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On Monday 28 Septem-
ber, 2015, peacefully at
Allen Bryant Lifecare,
Hokitika, in her 96th
year. Dearly loved wife
of the late Gordon,
much loved mother and
mother in law of Gaye
and Richard Berry-
Adrienne and Alan
Merrilyn and Rodger
Mills (Nelson Creek),
Richard (deceased) and
Robyn Berry (Nelson).
Shaun and Nicole; Tim,
Laura and the late
Belinda; Andrew, Adam
and Hadley; Rochelle,
Matthew and Jolene and
Austin, Sienna, Meg,
Henry, Ella, Grace,
Tilly, Oliver and Ariana.
A loved aunt and great-
aunt of all her nieces
and nephews. Messages
to 320 Nelson Creek
Road, RD 1 Dobson
7872. A service to
celebrate Madge's life
will be held at St.
Street, Hokitika, on
Thursday October 1,
commencing at 11am.
The burial service will
take place at the Hari
Hokitika — FDANZ
Phone (03) 7557993.
Ellen. — Passed away
on Friday September 25,
2015, aged 83 years.
Our beloved matriarch
and family stalwart
June, a beloved and
sadly missed mother
Eamonnd, Shane, Aaron
and Nicola-Zoe. She
was dearly loved by all
her grandchildren and
was a very proud great-
passed away unexpect-
edly leaving a huge void
in our family and our
community. She was an
integral part of both and
will be sadly missed by
all. Our family would
like to offer our grati-
tude for the skilled and
wonderful care given by
the medical and nursing
staff at Grey Base
Hospital and in Haast.
Messages to 425 Jack-
son Bay Road, Haast
7844. A funeral service
for June will be held on
Friday October 2, 2015
at 1.30pm at Our Lady
of Lourdes Church,
Okuru. Interment to
Funeral Directors Ltd,
Phone (03) 755 7993.
The West Coast Regional Council is
off to court in a bid to take enforcement
action against the Westland District
Council over sewerage consent breaches.
At least three abatement and six
infringement notices have previously
been issued for breaching sewerage
The abatements resulted in fines, and
now pending court action relating to the
district council’s wastewater treatment
at Franz Josef Glacer, Fox Glacier, and
The Environment Court said this week
it had received three applications from
the West Coast Regional Council for
enforcement orders against the district
“The applications relate to the operation
of wastewater treatment plants at Haast,
Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. The court
is waiting for further information to
be provided by the district council in
response to the applications. No date has
been set for a hearing.”
Regional council compliance and
consents manager Jackie Adams had
previously said that the problems at
Haast were legacy of the past, as the
system was built and operated by the
former Ministry of Works, as early as
the 1960s. It no longer complied due to
its age and design.
At Franz Josef, the Waiho River
kept changing course and constantly
encroached on the sewage treatment
ponds for the township. The river was
currently jammed against the edge of
In May last year, one abatement was
issued after treated sewage from Franz
Josef Glacier township ended up in the
Waiho (Waiau) River.
The town wastewater plant, situated on
the edge of the riverbed, has experienced
a number of problems in recent years.
In 2013 the council was fined $3750 by
the West Coast Regional Council for
breaching the sewage discharge limits at
both Franz Josef and Haast.
The year before, a yellow sulphurous
smelling substance was found oozing
from the sewerage scheme, including
along part of State highway 6.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
A West Coast-Tasman police contingent paid tribute to fallen New Zealand police officers in a poignant ser vice at Kowhitirangi
today, at the memorial site for the seven murder victims of Stanley Graham. The 1941 shooting tragedy, which left four police
officers and three civilians dead, remains the worst single event in New Zealand police histor y. As part of the nationwide Police
Remembrance Day, wreaths were laid and a roll of honour was read for all 29 officers who have been killed on duty since 1886.
Members of the community and Hokitika RSA also attended.
Police remember fallen colleagues
Singing group Operatunity are set
to hit Greymouth again with their
show The Many Faces of Gilbert and
Kerry Scurr, Mary Newman-Pound,
Robert Enari, Alex Milligan and John
Cameron will bring the stage to life
using their well honed acting skills
as well as quick costume changes and
The show is set to be filled with
the hilarious, quirky and fantastical
characters who will be performing
songs from well known plays such
as Pirates of Penzance and The
Crowd favourites such as I’ve Got
a Little List and Three Little Maids
from the play Mikado are examples of
the songs that will be performed.
Operatunity will be at the Regent
Theatre on October 7 at 11am.
Gilbert and Sullivan heads to town
Chase Saunders-Loder, 22, has become one of the youngest fishing boat
skippers in New Zealand, after a six-week trip off the West Coast. He has
returned from his first fishing trip off the Coast, driving the 27m stern trawler
Resolution, which is based in Nelson. “And he managed to fill the boat,”
Richardson Fishing Company director Richard Pollock said.
Young skipper back from Coast voyage
PICTURE: Paul McBride
KFC closed for major revamp
People looking for some finger licking KFC chicken will need to wait for the completion of a major reconstruction
under way at the Greymouth franchise. The building has been gutted for the makeover, which is due to be completed in
Woman hurt in ladder fall
A Westport woman in her 50s who suffered multiple
fractures after falling from a ladder at her home late
yesterday afternoon was airlifted from Westport to
Christchurch Hospital about 10 o’clock last night.
An NZCC Rescue Helicopter spokesman said the
woman had been taken to Buller Hospital after the fall,
suffering a multiple break to her lower leg.
Port of Greymouth.
Arrivals: Galatea II, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Nil. In port: Galatea
II, 23 other vessels. Expected departures: Galatea II,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Blood pressure checks on offer
Grey residents will be able to have
a blood pressure check when they go
shopping, early next month.
The Stroke Foundation in conjunction
with local ser vice groups will be
conducting free blood pressure checks
outside the Greymouth New World on
October 3 as part of a national stroke
The Big New Zealand Blood Pressure
Check is aiming for a record 20,000
blood pressure tests over a four-hour
period in 200 participating communities
on the day.
A similar campaign last year saw 113
people tested outside the Westport New
World alone, over four hours.
Volunteers will be on hand outside
Greymouth New World between 10am
and 2pm on October 3 to administer the
The checks will also be available outside
the Hokitika and Westport New Worlds
on the same day.
Farm finance workshop set
The Dairy Women’s Network will
be conducting a free ‘tracking your
cash’ workshop in Greymouth in early
The workshop in conjunction with
Dairy NZ will be staged at Karoro
Learning over five hours on November
4, with guest speakers Fiona Black and
The workshop is interactive and will
focus on further understanding the flow
and management of cash through the
A case study farm will be used to illustrate
how to review cash flow through the
season, managing variances, anticipating
financial impact — including debt
ser vicing and equity — on next season,
and a financier’s view of the farm business.
To register go to the Dairy Women’s
Network (DWN) website. Morning tea
and lunch are provided.
A man has been trapped under a cherry
picker at an Auckland building site, but
has since been freed.
The Fire Service was called to the
scene of the Countdown Cider Building
development, on the corner of Pollen
Street and Williamson Avenue in
Ponsonby about 10.35am.
A spokesman for the Fire Ser vice said
the man was trapped under a “heavy
duty cherry picker” but was freed shortly
A spokeswoman for St John said
the man had been taken to Auckland
Hospital in a moderate condition.
In August, a worker on the building
site was seriously injured when he fell
about five storeys down a lift shaft.
Man trapped on building site
A truck driver critically injured in a
crash north of Auckland on the weekend
has been released from hospital.
The milk tanker he was driving rolled
and slid hundreds of metres down the
road near the intersection of State
highway 1 and Schollum Access Road
north of Puhoi about 4.45am on Sunday.
The highway was closed for about 13
hours and diversions put in place while
crews cleaned up thousands of litres of
milk fat that had spilled on to the road.
A police spokesman said the driver
had since been released from hospital
and further investigations into the crash
The man was trapped in the truck for
about two and a half hours and was
transported to Auckland City Hospital
in a “critical but stable condition”, a
spokesman for the Westpac rescue
It was understood the driver had neck,
facial and leg injuries.
Tanker driver on mend
A former policeman accused
of harassing a woman, after he
allegedly posted fake sexually
explicit advertisements of her on-
line, now faces further charges.
Jason Karl Harris, 43, was charged
with five counts of possessing
objectionable material on his laptop
He is also alleged to have posted
information about a woman in
February on two websites used
by people to find sexual partners,
causing her to fear for her safety.
In June, Harris — who lists his
occupation as “attendant ” — was
charged with criminal harassment
and illegally accessing the woman’s
details on the police database.
Both charges carry penalties of up
to two years in prison.
Harris, who resigned as a
constable from Counties Manukau
Police in April last year, also faces a
charge of cultivating cannabis.
Harris was a police officer
stationed at Pukekohe from early
2007 and it is alleged he accessed
the police database a month before
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Richard Chambers said there
were strict controls on access to
information held in the NIA,
which holds information on a
person’s personal details and if they
have criminal history.
“There is regular monitoring
of NIA access including an
audit carried out each month
on approximately 75 randomly
selected employees using the NIA
database for that month,” he said.
“These employees are required to
justify their NIA access for that
month.” Harris will be back before
the court next month. — NZ ME
Cop faces more charges
Four people in Auckland have
caught meningococcal disease
recently and all were seriously ill,
according to the latest available
Nationally, 15 cases were reported
in August and 38 so far this year,
says the latest disease sur veillance
report from the Institute of
Research (ESR). All 15 patients
were admitted to hospital and one
In August, three of the patients
had the strain of the bacterial
disease that caused an extended
epidemic and was the target of a
national campaign to vaccinate
The greatest number of cases
in August was in the Waitemata
health district, where there were
three patients. There were two cases
each in Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and
Capital and Coast health districts;
and one each in Northland,
Counties Manukau, Wairarapa,
Canterbury, South Canterbury and
There have been two recent cases
of meningococcal disease in people
aged under 20 in the Mid-Central
health district. One died. There was
no apparent connection between
the cases, medical officer of health
Dr Rob Weir said.
46 cases of
meningococcal disease were
“(In 2013) 68 cases of
meningococcal disease were
notified,” ESR says in a report on
trends in the disease. “ This equates
to a notification rate of 1.5 per
100,000 population, the lowest rate
of meningococcal disease in New
Zealand in more than two decades.”
Meningococcal disease can be
readily treated with antibiotics if it
is detected early although its initial
symptoms are easily mistaken for
Symptoms can include a high
fever, headache, vomiting or (in
infants) refusal of feeds, sleepiness,
a stiff neck and dislike of or
sensitivity to bright lights, joint and
muscle pains and a rash.
The bacteria, spread by kissing,
coughing and other methods
of “sharing spit” , can lead to
meningitis and septicaemia, the
worst effects of which can include
brain damage, limb amputations
Four struck down
Four fires in a small area of
believed to have been deliberately
Fire Ser vice spokesman Andrew
Norris said Fire Ser vice were
called to Bangor Street at 3.30am
after a garage fire in a new
“There was a family living there
and they were quickly out of the
house and safe,” Mr Norris said.
While on the scene of the garage
fire, a fire crew noticed another
fire lit in a rubbish skip nearby.
An hour later, the Fire Ser vice
was notified of another fire in a
rubbish skip and a pallet pile on
fire two blocks away.
“So, we’ve had four fires in
the area, and we have reason to
believe they were deliberately lit,”
Mr Norris said.
Thousands of litres of milk has
been spilled on the road following
a serious tanker crash near
Emergency ser vices were at
the scene of the crash, which
happened just before 9.30am
near the corner of Firth Road and
Beatty Road at the southern end
of the Waikato town.
It appeared the driver had
escaped serious injury, but
between 7000 and 8000 litres of
milk might have been lost from
the tanker, Fire Communications
shift manager Scott Osmond
“The truck has rolled and the
trailer is still upright — the
driver is okay, he’s out, but there is
thousands of litres of milk spilling
out of the tanker. ”
— NZME-New Zealand Herald
Four Christchurch fires
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