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Oceana Gold says the open-cast
Reefton operation had become
uneconomic, and “was not making
financial sense” and it was being
prepared to put into “care and
maintenance”, which would be
completed by the end of the year.
About 120 jobs are expected to go
when the mine closes. Addressing
the annual conference of the New
Zealand branch of the Australian
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
in D unedin yesterday, Oceana Gold
chief operating officer Michael
Holmes said the company would
keep the mine and it could be
reopened, depending on the price of
gold in the future.
— Otago Daily Times
raze old house
Fire officers from throughout the
West Coast will be in Greymouth
on Sunday to help set a house
ablaze. Greymouth chief fire
officer Lee Swinburn said the old
Thompson Street house would be
set alight as a training exercise,
which was especially beneficial for
some of the newer recruits to have
an actual house to burn. “ We have
got a lot of members from other
brigades for the training ... it’s good
for the likes of the new recruits who
haven’t had much exposure to fires.
It’s not often we have training like
this come up, so we are very lucky.”
The house was located at the back
of the Honda Farm, Trail and Road
shop, but set some way back from
the shop and other buildings.
Chinese tourists are being given
separate train ser vices to travel
to the top of a picturesque Swiss
mountain after they were accused
of poor behaviour. L ocals and
other visitors to Mount Rigi have
complained to the railway operator,
accusing Asian tourists of crowding
train corridors to snap photos and
even spitting inside the carriages.
Tensions between tourists from Asia
and visitors from Switzerland have
worsened as the mountain, near
Lucerne, has become a massive draw
for Chinese holidaymakers.
— Daily Mail
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A new initiative in Greymouth aims
to pair up people who have a spare pair
of hands with those in need of one.
Murray Hay, the SPCA Greymouth
vice-chairman and a Grey district
councillor, wants to help local
community groups to find volunteers.
“The SPCA on occasions needs
someone to man the reception desk.
You think of the SPCA and you think
animal welfare, but our animal carers
are sometimes unable to get their
work done because they are having to
show people the kittens or take phone
calls, which makes it difficult to get
their core roles done in a respectable
timeframe,” Mr Hay said.
The Left Bank Art Gallery was also
desperate to have people help set up
for exhibitions, which may only take an
hour every one or two weeks.
“I would bet that almost every
organisation around town would have
similar stories to tell.”
Mr Hay said he expected there would
be people recently retired from work,
others new to the district and looking
to meet new people, or even school
leavers with time on their hands.
“My idea would be to have them
contact me and after having met
with them and found out where
their interests lie I would point
them towards a community group,
organisation, sports club that is looking
for volunteers or an extra pair of hands
once or twice a week, or whenever
Mr Hay said he would be in contact
with community groups to get a wish
list of what needed doing and then
match them up with people who had
He said he got involved as a
volunteer for the SPCA in a similar
way 15 years ago by answering an
advertisement on The Warehouse
noticeboard wanting volunteers.
People can make contact on Facebook,
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
West Coast Society of Arts volunteers Tony Brown, left, Murray Macgibbon and chairwoman Colleen Eason, with Murray Hay, who is on the lookout for vol-
unteers to help local community groups.
New beams will be attached to
the existing, sagging ones at the
Greymouth aquatic centre in a
$770,000 repair job.
The Grey District Council
revealed today it was working
with Engenium Engineering
previously known as Alan
Reay Consultants — which in
turn was working with potential
Last year, the council went
to court to secure a $770,000
compensation package, made up
of a mixture of cash in hand, and
new beams supplied.
The engineering consultants and
contractors are still working out
exactly how the repairs will be
done, but the work may not start
until April or May. The pool will
need to be closed throughout.
The five beams, which sagged
almost straight away when the
pool opened six years ago, will
be pushed up to where they
should be. New beams will be
put around them, and the support
poles removed. The new ones are
expected to be strong enough not
“It will look like they do now,
but strengthened,” Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.
Three engineering assessments
over the years had agreed the
building was “completely safe”.
“They will not collapse. They
haven’t sagged any more for three
years,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
However, the bow in the beams
was “not a good look”, and longer
term it could put more stress on
other parts of the building.
The only cost to ratepayers
was the legal fees, he said. The
Greymouth Star has previously
reported that the council will have
to pick up the $300,000 in legal
“The whole thing has been
disappointing. “(But) it happens.
We won’t regret doing it, and
the money is in the bank,” Mr
The beam sag was noticed
almost immediately after the
$11m complex opened.
The mediation agreement has
never been released. However,
Court of Appeal documents
released in May 2014 show
the council entered into a
construction contract with Evan
already contracted LHT Design
Ltd as its engineering consultancy.
Andrew Scott Blain and Kevin
O’Connor and Associates to peer
review the design, so they were
swept up in the court action along
with Carter Holt Har vey, which
supplied the laminated veneer
timber for the beams.
Separate legal action is pending
over the spa bath, which was
c losed for more than a year in
May 2013 after the tiles started
West Coast households have
been promised an early Christmas
present — $100 to $150 off their
December power bill.
Westpower, which owns and
runs the powerlines on the Coast,
today announced details of its line
discount, the highest approved by
the board of directors.
It means the average household
on the Westpower network —
from the Grey Valley to Paringa
will get between $100 and
$150 off their bill, chief executive
Rob Caldwell said today.
In an advertisement in
today ’s West Coast Messenger,
Newcombe and Electric Power
Trust chairman Ian Hustwick
said the discount would total
Amethyst Hydro (Hari Hari
hydro scheme) and the Electronet
The discount was a way to share
the success of Westpower with
consumers, they said.
The Amethyst power scheme
has run for two years, and has met
Westpower’s recent annual
report showed a $4.6m after-tax
surplus, up from $3.7m last year.
Power bill surprise
Reefton, Greymouth burglaries reported
Cash, and large amounts of tobacco
were stolen from businesses in and
around Greymouth overnight.
Senior sergeant Alyson Ealam said a
large quantity of tobacco and cigarettes
was stolen from the Dobson All But
One Garage in a 1.30am burglary.
The offenders fled the scene at speed in
a vehicle, heading towards Stillwater.
“Police are making inquiries into the
burglary, but if anyone saw a vehicle
driving at speed towards Stillwater at
about this time should contact police,”
Mrs Ealam said.
About $45 in coins was also stolen
in a burglary of the Guthrie Bowron
store in Tainui Street last night. Earlier
an attempt was made to break into the
Countdown supermarket. The alarm
activated as the offenders tried to enter
the building via a rear door, however no
one was found when police arrived.
In Reefton, a $12,000 quad bike and
trailer, possum hunting equipment and a
weedeater were stolen over the past two
days, including from the racecourse.
Thieves broke into a shed used to store
horse feed and equipment at the Reefton
Racecourse; a Stihl FS 90 weedeater was
The bike and other gear were stolen
from Kelly Street. The $2400 trailer, with
the registration S337Q is silver, with a
large galvanised tool box on the front.
The quad bike is a red 2012, Suzuki 400
with a large black box on the back.
Meanwhile, a woman driver lost
control of her car and crashed into a
ditch on an uphill section of the Rahu
Saddle, on State highway 7. Police said
they were trying to work out how the
Flu had hospital near-full
A long, cold winter of sickness meant
four wards at Grey Base Hospital were
near capacity at some point last month.
The West Coast has been rife with flu-
like symptoms this past winter, including
a couple of weeks ago when 41 of the
60 children at Kokatahi-Kowhitirangi
School were off sick.
DHB team leader planning and funding
Philip Wheble said there were five days
in August when both medical (Morice)
and surgical (Barclay) wards were near
capacity for 24 hours.
“However, the hospital still had capacity
for further in-patients, if required,” Mr
McBrearty (maternity) and Parfitt
(children’s) wards were also near capacity
for 24 hours each last week. No day
case or planned admissions had to be
cancelled. There was an average hospital
occupancy of 79.30% for the month.
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