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The need for a major injection
of resources into West Coast
history and cultural heritage
tourism became a leading theme
for Heritage West Coast as it
looked at priorities during a
forum and the organisation’s
annual general meeting held at
Kumara on Saturday.
“Many at the forum
reported a growth in the
demand for cultural tourism
product,” Heritage West Coat
chairwoman Jackie Gurden said.
“Members are also seeing
growth in niche market tourism
around ancestry and history
tracking through the like of
The Luminaries or family
connection to this region. ”
Over recent years, millions of
dollars had been invested into
the heritage assets.
“It ’s now time for a significant
injection of resourcing to
go into co-ordinating and
leveraging off those assets to
expand the return and benefit
they can bring to our economy.”
The recently launched
Heritage West Coast Strategic
Vision outlined a very large
number of projects being
undertaken throughout the
The forum identified the
need for a body of work to be
undertaken within the sector
and in working much more
closely with the policy makers
and investors in this region and
“It is very clear that we are
sitting on some outstanding
attractions and have very
talented people with the skills
and drive to take this for ward.
We now have to bring it all
The forum undertook to
begin this work and meet again
within the next two months to
collectively advance this.
The forum discussed other
important projects to be
advanced. These included
upgrading and expanding the
website, growing the networks
within and outside the West
Coast, promoting the heritage
strategy document and
wealth of historic information
contained within it to West
Coast schools and working
more closely with Te Papa,
the Ministry of Heritage and
Culture and Heritage New
Zealand, Development West
Coast and regional and district
Jackie Gurden, Rob Daniel,
Marilyn Smithem and David
Stapleton were re-elected as the
office holders with a committee
of representatives from heritage
groups, individuals, councils,
Department of Conser vation
and West Coast iwi.
2 - Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Blackball Playcentre is rallying
after its pipes froze and burst,
damaging the preschool. Currently in
recess waiting for building and repairs
to be done, a fundraising auction
is planned for October 17, at the
Blackball Workingmen’s Club. “ The
community has really rallied around to
help us,” Anne Crossan said. “ We have
some fantastic things donated to the
cause, both new and used.”
The West Coast District Health
Board will present an update to the
South Westland community at a
meeting in Franz Josef Glacier next
Wednesday evening. General manager
Grey-Westland, Mark Newsome,
and colleagues will provide a general
update on facilities, quality measures,
health services in South Westland, and
answer any queries. “ We promised the
South Westland community we would
be back to give updates every now and
then and it just felt timely to do so,”
Mr Newsome said. The community
meeting will be held in the Fern Room
(Haast Bar) at the Mueller Scenic
Hotel, starting at 7pm, on September
Arrivals: Jay Elaine. Departures:
Two Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, Thursday.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Friday.
Softer approach to Franz Josef
of the Hokitika Guardian
A crackdown on freedom camping at
Franz Josef Glacier is again to the fore.
However, this time the Westland District
Council wants to take a softer approach
over fines and bylaws.
Corporate planner Karen Jury said the
council had received “strong feedback” from
the Franz Josef community about overnight
camping on council-owned or managed
“Complaints were also made over
camper van parking in the village centre
and temporary park-overs to eat or dry
Two years ago, the council backed
down on a bylaw stomping out overnight
camping close to towns across the district
after a legal threat from the New Zealand
Motor Caravan Association.
It was replaced with a freedom camping
policy in 2013, which encourages travellers
and campers to use camping grounds
and accommodation facilities supporting
overnight vehicle camping.
However, Ms Jury said the council could,
and would, use the national approved
template to introduce a freedom camping
bylaw in locations where it was considered
the best solution.
The council had briefly consulted the
NZMCA on the latest efforts.
However, its preferred option was to try
other cost and resource effective solutions
The introduction of a bylaw required staff
to monitor and enforce visitor actions.
“It is ineffective if this is not done.
“This council currently does not have the
resources to adequately monitor and enforce
a number of existing bylaws, and without
introducing additional staff or contractors
it is not in the position to monitor and
enforce these type of nuisances that are
occurring from vehicle-based camping
The council was also mindful that
penalising all vehicles could impact on
“Reactive enforcement action, including
fines has been shown in other district to
cause adverse reaction from visitors.
“This could negatively affect the jewel
in the crown of our tourism industry. It
is important that vehicle-based visitors
whoare not at fault are not penalised
by extreme or unsuitable enforcement
While the council did not have the
jurisdiction to regulate overnight camping
on State highway road reserve, Department
of Conser vation or private land, it could
work with other stakeholders to address the
Options to be put forward at the monthly
council meeting on Thursday include
collaborating with the New Zealand
Transport Agency, DOC and Te Runanga o
Makaawhio to create and install educational
signs at council-owned or managed
land and other ‘hot spots’ outlining the
existing freedom camping policy and the
significance of World Heritage Areas.
Designated parking for longer vehicles
on council or State highway road reser ve,
working in conjunction with NZTA, as
well as time limits, and working with DOC
to develop its former property into a park-
over facility were also highlighted.
The NZMA had also agreed to highlight
the council’s freedom camping policy to its
Ms Jury said complaints on the same
matters had also been received from other
areas, including Bruce Bay.
However, staff had focused firstly on
Franz Josef as a pilot. Each area would
be addressed specifically with tailored
Staff will report back in March.
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Kash Tauwhare, Amanda Bailey and Ruby Beynon wait at their stall ready for the rush of students when the doors open at the Grey Main Hall for
the school market day, held on Friday afternoon.
Fiona Pollard, chairwoman of the Kumara Residents Trust, leads a guided tour of
the heritage attractions at Kumara at the Heritage West Coast forum on Saturday.
Heritage tourism needs ‘major injection’
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Grey Main School market day
West Coast residents have the
chance to write poems using
Mandarin calligraphy and make
Chinese dumplings with a new set of
classes being offered at Tai Poutini
In February, the Confucius Institute
at the University of Canterbury
opened a resource centre in the Tai
Poutini Polytechnic library. It included
language and cultural resources, and
a Mandarin language assistant to
introduce Coast residents to China.
Language assistant Chen Yuan,
also known as Terry, is holding free
night classes in language and culture
at the polytechnic to help people
learn Mandarin through the use of
the ‘Pinyin’, the Chinese language
pronunciation system, writing
Mandarin using calligraphy, Chinese
customs, history and culture.
Ms Yuan said she hoped to teach two
separate cohorts of students before she
had to return to China to be replaced
by the next language assistant provided
by the institute.
Traditional Chinese calligraphy had
already proved popular with staff at the
Greymouth polytechnic, she said.
“I have been able to teach not only
language for beginners, but the more
advanced language of calligraphy. I
have been working with staff here and
some are at the point where they are
writing poems in Chinese.”
Ms Yuan had also contacted 13
schools around the West Coast about
holding similar classes at their school,
and was in the process of setting them
up at Greymouth High School and
Grey Main School.
“I am going to work with the
teachers, meet with the teachers to
design programmes that best suit the
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Mandarin language assistant from the Confucius Institute, Chen Yuan, on the
job at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Chinese classes on offer
The New Zealand Transport Agency
says the Haast Pass (State highway 6)
and the D unedin to Waitati Highway
and D unedin Northern Motor way
(State highway 1), now have their own
Metser vice road snowfall warnings.
There are already warning systems in
place for Arthur’s Pass and Lewis Pass.
They are issued when there is a likelihood
of snow settling on one or more of these
roads normally 24 to 48 hours ahead.
The probability of snow is predicted by
Metser vice’s specialist weather ser vices
team, comprising its most experienced
models and obser vational data as well as
sophisticated snow forecasting techniques
recently developed in-house.
NZTA journey manager Otago-
Southland Graeme Hall said adding the
Haast Pass and D unedin routes would
provide road users with greater guidance
and certainty in planning their journey
when severe winter weather was looming.
“It also recognises the greater demand
for route information from visitor drivers
and commercial businesses. We know
from their feedback that they need
this information when adverse weather
conditions are predicted,” he said.
Reefton Garden Club secretary Jan Morris with flower artwork exhibited by
Sacred Heart Primary School at the annual Spring Show, held in Reefton on
Saturday. This year’s show with the theme ‘Spring out of the Box’ attracted wide
participation in Reefton, with both schools and the early childhood centre
also mounting displays to augment the traditional displays of floral blooms,
arrangements, and artistic creations. The show ran over two days.
PICTURE: Rose O’Connor-Neilsen
Reefton welcomes spring
Tai Poutini Polytechnic today
announced a new partnership
for tourism training on the
West Coast in conjunction with
the China O utbound Tourism
Polytechnic lead innovation
consultant Zane Smith, said the
partnership was important for Tai
Poutini’s international strategy and
would help give access to the latest
information on what outbound
Chinese tourists were doing as
Mr Smith said the polytechnic
has been working with the
institute on projects in the
past two years, most recently
co-presenting a seminar at the
China Outbound Tourism and
Trade Market in Beijing.
“The exclusive partnership we
have set up ... means we now
have at our fingertips the latest
detailed information on what ’s
happening within China and with
Chinese people travelling globally.
We can use this information to
tailor our training to the
needs of the market,” Mr Smith
The polytechnic planned
to integrate tourism training
programmes with the institute
and is offering Chinese ‘tourists
welcoming training’ programmes
within New Zealand.
designed to provide an in-depth
understanding of the Chinese
market and to target tourist
products to that.
Both the polytechnic and institute
were also co-operating to provide
tourist specific data to operators
and regional organisations.
Mr Smith said the new
partnership would help open
doors for the polytechnic in
the wider Chinese education
meaning it could
develop relationships with more
“The biggest benefit is the access
to information. We’re also looking
at exchange programmes, where
we will send students to China to
learn about the market, as well as
bringing Chinese students here to
the West Coast.”
Tai Poutini partners with
Chinese tourism institute
The West Coast District Health
Board is reviewing how its clerical and
administrative staff work, before the
move to the new Greymouth Hospital.
In the CE Update newsletter, released
by the board yesterday, it said new
buildings, changing models of care and
ways of working for the West Coast, had
provided an opportunity to reconsider
support services. Once previously
independent, they could now be
“There are opportunities for shared
ser vices, and for different ways of
delivering administrative support to
The board had formally started an
engagement process with key stakeholders
to identify future administrative and
clerical support ser vice needs, and
structures and to support delivery.
Recommendations will go to the
DHB executive management team in
DHB reviewing clerical staff work
Lake Brunner School has been praised
by the Education Review Office for
successfully encouraging pupils to think
ERO spoke highly of the Moana-
based school in the three-yearly report,
at June 2015, saying it had followed
the recommendations that had been
outlined in the 2012 report.
“The board and principal have been
very responsive to the recommendations
from the 2012 ERO report,” the latest
Lake Brunner School has a roll of 45,
and the report notes that all pupils are
“Most students are achieving and
progressing well against the National
Standards, particularly in mathematics.
The school vision and values are
programmes. They are a strong driver
for the curriculum and support
students to engage better in their
It had been an collaborative effort
from the board of trustees and the staff
to get to the level it was at now.
There are only a few suggested
improvements to be made before the
next review in 2018.
ERO praise for Moana School
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