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Driver tolerance call
People need to be more tolerant
of tourist drivers, particularly in
places such as Fiordland, Economic
Development Minister Stephen
Joyce says. The Fiordland Advocate
reported him saying work had been
done by painting directional arrows
on tourist roads.
New look at old claim
Another old West Coast
goldmining area has been pegged
out. Paul Clint Greaves has
applied to New Zealand Petroleum
and Minerals to mine 197ha
at Goldsborough. Other new
applications this week include
Timothy John Borstrok, who wants
to run a dredge on the Coast, and
Grifis Mining, which is eyeing 172ha
at Sergeants Hill, at Westport.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Corsair, Legacy, Cappy,
two Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, June, Spindrift, 23 other
vessels. Expected departures: Galatea
II, today. Expected arrivals: Cook
Mining boss’s wife jailed
New research from Victoria University
of Wellington has revealed the Alpine
Fault is not the near-vertical crack
everyone had assumed.
Scientists also now say people in the
South Island could be closer to the fault
than they realised.
The Alpine Fault runs almost the entire
length of the island.
Recent studies of seismic data have
revealed the fault line becomes flatter at
The region where the Pacific Plate is
stacked on top of the Australian Plate is
believed to be up to 100km wide in some
“As well as vastly increasing the area
where the two plates are in contact with
each other, the research tells us that
the effects of earthquakes may be quite
different, and in some big earthquakes,
the rupture zone may never break the
surface,” Associate Professor Simon
Lamb from the university’s school of
geography, environment and earth
Dr Lamb said more research was
needed to better define the possible
“Someone in the centre of the South
Island, for instance, might think they
are miles away from the faultline, when,
in actual fact, the fault could be right
underneath them, making these regions
more vulnerable than first thought. ”
The scientists found that for about
350km of the length of the South Island,
the land mass of the Pacific Plate is
actually sitting and sliding right on top
of the Australian Plate.
“So, rather than thinking of the
faultline as a vertical crack, we should be
thinking of it as a nearly horizontal one
that cur ves up to the surface where the
faultline is exposed,” Dr Lamb said.
The conclusions were drawn from
research into both the thickness of the
South Island’s crust and the speed of
They have been published in the
American Geophysical Union journal
spreads up to
The wife of a wealthy mining executive will
spend at least nine months behind bars after
pleading guilty to fraudulently claiming
more than $60,000 in welfare benefits.
Julie Bohannan, 42, used a false name and
repeatedly lied to Centrelink over eight years
about her marital status, where she lived and
how much money she had, even after she
married former chief executive of Braemore
Resources and Bathurst Resources, Hamish
Bohannan, in 2006.
She was sentenced in the West Australian
District Court on Wednesday to 18 months
In sentencing, Judge Andrew Stavrianou
said the mother-of-two had engaged in
deliberate and sustained deception between
November 2001 and July 2009.
He said Bohannan’s husband had a
significant income between 2004 and 2009,
including $1.8 million in 2004-05, and
she had no significant need to receive the
“ It was planned, deliberate and dishonest
conduct,” Judge Stavrianou said.
“ You abused the system for your own
Bohannan repaid the money in 2010
and then moved to New Zealand, but was
arrested at Perth Airport during one of her
visits to WA last year.
Judge Stavrianou noted that Bohannan
was remorseful, had no prior convictions,
had not re-offended since paying back the
money and was a good parent.
But he said personal and general deterrence
were also important considerations for
The court heard one of Bohannan’s
daughters had learning difficulties, but
Judge Stavrianou found her circumstances
were not so exceptional that no-one else
could care for the girl while Bohannan was
in prison. — A AP
Thursday September 3
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Nickelle are very proud
to announce the safe
arrival of Lincoln Peter
Egan, born in the early
August 29, 2015. A
wholehearted thank you
to the wonderful team at
McBrearty Ward and an
extra special thanks to
our midwife Maja.
CRISP, Ernest James
very dear friend.
will never be forgotten
Joan and Les
BUTLER, Ron. —
April 3, 1934 -
September 3, 2014.
They say that time's a
But as the time goes on.
We seem to find it just as
hard, to face the fact
And today it's the
anniversary, of the day
you went away.
And we're standing here
at your graveside,
And believe us when we
forgotten, and every
year we'll shed a tear.
But it's only because we
And wish you were still
All our love Trish,
Sandra, Linda, Paula
CRISP, Ernest James.
Passed away at
September 2, 2015, aged
husband of the late
Alison, loved father and
father-in-law of Eric and
Greer, Alan, Peter (de-
ceased) and Mary-ann,
Ernestine and Daniel,
and Greg, loved grand-
father of Shane, Kelly,
Beccie, and Josh, loved
Bryle, and a loved
brother, uncle, cousin
and friend. Messages to
39 Ranfurly Street,
Runanga 7803. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
Cancer Society can be
made at the service or
posted to PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840. A
service to celebrate
Ernest's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth, tomorrow (Fri-
day) at 2pm, followed
by cremation here in
Greymouth at the
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
JONES, (nee Bellis)
Betty (Beth) Audrey.
Died peacefully at
Tauranga Hospital on
September 1, 2015.
Dearly loved wife and
best friend of Ron for 62
years. Adored mother
and mother-in-law of
Caron and George, and
Julene and Peter. Cher-
ished grandmother of
Jaimie and James, Greg
and Amity, Glenn and
Anna, and Jessica and
mother of Riley, Jackson
and Honor. A funeral
service will be held at
Elliotts Rosebank Chap-
el, 25 Ninth Avenue,
Tauranga on Saturday
September 5 at 11am. In
acknowledgment of the
provided by Waipuna
Hospice, donations to
their cause would be
Former Bathurst chief ’s wife admits welfare fraud
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
‘Healthy hear t’ award for youngsters
A-Z Preschool pupils receive a silver ‘healthy heart ’ award from Heart Foundation health promotion co-ordinator Chloe
Balderstone today. The Blaketown preschool has been upgraded from a bronze. The preschool received the award for encouraging
children to eat healthily, exercise and make good lifestyle choices.
Members of Greymouth High School band Plethora — Gina Hopkinson, left, Ethan Wilson-Bruce, Dean French
and Ngakora Beal. Dean has organised a fundraising night for needy Romanian children, with a ‘Rock the Children
Romania’ concert on September 11. Plethora, which finished second in the recent West Coast Rockquest, will be
performing along with solo artists Georgina Curtis-Smith, Ben Roper and Courtney Allison. “ There will be five acts,
with multiple bands and artists and ex-students taking part to make it a real night of music. We are looking for ever yone
to come and support the evening, which is in aid of ‘Everyone’s Child Romania’ for orphans and children suffering from
Aids,” Dean said. The concert will be held at the Grey Main Hall on September 11, at 7pm.
Band raising funds for Romanian orphans
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Arthritis New Zealand educator Te Kani Moore, second from right, with Grey Base Hospital staff
members Jess Lott, Kat Burgess, Zoe Kirkman and Woo Choi, at Dixon House rest home. Arthritis
NZ and the hospital paired up to run an informative seminar on arthritis and managing the condition.
“It’s about bringing the service to the West Coast and engaging with the community,” Ms Moore said.
“People in the community can’t always access the ser vice, and by holding workshops and seminars like
this we make and have information available.”
Ar thritis advice
PICTURE: Paul McBride
told to pay
A whitebaiter has been ordered to pay
the West Coast Regional Council more
The West Coast Regional Council
started its bid for the removal of Lyall
Adamson’s whitebait stand, located in
the Buller River at Westport, through
the courts in March last year.
Mr Adamson argued his stand was a
lawful structure at the time it was erected,
about 1977. A year ago, he applied for
a retrospective resource consent, with
three opposing submissions received.
Mr Adamson requested that the
application be placed on hold. Later,
due to a difficult family circumstance,
he said he was not able to progress
the application. He later withdrew his
application for a retrospective consent
and removed the whitebait stand.
The council told the court it had
incurred legal costs of $8981 and sought
$2687 in costs.
“It is clear . . . that both the court and
the regional council have given Mr
Adamson every opportunity to bring the
operation of his whitebait stand within
the bounds of the law,” Environment
Court Judge Jane Borthwick said.
“The regional council has also
generously discounted the amount
sought to bring the sum within the
bounds of a standard costs award.”
The judge ordered that he pay the
The Grey District Council is ahead
of the cur ve as the Government
looks at new legislation to shorten
the timeframe for earthquake
A new category of ‘priority
covering parts of
unreinforced masonry such as
parapets and facades, will be
included in the Building Act
“ We need to heed every possible
lesson from the February 22
earthquake in Christchurch in
rewriting the building laws to
minimise future fatalities. Falling
parts of unreinforced masonry
like parapets and facades killed 35
people that tragic day,” Housing
Nick Smith said
The Building (Earthquake-prone
Buildings) Amendment Bill was
reported back from Parliament ’s
local government and environment
select committee yesterday.
A significant change is adding a
new category of priority buildings to
cover those parts of an unreinforced
masonry building, such as a parapet
or veranda, which could fall into
a public road, footpath or other
thoroughfare. It is estimated that
2000 buildings nationwide will fall
into the new category.
Being a priority building means
the times for assessment and
upgrade requirements are halved.
In a high risk area, it means
the assessments will need to be
completed in two and a half years,
instead of five, and upgraded within
seven and a half years rather than
15. In a medium risk area, the
assessments will need to occur in
five years instead of 10, and the
repairs within 12 and a half years,
rather than 25.
Grey District Council assets
manager Mel Sutherland said
they had already been focused on
completing the high risk council-
“My advice to council two years
ago was to focus on dangerous
elements. We’ve done the highest
risk one to date, which is the Left
Bank Art Gallery,” Mr Sutherland
The Greymouth Harbour Board
and History House buildings had
been assessed, but still needed work.
All council buildings needing
strengthening had been included
in the draft long-term plan,
however funding would have to be
“The cost of doing parapets is
relatively low compared to doing
the whole building. ”
Mr Sutherland said the council
would have to reconsider a
timeframe for work as the bill went
The number of commercial
buildings that would be affected in
Greymouth was not known at this
stage, he said.
Grey council up to speed
on quake strengthening
of the Westport News
Buller Electricity Ltd (BEL) has
not paid $100,000 due for its annual
sponsorship of the Solid Energy Centre
Buller Electricity Ltd Aquatic Centre.
BEL had committed to sponsorship
of $100,000 a year to June 30, 2017,
provided the funding does not harm the
company ’s financial position.
The company’s accounts for the year to
March 31, 2015, reveal its community
sponsorship fell from $156,000 to
$56,000 because the aquatic centre
sponsorship was not paid.
Chairman Frank Dooley would not
reveal the reasons for the delay. He
denied that BEL’s financial position was
The money had not been paid because:
“ We are in discussions with the district
council and those discussions are
Mr Dooley said the talks were
commercially sensitive and he did not
know when they would conclude.
“The ball is currently in the council’s
court. Until we hear back from them I
can’t actually give you timing. ”
To his knowledge, BEL’s naming rights
were not currently in jeopardy.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said he
was confident the BEL funding would
continue. “It’s not in our bank as yet, but
we are quite comfortable that we have a
good relationship with Buller Electricity
and we will have it all sorted in the not
too distant future.”
Mr Howard confirmed the company ’s
naming rights for the centre hinged on
the sponsorship deal.
BEL’s 2015 accounts show the
company and its subsidiaries made a
pre-tax loss of $2.4 million compared
to a loss of $6 million in 2014, before
non-cash movements in electricity price
Work and Income is scaling back its
Hokitika ser vices.
From October, an unnamed community
organisation will take over a contract
to run the Heartlands ser vice, which
provides a local presence for several
The current ser vice operating from
the Hokitika Heartlands Centre will
continue until then.
Development regional commissioner
Janine Dowding said in a statement
yesterday the proposal was to significantly
reduce face to face contact.
Final decisions were still being made
about where and how the new ser vice
“ Work and Income remain open to
discussion on how we might participate
in the new community-led Heartlands
ser vice, but we want to be transparent
that we are proposing to significantly
reduce the current level of face to face
ser vice,” Ms Dowding said.
“The demand for appointments is less
than 14 hours per week and we can
manage the majority of that business
over the phone or on-line. “
Current statistics show that Westland
district has about 500 working-age
clients (including about 120 rural clients)
and 1400 New Zealand superannuation
“ We are working through what the
proposed change would mean for staff
and clients and we will inform the
community as soon as decisions are
made,” Ms Dowding said.
Makarora got an
unexpected 15cm snow
dump yesterday which
felled trees and caused a
lengthy power cut.
Centre manager Michele
St John said she was
surprised to be woken
about 3am yesterday
by her dog, who was
barking at the noise of
trees cracking during
avalanches in the Pipson
She believed the snow
started falling heavily
after midnight and
stopped before 6am.
“ It was unbelievable,”
The State highway
6 tourist centre was
without power from
4.30am until 3.30pm
and, with only a small
generator available, it was
forced to close its doors
The snow only affected
the area from The Neck
near Lake Hawea to
Diana Falls, between
Makarora and Haast, Ms
St John said.
The snow was melting
by yesterday afternoon.
— Otago Daily Times
Makarora snow dump
BEL sponsorship money delayed
Students at John Paul II
High School will soon be
better shielded from the
rain and the sun, thanks
to a new $25,000 veranda.
Stone said the school
had recently been given
permission from the
Ministry of Education to
free up some of its reser ve
funds to pay for the new,
18m x 3m construction.
“It ’s going to be a large
covered area for students
to get under when it ’s
raining or when we have
a lot of sunlight as well.
With the changes at the
school we have lost some
covered areas for the
students,” Mr Stone said.
The extra cover would
be an extension of an
existing veranda. He
hoped construction would
be under way within six
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