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2 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Heavy rain forecast
Heavy rain is expected south of
Otira tomorrow, with 80 to 100mm
forecast from morning into early
afternoon. North of Otira, heavy rain
is expected from mid-morning to
late afternoon tomorrow, with 60 to
Work safety laws slated
The Council of Trade Unions
says New Zealand deser ves better
health and safety laws. Marking the
fifth anniversary of the Pike River
Mine disaster today, union president
Richard Wagstaff said he had no
doubt the deaths of the 29 men
could have been prevented. “ The
new health and safety law means
that some workplaces are safer than
others. New Zealanders deser ve
better health and safety law than
this. Regardless of whether you work
in a mine or an office or in the forest,
all working people should know
that they are able to do their work
safely and return home alive and
uninjured,” Mr Wagstaff said.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine, one Greymouth vessel.
Departures: Cook Canyon, Corsair,
Canopus, two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Jay Elaine, 21 Greymouth
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea
II, Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday.
Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
Deportees back on ‘Con Air’ flight
of the Westport News
Tourism New Zealand staff
will be among the first through
the tunnel when the Denniston
Mine Experience reopens next
The coalmine tourist attraction
went into care and maintenance in
June after former concessionaire
John Gurney resigned, saying
new mining standards had ruined
The concession has been taken
over by a former Westport Solid
Energy and Pike River mine
worker, Nigel Slonker.
Tourism West Coast trade,
media and marketing manager
Kelly McLeod said the mine
was set to officially reopen next
A five-strong trade team
from Tourism New Zealand
would visit the attraction.
Some members would stay the
previous night at Mokihinui’s
Rough and Tumble Lodge and
others would fly in on Sounds
Air for the 9.30am mine
The team would then move
south to Charleston’s Under world
Adventures. They would visit the
Pancake Rocks and blowholes
and stay at the Punakaiki Resort,
Ms McLeod said.
They would spend a total of two
nights in Buller.
Tourism NZ staff to
visit Denniston attraction
A chartered flight dubbed ‘Con Air’ with
criminals on board arrived at Auckland
Airport this morning.
Deportees were in handcuffs and wearing
shorts and t-shirts, reporter Andrea Vance
tweeted. They left the airport on buses, she
Police confirmed yesterday the number
of returning offenders, most of whom have
appealed Australia’s decision to deport them
for their crimes but decided to appeal from
“They will be processed at Auckland
Airport and then the arrangements will be
different according to their connections to
the community and their family situation,”
Mr Woodhouse said.
In a joint statement, police and Corrections
confirmed the charter flight carrying
the offenders would arrive at Auckland
International Airport and be met by police
and Corrections staff for processing before
being taken to accommodation. Those who
required further super vision will be ser ved
with a notice of it.
Parliament passed legislation under
urgency this week to ensure offenders
deported back to New Zealand could be
put under similar super vision conditions as
parole for New Zealand prisoners.
Police Assistant Commissioner Malcolm
Burgess said the priority was community
safety. Although Australia had provided
information about each offender under
the information sharing agreement, at the
airport they would be required to provide
identity information and fingerprints,
as well as a DNA sample. If that was not
taken at the airport, they would be issued
a compulsion notice to provide it at a later
date. Police will also individually inter view
them to assess the best management regime.
Corrections was responsible for the
super vision regime and would set out the
offenders’ obligations at the airport as well
as arrange transport and accommodation
if it was required alongside prisoner
rehabilitation ser vice PARS. Other
government agencies, including the Ministry
of Health and Social Development, would
also be called on if required. Corrections was
also responsible for ongoing monitoring of
the offenders and responding if there were
Corrections northern regional manager
Jeanette Burns said Government agencies
were working together to ensure a “smooth
“ While there has been some focus on the
group arriving this week it is important that
this is viewed in the context of up to around
12,000 releases from the New Zealand
prison system each year.”
Labour has slammed the Government for
being much too slow to react to an Australian
law change made a year ago, which saw non-
Australians who were sentenced to a year or
more in prison automatically lose the right
to live in Australia.
The new law also gives the Australian
Immigration Minister the right to deport
someone deemed to have failed the “good
One of those being held, Ngati Kanohi
Te Eke Haapu, also known as Ko, a former
New Zealand soldier who guarded Prime
Minister John Key in Afghanistan, has been
ordered out of the country on “character”
grounds even though he has committed no
Counties Manukau Superintendent John
Tims said 12 people arrived back from
There had been a multi-agency approach
to the return, he said.
“It’s been a really smooth operation today. ”
Eight of the deportees have super vision
Jeanette Burns said the offenders would be
monitored very closely today. Police and
the Ministry of Social Development would
help them settle into the community, she
Corrections provided transport and
housing for some of the deportees, while
others would be staying with family
None of them are in custody.
Ms Burns would not comment on the
offenders’ criminal pasts, saying it was a
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
It's been five years since
you were taken away,
The pain is still the same
and it will never go
Love you Dad
Love Monique and
O'NEILL, Peter. — In
loving memory of our
son and brother, gone
five years today.
Close in our hearts you
will always stay,
Loved and remembered
Love Mum, Trevor
and Sue, Ian and Vicky,
O'NEILL, Peter. — In
memory of a much
loved Grandad taken
from me far too soon.
To me he was someone
Someone set apart.
His memory will live
Engraved within my
Love ya Grandad
O'NEILL, Peter. — In
loving memory of Peter.
O'NEILL, Peter. — In
memory of a much
loved and deeply missed
husband who left for
work five years ago
today, never to return.
Time is not measured by
the years that you live.
But by the deeds that
And the joy that you
And each day as it
comes, brings a chance
to each one,
To love to the fullest,
leaving nothing undone.
Your death shaped me,
But it is your life that
changed me for the
It is for that reason,
Your death will never
overshadow your life.
Forever in my heart
Rest in Peace Peter
May 23, 1979 -
November 19, 2010.
In my heart forever
NIEPER, Kane Barry.
of a dearly loved son,
brother and grandson
taken from us so
tragically five years ago
in the Pike Mine
It broke our hearts to
But you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with
Forever in our thoughts
until we meet again.
Five years ago at Pike
We thought of you
But that is nothing new.
We thought of you
And will tomorrow too.
We think of you in
And make no outward
For what it meant to
Only those who love you
Remembering you is
We do it every day.
It's the heartache of
That will never go away.
Miss you heaps
Love always Tara,
Layla, Jameila and Kade
COHEN, Debra Ann
November 17, 2015,
after a short illness; aged
57 years. Loved wife
and best friend of Peter,
much loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Shane and Krystal, and
Matthew. Loved daugh-
ter of Bruce Berriman,
and Pat Clarkson (de-
ceased), and daughter-
in-law of Alan Cohen
(deceased), and Rachel
Dunn (deceased). Ador-
ed Nana of Liam,
Jordyn, and Janaya.
Loved big sister and
sister-in-law of Sandra
and Gavin Davy, Paul
and Julie Berriman, and
Lara Berriman; Kevin
and Fran Cohen, Ross
Cohen. A loved aunty to
all her nieces and neph-
ews. Many thanks to
Wairau Hospital and
for their care and sup-
port. Messages may
be sent to 17 Linton
Street, Blenheim 7201.
A funeral service for
Debbie will be held at
the Mayfield Chapel, cnr
Hutcheson and Parker
Streets, Blenheim at
1pm, Friday, November
cremation at the Sow-
Geoffrey T Sowman,
Phone (03) 578 4719,
DIXON, Allan John.
In loving memory of
a much loved son and
brother, taken at Pike
River, November 19,
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us
Unseen, unheard, but
Still loved, still missed
and very dear.
Forever in our hearts
Mum, Robyn, Ian
and Lee, Gordon and
Nicola, Annette and Ian,
family of the much
loved Althea Cox, wife,
grandma and great-
grandma would like to
thank all who sent cards
sympathy. Please accept
this as a thank you as
many addresses are
Thursday November 19
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Brian Steele introduces Jo-Jo Johnson to Greymouth.
An English woman is touring
the West Coast with the help of
a group of fellow radio listeners
who first heard each other on
Jo-Jo Johnson has family in
Christchurch, so got in the habit
of listening to Newstalk ZB so
she would have lots to talk with
them about on the phone. She
soon realised there was a loose
network of fellow listeners around
the country, and so this month
she is visiting many of them, as
well as her family.
A cancer sur vivor, Mrs Johnson
welcomed their support during
recent treatment and wanted to
Her first contact was with a man
she knew only as ‘ little Brucie’ in
Little Wanganui, near Karamea.
She wrote to him, a regular
talkback caller, and addressed
it only to ‘Little Brucie, Little
Wanganui’ and it worked.
In turn, that led her to Runanga
man Brian Steele, and others
such as ‘Hans the Baker’ from
Mrs Johnson said she was
impressed with how friendly New
Mr Steele said he wrote to Mrs
Johnson after hearing her English
accent. “ I was delighted to hear
(back) from her.”
He has spent the past few days
showing her around the West
Coast, including a visit to Little
Brucie of Little Wanganui.
“The power of talkback radio,”
Mr Steele mused. “ It makes me
appreciate how small the world is.
People of all nationalities should
get on together.”
Talkback radio listeners meet
Maori cancer rate
The higher incidence of cancer among
West Coast Maori is being tackled
through three seminars on the West
Coast this week.
West Coast District Health Board
general manager Maori health Gary
Coghlan said the greater number of
Maori contracting certain types of
cancer would be analysed through three
seminars, one held at the Arahura Marae
yesterday, and two at Grey Base Hospital
today and tomorrow.
Mr Coghlan said cancer among Maori
on the Coast was higher than for the rest
of the population.
Maori women had 47% more incidence
of the disease than the rest of the
population between 2003 and 2011. The
rate of lung cancer was 2.6 times higher
for Maori women than non-Maori, while
mortality for Maori men from cancer
was two times higher than non-Maori.
Mr Coghlan said they would be
analysing the statistics and feeding that
information into a “game-plan” of how to
better tackle the disease. They would also
look at the cultural sensitivities around
treating the disease among Maori.
“There’s a high number of doctors from
overseas ... some of them are really good,
they are from multicultural societies, but
we have a distinct population, that is our
Maori population. This issue of cultural
competency is really quite important.
“The thinking is more and more at
looking at things more holistically, that
would include those cultural perspectives.
The DHB is doing a lot of work around
those issues, but we can do better.”
The seminars are being led by Dr
The international spot price for coking
coal continues to head south.
The price has fallen over $US2 in the
past week, to $US73.50 a tonne.
The price influences what Solid
Energy receives for Stockton coal. It
has slumped more than $10 a tonne
since Solid Energy went into voluntary
administration three months ago.
Solid Energy last week denied reports
it had warned Stockton workers there
could be more redundancies in January
and the mine might close as soon as June
next year if coal prices do not improve.
— Westport News
Coal price slips
A $40,000-plus project by the
Grey District Council to reduce
flooding risk in Nolan Crescent,
at Karoro, was completed
yesterday with resealing work.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland
said the upgrade, completed over
several weeks, was to reduce the
risk of back-up flooding through
the stormwater system and on to
Nolan Crescent properties as a
result of heavy rain events.
The project included installation
of new underground piping
under Main South Road and was
done in association with the New
Zealand Transport Agency.
Mr Sutherland said the proje
ct had posed some logistical
challenge given the necessary
traffic stopping measures and the
presence of a steep bank where
the new pipe exits below the
Nolan Crescent flood
protection work complete
Second Queenstown gondola planned
Plans for a $50 million gondola
from Queenstown’s Remarkables
Park to the Remarkables mountain
range have been unveiled today.
The 9.8km gondola, the longest
in Australasia, is proposed by
Remarkables Park Town Centre
developer Porter Group Ltd.
It will dock with NZ Ski’s new
skifield base building, which opened
this year and was designed with the
gondola in mind.
A consent will be lodged with the
council early next year — and the
gondola could open by the end of
Porter Group chairman Alastair
Porter expected the gondola would
carry several hundred thousand
passengers a year.
“ We live in a world where
tourism is highly competitive, and
it ’s extremely important for New
Zealand to continue to invest in
major tourist infrastructure to
keep refreshing and enhancing our
international appeal.” Comprising
140 eight-seat cabins, the Leitner
Poma-designed gondola would lift
off next to Porter Group’s proposed
Frankton conference centre.
It will then run across and
alongside the Kawarau River, then
head up the Rastus Burn Valley to
The Remarkables skifield’s new base
building — a 27-minute journey.
Designed as a sightseeing attraction
in its own right, it also offers an
alternative route to the 13km
Remarkables skifield access road,
not only for skiers and snowboarders
but also sightseers, climbers and
mountainbikers throughout the rest
of the year.
Mr Porter stressed the gondola
avoids the western face of the
Remarkables, which his company
owns access to.
A year ago, Porter Group bought
the balance of Kawarau River
Station, since renamed Queenstown
Park Station, which the gondola will
“It’s the longer route (by 3km) but
we think it provides the greatest
scenery and it best preser ves the
Mr Porter said almost 70% of
the gondola route passes over his
company’s land — the higher Rastus
Burn Valley is on Department of
Conser vation land.
“I don’t think it will be particularly
controversial because Q ueenstown
is a tourist town — in fact it’s New
Zealand’s most important tourist
destination, and the Q ueenstown
council has previously approved
He adds: “If we want people to come
here, then we have to be prepared to
show them the environment.” Porter
started planning the project in 2006,
set it aside during the global financial
crisis, then dusted it off again two
Mr Porter hoped to lodge a
resource consent application early
A DOC concession will also be
Allowing for an 18-month
construction process, Porter says the
gondola could open in the summer
The consent process is estimated to
cost up to $500,000.
Porter did not believe his gondola
would compete with Skyline
Queenstown’s gondola in the centre
of town. — Otago Daily Times
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