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James (Dick). —
(Formerly from Blacks
Point, Reefton). On
January 4, 2017, peace-
fully in Blenheim, aged
71 years. Dearly loved
partner of the late
Brazilia. A much loved
father and father-in-law
of Helen and Julian;
Karen and Paul; Phil and
Cath; and Paul and
Kahu. A loved Grandad
of Rubie, Piata, Jacob;
Hinewai, Nikau, Pipi;
Rata, Anika, Nikora;
Bryanna, Capri and
Whaitiri. A treasured
son of the late Beatrice
and Ken. A loved
brother of Pat and
Deidre and the late Gay,
Jeff and Garth. Mess-
ages to 4 Muller Road,
Blenheim 7201. Special
thanks to the Reefton
District Health Nursing
staff, the Marlborough
Hospice and Maxwell
Care Home. At Dick's
request a private crema-
tion has been held.
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of the Westport News
The highest-spending candidate in the
Buller local body elections says he does
not begrudge a cent of the cash.
Brent Oldham spent $4857 to help win
the sole Buller seat on Development West
Coast, according to candidates’ returns of
The Westport businessman spent $2062
more than dairy farmer John O’Connor
and $2892 more than the previous Buller
trustee, accountant Frank Dooley.
Mr Dooley ’s loss of the seat he had held
for over 15 years was the biggest upset of
the Buller elections.
Mr Oldham said most of his own
spending was on hoardings, Facebook, and
“The best things in life aren’t free ...” he
“I was serious about it and that ’s what I
did ... I don’t begrudge a cent of it.”
Mr Oldham said he was enjoying being
a DWC trustee. “It seems to be a positive
environment, both at board level and staff
Asked whether he had made any progress
on his pledge to push for a permanent
DWC staff member in Westport, he said
DWC members had been told they could
not talk to the media about trust business.
The list of council candidates’ expenses
shows big spending does not always
secure success. The two highest spending
candidates in the Seddon and Inangahua
wards lost their bids for Buller District
Council seats. Three winners spent
Bronwyn Anderson spent $587 on her
Seddon ward campaign but missed out
by five votes. The highest polling Seddon
candidate, Martin Hill, spent nothing.
Wendy Mitchell top spent $241 trying
to win an Inangahua ward seat on the
council, but could not topple the two
incumbents — Deputy Mayor Graeme
Neylon and Cr Dave Hawes.
Two sitting councillors who spent
nothing — Robyn Nahr and Greg Hart
regained their Westport ward seats.
Sharon Roche also went back but spent
$486 on her campaign.
Newcomer Jamie Cleine, the lowest
polling successful candidate, was the
biggest spender. He forked out $672 to
win a Westport Ward seat.
Another successful newcomer, Shayne
Barry, spent just $20. The second lowest
polling candidate in the Westport ward,
Andrew Beaumont, spent $376 which
worked out at around $1 a vote. The other
unsuccessful Westport candidates spent
The three West Coast Regional Council
candidates — incumbents Terry Archer
and Neal Clementson and unsuccessful
challenger Jim Hilton — spent $5 each.
The amounts spent by candidates were:
Development West Coast
Brent Oldham $4857, John O’Connor
$2795, Frank Dooley $1965.
Seddon ward: Bronwyn Anderson $587,
Emily Miazga $196, Vicky Larking $5,
Martin Hill nil, Dick Marsh nil.
Inangahua ward: Wendy Mitchell $241,
Graeme Neylon $90, Dave Hawes $40.
Westport ward: Jamie Cleine $672,
Sharon Roche $486, Andrew Beaumont
$376, Phil Rutherford $306, Andrew
Basher $50, Shayne Barry $20, Robyn
Nahr nil, Greg Hart nil, Kim Ashby nil,
Mary-Rose O’Loughlin nil, Gina-Lee
Duncan nil, Alan Neill nil.
West Coast Regional Council: Terry
Archer $5, Neal Clementson $5, Jim
The candidates for the Buller mayoralty
and Inangahua Community Board
spent nothing as there were no elections
Spending for West Coast District Health
Board candidates was not immediately
Top spending Buller
Sisters, River and Issie Kennedy-Martell, with their pet thrush Hop, by the birdcage at the Reefton races yesterday. The
Paekakariki sisters found the bird when it was tiny, lying injured and abandoned in the middle of the street and ever since have cared
for it ever y day. Unable to fly, drink or feed itself, Hop is now part of the family and goes on holiday with them, including to Reefton
yesterday. “He goes wherever we go because he can’t fly or care for himself, so he’s on holiday with us,” Issie said. “He’s amazing and
very happy, chirps and whistles and loves being part of the family.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Bird’s eye view of the races
Greymouth’s Kingsgate Hotel is booming
as the tourism season heads towards its peak,
with an upgrade to a four-star Copthorne
Hotel still pending.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
managing director B K Chiu announced the
upgrade last year.
He said yesterday the funding was
approved and the redevelopment would be
in two phases.
The company was also negotiating with
landowner the Mawhera Incorporation,
which also owns the site adjoining the
proposed town square, but Mr Chiu said he
could not reveal details yet.
Meanwhile, the 98-room hotel was “going
very well” this tourist season.
He said Greymouth should sell itself on its
history of resilience, as people had overcome
great hardship to stay on the West Coast.
Chinese visitors were interested in the
region’s coalmining history, as coal was still
the main energy source in China.
Mr Chiu said the story of hardship and
resilience could be expanded even to food
dishes that settlers and miners ate, such as
an apple crumble, which could be ser ved to
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Parking was at a premium in Greymouth yesterday — at 6.30am — as Kingsgate Hotel traffic spilled into the surrounding streets.
Kingsgate busy as tourism booms
of the Hokitika Guardian
A 44-year-old Hokitika man who
allegedly smashed a beer mug over a
friend’s head and then assaulted police
during his arrest, will face serious
assault charges when he appears in
the Christchurch District Court next
Senior sergeant Brent Cook, of
Greymouth police, said a 56-year-old
Hokitika man suffered cuts to the head
and ear in the attack, which occurred
during an argument while the pair were
drinking at a Hokitika house.
Mr Cook said the victim was struck
around the side of the head with a
heavy drinking vessel, believed to be a
beer mug. The cuts were caused by the
handle of the broken glass and were not
Both Greymouth and Hokitika police
were called to the property on the night
of December 28; one officer received a
“ kick in the lip” from the intoxicated
The man appeared in the Greymouth
District Court charged with injuring
with intent, assaulting police and
He was further remanded in custody
to Christchurch Men’s Prison until his
next court date, on Monday.
Man allegedly smashed beer
mug over friend’s head
Operatunity’s Daytime Concert Series
brings Waltz of My Heart to the Regent
Theatre in Greymouth on February 2.
The celebration of waltz is in the style
of Andre Rieu with favourite melodies
by composers such as Strauss, Lehar,
Romberg and Novello.
Engaged couple, violinist Jessica
Hindin and tenor Bonaventure Allan-
Moetaua, and married couple Susan
Boland and John Cameron, bring a little
romance to the stage.
Karl Perigo brings more than a little
madness, all accompanied by pianist
The engaged couple met through
Operatunity. They toured and performed
together several times before romance
sparked on Operatunity’s European
Romance tour two years ago.
Recently, while escorting a trip to
Hawaii for Operatunity Travel, they
announced their engagement on the
final night of the trip. Hindin returned
home to New Zealand after almost
six years of extensive touring, and has
performed on stage alongside well-
known entertainers including Harry
Connick Jr and Elaine Page, and New
Zealand singers Boh Runga, Hayley
Westenra and Ladyhawke.
Songs featured in Waltz of My Heart
concert will include Viennese classics:
Blue Danube Waltz, The Skaters Waltz,
Vilia, You are My Hearts Delight, I’m in
Love with Vienna, Stranger in Paradise,
Vienna, City of my Dreams and My
Waltz of My Heart concert
series heads to Greymouth
Junior doctors at Grey Base Hospital
will not be taking part in strike action
for three days from January 17.
Nationally, more than 3000 doctors
are set to strike again, arguing that
rosters are unsafe. They are demanding
that 12 consecutive days of work be
reduced to 10.
During the 48-hour strike in October,
the West Coast District Health Board
said it had support from a number of
junior doctors in Greymouth, “including
some members of the NZRDA (union)
which has meant that RMO (registered
medical officer) cover in the hospital
was only slightly below normal
The union said yesterday West Coast
doctors would again not be involved.
The union was unavailable to comment
further today. The senior doctors union
yesterday suggested that staff working
extra shifts or hours should receive
$568 an hour.
Greymouth Hospital junior doctors
not part of strike action
Consulting has partnered with EPIC
opportunities to the West Coast — and a
way of supplementing people’s income.
It is seeking 40 people on the West Coast
between the ages of 55 and 65 to participate
in a crowd test later this month.
“This platform is really exciting as it
enables anyone, anywhere to sign up for
paid work,” Wil McLellan, from EPIC
Through Assurity’s crowd sourcing
platform, businesses and government
organisations can engage with real users
to test whether their products, ser vices and
even ideas meet the needs of those users.
Every tester who completes the work will
be paid, with extra effort attracting extra
“Each testing job may only be an hour
long, but as more and more jobs come on-
line, this could be a supplementary income
to support households across the Coast,” Mr
Participants can work from home at any
time of day and do not need prior
“ We will be hosting a series of workshops
in Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika,
focusing on digital literacy, including setting
up an e-mail account if needed, and support
to sign up.
“ While extra income is definitely a win
for many participants, for many job seekers
this is a great way to gain new experience
and skills while working with some of New
Zealand’s biggest organisations,” Assurity
spokesman Simon Anderson said.
Partnership to bring crowd testing
opportunities to Coast
A death defying show
called Death Do Us Part
is heading to the Regent
Theatre in Greymouth.
The cabaret circus show
juggling, magic and
acts, along with an
The acts are a fusion
of traditional circus,
and magic presented
with humour, audience
interaction and modern
twists in a world-class
They have toured on
three continents and this
is the first New Zealand
tour of their solo show.
Charlie and Rachel
Atlas, the husband
and wife danger duo,
are joined by one of
known as the Human
They will also be
joined from Sweden
by world class ‘circus
superstar’, juggler Bald
With Balls aka David
Eriksson. They have
performed at the Sydney
and Melbourne fringe
festivals, Scottish Tattoo
Convention and at the
Gypsy Hotel, in
Death Do Us Part
will perform at the
Theatre on February 18.
Tickets cost $25.
Death defying feats
An Irish yachtsman whose boat ’s mast
snapped in a Southern Ocean squall
on New Year’s Day was towed safely
through the mouth of Otago Harbour
late last night.
Team Ireland skipper Enda O’Coineen
was competing in the Vendee Globe
endurance solo round-the-world race
when he was forced to cut Kilcullen
Voyager’s mast and rigging about
180 nautical miles south-east of
Late last night Dunedin fishing
trawler Lady Dorothy towed the 18.3m
stricken yacht past Taiaroa Head
and was making its way towards Port
The trawler left Dunedin yesterday
morning to meet the yacht, which was
stranded about 150 nautical miles off
the coast from Nugget Point.
Otago regional co-ordinator for
the Spirit of Adventure Trust Tony
Cummings had been following the
The trust had developed close links
with the Atlantic Youth Trust, a partner
supporter of Team Ireland.
The salvage had gone “much quicker’’
than expected, despite Lady Dorothy
battling 5m swells to get to the yacht.
Mr O’Coineen was reported by the
skipper of the trawler to be in good
spirits, despite his five-day ordeal, Mr
The 60-year-old yachtsman was 57
days into the endurance race when he
was forced to pull out.
Since the squall, the yacht had crawled
towards the east coast of New Zealand
using a jury-rigged sail, with the motor
off, but using an auxiliary engine.
Team Ireland member Neil O’Hagan
told the Otago Daily Times last night
the team was devastated.
“As part of a shore team during a race
like this you always worry, so knowing
that Enda is safe and well and headed
for port is somewhat of a relief.
“On the other hand, we’re all
Mr O’Hagan praised the ``fantastic’’
Yesterday, Mr O’Coineen told Sean
O’Rourke on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 he
had been on a “real downer’’ since the
“ I’ve put two years of effort into the
dream and it’s been shattered.’’
He did regret “a bit’’ setting out on the
“There are smarter things and easier
ways to spend your Christmas and New
“ It’s been a great buzz, but the downs
have been pretty down.
“I’ve had a run of bad luck, but
you know, when you are a big boy
and you take the risks, you take the
— Otago Daily Times
Mastless yacht towed
into Otago Harbour
A rampaging possum
forced a woman to
barricade herself in a
hallway while it wreaked
havoc inside a west
Fire Ser vice northern
shift manager Jaron
Phillips said a caller
dialled 111 after she
was being terrorised by
a wild possum in her
She had retreated to a
hallway in her Kumeu
home for protection,
locking herself out of
harm’s way while the
possum destroyed her
Phillips said firefighters
found the very tired
animal hiding in the
corner of the lounge.
The possum had
damaged a few items of
furniture and soiled the
The frightened animal
was ushered out an open
door and escaped back
into the trees.
— New Zealand Herald
Woman hides as
possum wreaks havoc
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