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Defence Force test
The NZ Defence Force has
been testing out communications
in remote South Westland. The
Department of Conser vation said
yesterday it had issued a concession
to the army for a communications
test in the DOC car park at
Gillespies Beach, which basically
involved them putting up aerials. The
test was all over within 30 minutes.
Miners eye historic
Historic goldmining areas are
being eyed by a raft of miners. In the
past few weeks, Khan Euston Lee
of Christchurch has applied to mine
33ha at Nelson Creek. Allan Spriggs
contractors wants to mine 134ha at
Kokiri, while Gordon Storer wants
to mine 49ha of the Buller River.
Energy Green proposes mining 68ha
of Maori Gully. Vortex Minerals
wants to explore 477ha at Notown,
and Robert Hutchins has applied to
prospect 30 square kilometres near
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, Corsair.
Departures: One Greymouth vessel.
In port: Cook Canyon, Corsair,
Canopus, 21 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine, Friday;
Galatea II, Sunday. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, Corsair,
More details about a fatal crash between a
house-moving truck and a ute near Whanganui
last night have been released by police.
The 74-year-old male driver of the utility
vehicle died in the incident, about 10pm on
State highway 3 at Kai-iwi, north-west of
“A red Toyota utility has passed two pilot
vehicles and then collided with a truck, which
was moving a house, and then also hit a
following vehicle,” a police statement said.
The man was the only occupant in the vehicle
and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
He was trapped in his vehicle, a Fire Ser vice
spokeswoman said this morning.
Cordons were put in place as the police serious
crash unit investigated.
Emergency ser vices were called to the crash
at 2am on State highway 10, north of Pakaraka.
Police have referred the matter to the coroner.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
of the Hokitika Guardian
Some stall sites at the Wildfoods Festival
next year will be pricier than ever, with the
addition of new charges.
Stallholder application forms for the 2016
festival show a new fee of $100 for a covered
marquee space — on top of the normal stall
Also new is a $15 charge for signs with the
stall name or site number, and a cold storage
charge of $25 per square metre.
Stallholder categories have also been
tweaked, with three types available —
fundraising, private and commercial.
Prices for the community group stalls
remain the same at $350, or $150 if paid up
by December 31. Private stalls have increased
by $50, to $450, or $250 under the early bird
special, while a commercial stall site will cost
$650 or $450 if booked early.
This year alcohol stalls were separated from
the rest of the commercial sites, paying the
most at either $500 or $700.
Festival co-ordinator Ashley Cassin
confirmed yesterday that alcohol sites had
been absorbed in the commercial category
Those stalls brought no additional
operational costs but the slightly lower new
price took consideration of the new licensing
fees that would have to be met by individuals.
Mr Cassin said the extra $100 for a
covered space would help meet some of the
“significant ” costs for marquee hire.
“In the past we have absorbed the cost of
marquees. The $100 is a token gesture ... it
doesn’t cover the full cost.”
The tweaking would help to streamline the
stallholder categories but there were some
that would cross over and organisers were
happy to work through any anomalies, he
Stall numbers were capped at 50 this
year and said they would look at a similar
cap next year. However, organisers were
committed to having a range of different
foods, meaning that too many of the same
would not necessarily be accepted.
Two returning stalls — High Country
Salmon, selling a range of salmon offerings
including salmon offal shots, and Flavours
of Europe — had been confirmed so far.
Registrations close on December 18.
Tickets to the March 12 festival go on
sale on December 1 and entry fees remain
unchanged, apart from additional stallholder
tickets, which move up $10.
Ten tickets at $10 each are available for
each stall. This year additional tickets cost
$25 but in 2016 they have been set at $35.
Early bird ticket prices, at $35, will be in
place until January 31.
Mr Cassin said that price would be
extended for locals before moving to $40 or
$45 on the day of the festival.
Meanwhile, entertainment interest is
strong, with over 40 applications received
Also in the line-up for 2016 are two high-
profile guest chefs for the demonstration
zone. New and renewed sponsorships are
also being worked on.
While it was still to be confirmed, Mr
Cassin said “a fairly big player” was in the
mix for sponsorship.
Overall, the festival planning was running
smoothly and to schedule after recruitment
delays last year.
“ We are in a far better stead.”
A Waikato motorist has had a miraculous
escape after a collision with a truck that saw it
mount the front of her car.
The woman was driving on Lyon Street in
Kihikihi about 10.15am when the collision
“An articulated truck is up on the front
passenger side of the car,” a police spokesman
“The front right of the truck is on the front
left of the car. There were no injuries.
“It was a very lucky escape for that
driver.” The road was not blocked, he
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Moore) Susan Ann
peacefully on Sunday
November 15, 2015, in
Wellington, in her 81st
year. Beloved wife of
the late Adam Urquhart.
Daughter of the late Dr
Cleve and Vera Moore
of Greymouth. Dearly
loved sister and sister-
in-law to Jim and Jenny
Moore (Brisbane), and
the late Sara-Jane
church). Loved aunt to
Susan, Nic and Peta
Moore (Brisbane), and
great-aunt to Lily and
Oliver. Loved Susan of
the late Bryan Urquhart
and the late Marjorie
Phillipson. Dearly loved
grandmother and friend
to Fiona and Stuart
and Glen and Sharon
and Granny Susan to
Brooker and GG Susan
to Tyren and Madisyn
Urquhart. No flowers by
request, donations can
be made to Gillies
Institute. Messages to
Urquhart family, PO
Box 37-258, Halswell,
funeral service will be
held at the Lychgate
Chapel, corner Burgess
and Johnsonville Roads,
ton (family parking
only) at 11.30am on
Saturday November 21,
private cremation. Lych-
gate Funerals. FDANZ.
Phone (04) 385 0745.
FULLER, Debra Ann.
Morgan, Anja, Nola
and family would like to
thank friends and neigh-
bours for the cards,
flowers, food hampers,
and sincere support after
the loss of our precious
Debbie. We also want to
thank Dr Jenny Spring
and the wonderful care
from the staff at Grey-
mouth Hospital, who
always went that extra
mile for Debbie over the
last 20 years. Special
thanks to the blood
donors she became
dependent on. Many
thanks to Morgan's
bosses and workmates
who generously gave
Morgan time off work
each time he stayed
in Christchurch with
For the time we shared
For the good we saw in
For all the love we
received from her,
For Debbie's life and
our memories we give
And now give us
strength and courage to
leave her in the Lord's
BRYCE, Ian James
(Brasso). — Thank you
for all your kind
thoughts with the pass-
ing of Ian (Brasso).
Dianne and family.
Genuine Care and
Passed away peacefully
on Tuesday November
17, 2015 at Summerset
In The Sun, aged 86
years. Dearly beloved
wife of the late Craig.
Much loved sister and
sister-in-law of the late
Monica and Bland, and
Annette and the late
Ross Curtis. Treasured
auntie to her 10 nieces
and nephews and their
families. Messages to
the Moore family, C/-
Marsden House, 41 Nile
Street East, Nelson. The
Farewell Celebration for
the life of Yvonne will
be held at St Peters on
the Strand, 746 Atawhai
Drive, Atawhai, on
Friday November 20,
2015 commencing at
1pm followed by her
interment at Marsden
Marsden House Funeral
Aimee van der Weyden and Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
A sex offender — whose presence in
Westport sparked outrage — has been
It was revealed last Wednesday the man,
whose 20-page rap sheet features over 500
convictions including the rape of a seven-
year-old girl, was living next door to a
family with children, less than three blocks
from a preschool facility and less than 700m
from a local primary school.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard yesterday
confirmed the Corrections Department had
moved the man out of Westport — and he
understood out of Buller — last Thursday.
Mr Howard revealed he had received
complaints from members of the public
the week before last about the man living
in Westport and had contacted Corrections
seeking a review of his placement.
He was impressed by the department ’s
“prompt and appropriate” response.
The mayor said he was reluctant to make
any public comment on the case, although
he believed the community was entitled to
know the man had gone.
He said Corrections had a tough job and
he did not want to inhibit its work. He also
believed offenders deser ved a second chance.
“It ’s very hard with the ‘not in my
backyard syndrome’. It is extremely difficult
for Corrections Department with the
legislation and rules that they live under and
the justice system as it is.
“ It ’s very, very difficult when people have
got a long string of offences and you say
‘ how many chances do you give people?’. If
a person was living right next to me and I
had children, how would I feel?”
He admitted he would feel “extremely
Corrections usually informed him when
a serious offender was moved into Buller,
but had not told him when the man was
relocated to Westport after being released
from prison last year. — APNZ
Westport sex offender relocated
Wildfoods stall charges rise
The Grey District Council chambers
are undergoing a revamp, with the
replacement of internal guttering and
windows in a $350,000 repair job that
is expected to take until March next
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said
the work was mainly to fix leaks.
“There’s an internal guttering system.
We need to replace that and to do that
we need to replace some cladding on
the outside, and leaking windows,” Mr
The concrete structure building
was opened in 1979 and the internal
guttering system was now “way past ”
its expected ser vice life, he said.
External cladding panels containing
an asbestos material had to be
removed to gain access to the internal
gutters that needed replacing, which
made the job more complex. This
would be done via a sealed mobile
structure which would progressively
move around the building.
Internal vents and openings into the
building were being shut off while
this was being done, to minimise the
He said the public would see the
entire building progressively covered
in scaffolding as each side of the
building received attention.
At the same time windows in the
building, prone to leaks, were being
replaced with double glazing which in
the long-term would provide energy
savings and overall cost efficiencies to
the building, Mr Sutherland said.
A West Coast sub-contractor, PC
Productions NZ Ltd, specialising in
the sealed removal of asbestos was
being used to take off the cladding, in
conjunction with the main contractor,
Tony Wilkins Builder Ltd.
Mr Sutherland said the work would
have little impact on the appearance
of the building, once completed.
“ You may not see too much change
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Scaffolding on the south side of the Grey District Council chambers today,
ready for work to begin.
Revamp for council chambers
An increasing number of skilled
foreign workers are finding jobs on
the West Coast, against a backdrop of
increasing unemployemnt among some
The continuing downturn in the
region’s mining sector cost many
homegrown workers their jobs, however
some businesses are still having to cast
overseas to fill vacancies.
Greymouth award-winning company
Coastwood Furniture has seven Filipinos
on the payroll, having gradually hired
them over the past few years.
Operations manager Bill Savage said it
was sometimes easier to find the workers
they needed by looking overseas.
“They are not depriving locals of a job,
we do try and get locals, but sometimes
we need people for specialist positions.
Being an expanding business you can’t
be constantly training people ... for
some periods we can’t get what we want
locally,” Mr Savage said.
At times, the business was looking
for staff with particular experience or
qualifications: “If we can’t get them
locally we find them somewhere else.
Two of his Filipino staff were settled
on the Coast, had taken New Zealand
residency and now had their wives and
children with them.
“I see them as being long-term
employees,” Mr Savage said.
Domino’s Pizza Greymouth branch
manager Jagmit Singh Gill has
turned to India to hire workers due to
the shortage of experienced people
“ We need full-time staff to work an
open or close shift (but) it’s hard to
find local staff. If we hire someone local
they will only work part-time, for a few
increase as Coast
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The Greymouth Parents
Centre entertained residents
at Dixon House yesterday,
with children dancing and flag
waving — Donna-Mariea Lee,
left, Jasmine Lee, Margaret
Smith, Millie Brown, Audrey
Dixon, Rhian Crozier, Bretta
Thomas, Aleisha Jellyman,
Grady Jellyman and Piper
Car hits house-moving truck
Motorist has miraculous escape
Neil Raymond Swain
has been found guilty of
the murder of Whanganui
man Whetu Hansen.
The jury reached its
verdict this morning
at the High Court in
Palmerston North just
over 12 hours after
retiring at 11am yesterday
Swain, of Palmerston
North, had pleaded
not guilty to killing Mr
Hansen in November
2013. The Crown said
Swain, 58, shot Mr
Hansen five times after an
argument, stored his body
for 10 days, then sealed
it in a 44-gallon drum
before dumping it in the
His defence argued Mr
Hansen arrived at Swain’s
property already fatally
wounded and that the
Crown had only proved
he was an accessory after
the fact. — NZME-
Man found guilty of
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Left Bank Art Gallery
Open now - Closes 8th December
12pm - 6.30pm 7 days
Artist: Mae Latham
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