Home' Greymouth Star : September 19th 2015 Contents Greymouth Star
2 - Saturday, September 19, 2015
Holcim’s Westport cement works may
close slightly earlier than planned.
The 58-year-old works was to have closed
in the second half of next year. But Holcim
says construction of new cement storage
terminals in Timaru and Auckland are
both ahead of schedule.
“ If the construction of the terminals
remains ahead of schedule, the Westport
plant may close by the end of May 2016,”
the company said in a statement yesterday.
“ It is important to note that this slightly
earlier closure timeframe is not confirmed.
The terminal construction projects are
large projects and timeframes can change.”
Holcim is spending more than
$100 million on building the 30,000-tonne
cement storage terminals.
The company said it expected the Timaru
terminal to be operational in the first
quarter of next year and the Auckland
terminal by the second quarter.
Auckland was to have been commissioned
in June 2016, but commissioning was now
likely to be completed in May.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard met Holcim
Cement general manager Ross Pickworth
in Westport yesterday. Mr Howard said
the earlier closure of the Cape Foulwind
works was not set in stone, and Holcim
was keeping its staff fully informed.
“ I’m quite comfortable about what they
He understood rumours circulating
Westport that some staff had already
received redundancy letters were incorrect.
Holcim is Buller’s biggest employer after
Solid Energy, which has pruned hundreds
of jobs in the last few years. About 120
more jobs will go when the Cape Foulwind
Holcim’s departure will also jeopardise
the future of Westport port, because
cement ships provide the main port trade.
Harbour revenue is expected to slump
from $3.1m this financial year to $1.9m in
2017 and $183,000 in 2018.
of the Westport News
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
Anne. — Five years ago
It's hard to put on paper
the feelings we have
Of a broken hearted
family, that has missed
you since you died.
To us you are so special.
What more is there to
We only wish with all
our hearts that you were
So deeply loved and so
Julie and Graeme,
Brogan and Emma and
Fifteen years to dull the
pain, but not enough to
heal the soul
Fifteen years to grieve
and mourn and still it
takes its toll
Fifteen years to remem-
ber you with affection
Fifteen years to love you
still in each and every
From all of us.
Your life was a blessing.
Your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond
And missed beyond
All our love.
Doug, Rebecca and
Ph 768 0250
Value the life,
make it right
Don’t live with
Ensuring you get Expertise
and Qualified Funeral
HUNT, Betty Jeanette
(Jean). — Passed away
peacefully on September
18, 2015 at Grey Base
Hospital, in her 86th
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Joe, much
loved mum and mother-
in-law of Alan and
Murray Jellyman, and
Bev, loved nana of her
seven grandchildren and
grandchildren, and a
loved sister, sister-in-
law, aunty, cousin and
friend. Heaven has a
new star, but the world
has lost some of its
58 Shiel Street Reefton
7830. A graveside ser-
vice for Jean will be
held at Burkes Creek
Cemetery Reefton on
Tuesday at 1pm. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. Phone 03 768 0250.
Ethan, Luke, Julie, Tony
and Craig and their
families would like to
thank everyone for their
support and kindness
following Geoff's pass-
especially like to thank
Jenny Kenning and
Suzie Clarke from the
Cancer Society, Dr
Mark Jeffrey and his
oncology team, Mary
Alison Stewart and the
district nurses for their
amazing care and Laurie
Geoff's farewell so
special. Geoff was a true
soldier who showed
resilience throughout his
battle and will be greatly
missed. Please accept
this as a personal thank
you from all of us. A
private farewell has
been held for Geoff.
“Now free to conquer
Holcim may close earlier
The Greymouth Fire Brigade had to put out a
chimney fire at the Duke Backpackers on Guinness
Street last evening. Chief fire officer Lee Swinburn said
that two engines attended the fire,about 7pm, which
was extinguished very quickly, with no damage to the
Chimney fire at
Miro Horrox of Paroa School with little sister Rewa and their pet chook Mertle, at the
school pet day yesterday afternoon.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Chicken takes classes
Teachers and police priced
out of owning their own home
in Auckland’s red-hot property
market are calling for extra pay to
bridge the growing financial gap.
A report by Wellington researcher
Ian Mitchell has found that 78% of
the city’s 109,000 households in
paid work and in private rentals
could not afford to buy a relatively
cheap house at the ‘lower quartile’
mark (the price below three-
quarters of all houses sold).
That price in Auckland is now
just over $600,000.
He warns that the economic
consequences include a “growing
inability of workers in essential
occupations such as police, nurses
and teachers to buy in areas in
which they work”.
Mt Albert Grammar School
headmaster Dale Burden said
the huge gap in housing costs
between Auckland and the rest of
the country made it increasingly
difficult to recruit teachers from
“At the heart of the problem is
that we have a collective agreement
so teachers get paid the same all
over the country, which is fine if
you are living outside Auckland but
unfortunately not for Auckland.
“So given that Auckland is
growing, and there are more
secondary school kids in Auckland
than anywhere else, the time for an
Auckland allowance has definitely
Police Association president
Greg O’Connor said an Auckland
pay “loading” might also become
necessary for police officers.
“There has been a reluctance from
Government to allow these things
to be paid because of the cost
implications,” he said.
“ But if the current situation
continues in Auckland it might
become an inevitability.”
A first-year south Auckland
policeman on the police starting
salary of $53,000 said he and his
wife, who works part-time in a call
centre, and their three preschool-
aged children could not afford to
even rent a home. They lived in a
single room in his parents’ four-
bedroom house with his parents
and five of his younger siblings.
But Post Primary Teachers
Association president Angela
Roberts, an economics teacher, said
an Auckland loading would only
“put more money into the price of
State Ser vices Minister Paula
Bennett said the Government
was not considering an Auckland
New Zealand Herald
Teachers, police priced out of Auckland
Lines companies Buller Electricity
and Pioneer Generation plan to mount
a takeover of electricity retailer Pulse
Energy, though have not settled on an
offer price yet.
Pulse Energy was told by its 56%
shareholder Buller Electricity the West
Coast-based lines company will team
up with Otago-based Pioneer to buy
the remaining Pulse shares in a formal
takeover, the NZAX-listed company
said in a statement before its annual
The non-binding agreement is subject
to due diligence and would see the
Pulse business poured into a limited
partnership 51% owned by Pioneer if it
“At this time, it is unclear precisely
when a takeover notice will be given to
“It is also possible that no takeover
notice will be given or no offer made,”
the company said in a statement.
“Pulse recommends shareholders
considering dealing in Pulse’s securities
seek their own independent professional
Last week, Pulse said Buller was
considering a takeover and formed a
committee of independent directors,
chaired by Trevor Janes, to consider the
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
Buller Electricity reported an annual
profit of $328,000 in the year to
March 31, on operating revenue of
$110 million, according to its 2015
Pulse’s shares last traded at 8c, valuing
the company at $26.8 million.
plans Pulse takeover
A snagged anchor could be behind
the capsize of the boat on which two
missing Owaka friends were fishing.
The search for Whetuki Sam Kopua,
77, known as Sam, and Matekino Lucy
Burling, 60, known as Lou, entered
its second full day yesterday. When
the search was called off in the late
afternoon because of deteriorating
conditions neither had been found.
The regular fishing partners were
reported missing by Mr Kopua’s wife
about 6pm on Wednesday after they
failed to return from a fishing trip.
Mr Kopua’s overturned 5.2m Kiwi-
Kraft boat, Kristala, was spotted by
searchers in a fixed-wing plane about
10am on Thursday, south-east of
Nugget Point, but the pair were not
found in the area. After launching
from the Catlins River at 8.30am on
Wednesday the pair were last seen from
shore heading south past Jacks Bay.
Land Search and Rescue crews and
four boats continued to search a wide
area spanning from Long Point to Taieri
Mouth yesterday, incident controller
Sergeant Martin Bull, of Balclutha said.
The boat ’s GPS stopped transmitting
“about two miles southeast of an area
called Whitehead” — a spot favoured
by some fishers.
“The anchor was out and there was
bait on one of the lines,” he said.
“ It’s not a concrete indication that
that ’s what they were doing at the time
Otago Daily Times
Missing boaties may have snagged anchor
A Whangarei couple have spent three
months sleeping on a mattress on the
floor as they battle to settle an insurance
claim after some of their furniture was
damaged beyond repair during a move.
Cancer patient Ann Hermans, 41, and
her partner Brendan Woods, 50, who
suffers spinal problems, paid moving
company Allied Pickfords to shift their
furniture north from the Kapiti Coast
However, they say when the moving
truck arrived at their new home,
furniture was broken, dented, water-
damaged and nine boxes were missing.
does not deny the damage, but
spokesman Tony Marriott said the
couple had delayed the process and
were trying to claim for more than it
was worth for emotional stress and
“threatening” to approach media.
Mr Marriott said the damage was
about $25,000, but Ms Hermans
believes it to be more like $70,000 —
plus extra for lost items, medical bills
and emotional damages.
Ms Hermans claims items were
not wrapped as promised and arrived
broken, scraped or dented. There was
also water damage to goods and the box
containing their computer was dropped
on the ground, she said.
Pieces of the couple’s wooden slat bed
base were snapped, so they had to sleep
on a mattress on the floor.
E-mails seen by the Herald showed
the offered price was lower than quotes
provided by furniture stores.
New Zealand Herald
Furniture dented, nine
boxes missing after move
Solid Energy workers are now assured of
redundancy payouts if they lose their jobs,
but jobs are still on the line, the Engineering,
Printing and Manufacturing Union says.
Union organiser Garth Elliott said this week’s
announcement of an orderly sell-down, meant
workers’ entitlements were secured. Mr Elliott
said that if Solid Energy had been liquidated,
workers would have received a maximum
redundancy of only $23,340 each.
However, jobs remained on the line because
the sale process could mean more restructuring.
“It’s a real fear of everybody — always has
He said the sale process would produce one of
three outcomes for workers.
“If a site’s not sold and they close it down, all
their entitlements are secured...
“ If the business is sold and there’s an
opportunity within that, they will be offered
employment with their new employer under the
same terms and conditions.
“ If their new employer doesn’t want to offer
the same terms and conditions they will be made
redundant by Solid Energy and left to their own
devices to apply for positions.”
Solid Energy chief executive Dan Clifford
yesterday indicated that any immediate job cuts
would be in the North Island.
Solid Energy redundancy secured
of the Westport News
A quarry operator has been fined and told to
pay reparations after an employee fell from a
machine and suffered injuries including brain
bleeding and a fractured skull. In Invercargill
District Court yesterday, Southern Aggregates
Ltd was fined $36,000 and ordered to pay
$21,118 in reparations and costs. The man was
working on a hammer mill machine.
“The section of the platform he was working
on did not have adequate guard railing, only
a chain barrier which hung low and did not
provide adequate fall protection,” Work Safe
Company fined over machinery fall
NOT ALREADY ON SPECIAL
Cnr Boundary & Herbert Sts, GREYMOUTH Ph: 768-4205
3 DAY STOREWIDE SALE
EASYPAY® OPTION MEANS ALL YOU PAY IS THE ADVERTISED PRICE PLUS INSURANCE & CREDIT FEES. EASYPAY® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF SMITHS CITY (SOUTHERN) LIMITED. MINIMUM PRODUCT VALUE FOR EASYPAY® OPTION IS $499 (OTHER PAYMENT
OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE LESS THAN $499). ALL FINANCE OFFERS ARE SUBJECT TO NORMAL CREDIT GRANTING PROCEDURES. AN INSURANCE CHARGE AND CREDIT FEES ARE REQUIRED. A DEPOSIT MAY BE REQUIRED ON COMPUTERS, MOBILE PHONES, CAR
AUDIO PRODUCTS AND NEW ACCOUNTS. INTEREST IS CHARGED FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE, HOWEVER IF YOU COMPLETE THE ACCOUNT IN FULL WITHIN THE EASYPAY® OPTION PERIOD ALL YOU PAY IS THE ADVERTISED PRICE PLUS THE CREDIT FEES AND INSURANCE
CHARGE. WEEKLY PAYMENTS IF STATED ARE BASED ON A 36 MONTH TERM AND INCLUDE BOOKING AND CREDIT FEES, INSURANCE & INTEREST CHARGE. APPLE PRODUCTS, SELECTED COMPUTERS, GAME CONSOLES & SOME PROMOTIONAL ITEMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN
CONJUNCTION WITH DISCOUNT OR EASYPAY® OPTIONS OFFERS. UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, DISPLAY ACCESSORIES ARE NOT INCLUDED. DEPENDING ON COLOUR AND COMBINATION, SOME LOUNGE FURNITURE MAY HAVE TO BE ORDERED TO CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS.
ALL OFFERS AND PRICES IN THIS ADVERTISEMENT ARE VALID UNTIL SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2015 OR WHILE STOCKS LAST. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN SOME STORES. CARPET & INSTALLED HEATING AVAILABLE ON A MAXIMUM OF 18 MONTHS EASYPAY®.
*DISCOUNT IS OFF OUR STANDARD RETAIL PRICE AND APPLIES TO STOCK ONLY. EXCLUDES GOODS ALREADY ON SPECIAL AND SMART SAVER ITEMS. FARMLANDS & ATS CARDS ARE WELCOME, BUT NO FURTHER DISCOUNT
APPLIES. NOT AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER CURRENT PROMOTIONAL OFFER. “AS SEEN ON TV PRODUCT” IS EXCLUDED FROM THE PROMOTION.
12 PLACE SETTING STAINLESS
WAS $67999 NOW
$140 WEEKLY OVER
WITH $1050 TRADE-IN
WITH $750 TRADE-IN
* Trade-in is for your old bed in good overall condition.
CAPRICCIO PLUSH 2014
QUEENSIZE MATTRESS & BASE
HURRY! MUST END SUNDAY
Links Archive September 18th 2015 September 21st 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page