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Greymouth police have been busy
in the past couple of days tracking
down people who had failed to
appear in the Greymouth District
Court, or to give notice of drivers’
licence suspensions. Prevention
sergeant Paul Watson said police
were tracking down five people
subject to arrest warrants after they
failed to turn up for court hearings.
Up to eight others were being
tracked down to be given notice of
their licences being suspended as a
result of the likes of excess demerit
points. That number of suspensions
was about average in a week, Mr
Holiday change sur vey
United Future leader Peter Dunne
has launched a national on-line
petition calling for New Zealanders
to signal whether they would like to
see the holiday times lined up better
with sunnier and warmer weather.
“O ur weather patterns are changing
and we are increasingly seeing our
dreams of a sunny barbecue at a
beach turn into keeping the kids at
home while weather bombs explode
around the country. Then, come
February when the sun comes out,
we all send the kids back to school,
to hot and stuffy classrooms. ” The
petition is available on change.org
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were. —
Thursday: Joy Willman and Allison
Palmer 65.8% 1; Tina Fernando and
Allan Comis and Glenn Balloch and
Stuart Oliver 57.9% 2 equal; Brian
Rowlands and Lorraine Balloch and
Vicky Robertson and John Boyes
53.2% 4 equal.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, 21 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Cook Canyon, tomorrow;
Galatea II, Sunday; Moon Shadow
Mining consent shift
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Westland District Council has
transferred its mining consents and
compliance monitoring duties to the West
Coast Regional Council in a move it says
will streamline processes for the mining
The transfer was first mooted three years
ago and got as far as a deed of transfer.
However, despite heavyweight support
from the mining sector, opposing
submissions — focused largely around
conflicts of interest with the regional council
were more vocal at the commissioners
Many were concerned that compliance
monitoring procedures would not be
adequately carried out by the regional
council and a separation of functions was
needed to ensure there was limited scope
for bias, corruption and conflict of interest.
Yesterday, the majority of the 117
submissions received favoured improving
Planning community and environment
group manger Jim Ebenhoh said the
transfer would create more efficiency and
avoid duplication, with one resource consent
application having to be submitted to one
council instead of two.
It did not mean a “completely easy ride for
the mining sector”, Mr Ebenhoh said.
Mining in Westland was a fairly
contentious activity due to the rise in the
price of gold over the years and the increased
pressure on land for both mining and rural
“ When this potential conflict is filtered
through the District Plan considerations
and the notification requirement of the
(Resource Management Act) the result
is that some mining applications will take
some time to work through the processes.
Further information requests, notification
and hearings will not cease just because of
the transfer of functions,” he said.
Compliance monitoring, for example, was
also likely to be stricter.
In recent years the council’s resourcing
constraints had led to “ad-hoc” complaint-
based approaches to monitoring.
He said the regional council was likely to
be more proactive in its mining compliance
monitoring and enforcement.
Regional council consents and compliance
manager Gerard McCormack, who
attended the district council meeting
yesterday, agreed their focus would initially
be on the environmental side.
Councillors asked questions about the
effect on revenue and how it might free up
staff time in the planning department.
However, Mr Ebenhoh said there would
be no significant change.
When put to the table the transfer was
agreed to unanimously. Cr Durham Havill
said it was a logical move. “ I know that
in my experiences that most miners and
people out their believe that having only
one authority to deal with is a wise option.”
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Dr Megan Hero
COX, Shirley Helen.
Passed away peace-
fully at Kowhai Manor,
Greymouth with family
by her side on January
24, 2017, aged 87.
Loved wife of Harry for
66 years, cherished mum
and mother-in-law of
Helen, Valerie, Doug
and Annette, Ian and
Heather, the late Harry,
and Graham, loved nana
of Anna, Duane, Harold,
Kyle, Sharon, Christine,
Zaiden, a loved sister
and sister-in-law of the
late Lewis and Sandra
Paul, and Lesley and
Jack Hibbs, a loved
sister-in-law of Robert,
and John and the late
Althea, a loved cousin,
aunty and friend of
many. Special thanks to
Pat and other wonderful
friends and staff at
Kowhai Manor for their
love and care over the
years. Messages to 74
Blake Street, Blaketown
7805. Donations to the
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 32074, Christ-
church 8147. A funeral
service to celebrate
Shirley's life will be
held in the Holy Trinity
tomorrow (Saturday) at
1.30pm followed by
burial at the Karoro
Lawn Cemetery. West-
land Funeral Services
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 768 0250.
KNIPE, Naomi. —
Peacefully at Calvary
Resthome on Wednes-
day January 25, 2017.
Aged 90. Dearly loved
wife of the late Stan.
mother-in-law of Russell
and Ann, Lawrie and
Denise, Rosalie, Andrew
(deceased), Val and
Paulette, Shirley and
Brendan, Des, Jodie and
Linda. Loved Nana and
Gran of her grand-
children and great-
(deceased) and Annie
(deceased) Capil, and
loved sister of her
brothers and sisters. A
special thank you to all
the nursing staff and
carers of Naomi during
her time at Calvary
Resthome. A service to
celebrate Naomi's life
will be held in Calvary
Hospital Chapel, 215
Centre Street, Invercar-
gill at 2pm on Saturday
January 30. Messages to
154 George Street,
Respectfully cared for
by J Fraser & Sons Ltd,
Marineland Street Rod members Warren van den Ende, left, Nigel Brown and Pete Osborne with visiting cars lined up at
Shantytown on Wednesday. Twenty-five modified cars and pick-up trucks from Napier were on the West Coast as part of their
50th anniversar y tour. “One of the cars tore a sump getting on to the ferry, we had diff problems with another and a collapsed wheel
bearing on another, but all vehicles are up and running,” Mr Brown, for the organising committee, said. “Forty-five members have
come along for the drive and so far we have visited Blenheim, Nelson and Westport.” The convoy left yesterday for Rangiora before
turning for home.
Hot rodders drop in on Shantytown
PICTURE: Paul McBride
The fresh intake of teachers at Greymouth High School — Mawhera Services Academy
director Brett Lomey, left, Dan Hanson (English, media studies), principal Andy England,
Alan Steven (technology), John Robbins (digital technology), Lauren Evans (English),
Jayne Wheeler (maths). A new deputy principal, Scott Bermingham, currently at Cheviot
Area School, will join the school in term two. “ We are really pleased with our new staff and
have done well with our recruiting,” Mr England said.
New teachers for Greymouth High School
PICTURE: Viv Logie
of the Westport News
The Buller District Council’s
chief executive cost twice as much
as the chief executives of the West
Coast ’s other two district councils
last financial year.
The $221,680 severance payment
for Paul Wylie, who left suddenly
for “personal reasons” in January,
boosted the total cost of Buller’s
chief executive to $494,320,
according to figures obtained
under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings
Even without the severance
payment, Buller chief executive
costs were the highest on the West
Buller paid its chief executive
remuneration by almost $16,000
and up $3112 on the previous year.
Buller’s chief executive also
clocked up the highest expenses
of $17,580, mainly because of an
$8000 relocation allowance paid
to incoming chief executive Andy
travel $3222, fuel $2652 and
Buller had the only chief
executive on the Coast with a
council credit card.
The next highest paid, the West
Coast Regional Council’s chief
remuneration, including salary,
superannuation and vehicle —
up $19,337 on the previous year.
The regional boss had the highest
expenses of $16,652, for travel,
accommodation and meals. All
up, the position cost ratepayers
Like Buller, the regional council
had two chief executives during
the year — Chris Ingle left in May
and was replaced by Mike Meehan
included accrued holiday pay,
received when he finished work, of
The longest-ser ving Coast
council chief executive, Grey ’s
Paul Pretorius, was again the
least expensive. Mr Pretorius
received the lowest remuneration
of $213,395 and toted up
$13,655 in expenses, mainly on
reimbursement for using his
private vehicle for work. He cost
ratepayers $227,050 all up.
Tanya Winter received $218,125
remuneration and had the
lowest expenses of $9377, taking
her total cost to ratepayers to
The Buller council had the
highest average earnings per full-
time equivalent (FTE) employee
Grey ’s average earnings per F TE
were just $63,662 — $26,123
less than Buller’s. The regional
council’s were $80,387.
Westland did not provide a
figure, saying it did not understand
the question. However, based on
the number of F TEs at June 30
the amount appears to be about
Buller had 51 F TE staff, Grey
had 65, Westland had 44 and the
regional council 48.3.
Buller had 18 staff earning over
$80,000, Grey had 16, Westland
had 13 and the regional council
Buller paid its staff $4.6 million,
equating to 19.9% of its operating
Grey ’s staff costs came to $4.8m
equating to 17.7% of operating
spending and Westland’s costs of
$3.3m came to 14.4% of operating
The regional council’s costs of
$3.8m equalled 37.4% of operating
A District Court judge has labelled a Westport
man’s reckless driving “super dangerous” and
Jesse John Gallagher, 18, appeared in the
Westport District Court yesterday. He admitted
to reckless driving, driving without a licence,
and failing to stop for police.
Police prosecutor Lisa Thomson said police
spotted a red Nissan being driven without
licence plates at the intersection of Fonblanque
and Adderley streets on January 15, 2017.
The car also had two space-saver tyres on the
Gallagher failed to stop for the police patrol
car’s red and blue flashing lights, sped up and
led police on a chase around Westport, Ms
He drove on Adderley, Henley, Palmerston,
Cobden and Derby streets at speeds reaching
On Cobden Street, he failed to stop at a stop
sign, then crossed the centre line and drove
down the wrong side of the road.
At the end of Derby Street, Gallagher
continued on to Beach Drive where he drove
through another compulsory stop sign and on
to the gravel tracks at North Beach.
Police abandoned the chase, Ms Thomson
Soon after at North Beach, Gallagher sped
along a narrow track towards an oncoming car.
The driver of the car pulled over as far as
possible, but could not completely avoid
Gallagher, who scraped the side of the other car
as he drove past, causing $300 worth of damage.
Gallagher later told police he fled because he
did not want to end up in court, and panicked
when he saw the other car as he thought it was
a police car, Ms Thomson said.
A check revealed the Nissan he was driving
had an expired registration and no warrant of
Gallagher’s lawyer Doug Taffs said Gallagher
accepted he had shown “extremely poor” driving
and decision making.
Mr Taffs asked Judge Robert Murfitt to impose
a sentence of super vision and community work.
Judge Murfitt said he could only assume
“ brain explosion” was caused
by immaturity and a “ burst of testosterone”
obliterating his ability to make good decisions.
He said that had Gallagher misjudged his
“super dangerous” driving at North Beach, the
“attack” on the other driver could have been
something more serious. The result could have
been a murder charge, Judge Murfitt said.
He convicted Gallagher on all charges,
sentenced him to 120 hours’ community work
and 12 months’ super vision, and disqualified
him from driving for six months.
He also ordered Gallagher to pay $300
reparation for the damage to the other car.
“That cluster of consequences is designed
to ensure you actually pay the price for your
— Westport News
Buller council’s chief executive most expensive
West Coast firefighters will be pitting
their skills against each other tomorrow,
The Cobden Volunteer Fire Brigade
will host the West Coast Provincial
Fire Brigade Association challenge at
the Greymouth High School sports
field, which doubles as the fire training
Cobden deputy fire chief Gavin Skeats
said ‘hose on the ground’ would be at
9.30am with a 10am start.
The competition, involving nine two
and four-member teams testing their
mettle, continues until about 4pm.
Teams from Greymouth, Runanga,
Kumara, Brunner, Hokitika and Ross
will be competing alongside the current
national champions — a two-man team
from Rangiora and a Christchurch
Mr Skeats said the West Coast fire
teams would be particularly focused on
improving their skills tomorrow, given
the regional competitions for the top of
the south for the United Fire Brigade
Association (UFBA) were due to be held
in Ross next month.
The best access for spectators would be
from High Street, with a sausage sizzle
and coffee cart on hand for those wishing
“ We call it the competition of
firefighters. It’s firefighters honing their
UFBA member Jason Prendergast
said there should be some good
competition with the national title
holders two-man team from Rangiora
on the ground.
The UFBA region three (top of the
south) finals at Ross next month would
be an important date as well, with
teams set to go on to the nationals near
Whangarei later wanting to “step up
New tutors for
Tai Poutini Polytechnic has two new
tutors on board for its new culinary
arts programme for this year, bringing
experience and knowledge for this year’s
Study commences on February 13 but
there is still time to enrol.
Polytechnic West Coast general
manager Teresa Schwellnus says the new
tutors bring a great depth of experience
to the exciting new programme and to
the polytechnic’s wider hospitality and
tourism training options.
“ We have redeveloped the programme
over the past year, taking the time to
speak to industry and tailor our study
to the needs of the job market. We
have already had strong interest in the
programme but there are still places left
for students this year,” Dr Schwellnus
The culinary arts course is a mix of
theoretical and practical modules, with
a large component of on-line learning.
Study starts with ‘this is a knife and this
is an onion’ and takes students to a level
where they are preparing and presenting
outstanding restaurant food.
“The programme is about training
professional chefs for jobs in the food
industry,” said says.
“ We know there are great opportunities
out there for people with the right skills.
This programme will set you up for the
business, whether you want to work
locally or travel overseas.”
New tutors are Paul Sullivan and
Darren Scott. Mr Sullivan brings over
30 years’ experience to the position, with
previous roles as a head chef, butcher,
teacher and culinary arts tutor, while Mr
Scott has strong knowledge of the local
food industry, with previous positions
at Stella’s Cafe in Hokitika and at the
Ashley Hotel and Punakaiki Resort.
The four West Coast councils are
formalising their agreement with the
Local Government Commission.
The councils have been looking at a
more unified approach, aimed at saving
money, in response to the commission
looking at potential amalgamations.
The Local Government Commission
is expected to return to the West Coast
shortly as it calls for more proposals
to potentially change the current
arrangement of four councils.
Combining the Grey and Westland
districts, or all four councils, are among
The next stage will involve a call for
“alternative reorganisation applications’’
essentially other proposals for
The agreement between the commission
and the councils says the commission
has offered to assist with the West Coast
councils’ for ward work programme and
The agreement outlines principles
of trust, transparency and delivering
the best outcomes for the region.
The commission will also make itself
accessible to each council.
of the Westport News
Repairing the Heaphy Track after
storms last week will cost at least
Department of Conser vation Buller
operations ranger Jess Curtis said repairs
were needed between the L ewis Hut and
DOC was getting more detailed
drawings from engineers before the final
cost would be known.
There were four repair projects on the
go, she said.
Moving the Kohaihai River channel
over to the true left to temporarily stop
major flooding between the Kohaihai
Bridge and the start of Scott ’s Hill;
extending erosion protection stone
mattresses along from Gunner Bridge;
c learing slips, re-establishing some creek
crossings and resurfacing some of the
track along the coast; creating a new
200m-long track at the southern end of
the Heaphy Bridge to take trampers and
bikers away from the coast where the
high sea swells were reaching the track.
DOC advised on Tuesday that it had
c losed Bullock Creek Road, at Punakaiki,
again due to severe storm damage.
The search for the body of missing boatie Jared
Anderson will continue with a limited patrol of the
Kapiti Coast shoreline.
The 35-year-old from New Plymouth is still missing
and presumed drowned, while the body of 52-year-
old Otaki man Wayne De Bruyn was recovered on
Monday after the small inflatable boat the pair were in
overturned at the mouth of the Otaki River.
Search teams will continue to conduct limited patrols
of shorelines along the coast at low tide in the hunt for
Mr Anderson’s body. — NZ N
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