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A baroque concert tour
featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
on period instruments will play
to a Greymouth audience later
The Baroque Music
Community and Educational
Trust of New Zealand is
touring with international
guests. It will allow South
Island audiences to experience
for the first time, the beautiful
well known music of Vivaldi in
world class quality, authentic
interpretation in acoustically
The musicians are Szabolcs
Illes (solo violinist from
Hungary), Edita Keglerova
(harpsichordist from Czech
Republic), Tomas Hurnik
(cellist from Christchurch),
Jonathan Tanner (violinist
from Christchurch) and
Shelley Wilkinson (violist from
The soloist for the evening
will be Szabolcs Illes, a formost
European baroque violinist
from Hungary. Szbolcs studied
with famous baroque violinists
such as Enrico Gatti, Marinett
Troost, Lucy van Dael and Simon
Standage. He has been performing as a
member of world-famous orchestra, the
La Petite Bande.
The programme includes the Four
Seasons, Concerto Alla Rusitca RV 151,
Triple Concerto RV 554a for violin, cello
and harpsichord as well as Concerto in
D major RV 121.
The trust was started when Hurnik
moved to Christchurch and began
bringing musicians from Europe and
other areas of New Zealand together
to perform baroque music. The trust also
co-operates with other charities.
The Greymouth concert will be in
February 20 at St Patrick’s Church.
Tickets are available on-line at www.
2 - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Driver over limit
A woman seen swer ving over the
road in Guinness Street, Greymouth,
on Tuesday evening blew 944mg
when stopped by police for suspected
drink-driving. She was charged and
automatically lost her licence for 28
DHB seismic checks
Opus has been carrying out
earthquake rapid assessments of
West Coast District Health Board
buildings already assessed with a
seismic capacity of less than 34%,
following the Kaikoura earthquake
last November. Engineers have
looked at facilities in Greymouth,
Westport and Reefton. The overall
view from the structural engineer
was: “I didn’t see anything of concern
structurally and there was no obvious
structural damage obser ved.”
Few Maori nurses
Only six nurses working for the
West Coast District Health Board
identify as Maori. The board said
today there is now a nationwide
plan to match the Maori nursing
workforce to the Maori population
by the year 2028. On the West
Coast, that means that by 2028 at
least 14% of nurses working within
the West Coast health system should
identify as Maori (55 Maori nurses).
According to records from January
2017, only 0.02% (six nurses)
employed with the Coast DHB were
Hospital wifi link
Staff wifi at Grey Base Hospital
will be turned on this month and
patient wifi should follow in March,
the West Coast District Health
Board said today.
Body near burning shed
A body has been found at the scene
of a shed fire in outer Christchurch.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the blaze on Tanker ville Road in
Hoon Hay before 9am today. One
person has been found dead at the
scene, a police spokeswoman said.
Officers were investigating the scene
and working to identify the person.
A man was injured after a rope
swing snapped and he fell 8m. The
man, in his 20s, was on Slipper
Island, 3km east of the Coromandel
Peninsula. An Auckland Westpac
rescue helicopter spokeswoman
said the man was loaded on to a
Coastguard vessel, which met the
helicopter at the beach. He was then
flown the man to Waikato Hospital
in a moderate condition. — NZ ME
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Canopus. In port:
21 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Bus service replaces Tranz Alpine while rail link out
About 40% of offenders sentenced to
community work in Greymouth do not
bother turning up, the Greymouth District
Court heard last week.
Corrections staff relayed that to Judge
Stephen O’Driscoll after he had finished
with the last of three Greymouth men who
appeared for breaching their community
work. All three were told they would be
going to jail if they did not complete their
hours by the end of next month.
After wards, Judge O’Driscoll quizzed
Corrections officer Kerry Aston about the
uptake of community-based sentences,
given what he had heard in court earlier.
Mr Aston said those who appeared were
a particularly “hard core”, whereas about
60% of those sentenced to community
work complied “at any one time”.
“If you turn that figure around, that ’s 40%
non-compliance,” the judge replied.
“Hopefully, I’ve sent a message to that
hard core about the need to comply.”
cancel Michael John Stanley ’s 140-hour
community work sentence, imposed
in August 2015, because he had only
completed 17 hours.
Stanley, a fisherman from Blaketown,
explained that work was the main reason
for not working off his hours.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Stanley was
now focused on completing his sentence,
but Stanley interjected and said, “I couldn’t
even do it if I tried”.
Mr Aston said Corrections were unsure if
Stanley was at sea as often as he claimed —
“I’ve heard this before”.
He suggested a residential bail condition.
“ With the condition that next time
prison will be imposed,” Judge O’Driscoll
Addressing Stanley, the judge said: “If
you haven’t done it, bring your toothbrush
to court as you won’t be leaving.”
Elden Wereta George Wilson, of
Cobden, said he was “pretty sure” he had
cut his hours in half since the last time he
was breached in October.
Mr Aston confirmed Wilson still had
29.5 hours left uncompleted.
Judge O’Driscoll was not impressed
at Wilson not reporting for community
work since November, after hearing that
a job inter view was the reason he failed
to appear in court when called earlier
“ You haven’t chipped away at it ... and
you’re now going to tell me you can’t do it
because you’ve got a job?”
The judge ordered Wilson to complete
it by next month, noting that he had
been breaching since he was sentenced in
“If he’s got one hour left, he can go to
jail,” Judge O’Driscoll said.
Raymond Taylor, of
Greymouth, had only completed only 46
hours of a 150-hour community work
sentence imposed in November 2015.
Judge O’Driscoll left the jail question
hanging when he asked Taylor to explain
Taylor said he had worked at an
accommodation provider for 30 days
straight, and one day off at a time held him
“Community work is not an optional
extra. It’s an order of the court. You can
Work penalties ignored
Inter City will operate bus ser vices
between Christchurch and Greymouth
while the Tranz Alpine scenic railway is out
The Midland Line will be closed for
at least six weeks after a scrub fire in the
Canterbury high country badly damaged
The Tranz Alpine has been cancelled
until April 3, affecting about 17,000 Tranz
The new bus ser vice will start on February
13. Buses between Christchurch and
Greymouth will run daily in a 45-seater bus
equipped with free mobile wifi, with fares
starting from $39 each way.
Drivers will provide live commentary
in English throughout the journey,
highlighting the scenery.
“ We are happy to provide this vital coast-
to-coast connection in agreement with Kiwi
Rail, ensuring domestic and international
visitors can enjoy this beautiful part of New
Zealand,” Inter City group general manager
Sam Peate said.
The new ser vices will link with Inter
City’s existing West Coast bus connections,
allowing ongoing travel from Greymouth to
Fox Glacier in the south and Nelson to the
Tourism West Coast chief executive Jim
Little said the bus ser vices would be a big
relief to Greymouth-based operators over
the next two months.
“ Having greater flexibility of schedules
out of Christchurch coupled with existing
shuttle ser vices means it will be mostly
business as usual for our visitors during the
peak months of February and March,” Mr
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Buster. — February 9,
You're one of the most
thought of angels,
You're in the minds of so
many and thought of
Wherever you have gone
I hope it surrounds you
Happy 8th birthday to a
son we only got to hold
Love you to Heaven and
Mum, Dad, Cooper,
Zephyr and all your
adoring family xx.
AITKEN, Brian. — A
dearly loved grandfather
who brought joy and
laughter to our lives.
Your memory will live
on forever in our hearts
Love you, Kendal,
Daniel, Nova, Macey,
Riley, Clare and Celeste
NOLAN, (nee Dixey)
Passed away peacefully
at home with Vince by
her side on Friday
February 3, 2017, aged
71 years. Seven days
short of their 49th
Beloved wife of Vince.
Dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law of Sandra
and Trevor Greentree
(Gold Coast), Andrew
and Jo (Gold Coast), and
Richard and Jenni-Lyn
(Wanaka). Much loved
grandma of Madison,
Hayden, Rhys, Emma-
Grace, Imogen, Josh and
Matt. Many thanks to
the staff at Nurse Maude
for all their loving care
of Margaret. In accord-
ance with Margaret's
wishes her body has
been bequeathed to the
Otago Medical School.
A memorial service to
celebrate Margaret's life
will be held at St Mary's
Lonsdale Street, New
Brighton, on Monday
February 13 at 11am.
No flowers by request.
Donations to Nurse
Maude gratefully appre-
40% fail to turn up for sentences
Judge signals prison for no-shows
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Tony Winter beside his scale model Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad No 24 steam locomotive, which will get a run at
Shantytown on Saturday.
Scale model trains will be
among the attractions on
Saturday, when Shantytown
opens up for its second
Deric Blackler, from
Portobello Antiques in
Christchurch, will be on
site to give verbal antique
valuations for $2 an item.
Over 20 craft and heritage
stalls will be located in the
Miners Hall, including a
genealogy group, the Westland
Industrial Heritage Park and
other heritage and community
Food, craft and jewellery
stalls will be set up, while
outside entertainment will
include the Reefton Bearded
Miners and Can Can dancers.
Craig McMillan will give
demonstrations on knife
All Shantytown resident clubs
— the gem and mineral, vintage
car and Masonic Lodge — will
have a presence on the day.
Greymouth train enthusiast
Tony Winter will display his
scale model trains, a Phantom
steam locomotive and an EW
Mr Winter also has his own
railway line set up around
his South Beach property,
including a scale model wooden
Heritage Day is a fundraiser
to help restore the 114-year-old
Ross Coronation Hall, which
faces a $100,000 restoration
bill. Cash donations from
individuals and the Greymouth
and Mawhera lodges, as
well as the permission to use
windthrow har vested native
timber from the Department
of Conser vation estate, have
shaved a small portion off the
Discount entry for visitors
on the day is $5 for adults and
$2 for children, from 10am to
All steamed up for Shantytown Heritage Day
Tomas Hurnik, cellist from Christchurch.
Vivaldi concert for Greymouth
Water export hearing put back
of the Hokitika Guardian
A public hearing for the Jackson Bay water
export proposal has been pushed out a month.
Ashburton water lobbyist Jen Branje, from
Bung the Bore, who has started to protest
against the proposed development by West
Coast company Okuru Enterprises Ltd, said
the move to a March hearing was to allow the
company more time to prepare the consent
“(It) makes me wonder what was wrong with
it before we ‘outed’ their proposal,” Ms Branje
Okuru Enterprises has held consents for over
20 years. The West Coast Regional Council
recently re-issued its lapsed consents without
notifying them. However, land use consents
needed from the Westland District Council to
construct buildings associated with the storage
facility at Neils Beach are still outstanding.Those
consents have been opposed by three submitters
two neighbours and Heritage New Zealand.
Bung the Bore missed the submission deadline.
However, Ms Branje has said they planned to
lobby the hearing, now set down for March 17.
“The selling off of our natural resources by a
select few is becoming far too frequent. We see
New Zealand water as a communal resource . . .
nobody owns water so why should someone be
able to profit off it?” Ms Branje said.
“O ur hope is to raise awareness of this deal so
that people can stand up and have a voice. This
is another backdoor deal approved by a council
under ‘partially notified’ nonsense. ”
The 12km pipeline will go from Tuning Fork
Creek, a tributary of the Arawhata River, to
storage tanks at Neils Beach, where the water
will be pumped via a buried pipeline to vessels
anchored more than 6km offshore form Jackson
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said the
decision for limited notification of the resource
consents was a good one given the changes that
had occurred over the years.
The hearing will be held at the Haast
Heartland World Heritage Hotel on March 17.
Chlorine for Kumara water
The Westland District Council
says it will add chlorine to the
Kumara town water supply until at
least the end of February.
Meanwhile, ‘boil water’ notices
also remain in place at Punakaiki
and Arahura, while a notice covering
Blackball was lifted this week.
The council corporate planner
Karen Jury said last night the move
to chlorine at Kumara was due to the
ongoing presence of e.coli (faeces
The ‘boil water’ notice must stay in
place even after chlorine was added,
until it reached the level required to
minimise the risk of bacteria in the
water supply, she said.
Chlorine dosing started today, with
a high dose in the morning which
was flushed through the network,
followed by continuous dosing at a
lower constant rate.
Council staff will continue to
monitor the quality of the raw water
at the source and reassess the need
to continuously dose the supply with
chlorine on a periodic basis, Ms Jury
Meanwhile, the contract for
the upgrade of the Kumara water
treatment plant has been awarded
to Techno Economic Services (NZ)
Ltd. On-the-ground work will
“The upgrade will result in
improvements to drinking-water
quality and also improve council’s
compliance with the drinking-water
standards for New Zealand,” Ms
The Kumara plant would be
upgraded to include a combination
of filtration and UV disinfection.
The upgrade also included the
added ability for staff and plant
operators to access the plant
remotely, by computer.
“This will improve the response
time to plant faults and ensure
greater oversight and control of
plant operation,” Ms Jury said.
Community and Public health
says ongoing water problems at
Punakaiki are of “most concern”.
Residents have been boiling water
for 50 days and last year were on
‘ boil water’ notices for more than
half the year.
In the latest West Coast District
Health Board agenda, Community
and Public Health says there
have been a number of ‘water
transgressions’ in some West Coast
water supplies over the past two
“Of most concern is the ongoing
history of transgressions in the
Punakaiki water supply, which has
again been on a ‘boil water’ notice
over the summer period.
“Buller District Council has been
communicating regularly with CPH
on this issue, but it is clear that
further action needs to be taken to
address this pattern of continuing
non-compliance with drinking-
Mining strategies for review
West Coast mining strategies could
be up for review as the focus goes on
regional development, the West Coast
Regional Council says.
An economic action plan is currently
being finalised for the region. Everything
from promoting tourism to whitebaiting
is on the cards.
A key proposal is to smooth the way
for mining operations, with a ‘one stop
shop’ touted, bringing together all the
different parties that process consents
Regional council chief executive Mike
Meehan said the council’s West Coast
Minerals Strategy came into effect
last year, but since then things had
changed with all the work on economic
development, and also the Local
Government Commission review of the
The mayors’ meeting next week
would discuss how things fitted
“ It (minerals strategy) still have
relevance, but the growth study has
superseded it,” Mr Meehan said.
There was no point having a dozen
documents that did not add value, he
He expected a consolidation within the
next six months.
A bodyboarder washed out to
sea beyond the Blaketown tiphead
yesterday eventually made it back to
dry land safely.
West Coast police prevention
manager senior sergeant Vicki
Walker said a member of the public
alerted police when they became
concerned the bodyboarder might
be in trouble after being caught in a
rip and carried out to sea.
Police called the Coastguard West
Coast, which launched a boat about
6pm and caught up with the man,
who said he was okay.
“ We shot out and he was drifting
towards to Cobden beach, but the
bodyboarder told us that he was okay
and did not need any assistance,”
Griffin said. They were satisfied he
appeared to be coping fine.
“He may have been a little distressed
when he was being pulled out to sea
as he had gone a fair way out.”
Mr Griffin said the man had been
dragged by a northerly current
which saw him eventually hit the
beach three-quarters of the way
along the Cobden beach, towards
Bodyboarder washed out to sea
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