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DHB stays mum
The West Coast District Health
Board is refusing to say what was
discussed behind closed doors at
its August 10 board meeting. The
Greymouth Star requested under the
Official Information Act information
on two agenda items — Ministry of
Health deficit funding 2014-15, and
also information on the group HBL,
‘food and linen business cases’. The
board refused the request.
A Wellington man has applied
to operate a gold dredge in the sea
off Rapahoe. Timothy Borstrok has
applied to New Zealand Petroleum
and Minerals for a goldmining
permit. He has named the proposed
operation ‘Bob Mining’. The
application covers 14ha, offshore,
for a 10-year period. Maps show
the proposed mining area extending
from Rapahoe township, parallel to
the coastline, and extending north.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: 22
Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
The Buller District Council has decided
not to give its chief executive a pay rise or
offer to extend his contract.
The Westport News understands Paul
Wylie had sought a two-year contract
In a statement on Friday, the council
said it had concluded Mr Wylie’s review
for 2014-15 and his salary would remain
Mr Wylie is the highest-paid council
chief executive on the West Coast,
earning about $244,000 a year. He is
also the only council chief executive who
does not live in the region.
The council said it had decided to
advertise the CEO position next year.
Under the Local Government Act,
the council could have rolled over Mr
Wylie’s contract for another two years.
appointment six months before the
current contract ends. — Westport News
No pay rise
Mental health reform challenges
A teenage driver will be haunted for
life by a car crash near Westport that
killed one of his mates, says a judge.
Danny O’Donnell, 19, of Waiau,
died and three other passengers were
injured in the crash on Tauranga Bay
Road, at Cape Foulwind, on March
2 this year.
The driver, Dylan Paul Boustridge,
18, of Rangiora, was sentenced in the
Westport District Court on Thursday.
He had admitted one charge of
careless driving causing death, three
charges of careless driving causing
injury, and a charge of driving while
Judge Noel Walsh convicted and
sentenced Boustridge, who was 17 at
the time of the crash, to 200 hours’
community work and 12 months’
super vision, and disqualified him
from driving for 18 months.
Judge Walsh blamed speed,
immaturity and inattention for the
“ You will be haunted for the rest of
your life,” he told Boustridge. “ This
accident really came about with a
moment ’s inattention with you at the
wheel of a car.”
Boustridge’s mother, grandfather
and sister were in court to support
The court was told police had
stopped Boustridge driving the
Subaru Legacy at Culverden two days
before the crash. They had suspended
his learner’s licence because he had
excess demerit points for driving
About 4pm on March 2, Boustridge
and four friends drove to Tauranga
Bay for a swim. The road had a
100kph speed limit.
Boustridge was putting his
cellphone charger back in the socket
when the car failed to take a sweeping
Police estimated the Subaru was
travelling at about 120kph as it
entered the bend and about 113kph
when Boustridge lost control.
The car slid off the road, across
the grass verge, through scrub and
stopped on its side down a bank.
Mr O’Donnell died at the scene.
One passenger sustained a badly
broken leg and another a broken
The car’s registration had expired
but it had a current warrant of
Boustridge’s lawyer Doug Taffs said
his client had immediately admitted
blame for the crash. He had offered
to identify Mr O’Donnell’s body to
spare the O’Donnell family more
Mr Taffs said none of the victims
had wanted to take part in restorative
justice. A local constable had
represented Mr O’Donnell’s family.
The officer was impressed by
Boustridge’s remorse, acceptance
of responsibility, and knowledge he
must face censure.
Boustridge hoped to start limited
ser vice volunteer training next
month. It would hopefully allow
him to pursue a career in the armed
ser vices, Mr Taffs said.
Judge Walsh said Boustridge
had never been in court before. Mr
O’Donnell’s parents had made it clear
they did not want him jailed and did
not blame him for their son’s death.
The judge accepted that Boustridge
was genuinely remorseful and had
been a sincere and active participant
in restorative justice.
He read from a letter from
Boustridge’s mother who said her
son had been a normal, happy teen
with a bright future. He had achieved
NCEA and had never been in trouble
“ Dylan made some bad choices that
week that had tragic consequences.
A family has been destroyed and so
many people’s lives will never be the
same again,” the letter said.
Judge Walsh also read excerpts from
a letter written by Mr O’Donnell’s
mother. “Some days are better than
others but generally I’m sad all the
time . . .” she said. “I’m glad Dylan
has taken responsibility for the crash.
I feel a little sorry for him because he
has to live with it for the rest of his
life.” — Westport News
Fatal crash ‘will haunt driver’
A Westport man plans to strenuously
contest allegations he breached the
Ross Donald MacRae, 66, self-
employed, appeared in the Westport
District Court on Thursday for a case
The Department of Conser vation
(DOC) alleges MacRae fished from an
unlicensed structure in the Buller River
and used illegal screens on November 2
MacRae told Judge Noel Walsh he
would defend both charges.
He said he expected to call about nine
witnesses, including two former Buller
mayors, the chief executives of the West
Coast Regional Council and Westport
Harbour Ltd, and DOC’s Buller
He would address the “inaccuracies
and misleading statements” made by
four witnesses for DOC.
MacRae said he expected some of his
witnesses would have to be summonsed
He asked Judge Noel Walsh for some
direction on process as he had not
employed a lawyer.
Judge Walsh said that was not his
role. “I’m the judge in the middle . . .
the time has come, I think, for you to
invest some good money in getting a
MacRae said he was still deciding
whether to do so. He said he had three
years legal and historical research and a
large volume of correspondence.
“I feel that, in principle, one should be
able to represent oneself and be treated
equally and fairly.”
Judge Walsh remanded MacRae to
December 17 for a court date to be set in
2016. He again strongly advised MacRae
to seek legal representation.
— Westport News
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WARD, Leo Joseph. —
Passed away surrounded
by his family at his
home in Greymouth on
Friday September 25,
2015, aged 84 years.
Now with his dearly
loved wife Miron. Leo
was a treasured dad of
Chris, Phil, Tim, and
Lynley, and a loving and
proud grandfather of
Michael, Kelly, Jessie,
Renee, Brent, Emma,
Julian, Mirhan, and
of Jenaya. He was a
much loved brother of
Rose, Tony, Jim, Tess,
and Peter and brother-
in-law of the Brown
family, a cherished
uncle and life-long
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 21 Power Road,
Greymouth 7805. In lieu
of flowers donations to
the Cancer Society
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
church or posted to PO
Box 81, Greymouth
7840. A Requiem Mass
for Leo will be cele-
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Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
followed by burial at the
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More challenges lie ahead in reforming
West Coast mental health ser vices, the head
of department says.
A review of Grey Base Hospital mental
health ser vices two years ago revealed two of
3.5 full-time psychiatrists had left, and two
suicides within a short time of discharge
from the in-patient unit.
Changes are under way, including a move
to provide more locally-based ser vices.
However, West Coast District Health
Board members raised concerns during an
update on the review at the board meeting
on Friday, referring to a recent incident in
which a man who could not be assessed by
the mental health team, ended up prompting
an armed offenders call-out.
Acting clinical director mental health
ser vices Dr Cameron Lacey said there were
problems with the initial mental health
It did not clearly articulate the nuts and
bolts of what people did, or the reasons for
change. Changes were now under way but
there were “still some challenges ahead”, Dr
“The ability to enact that change has been
A mental health leadership team had been
Westport board members Michelle
Lomax and John Vaile said the crisis team
recently could not attend to one man, who
later prompted an armed offenders squad
“Can’t someone in Buller assess rather
than waiting for the Greymouth team to
come up?” Mr Vaile asked.
Dr Lacey said they hoped to make the full
range of ser vices available locally.
“Big transformational change doesn’t
come about easily.”
West Coast Primary Health Organisation
executive officer Helen Reriti said the PHO
was offering a brief inter vention ser vice for
mild to moderate patients.
People could be seen during a clinic at
their GP, so others would not know why
they were there, Mrs Reriti said.
“ We are normalising the process,” she
It had also extended the eligible age for
help, down to 12 years old, and was working
more closely with schools.
They were working more collaboratively
with non-government organisations and
looking at what ser vices could be extended
New Zealand First announced a new
anti-1080 project at the weekend, saying it
would be calling for a moratorium on the
use of the poison.
About 50 activists attended a rally in
Hokitika on Saturday.
NZ First agriculture and primary
industries spokesman Richard Prosser said
they wanted to build a project to educate
the farming community and the public
about 1080 and bovine Tb.
“As part of that project, we are going
to ask for a moratorium on the aerial
use of 1080. A 10-year moratorium. The
funding saved can be better used on ground
operations and finding a viable alternative
to 1080,” Dr Prosser said.
He called the new project ‘Beyond 1080’.
A website was under construction, where
people would be able to send e-cards to
the Minister of Primary Industries and the
Minister of Conser vation, and download a
“Mostly though, we need your support for
public meetings — if you’d like to organise
one in your community, get in touch with
Dr Prosser said Ospri Tb Free spent
a “measly” $3 million on research into
alternatives at the moment — “ let ’s bump
that up and get some real work happening”.
The New Zealand Institute of Economic
Research estimated that expanding the
possum industry could lead to an increase
in GDP of $58.5m, along with an
additional 760 jobs each year.
“New Zealanders pride themselves on
being able to live off the land. Every single
one of us knows at least one person who
hunts ... Stopping New Zealanders from
doing something that is quintessentially
Kiwi doesn’t make sense. ”
He contractors walked in to the bush see
if chew cards had been bitten by possums,
they dropped 1080 and walked back in
again to see how many chew cards had
“So, the question we ask is, why can’t they
walk in with traps?”
NZ First seeks 1080 moratorium
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Kath Allan, left, of Greymouth, with Rosie Searle of Kumara, and June McIntosh also of Greymouth, stand by as they listen to
speakers at a rally at Hokitika on Saturday afternoon to highlight opposition to the use of the toxin. New Zealand First primary
industries and farming spokesman Richard Prosser was on hand to address the demonstration, which was attended by about 50
Green Party MP Steffan Browning attended an anti-1080 rally at Parliament last
week, even though some of his Green colleagues support the use of the poison.
“A former organic farmer, he’s been opposed to ecosystem poisons from way back,”
Buller conser vationist Peter Lusk, who attended the Wellington rally, said.
On the other hand, a number Green MPs, including Eugenie Sage, strongly support
The party’s official policy is that 1080 poison is a measure of last resort that should
only be dropped from the air in hard-to-get places.
Alternatives can, and should, be used in places that are readily accessible, such as near
farms, towns and people’s drinking-water supplies.
and historian David
Verrall will host a Karoro
Learning workshop next
month on genealogy.
In the first session,
to be held on October
10, people can learn
where to start in the
family research process,
including what is
available on-line through
to cemeteries, and births,
deaths about marriages
records, as well as
accessing the Papers Past
encouraged to bring their
own digital device to the
venue, in the Westland
District Library history
The following Saturday,
October 17, a walking
tour in Hokitika is
planned to visit the
research room, where
advice and examples of
how to collate and keep
research will be made
Both sessions will run
between 1pm and 4pm.
Pre-registrations can be
made through the Karoro
The West Coast was one of the only
areas in New Zealand to have fewer
children frequently ‘wagging’ school
last year, according to figures from the
Ministry of Education.
The ministry’s ‘attendance in New
Zealand schools’ report 2014 shows that
the rate of frequent truancy from West
Coast schools fell from 1.7% in 2013 to
1.1% in 2014.
The percentage of total unjustified
absences from school also saw a slight
reduction, from 4.9% in 2013 to 4.3%
last year, however the number of total
absences rose slightly from 9.6% to
10.1% over the same period.
The figures come a few weeks after
Labour Party education spokesman
Chris Hipkins accused the Government
of creating “record high truancy
rates” despite its “much-vaunted” new
electronic attendance system.
Mr Hipkins said figures showed that
truancy rates across the country had
spiked more than 15% last year and were
now at “record levels”.
“Students were absent for almost 10%
of all class time last year. It also shows
one in every 78 students regularly
bunked school in 2014, that ’s 30% more
than the previous year.”
While Greymouth High School
principal Andy England did not have
specific figures for truancy at the school,
it now had systems in place to keep a
better track of students.
“ I think the big thing for us has been
more communication with parents,
we have got text alerts, parent access
to students attendance data . . . there’s
constant communication at a higher
level,” Mr England said.
However, he noted the new electronic
attendance system was “more prone to
human error than the paper system”.
“I am aware of a few times when we
sent parents messages that their child has
not been there (in school), and the child
was in school. ”
John Paul II High School principal
Kieran Stone said they also used an
electronic attendance system.
“ For us that works very efficiently, it
does everything we require. We have
clear procedures for staff to follow, the
information has been very efficient,” Mr
Presbyterian Support has taken over
some of the ser vices that used to be
provided by Relationships Aotearoa, but
there is still no counselling available in
Greymouth for couples or individuals.
almost four months ago, after funding
negotiations with the Government broke
The Ministry of Social Development
said in a statement that, from July 1, it
had contracted Presbyterian Support
to provide family-centred ser vices in
Greymouth, offering counselling and
other support for families affected by (or
at risk of ) family violence.
It said the ministry’s role in couples
and individual counselling was currently
being considered at a national level in
line with the community investment
“ In implementing the community
investment strategy, the ministry will
work with communities to identify
local needs and priorities. This approach
will ensure that ser vices (including
counselling) across New Zealand are
targeted at the right people and the right
communities, based on evidence of what
Social Development Minister Anne
Tolley told Radio New Zealand there
would always be a need for counselling
ser vices, but they would be more targeted
Mrs Tolley said it would be up to
individual communities to decide if
couples counselling was a priority.
The ministry said yesterday Lifeline
continued to operate as a contact point
for former Relationships Aotearoa
clients — anyone who needs information
or ser vices can call 0800 543 354.
The West Coast
contributed more than
$20,000 for this year’s
Poppy Appeal, out of
$2.5 million raised across
A total of $20,586 was
raised on the Coast, up
58% on 2014, which
RSA chief executive
David Moger said would
be used to support their
volunteer support staff, to
provide assistance to even
more people in need.
“People always give
generously to our Poppy
Appeal but I think the
highlighted the sacrifices
our ser vice men and
women have made, and
continue to make,” Mr
There are 181 RSAs
countrywide and poppy
funds collected in each
area are used to help
people in each location.
Poppy appeal success
Family members and police are worried about a man
missing for eight days. Nelson police said Jeremy Flatt,
37, was last seen on September 19. He is of thin build and
1.84m tall. “It is possible Mr Flatt has entered one of the
region’s walking or tramping tracks and police are asking
anyone who has been tramping in the last week to report
any sightings of Mr Flatt,” Nelson police said. — NZM E
Nelson man missing
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