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A new play about mental illness,
set partly in a fictional ‘Seaview
Asylum’, will open in Greymouth
West Coast theatre group Kiwi-
Possum Productions, who last year
presented their popular play, Ted,
Poppy and World War Two, is
achieving a national reputation as
they tour their plays.
Later this year they have been
invited to present The Judgment
of Ben Alder at an International
Symposium of Applied Theatre, in
In their latest production, A Brief
History of Madness, they tackle the
challenging topic of mental illness.
“Mental illness, or madness, as
it was called in previous ages, is
nowadays often seen as a secretive
and silent threat, something
people can catch, like the flu, or
are genetically predisposed to,”
Blackball playwright Paul Maunder
“ We search for signs at
increasingly early ages and seek
a chemical fix, whereas in earlier
times, the mad were seen to be in
touch with deeper forces, as having
something to say.’
In part one of the play, set in
a fictional asylum, the audience
follows a new psychiatrist trained
in the Freudian method, as he
interviews a variety of patients: a
woman who believes herself to be
Biddy of the Buller, a miner who
committed murder during the 1931
Blackball strike, a Christchurch
working class girl dumped there by
her middle class lover and who is
now obsessed by the opera.
There is also Carmen, an
intellectually handicapped girl, a
catatonic man, and a Maori hearing
messages from the prophet Te
Ua Haumene. The conser vative
superintendent and the head nurse
also have their secrets.
In part two, a unit
in a modern hospital
is rather reluctantly
presenting its case to
a group of investors in
Social Impact Bonds.
for a similar group of
patients are explored,
but now translated
into modern times, as
well as their current
They seem saner than
a society which sees
mental illness as an
Mr Maunder said.
“ Tackling this topic
has been an opportunity
to extend our practice. It has also
proven to be a much more political
exercise than we originally thought.”
As well as the usual team of
Heather Fletcher, Jason Johnson,
Caroline Selwood, Mikaere Hanna,
Francis Dar wen, and Elisa and
Frank Wells, the group is joined
by Stasha-lee Beukes. Design and
lighting is by Paul Kearns.
A Brief History of Madness
plays at the Regent Theatre in
Greymouth, September 17-19 at
7.30pm. Admission is $10.
Greymouth Blue Light scooped the
Supreme Award at the 2015 Trustpower
Grey District Community Awards last
night at Monteith’s Brewery.
The awards were presented in front
of more than 60 spectators, entrant
nominators and volunteers.
Two representatives, on behalf of the
policing volunteers involved in the latest
boot camp initiative, received a framed
certificate, a trophy and $1500 in prize
They also have the opportunity to
represent the district at the 2015
Trustpower National Community Awards
in D unedin next March.
Trustpower gave away over $5000 to
various community groups last night.
Trustpower community relations
representative Arielle Monk said
the volunteers entered in this year’s
programme were indicative of the hardy
nature the Grey district was known for.
“There’s no doubt it has been a really
tough year for the district, but you’re
still getting these people out there doing
something for nothing.
“Sitting on the judging panel and
hearing about the Blue Light boot camp
was totally humbling — and it’s not just
police officers who are giving up their time
to help these youth gain confidence, self-
belief and even basic life skills,” she said.
The Trustpower Youth Community
Spirit Award category was won by
Eilish Ramsden from John Paul II
Judges recognised her as a valuable
member of the Grey community for her
volunteer work coaching junior sports
teams, teaching drama with Limelight
and developing skills as a youth leader at
The Year 13 student hopes to travel,
before furthering her drama training,
possibly at Toi Whakaari in Wellington.
Heritage and Environment Winner:
Ogilvie Reserve Management Trust.
Health and Well Being: Winner,
Victim Support Grey District; runner-
up, Greymouth Newcomers Network;
commendation, MS and Parkinson’s West
Arts and Culture: Winner, Greymouth
Municipal Band; runner-up: West Coast
Society of Arts.
Sport and Leisure: Winner, Greymouth
Skatepark Development Trust; runner-up:
Greymouth Athletics Club.
Education and Child/Youth
Development: Winner: Paroa Playcentre;
runner up, The Shed; commendation,
Friends of Grey Main School.
Supreme winner: Greymouth Blue Light.
Youth spirit: Winner: Eilish Ramsden,
John Paul II High School; runner up,
Caitlin Glue, Greymouth High School.
2 - Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Woman arrested after
A Greymouth woman was arrested
for wilful damage on Sunday night
after smashing a window at a Smith
Street property. Police said the
woman was drunk at the time.
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Resolution II, Corsair, Lady
Sarah, Spindrift, June, Legacy, Joy
Maree, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, Resolution II,
Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Tuesday August 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
Thomas. — MBE, JP.
Ten years have gone,
but we still miss you
Tom, Helen and
(nee Lamond), Alberta
Sunday, August 23,
2015. Peacefully at
home surrounded by
family and friends, after
a long battle with
cancer, Aged 71 years.
Loved wife of the late
Selwyn, loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Darrin and Karen (Bris-
bane) and Vicki and
Paul McGhie (Grey-
mouth). Loved nana of
Baz, Marti, Georgia and
Brooke. Great nana Key
of Ella-Olivia. Loved
sister of Daphne, Pearl,
Irene, Frances, Dorothy,
Joy, John and the late
sister-in-law of Noeline
and a loved aunty and
Messages to 220 Gibson
Quay, Hokitika 7810. A
Service to celebrate
Key's life will be held at
All Saints Anglican
Church, Stafford Street,
Hokitika on Thursday
August 27, commencing
at 1pm. Following the
Service Key will be laid
to rest with Selwyn in
the Lawn Section of the
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Lee. — On August 21,
2015, peacefully at Grey
Base Hospital, aged 56
years. Loved daughter of
the late Jim and Snow
Cummins, and a loved
sister of Bob and Sandy.
A loved friend of all her
flatmates in the homes
they shared in both
Hokitika and Grey-
mouth, and all the Pact
support staff, both past
and present. Glenda's
family in the North
Island would especially
like to thank all of those
who cared and looked
after Glenda, in both
Seaview Hospital and
with the Pact Group,
you became her South
Island family. A service
to celebrate Glenda's
life will be held in
Chapel, 86 Gibson
Quay, Hokitika on
Friday August 28,
cremation to follow.
Directors. Hokitika -
FDANZ. Phone (03)
The NZ Transport Agency is changing
its freephone number on the West
Coast to match up with the rest of New
The new freephone number will be
0800 4 HIGHWAYS/0800 44 44 49,
which lines up with the rest of the
country. The old number will provide a
redirection message so no calls will be
lost while people get used to the new
Motorists can use the number to receive
information on road conditions, road
closures, area warnings and to supply
information to NZTA contractors. The
ser vice will be seven days a week, 24
hours a day. The number will be changed
on September 1.
“ West Coast road users and residents
are the eyes and ears for the Transport
Agency on its State highway network,”
journey manager Lee Wright said.
“ Please keep telling us if you see
anything of concern — broken signs, pot
holes, rockfalls — as soon as you can and
with as much information as possible to
ensure our contracting teams are well
“They cover a huge area from Haast to
Karamea and into the alpine divide. We
appreciate they go out at all hours and in
all weathers to keep the roads safe for all
The other change brought about by
the new network contract is the walk-in
offices for in Westport and Greymouth.
The new offices switch from Opus
offices to the Fulton Hogan depot in
Greymouth, and West Reef Ser vices in
of the Hokitika Guardian
A mail drop sur vey of Kumara residents has
been suggested to test the level of support
for releasing $500,000 of endowment
funds coveted for the proposed Chinese
The Westland District Council resolved
last September to release $398,000 of
Kumara Borough Council endowment
money for the project, subject to there
being no financial implication to Westland
ratepayers outside Kumara.
However, it has since received a number
of submissions from residents opposing the
withdrawal of money from the fund, which
now stands just shy of $470,000.
District assets group manager Vivek Goel
said a mailout sur vey was considered a simple
and affordable way to establish whether or
not there was sufficient community support
for the release of the funds.
“The advantages to this option are that it
will reach all ratepayers, and through this,
council will gain further assurance as to the
level of community support for the use of
Kumara endowment funds for the proposed
Chinese gardens,” Mr Goel said.
The Kumara Residents Trust says it has
sur veyed the town already.
Other options to advance the garden
project will be put to the vote at the
monthly council meeting on Thursday.
These include not approving the consultation
plan, thereby saving
costs, or approving the consultation with
The proposed sur vey reiterates the
past resolutions, including the recently
completed transfer of titles from Westland
District Property Ltd to reser ve land, and
asks whether or not it is supported, and to
Sur veys would be required to be back
with the council by September 30, with
an outcome to be decided at the October
endowment lands were set aside just west of
the township in 1879 for the benefit of the
Mr Goel said the council had received
legal advice that the fund could be used “for
a purpose relating to council reser ves in the
The Chinese gardens were to be retained by
the trust, provided their future maintenance
was taken on by the trust and was bound by
a memorandum of understanding.
The remaining $100,000 in the endowment
fund has been earmarked for future upkeep
of the garden, to be built on State highway
6 near the turn-off to Mitchells.
Kumara garden mail drop survey proposed
Aimee van der Weyden
of the Westport News
A dispute between Kiwi Rail and
Solid Energy over what the rail service
is paid to transport coal was inevitable,
West Coast-Tasman Labour MP
Damien O’Connor says.
Kiwi Rail’s relationship with Solid
Energy had always been fraught, Mr
O’Connor said today.
“This is an inevitable outcome of the
crisis facing Solid Energy.”
It was sad that two State-owned
enterprises had “beaten up” on one
another for so long, instead of working
collectively and collaboratively, he said.
He hoped that whatever the outcome,
the Midland Line stayed open. The line
was “absolutely essential” to the Coast ’s
tourism industry, he said.
The Tranz Alpine delivered hundreds
of thousands of tourists to the Coast,
and was the “ backbone” of much of
the tourism growth that the Coast had
appreciated over the years, he said.
Radio New Zealand reported Kiwi
Rail believed the price Solid Energy
paid did not fairly reflect Kiwi Rail’s
costs to operate the ser vice.
The scuffle has been ongoing for a
number of years, but has flared up again
after Solid Energy entered voluntary
Transporting Solid Energy’s coal is
a big part of Kiwi Rail’s revenue. Kiwi
Rail had fixed costs despite the drop in
volume of coal being transported, Kiwi
Rail chief executive Peter Reidy said.
Its contract with Solid Energy was not
commercial in that regard.
“ Without Solid it definitely has
an impact. We, I think, have been
pragmatic, we have an obligation to
make sure that we work with Solid, but
at the same time we want to make sure
we’ve got a commercial arrangement,”
Mr Reidy told Radio NZ.
administrators were working with all
its creditors and suppliers, including
Kiwi Rail, to try to come up with
Any further scaling back in Solid
Energy would have severe implications
for the coal route, he said.
A lot of money had gone into the coal
route line, which he described as “not
economic” in the current state of play.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union
general secretary Wayne Butson is
concerned about employment and the
Midland line’s future.
“ We’ve got track workers that are
based in Westport, they haven’t been
touched to date and we’ve got track
workers based in Greymouth and Otira
as well,” he told Radio NZ.
Trustpower community relations manager Graeme Purches, left, with Trustpower Grey District Community Awards supreme
winners, Greymouth Blue Light West Coast police officers Jesse Galbraith and Terri Middleton and student committee member
Luke Cambus and Grey District Mayor, Tony Kokshoorn, right.
Youth Community Spirit Winner Eilish
Ramsden, the deputy head girl of John
Paul II High School, pictured with her
Greymouth Blue Light scoops supreme community award
Mikaere Hanna, Heather Fletcher and Frank Wells.
Coast theatre group presents ‘A Brief History of Madness’
NZTA changing Coast freephone number
Locals have just six days
to correctly enrol to vote
in the Inangahua Ward
“ Eligible electors
who haven’t enrolled or
updated their details to
including 30th August
but they cannot enrol
on the day of the by-
of electors Sue Gage
They will also need
to contact the electoral
officer John Rodger
at the Buller District
Council to apply to cast a
are available from any
Post Shop or can be
downloaded from the
elections website at www.
“ People can also call the
0800 number if they have
any enrolment queries
and they can check their
enrolment status at the
elections website or on
any roll at any Post Shop,
courthouse or public
voters urged to enrol
Due to increasing demand from our clients,
we will be trialling the use of Ngahere as a base
for one of our leading electricians.
Glen Mesman who lives in the Grey Valley has years of experience in
all facets of the electrical industry and is also an Electrical Inspector.
Ngahere will be the base for Aotea's Grey Valley operations
which will in turn minimise travel costs for our customers in that area.
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