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A court story yesterday about
Worksafe NZ charges against Kiwi
Rail relating to poisonous gases in
the Otira Tunnel, said the same
charges were laid in relation to Kiwi
Rail contractor MBD Contracting
Ltd. To clarify, all charges are against
Kiwi Rail for failing to provide for
the health and safety of its own staff.
Kiwi Rail faces similar charges for
also failing to provide for the health
and safety of MBD Contracting
Mining licence sought
Stevenson Mining, which proposes
an open-cast coalmine at Te Kuha
near Westport, has applied for a
mining licence covering 42ha in the
area. Meanwhile, NZ Garnet Ltd has
applied for a permit for exploration
in an area called ‘Hokitika north’.
New SFF proposal
Silver Fern Farms should seriously
consider local bids to ensure its
vital meat industry co-operative
remains in New Zealand hands,
Labour’s primary industries
spokesman Damien O’Connor says.
Shareholders will next month vote
on a proposal by China’s largest meat
processor Shanghai Maling to invest
$261 million in Silver Fern Farms.
“Hope was raised today that a group
of New Zealand investors would put
for ward a new proposal that would
also be voted on at the Dunedin
meeting,” Mr O’Connor said
yesterday. “Silver Fern Farms was
formed to protect the interests of
farmers who were fleeced by foreign-
owned companies with connections
directly into the markets. This deal
is a repeat of this historic foreign
Preschool sur vey
Parents of young children in the
Grey district have been asked to
complete a sur vey by someone
interested in setting up a new
preschool. The person, who asked not
to be identified at this stage, is trying
to gauge interest in a preschool with
more of an emphasis on outdoor
opportunities. Information has
been dropped off at the Greymouth
library and WestREAP, and the
sur vey link is in the latest Regent
Theatre newsletter. At the end of
the sur vey, those who choose to can
leave their e-mail address to keep
up with future developments. The
sur vey can be done at https://www.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, one Greymouth vessel.
Departures: Galatea II. In port: Jay
Elaine, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Nil.
WMP payout $4.95 as revenue slumps
Westland dairy farmers will receive $4.95
a kilo of milk solids after their co-operative
yesterday confirmed the final operating
surplus for the 2014-15 season, coupled
with a 23% dip in total revenue.
The final payout means that once
Westland Milk Products has clawed back at
least another 10c of retentions per kilo for
operating expenses, farmers on average will
receive about $4.85 a kilo in the hand.
That compares with a $7.57 a kilo payout
from the 2013-14 season, before operating
Chief executive Rod Quin said late
yesterday the company had been adversely
affected by the significantly lower market
prices in the international dairy market over
the past season, with total group revenue
down 23%, at $639 million.
However, Mr Quin said there was room
for “cautious optimism” for an improvement
in the financial outlook for shareholders
heading into the next year.
Accordingly, the company also announced
it was increasing its forecast payout for the
2015-15 season by 30c, to $4.90 to $5.30.
Mr Quin said that reflected signs in the
market of some increasing demand and
“The key contributors to Westland’s payout
are the prices for skim milk powder, casein
and butter, with a growing contribution
from infant and toddler nutrition.”
Westland Milk would continue its move
into “value-added production” as the best
strategy to ensure shareholders “competitive
and sustainable returns”, Mr Quin said.
He noted that the co-operative’s new D7
milk drier at Hokitika and the UHT plant
being built at Rolleston would both come
on-line this season and contribute to that
“The retentions of 10c per kilo of milk
solids will support this growth plan.”
Mr Quin also noted the way Westland’s
colostrum production and Easi Yo parts of
the business had contributed to the payout.
The colostrum programme remains an
active part of Westland’s plans. The total
return for a colostrum supplier for the
2014-15 season was an average of 6c a kilo.
“This was an average return of 3c per kilo
of milk solids over Westland’s total milk
solids production of 70 million kilograms.
“Easi Yo’s top line revenue increased 41%
to $52.1m, and net profit doubled from
last year to deliver a pre-tax return of a 5c
contribution to payout. ”
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
SIECZYNSKI, Lt Col
Ervin Edward. —
USAF Ret WWII
European Theatre of
Operation 45th Infantry
Division, 157th Anti
Tank Co. German POW
Camps Stalag 7A and
7B, February 23, 1943 -
April 22, 1945. On this
day at 9am, your ashes
will be interred at
DC with full military
Thank you for a
Trish and whanau would
like to express our
sincere appreciation for
all the support given to
us at the time of Ben's
passing. Thank you to
all concerned for the
loving care and compas-
sion shown to Ben over
many years. Also to
those who attended
Ben's tangi, paid tribu-
tes, sent flowers, cards
and koha, we thank you.
A special thanks to all
staff at Richard Seddon
Hospital, Granger House
for their loving care of
Ben during his stay with
them, Westland Medical
Centre for your care and
compassion for Ben
over many years. Also a
huge thank you to
Hamiria Hutana, Lisa
and Francois, Kaumatua,
Ngai Tahu, Ngati Wae
Wae, Makaawhio, Rev
Richard Wallace and
whanau, Te Rua Mason,
Joey Mason and team.
Thank you also to
Directors for their care
Ka nui taku tangi atu
Ki a koutou
Nga roimata aroha
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.
commencing at 11am.
The burial service will
take place at the Hari
Hokitika — FDANZ
Phone (03) 7557993.
Genuine Care and
West Coast smoking cessation adviser Anne McDonald with
‘Smokey’ at The Warehouse yesterday.
Members of the West Coast
Tobacco Free Coalition were at
The Warehouse in Greymouth
yesterday to promote
‘Stoptober’, the 31-day stop
smoking challenge, starting
Coalition chairwoman Anne
Hines said The Warehouse
promotion encouraged lots of
“There were several people
who have accepted the
challenge and committed
to stopping smoking for
Stoptober,” Ms Hines said.
Data supplied to the Ministry
of Health by New Zealand
tobacco manufacturers show
sales of tobacco products have
been falling over the past few
years, with a 23% decrease in
consumption over the past five
Cigarette consumption in
New Zealand has declined by
an average of 6.3% each year
“Annual tobacco tax increases
have played an important part
in the declining sales of tobacco
products. More people are
stopping smoking which is great
for their own health and that of
their whanau,” Ms Hines said.
To fi nd out more about
Stoptober or to sign up, visit
‘Stoptober’ promoted Last day for Hokitika Winz office
of the Hokitika Guardian
Development was staying low-
key about the closure today of its
Hokitika Work and Income office.
Today marks the final day for
the ser vice from the Hokitika
Heartland Centre, in Tancred
Street, with Winz ser vices in future
to be shared between an 0800 call
centre and appointments at the
Two staff and at least three
security guards — added since two
Ashburton Winz staff were shot
and killed in September last year —
also work from the site.
It remains unknown how the
closure will impact on staff.
Claire Brown was in Hokitika
yesterday on the eve of the
closure, and declined to have staff
Ms Brown said the ser vice was
not necessarily lost to Hokitika,
with a new Heartlands partner to
be announced within days.
She could not “presume” which
ser vices it may continue to provide.
However, with a Winz component
came the need for CCTV
sur veillance and security staff.
Yesterday, the Hokitika office had
one staff member and three security
The ministry was keeping mum
on questions around staff retention.
Regional commissioner Janine
Dowding said HR matters were
private to the staff affected and
it was therefore inappropriate to
The Ser vice Support Team
phone ser vice for Westland clients
was now up and running and the
Greymouth site reported that it
had not seen any changes to their
demand, she said.
After months of speculation
around the closure, the ministry
announced earlier this month it
would be pulling Winz ser vices out
It said that face-to-face ser vices
from the Hokitika office amounted
to an average of under 14 hours a
St John fee burden for sports clubs
of the Westport News
A Westport club is struggling to
pay what it says is an increasing cost
for first-aid coverage at its events.
St John says it has to charge to
Sunset Speedway organiser Chris
McSherry said the speedway had
been long-term clients of St John,
as having a first-aid provider at
each event was a requirement.
Having St John at the two-
day meet over Queen’s Birthday
weekend, had cost “the best part of
$1400”, he said.
“ It ’s come up quite substantially. ”
The cost the previous year was
about $1100, and the year before
that about $900.
“ It has been slowly increasing.
Instead of being a token it ’s now
quite a burden,” he said.
“ It is a substantial amount of
money for any small club or unit in
For a club day on a Sunday
afternoon it cost between $375 and
$400 to have St John there.
For a major meet, St John
attendance equated to about 20%
of their costs, and for a club day,
“On a club day we are lucky to
make any money at all.”
organisations were now doing
national deals. He said the Westport
Trotting Club did not know how
much it cost for St John’s presence
at its events because it was arranged
Speedway received a grant of
$1000 from the Buller District
Council (BDC) to help cover the
cost but it was still about $400
short. The club had to fundraise for
St John Buller territory manager
Robbie Blankenstein said St John
tendered for work on an open
“It’s a cost they ’ve agreed to,
and we would send appropriate
resources to those types of things.”
However, he acknowledged St
John had no local competition. The
closest competitors were providers
The costing was done through a
national matrix, which contained
information about the many
different types of events St John
attended throughout New Zealand,
Mr Blankenstein said.
From that information St John
determined the resources it would
need to provide, how much those
resources cost, and any other
associated operational costs.
under valued ourselves and we’ve
gone along and done these things
for free. Ambulances and staff don’t
just magically grow on trees, there’s
a cost to those things.”
Any profit from covering an event
went back into making sure there
were ambulance resources for 111
calls, because they are not fully
funded by the Government.
Mr Blankenstein said St John
needed to find $52,000 every day
to make up the difference between
what it cost to run the ser vice and
what it was funded for.
Some of the money came
from events, donors, corporate
sponsorship and sausage sizzles.
“Fifty-two thousand dollars every
single day is an awful lot of money
or more at any of these participating stores to go in the draw.
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