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Women’s Institute executive members Erin Williams, left, Annette Smith and Leonie Stenhouse check over entries to the annual
Rose Bowl competition, in Greymouth on Saturday. The display of crafts was held at the Holy Trinity Centre.
Colourful crafts display in Greymouth
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
2 - Thursday, October 1, 2015
A penguin fitted with GPS
tracking equipment swam 55km
from Charleston, while its partner
incubated their eggs. The West Coast
Penguin Trust, partnered with Te
Papa, is tracking blue penguins from
Charleston using tiny GPS units as
they swim out to sea to feed. The first
GPS units have been reviewed, and
show that one bird travelled 55km
Penguin census looms
The annual blue penguin census
on West Coast beaches is imminent.
The West Coast Penguin Trust said
today the annual census would take
place from October 9 to 12, when
there was likely to be more blue
penguin activity. More information is
available at http://www.bluepenguin.
Greymouth Bridge Club results. —
Wednesday: Michelle Gunn an Ash
Hamilton 81% 1, Alison Dayne and
Mary Whitehead 47% 2. Thursday:
Ash Hamilton and Michelle Gunn
75% 1, Glenice Purcell and Brian
Rowlands 65.3% 2, Paul Holt and
Pitibas Mishra 48.6% 3.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Canopus, one Greymouth vessel.
Departures: Jay Elaine. In port:
Canopus, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II, Monday.
The spring rains are about to
“ Weather patterns over New
Zealand are set to change
gear rather sharply as we
meteorologist Georgina Griffiths
“ We haven’t yet seen the typical
westerly gales that start spring —
but that ’s about to change. We
expect more westerly winds than
usual over the country during
The west and south of the South
Island enjoyed an extended dry
and sunny period in September.
produced significant rain for
the eastern North Island,
eastern Marlborough and north
“The rainfall patterns over the
country are also set for a rapid
switch as we enter October,” Ms
“Rainfall for the west and south
of the South Island is likely to
return to more normal levels in
October, while the remainder of
the country is predicted to see a
drier than normal month.”
Thursday October 1
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GINTY, Brian. —
Thoughts and memories
Love and laughter
FV Amigo. 19 years
Forever loved and
Love Mum, Don,
Deryk, Craig and
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-
brated in St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
followed by burial at the
Karoro Lawn Cemetery.
Recitation of the rosary
will be held at the
(Friday) at 6.30pm.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Health ser vice
A new health phone line will be set up
in South Westland to stop people calling
their rural nurse at night, and to try to
prevent staff burnout.
At a public meeting last night in
Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast District
Health Board general manager Grey
and Westland, Mark Newsome, revealed
changes to South Westland ser vices.
Mr Newsome said the number of staff
members would go up, and the board was
committed to recruiting GPs. However,
there were changes around nursing.
The nurses were providing an
“ incredible level of ser vice”, but it was
not sustainable. They risked burnout and
as a result were only staying in the job
two to three years, on average.
One way to help them was to reduce
the number of after-hours phone calls,
Homecare Medical Ltd has been
contracted to run a trial providing an
after-hours phone ser vice.
People will still be able to speak to a
nurse, and get medical advice, but the
local rural nurse will only be called out
for urgent cases.
They will still be prime responders to
the likes of car crashes.
However, Mr Newsome said the move
should “reduce load and stress on the
rural nurse specialists after hours”.
He reassured the meeting the board
was looking to replace the two Franz
Josef Glacier-based GPs, who had both
“They are there until November and we
do have interest in the position.”
The DHB was “absolutely committed”
to replacing the doctors.
Overall, there would be a staffing
increase and the roving rural nurse
specialist, who relieves, will increase
from one position to two.
In addition, a nurse team leader will be
added in, based out of Franz Josef, and
will have the ability to prescribe.
A Cobden woman who has been
using a net to scoop ducklings out
of drains daily, is thrilled the Grey
District Council has installed special
mesh to protect them.
June McIntosh’s daily ritual has been
to get up in the morning, get a small
fishing net, and look to see where the
mother duck is. Often it is sitting by
a grille in the road, after a duckling or
two has fallen in.
“The mother sits by, you can
hear them screaming. I fish them
(ducklings) out,” Mrs McIntosh said.
She has placed netting over the drain
grilles in the past, but the council has
removed it. This week she called Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn and within half an
hour the council was out measuring
up, and four grilles were soon installed
around her home, to her delight.
The ducks still face other challenges.
When the eggs hatched on September
23, there were 12 ducklings. The
number dropped daily, and by
yesterday there were seven.
Mrs McIntosh says they disappear
overnight, possibly taken by hawks.
Mesh covers to stop ducklings falling into drains
PICTURE: Laura Mills
June McIntosh watches over the mother duck and seven ducklings. The Grey District Council has installed mesh to
stop them falling into drains around her Kerr Avenue home.
More than 100 students are on the waiting
list for the next planned venture between Tai
Poutini Polytechnic and a top United States
business school, the polytechnic says.
polytechnic hosted 14 students from the
Wharton Business School to take part in a New
Zealand ‘Coast-to-Coast ’ themed leadership
Every year as part of their training, Wharton
students take part in a series of “ventures” in
locations all around the world.
Director of the experiential leadership centre
Dave Ritchie said the venture was so successful
that 110 Wharton students had already joined
the waiting list for the next polytechnic-led
“ We have developed a great working
relationship with Wharton Business School
and they tell us that our New Zealand-based
venture has received more interest from students
than any other on offer,” Mr Ritchie said.
The details of the next venture are still
being finalised, however the success of the
first programme and the subsequent demand
for more means New Zealand could become
a permanent training ground for Wharton
Wharton Business School is consistently
ranked in the top three in the United States,
alongside Har vard and Booth.
Mr Ritchie said securing the international
partnership offered benefits for the polytechnic
both in terms of delivering the training
programme and creating networks for the staff
and students involved.
US students keen on Greymouth trip
Hunta Halmshaw with just a little of the rubbish collected at the Cobden
Reser ve. Concerned with the rubbish build-up around the wetland, the
11-year-old has been spending time during the school holidays cleaning up
the bags, bottles and plastic containers littering the area. “I went down to
the reserve where the ducklings swim and just saw loads of rubbish. I spent
most of the day cleaning up the rubbish, the plastic containers, plastic bags,
polystyrene and oil containers,” Hunta said.
Hunta cleans up Cobden Reserve
Work sentence for protection order breach
A Runanga man who breached protection
orders taken out by his former wife and her
new partner was yesterday sentenced to 300
hours of community work.
In the Greymouth District Court, Judge
Alistair Garland said the actions by 45-year-
old fisherman Philip Thwaites, which led to
two counts of breaching a protection order,
The judge noted the maximum penalty for
each charge was three years in prison or six
years cumulative for both charges, referring
to a lack of “remorse or contrition” on the part
“ In this case your offending was clearly pre-
meditated. This was repeated twice in two
months. The impact on the victims has been
severe,” Judge Garland said.
Thwaites drove past his former partner’s
Runanga home very slowly, tooting the
horn, and staring, in the first incident on
September 14, 2013. The following month,
after his former wife and her partner moved
to Buller to get away from him, Thwaites
turned up at their Charleston home, which
was secreted away up a private drive,
“claiming it was merely a coincidence” he
Judge Garland said the persistent breach of
the protection orders was a serious problem.
“ I note in the probation report that you
still maintain your denials,” the judge told
After the second breach, Thwaites’ former
wife and her partner felt they had to leave the
PICTURE: Grey District Council
Students who have recently completed a national certificate qualification with an industry training
organisation enjoyed a graduation ceremony in Greymouth on Monday. The graduations also provide an
opportunity for the trainees and apprentices to celebrate with their families, friends and employers. The
ceremony was held at the Grey District Council.
Students gain ITO qualifications
Moving Westport palliative care to
Foote Ward should not greatly affect
capacity, the West Coast District Health
Kowhai, the sole palliative care unit
at Buller Hospital, is to be changed to
accommodate aged residential patients,
prompting concerns in the Westport
Board member Michelle Lomax said
the new room would have coffee and
tea-making facilities, was closed to the
toilet and people could sleep there.
“There is quite a bit of concern raised
in the community,” she said, asking how
the board would convey the changes to
Buller Health manager Kathleen
Gavigan said they were looking at
adding a bed to the new room. The sofa
from palliative care would be go into the
nearby patient lounge.
Board member John Vaile asked if
changing space to palliative care would
affect ward capacity.
“A few days a year we are at full
capacity,” Ms Gavigan said.
It may create some pressure but was
not considered a major issue, she said.
After the meeting, Ms Gavigan said
palliative care used to be delivered in the
Kowhai Unit in Dunsford Ward. It was
now part of Foote Ward.
“ We have the space in the palliative
care room and the lounge to enable
family members to stay overnight
and are currently considering the best
accommodation options. Palliative care
is important to the West Coast DHB
and the Buller community.”
Foote Ward had clinical oversight of
patients requiring palliative care and
this care would be provided within the
in-patient area of the integrated family
“ While we build this new facility,
palliative care needs will be met within
the existing Foote Ward environment.
This environment enables strong nurse-
led palliative care for those who need it,”
Ms Gavigan said.
The family health centre would
have 10 beds to meet the needs of the
community, including palliative care.
“ While we may need to flex up from
time to time, one bed will have separate
outside access, en suite facilities,
additional privacy, extra room for visitors
and a beverage bay nearby.”
O’Conor Home was expanding and
building more aged residential care beds.
While this was happening, Dunsford
Ward would be used solely for aged
residential care needs and would now
provide rest home level, hospital level
and respite care, she said.
A police station has been damaged after
a drunk driver crashed a car through the
front doors early today.
A 43-year-old man will appear in court
today as the Taumarunui Police Station
undergoes repairs to fix the damage
caused when he allegedly drove a car
through the front doors and into the
foyer at 1am.
Inspector Steve Mastrovich said police
were responding to reports of the man
driving at speed up and down the town’s
main street just before the incident
The man, who police say was heavily
intoxicated, fled the scene, but was
apprehended by police a short time later.
Mr Mastrovich said it was unclear what
his motivation was.
“ We are still making inquiries into
what happened, and encourage anyone
in the community who may have seen
or heard anything at the time to get in
touch with us. ”
Mr Mastrovich said police would
be reviewing security measures at the
station following the incident, which had
caused an estimated $10,000 to $20,000
worth of damage.
“The station has been there more
than 20 years, but this is the first time
anything like this has happened.”
Police said no one was injured and the
station was closed at the time. — NZ ME
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