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Beach not patrolled
Lifesavers will not be patrolling
Rapahoe beach until January 10.
Kotuku Surf Livesaving Club
president Mark Bolland said today
members would be at the beach from
noon until 5pm on Sundays for over
a month. Rapahoe is the only beach
the club patrols over summer.
A small earthquake was recorded
near Arthur’s Pass yesterday
morning. The 3.4 was recorded at
8.11am and was 25km south-west of
the township, and 10km deep.
Santa revisited one Lotto player in
Greymouth on Boxing Day, bringing
them an $18,420 prize as one of
18 winners in second division. The
ticket was sold at Greymouth New
Pike Stream proposal
The New Zealand Conser vation
Authority says Te Runanga o Ngati
Waewae would like some form of
co-management of the Paparoa
National Park. In a report to the
Conser v ation Minister, they said
iwi wanted greater access to their
traditional food and weaving
resources, something that is
precluded by the National Parks
Act 1980. “ The area along the
eastern side of the escarpment was
a traditional birding area for them
— a s the sun rose and warmed the
forests, this resulted in the ‘dawn
chorus’.” They would like to see the
traditional name for Pike Stream
— Waimoka — returned to the
maps. This is an important inanga
spawning site for Katiwaewae.” The
authority would bring this to the
attention of the NZ Geographic
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: One Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey,
Moon Shadow II, Jay Elaine, 20
Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
pilot project for Coast
West Coast residents have been encouraged
to stop smoking — or face another tobacco tax
increase in the New Year.
From January 1, the price of cigarettes and
loose tobacco will go up by 10% as the next tax
increases takes effect.
The Government has a goal of Smokefree
New Zealand by 2025, with a smoking rate of
less than 5%.
The 10% tax increase will be ‘the last straw ’
for some and may provide an incentive to quit
smoking for good. Summer is a great time for
making lifestyle changes.
West Coast Tobacco Free Coalition
chairwoman Anne Hines said she was urging
smokers to beat the price increase and consider
quitting this summer.
“ We’re encouraging smokers to make giving
up smoking their resolution this New Year. It ’s
a great opportunity to begin the journey to a
smokefree life,” Ms Hines said.
“Smoking is becoming less socially acceptable
as more and more people are quitting. The cost
of smoking may be going up, but the cost of
quitting hasn’t changed.”
There were lots of ‘stop smoking’ help
available on the West Coast — all of the
medical centres and health clinics, as well
as the community pharmacies in Hokitika
and Greymouth, provided the Coast Quit
programme. This involves medication plus
support over eight to 12 weeks at a cost of
$2.50 per session.
The Aukati Kaipaipa programme, through
Community and Public Health in Greymouth,
is free, as is the specialist smoking cessation
ser vice offered through Grey Base and Buller
hospitals. Quitline is also available.
Smokers face price rise
A pilot project to co-ordinate and manage help
for Greymouth families affected by domestic
violence has been set up by the Ministry of
Social Development, partly replacing the
ser vice previously provided by the defunct
It is being co-ordinated by Presbyterian
Support in Greymouth.
A ministry spokesman said the $55,000
project, which started on July 1 and runs for
a full year, would provide co-ordinated case
management for families.
“ It will ensure these families are accessing
existing ser vices, identify any gaps in ser vices
that existing partners can’t provide, and fund
any additional support needed that can’t be
met by existing ser vices. It may include some
counselling, if this is appropriate to meet client
The spokesman said the number of counselling
sessions previously provided to clients was
“dependent on client needs”.
However, integrated case-co-ordinator Linda
Soper, from Presbyterian Support, said the
“main problem at the moment was the cost ”, as
the funding might only provide six sessions per
Presbyterian Support co-ordinated a “wrap
around ser vice” with local counsellors and
organisations such as the Salvation Army, Pact,
Homebuilders, Family First and schools.
Ms Soper said the project was aimed at
families at risk of experiencing family violence.
“ When they turn up, we find out what their
needs are, that will decide where we go for
them. MSD obviously realise that this is a need
since Relationships Aotearoa and Focus Trust
have closed down in the area. ”
Tuesday December 29
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
December 29, 2002.
Brendon John. —
November 19, 2010.
Close to our hearts you
will always stay,
Loved and remembered
Love Mum, Dad, and
your loving family.
O'Neill) Dallas. —
December 29, 2013.
Remembered with love
Peggy, Barry, Nelly,
and daughters Lesa and
HARDIE, Nora. —
Passed away peacefully
at the Richard Seddon
Hospital, Greymouth on
December 24, 2015,
aged 82. Loved and
cherished wife of the
late Cecil (Ces), much
loved and adored mum
and mum-in-law of
Christine and Tony
Bryce and Lea (Christ-
church), and Judith
(Australia), much loved
nana of Wade Cosgrove,
Sam and Alana Hardie,
and Hayley and Brett
'Nana-poppa' of Alexi,
and Reece Hardie, and
Beau Simmonds, a loved
sister and sister-in-law
and dear sister-in-law of
Peter Hardie, loved aunt
of all her nieces and
nephews and special
McGeady. The family
would like to thank the
staff at Richard Seddon
Hospital for all the care
and kindness shown to
Nora during her time
with them. Messages
to 7 Mawhera Street,
7805. At Nora's request
a private cremation has
been held in Greymouth.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Saturday December 26,
2015, peacefully and in
familiar surroundings, in
his 85th year. Dearly
loved husband of the
late Ursula, much loved
father and father-in-law
of Anne and Mark, Peter
and Karen, Jane and
Theresa. Loved grandad
of Hannah, Jessica,
Liam, Charlotte, Julia,
William and Christopher
and loved brother of the
late Charles. Messages
to the O'Reilly Family,
615 Upper Kokatahi
Road, RD 1, Hokitika
7881. A Funeral Mass
Bill will be
celebrated at St Paul's
following the Mass,
family will travel to the
Hokitika Cemetery to
lay Bill to rest, in a
private family service.
Recitation of the Rosary
at St Paul's this evening
Hokitika — FDANZ
Phone (03) 7557993.
Tourists on the beach in front of the Greymouth Top 10 Holiday Park photograph the Boxing Day sunset. The good weather has
drawn people to West Coast beaches for a ride, walk or summer dip.
Tourists film Coast sunset
PICTURE: Dwayne Detlaff
health ser vice
An adverse reaction or infection were
given as the main reasons for ACC
claims for health treatment injuries
on the West Coast, including claims
relating to private practices.
In the 10 years from July 2005 to the
end of February 2015, ACC received
361 ‘decided’ claims from the West
Coast relating to health ser vices. Of
those, 215 were accepted, and 146
The figures include all private and
public care provided in the region —
GPs, dental, private clinics, other allied
health and investigative care providers.
In that period, 176 of the 361 claims
related to non-district health board
The highest claim cost paid out in the
past financial year for a treatment injury
that occurred in the West Coast was
Although the treatment that caused
the injury was provided in the West
Coast DHB region, ‘it does not infer
that all ongoing treatment costs were for
treatment provided on the West Coast ’,
ACC said in a statement.
“ACC may have funded treatment
in other parts of New Zealand, e.g.
specialist treatment at Christchurch
“Nationally, high cost accepted claims
most commonly relate to cerebral injury,
birth injury, ner ve injury and infection.
The West Coast DHB region has similar
injuries were: adverse reaction (47
accepted claims); infection (31 claims);
ner ve injury (15); dental injury (13);
The Grey District Council has requested
an urgent tidy-up of amenity areas along
State highways after a number of complaints
about unkempt roadsides, particularly at the
Assets manager Mel Sutherland told the
council meeting this month that road reser ve
under the control of the New Zealand
Transport Authority was supposed to be
maintained to keep the verges and any layby
amenity areas in good condition.
“ We’re not happy with the way a lot of
these laybys and monument areas are being
treated,” Mr Sutherland said.
The Strongman Mine Memorial area and
layby areas at Twelve Mile, Fourteen Mile
and Seventeen Mile on the Coast Road were
not being kept to a good standard.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn noted that the
NZTA really needed “to raise their bar”
because the Coast Road and adjoining areas
showcased the region to tourists.
Cr Kevin Brown noted that the approach
to Greymouth at the northern side of the
Cobden Bridge “ looks shocking” and while
some work had been done under the umbrella
of NZTA to tidy up the area after subsidence
on the north side, “they need to play their
Mr Kokshoorn told the Greymouth Star
that the issue of rank grass around the
Strongman Memorial was not a new one
and it was the job of the NZTA as the State
“ We tend to get this problem every year.
Now they ’re saying, no it ’s the Department
of Conser vation’s job. We’re saying come on,
this is not good enough.”
NZTA needed to live up to its
responsibility, although he said the council
might have no option but to do the work
“The Coast Road and the Pancake Rocks
are now the most visited sites on the West
Coast. We want the authorities to do the
decent thing and keep them (the roadsides)
maintained. We feel as though we shouldn’t
have to do it,” Mr Kokshoorn said.
Mr Sutherland is scheduled to meet with
NZTA tomorrow morning about the matter.
“ We’re pursuing that on behalf of council,
even though it’s a State highway,” Mr
Sutherland said. “ We’ve identified that
there is maintenance mowing and spraying
(component) in the State highway contract. ”
Council seeks highways tidy-up
of the Hokitika Guardian
A former Hokitika man who died
after falling several metres from a tree
on Sunday had only recently returned
to the West Coast to spend Christmas
The 67-year-old, from Brisbane, was
helping fell a tree on his Rimu property
when the branch he was standing on
broke and he crashed about 5m to the
The victim’s name had not been
released by today as police said it was not
known if all family members in Australia
had been notified.
Sergeant Philip Ealam, of Greymouth
police, said the man suffered a severe
injury to the back of his head and he
died at the scene.
“ He was trimming an old macrocarpa
tree at his property and standing on a
branch approximately 5m in the air and
trimming branches around him.
“One of the branches he trimmed
came down and hit the branch he was
standing on, causing that to break and
him to fall to the ground,” Mr Ealam
He was working alongside a family
member who witnessed the tragedy.
An ambulance was called to the
Woodstock-Rimu Road property about
His death had been referred to the
The Guardian understands the victim
was born and raised on the Rimu
property, which the family kept as
a second residence after moving to
Australia some years ago.
dies in tree fall
Firefighters battled a large sand dune
fire at a Christchurch beach yesterday
Emergency ser vices were called to the
Southshore blaze at 1.17pm.
Fanned by a stiff easterly wind, the fire
had taken hold in tussock and grass.
Four appliances and a tanker were
dispatched to the scene.
On arrival, they found the fire had
extended to an area 30m long by
30m wide, Fire Ser vice southern
communications shift manager Daryl
Ball said. There was no threat to nearby
However, a wide cordon was put in
place to keep people away while the
firefighters battled to put it out.
One firefighter was treated for heat
“ With all the heavy kit, it can get pretty
warm in there,” Mr Ball said.
Crews soon had the fire under control
and were dampening down the area.
Christchurch sand dunes fire
Three people have been injured, one critically, after a
crash in the Bay of Islands.
A police spokesman said the Fire Ser vice had cut
three people from vehicles.
One is critical, one is in a serious condition and the
third is moderately injured.
Emergency ser vices were called to the crash at
10.20am. He said the crash happened on State highway
11, in a 100kph zone near the Bay of Islands Holiday
Park. — NZME
Crash injures three
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