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PICTURE: Paul McBride
Paroa Playcentre council loan paid off
Paroa Playcentre youngsters Hayley Stevenson, left, and Lorren Luvagaka present Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn with the final instalment of the loan from the Grey District Council for the new facility.
The $35,000 loan was used for upgrades and repairs following flooding several years ago. Playcentre
president Andrea Stevenson said it was great to clear the final instalment. “After the flood we were
struggling and had lost numbers, but our roll is growing by the day.” The loan had been repaid through a
combination of “fundraising, tight budgets and volunteering”.
A new access ramp at Greymouth’s
Regent Theatre looks set to make
light work of the steps in its main
West Coast CCS Disability Action
service co-ordinator Robert Miedema
yesterday unveiled the new $6750
Mr Miedema said the idea for the
ramp came about after Christmas Tree
Festival organisers noticed that elderly
people were having trouble getting to
the front of the auditorium to look at
“ With the success of the festival ...
the festival committee found that they
had enough funds available to look at
donating a new accessible ramp.”
They approached CCS.
Mr Miedema said that the
organisation was looking for a project
which would help it to celebrate
its 80th anniversary, and after a
recommendation from builder Kevin
Boddy, settled on the portable ramp.
The ramp was also funded by a
donation from West Coast Rotary,
alongside those from Greymouth
Greypower, Greymouth Rural
Women, Westport CCS and
Greymouth CCS, Mr Miedema said.
He also said that the ramp’s “big
selling point ” was that its rails could
be taken off, and it could be moved.
“If the theatre is doing something
that requires the floor space it can be
put up again pretty quickly ... I hope
Theatre manager Patrick McBride
said that they had got “instant
positive feedback” from people who
came to see the recent Operatunity
Volunteers from around the
world will be helping to protect
waterways on Bassetts Farm at
Cape Foulwind, planting a vast
number of trees.
The project is a partnership
between Landcorp and
Conservation Volunteers New
Over the next two months
Conservation Volunteers will
plant over 20,000 trees along
the banks of waterways on
the large Landcorp farms near
Aimed at protecting the West
Coast ’s waterways, the riparian
planting programme is all
about equipping communities
with the skills and knowledge
to protect the environment,
while providing access to safe
and rewarding volunteering
NZ West Coast regional
manager James Washer said
the programme would help
Landcorp to meet ongoing
challenges to the environment.
“The protection of our
water ways is a key
environmental issue at the
moment,” he said.
“An injection of volunteer
teams will enable Landcorp
to complete important
conservation work and protect
vulnerable waterways from the
run off of nitrates.”
Landcorp’s business manager
dairy Rebecca Keoghan said
the partnership demonstrated
Landcorp’s commitment to
environmental leadership and
would help equip communities
with the skills and knowledge to
protect freshwater ecosystems at
a local level.
“ We are thrilled to be able
to introduce volunteers to this
“ Volunteering is a great way
to enjoy the outdoors, meet new
people and learn new skills, all
while making a real difference
to the environment,” she said.
“Landcorp employees are
also enthusiastic about getting
involved,” she said.
Protecting Cape Foulwind waterways
Grey Rural Women Jan Langridge, left, Gill Barrett, Alice Noble, Naomi
Drogemuller and Fay O’Callaghan try out the new ramp at Greymouth’s Regent
PICTURES: Ben Aulakh
West Coast CCS Disability Action president Pat Beck helps Bradley
Aldridge try out the new ramp at Greymouth’s Regent Theatre.
access ramp unveiled
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Author Robbie James and Paper Plus Greymouth owner Doug Truman with the book launch of
Claire and the Weka.
High Court judge Robbie
James has just released a
children’s book titled Claire
and the Weka, and was in
Greymouth this week to launch
Justice James has been a
familiar figure sitting at the
Greymouth and Westport
courthouses, but he says he finds
writing a relaxing pastime.
“It ’s something I do for light
relief from pressures on the job,”
Justice James said. “I know some
judges are poets and one is a film
producer, but I enjoy writing as
it is another side of life which
keeps you fresh.”
Claire and the Weka is about a
little girl who has a toy which is
stolen by a weka and eventually
a little boy finds it for her.
“It has plenty of quirky pictures
New Zealand product — it was
illustrated in New Plymouth,
written in Christchurch and
printed in Nelson.”
Greymouth High School Year 13
student Kieran Smith was last night
named dux of the school as well as
winning a host of other top awards at
the senior school graduation.
Kieran was also presented with the
Harley Award for top male student,
alongside the James Hutton Prize, the
Guinness and Kitchingham Tertiary
Study Award and the separate Harley
Award for tertiary male study.
Luke Cambus was proxime accessit
winning the Melse Cup and he also
took out the Academic Achievement
Award for top Year 11 student and the
Principal’s Award for school ser vice.
Caitlin Glue was given the award
for service to the school council, the
Te Tohu o Whakawhanaungatanga
Award, the Harley Award for tertiary
female study, and the Evelyn Cooper
Award for tertiary study.
The award for student sport
representation went to Michael
Cook, while Ethan Wilson-Bruce
was given the award for student arts
Students Kiwa Kahukura Denton and
Hazel Connolly shared the award for
Ser vice to Maori Students, Pumanawa,
while the award for Ser vice to the
Board of Trustees went to George
Watson, the and the Principal’s Award
for school service went to Pereen
Phoebe Roberts was named as
Kahurangi House leader, Grace
Gardner as Rata House leader and Ella
McGeady as Tawa House leader, while
the House Shield went to Pounamu,
and Rose-Maree Jones was awarded
the Kapa Haka leadership award.
In the study awards section Stasha
Beukes was given the Soroptomist
Club Ruby Jones Study Award, while
the Tai Poutini Polytechnic West
Coast Schools Award went to Draven
Academic effort with
distinction: Patrick Bell, Tasman
Bentley, Blake Davis, Emma Evans,
Daniel Fisher, Aleisha Griffiths, Grace
Henry, Jayme Howie, Lachlan Kelly,
Savannah Kemp-Poulton, Rebecca
Lomax, Emily Lorimer, Jarrod Mallet,
Zeb Markland, Lucy Miedema,
Thomas O’Dea, Grace Perkins, Oliver
Rose, Leteisha Rothera, Harvey
Rubbo, Blake Shaw, Bailey Williams,
Brianna Wilson, Reid Winter.
Academic effort with
distinction: James Bell, Nafisah Khan,
Archie Peake, Ellen Bellis, Courtney
Maggie Sue Butcher, Ginnia Latta,
Jason Steele, Emma Dawson, Hannah
Lowry, Connor Sutherland, Kelsey
Gurden, Mathew McKenzie, Cameron
Urban, Ben Helem, Brae McGowan,
Aimee Winter, Gina Hopkinson.
Academic effort with
distinction: Bradley Aldridge, Kate
Findlay, Vincent McKenzie, Kyle
Beatson, Caitlin Glue, Bridget
Sheehan, Shoshanna Berry, Matthew
Hunt, Pereen Singh, Rhian Calder,
Katrina Ilton, Kieran Smith, Luke
Cambus, Trivette L evick, April
Teasdale, Sarah Crawford, Alex
McCann, Ethan Wilson-Bruce, Grant
Excellence Medal: Michael Cook,
Caitlin Glue, Navare Jacobs, Joseph
Lunn, Chester Mama. Cook Family
Cup, All round
Greymouth Dragon Boating. Fair Play
Award: Alex McCann.
Physical education.— Top student
level 1: Har vey Rubbo, Thomas
O’Dea. Top student sports fitness and
recreation level 1: Reid Winter. Top
student sports fitness and recreation
level 2: Ben Keene, Juan Lawrence.
Top student level 1 health: Emily
Urban, Hannah Hill. Top student
level 2 physical education: Ben Keene,
Matthew Sheehan. Top student level
3 Physical Education Cup: Caitlin
Top students level 1
art: Emily Lorimer, Lucy Miedema.
Top student level 2 art: Cameron
Urban. Top student level 3 art: Sarah
Crawford. Arts prize future studies
in art: Sarah Crawford. Top student
level 2 photography: Tea Johnson.
The Stewart Nimmo award for
photography: Tea Johnson. Top student
level 1 drama: Lily Grant, Jacob Gibb.
Top student level 3 drama: Stasha
Beukes. Coxon drama cup: Ngakora
Beal. Top student level 1 music: Taegan
Bourke. Top student level 3 music:
Gina Hopkinson. The Dane Wafer
award for music composition: Gina
Hopkinson. The Wickes Prize for
music: Ethan Wilson-Bruce.
Languages.— Keri Hulme Trophy
top year 11 english: Grace Henry.
Eleanor Catton Trophy top year
12 english: Bridget Sheehan. Peter
Hooper Award for creative writing:
Rose-Maree Jones, Emma Dawson.
Mathematics competition cup: Logan
Holden-Boddy. Poisson Cup top
student statistics: Kieran Smith.
Top student level 1
physical science: Zeb Markland. Top
student year 12 physics cup: Logan
Holden-Boddy. Top student year
13 physics cup: Kieran Smith. Top
student level 1 biology: Patrick Bell.
Top student level 2 biology : Kelsey
Gurden. Roney Family Cup year 13
biology: Kieran Smith. Top student
level 2 chemistry cup: Tasman Bentley.
Top student level 1 history: Aimee
Winter. Hannan and Seddon Cup year
13 geography: Ellen Bellis.
Top student level 1
accounting: Zeb Markland. Top
student level 1 economics: Aleisha
Griffiths. Year 11 excellence in
commerce Thorn Cup: Aleisha
Griffiths. Top student level 1 digital
media: Lucy Miedema. Top student
level 2 economics: Imke Heersink,
Hauk Nyiam. Top year 12 commerce
student the West Coast Rotary Club,
Lend a Hand Foundation Trophy:
Imke Heersink. Top student level 3
business: Caitlin Glue. Excellence in
business studies cup: Caitlin Glue.
Technology.— Top student level 1
mechanical engineering: Reid Winter.
Top student level 2 mechanical
engineering: Reid Winter. Top student
level 1 carpentry and furniture:
Nathan Anderson. Top student level 2
carpentry and furniture: Jason Steele.
Top carpentry and furniture Student:
Jason Steele. Top student level 1 design
technology: Dane Norton-Jarlov. Top
student level 2 design technology :
Aimee Winter. Top student level 3
design technology: Blake White. Top
design technology student: Dane
Norton-Jarlov. Top student level 1
graphics: Patrick Bell. Top student
level 2 graphics: Francey Kara. Top
graphics student: Hannah L owry. Top
hospitality student: Emily Lorimer.
Assisted learning programmes.—
Most diligent student: Katrina Ilton.
Mawhera Ser vices Academy.—
Meihana Award for top academic:
Izayar McLaren. Alistair Bromley
Trophy, most determined to succeed:
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westroads is in line to secure a
contract worth millions of dollars for
the district ’s roading maintenance
following a move by its Westland
District Council owners yesterday
to directly appoint the company for
another term of up to nine years.
That decision, still to be okayed by
the New Zealand Transport Agency,
overrides the current procurement
strategy of tendering the contract,
worth $3.2 million annually. It is the
largest operating cost for the council
and includes an NZTA subsidy.
The roading maintenance contract
has been held by Westroads since
2003 and is in the last year of its
extended contract term, which will
expire at the end of the year.
Council district assets group
manager Vivek Goel said the
current contracting environment,
with the recent exit of Downer NZ
and Sicon Ferguson from the West
Coast, meant there was a lack of
competition for the works.
Directly appointing Westroads
would retain local employment and
knowledge, as well as profits and
expenditure in the region.
It would also maintain the
commercial viability of Westroads
as a council controlled organisation.
However, Cr Mark Dawson said
that reasoning should not come into
“They need to be able to operate
whatever happens in the contract
environment — to me we’re not
here to prop up Westroads, they
should be operating commercially.”
It was estimated that currently,
council related work made up only
30% of Westroads’ current contracts.
Cr Greg Hope also raised concerns
about the appointment stymieing
competition long term.
“If we create a closed shop,
competition won’t come.”
He said following the Christ-
church rebuild, more companies
would be looking for work and
competition was “healthy”.
Cr Andy Thompson
while he agreed with Cr Hope’s
philosophically, in the current
climate it secured local employment
and the knowledge that Westroads
had of the area.
“Synergies” with the council
contract and the contract it held for
State highway maintenance were
On September 1 a single contract
to manage and undertake the
State highway maintenance work
on the West Coast was awarded
to Fulton Hogan Ltd with Opus
International consultants, Westreef,
a Buller District Council company,
and Westroads named as sub-
Westroads to get council contract
Smith Greymouth High School’s top student
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
The Greymouth High School Dux for 2015, Kieran Smith, with the
silver ware he was awarded at the senior school graduation ceremony
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