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2 - Monday, November 16, 2015
Bathurst Resources gave more Buller
staff redundancy notices last week, but
will not yet say how many jobs will go.
A week earlier the company confirmed
plans to wind down its Cascade Mine,
near Westport, at the end of this year.
Bathurst ’s general manager corporate
relations Sam Aarons said as part of the
Cascade wind-down, some positions in
the Westport office would be affected,
in addition to jobs at the mine itself.
Twenty-four people worked across
Cascade Mine and Escarpment Mine.
Bathurst reported a net loss of $16.4
million, after tax, for the year to June 30,
2015, compared to a loss of $188.9m the
previous year. — Westport News
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Councils co-ordinate computer links
The Grey District Council is set to further
share ser vices with the four West Coast
councils with a shared private computer
network soon to be up and running.
Acting chief executive Ian Young,
speaking to a report on the Memorandum
of Understanding ‘A Commitment to
Regional Efficiency’, told councillors last
week the councils were well on the way
to achieving tangible results, particularly
through shared support ser vices.
The council passed a recommendation that
it noted and endorsed the intentions of the
Memorandum, recently signed by the three
West Coast mayors and regional council
In reference to a pending upgrade of
information technology services, Mr
Young said the partnered councils had
made “a lot of inroads” into support
services “that have translated into
One of these was the planned roll-out of
a shared private computer network for the
four councils which would in turn enable a
whole lot of future efficiency gains.
“That one project will become a great
enabler in itself,” Mr Young said.
This included the ability to share data and
also a common telephone system for all
councils — which retained existing phone
numbers and also the ability to operate
independently in an emergency.
Ultimately, the memorandum would help
provide “a great level of ser vice for less cost ”.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn noted that the
working collaboration between the four
West Coast councils was the best “I’ve ever
seen” and for ratepayers, “it can only be a
Cr Peter Haddock agreed and saw a lot
more potential, particularly in aligning Grey
and neighbouring Westland over consent
“One of the amazing things I can see is
if we could align the district plans up so
we’ve got the same from one side of the
Taramakau to the other,” Cr Haddock
Cr Anton Becker wondered if things
would “ever get to the stage” of shared
provision of road resources, before the
Mayor quickly moved discussion on to the
next agenda item.
Up to 200 people were treated on
Saturday to a special screening of three
films celebrating life in the coalmining
communities of Denniston and Runanga.
The inspiration for the evening, hosted
by the Regent Theatre, was Blacks Point
documentary-maker Helen Bollinger’s offer
to screen her recently-released film, Life on
Denniston, as a fundraiser for the Runanga
Miners’ Hall restoration project.
The documentary is a sensitive
investigation into life on ‘the hill’ in the
early to mid-years of the 20th century. Mrs
Bollinger’s film captured the rich memories
resurrected during a 2004 reunion of
former Denniston residents.
That documentary was accompanied by
two short films — Coal from Westland,
depicting an idealistic view of life in
Runanga in 1943, and Coal Valley, showing
the difficult, skilled and dangerous work of
the private miners who worked in the Ten
Mile Valley in 1979.
The programme included a slideshow
summary of the Miners’ Hall restoration
Organiser Jo Hart said the success of the
evening reflected several of the goals of the
hall project — connecting people through
shared experience, and telling the stories of
“The stories reside in our memories, but
the real value is capturing those memories
so we can retain them and share them with
the next generation. Films such as Helen
Bollinger’s Life on Denniston provide such
a rich record of the daily life in our small
Part of the Miners’ Hall restoration
project is to capture similar oral histories
from Runanga residents.
Paula McTaggart, producer of the award-
winning docu-drama Strongman -- The
Tragedy, will produce and direct the oral
history inter views which will be blended
with archives for future exhibition inside
the renovated hall.
The inter views will take place in January
2016. People with film footage or photos
of Runanga (1900-1970s) that could be
included in the project are asked to e-mail
Paula McTaggart at email@example.com,
while those who would like to be involved
in an oral history project depicting life in
Runanga can contact Jo Hart on 762 7039
or 021 151 8750, or e-mail strawberryhill@
Old films boost Runanga Hall project
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
An old view of the Runanga Miners’ Hall, shown on the big screen at the Regent Theatre during a special screening of three historic
West Coast films as a fundraiser for the Miners’ Hall.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Constable Paul Gurney outside the Haast Police Station.
of the Hokitika Guardian
A new policeman is on the beat in
Constable Paul Gurney, who was
previously stationed at Whataroa,
Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth and
latterly the Chatham Islands during
his 14-year policing career, started at
the remote outpost last week.
He replaces long-term Haast
constable Rob Manera, who took early
retirement in July after an 18-year
Mr Gurney said he was looking
for ward to getting to know the
communities in the southernmost
corner of the West Coast-Tasman
As the sole police officer at Haast,
his closest back up is 150km away in
Franz Josef Glacier.
However, Mr Gurney is no stranger
to the rural policing lifestyle, having
returned last year after three years on
the Chatham Islands.
“Some police officers don’t like it
because there is no immediate back-
up and you’re by yourself, but I enjoy
that. It keeps me on the ball.”
Up to 1000 whitebaiters can swell
the local population each season, and
State highway 6 including the Haast
Pass is a major tourist route.
Mr Gurney said a majority of the
work at Haast was dealing with motor
accidents and search and rescue calls,
which he was experienced in from his
time at the glaciers.
He said he would also be keeping
a c lose eye on local roads and taking
a hard line on drink-driving: “ There
will be no warnings . . . no second
Haast School will shortly be
bolstered by Mr Gurney ’s two
daughters, who will move from
Greymouth, where he had been based
for the past 15 months.
New Haast policeman on the beat
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Sofie Welvaert, from the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin, helps Greymouth High School students
Jason Lawrie and Matt Gardner with the visiting ‘Lab in a Box’ project. The travelling laborator y of fancy
scientific equipment is touring schools around the country not lucky enough to have access to the latest
advances in science. Ms Welvaert said the sanctuary was one of the organisations running the project.
“ Today we are running a murder mystery, ‘who killed the kiwi?’ We are using footprints from the scene,
hair samples from the scene and DNA found at the scene . . . it ’s a bit like the Crime Scene Investigation
television show, but grounded in real science.” The lab will be at the school tomorrow as well.
Mobile lab brings high-tech gear to schools
Acid mine drainage from West Coast
coalmines could be leading to a decline
in the whitebait population, scientists say.
A Canterbury University study found
zinc poisoning could be driving the
national decline in inanga, which makes
up the majority of whitebait catches.
The migration of inanga through
estuaries is likely to expose them to high
levels of environmental contaminants.
High levels of zinc have been reported
in streams affected by acid-mine
drainage, including some important
The scientists caught inanga from
Canterbury and took them to the
aquarium at the university. The were
exposed to a level of zinc “found only
in extreme environmental exposure
scenarios, such as those associated with
acid mine drainage-contaminated waters
on the West Coast ”.
“Although highly contaminated, these
streams still provide potential habitats
for inanga and other galaxiid species.”
The study concluded that zinc
poisoning could be a factor in driving
whitebait population decline.
It also noted there are urban streams
with high concentrations of zinc that
are being used as habitats by inanga and
other whitebait species, which may be
contributing to their decline.
The findings were published recently in
the journal Comparative Biochemistry
An elderly Australian tourist died on
the footpath after stopping on his way to
hospital in Christchurch this morning.
The man appeared to have had a heart
attack about 3am on the corner of
Durham and Gloucester Street, senior
sergeant Jim Currie said.
The man, in his 70s, felt unwell and
asked his partner to drive him to hospital,
Mr Currie said.
On the way he felt worse and asked her
to stop so he could get out of the car, but
he died at the scene.
“Early this morning he asked his
partner to take him to the hospital. He’s
felt unwell so asked his partner to stop,
got out of the car, and has passed away
on the footpath,” he said.
The man had previously had a heart
attack in Australia about five weeks ago
and was in New Zealand for a month-
long holiday, he said.
Initial reports that he was driving at the
time of the cardiac arrest were not true,
Mr Currie said.
A St John spokesman said an
ambulance attended the incident but the
man was dead at the scene.
The death has been referred to the
coroner. — NZ ME
Buildings will be relocated, a road
demolished and a new hospital built
before the existing Grey Base Hospital
Plans for the $67 million replacement
hospital include information on how it
will be built, ser vices transferred, and
most of the old hospital demolished. The
report stresses that the staging schedule
is preliminary and more detailed work is
The building permit application for the
first stage, the foundations, is currently
being processed. That will establish the
construction zone on the north of the
The Rural Learning Maori Mental
Health building will be within the
construction area, but accessible by a
protected public access way. Contractor
access will be via Water Walk Road.
Stage two starts once the site has been
cleared. The Rural Learning Maori
Mental Health building will then be
moved closer to corporate ser vices, and
the access road off Water Walk Road
During stage three, a second
construction zone will be set up for
the new energy centre, adjacent to the
boiler room. In stage four, ser vices to
the old part of the hospital, except for
mental health and the dementia unit
which are to remain for now, will be
decommissioned. The whanau house and
Rural Academic GP building will be
moved, and the Parfitt Ward courtyard
Stage five sees the main hospital
transition into the new buildings,
and the following stage involves the
demolition or Parfitt and Hannan wards,
and the kitchen, to allow the new car
park to be built.
The last stage will see the demolition of
the rest of the existing buildings.
The report says moving ser vices into
the new hospital will be complex and
require extensive planning.
One possibility is that some patients
may have to go elsewhere for a short
New hospital to go up before
old buildings demolished
Construction plans outlined
Nearly 50% of home
swimming pools audited
in the Grey district this
year were not fenced.
Environmental ser vices
manager Steven May
said the Grey District
Council annual plan
required that 20% of the
pools in the district were
audited annually, with the
aim of preventing a tragic
“D uring this year’s
inspection of 38
properties it was
discovered that 17 of
those properties no
longer have a pool. Of
the remaining 21 pools,
nine did not comply with
the requirements (of )
the current Fencing of
Swimming Pools Act
1987,” Mr May said.
Amendments to the law
requiring pool fencing
are currently before
Mr May said those
a pool — maybe as
a Christmas present
— needed to comply
fully with the law by
contacting the council.
swimming pool fence
is not exempt and you
are required to obtain a
building consent for the
“People may look at
this as another bit of red
tape, but at the end of
the day . . . it’s focused
on the safety of young
The council wanted to
underline that unfenced
pools and complacency
had fatal consequences,
resulting in tragic
drowning, he said.
“ What ’s the cost of
a life? It’s always an
accident; it’s never
Many pools not fenced
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