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Greymouth teen Lydia Benner, 14, is
still receiving chemotherapy treatment for
cancer but that will not stop her attending
a fundraising walk on Sunday.
She will join organiser Tania Bugler, the
founder of the Rainbow Kids trust, which
helps families during childhood illness
when they have to be away from home
for care and-or treatment with their
Lydia went for a routine eye scan when
a rare brain tumour was detected. She was
initially treated with radiation, but then
they realised it was stage three, not two, and
she started chemotherapy.
Diagnosed in February last year, the John
Paul II High School student will receive
chemo until November.
Mrs Bugler recently arranged for Lydia
and her mother to have a three-hour
pamper session, courtesy of the Charleston
Naturopathic Day Spa.
Rainbow Kids also help with petrol,
phone and food vouchers along with
practical help in the form of food parcels,
care parcels, house cleaning and
Mrs Bugler’s own son Cooper was
born with a heart defect. His journey —
including time in Starship Hospital
— started her on the fundraising path.
Another son, Corbin, has an unseen
disability which he struggles with daily.
“ We help families cope during childhood
illness, life struggles, disabilities and mums
of premature babies,” she said.
The ‘onesie’ walk will raise money through
the entry fee — $10 for one person, $20 for
a family and a team of up to six, $30.
It starts at the Blaketown Rugby
Clubrooms and goes to the Karoro
Domain, and back. Registrations
open at 10am, and the walk starts at
2 - Thursday, August 27, 2015
J B Were and Bancorp are
Development West Coast ’s
investment advisers, not fund
manager, chief financial officer Mark
Dawson clarified today. “ Having
investment advisers is a Trust Deed
requirement so we have had them
from the time the trust was set up”
Mr Dawson said.
PICTURE: Westport News
Westport clock stops
Westport is stuck in a time warp.
Depending on which side of the
clocktower you are facing, it has
been 11.55 or 11.00 since Friday.
Buller District Council community
ser vices officer Lana Thomas said
technician Mike McLaughlin
was working to identify the fault.
“The mechanism had its original
parts which date back to 1938, so
identifying the issue may take some
time.” S he was unsure who would
fix it, and said that depending on
what was wrong, it could be some
time before the clock was running
again. — Westport News
Geotech has been granted an
exploration permit for gold covering
182.4ha at lower Fox Creek.
Eager eyes watch Aurora Liddell as she feeds Casper the lamb at the A-Z Preschool as part of the SPCA Cupcake Week, yesterday
morning. The SPCA entertained the children, giving them the opportunity to meet Casper the lamb, Eddie the dog and Buddy the
little pig. “ We have made cupcakes and have been fundraising for the local SPCA,” Alesha Crawford said. “ The ladies from the SPCA
brought the animals in as a ‘thank you’ gesture and the children were very excited.”
A visitor to Ross who got so
drunk she could not remember
climbing a fence at the police
assaulting police, was convicted
in the Greymouth District Court
on Tuesday of assaulting police
and disorderly behaviour.
Jane Ann Chapman Stone
was sentenced to six months’
super vision and 40 hours of
On October 26 last year, Stone
left a bar in Ross and ended up
walking past the police station.
She began to climb the fence
there, shouting at two dogs in
the garden. The police officer told
her to get off the fence but she
When Stone eventually got
down, she abused the police
officer and punched him, and
when arrested she refused to give
her name, and ended up kicking
the same police officer in the leg
at the police station.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Stone worked on a Sealord
factory ship, and had finished
a 60-day stint at sea, working
shifts of six hours on and six
hours off in the weeks before the
She had got off the boat a couple
of days before and was driven
down to Ross by her super visor
to pick up some furniture she
had left there. However, while
in Ross, Stone got so drunk she
could not even remember the
incident. She thought she might
have gone to the police station
to ask where her motel was
Judge Emma Smith said Stone
had been “disgracefully drunk”.
“ You drank so much you were
paralytic,” the judge said.
A Hokitika man whose partner
had to be cut out of his car after
he rolled it over was remanded
to October 6 for a restorative
justice conference on a charge of
careless driving causing injury on
On May 9, Matthew Allan
Alexander, 29, was on his way
back to the West Coast, when,
on a bend between Darfield and
Kir wee, his car crossed the grass
verge on the left-hand side of the
road, then over-corrected and
rolled.His passenger had to be
cut out of the car, and was taken
to Christchurch Hospital where
she was treated for a variety of
fractures, cuts and bruises.
Alexander, whose car was
written off in the accident, told
police he had misjudged the
Alexander said he had rather
he had suffered injuries, not his
A Hokitika woman who
threatened someone with a
tomahawk while she was drunk
was convicted of possession of a
weapon and wilful trespass on
July 26 and fined $800.
Rebecca Ann Wendt, 36, was
trespassed from a property on
June 22, and then on July 26 she
was trespassed from the property
while heavily intoxicated.
She banged on the door but
the homeowner refused to let
Wendt was warned and taken
home by police. However, half
an hour later she came back
armed with a tomahawk and
was arrested. She told police it
was her birthday and that she
wanted to talk to the person at
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
that despite being trespassed
from the complainant ’s house,
Wendt had been invited over
for coffee on three subsequent
occasions. However, on the
night in question she was so
drunk she had not known why
she had been carrying the axe.
A Bruce Bay man who bit
his partner after having to be
headlocked, and threatened to
burn down a bar was convicted of
assaulting a female, threatening
behaviour causing damage and
Kevin John Peter Barber, 43,
was sentenced to 110 hours of
Lawyer Vicki Walsh said
Barber had taken part in a
successful restorative justice
conference over the offending.
acknowledged that he had
been “ very intimidating” due to
ongoing issues with his partner’s
son, who had shouted free drinks
for all on the night the offending
had taken place. Barber had
become angry and had begun to
threaten the bar staff.
down, Barber’s partner got him
in a headlock but he bit her, more
out of surprise at her actions than
Ms Walsh said that due to
the level of alcohol Barber had
almost no recollection of events.
However, he was addressing his
Judge Smith said Barber was
“grossly intoxicated”, and had
been “rightly refused” ser vice by
the bar staff.
The bar staff had said Barber’s
threat to burn down the bar had
A Hokitika teenager who was
drinking a can of bourbon and
coke when he got out of his
vehicle was convicted of excess
breath-alcohol while under-20,
banned from driving for three
months and fined $450.
About 1am on August 16,
Trent Michael O’Connell, 17,
was stopped in Fitzherbert
Street and while he was getting
out of his car he was drinking
from a can of bourbon and coke.
O’Connell told police he knew
the drink-drive limit was zero,
and therefore he would be well
Lucas Bradley Mason was
convicted of a breach of
community work and fined $400.
On April 2, Mason was
sentenced to 80 hours of
community work in Christchurch
for burglary. However, he still
had 47 hours of his sentence
Anthony Morgan, 39, of
Hokitika, was fined $500 and
ordered to make an emotional
harm repayment of $500 for
breaking a glass.
Elton James Williams, 36, of
Hokitika, was remanded without
plea to September 22 for a legal
aid application to be processed
on a charge of breach of court
Lionel Tuhuru Tainui was
convicted of driving while
forbidden and careless driving,
and fined $1050.
Christopher Paul Commons
was convicted of driving while
forbidden. He was fined $400.
Richard Alan French, 29,
of Hamilton, had charges of
intentional damage and resisting
police withdrawn by the police.
Benjamin Condon Tinirau
Thomas had a warrant issued for
his arrest for failing to appear at
court on charges of intentional
damage and possession of a
firearm. Lawyer Eymard Bradley
also withdrew as his counsel.
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Grey Medical Centre
Some of the young Haast
tokoeka iwi evacuated in June
after a stoat invaded Orokonui
Ecosanctuary at Waitati have
returned to the reser ve, even
though the stoat may still be at
A day before the birds returned
to Dunedin, sur veillance cameras
filming their home revealed a
visit from a stoat, which had
been hunted for more than two
manager Elton Smith said four
juvenile kiwi returned to the
ecosanctuary on August 18
because they were big enough to
fight a stoat. A kiwi could defend
itself against a stoat if it was
1.2kg or heavier.
Returning the kiwi to the
ecosanctuary was the best option
available to the Department of
Conser vation, he said.
In the ecosanctuary, four
motion-sensing cameras covering
the kiwis’ feeding boxes, filmed a
stoat on August 17.
The lens of the camera was
frozen from a hard frost and the
image of the full grown stoat
appeared “ghostly’’, he said.
Ecosanctuary staff hoped the
stoat was dead after poisoned
rabbit mince was laid in 220
bait stations in the ecosanctuary
earlier this month and 19 baits
“ You’d like to think at least one
of those has been taken by a stoat.
We live in hope.’’
Small birds or mice could
have eaten the poison, he said.
A stoat dog would search the
ecosanctuary on September 7
and should signal if a stoat was
“ If the dog doesn’t get excited in
three days of walking around, it’s
a high chance that we no longer
have a stoat alive,’’ Mr Smith
DOC biodiversity ser vices
manager Jo Macpherson, of Franz
Josef Glacier, said returning the
juvenile kiwi to the ecosanctuary
if a stoat was loose posed a “slim
risk’’, because the kiwi were big
enough to defend themselves.
The birds were in “good health’’
and a DOC staff member
was assigned to monitor their
If a stoat injured a kiwi, they
would be evacuated again, she
Back in June a dozen juvenile
kiwi were evacuated to Rona
Island, in Lake Manapouri, and
Centre Island, in Lake Te Anau,
by DOC staff, after stoats prints
were found in the ecosanctuary.
— Otago Daily Times
returned to Otago
PICTURE: Paul McBride
SPCA visitors enter tain children
Drunk woman could not
remember Ross assault
A contingent of nurses and family
members will sail to Salonika, near
Gallipoli, next month to remember the
nurses who ser ved in World War One,
including two West Coast women
killed when their boat was torpedoed in
The voyage will commemorate the Anzac
nursing sisters, as well as remembering
their patients, the sick and wounded from
Gallipoli and the Salonika Front.
The Salonika Front was the destination
for the New Zealand nurses with the First
New Zealand Stationary Hospital, having
been sent there on the ill-fated troopship
Marquette in October 1915. Ten nurses
were among the 167 lives lost when the
ship was torpedoed. It sank in just 10
Two of the nurses lost were connected
to the West Coast — Helena Isdell of
Greymouth had been matron of Kumara
Hospital, and Mabel Jamieson, of Kumara,
had been working in Manawatu.
Among the survivors was Hokitika GP
Dr Ebenezer Teichelmann. The sur viving
nurses were sent back to Alexandria, in
Egypt, but Dr Teichelmann worked in
what is now Thessaloniki for five months
before being relieved.
Anzac nurses also worked on the hospital
ships carrying the injured to hospitals in
Egypt, Malta and England.
“The voyage is happening because of the
support of nurses passionately interested
in the history of nursing work,” research
associate at the Sydney Nursing School
at the University of Sydney, Clare Ashton
told the Greymouth Star.
The seven-day voyage on MS Serinissima
leaves Athens on August 31 for Istanbul
via Thessaloniki, Lemnos, and Canakkale.
The Serinissima will sail into Mudros
Harbour on Lemnos, little changed since
1915. Australian nurses will land again on
Turks Head, dressed in replica World War
One uniforms courtesy of the producers of
the tv programme ‘Anzac Girls’.
On board and comparing the real
Lemnos with the tv representation will be
the New Zealand actor from the series,
Contingent to commemorate World War One nurses
The SS Marquette
PICTURE: Laura Mills
The plaque commemorating Sister Mabel Jamieson, at Grey Base Hospital.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The memorial in Hokitika, commemorating the
nurses who died on board the SS Marquette.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Lydia Benner, 14, and Tania and Corbin Bugler, nine, are ready to raise funds for the
charity Rainbow Kids this weekend, with a ‘onesie’ walk.
Sick children focus of ‘Onsie’ walk fundraiser
The Green Party
yesterday launched a
proposal to update New
Zealand’s rental laws,
which it said would
improve the lives of
the 3069 West Coast
households who rent their
Green Party co-leader
Metiria Tueri put a new
bill into the members’
Safe, Secure Rentals)
Amendment Bill would
update New Zealand’s
rental laws to create
around warmth, dryness
and safety that all houses
for rent must comply
The proportion of West
Coast households that
rent has increased by
26.6% since 1991. At the
2013 census, 25.2% of
West Coast households
were renting compared
with 19.9% in 1991.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic is
offering a new, shorter drilling
programme that aims to get
graduates on the job faster.
Programme leader — drilling,
Michele Cox said the new
14-week National Certificate
in Drilling Non-Hydrocarbon
(Driller’s Assistant Level 2)
would start on September 21
It involves only four weeks
at the Reefton training facility
on the West Coast and has the
option of either completing
Class 2 licence and fatigue and
logbook or forklift with OSH
and fire training. The remaining
10 weeks of the programme
involve work-based training with
a drilling company.
“This short course will appeal
to people from all over the
country who want to upskill and
get a foot-in-the-door to a busy
industry. Students must not hold
a qualification higher than Level
1 to be eligible, and will learn all
the basic skills required to get
started in the drilling industry.
“ While the short course doesn’t
go into the same level of training
as our 24-week programme,
graduates will gain enough
knowledge about the drilling
industry to be useful to an
employer from the start.”
The winner of the 2014 New
Zealand Drillers’ Federation
scholarship, former TPP
student and Taranaki man Blair
Adamson, said he wished he had
done it years ago.
“It’s changed my life — you’ve
got to put in the hours and
it’s hard work, but you can go
all over the world with this
A former dairy farmer, he has
been working for Taranaki-based
Interdrill since graduating last
year and is already operating rigs
independently and taking on
further job-based training.
Graduate Blair Adamson has not looked back since
completing the drilling programme.
Drilling programme aims to get graduates on job faster
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