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The sounds of young bands from the
Greymouth area should hit the
airwaves in the next couple of
Greymouth District Youth Trust
chairman Jolan Kilkelly, said the new
youth-orientated radio station would
hopefully be on air within the next two
Mr Kilkelly said the idea came about
after a workshop, held in town last
“An ex-John Paul II High School
student, Alex Davey, had expressed
his feelings about the lack of ways to
promote local youth music and bands.
So what we came up with was a plan
to create a youth radio station and
The trust then applied to the Ministry
of Social Development Youth Fund
and was given enough money to set up
the radio station, as well as five other
They used some of the funding to buy
radio equipment, and have been given
a room in Tai Poutini Polytechnic ’s
Phoenix House on Puketahi Street from
which to broadcast.
Mr Kilkelly said before the station
went live, the trust would be running
some training for young DJs, who
would produce some downloadable
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Georgia Candler, left, Liam Doyles and Ella McGeady test out the radio equipment they will be using for a new youth
Youth radio coming to the Greymouth airwaves
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A truck and trailer driver ignored the
‘chains essential’ and ‘closed to towing
vehicle’ signs at Otira yesterday only
to became stuck, blocking one lane for
quite some time.
All three passes into the West Coast
Arthur’s, Lewis and Haast —
remained closed this morning due to
Police said the driver’s actions affected
a large number of other transport-
related businesses and members of the
public by causing unnecessary delays.
The blockage also prevented road crews
from working on the road.
Constable Paul O’Hara, of the West
Coast Highway Patrol, said the warnings
were put out to keep all road users safe
during winter driving conditions and it
was essential drivers took notice.
Police would be investigating any
similar incidents and drivers may be
charged or fined.
The New Zealand Transport Agency
said this morning all vehicles on the
passes were removed or the passengers
taken to safety for the night.
Transport Agency journey manager
Lee Wright said the police and
contractors from Otira did a final sweep
before leaving the area.
“The Lewis Pass has 400mm of snow
and a very heavy snow burden on the
trees. It is estimated that some of the
‘snow bombs’ are up to three-quarters of
a tonne so no work can be done in these
areas until they fall.
“ When they fall they are likely to bring
down trees and tree branches that will
have to be cleared before the road can
reopen. The weather is fine and sunny
which will help with clearing operations.
However, it may also be icy which may
delay reopening until mid morning or
“The contractors worked on the Rahu
Saddle all night clearing trees.”
PICTURES: Viv Logie
Arthur’s Pass, above, yesterday and the
highway just outside of the town.
Police warn Coast drivers
Yachting enthusiasts can head down to the Blaketown
Lagoon tomorrow to check out the catamaran owned
by Mark and Lillian Mellsop-Melssen. They sailed the
boat around the world over three years covering more
than 40,000 sea miles. The yacht arrived back in its
Greymouth home port earlier this year. At 14m long
and 7.5m wide yacht, it is a lot roomier inside than
most people expect. Lake Brunner Yacht club secretar y
Bev Connors said the Mellsop-Melssens were hosting
the “open house” in conjunction with the Lake Brun-
ner and Lake Mahinapua yacht clubs. The yacht will be
open to the public at the Blaketown Lagoon from 8am
to 4pm tomorrow.
Catamaran open day
Economic growth looks set slow this year
after Fonterra cut its farmgate milk price
forecast to $3.85 a kilogram of milk solids,
its lowest point since 2002, but farmer
confidence is likely to get a boost from
an unexpected 50c per kilogram support
package, economists said.
Economists said GDP growth was set to
slow this year in wake of the sharp drop in
milk prices, and the slowdown in building
in post-earthquake construction activity, but
that low interest rates and the sharply lower
New Zealand dollar would help to partially
As expected, Fonterra took a big knife to
its farmgate milk price, which was better
than some market expectations of about the
$3.50 a kilogram level, down from a previous
forecast of $5.25. It forecast a total payout
for 2015/6 at $4.25-$4.35.
However, the big surprise was the 50c
per kg support scheme for fully “shared up”
suppliers, which economists would go a long
way towards supporting farmer confidence.
Fonterra forecast 40c to 50c would be
available for payout, up from an historical
dividend average of 32c a share. The
co-op slashed its capital expenditure by
$500m-$600m, which it said would allow it
to fund farmer support measures.
Fonterra said milk production was expected
to fall by 2% this year compared with last
season, which economists said would help
support milk prices. The support package
will be interest-free for two years and will be
repaid when the milk price recovers above
Rural businesses, not just dairy farmers,
will feel a big impact from Fonterra’s milk
price cut, the farmer funded Dairy NZ said.
Dairy NZ chief executive Tim Mackle
said the drop meant a further reduction of
$150,000 for the average dairy farm income
for this season.
“The effect on the level of payments over
a season will keep farmers’ cash income
constrained for at least the next 18 months
and it will take some farmers many years
to recover from these low milk prices,” Mr
Mackle said in a statement. At a national
level the $1.40 milk price cut would remove
$2.5 billion from the economy.
Dairy NZ calculates that nine out of 10
farmers will need to take on extra debt to
keep going through some major operating
“For the average farmer you are looking
at covering a business loss of $260-280,000
this season but for many it will be a lot more
than that. Low interest rates are helping but
our analysis shows the average farmer now
needs a milk price of $5.40 to break even,
and this latest forecast is well short of that.”
The lower farm gate milk price follows
sharp falls in whole milk powder prices,
which have plummeted 51.4% on Fonterra’s
Global Dairy Trade platform since March
Chairman John Wilson said the fall in the
milk price forecast was due to the continued
“significant imbalance” in the global market
between weak demand and surplus supply.
ASB Bank rural economist Nathan Penny
said earnings per share forecast was “quite
bullish”. “ They are obviously confident that
they can turn things around internally,”
he said. He said the 50c support payment
would help farmer confidence “although it
will be very tight”.
New Zealand Herald
Economy to take hit as
Fonterra cuts forecast
Child sex offender David Livingstone
was never granted parole — a legal
branding showing him to be considered
as dangerous to the public as rapist and
murder Tony Robertson.
Police confirmed yesterday afternoon
they had located and arrested Livingstone.
The Parole Board released documents
yesterday showing he had been declined
parole every time he had appeared seeking
release from prison.
Instead of being granted parole, he was
released from prison at the end of his
sentence of eight years for abducting,
raping and threatening to kill a 10-year-
old in 2006.
It is an eerie echo of the Robertson
case — he was also imprisoned for eight
years in 2006 for abduction and indecent
assault on a child. On his release in 2014
within months of Livingstone being
released — he had raped and murdered
Livingstone was released after a March
2014 hearing before the Parole Board,
which sets the conditions he had to
live by in the community. It was also
to set conditions around an electronic
super vision order, which dictated that
he wear the GPS monitoring anklet he
discarded this week to go on the run.
The conditions of Livingstone’s release
include not leaving his house between
8pm and 7am, staying home for the time
around the start and finish of schools,
to stay away from schools or any place
children went. Alcohol was identified as
a risk factor for Livingstone, because he
would drink to boost his confidence.
“Adding to our concern have been
comments attributed to Mr Livingstone
... that he was going to spend his Steps To
Freedom money on ‘alcohol and chicks’
and would soon return to prison. ”
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald
said Livingstone seemed “relieved” to be
caught by police.
The Court of Appeal reached a new
milestone this week — an all-woman
Bench for the first time in its 153-year
President Ellen France, Justice Christine
French and Justice Helen Winkelmann
sat as a permanent court of three women
for the first time this week.
New Zealand Law Society president
Chris Moore said it was another step in a
long road to equality.
“The current statistics relating to the
advancement of women in the profession
are not something of which we should be
“This momentous occasion is a great
step in the right direction but there is still
a long way to go.
“The Law Society has made it one of our
key focal points for the last two years and
we will continue to strive to encourage
and foster the advancement of women in
“This is a great example for the whole
New Zealand legal profession and we
hope this is an indicator of great things
to come. ”
New Zealand Law Society statistics
show 29% of New Zealand’s judges are
women, compared with 47% of New
Female Bench makes court history
Sex offender Livingstone not paroled
Former Telecom boss Theresa
Gattung is believed to be seriously
thinking about standing for the
Auckland mayoralty next year,
sources have told the Weekend
Ms Gattung and Labour MP Phil
Goff are the two biggest names to
emerge to challenge Len Brown,
who has not said if he will seek a
third term. Last night, Mr Goff
said he had still not made a final
decision, but sources close to the
MP put the odds on him standing
“I know Theresa. She is a nice
person who has done a high-
powered job as chief executive of
Telecom and I wish her the best
in the decision if she is thinking
seriously about it,” Mr Goff said.
Ms Gattung is the first high-
profile candidate on the centre-right
to possibly challenge Mr Brown,
whose job is on the line after a
highly publicised affair, criticism
about the city’s finances and rocky
relations with Wellington.
She led Telecom from 1999 to
2007, and is now focused on the
fast-growing food delivery business,
My Food Bag, a couple of start-up
companies and her own charitable
foundation supporting mainly
Former National Party president
Michelle Boag said she heard a
rumour two to three months ago
about Ms Gattung standing for the
mayoralty but nothing since then.
“A strong woman would be very
competitive in the city offering
diversity and distinction from other
candidates we have had in recent
“I detect a lot of anger around
rate rises and an unwillingness
to consider releasing assets not
being used. Someone with serious
business experience would be
a great asset for the city in this
climate,” Ms Boag said.
A personal assistant for Ms
Gattung said yesterday: “ Theresa
has no comment to make on the
Mr Goff, whose role as Auckland
issues spokesman for Labour is
seen a springboard to seek the
mayoralty, saw the key issues as
population, housing affordability
and fiscal prudence.
Other names include former
Auckland City mayor John Banks,
National MP Maurice Williamson,
Auckland Chamber of Commerce
chief executive Michael Barnett
and deputy mayor Penny Hulse.
Conser vative Party leader Colin
Craig, who ran for mayor in 2010,
said his first priority was to national
politics, but he had not ruled out
running. -- New Zealand Herald
Gattung tipped for Auckland mayoralty bid
A bleeding man discovered
raiding a fridge in a Dunedin flat
evaded police yesterday.
Senior sergeant Darryl Lennane,
of Dunedin, said a resident of a
student flat in Castle Street found a
bleeding man removing food from
their fridge about 9am.
A dog handler attended but his
dog struggled to track the intruder
as residents from surrounding flats
walking in the area made it difficult
for the dog to follow the scent.
Mr Lennane said police examined
the flat yesterday and took samples
of the blood left at the scene.
The man was described as being
of European descent, in his early
20s, about 1.7m tall, with a medium
build and wearing dark clothing, he
said. Police were seeking witnesses
Otago Daily Times
Hunt for bleeding man caught raiding fridge
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