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House fire still
A police investigation is ongoing
into an ‘unexplained’ house fire in
Stirling Drive at Arnott Heights
early last Thursday morning. The
Housing New Zealand property was
severely damaged in the blaze, after
the alarm was raised by a neighbour.
No one was home at the time of
the fire. Detective senior sergeant
Daniel Keno said today the fire was
still being treated as suspicious. “I
am awaiting the fire investigator’s
report and we are still in the process
of speaking with people. At this
stage it is ‘unexplained,’” Mr Keno
on West Coast
The West Coast has just 3.1% of
the national dairy herd, according
to the 2014-15 regional dairy
statistics released by Dairy NZ. In
the 2014-15 dairy season, the region
had 155,535 cows. The average West
Coast dairy herd size was 414, five
below the national average of 419.
The average annual litres of milk
per cow was 3740, slightly above
Northland (3615) which has the
lowest national average output per
cow of the 10 dairying regions.
Figures for the average kilos of milk
solids per cow on the West Coast
was 346. Northland had the lowest
at 317kg. O verall, the national dairy
population has hit 5 million for
the first time this year. The most
populous dairy region is Waikato
with 1.2 million dairy cows,
followed by North Canterbury with
A judge has thrown out a former
Ryanair employee’s claim that
she suffered an on-the-job back
injury due to the ‘tight skirt ’ she
was required to wear. Agnieszka
Spyra was seeking £26,000 in
damages from the budget carrier
and a recruiting firm, but can appeal
to Ireland’s High Court after a
judge dismissed her claim that her
uniform contributed to her injury.
The 35-year-old said she hurt her
back when she turned to lift a light
bag and place it on a conveyor
belt at a check-in desk at Dublin
Airport. — Daily Mail
Showers turn to rain in evening
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Rubbish collections around
Greymouth are back on track after
delays over the past week when
mechanical problems grounded
both trucks belonging to the waste
Grey District Council utilities
engineer Kurtis Perrin-Smith said one
of the two trucks was back on the road
yesterday clearing household rubbish
“The second truck is still being
repaired and today contractors had to
use a trailer to empty litter bins around
the town and pick up some refuse bags.
“It’s not an ideal situation using the
trailer, but had to be done,” Mr Perrin-
The council had asked for an
investigation into the cause of the dual
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Waste collection contractor Subloos
had to resort to using a trailer laden
with wheelie bins to clear rubbish
bins around Greymouth this morning
because of a rubbish truck breakdown.
Trailer requisitioned for town rubbish collection
The West Coast police second in
command, senior sergeant Allyson
Ealam, has resigned.
Her lawyer Grant Cameron confirmed
today he had been advised that Mrs
Ealam had decided to leave the police,
following a mediation process last week.
Mrs Ealam along with her immediate
superior, Inspector John Canning,
and fellow West Coast police senior
management team member senior
sergeant Philip Barker, have been locked
in an employment dispute with the
Tasman district Superintendent Karyn
Malthus since early this year.
Mrs Ealam entered mediation with the
police hierarchy late last week, represented
by the Police Managers’ Guild.
In July the Greymouth trio launched
defamation action in the High Court
against Ms Malthus after public
comments she made about staffing in the
West Coast police area.
Her comments followed a damning
internal performance report she had
delivered to Mr Canning, Mrs Ealam,
and Mr Barker at the end of May.
All three senior officers subsequently
went on stress leave, but returned to work
together on July 20 in their normal roles
“as a result of communications with the
They withdrew their joint defamation
action in September after negotiations
with the hierarchy.
Their lawyer, Mr Cameron, said at
the time the background employment
matters which led Ms Malthus to make
her comment could be resolved in the
Employment Court instead.
Mr Cameron also noted that “other
matters” had been at play affecting the
employment of the senior management
He said today he was not directly
involved in the formal mediation last
week as the next possible step could have
been action in the Employment Court.
Any court action would depend on a
pending mediation process involving the
rest of the area management team.
“It ’s progressing through the usual
employment relations channels and
we’re expecting a positive outcome,” Mr
United Kingdom-born Mrs Ealam, a
police officer for over 28 years, has ser ved
on the West Coast since 2005 after
moving on promotion from Canterbury.
Her husband Phil Ealam is also a
Greymouth policeman, and son Thomas
is also a ser ving constable..
Bikers on a mission
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Former Ross man Phil Herriott came ‘home’ today as he travelled down the West Coast with the White Ribbon anti-violence ride. Mr Herriott,
pictured outside John Paul II High School, is one of three brothers who joined the navy. He joined the ride with the Patriots Motorcycle Club,
which is made up of former or current servicemen and women, and has a special high visibility helmet — the Muppet Animal. He said the ride’s anti-
violence message “resonates with me”. He was due to go through Ross later today — and give his old hometown a good few revs — before stopping
for the night in Haast. The week-long motorcycle tour happens every November. A lead group of riders steer convoys through towns in both islands,
picking up support riders in every region. Events are organised along the way, ranging from school visits, marches and breakfasts, to fashion parades,
quiz nights and ‘Dads and Lads’ days. The organisers see every event as an opportunity to bring the issue of domestic violence into the open and get
1889 villa doomed for demolition
Heritage New Zealand
has granted permission for a
Greymouth villa built in 1889 to
The house in Hinchy Lane and
Turumaha Street was recently
purchased by neighbouring
Electronet. Over recent decades
Turumaha Street, once lined with
grand villas, has become industrial.
Heritage NZ archaeologist
Frank van der Heijden said this
week permission to demolish the
building, latterly flats, was issued
on October 28.
Permission was required as the
building dates from before 1900.
“There will be some (historic)
recording required,” he said, while
noting that the house did not have
“sufficient heritage values”.
He also released a newspaper
clipping from 1889, which dates
the house accurately.
“ Turumaha Street has been
much improved during the past
few months,” the Grey River
Argus declared that July.
Five houses had recently been
erected with “neat lawns and
substantial concrete retaining
walls, have combined to make
this terrace one of the prettiest in
The most conspicuous of these
was the two-storey home erected
now to be demolished.
“The front elevation of this
building is decidedly the
handsomest in the town, its
marked features being four bay
windows, which extend from
basement to roof, and its central
iron portico and balcony.”
The four front rooms were 17ft
by 14ft, the spacious hall, staircase,
and landing panelled with selected
mottled red pine boards, relieved
by kauri moulded battens.
The skirtings were 16 inch, and
the deep mitred ceiling cornices,
and the architraves and beaded
finishings to the bay windows “are
most creditable to the builders,
Messrs Bignall and Banks,
who have completed the whole
building in a style that leaves
no fault to be found whilst the
painting and varnishing, which
were entrusted to Mr Badger, are
equally well done”.
A previous tenant believed the
house had just two owners until
it was sold to Electronet — the
Perkins and then the Kibblewhite
families. Mr Perkins was a
photographer and his daughter
Lilian is thought to have lived
there until 1951.
Allyson Ealam, at the Greymouth Police Station.
12 Herbert St, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 0822
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