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Cobden man Timothy Black was
remanded on further bail following
his appearance in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday. Police said
he had failed to remain at the Cobden
address previously stipulated in his
bail conditions but his lawyer, Richard
Bodle, said it was a case of Black
deciding to “de-escalate” tension at
that address following a disagreement
with another person residing there.
Police accepted an application to vary
the previous bail conditions and Black
was remanded to reside elsewhere
in Cobden until his next court
appearance on January 26.
Police opposed an application
by Stephen Michael Wilson of
Dunollie to vary his bail requirement
to live in Dunollie following being
charged with male assaults female.
He was bailed on the condition he
stay away from a Cobden address.
Acting senior sergeant Paul Watson
said he understood that Wilson
had reconciled with the victim and
they were hoping to have a non-
association order lifted. However,
police prosecutor sergeant Michelle
Payne said there needed to be “a
cooling-off period” between the
couple and opposed any variation
given that during the alleged assault
the victim was grabbed around the
throat. Wilson was remanded on bail
with the strict condition to reside
in D unollie until his next court
appearance on January 12.
Remand on bail
Graeme Alan Delaney, of
Greymouth, was released on bail
following his arrest for failing to
appear in the Greymouth District
Court on December 29. He was
remanded to appear in again on
Clinton Francis Hahn, of Ahaura,
voluntarily appeared after a
warrant for his arrest was issued on
Christmas Eve for failing to appear.
The police sought bail for Hahn to
reside at an Ahaura address and to
not associate with the alleged victim.
Hahn was remanded to appear in
court on January 12.
NZ Garnet has applied for a
prospecting licence over 597ha at
Ruatapu. Gerard Fahey has applied
to mine 3.47ha at Barrytown while
Gordon Storer wants to mine 49ha
near the Buller River.
The winner of a double pass to
the 1970s act the Bulldogs Allstar
Goodtime Band who are playing at
the Regent Theatre in Greymouth
tomorrow is Lois Meldrum of
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Anatoki, Jay Elaine. Departures:
Moon Shadow II. In port: Anatoki,
Jay Elaine, 14 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Anatoki, Jay
Elaine today. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, Monday.
Holcim finalises departure plans
A Harley Davidson motorbike stored
at a Geraldine Street property in
Greymouth has been stolen.
Greymouth police acting senior
sergeant Paul Watson said the 2007
Harley Davidson FXD silver and black
motorbike was “unlawfully” taken
sometime between New Year’s Eve and
“It ’s been removed from a garage
on the property. Obviously we’d be
interested in any information about that
bike,” he said.
The bike registration plate is A3JGN.
Meanwhile a car belonging to German
tourists was broken into yesterday at the
end of Bullock Creek Road near the
entrance to the Cave Creek walk.
Backpacks, wallets, cellphones and
other small items were stolen from the
car while its occupants were on a day
They returned early in the afternoon to
discover their belongings were missing
and reported the theft to the police
Mr Watson said there was a number of
other vehicles parked at the road end at
the same time but none of those vehicles
had been targeted.
Given the nationality of the car’s
occupants a number of the missing
items would be identifiable as German.
Police were appealing to the public for
any information which might lead to
the identity the thieves and to be on the
lookout for any of the missing items.
Another petty fuel theft has been
reported from a garage — this time from
an address in Carroll Street, Runanga.
The fuel can went missing sometime
between December 20 and this week.
of the Westport News
Buller’s second biggest employer is
firming up plans to leave the district
this year, ending more than half a
century in Westport.
Preliminary planning had begun for
demolishing Holcim’s Cape Foulwind
cement works, Holcim Cement
general manager Ross Pickworth said.
“Implementation and timing of any
demolition work will be subject to any
potential future use of the site,” Mr
Holcim was continuing to work
with the Buller District Council to
facilitate any interest from potential
businesses for using the site, he said.
“A small number of parties have
expressed interest, but so far none of
these have confirmed their intentions.”
The council’s business development
facilitator John Hill has been lobbying
for a waste-to-energy plant or a waste
timber-to-diesel refinery on the site.
Holcim is closing the Cape
Foulwind works — its only New
Zealand manufacturing plant — in
favour of importing cement from
Japan. The company announced in
September last year that the works
might close at the end of May, rather
than at the end of June as previously
Mr Pickworth said yesterday that
Holcim had yet to confirm a shutdown
date but it was likely to be around
mid-year once the new Auckland
terminal was fully commissioned.
The Auckland terminal was likely to
be commissioned at the end of May.
The new Timaru terminal had
been completed and would be fully
operational by late this month.
Holcim is spending more than $100
million on building the 30,000-tonne
cement storage terminals.
Mr Pickworth said the Cape
Foulwind works had sought voluntary
redundancies several months ago,
because it planned to shut down one
of its three kilns when Timaru was
Nine people took
redundancy and left at the end of
December, he said.
The works manager for the past
seven years, Chester Goodson, has
also left. Mr Goodson has returned to
his native United States, to manage a
gypsum board manufacturing plant in
Fort Dodge, Iowa.
He has been replaced by Clark
Nelson, the former operations
Mr Pickworth said Holcim now
employed around 105 staff and
contractors at Westport. It did not
expect more redundancies prior to the
Holcim was offering assistance
to staff to find other jobs. Several
initiatives would be under way in the
next few weeks.
“Staff are being kept well-informed
throughout the process. They continue
to be very positive about how Holcim
is managing the process and have
been doing a fantastic job keeping the
plant running successfully. ”
One kiln was shut down at the
end of December. A second kiln
had been shut down for unplanned
maintenance and should be operating
again within a week. Two kilns would
then operate until near the time the
“ It is likely that one more kiln will
be shut a month before closure.”
Holcim is Westport ’s biggest
employer after Solid Energy, which
has pruned hundreds of local jobs in
the last two years.
The Cape Foulwind cement works
has been part of the Buller economy
for 58 years.
Holcim’s departure will also put
Westport ’s port in jeopardy. Cement
ships are the main port trade.
Mr Pickworth said the two cement
ships, Westport and Milburn Carrier
2, were still calling at Westport,
subject to ship maintenance, weather
and bar conditions.
“ With less cement being produced,
fewer shipments will be required.
However, shipping will continue until
around mid-year, when the plant
Westport harbour revenue is
expected to slump from $3.1 million
this financial year to $1.9 million in
2017 and $183,000 in 2018. Harbour
owner, the Buller council, has been
looking for new trade but has so far
Holcim’s imported cement will
come from Mitsubishi Materials
Corporation Kanda Plant, in
Fukuoka, which also supplies other
Holcim companies in the Asia Pacific
The News understands the ships
carrying the cement will return to
Japan laden with logs.
A Ukrainian dairy farm worker
was called a c— and told to “f— off
to your own country” by his former
South Island employers when he left
after a dispute about parental leave.
Taras Natalenko accepted a job offer
with a different farm because he felt
he was being discriminated against
for being a migrant worker, including
being refused time off when his wife
was scheduled for an induced labour.
But the Employment Relations
Authority dismissed his claims that
he was unjustifiably disadvantaged
during his employment, and refused
him compensation when he took his
complaint to the authority.
with dairy farm
experience, was working on Nathan
Hogg and Katy Griffin’s Hokitika
dairy farm on a one-year visa after
they recruited him from Ukraine in
The working relationship started
positively, but by November 2014,
a month into the job, things started
to deteriorate with disagreements
on how work on the farm should be
By February last year, Mr Natalenko
left to work at a neighbouring farm,
and he e-mailed his former bosses
to inform them he had requested a
mediation meeting over money that
had been withheld, and that among
his claims he would be seeking
compensation for their refusal to
allow him parental leave when his
wife went into hospital.
In response, Ms Griffin sent two
abusive e-mails, one simply said:
“ You c-!!!”
The second read: “F— off to your
The money he was owed was then
He complained to the ERA that
he was unjustifiably disadvantaged
in his employment by the couple’s
unreasonable denial of parental
leave and sick leave, and by being
discriminated against on the basis
of his ethnic or national origins. He
wanted $30,000 in compensation and
an apology from the pair.
In a recently released decision, the
ERA said it had no jurisdiction to
order an apology, but said Ms Griffin
had acknowledged that her e-mails
“ were inappropriate and regrets
having sent them”.
She told the authority that she had
been “disappointed” with him for
leaving after they had recruited him
from Ukraine, and angry with him
for going to work for their neighbour
and not working out his notice
Mr Natalenko’s suspicion of
discrimination was partly prompted
by Ms Griffin’s o ff ensive e-mail,
the authority said, adding it could
“ understand why (he) suspected
However, it ruled there was no
evidence of discrimination on ethnic
or national grounds, and dismissed
The dispute began after Mr
Natalenko was granted annual leave
for the first two weeks of January
2015, with the plan that it was to
coincide with the birth of his first
But when he returned to work on
January 16, his wife had not given
The next day, the Natalenkos
were given an inducement date of
January 19. But that same day Ms
Griffin informed the worker that she
and Mr Hogg were going to Nelson
on January 19 and 20 to see the Black
She refused to allow him paternity
leave as there would be no one to look
after the farm.
Mr Natalenko told the ERA it was
“ unreasonable” for Mr Hogg and Ms
Griffin to “effectively ensure his wife
would be left alone during her labour
in hospital as they knew she and Mr
Natalenko did not have any family in
He worked his usual hours, and
managed to arrive at the hospital
in time to see his daughter born on
When the couple returned from
Nelson the next day, neither asked
Mr Natalenko about whether the
baby had been born, or how his wife
was doing. He did not tell them
about the birth.
The authority ruled that Mr
Natalenko did not give the required
notice in writing to request parental
leave for the induced birth, and
therefore Mr Hogg and Ms Griffin
had not breached the law in their
The baby girl was flown to
Christchurch Hospital’s neonatal
intensive care unit after it was
discovered she had a cleft palate.
But when Mr Natalenko asked to
take half a day’s annual leave, and
then sick leave, on February 3, in
order to pick his wife and baby up
from Hokitika Airport and take
them to Grey Base Hospital, he was
However, they later agreed to allow
him to leave work an hour early,
on full pay, as long as he provided
a medical certificate proving his
daughter was ill.
The ERA said he was not
disadvantaged in being refused leave,
and the refusal was not in breach of
his employment contract.
The initial refusal was “harsh”,
the authority said, but because the
couple had changed their minds and
allowed him to leave work early on
full pay, he was not disadvantaged
and the situation was “appropriately
However, it noted that Mr Hogg
and Ms Griffin were not entitled
to request a medical certificate in
relation to his wife or daughter.
Following these disagreements,
Mr Natalenko decided to take up an
offer of work from a neighbouring
farm and handed in his notice. But
after informing Immigration New
Zealand, which transferred his visa
to his new employer, he was told by
his immigration adviser he could no
longer work for Mr Hogg and Ms
Mr Natalenko said he understood
this to mean he could not work out
the remaining week of his notice
period as he would be in breach
of the law and his Immigration
Accordingly, he informed the
owners on February 17 that it would
be his last day of work.
The pair “were upset ”, and later
that day there was an argument
about when the Natalenko family
should move out of their farm
Between 5.35pm and 5.45pm, they
were informed they had to be out of
the house by 6pm.
However, the ERA did not find
the employers at fault, despite saying
that Mr Hogg “did originally give
an unreasonably short time . . . for
clearing out the premises”.
“Even if I found disadvantage to
Mr Natalenko in that comment it
was of a fleeting nature and greatly
contributed to by his leaving that
day without working out his notice
period,” the authority said.
“I accept that Mr Natalenko
believed he was legally precluded
from continuing to work . . . however,
he did not take reasonable steps to
check the correctness of that view
and did not take any steps to work
out how he could work out his notice
period and not leave the respondents
in the lurch.”
It ruled that both parties had
breached the employment agreement,
and “that is where things should lie”.
Ukrainian worker’s discrimination claim fails
Operatunity is starting the New Year
with a Parisian-style show.
It will feature French melodies
including I love Paris, La Vie en Rose,
Autumn Leaves, Can-can, Beyond the
Sea and Under the Bridges of Paris.
Performing in the concert will be
Cameron Barclay, fresh from his
world tour with the Ten Tenors, one
of Australia’s most famous touring
He will be joined by Jessica Hindin
on violin, soprano Susan Boland and
tenor Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua.
It is at the Regent Theatre in
Greymouth on February 3, at 11am.
A taste of France for Greymouth
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The MV Anatoki being loaded with crushed stone from Tru-line quarries this morning at the old Greymouth wharf. The 51m long ‘box hold’ vessel owned by
Coastal Bulk Shipping Ltd used mainly to shift bulk fertiliser, grain and gravel around the country docked at the port last evening and is expected to depart for
Auckland later today. The Anatoki has a loaded draft of 4.2m making it ideal to negotiate shallow harbours such as Greymouth and Westport.
Ship taking Coast gravel to Auckland
The West Coast Primary
reported a net surplus
of $109,452 for the
past year, with a total
operating income of
The PHO employs
21 staff, mainly in
Greymouth but including
four in Westport. It paid
$1.1 million in salaries
and wages in the 2014-
15 year, and $61,424 in
trustee meeting fees.
Patients made 140,210
subsidised visits to their
GP practice, an average of
4.6 visits for each enrolled
patient, with an average
subsidy of $43.89. Of
those, 72,018 were to a
GP and 68,192 to a nurse.
It spent $309,296
on its ‘keeping people
which includes the Green
which 478 entered.
A total of 3550
completed, and of those
475 people were found to
be at high risk.
In addition, there were
985 diabetes reviews
— 1271 West Coasters
are estimated to have
There were 1161
contraception and sexual
health visits, while 204
people were assisted
by the palliative care
In the mental health
area, it received 799
requests for assessment.
Of the 539 who attended
brief inter vention
counselling, 126 were
As more boats and jet skis than ever
congregate on Lake Dunstan this
summer, their drivers are being urged to
follow the rules.
Lake D unstan harbourmaster Shayne
Hitchcock said it was the biggest season
for vehicles on the lake.
“ We’ve had a good run of weather this
year. Boats keep getting built and people
still use the old ones, so we see more
He said he was “pretty happy” with the
behaviour of boat users and jetski drivers
this summer, but some new drivers
needed to get used to codes.
The boating rules include keeping
right and operating anti-clockwise off
There is no limit to how many boats are
allowed on the lake and no general speed
limit, but vessels, including anything
they are towing, must keep to five knots
when within 50m of swimmers, rafts or
Not complying with rules carried a
$300 fine, but no such fines had been
issued so far this season, Mr Hitchcock
“ I love to see people out there enjoying
the lake. We have great facilities here
and I love seeing boat users respecting
There was an increasing number of
jetskis on the lake, he said.
“The same rules apply to them. They
are just another boat.
“ Jetskis can turn quicker, which means
they can get into trouble quicker. ”
He said the death of 12-year-
old Waikouaiti boy Jack Martin on
St Bathans’ Blue Lake last month was
“The skipper is responsible for the
vessel and everyone on board, so they
need to follow the rules.
“ You don’t have to have a licence to
drive a boat, but there are rules to follow.
I always say people can call me up if they
need something cleared up.”
— Otago Daily Times
Lake boaties urged to follow rules
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