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Selwyn to process
The Selwyn District Council
will process the consents for the
new Greymouth Hospital after
the Grey District Council said it
did not have the expertise. Grey
District Council environmental
ser vices manager Steven May said
the consent application would still
be lodged in Greymouth, but the
council had asked Selwyn to process
it. “ The added advantage is the staff
here will also have the opportunity
to work with Selwyn officers and
bring their competency up,” Mr
May said. The consent should take
20 working days to process. Mr
May said they had been meeting
weekly to ensure all the necessary
information was filed. It would be
lodged as a staged consent, which
would enable earthworks to start
soon, he said. O utsourcing the
consent processing to Selwyn would
not cost the West Coast District
Health Board any more, as it was
a set fee covered by legislation. He
also noted the amount of work the
$67 million project would generate
in Greymouth. The board has
previously said earthworks could
start as early as this month.
Rain, gales possible
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Eight of Iran’s women’s football
team are men who are awaiting
sex swap operations, it has been
claimed. The country’s football
bosses have been branded ‘unethical’
for fielding the genetically more
powerful players. Officials have
now reportedly ordered the gender
testing of the entire national team
and the top players in their country’s
competitive league. “(Eight players)
have been playing with Iran’s
female team without completing
sex change operations,” Mojtabi
Sharifi, an official close to the
Iranian football league said. This is
not the first time the team has been
involved in a gender scandal. Just
last year, four players were found
to be men and in 2010 questions
were asked about the national team’s
goalkeeper. The governing body
introduced mandatory gender-
testing in 2014.
At least 30 of the staff who lost their
jobs when Sicon Ferguson closed last
month have found work on the West
The jobs went after Fulton Hogan
won tenders for the new $89.9 million
West Coast road contract previously
held by Sicon Ferguson.
Sicon Ferguson had a five-year
contract on the Mingha Bluff road
realignment at Arthur’s Pass, but after
losing the main contract, it withdrew
from that and closed all its West Coast
operations at the end of August.
About 50 jobs went in Greymouth,
Whataroa and Otira.
Former long-ser ving Sicon Ferguson
worker Graeme Stanton said at least
30 of them had since managed to
secure jobs on the Coast.
A few had gone to Christchurch and
a few were “still sitting it out ”.
Fergusons staff had gone to Westland
Contractors, MBD and Westroads.
“Most have pretty well got jobs,” Mr
MBD director Ben Haddock
confirmed they had taken on one,
while Westroads director Durham
Havill said they took on half a dozen
in South Westland.
It was great that so many workers
were able to remain on the West
Coast, Mr Havill said.
In the past, a number of contracts
works, but with now just one contract
for the whole region, the NZTA
says it is expecting savings across the
Fergusons was started by West Coast
brothers in 1945.
The business was sold several years
ago to Sicon, owned by the Selwyn
District Council and based in
Thirty roading staff find work on West Coast
PICTURE: Laura Mills
An oak tree planted in Greymouth
almost a century ago with a golden
spade by a future king, is now
surrounded by wasteland.
The tree was planted in 1920 by the
Prince of Wales — later King Edward
VIII — who was on an extensive tour
of the West Coast.
Prince Edward visited Victoria Park,
where a special grandstand was erected
for the public reception.
His Royal Highness used a golden
spade, designed by Mr J Cairney, to
plant the ceremonial oak near the
entrance to the grandstand on
Grey District Council consents
planner Michael McEnaney said
the tree was not on the District Plan
historic tree register.
“The only oak trees referenced within
the register are at the cenotaph, croquet
club and former Aratika School site.”
The Victoria Park grandstand was
demolished in 2012, two years after the
Greymouth Trotting Club abandoned
the park after 119 years due to
The raceway land is owned by the
Mawhera Incorporation, which said
this week it had “no immediate plans”
for the property.
Tree not fit for a king
The new Greymouth Hospital
has come in over the $67 million
budget, but the National Health
Board says it can bring the price
The board recently released
hundreds of pages of detailed
plans on the project, under the
Official Information Act.
National Health Board
national acting director Michael
Hundleby said the estimated
cost was slightly over budget
at preliminary design stage,
but that was common in
construction projects and a
“ value management ” process
would bring estimates back
All prices were blanked out
from the documents. However,
they do say that to get it
under budget, the extent of
the demolition of the existing
hospital has been reduced.
The scope of the car parking
has also been changed, and work
on the existing car parks reduced.
The report also suggests the
bottom floor of the new building
could also be reduced in size.
documents say there is space for
the hospital to grow in future,
if needed, with a suspended
slab under the integrated family
health centre, which means the
use of ser vices could be changed,
and there is room to extend to
the north or south.
The papers offer the best
glimpse yet inside the new
building. There will be one or
two bedrooms for medical and
surgical wards, and a four-bed
critical care unit.
Four low cost studio units will
be provided for people who live
far from the hospital to stay after
The roof will have a six-degree
slope, allaying concerns over
another flat roof.
Visitors, staff and patients will
be pleased to know there are 367
car parks — well above the 217
required in District Plan. Public
access off Water Walk Road
will be discouraged, and on the
other side canopies and covered
walkways will provide shelter.
the potential for historic
contamination from asbestos,
heavy metals, PCB and OCP.
Field work was done in May but
the results are not included.
The section on the IL
(earthquake) rating was blanked
out. The Greymouth Star has
previously reported that while
part of the building will be IL4
strong enough to cope after
a disaster — other parts will be
built to the lesser strength, IL3.
The plans also show that
secondary medical records will
be stored in containers on site.
Site works could start as early
as next month.
The mostly sunny and dry September
on the West Coast was an anomaly, a
leading forecaster says, warning that the
wet El Nino is “well and truly here”.
A weather station near Hokitika
recorded 125mm of rain for the month
half the normal rainfall for September.
Interestingly, the last time there was
an El Nino, in 1997-98, September
1997 was the driest September in 40
years, with just 72.2mm of rain. In 1998,
November had just one wet day.
However, around those months it
rained so much the wool rotted on sheep
and cattle sank up to their knees in mud,
leaving farmers with the horror of wet El
National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) principal
scientist Chris Brandalino said the dry
September was an anomaly.
Despite that, Mr Brandalino said the
El Nino was “well and truly here”.
Southerly winds during the month
kept the Coast dry, but for the next 10
days rainfall would be “more typical of
the first week of October”.
During an El Nino there was a high
risk of more rain on the West Coast.
“ We’ ll have to wait and see. It depends
on how brisk the wind is coming off the
Generally, more frequent westerlies
during an El Nino keep the temperatures
cooler and bring a higher risk of wetter
conditions. It was still too early to give an
outlook for what summer would bring,
“ Tipping my hand a little bit, I would
say September was a bit of an anomaly.”
There is the chance higher pressures
close to the country could keep most of
New Zealand dry.
However, if they stayed closer to
Australia, the West Coast would be
wetter, and the east coast drier.
Forget the dry spell, El Nino ‘truly here’
Planes and helicopters will be buzzing
over Westport day and night during a
major military exercise next month.
More than 2000 military personnel will
be in Buller, Tasman and Marlborough
regions for Exercise Southern Katipo,
the New Zealand Defence Force’s largest
exercise. It will be in Westport from
November 2 to 28.
Aviation magazine Vector said a
temporary control zone would be in
place in the skies over the town.
Helicopters involved in the exercise
include the MH90, which is known for
wake turbulence. Helicopters will be
operating at low levels around Westport,
Lake Station, Murchison, Okiwi Bay
and Titirangi Bay, in Marlborough.
The fixed-wing aircraft featured include
the BE20 Kingair, C130 Hercules
and C17 Globemaster. Planes based
elsewhere will fly daily to Westport on
high and low level routes.
The magazine said civilian pilots should
“exercise caution because of the risk of
Airspace will be buzzing over Westport
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