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Police had concerns last night that
a 37-year-old man who threatened
family members in Hokitika may
have had access to a shotgun and
a machete. The West Coast armed
offenders squad was mobilised
and the man was eventually
arrested without incident. He was
expected to appear this morning,
during the monthly sitting of the
Westport District Court, charged
with threatening behaviour and
possession of cannabis.
dredge on way
The dredge bought by the Grey
District Council for $192,000 to
keep the port clear, is expected to
arrive in New Zealand in about
20 days. However, the council
assures it will not be used until
after the whitebaiting season.
The Launceston dredge comes
from Tasmania. Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said today it would
arrive in Lyttelton and then on to
Greymouth by late September or
early October. It will dredge mud
from the Blaketown lagoon and
discharge it into the Grey River by
the Blaketown Rugby Clubrooms.
Mr Kokshoorn said the discharge
would contain “murky sediment ”.
Rather than using a bucket to scoop
out the lagoon, this dredge uses a
rotary hoe fixed on an extended arm
to disturb the riverbed. The mud
and water is then sucked through
would be a
to go if you were hoping for some
peace and quiet. But this remarkable
footage from the UK shows a man
enjoying the sun being disturbed by
a drone, which was hoping to explore
somewhere not many people get to
see — but he did not seem to mind.
The sun-worshipper heard the blades
of the aircraft and then sat up and
waved, shrugging as the drone moves
in for a closer look. An open hatch
is visible at the top of the turbine
and it is assumed the man, possibly
an engineer, climbed the rung ladder
inside the support column.
— Daily Mail
Rain developing, heavy later
West Coast patients sent to a medical
specialist are being referred back to
their GP in record numbers, and those
who are offered treatment are being
sent to Canterbury in their hundreds.
A total of 1600 Coast patients were
sent back to their GP after their first
specialist appointment between 2010-
11 and 2014-15.
By far the biggest increase was in
orthopaedics, where the numbers went
from just three to 412.
Information supplied to the
Greymouth Star under the Official
Information Act also shows that when
orthopaedic patients require treatment,
a large number are sent to Canterbury.
In 2010, 120 Coast patients were sent
to Canterbury; by 2013 that had risen
to 221, then dropped marginally to 215
Annette King said while it was good
Greymouth was getting a nice, new
hospital it would also be good to have
ser vices close to home.
“Government says services are faster
and more convenient, but that ’s just
laughable for people on the Coast,” Mrs
Many of the orthopaedic patients sent
back to their GPs would be older and
“ living with considerable disability and
pain”, she said.
West Coast District Health Board
programme director Michael Frampton
said the number of orthopaedic patients
managed in, or admitted to, Grey
Base Hospital in 2014 had increased
compared to the previous year.
The total number of West Coast
orthopaedic patients admitted to either
Grey or Canterbury hospitals in 2014
was 21 fewer than in 2013.
“ In 2014, we had greater orthopaedic
surgical capacity in Greymouth than
in 2013, with five surgeons working
the full year and an additional surgeon
starting in September, compared to the
previous year when four surgeons who
worked a full year with an additional
surgeon commencing in July 2013,”
Mr Frampton said.
The plan this year was for an additional
surgeon to participate in the West
Coast orthopaedic roster from next
The full-time resident orthopaedic
surgeon was still in place but scaling
back his clinical commitments to
provide a leadership role in the new
Greymouth Hospital and integrated
family health centre, Mr Frampton said.
The information released by the board
noted that in the past, all referred
orthopaedic patients were essentially
accepted “but this was unsustainable
from a financial and a service capacity
From then only urgent and semi-
urgent referrals were accepted.
Meanwhile, Mrs King released her
own figures received under the Official
Information Act, which shows the
number of West Coast ear, nose and
throat patients referred back to their
GP increased from 51 in 2010-11, to 93
in the past year.
Ophthalmology increased from three
The West Coast DHB changed its
orthopaedic ser vice about 2012, in a bid
to become less reliant on locums.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Work on the Taramakau Bridge cycleway clip-on is under way on site. Packs of treated timber, galvanised piping and aluminium railing are now on
site beside the bridge in preparation for construction. The clip-on will be bolted on to the downstream side of the road-rail bridge, at a cost of
$1 million. Once the new road bridge is built, the clip-on will be removed and used elsewhere.
Bridge set to clip on
Attrition whittles down 45s entries
Natural attrition is taking its toll on
the New Zealand 45s Championships,
with entries at an all-time low for the
annual tournament in Greymouth
Marie Lightfoot, for the Greymouth
Workingmen’s Club organisers, said
that with two days to go, only 25 pairs
had entered the competition, which
in its heyday had well over 140 pairs.
Forty-fives is the West Coast ’s
championship has been held annually
for 42 years, initially in the St
Columba Hall before moving to the
“ We are very disappointed with the
low number of entries this year and
are hoping some people might come
out of the woodwork and enter,” Mrs
“All of the winners from last year’s
event have come back, but it appears
numbers are getting less and less over
She hoped for at least five more
pairs to join the draw.
Entries will be accepted up until
midday on Saturday.
The tournament has a prize pool
of over $900 this year to be shared
among the top six in the main
competition, and the first two in the
Councils negotiate for more DWC cash
The three West Coast district
councils are hoping to get more
than the $1 million offered them by
Development West Coast, although
they are still to clarify what the
money can be spent on.
DWC announced on August 14
that the councils would each receive
a $1m boost.
However, the money comes with
a caveat — each council must
“demonstrate how the project or
proposal will promote or generate
sustainable economic benefit for the
district ” and it must “demonstrate
how it will support business”.
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn previously stated his
preference was for Greymouth’s
allocation to be spent on the central
business district renewal.
The full council would discuss the
spending at its meeting next month,
he said. “It is a case of council
working out what projects it wants to
spend the $1m on. ”
Asked how the central business
district renewal would qualify for
Mr Kokshoorn said the councils
needed to get clarification from
DWC on how the money could be
“That is an area we have to clarify
with DWC. There are a lot of
grey areas we have to clarify. They
made the announcement, we now
need to get clarification on what we
can spend it on, and how.
“It won’t be hard to spend it because
we’ve got plenty of things.”
Mr Kokshoorn said the three West
Coast mayors were in discussion with
DWC about a “further distribution”
of funds. “ We are still in negotiations
with DWC for more than the $1m,”
he said, but declined to put a figure
“ I’m not in a position to divulge
that because it is a DWC initiative.”
By DWC “coming to the party” the
council would not have to rate for the
central business district projects, Mr
The Buller District Council says it is
taking a deep breath before working
out where to spend its $1 million from
Development West Coast.
“ You only get to spend it once,”
Mayor Garry Howard said today.
DWC announced earlier this month
it was giving $1m to each of the three
district councils under a new ‘district
economic stimulus fund’.
The announcement came less than 24
hours after Solid Energy announced
it had put itself into voluntary
Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
initially indicated he wanted to
spend the money on the Greymouth
renewal, but after pressure from other
councillors he clarified it would go to
The Buller council discussed its
allocation yesterday and Mr Howard
said they would have a workshop to
look at the criteria, how to get the
community involved and how it might
proceed. “It’s an opportunity, we want
to make sure we make the most of it
and try to leverage it.”
The Buller community had not been
shy in coming for ward with suggestions
and he was looking for ward to seeing
where they could take things.
However, the council was “going to
take a deep breath”, he said.
Buller takes cautious view with $1m
Number of West Coast DHB
patients returned to their
GP after their first specialist
By Specialty: Orthopaedics
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