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Rain, snow warning
Heavy rain is forecast for South
Westland tomorrow morning. In
the 18 hours from 3am to 9pm,
the Metser vice says 120 to 160mm
of rain is likely. The heaviest falls
are likely from about dawn until
early afternoon. On Porters Pass,
rain could turn to snow tomorrow
afternoon, with 10 to 15cm until late
Wednesday morning. On Arthur’s
Pass, 5 to 10cm of snow may
accumulate near the summit.
An electricity pillar box in High
Street, opposite Grey Base Hospital,
caught fire about 5.35pm on
Thursday. Electronet chief executive
Rob Caldwell said the fire was
caused by a fault in the black box.
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade contained the fire and power
was restored to the affected area
about 9.30pm. Mr Caldwell said
they were investigating what caused
the fault. A fire brigade spokesman
said they could not put the fire out
immediately as they had to wait until
Electronet staff arrived at the scene
to isolate the electricity source.
Coal towns film night
An evening of film celebrating
life in the coalmining communities
of Buller and the Grey Valley will
screen at the Greymouth Regent
Theatre next month. Coal from
Westland (1943) and Coal Valley
(1979) along with more recent
film, Life on Denniston by Helen
Bollinger, will feature in the evening.
Adult tickets are $10 and senior/
student $5 at the door. The film
night is November 14 in the old
theatre, with all proceeds going
to the Runanga Miners’ Hall
HDC probe delay claim
A former West Coast patient
health advocate says it is routinely
taking the Health and Disability
Commissioner three years or more
to conduct complaint investigations.
David Tranter, of Australia,
has written to the Office of the
Ombudsman expressing his concerns
over perceived delays. However,
the Ombudsman’s office has just
told him it would not normally
investigate a complaint about a delay,
and Mr Tranter should raise his
complaints directly with the Health
and Disability Commissioner. “ The
frustration of years of delay often has
disastrous effects on the patient and-
or family,” Mr Tranter said. “I have
been involved as a voluntary patient
advocate since 1991 so I know what
I am talking about.”
October was a cloudy month
with regular rain and fine spells
in Reefton. The total rainfall was
below average, according to weather
obser ver Tony Fortune. The heaviest
fall was 23mm on the 1st of the
month, with 151mm total, down on
the 188mm last October. The lowest
temperature was 0degC and the
warmest 21degC, on October 30.
There was one frost for the month.
The average maximum temperature
was 16.8deg, similar to the 16.2degC
the previous October.
Next stop: Gloriavale
The winner of a reality British tv
show has tweeted that her next stop
will be the Gloriavale Christian
Community. Emily Dredge won
the show Hunted with her friend,
Lauren English. The show saw 14
Britons competing against each
other on the run for 28 days to
avoid capture. About a week ago, she
tweeted: “I’m next in New Zealand
filming a programme about my
experiences living with Gloriavale
for two months where my son and
I become one of them”. When
asked by the Sunday Star Times to
comment she said: “You must be
joking. Absolutely not!”
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Two Greymouth
vessels. In port: 22 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
Call to dump Dooley
A draft West Coast Minerals Strategy,
which aims to increase investment into
the minerals sector and reverse the more
than 1000 mining job losses, is out now
for public feedback.
An economic summit in December
2013 with the West Coast ’s council
mayors and chairmen came up with
11 action points. One was to develop a
Development West Coast chairman
John Sturgeon said they believed the
West Coast could reverse recent job
losses by diversifying the types of
minerals extracted, and being up front
with potential investors about what the
West Coast wants from its minerals
extractive sector into the future.
“ Together we want to adopt a
philosophy of red carpet, not red tape, to
assist businesses to quickly and efficiently
gain the necessary consents and permits
The strategy provided a voice for West
Coast communities and he encouraged
the public to have their say.
“ We want the public to tell us how they
see the minerals industry on the West
Coast moving for ward. The strategy
is intended to provide a message to
potential investors, welcoming them,
and also being up front about our
expectations in terms of the environment
and a fair return to our communities.
“ We also want to work with investors
who have a demonstrated commitment
to protecting the environment and
working with local communities,” Mr
Copies of the West Coast Minerals
Strategy, and feedback forms, are
available at public libraries in Westport,
Reefton, Greymouth and Hokitika.
It is also available on-line at http://
Public comments close at 5pm on
Friday, December 11.
of the Westport News
The Buller Electric Power Trust must
replace Buller Electricity Ltd (BEL)
chairman Frank Dooley, a former trustee
Coraleen White, who is also a former
BEL director, told the annual trust meeting
on Thursday that Mr Dooley had too many
conflicts of interest.
He also chairs BEL subsidiary, Pulse
Energy, and is a Pulse shareholder. BEL
owns 56% of Pulse and recently teamed up
with Otago-based Pioneer Generation to
mount a takeover bid.
Mrs White said trustees must make the
hard decision to replace Mr Dooley.
“I see that as the only way the company
is going to gain control of its assets. The
interests of Buller consumers must come
first. They must not continue to be treated
Mr Dooley was BEL’s only local director
and Pulse’s fourth largest shareholder with
10,000 shares, she said.
“His conflict (of interest) is not simply
confined to the possibility of a takeover
proposal, the chairman’s conflict is all-
per vasive and must be extinguished. ”
Mr Dooley said his conflict was
appropriately managed and audited.
“From my perspective, as long as you are
open and transparent and understand your
responsibilities there’s no issue.”
BEL chief executive Eamon Ginley
agreed. “It’s all done very transparently and
openly, it has to be.”
Mrs White said she was deeply concerned
BEL was continuing to prop up Pulse. She
was worried by lack of growth in BEL’s
equity and feared BEL’s support of Pulse
would reduce BEL’s ability to maintain its
own lines network.
“If you don’t deal with this situation and
you keep bleeding cash from our company,
if you do have an earthquake or a major
catastrophe, you could be in trouble.
“BEL has written-off almost $3m in bad
debts from Pulse acquiring poor quality
customers over the past three years.”
She applauded the proposed Pulse
takeover. It would inject financial discipline,
director independence, and hopefully gain
some control over Pulse’s business direction,
Mrs White said.
However, she doubted the proposal
would succeed. It appeared Pulse’s major
shareholders were reluctant to sell, even
though they were to be offered 11c for
shares some had bought at 6c, she said.
Mr Dooley acknowledged Pulse had
recorded a loss for the year to March 31,
2015, but said its results for the six months
to September 30 — due to be released in
December — would be impressive.
“ Take some time to look at those results
and say ‘wow, what a turnaround’.”
Monday November 2
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William Benjamin. —
June 19, 1940 -
November 2, 2014.
One year has passed so
Without time for good-
We love and miss you
Our love and memories
will live on forever.
Always in our hearts.
Dawn, Peter and
Michelle, Graeme and
Jackie, and all of your
DAY, Nell and Bill. —
November 2, 2011.
Remembered every day
BRYCE, Ian James. —
Left us on October 29,
Always loved and
Lynda, Raymond and
Margaret Boyle. —
Passed away peacefully
at Ngaio Marsh Rest
Home, Christchurch on
Saturday October 31,
2015, dearly loved wife
of the late John (Jack),
much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Wayne
Robertson, Sandra and
Jeff Walker, Lynne and
Dale Simpson, Grant
and the late Faye
Robertson, Fran, and
Ruth and Kevin Barclay,
much loved grandma of
Stephen, Nicky, Jeff,
Lisa, Trudy, David,
Felicity, Luke, Paul,
Mark, Blair and Emma,
and much loved great-
grandma of her 17
Aged 90 years.
Special thanks to
Maples and Ngaio
Marsh Rest Homes for
all their wonderful care.
Messages to PO Box 31
245, Ilam, Christchurch.
A celebration of Janet's
life will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Thursday
at 1.30pm followed by
interment at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
BRYCE, Ian James
years. Passed away
Thursday October 29,
2015 at Greymouth
Hospital surrounded by
his loving family,
devoted loving husband
of Dianne, treasured dad
of Mandy (deceased)
and Andy, Tracey and
Phil, and special father-
in-law of the late Peter.
Much loved brother and
brother-in-law of Ellen
and Morrell Moreton
(Greymouth), John and
Ann (Melbourne), Doug
and Helen (Hamilton),
Leslie and Jeanette
and David (Greymouth),
Norman and Pam (Grey-
mouth), Vicky and John
(Christchurch), and the
late Kenneth. Doting
Grandad of Troy and
Treasured Grandad of
his possum Tamara.
Loved eldest son of the
late Amy and Jim Bryce
(Camerons) and son-in-
law of the late Ailza and
Norman Hopkins (Grey-
mouth). Treasured uncle
of all his nieces and
nephews. Messages C/-
77 Shakespeare Street,
Donations to Alzheimers
Association may be
made at the service. A
celebration of Ian's life
will be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
(Tuesday) at 1.30pm
followed by cremation.
Anisy Funeral Home,
Conflict of interest seen in Pulse, BEL roles
A damp start on Saturday morning did not dampen interest in the annual Runanga School gala, with spins on the chocolate wheel
generating a flurry of interest for instant prizes.
Damp star t fails to deter gala enthusiasm
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The Fox River markets are back, right next to the entrance to the caves. They
run on Sundays from 9am to 2pm until the end of summer, possibly as late as
Fox River markets return
PICTURE: Lee Harris
A Westport woman described
as a ‘pillar of the community’
was convicted in the Westport
District Court on Friday of
careless driving causing death.
Carol Anne Keoghan, 61,
unsuccessfully sought to be
discharged without conviction.
She was sentenced on Friday
after pleading guilty at an earlier
appearance. She had originally
denied the charge because she
disputed a police report.
said that dispute had been
resolved and Keoghan took full
responsibility for causing the
death of Seddonville woman
Marie Evelyn Johnston.
According to the police
summary of facts, Keoghan was
travelling to Westport about
3.25pm on October 2 last year
when one of her wheels clipped
the left-hand-side of the Omanu
Bridge in the Lower Buller
Gorge. Her car veered into the
bridge’s eastbound lane, at the
same time Mrs Johnston and her
husband Tony’s vehicle entered
The two cars collided, leaving
Mrs Johnston with “high velocity
injuries”. S he later died in Buller
Mr Zintl said Keoghan had
experienced a “momentary error
of judgment ”. She was not
exceeding the speed limit.
He described Keoghan as a
“pillar of the community”, who
did 10-20 hours of voluntary
work a week and sought
nothing in return. She was also a
chairwoman or trustee on various
A conviction could jeopardise
such positions, Mr Zintl said.
Being disqualified from driving
could also impact Keoghan’s
ability to do charity work.
During sentencing, the court
heard a number of victim impact
statements from Mrs Johnston’s
Her daughter Beverley Morrow,
48, read her statement from the
“The effect on my life has been
huge . . . I don’t sleep much any
more . . . I ’m extremely ner vous
travelling in a car,” she said.
Her mother was her best friend
“ My mother was my inspiration
. . . Istruggletoacceptsheisno
longer here. ”
Judge Noel Walsh read out Mr
Johnston’s written submission,
which he described as “harrowing
In the submission, Mr Johnston
said: “My grief was hard to put
Judge Walsh said he had also
received a number of letters
assuring him of Keoghan’s
“outstanding good character”,
including a letter from Buller
Mayor Garry Howard. Mr
Howard’s letter said the accident
was “so unfortunate” and
Keoghan would carry it with her
for the rest of her life. He asked
the judge to consider all options
Judge Walsh concluded there
was no evidence to suggest
Keoghan would lose any of the
positions she held on the various
community boards, if convicted.
A conviction would also help give
the victim’s family an attempt at
c losure, he said.
“A discharge without conviction
is effectively an acquittal.”
He commended Keoghan
for her sincere remorse, her
willingness to attend restorative
justice meetings and to pay
emotional harm reparation.
He convicted her and sentenced
her to six months’ super vision.
He was not satisfied there were
any special reasons not to revoke
Keoghan’s drivers licence, so
disqualified her from driving
for six months. He also ordered
her to pay $10,000 in emotional
harm reparation to Mr Johnston.
— Westport News
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Students get insight to trades training
Tai Poutini Polytechnic marketing and sales liaison co-ordinator Jolan Kilkelly and West
Coast Trades Academy manager Tania Washer welcome students from Karamea Area
School and Westland High School to an open day at the polytechnic on Friday, where they
got to sample life as a Trades Academy student. Ms Washer said the day gave the students
the opportunity to find out what was involved in studying a trade, and see what course was
right for them. The open day also gave staff a chance to see “which students are motivated,
you have to be pretty motivated, and mature enough to come into the polytechnic
environment”. Motivation was particularly important as some courses began at NCEA level
two, while some students were still studying at level one.
Crash death conviction
of the Westport News
Hundreds of Defence Force personnel from
all over the world will begin to descend on
Westport today as part of Exercise Southern
More than 2000 military personnel, aircraft,
and vehicles have started arriving in Westport
for one of the largest military exercises seen
in Buller in living memory. Territorials Major
Doug Griffin said most would be arriving from
today, coming over the Lewis Pass.
Commodore John Campbell, the combined
joint task force commander for the exercise,
said preparations for the two-yearly exercise
had begun two years ago.
The joint and combined operation involved
navy, army and air forces from nine countries:
New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States,
French Pacific, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New
Guinea, he said. Some Royal Marines would
also obser ve.
In total, 2500 people — 75% New Zealanders
— w o uld be involved.
The exercise had three main objectives: to
train fighting forces, seamlessly combine them
and prove the forces could work in coalition.
“ Very rarely would we ever go and do this by
He said it was a “huge” exercise from which
defence forces would gain huge value.
The exercise was designed around the fictional
countries of Becara and Alpira. They would be
Pacific Island nations, situated about 17,000
nautical miles north-east of New Zealand, Mr
As part of the scenario, foreign nationals
from within Becara were arriving in Westport,
wanting to leave the country because of the
Two humanitarian camps had been set up to
deal for displaced people, one in Westport and
another in Marlborough.
From today, Westport would have several air
force flights arriving daily, a C-130 Hercules,
helicopters and maybe a couple of international
planes as well, Mr Campbell said.
A continual convoy of green military vehicles
would arrive via the Buller Gorge, from
Christchurch. The defence forces would set
up camp at the airport, and eventually set up
headquarters at the Westport racecourse.
All military personnel would be in uniform.
Some would be carrying weapons but none
would have live ammunition.
The exercise would run from today until about
November 27. The operation would to move
from Westport into the hinterland around
November 10, he said.
Trustpower earnings steady
Trustpower announced flat earnings for
the first half of the year on an underlying
profit after tax basis, reporting a 1% lift on
the same period last year at $68.3 million.
The result included a $6.1m hit from
the impact of a tax ruling on the way
Trustpower treated expenditure on
feasibility studies in the past. That cost
could be reversed if the Infratil-controlled
company succeeds in an appeal to the
Supreme Court next March.
Statutory profit for the period to
September 30 was down 33% at $59.7m,
reflecting a $25m one-off valuation gain
booked at the time of its acquisition of
the Green State Power hydro in New
South Wales in the first half last year.
A partially imputed interim dividend of
21c per share, 1c higher than for the first
half of the previous financial year, will be
payable on December 11. — N Z ME
Nanotechnology lecture this month
A leading expert on nanotechnology will
deliver a public lecture in Greymouth on
Nano deals with matter on a very small
scale: larger than atoms but smaller than a
The Incredible World of Nanotechnology will
be brought to the West Coast by the Institute
of Professional Engineers, and is fronted by
Dr Michelle Dickinson. Her background in
biomedical and materials engineering have
combined her interests in both biology and
materials science to give her a unique insight
into how nature and technology can learn from
each other for future scientific developments.
She says science should be open, transparent
and a topic of conversation over the dinner
table, not just the lab bench.
Dr Dickinson will deliver the Greymouth
lecture at the Regent Theatre.
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