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St Patrick’s Greymouth assistant parish priest Monsignor Gerry O’Connor, left, with staff and students from John Paul II High School who will
be heading to Samoa at the end of the school term to volunteer in a village on the island. The students, from Year 12 and 13, will live in a village,
where they will help with building and painting work, and any other jobs that need doing. The students are mainly drawn from the school’s social
Students prepare for Samoan project
The West Coast had 72 police staff
including 68 sworn constabulary
and four employees at the end of
June, according to Police National
Headquarters figures released under
the Official Information Act.
Those figures for 2015 differ from
the Tasman police district annual
staff resource allocation tally (RAT),
which is managed internally across
the three policing areas of Nelson,
Marlborough and the West Coast
from the district total staff allocation.
As of June 30, the district established
RAT for the West Coast was 68.5
full-time police, comprising 66.4
constabulary and four non-sworn
employees, bringing the total to 70.4.
That is 1.9 more than the Tasman RAT.
The RAT figures released to the
Greymouth Star by Tasman district
commander Superintendent Karyn
Malthus were available for the past
four years. She also supplied the
contrasting national headquarters
figures going back to 2009.
In June, Ms Malthus said the West
Coast was 2.9 staff equivalent over
its allocation this year, when asked to
confirm a staff review.
announced in August a ser vice review
of West Coast policing and appointed
Waikato police Inspector Jeff Penno
to conduct it and analyse findings.
It is being carried out in conjunction
with West Coast area commander
Inspector John Canning, area staff
and community stakeholders. Terms
published on the NZ Police website
state the review is not seeking “to
increase or decrease” the current staff
The national police staff figures
supplied by Ms Malthus for the West
Coast for 2014 shows it then had 78
staff, comprising 72 constabulary and
six non-sworn staff.
In contrast, the Tasman established
RAT in the same period was 71.5
(FTE) comprising 71.7 constabulary
and 5.8 non-sworn employees, a total
of 77.5 — six over allocation.
The previous year, 2013 the police
headquarters total for the West Coast
was 79 (constabulary 71; employees
eight). The district RAT for 2013 was
73.5 F TE. In reality, the area was 0.6
staff over with a total of 74.1 (69.1
constabulary and five non-sworn).
In 2012 the West Coast officially
had 74 staff, comprising 66 constables
and eight non-sworn.
The Tasman RAT in 2012 was 73.5
F TE but the West Coast had a total
of 74.7 (69.8 constabulary and five
non-sworn) which, according to the
supplied figures, was five positions over.
Tasman police media spokeswoman
Barbara Dunn pointed out that there
was a “slight variation” between actual
staff numbers as detailed in the RAT
figures and actual staff recorded by
Police National Headquarters.
“This reflects a lag in the time
between changes being made at
district level and data being processed
at Police National Headquarters,” Ms
When officially announcing the
West Coast ser vice review last month
Ms Malthus said it would analyse
actual demand for police ser vice and
where staff currently deployed could
“ be optimised”.
The aim was to ensure staff were
distributed and deployed to best meet
the needs of the region.
Ms Malthus expected the review to
finish next month with any change
to the existing West Coast police
structure to go through further
consultation in November.
Review to analyse demand for police services
A “managed network” to mentor West
Coast dairy farmers is being set up to
help guide their peers through issues
such as compliance.
The mentor farmer scheme, Dairy
Connect, dovetails with the wider Dairy
NZ ‘tactics for tight times’ initiative.
Dairy NZ West Coast consulting
officer Ross Bishop said Dairy Connect
was specifically designed to assist dairy
farmers with practical issues or farming
methods by matching them with
another farmer in the region who had
prior experience or expertise for specific
farming methods or management
The scheme had been running for
a number of years in other districts
and was currently being rolled out on
the West Coast and in Southland, Mr
“ What the Dairy Connect programme
is around (sharing) technical knowledge
and expertise,” he said.
Technical environment compliance
issues and advice around suitable winter
feed crops on the West Coast were
among examples of where some farmers
uncertain how to proceed could benefit
from the Dairy Connect mentoring
“There are farmers out there who
already have already done that ... If
someone has a query they log that on-
line or ring up the co-ordinator.”
From there a mentor with the
appropriate knowledge would be
identified and they would get in touch
with the farmer seeking advice.
The scheme would essentially be a
“managed network” across the West
Coast, rather than district specific, Mr
A recent rural professionals meeting in
Hokitika discussed identifying suitable
West Coast farmers who could act as
mentors when the need arose.
A template had been developed for
professionals to collect potential mentor
details after individual farmers who had
been approached to see if they were
willing to be part of the scheme.
Dairy Connect would then contact
those farmers to discuss the scheme in
The West Coast is in store
for nine safety message
billboards as Transport
Minister Simon Bridges
acknowledges the need
for “results on the ground”
regarding tourist driver
The Government this
year introduced a driver
safety programme for
travel agents, and in-flight
safety videos on Air New
In a statement about the in-flight safety
videos last month, Associate Transport
Minister Craig Foss said there was “no
silver bullet ” to solving tourist driving
problems: “However, when combined, a
number of seemingly small actions build
to create a safer system for all road users.”
The Greymouth Star asked Mr Bridges,
during a visit to the West Coast last
week, if those measures were enough.
He acknowledged that more needed to
“ We have to see results on the ground
. . . It is important that there are real
things happening. ”
Officials were working with rental
companies, so tourists now had much
better information than in the past.
“ We can’t be complacent, coming
into summer with a significant influx
of tourists expected,” Mr
He noted that already
43km of centre-line rumble
strips had been laid in
patches between Hokitika
and Haast, with a further
7km to be laid as weather
Nine billboards focusing
on keeping left, fatigue and
safer speeds will be erected
routes on the West Coast.
The NZTA was currently
assessing where they would
have the most impact.
In addition, 5000 visitor information
cards will be made available to tourist
operators to complement the billboards.
However, no new keep left arrows are
planned. A review of the West Coast
network in June concluded that no new
sites required them.
The NZTA said there were currently
370 sites with arrows painted on the
road, which equated to a set of arrows
about once every 2.4km, on average.
These tended to be concentrated in areas
where there are numerous rest areas or
low volumes of traffic.
The agency said it was continuing to
look out for locations where visitors
commonly took breaks and the potential
for them to enter the road from the
of the Westport News
Some northern Buller residents say
they were never advised of a report
released nine years ago, advising them to
consider relocating within a decade.
The West Coast Regional Council
recently left a stack of reports on coastal
erosion, written by the National Institute
for Weather and Atmospheric Research
(Niwa), at the Buller Bay Information
Centre for locals to read.
Niwa Pacific Rim manager Doug
Ramsay’s report, from October 2006,
said continuing erosion would be
an ongoing issue along the Granity
“ While there is no property presently
at critical risk . . . such risk will increase
over the foreseeable future. ”
None of the proposed solutions, such as
groynes, bunds or gabions, would “solve”
the problem. They would only adapt and
manage Granity’s erosion and provide
increased protection and breathing
space to residents at the northern end of
“Property owners at the northern end
of Granity should be mindful that the
need to relocate property will ultimately
be a reality and that planning an exit
strategy over the coming decade or so
would be advisable,” the 2006 report
Regional council planning and
environment manager Michael Meehan
told the Westport News the council
had held public meetings in 2006-07
with Granity, Hector and Ngakawau to
discuss sea erosion.
These meetings resulted in the
council commissioning Mr Ramsay to
write a report on Granity in 2006 and
Ngakawau-Hector in 2007.
Mr Meehan said the information was
presented at public meetings where
mitigation options were also discussed.
“At the time, the community elected
not to proceed with any of the mitigation
works council put for ward.”
However, two Northern Buller
residents do not recall being told they
may have to shift.
Dick Marsh has lived in Hector for 30
years. He bought a property on Torea
Street in Granity six years ago, which
his son currently lives in.
Mr Marsh said he did not recall being
told in 2006 or 2007 that local residents
might have to shift in the coming
He said there had been some big tides
recently, and his Torea Street property
had been badly affected.
Kevin Buckley has lived on Ives Street
in Hector for 30 years. He also does not
recall being told in 2006 or 2007 about
He said trees he had planted many
years ago were starting to be affected by
the tide. However, his property was not
as badly affected as some at the far end
“ Just a stroll along the beach — it ’s
obvious it is having an effect. ”
Buller residents not told of erosion report
An idea to brighten up parts
of Greymouth with fields of
daffodils has started to bear fruit
as the first of 1000 bulbs planted
last year start to bloom.
Clare Strange wrote to the
Grey District Council to suggest
planting daffodils along the grass
bank in Turumaha Street, behind
Karoro Learning, and grassed
area of the Mawhera Quay
floodwall, between the signal box
and Cobden Bridge. The council
backed the idea with $3000 for
maintaining the area.
In the meantime, the Cancer
Society West Coast got the
go-ahead to plant the Turumaha
Street bank, digging in 1000 bulbs.
relations Pavel Bares said he
hoped to plant the entire bank
but that would depend on
whether it got the bulbs for free
or had to pay for them.
However, the floodwall remains
Council chief executive Paul
Pretorius said the planting was on
the “to-do list ”.
“ We need to see how it ‘links’
with the floodwall upgrade as part
of the central business district
redevelopment initiative,” Mr
The West Coast Regional
Council was responsible for the
structural integrity of the floodwall
but was “rather relaxed ” about
small flowers with non-invasive
root systems being planted there.
Ms Strange suggested at the
time that the Cancer Society
could fundraise to pay for the
bulbs, then sell the flowers as part
of its annual fundraiser, Daffodil
Day, at the end of August.
The council resolved to plant
another flower to grow over the
top when the daffodils wilted,
while leaving the bulbs in the
ground to flower every spring.
Blooming daffodils brighten town
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Daffodils starting to bloom in Turumaha Street, Greymouth.
Junior fishing day set
With the new fishing season fast
approaching Fish and Game West
Coast has set the dates for the annual
junior fishing day to be held at the
Grey Gun Club, near Taylorville, next
At least 300 fat salmon will be
released into the ponds.
Field officer Lee Crosswell said the
junior fishing day was a great way to
introduce children to freshwater fishing,
with the high probability of catching a
nice salmon to take home.
Volunteers with fishing experience will
be on site to help out on the day where
“So if you’re looking to get your
children out for some healthy outdoor
activities these holidays, this is the
perfect opportunity,” Mr Crosswell said.
The event will be held on Saturday,
October 3, starting at 9am and running
until midday. Registration begins on
site at 8.30am. Sausages will be on the
barbecue to keep everyone nourished
while they are busy trying to hook the
All anglers 17-years-old and under
with a sports fishing licence are
welcome to attend. Child licences will
be available free at the event for those
aged 11 and under. Junior anglers
aged 12-17 will need to purchase their
licence before the event. Junior 24-hour
licences are $7, or for the whole season
$25. Licences are available on-line at
www.fishandgame.org.nz or at local
Young anglers hoping to hook a salmon at the Fish and Game West Coast
junior fishing day last year.
More Coasters switching
West Coast residents topped
the national rate for switching
electricity providers last month.
August had 576 completed
switches, compared to 353 in July
Electricity Authority chief
executive Carl Hansen said it
showed that consumers were
actively shopping around to get
a better deal. “ Traditionally, the
West Coast switching rates have
been low. The August level is a
huge jump from the July level,
which indicates that electricity
retailers are actively marketing
and offering competitive deals.
I’d encourage all consumers to
nz to make sure they are still on
the sharpest deal,” Mr Hansen
In 2014, consumers who switched
to the cheapest deal available could
have saved an estimated average of
A small earthquake was recorded just
after 9am yesterday near Murchison.
The magnitude 3 jolt was 20km north-
west of the town, at a depth of 15km.
Kumara water supply subsidy
of the Hokitika Guardian
A $400,000 upgrade of the Kumara
water treatment plant has scraped in for
the final round of subsidies under the
Government ’s scrapped drinking-water
The Westland District Council supply,
dating back to the 1930s, was one of five
West Coast supplies among a total of 40
to seek funds from the national Water
Supplies Capital Assistance Programme
Kumara was the only one to succeed
on the Coast, beating applications for
Hector-Ngakawau, Little Wanganui,
south Granity and Westport.
At the start of the year, the council
applied for land use consent to extend
the existing utility building, on the
Council district assets group manager
Vivek Goel said the water plant was
due for an upgrade, both due to its
age and to meet Ministry of Health
The upgrade works planned for 2016-
17 were estimated at $400,000.
In the past five years various upgrades
have been carried out at the plant, which
supplies about 310 people.
Working in the cloud, getting started
in eCommerce, publishing eBooks
and learning how to maximise mobile
technology, creating jewellery and
creating 3D objects are the topics of
public workshops to be offered next
month at the Greymouth technology
Led by technology expert Eric
Martini the courses are the first to
help people learn about and keep up
to date with technology that will assist
them in both their private and work
“Everything is going on-line and it
is important that we all embrace this,
understand it and use it to its advantage,”
Mr Martini said in a statement.
The sessions on cloud computing will
look at the two most popular digital
office cloud ser vices, Google Docs and
Microsoft One Drive — creating and
sharing documents, photo back-up,
mapping, and converting images to
editable text and much more.
For people looking to move into selling
on-line and setting up an on-line retail
outlet, an introductory workshop will
take participants through this process.
“These are just the start of what we hope
will be ongoing training opportunities.”
Tech courses ahead
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