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The NZ Transport Agency has apologised
for not turning off electronic signs at Fox
Glacier that incorrectly advised the Haast
Pass highway was closed at the weekend.
Rasmussen said on Monday that
electronic notices at Fox Glacier saying
‘road closed’ were left unchanged after a
minor slip on Saturday had been cleared.
NZTA national media manager Andy
Knackstedt said the signs were not changed
due to “electrical and signal” issues with the
variable messaging signs in the area.
“ We want to make it clear that the
problems with the VMS signs are the
responsibility of the Transport Agency, and
we are working urgently to sort out the
electrical/signal issues so this doesn’t happen
again — and we apologise to motorists and
residents for the situation,” Mr Knackstedt
Mrs Rasmussen also said there was no
one on the ground on Saturday to deal with
abandoned vehicles in the Haast Pass due to
NZTA recently changed contractors for
its West Coast maintenance contract, from
Sicon Fergusons to Fulton Hogan.
Mr Knackstedt said they did have
contractors on the ground working from both
ends, at Wanaka and Haast, to clear snow and
reopen the road as quickly as possible.
“ We are confident that our contractors
did the job that was expected of them —
again, the issues with the VMS signs are our
responsibility and we are working to address
NZTA sorry for leaving
‘road closed’ signs on
A mountain of rubbish appears to have
been removed from a block of flats at the
northern entrance to Hokitika.
The owner of the former Hokitika Motels
complex was contacted by the Westland
District Council to clean up the property
last week after complaints from the police
around health and safety, as well as crime.
A mounting rubbish pile spilling over a
fence — and visible from State highway
6, Fitzherbert Street — has since been
Council planning, community and
environment group manager Jim Ebenhoh
said while the clean-up was a “step in the
right direction”, it was not the end of the
Council officers would carry out another
site inspection to make sure the rubbish
had been removed from the entire site.
The future use of the site also needed to
be formalised, he said.
The units were built as motels in
the 1960s and a change of use for the
buildings, from motels to cheap rental flats,
had never been done.
Mr Ebenhoh said such a process
would take into consideration regulatory
requirements such as the effects on
neighbours, to the size of the dwellings.
The council had gone down that track
with the owner in the past, but changes
in staff over the years had seen it fall by
the wayside. Taking it through the proper
regulatory processes would make things
much clearer for both sides, he said.
It was unknown how many people
currently occupied the flats, and in what
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Bins lined up outside the Fitzherbert Street flats yesterday after a weekend clean-up to remove mounting rubbish.
Hokitika’s rubbish mountain cleared
by Janna Sherman
Plans to start moving some residents back
into Hokitika’s sole rest home as soon as next
week are being discussed with the families.
All 46 residents were evacuated to rest
homes in Reefton and Greymouth, and a
whole ward of Grey Base Hospital, in the
aftermath of the June 18 flash-flooding that
inundated the Ultimate Care Allen Bryant
The first group of 17 residents is expected to
be back home late next week, as repairs to the
Bealey Street facility continue apace.
Ultimate Care group assets manager Craig
Baldwin, of Wellington, said it would be up
to the West Coast District Health Board
to decide who would be returning and the
process around that.
The DHB would be consulting with fami-
lies before making a public announcement
later this week, the Guardian was told yes-
Contractors have been flat out fixing the
rest home. The first 17 rooms, as well as the
nurses’ station, office, main kitchen and din-
ing room, lounge and laundry will also open
as part of the first stage of re-entry.
Mr Baldwin said work was also well into
the next stage, which should see another
wing open towards the end of October.
The facility would be fully occupied again
by Christmas, he said.
Flood-hit rest home residents about to return
A bus driver involved in an incident near
Hokitika in which a school pupil was caught
in a bus door and dragged along the road
for a short distance, was discharged without
conviction in the Greymouth District Court
William George Shannon was also ordered
to make a $500 emotional harm repayment.
Shannon was doing a rural run, ferrying
pupils home from Hokitika schools on
March 19, when a six-year-old boy from St
Mary’s Primary School got his head and arm
trapped inside the bus as the door closed and
the driver took off.
The bus stopped after moving about 3-4m.
The boy received scrapes and bruises.
Judge Brian Callaghan said that in future
Shannon should be on “high alert until you
physically see the kids have got off the bus
through the mirrors”.
Because Shannon had been driving buses
for the past five years, and had good support
from his employer, and having regard for the
consequences of a conviction, the judge said
he was satisfied to discharge him without
A Hokitika woman who chose to drive after
a night out was convicted of excess breath-
alcohol, banned from driving for seven
months and fined $800.
Renee Coral Schroder was stopped by
police at 2.45am on July 19, driving above the
speed limit on the Woodstock-Rimu Road.
When she was stopped by police she blew
846mg in a breath test.
Schroder told police she was picking up
some friends after a night out at the hotel.
Aroha Reihana, 31, of Hokitika, was
convicted of shoplifting and fined $300.
On July 20, Reihana walked into a shop in
the town, picked up a $49 axe, and walked
out without paying for it. When arrested by
police she admitted it was a “stupid thing to
Nicole Ann Davidson, of South Westland,
had her sentence of super vision cancelled.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said Davidson had
moved to the Coast from Christchurch,
and had been unable to continue with her
super vision due to the lack of the same kind
of departmental programmes she had been
on in Christchurch.
Her sentence had now expired, and the
judge agreed to formally cancel it.
The Ministry of Health has told district
health boards they must get rid of sugary
drinks for sale on their sites by the end of this
The letter from ministry chief executive
Chai Chuah was disclosed yesterday at the
Public Health Association Conference in
Dunedin by Dr Rob Beaglehole, of Nelson,
who started the push to rid health boards of
Dr Beaglehole said he spoke to all 20 DHB
chief executives last week and about 13 had
healthy drinks policies in place.
Dr Beaglehole, principal dental officer at
Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board,
said he pushed for a ban after seeing a Coca-
Cola van parked on the property immediately
after he had extracted 56 rotten teeth from
four children. He said 860 children in
Auckland were waiting to have rotten teeth
removed under general anaesthetic.
Few people realised that a can of Coke con-
tained three times the recommended daily
intake of sugar for a child, he said.
There was also worrying evidence emerging
about diet drinks, and their link to obesity
and other problems.
He disclosed that Prof Sir Peter Gluck-
man, the Prime Minister’s chief science
adviser, had expressed concern to him about
diet drinks’ potential effect on gut flora.
Otago Daily Times
DHBs ordered to remove sugary drinks
of the Hokitika Guardian
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