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2 - Friday, January 20, 2017
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter conducted two medical
transfers yesterday, transporting
patients from Reefton and Karamea
to Grey Base Hospital.
Stop smoking ser vice
A West Coast stop smoking
service is proving popular with
people wanting to quit smoking.
Oranga Ha — Tai Poutini provides
intensive and personalised support
to help people on the West
Coast stop smoking. Manager
Gail McLauchlan said so far in
January over 40 people had come
to it for support to stop smoking.
Many had said the January 1 tax
rise, combined with a New Year’s
resolution to quit, had led to the
big spike in people seeking support.
Everyone who signs up to start their
‘smokefree journey ’ by the end of
January, and who is smokefree for
one month, will go into the draw
to win one of five $100 New World
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Nil. In port: Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, Ocean Odyssey,
22 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Principal sees room for
Greymouth High School principal Andy
England says he is reasonably pleased with
his students’ NCEA results, while identifying
areas for improvement including attendance
at some exams.
As well as giving individual students their
results, the New Zealand Qualifications
Authority released schools’ provisional results
summaries this week.
Final statistics will not be be available until
early April, to allow time for appeals and
submissions, which means most schools will
see a small percentage increase between now
Mr England said he was reasonably pleased
with the school’s overall results, with most
students achieving what they had aimed for.
NCEA level 1 and 2 had remained similar
to previous years, while NCEA level 3
“This was needed as last year we saw a drop
at level 3 so in this aspect we’re really just
back to where we were in 2015.”
University Entrance was down and Mr
England said the school would be looking
into the reasons for that.
“I would say this matches the aspirations of
2016’s Year 13 students, and there was more
talk nationally last year about university
not necessarily being the best choice for all
young people, but we need to check out what
happened for us.
“Digging a bit deeper, I am concerned
about an unusual drop in numeracy pass
rates, although I’m confident we will be
able to address it, and we need to work on
endorsements (merit and excellence) in
However, the percentage of students
achieving the benchmark NCEA level
2 qualification in Year 12 had actually
improved a lot when looking at students who
were aiming to achieve at that level.
Mr England said he was also pleased that
several students with special learning needs
were recognised for their achievements,
although this was counted in the NZQA
Several exams had seen poor attendance
from students. This was most likely in cases
where students believed that they had passed
NCEA already, and had already started
holiday jobs, but it was a behaviour he hoped
to challenge with parental support.
“In order for achievement to continue to
improve, we need to continue to build closer
working relationships with parents and the
The work the school was currently doing
with its primary school colleagues, through
the Mawhera Community of L earners and
Toki Pounamu, would start to tackle the
deeper issues of raising students’ literacy and
numeracy abilities over the next few years.
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Dr Vanessa Love
Lydia. — Ileen's family
wish to sincerely thank
everyone who supported
them in any way during
her final weeks and at
the time she passed
away. We were very
humbled by the visits,
cards, gifts, flowers and
food that we were given.
Your generosity was
very much appreciated.
To Laurince and his
staff, thank you for all
you did. The doctors and
nurses at High Street
and everyone who cared
for Mum at home, in
hospital or at Granger
House we thank you all
for the care and support
you gave Mum and us as
we know it was a very
trying time for everyone.
It was so difficult to see
Mum with her tormen-
ted mind. To Mum's
very special friends Dot
and Maureen, she loved
your visits and the time
you spent with her.
Thank you for giving
her that time. Aunty
Elsie, you were a special
sister to Mum and a
wonderful support to all
of us, thank you. We
acknowledge you all and
thank you, she lived for
her family and she was
loved and is dearly
missed by us all.
Mum you have left
memories. You were the
best Mum and Nana
Together again with
Dad and Brian
(Johnny). — In loving
memory of Johnny who
passed away on January
20, 2016,. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Leona, loved father and
father-in-law of Irene
and Ken Tiller, John,
and Brian and Mary,
special grandad of Slade
and Jo-Ann Tiller,
and Brett Kokshoorn,
Sebastian, Alannah, and
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This motorist would have washed their tyres when they tried to leave the area beside the flooded Blaketown lagoon last evening.
The car was pictured surrounded by floodwaters just before the tide peaked at 4.08pm yesterday.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Stuck in the middle
Unitec will be in Greymouth on March
1 with information about its post-graduate
certificate in applied practice (digital and
collaborative learning) — along with $2000
scholarships in tow.
The Mind Lab programme for teachers
is the largest postgraduate programme in
New Zealand. It is designed for educators
at all levels from early childhood through to
It is a 32-week part-time NZQA-
accredited qualification offering teachers
the chance to learn practical strategies for
bringing technology to life in the classroom.
An ‘open lab’ will be held in Greymouth
on March 1, which will explore what the
course offers, what content will be covered,
how the course is structured, and fees
and scholarships. It starts at 3.30pm at
Greymouth High School.
Waves slammed into the Greymouth tipheads at high tide about 4 o’clock
yesterday afternoon, showering onlookers with sea spray. Both tipheads were
busy as people came to see the heavily flooded Grey River empty into the sea.
The river peaked at just over 6m.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
People flock to see rough sea
Southern Police are
warning residents to keep
their pets safe after the
theft of an American
bulldog and reports of
The white American
Bulldog was stolen from
a Wyndham property a
week ago. It has brown
patches and floppy ears.
Two men were also seen
looking into properties
in the Strathern area
this afternoon, paying
particular attention to
dogs in the area.
“ We’re aware that some
breeds of dogs may be
targets for theft and
we don’t want to see
any residents become
a victim to losing their
treasured pet,’’ acting
senior sergeant Jared
“Owners must ensure
their pets are secured
sufficiently during the
day and microchipped.’’
Mr Kirk encouraged
residents to report any
and to keep an eye out
for their neighbours’
“Get to know your
neighbours and talk
about keeping each
others’ properties safe
and secure,’’ Mr Kirk
information to suggest
any ongoing illegal
activity is occurring in
relation to dogs in the
area but ask residents to
report any concerning
“ We need
everyone’s help to
ensure we maintain
can be reported to
Invercargill Police on 03
The Green Party says the extreme weather
around New Zealand is a sign of things to
come if action is not taken by governments
to halt the “climate crisis”.
The West Coast is having a non-summer;
so far this year temperatures in Greymouth
have only twice made it past 20degC.
Yesterday torrential rain closed roads from
Greymouth north, prompting emergency
meetings as the Grey and Buller rivers
passed their warning alarm stages.
Contractors were out again today mopping
up the mess.
Northlanders are facing right now, and the
storms that are rolling through the upper
South and lower North Islands, mirror
long-term climate change scenarios for
those parts of New Zealand,” Green Party
co-leader James Shaw said in a statement.
“The science tells us it ’s probable we’ll see
more violent storms and more frequent,
deeper droughts because of climate change,”
Mr Shaw said.
Northland farmers were doing it tough
with about half the normal rainfall.
Wellingtonians were in a particularly
vulnerable spot if the combination of rising
seas and more intense storms played out, as
many homes and important infrastructure
like roads and rail lines, were on the coast.
“The Green Party in government would
make sure our biggest climate polluters pay
for their emissions, we’d prioritise transport
investment in clean-energy rail and public
transport, and transition New Zealand to
100% renewable electricity,” he said.
“National has chosen instead to allow
climate pollution to rise a whopping 19%
since it took power.”
Families of the 29 men who died at
Pike River say that if the Government
wants to keep claiming it is unsafe to re-
enter the mine drift it should show some
“real proof ” and let it be properly tested.
Labour leader Andrew Little has
promised to introduce a members bill to
Parliament to remove any liability from
Solid Energy directors under the new
health and safety legislation.
“ We’ve put our money where our
mouth is, we’ve got two of the most
respected mines experts in the world to
assess the mine, including the vice-chair
of the United Nations Group of Experts
on Coal Mine Methane,” Pike River
widow Anna Osborne said.
“ We’ve got three other international
experts, two of whom have personal
experience with this mine and a third
who is a preeminent authority on mine
rescue, who advised on the rescue of
the Chilean miners in 2010. All three
have looked at our plan and endorsed it.
We’ve got New Zealand’s former chief
inspector of mines not just saying it ’s safe
to enter but that he’d be proud to lead
the team to do it, and most of the mines
rescue experts in New Zealand wanting
to be part of that team.
“How much more proof does
(Environment Minister Nick) Smith
expect before he even starts to question
the bad advice Solid Energy has given his
Government? Mrs Osborne said.
‘real proof ’
say Pike River
Niwa says the storm that lashed the West
Coast this week was as strong as a tropical
cyclone — and says summer may still be
another month away.
The intense low pressure system that
developed in the Tasman Sea late on
Wednesday had become as strong
as a category 2 tropical cyclone by
8am yesterday, Niwa meteorologist
Ben Noll said.
From 12am on Tuesday to 10am on
Wednesday, Ivory Glacier recorded 343mm
of rain and Arthur’s Pass 310.2mm,
including 44.8m in one hour late on
This was the wettest hour at the location
on record since the climate station started
in July 2005.
Westport had a wind gust of 93.2kph.
In the storm’s wake, very chilly south-
west winds are expected to spread up the
country and fresh snow is possible on the
Through the end of January, patterns of
south-west winds are expected to alternate
with north-west winds.
“As we head into early February,
there is some indication for settled weather
patterns across New Zealand with a
warming trend toward mid-month,” Mr
People have until January 27 to have a say
on a proposal to change three names in the
Kapitea area near Kumara, as well as three
Dillmanstown resident Joan McGrath
proposed to have the name Kapitea dam
in use locally for the past 150 years —
Currently, the reser voir does not have an
official name, although it is believed the AA
started referring to it as ‘Dillmans Dam’ a
few years ago.
Ms McGrath applied to the New Zealand
Geographic Board to have the Kapitea
Dam registered as the official name for the
Kapitea reser voir.
The board met on September 28 and
agreed to publicly consult for a period of
three months on changing three names:
Kapitea Reser voir to Kapitia Reser voir
(for the water body).
Kapitea Creek to Kapitia Creek.
Kapitea Hill to Kapitia Hill.
It will also consult on assigning a new
name, Kapitia Dam, to the man-made
structure of the ‘dam’.
Submissions close on January 27.
Still time to have
say on Kapitea
Some top New Zealand comedy
acts have been lined up to headline
the 2017 Wildfoods Festival, with
a Friday night warm-up event
returning to the programme.
Cassin announced yesterday ‘The
Wild Warm-up’ among the features
for this year’s festival as it continues
to try to broaden its mass appeal.
Reinstating the Friday night event
was “the big news” for the 2017
festival, although he could not
reveal who the headline acts will be
until everything is finalised.
“At this stage, some of the best in
New Zealand. We’re delighted with
who it is,” Mr Cassin said.
It was a coup for building up the
festival again as more than a one-
The official ‘after party ’ is also back
after returning to the 2016 festival.
Again this would feature
some well known names whose
confirmed but would be announced
in due course.
At this point the numbers were
“pointing in the right direction”
including stallholders registering.
“ We’re ahead of where we were
this time last year, and for ticket
sales. We’re ahead but we’re not
going to count our chickens before
involvement and engagement with
the festival, “it will continue to be
that massive fundraiser with the
A new ‘family-friendly’ campsite
has been added this year with the
addition of the Westland High
School grounds. This is in addition
to sites at Wadeson Island and
Sunset Point reser ve.
Mr Cassin said the festival
was trying to develop more
Hokitika as “the festival town” and
to build the ‘ bigger, better, wilder’
ethos around that.
This included the before and after
events from Friday evening until
later on Sunday morning.
Overall, the festival would be
sticking to its knitting and the ‘wild’
However, increasingly important
was the ‘feral fashion’ element which
has become a focal point, with
participants on Saturday entering
into the spirit and parading during
He hoped the March festival
would at least equal last year’s
numbers, which they aim to
build up year by year from the
6000 to 7000 crowd size which
had typified the festival in recent
years since numbers were capped at
Meanwhile, Cass Square will
be ready for the festival after the
completion of major work there
late last year to re-lay the turf and
Top NZ comedy acts lined up for 2017 Wildfoods
Warning to keep
pets safe after theft
Extreme weather a sign of things to come — Greens
Coast storm as strong as tropical cyclone
Police say an Upper Moutere man who was
reported missing on Wednesday afternoon
could be on the West Coast. Nelson police
have concerns for the well-being of 50-year-
old Phillip Ashworth, who was reported
missing by his flatmate. It is thought he
could be in the wider Nelson region or on
the West Coast. He is believed to be driving
a red van, possibly a Toyota Hi-Ace with a
roof rack. If anyone sees Mr Ashworth or
knows where he is they are asked to contact
the police. Coast police are also continuing
their search for 36-year-old Shelly Crooks,
who has been missing since December 22.
Antarctic researchers are
set to raise a celebratory
lamington or two today to
toast 60 years since Scott
New Zealand was one
of the first countries to
set up in Antarctica when
the original Scott Base,
built by a team led by
Sir Edmund Hillary,
opened with a flag-raising
ceremony on January 20,
“ For the six decades
since, we have been at
the forefront of scientific
research and exploration
on the ice,” Antarctica
executive Peter Beggs
“ We have also helped lead
the international effort to
protect Antarctica, helping
establish the Antarctic
Treaty in 1961.”
Six decades on, those
scientific and conser vation
efforts had gained added
importance, Mr Begg
means our scientific work
in Antarctica is more
important than ever before
what happens to the
ice over coming decades
will effect the entire
To highlight this,
Antarctica New Zealand
has recorded a series of
TEDx Scott Base talks on
location on the base, given
by 10 internationally-
The talks will be broadcast
on-line on January 22.
Antarctica New Zealand
will also host a dinner
members of the early
expeditions to Scott Base
where guests can hear
tales of their unique
For those left battling
the cold at Scott Base,
will be kept simply to
lamingtons and a morning
“Back in 1957, such
morning teas were usually
enjoyed with a flask of
beer but we’re subbing that
out for a pot of Milo,” Mr
Scott Base marks
60 years since opening
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