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Car aimed at man
A 33-year-old man was arrested
and charged with assault on Friday
after he allegedly drove his vehicle
at another man, in Hokitika. Police
also reported five drink-drivers over
the weekend. Acting senior sergeant
David Cross said if people were
considering a good night out, they
needed to plan how they were going
to get home.
Petrol, luck run
out for alleged
Four young people travelling in a
car stolen from Christchurch were
apprehended by police near Aickens
on Friday when they ran out of fuel.
Police said the car theft should ser ve
as a warning for people to always
lock their vehicles, “even if they are
parked up in their own driveway ”.
National must learn the lessons
from Solid Energy’s final collapse
last week and apply them to
Landcorp, West Coast-Tasman MP
and Labour’s primary industries
spokesman Damien O’Connor says.
“ National ignored all the warning
signs and alarm bells about Solid
Energy until it was far too late. Now
there are serious concerns being
raised about Landcorp’s incredibly
ambitious dairy farm conversion
in the central North Island with
the milk price collapsing. While
there are obvious differences in
the two cases, the parallels of a
highly ambitious project getting
into trouble due to a tumbling
commodity price must raise the
alert level,” Mr O’Connor said.
Periods of rain, heavy falls
Despairing neighbours have
pleaded for action to be taken to
end their four-year nightmare of
having to live next to a stinking
15m-high, 20,000-tonne mountain
of rubbish that keeps bursting
into flames. The rat-infested mix
of rotting industrial and domestic
waste is said to spontaneously
combust on a weekly basis ‘like
a smoking volcano’ and has been
branded a health hazard by fed up
families. In March, the Bromley
Council, south-east London, signed
an agreement with the Environment
Agency to clear the abandoned
tip at the end of a cul-de-sac in St
Paul’s Cray, but as yet no action has
been taken. Families say toxic fumes
coming off the mountain of waste
are causing asthma, allergies and
vomiting. — Daily Mail
Commission mulls one council
Commission says it is looking into
an application for a single council on
the West Coast.
In a strongly-worded speech last
month, Local Government Minister
Paula Bennett said the Local
Government Commission would be
drafting various structure options
for each region in New Zealand to
decide what works best for them.
The minister said some regional
councils may be replaced with council
controlled organisations (CCOs).
The West Coast currently has four
councils — three mayors and more
than 40 councillors — prompting
periodic calls for amalgamation.
Asked what was happening with
the West Coast, in the light of the
minister’s comments, the Local
Government Commission said it had
received a reorganisation application
from West Coast residents Peter
Salter and Anthea Keenan.
The first step in the process was
to decide whether to assess the
principal adviser Donald Riezebos
They had to consider whether it
was frivolous; whether it contained
the range of information required by
the Local Government Act; whether
it was consistent with legislation;
and whether the commission was in
a position to assess the application
while the information in it was
timely and reliable
Mr Riezebos said the commission
also had to consider whether it was
in the public interest to assess the
The tone of the minister’s speech
caught West Coast mayors, who were
at the conference, by surprise.
A Hokitika family reeling after the
death of their infant child just four
weks ago, suffered another setback on
Saturday when their young preschooler
was hit by a car.
Katie Robinson and Dan Bishop
are now bedside in the Christchurch
Hospital intensive care unit, where
Nessy, four, is in a stable condition
after being clipped by a car outside
Wingham Park, Greymouth.
The couple are still grieving from
the loss of their baby Jai, who died of
They were heading to the junior
rugby league finals when the accident
According to the family’s Facebook
page, Nessy suffered a fractured skull,
brain bleed and a collapsed lung, as well
as cuts and bruises.
Yesterday afternoon they posted
that ‘Ness made some progress. She
recognises her family and voices.
Doctors have run some more tests etc
and they are happy with her results ...
Ness is sleeping a lot and is only able to
open her eyes for short periods of time
she hasn’t been able to talk as yet but
‘Any bit of progress no matter how big
or small is promising. Still a very long
and slow road to go.’
The family sent their thoughts to the
woman driver of the vehicle that struck
Teachers reverse roles
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
It was a role reversal today as students got the day off so their teachers could receive lessons on using technology in the classroom. About 150
teachers from throughout the West Coast descended on Greymouth High School for a series of workshops covering topics such as learning to code,
using video in lessons, Google apps and using the network for learning.
Burglars thwar ted
Security will be beefed up after the
attempted burglary of a Greymouth
Southwest Auto Engineering director
Corrie Fitzsimon said he and
co-director Daniel Dunn had only been
in the Arney Street building for four
months and were angry to have been
targeted by thieves.
“ We have about $100,000 worth of
car parts and gear in the building,” Mr
He believed the culprits knew what
they were looking for.
They peeled the backing off a heavy
aluminium door at the rear of the
building, but were thwarted when they
tried to prise it open. They then had a
go at the front door.
“The front door, which has two
deadlocks, is bent and the locks are
ruined,” Mr Fitzsimon said.
“ We have cameras and alarms inside
the building, but they didn’t pick up
anything. Today we will be installing
cameras outside and new doors.”
The business had only been going for
seven months and if the burglars had
succeeded it would have put them out
of business, he said.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
An angry Corrie Fitzsimon sur veys the damage in an attempted burglary
overnight at Southwest Auto Engineering, in Arney Street, Greymouth.
Southland awaits Hollyford road detail
The Southland District Council says
it asked for more information on the
Haast Hollyford road proposal back
in April, and has still not received a
After a presentation from Haast-
Hollyford Highway Ltd principal
Durham Havill, the council agreed on
April 22 that the road had potential
merit and further investigation was
Councillors felt it was important
to ask its ratepayers and residents for
“I wrote to Haast-Hollyford
Highway Ltd at the end of April
asking them for a range of information
so we can complete an initial analysis
of the proposal and develop a
community consultation document,”
council chief executive Steve Ruru
told the Greymouth Star.
“ To date, I have not received a
response and so it has not been
progressed any further.”
Mr Havill said the information
requested by the Southland council
was the same as that needed for the
resource consent application.
It could cost “$1 million of our
money consulting with the ratepayers
However, he said Southland
ratepayers would have a say if the
company applied for consent.
The next step was to meet with
Haast-Hollyford Highway Ltd says
it has the backing of Chinese investors
JCP Partners, who are finance partners
with Blakely Construction. JCP
Partners has signed a memorandum
of understanding allowing $250m to
design, build, finance and maintain a
toll road for a period of 30 years from
the opening date.
Parfitt Ward and the kitchen will
be some of the first buildings to be
demolished as the old Grey Base
Hospital comes down to make way
for the new building.
Last year, Cabinet announced
$67 million for the replacement
with an additional
$1 million for demolition costs and a
new car park.
Further funding was approved for
the redevelopment of the in-patient
mental health facility, starting in 2017.
For now, some buildings will remain
to the south of the existing hospital
site, and the corporate offices at
the northern end, where the new
hospital and integrated family health
centre will be built. Most of the
buildings in between will go.
Asked to clarify which buildings
will be demolished, West Coast
District Health Board programme
director Michael Frampton told
the Greymouth Star the mental
health (old McBrearty Ward) and
Kahurangi buildings would remain
operational throughout, as well as the
engineering and transport buildings.
The corporate services block would
Stage one allowed for the demolition
of Parfitt Ward — the children’s
ward, built only in the 1990s — the
kitchen, central sterilising department
and information technology area, to
improve vehicle and ambulance access
to the hospital.
“This has not been programmed yet
but the demolition will need to occur
after the new facility is commissioned
and operational (2017). “
The timeframe for future staged
demolitions was still to be determined,
Mr Frampton said.
mental health and Kahurangi,
engineering and transport buildings
and corporate administration, would
go, he said.
Old hospital demolition staged, says DHB
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