Home' Greymouth Star : November 13th 2015 Contents www.greystar.co.nz
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
Crash victim named
The motorbike rider killed at
Waimangaroa late yesterday
morning was John Samuel
Manshande, 27, a farm worker who
lived in the area, about 15km north
of Westport. Mr Manshande died
as a result of a collision between his
bike and a truck in the township
about 11.40am. A police serious
crash investigation will be ongoing
today and no further details of the
circumstances surrounding the
fatality are yet available.
A Fire Ser vice investigator has
completed a scene examination after
a spectacular house fire in Stirling
Drive, Greymouth, early yesterday
morning. Police are continuing
with their inquiries today, including
speaking with residents associated
with the property and the general
neighbourhood at Arnott Heights.
A Housing NZ spokesman said
today they were not yet aware of the
circumstances around the cause of
the fire. “O ur main priority at this
stage is to make sure the family is
okay and we have been trying to
make contact with them to offer any
support we can, including providing
Rain, possible heavy falls spreading
Greymouth Star On-line
A charity boss has been forced
to deny ‘ridiculous’ claims that she
breached palace protocol by patting
Prince Charles on the bottom.
Janine Kirk, chief executive of
The Prince’s Charities Australia,
was photographed with her hand
resting on the Prince of Wales’
deep lower back during a meeting
in Sydney yesterday. But the
Australian businesswoman, who
has been dubbed the Pink Panther,
claimed she had fallen victim to a
“funny camera angle” at the Skills
for Psychological Recovery event.
“I didn’t touch him. I was guiding
him around the event. It is just a
funny camera angle,” she said. “As if
I would touch his bottom. It is just
ridiculous.” Ms Kirk was introducing
Prince Charles to frontline disaster
responders and sur vivors affected by
the Blue Mountain bush fires when
her hand seemed to momentarily
slip. — The Daily Mail
Whitebaiters get 1080 surprise
Ospri Tb Free says consent for
the Kumara 1080 aerial drop
allowed the poison to be dropped
directly into a creek — where
Kiwi Rail workers were washing
their hands and whitebaiting.
Kiwi Rail worker Ron Nijssen
was working on the Kapitea
Creek bridge, right alongside
State highway 6, for a few weeks.
The notification for the
drop happened on Thursday, Mr
While working there they had
been washing their hands and
faces in the creek, and filling their
hats with water then pulling them
on to their heads, to keep cool,
not thinking that 1080 would be
in the water, he said.
It was not until last Saturday,
when a colleague went up the
creek looking for greenstone
when about 2km upstream of the
highway he counted more than
100 of the bright green poisoned
baits lying both in the creek and
along the creek banks.
Mr Nijssen said a colleague he
had given some whitebait to —
caught last Friday — threw the
lot out once he learned about the
poison in the creek.
On Monday, Mr Nijssen went
to the West Coast Regional
Council to complain.
“It ’s not supposed to be in
waterways,” he said.
Ospri Tb Free said in a
statement this week that the
resource consent granted by the
regional council, Department
of Conservation and Ministry
of Health for the poison drop,
allowed it to take place in the
Kapitea Creek area.
It said “strict regulations” had
been followed throughout the
operation and were not breached.
Kapitea Creek was not checked
after the drop because the resource
consent allowed the drop.
Despite the presence of the
poison pellets, it said there was
“no risk” to people from eating
whitebait or washing their hands
and faces in the creek.
“Studies on multiple fish and
aquatic species show that fish in
water where 1080 is present are
Warning signs had been placed
at all locations identified during
the consent application process.
“It is important that the public
adhere to the instructions on
these warning signs.”
Just a handful of staff, out of a current
roster of 18, could remain on board at
Karoro Learning when it switches over
to new ownership next month.
The tertiary education provider, until
now a standalone unit of Greymouth
High School, was recently sold to
Invercargill education consultancy
Front-Line Training Ltd, which
officially takes over on December 22
with a new name.
It currently employs 18 full-time and
part-time staff in Greymouth.
Karoro Learning director Russell
Nimmo said all staff had been told they
were eligible for redundancy, and had
been given the chance to reapply for
their jobs. However, at this stage just
four full-time and two or three part-
time staff had got jobs with Front-Line.
“There will be I think at least five or
six staff who will be contracting with
Front-Line ... but I’m not aware of
anyone who has signed on the dotted
line yet. They are waiting for more
detailed contracts,” Mr Nimmo said.
He is among a number of staff who
have opted to leave with the changeover.
One will be retiring, and others have
already got jobs outside Greymouth.
Some staff were leaving as the new
roles being offered “don’t fit with who
they are and what they want to do”, Mr
However, there was no ill feeling from
staff towards the new owners.
“The feeling here is really that we
want to work with Front-Line. They
are under a lot of pressure to try to get
everything sorted. In general, we have
staff who have got jobs and we want to
be able to celebrate that and move on
Front-Line managing director Pauline
Steedman said the fewer roles were
because some current staff members
had decided not to carry on.
“It’s not that there’s fewer jobs or
anyone losing a job, some people have
indicated it’s time for them to make
other life decisions. It’s not the doom
and gloom it could be made to seem to
be,” Mrs Steedman said..
“ When a business is changing there’s
a sense of grieving that goes on, it’s
only natural. I would say the staff have
gone through that process. I think that ’s
why some of them have made other life
decisions as a result of that.”
She said a private sector firm such
as Front-Line “probably runs a leaner
machine, just by duplicating the way we
operate down here” with operations at
Current staff would have first refusal
for their roles, as long as they applied
for the job or had been offered the job,
She could not say definitively what
new courses might be offered, but
confirmed that NCEA courses, as
well as those in retail, hospitality and
business administration would be
All three subjects are currently
offered at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Greymouth campus. Mrs Steedman
said there would be an “element of
competition” between the institutions.
“However, this particular work we
are doing is preparing for students to
go on to higher education, support the
polytech, get through NCEA and look
at all the courses the polytechnic are
The distance learning courses currently
offered through Karoro would change
quite a lot, “ but that will be a reflection
of what we do down here. It will still
be available but with slight differences”.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Blackball welcomed two special visitors this morning in the form of two gleaming steam road vehicles — Alan Familton, front, with his 1925 Foden
C type steam wagon and Kevin Mayhew, a visitor from England, with his Showman’s traction engine. The heritage steamers pulled up outside the
Blackball Hilton just after mid-morning, in time for a pint. Pupils from the Paparoa Range School Blackball site were due to have a look at the
steaming, heaving attractions before they hit the road this afternoon for Greymouth via Taylorville and then on to Paroa via Boddytown and
Shantytown. Tomorrow morning they are due to range out to Runanga before returning through Greymouth for Kumara, and on to Jacksons via
Steam relics hit the road
Short-stay Chinese visitors flying
into Christchurch are spending big
on the West Coast, beating a host
of other tourist destinations around
In the year to March 2014,
Chinese visitors to Westland spent
$20.5 million — more than they
spent in Whangarei, Hamilton,
and Hastings, New Plymouth,
Whanganui, Palmerston North,
Nelson and Invercargill put together.
The tourism industry says many are
following the ‘golden route’, which
bypasses many major towns and
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little said many Chinese flew
straight into Christchurch, headed
to Q ueenstown, then came up the
West Coast via the glaciers, and back
Most were on the Coast for only a
short period of time.
The West Coast saw about 20,000
Chinese visitors a year, which was
10% of the market share.
“The West Coast is doing very
well,” Mr Little said.
Their spending was across the
board, but a lot of it was retail, on
things such as pounamu.
Tourism Industry Association
chief executive Chris Roberts said
Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown
were key spots.
Mr Roberts said the golden route
was popular with Chinese group
visitors, “who typically have less than
a week in New Zealand”.
He said the number of independent
Chinese travellers was growing “very
strongly”, however, and they would
be more likely to visit other regions.
Australian visitors still lead tourism
spending in almost every territorial
authority in New Zealand.
Additional reporting, the
New Zealand Herald
Chinese visitors bypass cities for Westland
New owner ‘runs a leaner machine’
12 Herbert St, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 0822
Sales A/H: Alastair Hamilton 768 7300
2006 TOYOTA HILUX
$27,500 | NOW $26,500
Double cab, 4x4, 3.0L, D4D, Turbo Diesel,
Flat deck, wide wheels, Great buy at
SUPER SPRING SPECIALS
PRICES REDUCED TO CLEAR
1999 TOYOTA HILUX
$15,000 | NOW $14,500
Double cab, SR5, 4X4, 2.7 petrol engine,
so no road users to pay, great firewood
truck with the flatdeck.
2006 NISSAN NAVARA ST-X
$25,000 | NOW $23,000
Double cab, 4x4, 2.5L Turbo Diesel, Auto
transmission Towbar, Tuff Deck, Tonneau
2010 TOYOTA HILUX
$34,000 | NOW $32,000
Extra cab, 4x4, 3.0L, D4D, Turbo Diesel,
Flat deck, 76,000km, one owner, sold and
serviced by us.
HILUX IS COMING
ARE YOU READY FOR THE
WORKPLACE HEALTH AND
Talk to us about your
drug and alcohol policy,
or if you need any
advice regarding a drug
free work environment.
Links Archive November 12th 2015 November 14th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page