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Hayden Bromley ran a bath at his
Carters Beach home, near Westport,
yesterday, took one look and opted
for a shower because the bath
water was dirtier than he was. Clay
sediment a couple of millimetres
thick coated the bottom of the bath.
The 76-year-old said it was not the
first time the Westport water supply
had been so discoloured. “ You could
make porridge with it without much
thickening,” Mr Bromley said. The
water was so bad, the cotton filter
on pipes going into his Archer Place
house only lasted about a month.
— Westport News
Westport will host a Whitebait
Festival next month, and there
are hopes it will become annual.
Organised by the Westport Retailers’
Association, it will run from Friday,
October 23 from 5pm till 9pm.
Retailers will be invited to stay open
and have a stall outside their store,
there will be a stage with various
bands and music, while professional
chefs from around Buller will
compete with their whitebait dish
and offer tips. Schools will be invited
to do whitebait-inspired art to be
displayed in retailers’ shop windows.
Both Hokitika and Greymouth have
also staged whitebait festivals in the
An Israeli criminal gang spent
seven months digging a 30m tunnel
leading from a woman’s back garden
as part of an elaborate plot to steal
priceless antiques from a museum, it
has been claimed. A group of men
are understood to have knocked at
a woman’s home in East Jerusalem’s
Old City in February, telling her they
were local council workers trying to
fix an underground leak. Suspicions
were aroused when neighbours
noticed that, despite visiting the
property daily, the ‘workmen’ worked
only after dark, using torches rather
than lighting rigs to see what they
were doing. Police were called to
investigate the suspicious behaviour
and were shocked to discover a
30m-long tunnel that ended just
metres from the entrance to East
Jerusalem’s Rockefeller Museum
— a building that contains scores
of ancient and priceless religious
artefacts. — Daily Mail
Rain spreading north, heavy falls
Fox tragedy report awaited five years on
Exactly five years on from the Fox
Glacier skydive plane crash that killed
nine people, an addendum to the report
into the tragedy is still to be released.
A draft addendum on the September
4, 2010 crash was released to the family
members in May, and they were given a
month to respond.
Deputy chief investigator of accidents
Peter Williams said the Transport
Accident Investigation Commission
(TAIC) would reconsider the draft later
this month, but it would not be ready
before October and could take longer.
An interim report by the TAIC
suggested that the modified top-dressing
plane was slightly overloaded and
Soon after the crash and at the direction
of the TAIC, parts of the plane, including
the control stick, were buried in a
paddock at the end of the Fox Glacier
airstrip where it crashed in a fireball.
Four overseas backpackers and five
Skydive NZ staff members were killed in
An independent review of the initial
scene examination and wreckage
handling will be released at the same
time as the addendum.
Youths set to colour town
of the Westport News
Buller Electricity Ltd (BEL) profit
for the year to March 31 has again
been obliterated by the losses of its
Auckland-based subsidiary, Pulse
BEL posted a pre-tax profit of
$2.2 million for the year to March
31. However, the BEL group —
which also includes Pulse and Electro
Ser vices Ltd — posted a $2.4 million
The result is better than the previous
year when BEL posted a $1.8m profit
and the group had a $6.0m loss.
BEL chairman Frank Dooley said
the latest result was “ very pleasing”.
Pulse’s loss fell from $4.8m to $2.9m
and Electro Ser vices turned last year’s
$253,000 loss into a $194,000 profit,
The group also wrote off $2m (2014:
$2.8m) relating to BEL’s purchase in
2011 of Pulse’s customer list.
Mr Dooley said BEL had once again
absorbed Transpower cost rises to
hold residential line charges.
“ We also had the impact of the April
2014 storm and the downturn in Solid
Given three factors, I think the
performance was very good and very
Mr Dooley said BEL no longer
provided financial guarantees to
Pulse, because Pulse had negotiated
an arrangement with the BNZ.
BEL had previously provided
guarantees of $9m to Pulse and a peak
funding facility of $2.5m.
“ We had a total commitment to
Pulse of $11.5m,” Mr Dooley said.
“Since Pulse entered the BNZ funding
facility, BEL has no guarantees in
place, but we have entered a new peak
funding facility for an extra $2m, for a
period which expires July 31, 2016 ...
Our exposure to Pulse is reduced by
The biggest risks to BEL were the
continuing loss of demand from Solid
Energy and Holcim’s withdrawal from
Buller next year, Mr Dooley said.
Holcim currently absorbed 50% of
BEL’s transmission costs. Consumers’
line charges could rise by just over
10% when Holcim left.
BEL was trying to negotiate a better
deal with Transpower.
The accounts reveal BEL had five
employees earning over $100,000 —
one more than last year. The highest
paid was in the $220,000 to $230,000
Pulse losses obliterate Buller Electricity profit
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey District Youth Trust youth development co-ordinators Georgia Candler, left, and Sarah Harvey, right, with member Anna-May Smithers, ready to spray
paint the town this weekend. Youths are invited to join the sessions at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic cafe, from 4.30pm to 7pm today, and 10am to 4pm tomorrow,
where they will be making pieces of artwork to place around Greymouth. Ms Candler said it was a chance for young people to create what they would like to see
around town. The youth trust is collaborating with artist Claire Rye, who previously worked on the ‘Change’ mural outside BullerREAP in Westport.
Mystery phone outage fixed after month
Chorus says it believes it has finally
fixed a problem in South Westland that
left residents unable to make phone
After a month of problems, things
deteriorated earlier this week to the
point where some households in the
Bruce Bay area were unable to make
The area gets no cellphone signal, so
residents were having to make an 80km
round trip to Fox Glacier to make calls.
Residents’ complaints to phone
provider Spark were fruitless, and when
contacted yesterday by the Greymouth
Star it said it was ‘not tracking ’ any
faults in the area.
However, maintenance contractor
Chorus spokesman Nathan Beaumont
later confirmed there was a fault with
its network in the area.
The technician had begun working on
the repair on Wednesday, but had to
stop work when the light faded.
Work recommenced at 8am yesterday
and “the technician has advised
ser vice should now be restored to the
Customers experiencing any issues
with their ser vice should contact
their provider in the first instance
so they could ensure the fault was
investigated and resolved as soon as
possible, he said.
Moves are under way to preser ve
artefacts from Grey Base Hospital
before it is demolished.
Westland Mark Newsome said
they planned to put together
a working group to look at all
the historical items and gather
information about the current
recommendations about how
these items and the human
history of the facility might be
stored, recorded, relocated or be
decommissioned, as appropriate,”
Mr Newsome said.
West Coast District Health
Board member Elinor Stratford
pointed out an old window, to
the right of the main entrance.
It looks far older than the other
windows, and has the letters
‘GH B’ entwined, which probably
stand for ‘Grey Hospital Board’.
The board has already decided
the stained glass window in the
current chapel will be moved to
the new hospital.
Other items of interest include
a time capsule with relics from
Victoria Ward, and a plaque
honouring the nurses killed when
the boat the Marquette sank
during World War One.
Barry Sweetman, who worked at
the hospital for half a century, said
he thought the ‘GHB’ window
came from the old Tasman Home
(opened in 1925) elderly facility,
where the new dementia unit is
He also recalls that when
Victoria Ward (opened 1900) was
demolished, they found old coins
or medals, and newspapers.
“They were put in a time capsule,
towards where corporate is now. ”
Peter Kerridge, a former chief
executive for the West Coast
Hospital Board, said the current
chapel was built in December
1979, in the old x-ray department.
“The one item we did reuse was
the coloured glass window, which
was installed in the wall at the rear
of the chapel, which was also the
hospital corridor wall, so it was
visible from both sides. It needs
to be saved, along with any chapel
furniture,” Mr Kerridge said.
He urged the DHB to also look
out for the foundation stones of
previous and current buildings.
The newer buildings tended to
have plaques, whereas the older
ones had solid marble foundation
“Not sure what happened to
the old foundation stones from
Seddon, Victoria, Petrie, O’Brien-
McBrearty wards that existed pre
the 1970s rebuild.”
Mr Kerridge noted that the
wooden footbridge over the
railway line used to be a full width
roadway and led directly to the
original hospital. The new hospital
is to be built back in that vicinity.
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