),” Mrs Milne said. “ That will
be good because we’re always short-
handed when things get hard.”
With the busy dairy calving season
now upon farmers, combined with
the financial pressure of lower milk
payment forecasts and the prospect
of a wet year, it was obvious the
trust would be active this year, she
Longer established West Coast
farming families were more likely to
cope with the financial storm this
coming year but those new to farm
ownership or sharemilking were those
most at risk of falling over.
Mrs Milne said the hair on the back
of her neck stood up last week when
she checked via the trust network how
farmers were going around the region
only to hear “everything has gone quiet ”.
While people were
preoccupied with the start of calving
at the busiest time of the year, the
culmination of financial worry and the
ongoing wet weather would be creating
“quiet stress” which could become
unhealthy if people did not talk about it.
“ When people are not whinging, that ’s
when I start to worry,” Mrs Milne said.
In light of this, the trust would be
holding a series of social functions
around the region in about a month’s
time to draw people together.
Mrs Milne said the West Coast trust
had a good network, and Westland Milk
Products, through their farmer support
ser vices, also helped.
It had been good to see a good turnout
at the ‘resilient farmer’ workshop held
in Hokitika this week, aided by a wet
day — although she suspected many of
those who could have benefited from
the talk were absent.
“I feel the people who probably needed
to listen to it weren’t there,” she said.
Health Minister Jonathon Coleman
said the Government recognised that
some farmers were under considerable
stress. “ The physical isolation as well as
the uncertainties of being reliant on the
land creates different pressures to those
living in an urban setting,” Dr Coleman
The Ministry of Health and MPI had,
with the support of the farming sector
begun to develop a work programme
with local components linked to
Up to 100 support people would be
trained to work for the rural support
trusts, in collaboration with Dairy NZ
and Beef and Lamb NZ.
Trained part time workers and
volunteers, along with vets and farm
advisers, would help connect farming
families with the available mental
health, financial and advice services.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Young maths minds put to the test
The West Coast ’s brightest young maths minds were put to the test at the annual Westamaths competition, held in
the Paroa School hall yesterday. Working in teams of four, pupils had to answer questions and race them to markers to
check the answer before being given their next questions. In the Year 6 section, Westport South was first, Kokatahi-
Kowhitirangi second, and Kaniere third. In the Year 7 section, Paroa 1 was first, Grey Main 1 second and Karoro 1 third
after a tie-break. In the Year 8 section Paroa 1 was first, Paparoa Range second and Grey Main 2 third.
Westland National Park
management plan to be reviewed
The West Coast Conser vation Board
says the Punakaiki visitor centre — the
busiest on the West Coast — is like a
The Department of Conservation has
announced it is reviewing the Westland
Tai Poutini National Park management
plan, partly due to the retreating glaciers
at Fox and Franz Josef.
However, the conser vation board
also wants the Paparoa National
Park plan reviewed.
The park was created in 1988, and the
management plan finalised in 1992. It is
so old that the copy on the Department
of Conservation website is a scanned
version of the original, including the
ringbinder marks. Some pages appear to
have been done on a typewriter.
It was written several years before the
Cave Creek disaster and was meant to
be reviewed within 10 years.
Conser vation board chairman Mike
Legge said the Paparoa park plan was a
priority for the board.
“It ’s 23-years-old,” Dr Legge said.
DOC visitor centres were generally
“ up with the play ” but the Punakaiki
one was like “stepping back in a time
About 450,000 tourists a year visited
Punakaiki, which made it busier than
the glaciers and Aoraki-Mount Cook,
He noted that the Westland National
Park plan had only recently been partly
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Hokitika Museum collection curator Helen Cook and mining consultant John Taylor look over an
early plan of the Globe Progress Mine, at Reefton. Many of the physical sites shown in the map has now
been obliterated as part of the modern open-cast operation by Oceana Gold.
On-line mining map catalogue to be created
The change in mail delivery to every
second day does not appear to be
slowing down postage times on the West
The Greymouth Star did an unscientific
trial, posting letters from central
Greymouth last Monday afternoon. The
first arrived in Hokitika on Wednesday,
while the two Greymouth letters arrived
on the Thursday.
The exercise was then repeated on
Friday afternoon. Again, the first arrived
in Hokitika this Monday, the Greymouth
ones arriving on Tuesday.
To fi nd out what days your mail is now
delivered, go to https://www.nzpost.
enter your address.
Coastal parts of the Heaphy Track
have been damaged by high tides and
storm events, a report by Department of
Conser vation ranger Ted Brennan to the
West Coast Tai Poutini Conser vation
Mr Brennan said the affected areas
were the coastal sections of the track at
Koura Beach, Nettle Beach and Heaphy
Kawatiri DOC ser vices manager Bob
Dickson said the track was not closed,
but sections prone to erosion and sea
encroachment had been re-routed as an
interim measure to ensure public safety.
Warning signs indicating the need to be
aware of high seas and storm events were
also in place.
Mr Dickson expected work on the track
would be under way once final funding
was approved, which was expected in
The estimated cost of the repairs was
He said there was no plan to close the
track, however a contractor would need
to manage the site to allow public access.
He did not think the work would have
any impact on users this coming summer.
— Westport News
Storm events damage coastal
parts of Heaphy Track
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HARRIS, Pat. —
Merchant Navy. Febru-
ary 21, 1922 - July 17,
2015. Roni, Doug,
Annie, Michelle, Suzy
and all our extended
families would like to
express our gratitude to
all those who attended
Dad's funeral. We know
Dad would have been
humbled and touched by
all those who paid their
respects the day of his
funeral. We are very
thankful to those who
phoned, sent e-mails,
cards and dropped off
delicious meals and
deliveries of flowers.
Your thoughtfulness and
support gave us comfort.
It was amazing to see so
many at Dad's funeral,
such respect for an
amazing man. We are
forever grateful to the
Allen Bryant team, who
made the last three years
of Dad's life so happy.
He loved all you guys.
Anna Dyzel, Nigel
Ogilvie, and the West-
land Medical Centre
team. Your care of Dad
over the years was top
notch. Father Peter and
Francis, you two did a
wonderful job of Dad's
last public appearance,
and you coped with
Hokitika RSA - all you
guys are heroes. Wayne,
Sylvia and Kris -
Directors. How can we
thank you enough for
your guidance, love and
support throughout this
nightmare of a time. The
Rose Society for the
beautiful floral tribute
for his casket. Dean
Fearn - your amazing
images will forever keep
him close to us all.
Thank you to the ladies
for the catering for the
after match function. A
very special thanks to
Dad for having such an
amazing family of girls
who love you. If we
have missed anyone
please accept this as a
personal thank you and
gratitude on behalf of
the Harris and Wright
Mail delivery change not slowing down postage times
All commercial fishing boats
will eventually be fitted out with
technology to monitor exact catches.
Westfleet operations manager John
Brown said cameras were being
trialled on the east coast.
“As yet there no fishing boats
working off the West Coast have had
the equipment installed. However, it
will happen,” Mr Brown said.
The technology would ultimately
replace obser vers put on fishing boats
to check the exact amounts of each
fish species being caught.
Cameras would be used to capture
live footage of fish as it was being
landed on the boats.
Mr Brown said the scheme was
being trailed by the Ministry of
Primary Industries and would change
the current process whereby the crews
write down their daily catch.
The new system would have them
entering their daily catches on devices
such as iPads or tablets as well as the
Mr Brown said he expected the
new technology would be on all
commercial fishing boats in a couple
Cameras for fishing boats
Women’s Refuge is hailing new
Government proposals as potentially the
most exciting action in 20 years to stem
New Zealand’s family violence problem.
Refuge chief executive Dr Ang Jury said
the discussion paper on Strengthening
New Zealand’s Legislative Response
to Family Violence, issued by Justice
Minister Amy Adams yesterday, created
the opportunity to fix all the problems
with the current law.
“This is perhaps one of the most
potentially exciting things we’ve seen
since the Domestic Violence Act in 1995
because the minister or her officials have
basically opened the whole thing up,” she
“S he is actually ready to look at
everything from go to whoa in terms
of the judicial response. No piecemeal
mucking around the edges.”
She welcomed all the document ’s main
proposals around making protection
orders more accessible and better
The paper proposes “empowering
police or an approved non-government
organisation or iwi ser vice provider to
apply for a protection order on a victim’s
behalf ” — for example when a victim is
too scared of a perpetrator to apply for an
Dr Jury said police officers could already
initiate a protection order, for example
when a police safety order was breached.
But the new proposal could enable
women’s refuges to initiate protection
“That would be a huge boon for refuge
workers,” she said. “ We could do it. When
we hook women up with lawyers we have
a refuge advocate sitting alongside them
The paper also suggests that when a
protection order is breached police might
be either required to arrest in all cases or
required to take some action — either
arrest, issuing a police safety order or
referral to an agency such as an anti-
Dr Jury said mandatory arrests for all
breaches was probably not practicable
because respondents sometimes genuinely
did not understand an order, but it might
be possible to require mandatory arrest for
a second breach.
“That is something that is going to be
quite widely debated,” she said.
She also welcomed the proposed
requirement for police to take some action
when called out to any family violence
incident, even when they could not see
anyone at fault.
“All that would result in is an agency
like Refuge trying to make contact
with the victim, and/or a non-violence
agency trying to make contact with the
perpetrator,” she said.
“At that point in time they can say
actually it was a nothing, we were
fighting over the television remote, and it
happens. But if neighbours or passers-by
are concerned enough to call police, then
some follow-up of some description is
She noted that the change would have to
be backed up by more resources for both
police and agencies.
— N Z ME -New Zealand Herald
A homicide investigation is under way
in Manuwatu following the discovery of a
body outside a block of units this morning.
Police were called to the Taieri Court
units in Palmerston North after a member
of the public discovered the body.
“ We are treating the death as suspicious
and we have cordoned off an area outside
the block of units so we can conduct
a scene examination,” detective senior
sergeant Craig Sheridan said.
“There are a number of residential
properties and buildings in the area where
the victim was located and officers are
continuing to speak with residents.”
“There is a lot of information we don’t
have as this investigation is in its infancy.
Mr Sheridan said the immediate priority
is to identify the victim and perform an
area canvass to try and gather information
and piece together what has happened.
Police have confirmed the victim was
male but did not know the age because the
identity was yet to be confirmed.
Women’s Refuge hails
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