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Snow showers are forecast for
the passes tonight. The Metser vice
said Arthur’s Pass could see snow
above 900m tonight, and 1 or 2cm
of snow may settle on the road near
the summit and 2 to 3cm on Porters
Farm intruders seen
Witnesses are being sought
after two men were seen acting
suspiciously on a farm at Ikamatua
late last night. Police said a
sharemilker on the property
disturbed the two men about
11.30pm. The intruders left the
farm in a mid to late model Holden
Commodore, coloured either white
or silver. Anyone who saw a vehicle
fitting this description in the vicinity
of State highway 7 in the Ikamatua
area last night was urged to contact
Medical transfer flight
The West Coast NZCC Rescue
Helicopter was called to Westport
last night for a medical transfer back
to Grey Base Hospital. Meanwhile,
the Nelson-based rescue helicopter
spent the night in Greymouth on
Monday due to the weather after
it had collected a motorist from a
single-vehicle crash in the Upper
Hall demolition progress
A plan to demolish the Ngahere
Hall is moving along. The Grey
District Council resolved to dispose
of the hall earlier this year when
the ground lease came up for
renewal with Kiwi Rail. In June,
the council signed a further one
year lease to allow time for the
hall to be removed and the land
left in a tidy condition. At the
monthly council meeting this week
Cr Anton Becker asked whether
the delay in demolishing the hall
was due to difficulty with finding
a suitable contractor. Acting chief
executive Ian Young replied that
the council was currently working
“with a party” to pull down the hall
and clear the site “at no cost to the
Two Blaketown people have won
the Greymouth Star draw for double
passes to the Operatunity daytime
concert Snow White and Three
and a Half D warfs, at the Regent
Theatre on November 17. S Rooney
and Noel Wright each win a prize
pack of tickets and a CD entitled
Memories are Made of This.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: Jay
Elaine, 21 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
tomorrow. Expected arrivals: Cook
Canyon, tomorrow; Galatea II,
Westfleet may seek more land
The West Coast District Health Board has
forecast a deficit of $878,000 for the 2014-15
year, with $15.4 million possibly earmarked for
the family health centre to replace the ageing
Buller Hospital in Westport, and $3 million for
In the coming year, general medicine,
anaesthesia and mental health are among the
ser vices expected to be run with the assistance
of the Canterbury DHB, part of what is called
the ‘trans alpine’ system.
The board has a budget of $141m, and employs
over 1000 people. It has forecast a deficit of
In an average week, 191 people go through
the Grey Base Hospital emergency department;
132 people are admitted to Coast hospitals; 35
people have elective surgery; 345 people have
a specialist outpatient appointment and 2601
general practice appointments are provided.
The annual report also shows that the board
employs 37 different nationalities, and 86% are
In mental health, 80% of people referred
for non-urgent services are seen within three
The report notes a “ legacy of unsustainable
DHB-owned general practice (GPs) with
financial, access and workforce issues”.
Over the next six years the board expects to
spend the following on capital:
Buller integrated family health centre —
Mental health facility refurbishment —
Reefton Health Centre — $3m.
Phased upgrade of rural health clinics —
$500,000 per clinic.
Secondary phase of Grey Hospital
redevelopment — $5m.
Move to the South Island patient
information care system — $2.5m.
Investment in other strategic IT/integration
systems — $1.8m to $2.2m a year.
West Coast DHB forecasts deficit
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn has
hinted that Westfleet will indicate next month
whether it wants more Greymouth Port land
adjacent to its factory.
In April, the Grey District Council agreed to
sell Westfleet more land at the wharf, including
the rest of the point if the fishing company
The company had asked the council for a
further 16m out from its new factory towards
the river. This would be on top of a 20m wide
strip sold for parking last year.
Speaking to a status report on the previous
council decision to sell, Mr Kokshoorn told this
week’s council meeting that he had been talking
with Westfleet proprietor Craig Boote about
the land, but he gave little away.
“I can tell you that I have had a meeting with
Craig Boote and there will be an agenda item
in December. He’s going to put an offer in to
council,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
In April, the council agreed to sell Westfleet
the extra land on the proviso that it takes the
rest of the wharf too, at a reduced price of $20
per square metre.
The council owns the point of the wharf, but
public access to it is currently available only
through the Westfleet site.
In April, Mr Kokshoorn said any future access
for fishermen wanting to use the point of the
existing wharf would be by favour of Westfleet
if the sale went ahead.
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Genuine Care and
Westport, formerly of
away peacefully on
Friday November 6,
2015 at Grey Hospital.
Loved father of Colleen,
Susan and Michael,
loved brother of Harvey,
and good friend of
Daphne. Aged 85 years.
Messages C/- 77 Shake-
speare Street, Grey-
mouth 7805. Relatives
and friends are invited
to attend the funeral
service for George at the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
(Thursday) at 1pm
followed by interment
at the Karoro Lawn
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
Passed away peacefully
on November 8, 2015 at
Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth, aged 85.
Dearly loved husband of
Donelda, much loved
father and father-in-law
of Ian and Deborah
(Hokitika), and Murray
church), loved grandad
Pat of Emma and
Jeffrey, and Maegan and
Jake, and a loved
uncle, cousin and friend.
Messages to 74 Green-
stone Road, Kumara
7832. At Pat's request
a private cremation
service has been held.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Mary. — 1950 ~ 2015.
Died peacefully at her
home, Admartha Lodge,
loved daughter of the
late Tom and Alicia
Wallace, loved sister
and sister-in-law of
Michael (deceased) and
Marian and Murray
(Melbourne) and Teresa
(Hokitika). Dearly loved
aunty of all her nieces
Special Angel at Peace.
Messages to 355
Arahura Valley, RD 2,
Hokitika 7882. A
service for Helen will be
held at Thompson's
Riverview Chapel, 88
Gibson Quay, Hokitika,
on Saturday November
14, commencing at 2pm.
Following the service
Helen will be laid to rest
with her parents in the
Lawn Section of the
FDANZ. Phone (03)
The official agencies overseeing the
way Kiwi Rail operates trains through
the Otira Tunnel are saying little yet
about an incident in which a locomotive
caught fire in the tunnel two months
The burning locomotive was discovered
as it exited the 8.5km long tunnel, at
Arthur’s Pass on September 3. A staff
member driving another locomotive on
the same train took action to extinguish
Work Safe NZ was notified of the
non-injury accident and confirmed last
month it had launched an investigation.
Work Safe said this week the
investigation was ongoing.
Following the incident, the New
Zealand Transport Authority issued
Kiwi Rail with a prohibition notice,
banning it from using locomotives and
other rail vehicles not fitted with special
fire retardant equipment in the Otira
Tunnel, which it described as potentially
The NZTA said to date Kiwi Rail was
working within the requirements of the
“ Kiwi Rail has assured the transport
agency that they are being compliant
with the condition and will be carrying
out an internal audit in November to
verify compliance,” a spokeswoman
Last month Kiwi Rail told the
Greymouth Star the Tranz Alpine
passenger train had previously been
compliant but all locomotives using the
tunnel were now being operated with the
appropriate fire suppression equipment.
Green Team Builders workers William
Doidge, left, and Lucas Syminton add the
finishing touches to the newly refurbished
KFC outlet, which is due to reopen in
Greymouth tomorrow after a $1.1 million,
six-week total renovation.
KFC’s New Zealand owner, Restaurant
Brands, said today the “store transformation”
was part of an “ongoing building and
transformation project ” happening across all
of its restaurants.
The new Greymouth restaurant, along with
Palmerston North, will also be switching from
selling Pepsi to Coca-Cola from tomorrow.
The rest of New Zealand’s KFC outlets will
make the switch from mid-January.
KFC to reopen after $1.1m renovation
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Bridge deck repairs set
of the Hokitika Guardian
The badly potholed Hou Hou Creek
bridge at Three Mile is on the New
Zealand Transport Agency schedule to
be repaired by Christmas.
The deck has deteriorated badly this
year and speed restrictions and road
cones warning of the state of the road
have been in place for months.
NZTA said yesterday “major repairs”
were set to begin next week, including a
deck replacement and steel repairs.
Scaffolding could be erected towards
the end of this week, with preliminary
work expected to start from Monday.
“The bridge deck has been deteriorating
for quite a while with an increase in the
pace of the deterioration in the last three
months,” a spokeswoman said.
“Potholes have been developing quite
frequently since the beginning of the
year as a result of the deterioration on
the deck. Transport agency contractors
have been filling the potholes, however
in the last month or so repairs were not
lasting more than a week, hence the need
for a longer-lasting fix.”
NZTA said a Fulton Hogan team
would be replacing existing running
planks with new 50mm planks, fully
upgrading steel angle connections and
resealing the deck.
Tr a ffi c management would also be put
and go manual traffic
management will be needed for some
of the work with some delays when the
bridge deck is being replaced. Short
delays of up to five minutes may occur in
the first couple of weeks. Longer delays
will not begin until later in November.
“ Electronic message boards will
advertise delays for drivers so people
know what to expect, and the local dairy
company and transport businesses will
be kept informed.”
The repairs are expected to be finished
by December 21.
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