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2 - Friday, November 20, 2015
Heavy rain on way
A heavy rain warning remains
in place as bad weather works its
way up the country. Heavy rain
was expected through to late this
afternoon or early evening. The
Metser vice said 60 to 80mm could
fall in 10 to 16 hours north of Otira
and into Buller.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
One Greymouth vessel. In port:
Jay Elaine, 21 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday.
Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
One of New Zealand’s rarest penguin
has left Wellington Zoo and returned to
the West Coast after receiving treatment
for an infected wound.
A female tawaki, other wise known
as the Fiordland crested penguin, was
released on Monday evening in Hokitika
near the site it was found.
It had been receiving treatment for an
infected wound at the capital’s zoo since
September this year.
Veterinary sciences manager Dr Lisa
Argilla said the bird responded well
to treatment at Wellington Zoo. “ We
cleaned and stitched up the wound,
which due to the infection and pain
meant it was unable to swim and hunt in
the wild. After treatment, it has steadily
gained weight, been eating well, and
displayed excellent fitness,” she said.
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November 20, 2000.
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a short illness on
November 19, 2015.
aged 68. Dearly loved
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ated and can be made at
the service or posted C/-
54 Dick Street, Reefton.
A Service to celebrate
Geoff's life will be held
in Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, Reefton on
Monday at 1pm. Geoff
will then be laid to rest
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In memory of my
treasured brother Matt.
Today's the anniversary
of the day I lost my older
Irish brother Matt, and
for a time it felt as
though my life had
But loss has taught me
many things, and now I
face each day,
With hope and cheerful
memories to help me on
And though I'm full of
sadness that you're no
guides me and I still feel
What we shared will
never die, it always will
live within my heart,
Bringing strength and
comfort while we are
Love you forever and
always. — Leilani, Dad
Mum, Kalia, Mike and
your best buddy Baxter.
Not a day goes by
that I don't think of you.
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of the Westport News
Buller’s largest GP practice is so
short of doctors that patients who
want to see their own GP are waiting
up to a month for non-urgent
Buller Health general manager
Kathleen Gavigan yesterday
acknowledged a month was “way too
For urgent cases, the practice was
trying its best to provide same-day
or next-day appointments, she said.
However, patients could not specify
their doctor and would sometimes
have to see a nurse.
Non-urgent patients prepared to
see any doctor could usually get an
appointment within a few days.
Ms Gavigan revealed that Buller
Medical — owned by the West Coast
District Health Board and whose
GPs also cover Buller Hospital —
currently had no GPs available for
The practice had just over four
full-time equivalent (FTE) doctors
at present and was seeking to fill
three F TE positions, Ms Gavigan
“Our advertising for permanent
GPs has not yet resulted in any
permanent appointments and we
will be implementing a revised
recruitment strategy next week.”
Buller Medical had been trying to
find locum GPs through agencies as
well as within the West Coast and
Canterbury DHBs, Ms Gavigan
A shortage of locums was making
“ We are competing with other
places that are seen as more desirable
and places that don’t require doctors
to be working on call and don’t have
to cover a hospital.”
The practice had locum cover for
Ms Gavigan said Buller Medical
would be relying more on nurses
working in teams with doctors.
“The nurses are doing a fantastic
job. One of the ways we are having
to manage the shortage is by people
seeing the nurses. ”
It was at least 18 months since
Buller Medical had had a similar GP
shortage. The latest shortage was very
disappointing, given that waiting
times for non-urgent appointments
had reduced to a couple of days
Ms Gavigan said Buller Medical
had been unable to replace long-
term permanent GP Vaughan
Leigh, who left earlier this year. Dr
Greville Wood, from Greymouth’s
rural academic general practice, had
been working three days a week in
Westport but would leave at the end
of this month. He would continue to
Long wait to see GP in Buller
Mini enthusiasts parked up their vehicles on the shores of Lake Brunner on Sunday for the Westland
Pork Pie Rally, which took motorists on a mystery rally from the Mobil ser vice station in Greymouth and
back, finishing with a fun driving skills test.
Pork Pie rally takes in lake scenery
Work to end more than a century of
flooding in Runanga should get under
way in the New Year.
Grey District Council assets manager
Mel Sutherland said the contract to
realign Raleigh Creek had been re-
tendered and awarding the job to a
suitable contractor was imminent.
“All going to plan, a contract will be
awarded and a start will be made in
January next year,” Mr Sutherland said.
Nine years ago, the council bought
a house and subsequently demolished
it, making room to realign the creek
and take out a problematic 90-degree
corner, but the project has been on the
Preparation work to move underground
ser vices, before the main job of realigning
the creek, was completed last month
over about 10 days.
The realignment will reduce the
angle of the creek on the corner of
McGowan and Ward streets, and
widen the causeway. A boxed culvert
will stretch 30m under the road on
a more gentle angle than the current
The boxed culvert has already been
purchased at a cost of $124,000 but
the cost of the overall project has yet to
Runanga flooding action
The Ban 1080 Party has
questioned how many birds could
be killed if the ‘Battle for Our Birds’
1080 poison drops go ahead again
Forest and Bird advocate Kevin
Hackwell has predicted there will
be a pest plague next winter and
spring as a result of increased
flowering of beech trees this
The Department of Conser vation
has confirmed the looming threat,
but it currently needs more funding
from the Government to prepare
for the pest onslaught.
Last year was also a mast year.
Bill Wallace from the Ban 1080
Party is unhappy with DOC
scientist Graeme Elliot ’s statement:
“The 1080 drop in 2014 killed four
keas and led to the death of rock
Mr Wallace said the four dead kea
were only from the radio tagged
ones, and “represent 10% of the
kea tagged, so if there was 4000
kea exposed to 1080 in last year’s
700,000ha operation, means they
“In prior operations, i.e. Franz
2011 and 2008, they were killing
20% and 30% respectively, so if
3000 down there in those smaller
drops were exposed, they probably
killed a thousand. ”
In January, DOC reported that
25 rock wren were unaccounted
for. Again, Mr Wallace said the 25
wrens were just the monitored ones.
Ban 1080 Party questions bird toll
Serenading strings and piano trios
will be waltzing through the Grey
Main School hall on Saturday.
Paroa music teacher Marinette
Berkeljon will be holding her school
of music’s Chamber Music Concert
in the school hall from 2.30pm.
The concert will feature ensemble
string quartets, and musical trios of
a piano, violin and cello, with groups
of performers from juniors right up
to senior quartets and advanced
students. The concert will mark the
culmination of two terms of work
by the music school’s students.
Chamber music concert at Grey Main hall
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