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Toastmasters from throughout the
West Coast will be in Greymouth on
Saturday for the area speech contest.
The event will have two parts — a
humorous speech contest, and table
topics, which is an impromptu
contest where contestants are given
a topic immediately before they
have to talk. The winner will go
on to represent the West Coast
in Christchurch in mid-October.
The public are invited to attend
on Saturday from 10.30am at the
Cancer Society rooms.
Two men were arrested on
Thursday evening on separate
charges. A 43-year-old Hokitika
man was arrested for breaching a
protection order and resisting police,
while a 21-year-old Greymouth man
was arrested for assault.
A 3.6 magnitude earthquake was
recorded near Haast at 3.19pm on
Saturday. It was 35km south-east
of the township and 40km deep,
Armed man arrested
A man with a knife was arrested
this morning in relation to an
“ incident ” in Tauranga. Police have
not said what the incident was and
said they would not be commenting
further. Police stopped the man
while he was driving over the
Waihi Road overbridge at 9.40am
and arrested him as a result of an
incident at a Brookfield address.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals: Jay
Elaine, Resolution II. Departures:
One Greymouth vessel. In port:
Jay Elaine, Resolution II, Corsair,
Spindrift, June, Legacy, 23 other
vessels. Expected departures:
Resolution II, today; Jay Elaine,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Galatea
Flu season hits hard
A Reefton man with eight prior drug-
related convictions has been sentenced
to home detention for possessing 146g
Kevin Arthur Arnesen, 61, appeared
in the Westport District Court on
Friday after pleading guilty at an earlier
On April 16, police were at Arnesen’s
Reefton home, speaking to him on an
unrelated matter when they noticed a
strong cannabis smell coming from the
house. They located bags of cannabis
and cannabis seeds in the lounge and
Defending, George Linder asked
Judge Emma Smith to accept the
recommendation in the pre-sentence
report that Arnesen be sentenced to
Arnesen only used cannabis to alleviate
pain caused by a medical condition and
was now using prescribed painkillers
instead, Mr Linder said.
Judge Smith said the community-based
penalties for his previous convictions had
obviously not been a deterrent.
“My intent is to give you a short, sharp
However, due to Arensen’s health
problems, she sentenced him to two
months and two weeks’ home detention,
ordered him to pay $130 court costs and
ordered the destruction of the cannabis.
— Westport News
The gruelling flu season has not yet peaked
on the West Coast, as health authorities
extend the vaccine programme.
Two weeks ago 41 children from a roll
of 60 at Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi School
were off sick with flu symptoms, while at
Westland High School in Hokitika, just
over half of its Year 9 and 10 students were
Medical officer of health Dr Cheryl
Brunton said the flu season was more
pronounced this year.
Current figures showed “it ’s not over yet ”.
“There’s been a bit of an upward bounce,”
Dr Brunton said.
“ No, we haven’t peaked. There’s clearly flu
around, mostly influenza B.”
The cold, wet winter would have affected
numbers, keeping people indoors more
and thereby making it easier for germs to
However, sometimes there were just bad
seasons and this year had been compounded
by a lot of viruses doing the rounds.
“It’s a good year for viruses, not such a
great year for us,” Dr Brunton said.
She encouraged people to get the flu jab,
noting it took two weeks to become fully
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman last
week extended the free vaccine programme
to September 11.
“ With influenza at relatively high levels
in our communities, it’s still worth getting
“ Typically, every two to three years we
see higher influenza numbers. The latest
sur veillance data from ESR shows 124
(123.7) cases per 100,000 population,
compared with 26 cases per 100,000 at the
same time last year,” Dr Coleman said.
The vaccine is free for people aged 65
years and over, pregnant women, those
with long-term health conditions such
as severe asthma, and children under
five years who have been hospitalised
for a respiratory illness. It is particularly
recommended for pregnant women as the
vaccine offers protection to both mother
Monday August 31
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
Tom. — July 5, 2015.
Jennifer, James and
families wish to sincere-
ly thank family, friends
and people from the
wider community for the
kindness and generosity
given to us. Thank you
for the phone calls,
flowers, baking, cards
and the many visits after
Tom's passing. Your
support has been truly
appreciated. Thank you.
Ph 768 0250
Why have your loved
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— Loved son of the late
George and Mary, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of the late Ted and
Richard and Dianne
Hitchens, Edna and
Margaret and the late
Eric Reynolds, Marion
and the late Bob Moleta,
the late Dorothy and Jim
McDowall, the late Jack
and Phyllis Uren, the
late Audrey and Bob
Anderson, Ethel and the
late Martin, and a loved
uncle of his nieces and
Daniel. — Passed away
August 31, 2013.
When a loved one
becomes a memory,
That memory becomes a
Kelsie, Charlotte and
Peacefully at South-
land Hospital, on Friday
August 28, 2015, aged
87 years. Dearly loved
husband of Shirley,
cherished and most
loved Dad of Paul and
Linda Hitchins (Gore),
Wayne and Tony (all of
Brisbane), loved Giddy
of Stacey and Bridgett
Hitchens, Lane and Lily
Anderson (Fairlie), and
much loved Poppa of
Jason, Denise, Nina
and Lola Mill
Mikayla, and Kiera
Ferguson (Gore), Matt,
Melissa, Skyla, and
Alisha Mill (Christ-
church). A service for
George will be held in
Southern Funeral Home
Chapel, 106 Hokonui
2, at 1.30pm, then
leaving for Charlton
Park Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, donations
may be left for Gore
Hospital. Messages to
5B William Street, Gore
9710. Southern Funeral
Home, Gore, FDANZ.
MASON, Diane Beryl.
Passed away peace-
fully at Granger House,
Greymouth on Sunday
August 30, 2015. Dearly
loved wife of the late
Henry, much loved mum
and mother-in-law of
Debbie and Gavin,
David and Gemma,
Gayleen and Aaron, and
Nellie and Mahana,
loved Taua (Raua) of
Micheal, Zak, Kai,
Chela, Sefton, Satori,
and Tiare, and a loved
friend. Messages to PO
Box 281, Greymouth
7840. Diane will be at
the Arahura Marae on
Tuesday afternoon. A
tangi for Diane will be
held on Thursday at
2pm, followed by burial
at the urupa. Whanau
and friends are welcome
to stay at the marae.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Mike Jacobs, left, and Peter Willman
concentrate on the cards during the
qualifying rounds of the annual DB
New Zealand 45s Tournament, held on
Saturday at the Greymouth Workingmen’s
The eventual winner was the Westport
combination of Graham Cumming and
John Rodger, who beat Sue Teasdale and
Brad Scott in the final, with Isla Woodham
and Chris Koh third.
The Reefton-Hari Hari combination of
Miles Cutbush and Richard Mahauariki
won the consolation plate round, defeating
Norm Hopkins and Tony McDonald in
A total of 38 teams took part this year,
four more than last year.
“ We had a number of teams enter quite
late so the numbers were very good this
year,” co-organiser Marie Lightfoot said.
“It was interesting in that a lot of the
older players with the experience are usually
to the fore, but most were put out early on,”
“All in all it was a successful tournament
and we look for ward to next year.”
All concentration at 45s tournament
A Greymouth-based apprentice
came third at the Registered Master
Builders Upper South Island
Apprentice of the Year contest at the
Philip Hogan, 24, who is employed
by Colville Hofman Builders,
finished in the top three, behind
first-placed Shaun Campbell and
second placed Zac Forbes, both from
The results were announced at an
awards evening on Saturday at The
Boathouse, in Nelson.
Master Builders chief executive
David Kelly said the outstanding
group of contenders reflected a
commitment from the construction
industry to apprenticeships.
“It’s been fantastic to see the skill
and commitment of these 145 young
apprentices as they make their way
towards becoming master builders.
It ’s safe to say the future of the
construction industry is in extremely
safe hands and the public should be
reassured that these young people
are intent on achieving the very best
quality in their craft,” Mr Kelly said.
“This competition gives us a glimpse
of the capability and determination
among New Zealand’s apprentices,
and has given them a chance to
demonstrate their hard work and
passion for construction.”
Mr Kelly said the growth in
apprentice numbers was a step
for ward for the sector.
Coast apprentice among best
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Seminar to help older folk stay safe on-line
Greypower president Arthur
Jamieson and Greymouth police
senior constable Mike Tinnelly will be
helping to highlight to older people
how to stay safe on-line, with a special
workshop on cyber safety early next
The Citizen 21 workshop, at Karoro
Learning in Greymouth on September
8, aims to teach adults and senior
citizens how to use the internet while
protecting their on-line identity,
keeping themselves safe from e-mail
scams and cold calling, and preventing
theft and burglary on-line.
Internet safety and risk assessment
consultant John Parsons will conduct
the forum, between 11am and 2pm.
Mr Tinnelly said police were seeing an
increasing number of on-line scams,
particularly targeting older people.
Some residents living in elevated areas
in the wider Runanga area could run
out of water this Thursday as the Grey
District Council fits a burst valve to the
reser voir off Herd Street, Dunollie.
Utilities engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith
said the valve would stop water draining
away if there was a break in the reticulation.
Some people in hillside properties may
run out of water, but the majority of
people should not notice any difference,
The work will be carried out between
8am and 5pm, and during that time
water will solely come from the water
treatment plant. Coal Creek, Runanga,
Dunollie and Rapahoe are all affected.
Residents and businesses have been
asked to conser ve water during the day.
Workplace stress levels rising
We are more stressed, take more days off
and still go to work when sick, a wellness in
the workplace report has found.
Southern Cross Health Society and
Business New Zealand’s nationwide study of
113 employers, with 116,000 employees, also
found that 80% of workplaces did not cater
for the ageing workforce and only a third
provided health insurance for their staff.
The sur vey, titled Wellness in the Workplace,
has found stress levels in big businesses,
defined as those with over 50 staff, rose by
35.6%, compared with 23.3% for smaller
businesses. The top reasons for stress and
anxiety increasing were general workload,
relationship issues, long hours, pressure to
meet targets and financial concerns.
Business NZ chief executive Phil O’Reilly
said stress in the workplace was a critical
“Businesses need to try and mitigate this to
get the most out of their workforce and give
their workers the best environment possible
to be productive.”
When it came to wellness the number of
days lost in 2014 were 6.7 million working
days, up from 6.1 million in in 2012.
The average number of absentee days per
employee was 4.7 — amounting to a national
cost of $1.4 billion in 2014.
Larger businesses were also more likely
to have high rates of absenteeism, although
35% still went into work when sick, despite
a push for businesses to make them stay
The top reasons for staying home from
work were illnesses, injuries, caring for a
dependent, medical appointments or a sense
of entitlement that paid sick leave is for the
Southern Cross Health Society chief
executive Peter Tynan said stress had a
negative effect on health.
“High levels of stress tend to lead to health
issues in the long run. It takes time and effort
to train and develop staff, so looking after
them and providing a healthy workplace is
just good business practice.”
He recommended employers look to
manage stress with flexible hours, employee
assistance programmes, health checks and
devices that allow staff to work from home.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man bashed in liquor
A liquor store employee was
bashed in the head with full
bottles of alcohol during a
violent robbery by two teenagers
in Christchurch on Saturday
At 10.55pm two youths aged
15 and 16 went into Woolston
Liquor Store on Ferry Road.
They both picked up large
bottles of alcohol and tried to
leave the store without paying.
They were stopped by a staff
member who asked them to put
the bottles back and leave the
“They refused and there was
a brief struggle between the
attendant and one of the males
as they wrestled over a bottle of
alcohol,” police said.
The staff member began to
call police and one of the youths
shoved him and tried to wrestle
the phone off him.
“At this stage the other male
has struck the attendant over
the head with a bottle of alcohol
causing it to smash. Both males
have each struck the attendant
again, smashing bottles over his
head,” police said.
colleague and a customer who
was in the store at the time
managed to hide in a store room.
As they fled one of the youths
threw two more full bottles of
booze at them.”
Both bottles smashed but did
not hit anyone.
Police said the youths then
grabbed several bottles of alcohol
and left the store, taking off in a
stolen getaway car.
They later arrested a 15-year-
old and charged him with
aggravated robbery. They are
currently speaking to a 16-year-
old about the incident and expect
further arrests and charges.
Police are also seeking the
customer who was in the liquor
store at the time of the robbery.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Lotto prize set to expire
There is only one week left for
a mystery Aucklander to become
an overnight millionaire.
It has been almost a year since
a $1 million Lotto ticket was
sold at Pam’s Corner Dairy
in Glenfield for the draw on
September 6, 2014.
All tickets are valid for 12
months — meaning the cash
will have to be claimed before
Lotto, Powerball and Strike
have all jackpotted at the
weekend, meaning there is a
combined prize pool of more
than $10m up for grabs next
Powerball’s first division will be
an estimated $7m, Lotto division
one will sit at $3m and Strike
Four should be an estimated
$500,000. — NZ ME
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