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A woman escaped injury after
crashing her car near Rotomanu on
Friday afternoon. Senior constable
Mike Tinnelly, of Greymouth
police, said the cause of the 4pm
crash was unknown at this stage,
but alcohol was not involved.
Mr Tinnelly said police had also
received a number of complaints
over the weekend about drivers
crossing the white line. “ That could
be tourists as well as locals travelling
back after the weekend. ”
A noisy party at Runanga had
to be silenced and a beach fire
extinguished during an otherwise
quiet long weekend for Greymouth
police. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly said they were called to help
the fire brigade sort out a beach fire
about 10pm on Sunday. A group of
17 to 20-year-olds who started the
fire also had two boxes of alcohol
confiscated for breaching the town
liquor ban. Meanwhile, a party in
Runanga on Saturday night had to
be broken up early after complaints
from neighbours about the loud
No 17 in caucus
It is business as usual for West
Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor after the Labour Party
caucus reshuffle. Opposition leader
Andrew Little yesterday announced
his shadow cabinet. Previously
unranked, Mr O’Connor has risen
to No 17, as spokesman for primary
industries, biosecurity and food
safety. More, p3.
Rain, some heavy falls
An English commuter was left
in shock after she was given a card
by a stranger dubbing her a ‘fat,
ugly human.’ Kara Florish shared a
picture of the card she was given by
someone working for ‘O ver weight
Haters Ltd’, on Facebook. The card,
which had the tag line: “It’s really
not glandular, it ’s your gluttony,”
read: “O ur organisation hates and
resents fat people. We object to
the enormous amount of food
resources you consume while half
the world star ves. We disapprove of
your wasting NHS money to treat
your selfish greed. And we do not
understand why you fail to grasp that
by eating less you will be better off,
slimmer, happy and find a partner
who is not a perverted chubby-lover,
or even find a partner at all.”
— Daily Mail
Neils Beach residents and bach owners
who have lost 100m of land to the sea
are wondering what to do next, as the
water inches closer to their homes at the
bottom of the West Coast.
The Westland District Council recently
spent a six-figure sum protecting the
road around the beach at Jackson Bay,
and the West Coast Regional Council
has called in the experts to suggest
solutions for the worsening erosion
at Neils Beach. The beachfront Maori
reser ves have been severely eroded, from
the Arawhata River mouth and south
closer towards Jackson Bay.
Bach owner Jim Murray, who fronted
a public meeting last month, said the
erosion began four to five years ago and
in a good storm, a couple of metres could
go “almost overnight”.
In spring tides and high seas, it was
now running down into low lying land
behind the dunes, close to the settlement.
The sea had already run down the side
of the airstrip, Mr Murray said.
The area had been subject to erosion
historically, and was now eating into
a stand of native bush, with rimu and
kahikatea trees falling into the sea.
“A lot of it we don’t understand,” he
said, although sea currents were probably
a factor in depleting the shingle off the
beach. It was building up on the north
side of the river, where no one lived.
Neils Beach homeowners are now
discussing their options with the
regional council. One option was a rock
embankment at the beach.
“ We don’t want to see that area
disappear,” Mr Murray said.
“ We don’t have the luxury of too much
time. It ’s disheartening to see the damage
being done. There’s no quick fix. ”
Helicopter operator and fisherman
Geoff Robson, who has lived at Neils
Beach for 35 years, said the beach had
been building up, but that changed
about four years ago.
“It decided to take the beach away.
We’ve probably lost 100-odd metres. It ’s
come quite close, right around the front
of the subdivision,” Mr Robson said.
It was now halfway through the main
Regional council planning and
environment manager Mike Meehan
said erosion had taken the beach to
within 40m of the houses.
He attended a meeting with about 25
homeowners there last month.
“ We discussed the situation and
what council could do to support the
“Council had already commissioned
Niwa to visit the site and provide advice
on what the situation was and to advise
on possible mitigation options,” Mr
That report was due in a few weeks,
then the council would make decisions
with the community. It did not have an
estimate of the cost.
The Westland District Council has
also been involved, and has so far spent
$150,000 shoring up the Jackson Bay
Road, where the sea has eroded into the
very edge of the road.
About 3000 tonnes of rock has been
positioned, along with about 3000 cubic
metres of fill.
Assets manager Vivek Goel said the
council expected the final bill to be in
the order of $170,000.
Helen Rasmussen, a trustee of the
Arawhata Ahu Whenua Trust which
owns much of the affected land, said it
was not currently being used.
“There’s nothing there, it will build
back up again. That ’s the dynamic nature
of the coast.”
Mrs Rasmussen, who grew up at Hunts
Beach, Bruce Bay, has seen erosion come
and go, and knows it is cyclical.
“ Where I was brought up had the river
on one side, and the sea on the other.
There would be froth running under
the house, and the river flooding on the
other side. We loved it as kids.”
Land values plummet
Residential property land prices in
Greymouth and district have slid by
up to 17.5% in the latest three-year
Properties are revalued every three
years on behalf of the Grey District
Council. The latest valuations will
be posted to home, business and
Residential capital values are down
5.8%, and residential land down 17.5%.
The full findings will be presented to
the next council meeting.
Council finance manager Ian Young
said today people would have until
January 21 to object.
Property revaluations are performed
every three years and the council uses
these rating valuations to calculate the
rates on each property.
The last revaluation of the Grey
district was carried out in September
Mr Young said a change in land value
did not automatically mean that there
would be a change in rates.
The rateable land value is used to
determine how much of the general
rate people pay in comparison to other
properties in the district.
Climate change hikoi
PICTURE: Laura Mills
About 20 walkers left Greymouth early on Sunday morning to march or cycle as far as Hokitika to highlight climate change, as towns and
cities around the world held protests to coincide with a world summit. Paul Maunder, for the organisers, said 40 people gathered at the end, with
several Hokitika people joining the march for the final segment. Passing motorists were generally supportive. The hikoi concluded with a rally
on the Hokitika beach at 4pm where the gathering was addressed by Green MP Kevin Hague. “ Today you have been part of the most ambitious
demonstration, at least anywhere in New Zealand, demanding a safer future for us, our children and our planet. Today you are part of the world’s
largest climate mobilisation,” Mr Hague said. In the past couple of weeks new studies had been published which had recorded the facts that the earth
was already one degree warmer, he said. “ W hat the world needs, what this country needs, and what the West Coast needs are decisive measures to
reduce carbon emissions rapidly to zero ...” With the United Nations Climate Summit under way in Paris, about 15,000 took part in the People’s
Climate march in Auckland, with similar events held in Christchurch and Wellington.
Most of the workers put off at
the Reefton goldmine have found
other work on the West Coast, mine
manager Dale Oram says.
Oceana Gold’s Globe Progress
open-cast mine laid-off about 106
workers at the end of September,
leaving about 60 at the mine. Most of
the remainder will be made redundant
by the end of January when the mine
Mr Oram said many of the 106
workers had found other jobs.
“The majority of those people
have found work, which is great, in
and around the West Coast. A few
of the mining guys got roles with
some of the small mining groups ... I
understand from hearing discussions
those who wanted work went out and
they ’ve found it.”
Few of the redundant workers had
left the Coast, he said.
About half of the mine’s employees
have lived in Reefton. The rest
Westport and elsewhere.
Some of the commuters had found
work closer to home, Mr Oram said.
There were now about only 12
workers left on the mining team. The
rest remained at the mine’s processing
“Nothing has changed on the
processing side. It’s really just the
mining that dropped off once we
stopped mining the pit at the end of
He said the plan was to wind up
operations at the end of January, then
tidy up the site and put the plant into
care and maintenance.
“Then we’ ll reduce again down to a
team of about six people in total.”
Mr Oram will become the new
general manager of Oceana Gold’s
Macraes mine in Otago. He expects
to take over there in early January, but
will retain responsibility for Globe
Progress until it closes.
He said some other Globe Progress
staff had also scored jobs at Macraes.
“ We had an engineer went down
there. We’ve got another of our
fellows from the technical side of the
plant. They are currently interviewing
a few people for some roles in the
plant — fitters, electricians.”
Globe Progress buildings would
remain on site at the mine. What
happened to them in future would
depend on a legacy agreement
between Oceana Gold and the
Department of Conser vation, he said.
Meanwhile, exploration of nearby
Blackwater Mine would remain a
work in progress.
Mr Oram has previously said
Blackwater was probably three years
away from being an operating mine.
Unlike Globe Progress, it would be an
He confirmed last week that
exploration alone would cost about
$40 million, to build two tunnels
to the base of the ore body for
If Blackwater proceeded it would be
a much smaller operation than Globe
Progress, with fewer than 20 jobs
Most laid-off mine workers employed
The first contracts to extend
ultra-fast broadband could start
in autumn, but no additional West
Coast towns have been confirmed
for an upgrade.
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce said during a visit
to Greymouth last week that
Westport, Runanga, Reefton and
Hokitika would be the next West
Coast towns to receive ultra-fast
He made the remark at a gathering
to mark the full rollout of UFB in
Greymouth, at a cost of nearly
The work to connect the other
Coast towns was currently being
tendered through Crown Fibre
Crown Fibre Holdings said the
towns had been included in the
tender to extend UFB.
“However, the UFB2 tender
process is ongoing and thus no
additional West Coast towns have
been confirmed for UFB coverage at
this stage,” strategy director Rohan
The towns and others were eligible
for the UFB extension, but subject
to the commercial tender process.
The request for proposals closed in
late October, and the first contracts
may commence in the second
quarter of 2016.
Greymouth is the 12th New
Zealand town to be ‘fully-fibred’,
with about 4000 homes, businesses,
schools and health facilities now
able to connect to ultra-fast internet,
although the uptake has been slower.
No further Coast towns for broadband upgrade
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