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ABURN, Gary John
On September 8, 2015,
peacefully at his home
in Whataroa, after a long
illness. Aged 70 years.
Dearly loved father and
father-in-law of Sarah
and Erik Procko, and
loved grandpa of Robin.
Loved son of the late
Peggy and Derry Aburn
and a loved brother of
Wendy Campbell and
Cliff Aburn. Arab will
be sadly missed by his
many friends scattered
around New Zealand
and throughout the
world. Messages to PO
Box 13, Whataroa 7857.
A farewell gathering to
celebrate Arab's life will
be held in the Whataroa
Community Hall on
Saturday September 12
commencing at 1.30pm.
Burial to follow at the
FDANZ. Phone (03)
CATE, James Joseph
20 years have passed so
It's hard to believe.
Miss you more than
words can say.
We miss you every day.
Lots of love Hugh,
Barbara and families.
A joint venture between the
Tai Poutini Polytechnic and
local building suppliers will be a
major fillip to enable West Coast
Coastguard to buy a $300,000
replacement rescue boat.
Early next year, the polytechnic
will auction its 2015 carpentry
house, which has been under
construction since July, with the
proceeds to go to the Coastguard
West Coast to buy a new rescue
Each year polytechnic students
build a new house as part of their
carpentry training. This year it is
being built on vacant polytechnic
land behind Dispatch and Garlick,
with up to 15 trainees working
daily under real quality and consent
The building project is usually
offered for sale each year through a
polytechnic has partnered with
West Coast Coastguard to auction
the re-locatable three-bedroom
and two-bathroom house to
assist efforts to buy a new rescue
craft, Tai Poutini Polytechnic
facilities manager and Coastguard
spokesman Doug Griffin said.
“ We are doing things a little
differently this year and offering
the public a great opportunity to
bid for a brand new, quality home.
“ We are also excited to be
partnering with West Coast
Coastguard and hope we can make
a solid contribution to the charity.”
Local contractors had come
on board to support the venture,
offering products and ser vices at
discount rates, Mr Griffin said.
West Coast Coastguard president
Franco Horridge said the current
rescue vessel needed replacing.
“The current one has proved quite
unreliable and there are no ser vice
technicians on the Coast who can
ser vice it.
“Also, it ’s not really designed as
a rescue boat. One of the major
things is that it cannot tow,” Mr
A slightly larger replacement boat
a Naiad rescue vessel — which
had towing capability and could
easily be ser viced on the West
Coast was available for purchase in
“ It will give us far more capabilities
than currently. We need $300,000
just to purchase the boat.”
Development West Coast has
helped with $50,000 seed funding
and the move by the polytechnic to
support the Coastguard has topped
“ It’s just a fantastic offer by the
polytechnic. We didn’t expect
anything like this.
“ I’m personally very grateful,” Mr
Mr Griffin said the successful
bidder for the house at auction
next January would have to
factor in relocation, although the
polytechnic would advise how best
to facilitate that.
“The house is designed so it can
be shifted legally.”
The public will be able to view
the partially constructed house
in Lombard Street as part of the
polytechnic ’s celebration day this
Saturday between 11am and 3pm.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Tai Poutini Polytechnic carpentry trainees and staff gather with West Coast Coastguard
representatives at the student-built house to be auctioned.
House sale proceeds to Coastguard
Lines company Buller Electricity
may make a full cash takeover for the
44% of small-scale electricity retailer
Pulse Electricity that it does not
already own in partnership with an
undisclosed third party.
Pulse, which has been in a trading
halt since Tuesday, has formed a
committee of independent directors,
chaired by Trevor Janes, to consider
the potential transaction, it said in a
The Auckland-based electricity
retailer said a price was not known,
but it is understood Buller will offer
a premium to the current share price
of 6 cents.
The shares trade on the New Zealand
Alternative Index, and under the offer,
Buller would acquire all mandatory
convertible notes and employee share
options on issue.
“Pulse understands that a number
of steps preparatory to BEL giving
takeover notice would need to be
completed,” it said in a statement.
“At this time it is unclear precisely
when a takeover notice will be given
“ It is also possible that no takeover
notice will be given or no offer will be
Pulse ceded a controlling stake to
Buller Electricity in 2011 to repay
debt and provide capital for expansion
after the minnow retailer ran out of
cash and leaned on the shareholder to
get it through.
Buller Electricity is the local lines
network company on the West Coast
of the South Island. It reported an
annual profit of $328,000 in the year
to March 31, on operating revenue of
$110 million, according to its 2015
In June, Pulse reported a $2.9m loss
in the year ended March 31, from
$2.8n the year before.
During the year, it received $13.9m
in shareholder loans while repaying
loans from shareholders of $14.4m
and issued $4.8m of convertible notes
at the same time as entering into new
banking arrangements with Bank of
New Zealand and dropping Westpac
Banking Corp, which had required a
Borrowing costs were expected to be
lower with BNZ, it said.
The result included a 27% increase
in revenue to $101.8m, compared
with $74.1m the previous year and
customer numbers grew by 7317 to
The company, started in 2004, is one
of 24 on the NZAX market which
will be eventually be closed in favour
of the new NXT market.
New Zealand Herald
Buller lines company may take over Pulse
Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and George Michael — aka Angela Turnbull, Julie Ball and Sue
Johnson — are ready for the Paroa Tennis Club’s annual Star for a Night, on Saturday. The entertaining
fundraiser will once again see a mixture of musical acts and costumes. Tickets can be bought from the
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Celebrities ready for Paroa gig
The Grey district committee of
Victim Support could be put into
abeyance if new members do not
come for ward.
The committee has made a public
appeal for help, before deciding on
the next step at its annual general
meeting on September 29.
The Grey district group was
incorporated in 1992, a few years
after Victim Support began in New
Zealand. In 2004, changes were
made so that the national body
employed people, rather than the
The local committee’s job was
now to support the volunteers, with
equipment such as pagers, an annual
event to say ‘thank you’, and badges
marking years of ser vice. They raised
awareness, and were the eyes and
ears of the community.
“ We can’t get new people on to
the committee,” chairwoman Elinor
Stratford said this week. She has
been involved for more than 19
At the last two annual meetings
they struggled to get enough people
Ms Stratford has taken on a new
national position, and is moving on,
and Jenny Kenning is also moving
“ We just don’t know who to reach
or how to reach them,” Ms Stratford
The women want to generate new
interest before they go.
“ It ’s not onerous,” Victim Support
national chairwoman Lorraine
Scanlon, of Westport, said.
“ It ’s about being involved.”
Anyone interested in joining the
committee can contact Ms Stratford
Victim Support committee appeals for help
will be coming to the West Coast
to scope out whether the region
should get a new privately-backed
The Government has allocated
$25 million to help start the
Joyce said he wanted to create
more private-public organisations
outside of the main centres,
along the lines of the Cawthron
Institute, in Nelson.
A workshop will be held on the
Coast next month.
“O ur regional economies have
different resources and strengths.
These new institutes would
deliver research that is of value
to businesses, which will in turn
create new jobs and lift incomes,”
Mr Joyce said.
The workshops will continue
October, visiting 11 regions in
total. Industry and researchers are
encouraged to work together to
submit their proposals to host one
of the institutes.
researchers and investors to
attend the workshops, hear
about the opportunities available
and evaluate whether to make a
case for a new regional research
institute in their region,” Mr
It is expected that up to
three new institutes will be
established over the next four to
The West Coast will be the last
region visited, on October 14.
Following the regional workshops,
a registration of interest process
for West Coast
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae congratulates
Greymouth tennis stalwart Shirley Brown after her
investiture ceremony in Wellington yesterday, when
she received her QSM. Mrs Brown was honoured
in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in June for her
many years of contribution to tennis on the West
Coast. Mrs Brown played tennis until she was 83 and
is a life member of the Grey United Tennis Club, the
West Coast Veterans Tennis and West Coast Tennis
associations. Two years ago she was also awarded a New
Zealand senior of the year award, and in 2000 received
the New Zealand Tennis administration award.
Tennis stalwar t receives QSM
Reefton continues to be afflicted
by dirty air, a report to the West
Coast Regional Council meeting
this week shows.
manager Mike Meehan said that
14 times this year, the level of
particulates in the air in the township
had exceeded the regulation of 50mg
over a 24-hour period.
The 50mg level was the limit
environmental standards for air
Mr Meehan said the trend for
poor air quality in Reefton was
“There appears to be no
improvement in air quality over time,
the air quality in Reefton appears
linked to the climatic conditions. In
years that it is particularly cold with
low air movement, the air quality is
Between 2006 and 2014, the air
quality had exceeded standards from
between seven times in 2011, and 27
in 2012. It exceeded standards 15
times in 2013, 17 in 2014 and 14 so
far this year.
24-hour average for particulates was
measured at 87 in 2013, 86 in 2014,
and 91 so far this year.
Last year the regional council
precipitator filters on two chimneys
in Reefton to remove fine particles
such as dust and soot from gas
emissions, between the end of May
and the end of September.
The filter was one of the options
investigated by the Reefton Airshed
Committee since 2012 to improve
air quality in the township, and meet
the national standard.
Another smoggy winter in Reefton
The West Coast Regional Council
issued two infringement notices and
issued one formal warning during
August, out of 31 site visits made by
its compliance and consents staff.
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams reported to the
monthly council meeting this week
that 20 sites visited were found to
be compliant, and nine non-
The two infringement notices were
issued because of the discharge of
sediment from goldmining into
creeks at Waimea, while the formal
warning was issued after a complaint
about the discharge of poorly treated
wastewater from a treatment plant.
The site was investigated and the
operator was required to undertake
Council fines Waimea goldmine
The Department of Conser vation is
working on plans for a Great Walk near
Queenstown, the country’s 10th.
The proposed three-day route is
through the spectacular scenery of
nearby Mt Creighton Station.
The ‘Moonlight Trail’ is part of
a mooted trade-off between the
Government and the company which
owns the perpetual lease for the
It is detailed in documents obtained
under the Official Information Act
from the O verseas Investment Office,
which has rubber-stamped the deal.
Documents state: “It is likely to
become one of the best walks in New
Conser vation Minister
Barry has confirmed her department is
working on the idea.
She will not comment before the
station’s ‘tenure review ’ is finalised
and a formal proposal for the walk is
The trail would wind through
outstanding landscapes, including the
seldom-visited Lake Luna, deep gorges,
a working high country farm, rugged
mountain peaks and heritage mining
sites featuring dams, siphons, sluicing
faces, early mining huts and reser voirs.
It would wind from Meiklejohns
Bay on the Glenorchy-Q ueenstown
Road to Lake Luna, then along to
Moke Lake. The draft proposal says
it could potentially link to Te Araroa,
the track from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Bid for 10th great walk
A geyser that has been dormant for
more than 35 years has caught locals off
guard after suddenly erupting.
The Papakura Geyser is located at the
Te Puia Te Whakarewarewa Thermal
Valley in Rotorua, where there are more
than 500 geothermal wonders.
This particular geyser had not shown
any signs of strong life since 1979
until last week, when intermittent
‘ bubbling’ reached boiling point.
Staff at Te Puia reported that the
geyser erupted continuously for about
36 hours and shot water up to 4m high.
Te Puia’s chief executive, Tim Cossar,
said: “We keep a close eye on our
various geothermal features to monitor
any changes, and to see her suddenly
start erupting was extremely exciting.
“ We don’t know when she will start
again or how long she will continue
to perform for us, but it was certainly
fantastic to see it.”
GNS volcano information specialist,
Brad Scott, said the Papakura geyser
was entering a new phase of recovery
and experts would be monitoring it.
“O ver the past 18 months she has
obviously pumped out the cold water
and started hitting temperatures that
allow for an eruption. We will be
collecting water samples to confirm any
changes in the water to support these
obser vations,” he said.
“ It is early days in our scientific
investigation of these developments, but
the geyser has clearly entered phase two
of its recovery. In the first phase, which
started 18 months ago, she attained a
level of overflow and started regaining
some heat, but it was not hot enough to
prompt an eruption.”
NZ Herald-Rotorua Mail
Revingtons Hotel new general
manager Tai Feast says none of
the current staff or management
are responsible for the mess the
Greymouth pub is currently in.
Ms Feast said the hotel was
in trouble after the lessee fled
New Zealand and returned to
The current staff were also had
nothing to do with the Internal
Affairs investigation of the
pokie machines at Revingtons.
Internal Affairs confirmed
yesterday the machines had
been turned off for about a
week and an investigation
was under way after concerns
were raised about the late
banking of gaming machine
Ms Feast said today that
while her hands were tied about
commenting on the issues with
the hotel, she was speaking out
to clear the name of her staff.
“The staff are all victims of
the circumstances, and were
not even employed at the hotel
when the former lessee and
general manager Manav Soni
was running the place. ”
Meanwhile, she assured that
everyone who had purchased
tickets for the hangi — a
fundraising effort to support
youth in sport — would still
be able to pick up their kai from
the hotel about 4.30pm this
‘victims of circumstance’
‘Sleeping’ geyser suddenly erupts
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