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Cook River bridge repairs
The Cook River bridge, on State
highway 6 south of Fox Glacier, will
undergo repairs to one of the bridge
towers over the next two weeks.
The NZ Transport Agency will be
repairing an overhead section on
one of the bridge towers starting
this weekend. Work will be done at
night over two week-long periods
from this Sunday. Night work
begins at 10pm and ends at 6am
the following day. The first week
of night work runs to the morning
of August 21. Repairs will resume
again from August 23, to August 28.
Motorists will be able to get across
the bridge during the night repairs
every hour for a ten minute open
period. NZTA journey manager Lee
Wright said they apologised for the
inconvenience. “ We have scheduled
the works at night to minimise
disruption to our road users.”
Mike Slater secures
DOC management job
Former Department of Conser vation
West Coast conser vator Mike Slater
has officially joined the management
team in Wellington. He has been in
the role of acting deputy director-
general conser vation services since
late August last year, taking up the
role when the previous incumbent,
Kevin O’Connor, took a job with the
National Rural Fire Authority. His
job is now permanent, and means he
is officially part of a team of second-
tier managers. Mr Slater was the
West Coast conser vator for more
than a decade based at the Hokitika
conser vancy office. Heading the
department as director-general is Lou
Sanson, who grew up in Hokitika.
Greymouth bridge results
Greymouth Bridge Club results.—
Wednesday: Ian Anderson and Allison
Palmer 63% 1, Joy Willman and Alan
Comas, Alison Dayne and Mary
Whitehead 56% 2 equal. Thursday:
Brian Rowlands and Stuart Oliver
66.7% 1, Sue Glue and Ian Anderson
55.6% 2, Bruce Truman and Cynthia
El-Hinsheri 50% 3.
Arrivals: Galatea II, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Corsair. Expected
departures: Galatea II, Lady Sarah,
Cook Canyon, today. Expected arrivals:
Illness hits schools
of the Hokitika Guardian
Forty-one children from a roll of 60 were
off sick from Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School
yesterday with flu symptoms, while at
Westland High School just over half of its
Year 9 and 10 students have attended school
At Kaniere School up to 30 children
were away on any day last week, and at
Hokitika Primary School up to 60 children
were marked absent, from a roll of 150. At
St Mary’s School, one classroom of 30
was only a third occupied two days this week.
Sickness is also sweeping Kidsfirst
Kindergarten and Scenicland Preschool
affecting between nine and 15 under five year
olds per day.
Hokitika GP Anna Dyzel, of the Westland
Medical Centre, said the clinic had been
seeing a lot of children with Influenza B.
“ We haven’t had Influenza B for a number
of years so a number of younger children
haven’t been exposed to it before so they are
getting really sick.”
Common symptoms were fevers, aches and
pains and generally “feeling miserable”, she
The second illness moving through the
community in recent weeks was gastric, with
symptoms lasting a couple of days.
Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School principal
Megan McLellan said yesterday the ratio of
unwell students was the highest she had seen
in her 12 years of teaching.
Forty one students out of 60 were away
yesterday, and 38 the day before.
“It is far worse than we had when swine flu
was around and there was all the fuss in the
media,” she said.
“I can’t recall any time in my teaching career
having this number of students away. They’ve
had fevers and a long run of being unwell so
its not just an easy flu.”
Staff have been encouraging families to
keep children away until completely better to
stop the spread.
At Kaniere School up to 30 children were
away on any one day last week.
Secretary Ann Jones said that number had
halved as of yesterday, with 15 children off
However, that was still an increase, with
normally only one or two students absent a
Hokitika Primary School reported it had
felt the affects for about three weeks. At the
height up to 60 children were away, from 150.
It was now down to about 20, a
spokeswoman said yesterday.
At Westland High School the middle
school appeared to be the worst affected.
Deputy principal Linda Hutt said this
week only 54% of year 9 and 58% of year 10
students had been in class.
Attendance for Year 8s was about 70%. A
number of staff had also been struck.
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Mike, Greg and
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Trust with some of the psychedelic gear which will be on show at tonight ’s Glow
Fest, being held at Karoro Learning between 5pm and 7pm. Ms Candler said that
the event, which was free to attend, would include glow in the dark games, free food
and face painting.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Gearing up for Glow Fest
Gloriavale could lose millions of dollars
in taxpayer funding over its opposition to
identification numbers for pre-schoolers.
Officials from the Ministry of Education
have visited the isolated Christian
community, based at Haupiri, over its
Gloriavale’s leaders have been told
government funding for its three early
childhood centres — which topped $2.4
million over a year — is likely to be at risk.
The row comes as the Green Party
questions whether government inspectors
were correct to approve the community’s
primary and secondary schooling.
Nationwide, most children in early
childhood education (ECE) have been
assigned a national student number under
a new government project.
Gloriavale is still opposed and a transition
period set by the ministry is coming to an
end. No other provider has refused to use
“National student numbers are used to
record data and specifically to protect a
child’s privacy. It allows us to identify a
child without having to refer to names
or addresses,” said Katrina Casey, the
ministry’s head sector enablement and of
Ms Casey, who would not reveal what
exactly Gloriavale’s concerns were, said
the ministry would continue to work on
a solution, but had explained that ECE
funding “is likely to be put at risk”. “ That
would be the same for any other ECE
ERO officials will appear before a
select committee next week, and will
face questioning over the office’s positive
assessment of Gloriavale’s schooling.
— NZ Herald
Gloriavale could lose millions over
pre-school identification opposition
Last minute enrolments
are being accepted for the
Inangahua Ward by-election
on Monday, August 31.
“ If you haven’t enrolled in
time to get your voting papers
in the mail, you can still
enrol and cast a special vote
in the Inangahua Ward by-
election,” West Coast-Tasman
registrar of electors Sue Gage,
“ If you think you’re enrolled
but haven’t received voting
papers in the mail, then you
need to update your enrolment
details and cast a special vote
“Anyone enrolling from now
on will need to apply to their
local Electoral Officer to cast a
People who enrol between
now and polling day will need
to contact Buller electoral
officer John Rodger at Buller
District Council directly to get
information on how to apply to
cast a special vote.
“Locals who are on the
unpublished roll will also need
to apply to cast a special vote
in the by-election.”
Enrol or update your details
now by calling 0800 36 76
56, at any Post Shop or by
requesting or downloading
a form from the elections
Last minute Inangahua by-election enrolments urged
A Ngahere woman facing her eighth breach
of a protection order charge changed her plea
to guilty after she was offered a sentence of
home or community detention, intensive
supervision and community work.
Robyn Jane Gregg, 43, had initially elected
to defend the charge, however at the start of
her hearing her lawyer Richard Bodle told
the court that he was not sure if the hearing
would be able to proceed as he had been
unable to interview the main witness.
Mr Bodle also said other than an outright
denial, he also needed to get more instructions
from Gregg in relation to her witness.
However, Judge Jane Farish said the
complainant had come to the West Coast
from Christchurch, so the case should be
Mr Bodle said he was also questioning the
likely success the defendant would have in
defending the charges, given their similarity
to previous breaches of the protection order.
He asked the judge to look at the summary
of facts, and Gregg’s history of offending, and
offer a sentencing indication.
The judge agreed and started with a
sentence of eight months in prison. That
was uplifted by 12 months to take account
of Gregg’s seven previous breaches of the
protection order, which had been put in
place after her former partner laid a charge
of criminal harassment against her in 2013.
However, Gregg was given a credit of two
months for her guilty plea, and as the final
sentence was less than two years the judge
was able to consider a sentence short of a
The judge also said she wanted Gregg to
be assessed, to try and find out why she had
committed so many of the same type of
repeating this same behaviour, I would like to
know why, what can we do to try and advise
you to move on from this relationship”.
The judge said that Gregg’s final
sentence might also include some intensive
super vision and community work. Gregg
was remanded on bail to be sentenced on
Eighth breach of protection order
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