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The Grey District Council has
agreed to transfer the lease on a
Blaketown residential property to
the lessees’ children and son and
law, but it still pursuing bankruptcy
proceedings against Doug and
Christine Banks. The Banks
wrangled with the council for many
years in a $1 million court row
over rental increases on their old
harbour board lease. In October,
the Supreme Court dismissed the
couple’s appeal and ordered them
to meet their lease obligations with
the council, awarding legal costs
of $81,000 to the council. At an
extraordinary closed door meeting
last week, the council agreed to allow
the Banks to transfer the lease. With
the bankruptcy hearing scheduled
for tomorrow, councillors agreed to
urgently apply to the High Court
to vary its bankruptcy application
to include the full court-awarded
debt (plus interest), noting that such
application was, “likely to be opposed
by Mr and Mrs Banks”. “Council
mandates the chief executive officer
to, in the event of this option
proving cumbersome, immediately
issue bankruptcy notices on Mr and
Mrs Banks in respect of all the cost
A woman from Portland, Oregon,
has shared photos on social media
showing her pet snake apparently
trapped in her ear. Ashley Glawe
said the snake, a ball python named
Bart, had made a dash for the hole
in her ear and, before she could stop
it, it was wedged in tight. A number
of commentators questioned her
story. However, Ms Glawe insists
the incident was all the snake’s
own doing, and a friend of hers
who witnessed it corroborated her
story and said a doctor at Portland
Adventist Hospital had cut her ear to
widen the hole slightly, and Bart was
then removed from the ear with the
help of some vaseline and string.
— The Telegraph
A three-person tramping party
was airlifted out of the upper
Waitaha Valley yesterday afternoon
after one of the trampers suffered
a minor injury. One of the group,
from Canterbury, activated their
personal locator beacon about 10am
and the NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter located the group at the
Waitaha Hut about 2pm. Helicopter
staff said one of the group had a
sprained ankle and the river level
had come up, trapping them in the
Milk change ‘too little’
Dissent is brewing among Westland
Milk Products shareholders, who say
a review announced yesterday is “too
little, too late”.
Some have even raised the
possibility of either breaking away or
bowing to Fonterra.
Following a board meeting on
Brendish announced a “role review ”
with job losses likely, to improve the
bottom line for the company ’s 360
On the same day, the board’s newest
director, Sven Koops, suddenly
resigned. The Canterbury farmer was
the highest polling candidate by 40%
in the board elections in November.
Meanwhile, the Greymouth Star
might be advocating something more
radical, like a takeover.
Carroll called the review “a band-aid
on a shark bite”.
Cutting jobs was not the solution,
and radical change was needed at
governance level, Mr Carroll said.
“It ’s upper management and
obviously a governance issue.
“The board’s incompetencies” in the
past six to eight years under previous
management left major decisions to
be made, “and firing 30 to 60 people
is not going to do it”.
“Getting rid of the board is the
only thing that ’s going to alter the
direction of the company.”
Rather than a roles review it might
be better to shed “dead wood” aspects
of the business, Mr Carroll said.
Another shareholder, who declined
to be named, said some shareholders
were talking of forcing a review of the
years ago, but they just didn’t vote
accordingly. Enough is enough now,”
the farmer said.
“ You may see some kind of
shareholders’ resolution to a no
confidence vote in the board — or a
move to have Fonterra purchase the
company, or a potential partner ...
basically to fill in all the holes where
we don’t have the competencies to do
Another West Coast farmer, who
also declined to be named, said the
review was “too far down the track”
and Westland Milk was unravelling,
with staff in “real disarray ”.
“I just hope the wrong ones don’t
go,” he said.
West Coast Federated Farmers
president Peter Langford, a Karamea
dairy farmer, said job losses were not
the panacea, although he agreed that
review was needed.
“It ’s overdue. Farmers are cutting
their cloth ... and the company hasn’t
been,” Mr Langford said.
“Members are suffering on-farm
quite badly because of the company ’s
performance. Being an owner of the
company, it is quite soul destroying.
It ’s hand-to-mouth out here and
most people are still in overdraft.”
Farmers had had enough of the
company pulling itself through
at the expense of lower returns to
Mr Langford said he had no
personal knowledge of the suggestion,
but he agreed a scenario of fed-up
shareholders wanting a new equity
partner or something similar could
leave Westland potentially “ripe for
“But would anyone do it is the
“If I was a buyer I would be looking
at getting it at a real low price —
and that ’s not going to be good for
anybody,” Mr Langford said.
Mr Carroll said the shock
resignation of Mr Koops was
disastrous for the company.
“He was one of the more vocal
people in the election — I suspect he
was probably pushed out and if that ’s
the case it needs to be looked into as
he was democratically elected by the
Westland was “too thin on the
ground” at board level for the skills
like Mr Koops had to take the
Meanwhile, NZ Dairy Workers
Union national secretary Chris Flatt
said they did not know yet if jobs
might be lost.
The union covered about 230 staff
at the Hokitika dairy factory and a
further 30 at Rolleston.
“ We’ve not been told numbers or if
it effects any members covered by the
collective agreement there,” Mr Flatt
The union represented non-salaried
drivers, dairy processing operators,
stores workers and laboratory staff.
improvements in efficiency, if we can.”
Mayors oppose unitary council
PICTURE: Paul McBride
On their first day of high school, Samantha Friend, left, Aaron Hoy, Grace Wallace and Max Lloyd show off the new
Greymouth High School uniforms this morning. Principal Andy England said the Year 9s started the new year with the new
strip and progressively other classes would follow. “All Year 9 students are wearing the uniform of shirts, blue cardigans or
jerseys, black jackets, shorts or longs and black shoes. The other students will progressively come on stream. We went through
a process of discussion with student leaders, board and parents for the new uniform,” Mr England said.
New year, new uniform
The West Coast mayors said in a
joint statement today they believed
a greater focus on sharing services
was better than one unitary council
for the region.
West Coast residents were
yesterday invited to tell the Local
Government Commission what
they think should happen to the
four councils — ranging from
amalgamations to more shared
Combining the Grey and
Westland districts, or all four
councils, are among the options.
The commission sent a team
to the West Coast to investigate
after calls for change in response
to a petition calling for a unitary
It is now undertaking the next
step in the process: the call for
alternative applications, or other
proposals for change.
The mayors and regional council
chairman said today they had been
working closely with the Local
Government Commission over the
They said they thought the
greater focus on shared ser vices
was a much more productive
alternative to a unitary council.
“ Better alignment between the
councils will make working across
the region more streamlined for
business, and having more shared
service options will provide for
more regionally consistent service
Shared services have been
actively pursued over many years
by the four councils, including
shared insurance procurement,
the creation of Civil Defence
West Coast, combined hearings,
joined up building permit ser vice,
and a range of other projects and
advocacy approaches to benefit the
West Coast, the mayors said.
Westland Mayor says Local
investigation a “waste of money”,
Prolific offender denied bail
Some summer ...
It has rained on the West Coast for
42 days since December 1, including
10 heavy rain events and 41 separate
meteorologist Lisa Murray said
Hokitika recorded 42 days with
precipitation, from drizzle to heavy
rain since the start of summer.
After two months of summer, the
temperature has reached 20degC
just three times.
Thirty-one days had more than
four hours of sunshine, and 27 days
more than five hours.
In the past seven years the West
Coast had an average of 3.57
heavy rain events in December, and
2.85 in January.
“So yes, last December and
January in aggregate has seen
many more than normal ‘heavy
Ms Murray said.
Metser vice figures show Haast
received the most rain in January
with 583.8mm, Hokitika had
417mm, Greymouth 366.4mm and
Thirty per cent of the monthly
rainfall in Hokitika fell between
Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
According to the Metservice
long-range forecast issued yesterday,
the West Coast can expect above
average rainfall and below average
temperatures for February.
A Cobden man charged with
unlawful sexual connection will be
kept in custody until his next court
appearance in May due to having
committed 25 offences while
previously on bail.
Dennis Fishburn was this week
remanded in custody in the
Greymouth District Court until
May 4 when a Crown case review
will be held.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said
Fishburn had been in custody since
he was arrested in December for
the alleged offending on December
He suggested he could live with
his mother in Timaru, but electronic
monitoring was not available at the
Mr Zintl said the victim had said
it would be okay if Fishburn was
allowed bail, as long as he did not
“ It will be about 12 months before
Mr Fishburn’s case will be heard
and he has said under oath that he
will follow all bail conditions if it is
Fishburn’s mother had also said
under oath that she would contact
police immediately if her son
O’Driscoll was having none of it.
Fishburn had committed 25
offences while on bail, some of
them violent, and his latest offence
had occurred while he was still
subject to release conditions from
“ He was convicted of arson
and assault while on bail,” Judge
“A report before me states that
Fishburn is impulsive and ill-
considered. I have to take into
account the safety of the community,
which is paramount, and taking all
matters into consideration I can’t
grant him bail. ”
Peters pans Chinese tourist drivers
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters says thousands of tourists have
just arrived for the Chinese New Year
and instead of ensuring they can handle
the roads, the NZ Transport Agency
expects New Zealanders to watch out for
On Monday, Greymouth police
said they had received eight driving
complaints featuring Asian nationalities.
A common complaint was driving too
Last Tuesday a car load of Chinese
tourists was pulled up by police near
Ngahere after a complaint their car was
passing on double lines. Only the day
before, a Chinese driver crashed into a
railway signal at nearby Totara Flat.
Mr Peters said today the NZTA had
advised the public to be ‘mindful’ of
“these incompetent foreign drivers”.
“That ’s nonsensical. Whose country
is this anyway? If they are driving too
slowly, their competency behind the
wheel of a car on our roads has to be
questioned immediately,” Mr Peters said.
Many foreign drivers struggled to
handle New Zealand’s winding, narrow
rural roads and State highways, where
the only protection was often a white
strip down the middle of the road.
“Thousands of Chinese tourists have
just arrived for the Chinese New Year
and instead of ensuring those driving
here can handle our roads, the NZTA
expects Kiwis to watch out for them.”
New Zealanders driving in the United
States, France, Russia, and elsewhere
overseas had to abide by their road rules,
Interim statistics from last year showed
at least 25 people died in crashes where a
foreign driver was at fault.
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