Home' Greymouth Star : September 11th 2015 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
Diana Falls – $8m later
Drivers have been warned to
expect snow on all alpine passes to
the West Coast from this afternoon
until late tonight. The Metser vice
forecast up to 2cm of snow on the
Lewis Pass between 8pm and |
11pm, with lesser amounts to
about 600m. On Arthur’s Pass up
to 1cm of snow was expected near
the summit between 2pm and
9pm, with 3 to 5cm expected to
accumulate on top of the road at
up options for old
Mawhera Incorporation says it is
considering its options over what
to do with two landmark buildings
in the Greymouth town centre.
Last year it bought the two-storey
Duncan Hardie Building in Mackay
Street from the former owner David
Carruthers. Mawhera chairwoman
Natalie Win said they were looking
at a number of options. “ We have
still got tenants in the building on
the ground floor, we haven’t made
any final plans on that building,
we have had lots of ideas,” she said.
Bonzai Pizzeria, Becks, Mann Cycles
and Security and Oliver’s Shoe
Market are the current ground floor
tenants. This year, the incorporation
bought another two-storey building,
on the corner of Mawhera Q uay
and Tainui Street, directly opposite
the L eft Bank Art Gallery. That
building has been earmarked by the
Grey District Council as a possible
location for the proposed town
square. “ We’ve been discussing
what ’s happening with it, really to
see what happens with the proposal
on the town square. I think it ’s past
its use by date.” The building had
been almost completely vacated, with
Shades of Jade the only remaining
tenant. Ms Win said the Mawhera
Incorporation was looking at
the “big picture” of the proposed
redevelopment of the whole
Greymouth central business district.
Organisers of a Women’s Institute
event have ordered a stallholder
to cover up merchandise with
placenames such as Wetwang, Bell
End, and Minge Lane in order to
spare its women blushes. Towns
and villages such as Cockermouth,
Twatt, and Assington, all real places,
were deemed too rude for visitors
to the WI’s centennial event in
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, to see.
So stallholder Dominic Greyer was
forced to place a ‘censored’ sign in
front the mugs, coasters and tea
towels he was selling. — Daily Mail
Fine at first, showers developing
The Greymouth Business and
Promotions Association says a town
square will not make anyone shop
more in Greymouth and has urged the
Grey District Council to revisit the
suggestion of roofing Mackay Street.
Vice-chairman Clark Ellery said
his group did not think a town
square would make any difference to
The group has taken the extra-
ordinary step of challenging the
priority set for the central business
district revamp, in an open letter
to Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and
“ You’ve got to make people want to
come to town — 211 days of the year
it’s either raining or below 10degC,”
Mr Ellery said.
“Are you going to go shopping
because you’ve got a town square?
We’re not trying to invent something
“ We’ve been told by shoppers that
(the CBD) is not a comfortable place
to go shopping when the weather
doesn’t play its part.”
Although a council survey showed
support for the town square proposal,
Mr Ellery said if people had been
given the chance to vote for a covered
CBD he believed the outcome would
have been quite different.
The town square was about
beautification, not economics.
He said a lot of the consultation
was done with an expected funding
amount of less than $1 million.
“That was at a stage when it was
not going to be a $3m project, now
we’ve got to a stage where funds are
Mr Ellery said owners would reinvest
in their buildings if they saw a future.
“ You need to have a reason why
people will invest in the CBD ... no
one is thinking what we are going to
look like in five years.”
He used the example of D unedin’s
covered Forsyth Barr Stadium.
“ We’re not whingeing, we’re just
Grey District Council corporate
planning and community manager
Quecha Horning said the council had
worked with an urban design team
from Opus and were advised by the
technical experts they had on staff.
“ We have recently met with
the urban design team again, and
reiterated the absolute demand for
roofed space by the community,” Ms
They did not yet have any detailed
designs for any of the concepts so did
not have any quotes or tenders.
“The community desire for shelter
has been expressed all along from the
very beginning when we first started
Urban designers and architects did
not recommend covering the town
due to increased wind turbulence,
compromised accessibility and high
“Cost is only one of the many issues
that detract from that option. This was
identified at the very beginning of the
process, which is why a structure like
that isn’t included in the urban design
framework,” she said.
The council had taken a “holistic
look” at how to revitalise the CBD,
not just shelter, and to deliver what
the community wanted as well as what
would help the economy grow.
Mr Kokshoorn said while council
had prioritised the town square, other
projects had not been ruled out.
“It still could happen in the future,
but it ’s not been prioritised.”
The square idea came about as a
result of an “enormous amount ” of
consultation over two years.
Mr Kokshoorn said the town square
was ideal to be used in good weather.
“A lot of people go to London but
it’s like pea soup. New York is months
of snow, you’re not sitting on park
Covering the town would have
health and safety issues and prevent
access for the fire brigade in an
emergency, he said.
Full letter, p4.
Business group urges rethink on roof
It was a case of like mother
like daughter in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday as two
members of the same family were
convicted of shoplifting.
Megan Valerie Muir and her
Harris were jointly charged with
two counts of shoplifting from
the Countdown supermarket
and Gibson Interiors. Both
were sentenced to two months’
community detention, six months’
supervision and 120 hours of
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Muir had an addiction to stealing,
which she was finding “very
hard to overcome” as she had an
“irresistible urge to take stuff ”.
offending she had ended up
assisting her daughter.
Although it was important
that the sentencing provided a
deterrent, he asked the court to
not impose a custodial sentence.
The amounts involved in the
thefts were “trifling”. Muir was
“focused on not taking stuff
again”, and would get professional
help with her addiction to
said Harris had 10 previous
but because she was now on the
“cusp of prison”, that was making
her “think more carefully about
not offending in this way again”.
Harris had health issues, which
made her “more vulnerable to the
influence of her mother”.
Judge Brian Callaghan said it
was not often he saw a mother
and daughter charged with the
“ When one talks about like
mother like daughter, one doesn’t
expect to be saying it in the
context of this offending.”
However, the judge said
Muir had shown some positive
attributes, such as how she had
cared for a friend who had lost
a close relative in the Pike River
He therefore decided against
imposing a custodial sentence.
“ While the starting point of
prison can clearly be justified for
both of you, I don’t think that
that ’s the appropriate outcome
here. Q uite clearly a community-
based outcome can be imposed,”
Judge Callaghan said.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic says it is
reviewing allegations by a “disgruntled
former sub-contractor” who accused it
of rorting the system and putting lives at
risk with its search and rescue courses.
In a letter, the Search and Rescue
Institute of New Zealand acting
general manager Tony Wells accused
the Greymouth-based polytechnic of
enrolling “ghost students”, to boost
funding and rort the system.
Mr Wells claimed the advanced rope
search and rescue course, which had
previously taken several months to
complete now took only one week, and
was putting lives at risk.
“Are students aware that as SAR (search
and rescue) responders, their lives are
being forsaken so the polytech can make
money?” he asked.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic sales and
marketing manager Mequa Hourston
said the complaints had come from an
organisation with a resentment towards
“SARINZ is a disgruntled former
sub-contractor, and has previously laid
complaints with the Tertiary Education
Commission and the New Zealand
Qualifications Authority, that have both
rejected their allegations,” Mrs Hourston
“The New Zealand Search and Rescue
Council continues to have confidence
in Tai Poutini Polytechnic provision.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic has not seen
the letter they are referring to, and is
The New Zealand Search and Rescue
Council is a government appointed
overseer of training around the country.
The complainant, the Search and Rescue
Institute, is a fellow provider of search
and rescue training.
Details of the letter were released
yesterday in a press release from Labour
Party tertiary education spokesman
David Cunliffe, who said Tertiary
Education Minister Steven Joyce had
known about the complaints for “some
time” and done nothing about them.
“Labour started asking questions
about this in May 2014, and Mr Joyce has
received complaints since December last
“It took the minister four months to
reply to a letter alleging potential fraud at
Tai Poutini and he simply referred them
“This comes off the back of similar rorts
with Taratahi (rural) polytechnic and
Western Institute of Technology.”
The Western Institute of Technology
was forced to pay back $3.7 million in
government funding after a New Zealand
Qualifications Authority investigation
found that enrolment and assessment
process had not been followed on Maori
programmes at the polytechnic, and there
was evidence that students were self-
teaching and had little or no contact with
More than 400 graduates had their
qualifications withdrawn as a result.
PICTURE: Adam Griffin
Oliver Monk was among a group of Greymouth keas and cubs who visited Dixon House last evening, here with Mary Bagnall, as old and young spent an
evening making quilt patches to sew together over the next few weeks. They will be combined to form a large wall hanging for the Scout Den and a smaller wall
hanging for the residents at their home. Everyone designed their own cloth square with something that represents ‘kiwiana’. “ There were kiwifruits, birds, hokey-
pokey ice-cream to butterflies, and a few more abstract only the designer could explain,” cub leader Sue Griffin said.
Polytechnic accused of student ‘rort ’
‘Like mother like daughter’ — Judge
Old and young collaborate
DEALS THAT’LL MAKE YOU
GREAT OFFERS ON NEW 2016 TOYOTAS
RIGHT NOW ON ALL TOYOTA
PASSENGER MODELS GET*
DON’T MISS OUT. VISIT TOYOTA.CO.NZ TODAY.
*Offer ends 30th September 2015. For full terms and conditions visit our website, www.toyota.co.nz.
12 Herbert St, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 0822
Sales A/H: Alastair Hamilton 768 7300
E: johnny.fyall@A1homes.co .nz
Links Archive September 10th 2015 September 12th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page