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Heavy rain warning
Significant heavy rain is headed west,
the Metser vice says. About 220mm of
rain is expected to accumulate about
the ranges of Westland, and intensities
could reach 35mm per hour tomorrow
morning in thunderstorms. It could
last from 9pm today to 6pm tomorrow.
Supplying liquor to
Westport police arrested a 23-year-
old man on Saturday for supplying
alcohol to three boys aged between
12 and 13 years old. Community
constable Paul Sampson said the
man was a relative of one of the boys.
he man will appear in the Westport
District Court tomorrow, charged with
supplying alcohol to minors.
— N Z ME-Westport News
Ministry of Primary Industries
(MPI) staff are holding a “drop-in”
session at the Kingsgate Hotel in
Greymouth today to give interested
people the opportunity to learn more
about the Fisheries Management
System, which it is reviewing. The
management systems are being
reviewed to ensure they are still fit for
purpose and can maintain sustainable
fisheries. An MPI spokesman said
there was “no agenda as it is a drop in
session”. MP I staff will be available
between 4.30pm-7pm to answer any
A recent import to Runanga who
was found with a knife and knuckle
dusters in his car was convicted in the
Greymouth District Court this week
of two charges of possession of an
offensive weapon and possession of a
Justin Matthew Pollock, of Runanga,
was driving in Whangarei on
September 30 when he was pulled over
by police, who found a hunting knife
in the front of the car, alongside two
knuckle dusters, a club and a cannabis
Pollock admitted to police that
the knuckle dusters should not have
been in his car, and that he had been
“stupid” to leave the knife there.
He admitted the pipe was used for
He told police the knife and club were
used for fishing.
Lawyer George Linder said Pollock
had been leaving Northland to relocate
to the West Coast, and was pulled over
because his passenger had a warrant out
for his arrest.
Judge Robert Murfitt said Pollock had
a “serious list of convictions”, the most
recent was for receiving, in July 2013.
However, the judge said Pollock was
“ worth the risk of leaving you in the
community, to give you the opportunity
to find a job here”.
Kris Ewen Jackson, 45, of Greymouth,
had a charge of breaching a protection
order withdrawn by police, after the
police said that the order had lapsed.
Instead, Jackson was given a warning.
Veanna Christina Payne, of Cobden,
had charges of theft of a motor vehicle
and breach of bail withdrawn by police.
Weapons, cannabis pipe convictions
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Grey Medical Centre
Nancy (Pat) QSM. —
Passed away peacefully
on Friday November 20,
2015 at Grey Hospital,
dearly loved wife of the
late Owen, much loved
mother of Peter and
mother-in-law of Teagan
and Trevor, treasured
Nana of Katie, beloved
sister and sister-in-law
of Kathy and Brian
Loretta, Paula and the
late Denis, and the
late Jack and June
Larcombe. Aged 87
years. Rest In Peace.
Messages to 20C Fisher
Point Drive, Freemans
Bay, Auckland 1010.
Special thanks to the
staff of Morice Ward,
Grey Hospital for the
loving care they showed
to Mum. In accordance
with Pat's wishes a
private service has been
held. Anisy Funeral
Some of the West Coast ’s finest were
honoured last evening at the special
‘ local heroes’ award ceremony at the
Beachfront Hotel in Hokitika.
As part of the 2016 New Zealander
of the Year Awards, the Kiwibank
Local Heroes were presented with
specially made medals to officially
recognise their achievements.
Westland Mayor Mike Havill was
on hand to present the medals and
congratulate the recipients on their
“These fine people embody the
qualities that have long held our
community together. Their charity,
selflessness and generosity have
touched upon the lives of so many and
make our community a better place to
live. That ’s why we stand with them
tonight and honour them as West
Coast ’s very own local heroes.”
Now in their seventh year, the annual
awards are the ultimate recognition for
good deeds in the community.
Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock
said Kiwibank was proud to support
local communities celebrating their
outstanding citizens during the past
In December, the judging panel will
decide the 10 semi-finalists, with three
finalists to be announced in the New
Leonie and Barry Uddstrom
(Greymouth) — been the heart and
soul of the SPCA for the last 30 years.
The ‘dog division’ of the Greymouth
SPCA was run from the Uddstrom’s
South Beach property for 30 years until
a new facility was built in Blaketown.
Russell and Jean Adams
(Greymouth) — made a significant
contribution to the West Coast
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and
Parkinson’s Society. They were
instrumental in setting up the West
Coast branch when it split from Nelson
in 2002 to become a stand-alone
society. Mr Adams was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s 15 years ago.
Merv Ashby (Greymouth) —
long standing work at the Greymouth
Aero Club and Greymouth Airport.
He has been an active member of the
club since 1957 and takes care of the
day-to-day running and maintenance
of the clubrooms, public toilets and
other general airport safety aspects. He
played a leading role in the planning
and implementation of the aerodrome
lights and the organisation of working
bees. He holds the air radio and is
in 24/7 contact with aircraft. Also a
founding member of the Greymouth
Maurice ‘Chips’ Robinson
(Greymouth) — member of the
Greymouth Harrier Club for 31 years,
holding a number of roles including
president and vice president. He is
involved with the Development West
Coast Sports Trust and the Sportsman
of the Year Committee, Rotary and
Greymouth Jockey Club.
Ken Smythe (Greymouth) —
commitment to the sport of lawn bowls
through his 30 years service to the
West Coast Bowling Centre. As well
as being a centre umpire for 30 years,
he has held positions of vice president
for five years and centre president for
Judy Tutchen (Greymouth) —
is a dedicated volunteer for CARE
(Community Alternative Resources for
the Elderly). Although she suffers from
many serious health issues herself, she
devotes a huge amount of time weekly
to her large group of clients who need
assistance with shopping, doctor and
hospital visits. She is also a support
worker for St John, a driver for Meals
on Wheels and volunteers for the
Cancer Society. She is on a number of
committees including, Grey Power, MS
West Coast, Local Cancer Network,
South Island Cancer Consumer Group
and the West Coast District Health
Board, and worked as an enrolled nurse
for more than 39 years at the Grey
Maggie Houston (Hari Hari)
— has dedicated more than 40 years
to the St John Ambulance and the
Hari Hari community. Also drives the
local school bus, and contributes to
the community through the church,
supporting local basketball and with
the South Westland Area School.
Angela Keenan (Hokitika) — has
coached netball for 30 years, from high
schools to senior club and regional
representative levels. Mrs Keenan is
also the regional coaching co-ordinator
for the area.
Bruce Watson (Hokitika) —
combines his business interests with
a very strong commitment to the
community and its historic heritage.
In recent years, he has made a huge
contribution to the restoration and
revitalisation of Hokitika’s Regent
Theatre. He has been instrumental in
obtaining more than $1.5 million of
funding and has led a large group of
more than 100 people, who have put
more than 30,000 hours of voluntary
labour into the project over eight years.
Brian Ward and Frances
Flanagan (Hokitika) — involved with
many groups in Hokitika to develop
an appreciation of the town’s heritage,
as well as providing enjoyable activities
and events for the town’s residents and
visitors. The couple own and operate
Teichelmann’s Guest House in the
middle of Hokitika. Since 2001, Mr
Ward has been secretary of Heritage
Hokitika, and a committee member
for the town’s historic Regent Theatre,
while Frances is very involved in
Westland Arts Inc. and manages the
Hokitika Dramatic Society’s costume
hire ser vice and hall bookings. They are
also involved with Enterprise Hokitika
and the Driftwood and Sand beach
Leonie Renton (Hokitika) —
president of the Hokitika Dramatic
Society for 10 years. Heavily involved
with the annual Children’s Production
and Children’s Drama Club as well as
working to maintain the Old Lodge
Theatre. Also with the Hokitika Red
Cross, Westland Soroptimists and
other community support groups.
Jane Neale (Hokitika) — for the
past five years, she has been a driving
force behind the establishment and
growth of West Coast Riding for
the Disabled (RDA). She has ser ved
as the chairwoman of the Westland
High School Board of Trustees. Also
volunteered her time to working with
special needs students at Westland
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Back: Angela Keenan, Mer v Ashby, Chips Robinson, Ken Smythe, Barry and Leonie Uddstrom, Jane Neale, Leonie
Renton, Mayor Mike Havill. Front: Nicky Ashton (Kiwibank), Maggie Houston, Russell and Jean Adams, Judy Tutchen,
Frances Flanagan, Bruce Watson.
Local heroes honoured
Hynds Pipe Systems is all set
for a public open day tomorrow to
celebrate the opening of its newly
established premises at Kaiata
Park, on the northern outskirts of
Territory sales manager Barry
Lucas said the branch was fully up
“It’s a fun day out for everyone, a
family day out and to give people
a first-hand look at our Kaiata
Park purpose-built building and
operation. There will be a lot of
activities throughout the day and
plenty of prizes and giveaways,”
Mr Lucas said.
The open day begins with a
‘stockman’s breakfast ’ from 7am
to 9am, followed by an all-day
barbecue and sausage sizzle.
“There will be prizes galore and
right up until 4pm customers who
have spent more than $50 with us
will go in for the draw for a brand
new 4 x4 Foreman motorbike, plus
two mystery Air New Zealand
Remote control trucks and a
V8 super car simulator and tool
specials will also be on site.
“The V8 simulator is just like
driving the real thing, and there
will be prizes for the remote
control truck competitions. It ’s an
opportunity for people to come
and check out our operation and
have an enjoyable day out,” Mr
Hynds needed a footprint on the
West Coast and the Kaiata Park
site was perfect.
The company provides civil and
rural product solutions, and also
deals with farm dairy effluent,
land drainage, water storage and
reticulation, waster lines and soak
rings, stock control and irrigation.
“ We have good supplies of
rural and concrete products
when it comes to dealing with or
pumping water. Troughs, cattle
stops, culverts, concrete pipes and
sumps catering for the farmers
and for contractors involved with
civil work and contracting on
subdivisions. We cater for the
farmer, the contractor and the
general public, and ease of access
out here works very well for
everyone,” Mr Lucas said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Hynds Pipe Systems staff members Barry Lucas, Anna Ritchie and Greg Hawkins outside the new
purpose-built operation at Kaiata Park.
New business opens at Kaiata Park
of the Westport News
Coalminer Bathurst Resources is
still employing three of the four senior
executives it announced seven months
ago it was laying off at its Wellington
Bathurst announced in January that
it was cutting four senior staff: chief
financial officer Marshall Maine,
chief operating officer Richard Tacon,
corporate relations general manager
Sam Aarons and health, safety
and environment manager Fiona
They were to finish working for the
company in April.
Responding to questions today, Ms
Aarons confirmed only Mr Maine
had gone. His role had been filled by
the group financial controller, Jason
Hungerford, whose role had not been
replaced, she said.
Mr Tacon had become chief executive
in March, replacing Hamish Bohannan.
Mr Tacon’s role as chief operating
officer had not been replaced.
“My role was extended due to some
specific projects but will finish at the
end of January ...” Ms Aarons said.
“Ms Bartier’s role of health, safety and
environment is obviously quite vital to
the company so is still being reviewed
as part of the restructure.”
Bathurst said in January that cutting
the four senior staff would save it
over $1 million. It said the cuts were
not expected to have any impact on
Bathurst ’s operational performance
or its commitment and resolve in the
Asked if the predicted savings had
been achieved, Ms Aarons replied:
“The overall restructure will result in
a reduction of admin overheads as
The annual report said Bathurst cut 18
staff during the year to June 30, mainly
in corporate and project-related roles.
Meanwhile, more Buller staff are
facing the chop.
Bathurst issued redundancy notices
a fortnight ago, but will not say how
many jobs will go until it has finished
The proposed redundancies follow
plans to shelve Cascade Mine because
its main customer, Westport ’s Holcim
cement works, is closing next year.
Bathurst employs 24 people across
Cascade and Escarpment mines.
Bathurst has said that Escarpment —
once touted to create 400 jobs in Buller
will not ramp up until international
coking coal prices improve.
Bathurst reported a net loss of $16.4m
after tax for the year to June 30, 2015.
The News revealed earlier this month
that Bathurst ’s former chief executive
and managing director, Hamish
Bohannan owed the company more
than $1m when he resigned.
He borrowed $510,000 from the
company in 2011 and another $583,000
in 2013 to buy Bathurst shares.
Bathurst forgave Mr Bohannan
$730,818 of the debt and settled the
remainder from his severance pay.
The Lake Brunner
fishing competition casts
off tomorrow through
until Sunday, with $4500
are looking for a big
Barnett said the major
Water Sports, had
committed to a long-
term association with
the Lake Brunner
to ‘grow ’ the event.
The competition gets
under way at noon
tomorrow, with the final
weigh-in 11.30am on
Sunday, followed by the
prizegiving at noon.
Some of the prizes to
be won include fishing
gear, barbecues, kayaks,
wakeboards and chilly
bin hampers, with
spot prizes all
Mr Barnett said
the competition this
year would focus
on encouraging and
developing the fishery,
with major prizes to be
awarded for catching
the fish which most
closely matches a secretly
nominated weight by
West Coast Fish and
With the success of
previous events and
a promising weather
organisers will put any
proceeds towards the
a ‘talking shed ’ to be
erected in Moana to
showcase the history
of the district and have
information on the flora
and fauna of the lake
area and fishery.
Big turnout hoped
for Lake Brunner
Former Development West Coast chief
executive Mike Trousselot, now based in
New Plymouth, is caught up in a stoush
with an Australian company.
Australian media has alleged the New
Plymouth District Council “misled”
Aussie investors with the sale of the
multi million-dollar Tasmanian farms.
On Monday, it was announced a legal
stoush had begun over the sale of the
council-owned asset, known as Van
Diemen’s Land, which is administered
under Taranaki Investment Management
Ltd (TIM), with Mr Trousselot as chief
Earlier this month Australian company
On Card International Limited, now
known as Tas Foods, announced it had
agreed to buy the farming business for
$A250 million ($NZ275 million), news
website Stuff reported.
However, last week it was revealed that
a new buyer, an unnamed private foreign
company, had been found and On Card/
Tas Foods had missed out.
Since then Tas Foods has launched
legal action and has an interim Supreme
Court of Victoria injunction, blocking
the sale to the other bidder.
The Sydney Morning Herald has since
reported that Tas Foods director Hugh
Robertson believes the company was
“dudded” or conned on the deal.
Mr Trousselot said the company would
be seeking to have the injunction removed
as soon as possible, Stuff reported.
He maintained the council and TIM
had acted properly and in good faith at
all times and comprehensive legal advice
had been taken.
Police around the
West Coast apprehended
two people overnight.
A 31-year-old Hokitika
woman was arrested
and charged with
receiving stolen property.
She was expected to
appear in the Westport
today. Meanwhile in
Greymouth, a 22-year-
old man was arrested for
chief caught up in
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