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Severe weather warning
A severe weather warning has been
issued for the West Coast tonight.
The Metser vice said a front, preceded
by strong to gale northerlies, was
expected to bring heavy rain to
Westland this evening and tomorrow
morning, with 150mm in the ranges
south of Otira, and 60 to 90mm in
The ANZ Bank says a downturn
in the West Coast economy was
evident in a number of areas in the
last quarter. Its measure of economic
activity showed a decline of 0.5%
in the June quarter, with a sharp
fall in business confidence. Hotel
guest nights and occupancy rates
fell in the June quarter, but remain
above levels from a year ago. Retail
activity declined sharply in the June
quarter, down 8.4%. Employment
levels were flat, though internet job
advertisements rebounded from a
weak March quarter.
Greymouth bridge results
The Greymouth Bridge Club results
are. — Wednesday: Tina Fernando and
John Boyes 69% 1, Bejaya Mistra and
Ian Anderson 59% 2. Thursday: Ash
Hamilton and Michelle Gunn 70.65
1, Brian Rowlands and Stuart Oliver
59.5% 2, Sue Glue and Ian Anderson
Arrivals: Galatea II, two Greymouth
vessels. In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Spindrift, June, Legacy, 22 other
vessels. Expected departures: Cook
Canyon, tomorrow; Galatea II, Sunday.
Decision on Reefton Community
Centre due in October
The fate of the Reefton Community
Centre could be decided by October 14.
The building is currently home to the
town’s theatre and digital cinema.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said a
consultant architect had come back to the
council with a proposal around earthquake
strengthening the wooden building.
“ We are now waiting for the quantity
sur veyor to cost out the options ... look at the
options with some estimated pricing. That
quantity sur veyor should have that report to
us by September 17, that should allow us to
get it to the Inangahua Community Board
straight away,” Mr Howard said.
Gareth Thomas, from the Reefton
Operatic and Repertory Society, said the
council had been approaching the fate of
the community centre from the angle that it
had to be earthquake strengthened.
However, he said a builder had recently
reviewed the structure and concluded it
was in a “perfectly reasonable state”, and the
building could be brought up to more than
34% of the Building Code if the number of
seats in the theatre was reduced.
Mr Thomas said a preferred option
discussed at a community board meeting in
April was for it be turned into a “ boutique
theatre”. The lower end of the current space
would remain available for performances,
with seating for 200 people, while the upper
end of the space would be used as a 60-seat
The centre currently had 400 seats,
however only half that number were used at
any one time, so downsizing the space made
sense, he said.
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Two West Coast restaurants have made the
final cut in the 2015 Hospitality New Zealand
Awards for Excellence, along with provincial
country pubs, upmarket metropolitan gastro
bars, plush multi-million dollar hotels and
Stations Inn Hokitika is nominated in two
categories — best dish under, and best dish
The Theatre Royal at Kumara is nominated
for best country hotel, as is the Hampden
Hotel in Murchison. The West Coast Wine
Company makes the best beverage list.
Fifty entries made it through to the final
Hospitality New Zealand chief executive
Bruce Robertson said the quality of entries
was of an “extremely high standard”, and those
selected as finalists represented the best in
their specific fields.
“The awards have been designed to
encapsulate all aspects of the hospitality
industry — including the ‘back office’
disciplines of a business from an operational
perspective, through to the ‘front of house’
attributes which customers are exposed to
every day,” Mr Robertson said.
“It is also encouraging to see that there is a
vast geographic spread to the category finalists
— with no one city or region dominating the
Entrants are judged over a seven-week
period by a panel of independent industry
professionals who assess every competitor on
a range of commercial and operational criteria,
including staff training and human resources,
customer service, food and beverages,
marketing and promotional activities, and the
demonstration of business growth.
Winners will be announced at the
organisation’s national conference, in Nelson
on October 8.
Two Coast restaurants make awards final
of the Hokitika Guardian
A handful of All Blacks are expected to touch
down briefly in Hokitika next week, en-route to
a Westport school.
Westland Mayor Mike Havill said yesterday
that some players would be flying into Hokitika
Airport on Thursday morning before heading
north to visit Saint Canice’s School, in Westport,
after it won a nationwide competition for a visit
from the All Blacks.
Since the All Blacks sponsor Air New
Zealand pulled out of Westport in April, the
team members are having to fly to Hokitika and
drive the two hours up the coast to Westport.
New Zealand Rugby media spokesman Mike
Jaspers said the players and their itinerary would
be confirmed on Monday.
At this stage it was unclear on what that meant
in term of “time on the ground in Hokitika”.
Mr Havill said he understood about three
players where scheduled to fly in about 9am and
he encouraged fans to turn out and pass on their
best wishes ahead of the team’s campaign in the
Buller Mayor Garry Howard told the Sunday
Star Times he thought the players would be
flying in on the smaller Sounds Air plane,
directly to Westport.
All Blacks to pass through Hokitika
A defendant in the Greymouth District Court
had a warrant issued for his arrest after a court
A warrant was issued for Benjamin Condon
Tinirau Thomas after he failed to appear at
court on Tuesday on charges of intentional
damage and possession of a firearm. However,
when Tinirau appeared in court later in the
day and showed a member of the court staff his
court notice, it showed that he had not been due
to attend court until 2.15pm.
Tinirau was told the warrant would be lifted,
and that there had been an “administrative
Warrant not issued
of the Westport News
Development West Coast chairman
John Sturgeon had the last say when a
member of the audience took the floor
at DWC’s annual meeting in Westport,
on Tuesday night.
Robert Terry, who is well known
for making self-referential speeches
at DWC and Buller District Council
meetings, rose to his feet at question
time. He launched into an impassioned
speech, criticising DWC for failing to
help West Coast workers.
Mr Terry also claimed he had
attended every one of DWC’s 14
annual meetings. He said getting
to them had cost him $1000 of
his own money, despite being
He had a tertiary degree, but
no one had ever offered him a job, he
Mr Sturgeon told him to sit down. Mr
The chairman then told Mr Terry he
was wrong on two counts. Mr Terry
had not attended every DWC annual
meeting — he did not go to last year’s
one in Greymouth — and he had been
offered a job, Mr Sturgeon said.
Mr Terry was offered work at a
Reefton sawmill two years ago, but
never turned up.
“The excuse you gave, you didn’t have
a pair of boots. That ’s a load of rubbish
— the Fijians work in bare feet.”
Mr Terry asked if he had the right of
To laughter from the audience, Mr
Sturgeon replied: “No you don’t.”
Chairman has last say at
DWC annual meeting
West Coast residents will get a chance
to try their hand at spinning, upholstery,
woodwork, watercolours and safe
driving, with courses to get under way
next week at Karoro Learning.
Adult and community education co-
ordinator Colleen Eason said a number
of courses would be run to coincide with
the Adult Learners Week initiative.
Ms Eason said that the week of
learning started in 1998 with the
aim of raising the profile of adult
“It is an opportunity to celebrate the
successes and achievements of everyone
participating in adult and community
education. “It has also become a vehicle
for encouraging anyone in the wider
community with needs or desires that
can be met through learning ... whether
it be learning to adjust to life in a new
country, re-training to find employment,
adjusting to life after prison, acquiring
parenting skills or just getting out and
doing an activity to make life better and
Courses on offer from next week
include defensive driving, cheese making,
basic accounting, spinning for beginners,
an upholstery course and a brushing up
on watercolour painting.
Courses to cater for adult learners
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