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A 30-year-old man has been
charged with three counts of
dangerous driving causing injury
following the two-car collision in
the Lower Buller Gorge on June
16. He had recovered sufficiently
to be charged, and would appear
in the Westport District Court
on Thursday, Tasman police
district communications manager
Barbara Dunn said. The man
and his 17-year-old passenger
were both seriously injured when
the car they were travelling in
collided near Fuchsia Creek with
a car travelling in the opposite
direction. The pair had been driving
towards Inangahua, and were both
airlifted to Christchurch Hospital.
The couple in the other car were
believed to be in their 60s, and
from the North Island. She suffered
Burglars entered an unlocked
Westport house overnight and stole
a 54-inch tv and hair straighteners.
Meanwhile, police in both Westport
and Hokitika received a number
of reports of people interfering
with motor vehicles parked on the
roadside and in shopping areas.
A 61-year-old Westport man was
arrested after he was seen trying car
door handles. Acting senior sergeant
David Cross reminded people to
lock up their homes and vehicles
and keep valuables out of view.
Early showers, clearing later
A Scottish council has made an
embarrassing blunder with the
name of a remote community with
an unfortunate typo by welcoming
visitors to ‘Penis Island’. Officials
from Argyll and Bute council in
the Highlands commissioned a
sign to greet visitors from the ferry
written in both English and Gaelic.
However, the translation from
English made a grammatical error
which changed the meaning of the
word from the Island’s name ‘Bute’
to the Scots Gaelic word for ‘penis’.
The sign had been put in place at
least six years earlier, but the error
was noticed only when a native
Gaelic speaker saw the mistake and
photographed it. The result is that
instead of reading ‘Welcome to the
beauty of the Isle of Bute’, the sign
proclaims ‘ Welcome to the Beauty
of Penis Island’.
Westpower has reported a strong
financial result for the year, despite
a flattening of electricity demand on
the West Coast and an almost $1
million repair bill from Cyclone Ita.
The Coast-owned electricity lines
company has just released its annual
report, which declares a $4.6 million
net surplus, up on $3.7 million last
The company now employs 41 staff
who earn over $100,000, with the
top earner — expected to be chief
executive Rob Caldwell — with a
take home pay of between $310,00
and $320,000 a year.
Westpower expects power demand
will reduce further due to the
slump in the mining sector,
including the impending closure of
the Oceana Gold Globe Progress
Mine at Reefton before the end of
“There has, thankfully, been
some increased dairy-related load
which helps to offset the decline,
however overall it is unlikely in
the short term that we will
return to the high demand seen
in 2010 and 2011 without the
reopening of local coalmines, or a
new and significant electricity user
entering the market.”
Reduced load meant lower
revenue and consequentially lower
reinvestment in the network.
However, the level of future capital
spend on the network had been
reduced as a result of investment
over previous years.
The performance of Westpower’s
subsidiaries, and in particular the
performance of the new electricity
generation company Amethyst
Hydro Ltd at Hari Hari, had enabled
the level of discount to consumers to
The financial result was also heavily
affected by the costs associated with
wind damage from the April 2014
Reinstating the network over the
two weeks that followed the storm
cost close to $900,000.
Some places were without power
for more than five days.
Over the year to March,Westpower
director Michael Newcombe was
paid $67,270, Richard Cornelius
$15,696, Hugh Little $37,100,
Suzanne Merriman $43,600, and
Tony Williams $37,100.
Amethyst Hydro director Mr
Mr Cornelius $6474, Mr Little
$15,302, Ms Merriman $15,302,
Mr Williams $7651 and Motueka-
based Robert Smith $15,302.
Westpower reports $4.6m surplus
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
The children at A-Z Preschool enjoy a magic show by Michael Colonna, aka Mr Walnut, at Blaketown yesterday. The children were joined by a few
residents from Dixon House, who stayed for afternoon tea.
Cranley Farms, the multi-million
dollar Arahura Valley dairy farm
bankrolled by Development West
Coast, is building a stock underpass
on the Old Christchurch Road.
The resource consent application
to the West Coast Regional Council
does not say how much it will spend
on the underpass.
DWC invested in the extensive
farm development four years ago. In
June, the Greymouth Star revealed
DWC had purchased a 95ha
At the same time, DWC chief
financial officer Mark Dawson said
that with milk prices at a five-year
low, the trust had also agreed to
provide further financial support to
Cranley Farms was developed
by West Coast Regional Council
chairman Andrew Robb’s family,
which retains a major shareholding.
“Construction of the stock
underpass which can be undertaken
as a permitted activity is scheduled
to begin this week,” consultant Opus
said in the application.
It will allow the dairy herd to
move to and from the milking sheds
without having to cross the road
twice a day.
“The ‘do nothing’ option is not
an option because it continues the
unsafe practice of crossing stock on
Old Christchurch Road putting an
unacceptable risk to the travelling
public. To do nothing also continues
to put undue stress on the dairy herd
on their way to the milking sheds,”
the application says.
Changes are afoot at Revingtons Hotel,
which reopened yesterday afternoon
after closing its doors for three days.
Tai Feast, who was appointed general
manager of the landmark Greymouth
hotel on Friday, said today that it was
business “as usual”.
“ We are back in business and we will be
working hard to restore the community’s
faith in the hotel.”
She said the former general manager
was out for a time and was working
through some “family matters”.
“There are some big changes on the
way. We want to get the restaurant open
and anticipate that happening within a
“ We have recruited new staff, made
staffing changes, we have the right
people in the right places and will be
looking at becoming more involved at
community level,” Ms Feast said.
She said she was excited about her
appointment and would be doing
everything she possibly could to get the
customers back in the doors.
“ I have met with the owners and they
have given me the go ahead to make
things happen. We will work together,
but ultimately I have the final say on
what should be happening at the hotel
it will be a success,” she said.
The pub was closed down about three
months ago after it was pinged with
a two-week closure for breaching its
back in business
Geotechnical investigations for the
new Taramakau road bridge could
begin this week and the New Zealand
Transport Agency assures that drilling
will not affect the river, with whitebait
season just days away.
Senior project manager Geoff
Griffiths said a design contract for
the new bridge had been awarded to
consultant Novare Design.
“They will be starting geotechnical
investigations on site at the Taramakau
River when river conditions permit,”
Mr Griffiths said.
That would be either this week or
next, depending on the weather.
“Once the geotechnical information
has been collected and analysed, the
bridge design can begin.”
Discussions had also begun with
directly affected landowners and other
stakeholders, such as the West Coast
An NZTA spokeswoman said two
rigs would be drilling on either side of
the river, to find hard ground.
whitebait, whitebaiters, or the river,”
the spokeswoman said.
They would not have a final cost
for the construction until they knew
the results of the geotechnical tests,
so the bridge could be built for the
Once the design was done, a business
case would have to be assembled to
assure the funding.
The spokeswoman did not expect
NZTA to have designs for the bridge
finalised until May or June 2016,
stressing that the bridge would be
“dependent on funding ”.
Whitebaiters Association president
Des McEnaney, said they had
spoken with NZTA and were
comfortable with work going ahead
despite the proximity to the river.
He said the bridge should take priority
and he did not expect much disturbance
as a result of the work.
“ We’ve been a long time waiting for
that bridge. Both sides are confident we
can work together.”
Meanwhile, the contract to add a
clip-on to the current bridge has been
awarded to Fulton Hogan.
The contract commenced yesterday,
with work expected to start on site
early September and be completed in
Fulton Hogan recently won the West
Coast road maintenance contract too.
The clip on will be on the downstream
side, and will cost $1 million.
Once the new Taramakau Bridge is
built, the clip-on will be relocated.
Development WC farm gets underpass
Drilling ‘shouldn’t affect whitebait’
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