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The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter flew to Fox Glacier
yesterday to transfer a patient to
Grey Base Hospital about 6pm.
Hokitika false alarm
The Hokitika Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called out about 7am
today to the Boys Brigade Hall at
the racecourse. In the event it was a
Hospitals around the South
Island will soon be sharing patient
health information electronically.
On February 13, when the Nelson-
Marlborough District Health Board
launches the clinical information
portal Health Connect South, it will
join existing members Canterbury,
West Coast, South Canterbury and
Southern DHBs — connecting
all five South Island DHBs to the
same shared electronic patient
record for hospital care. South
Canterbury DHB chief medical
officer Steve Earnshaw said although
the milestone had been years in the
making, “it ’s really just the start ”.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Five Greymouth vessels. In port:
17 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey. today; Galatea II,
Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday.
Credit union to cut jobs
of the Otago Daily Times
An increase in on-line banking by Credit
Union South members is likely to lead to
four branch closures, a consolidation of
some branches and the loss of up to 18 jobs.
Credit Union South owns a branch in
Chief executive Tania Dickie said
yesterday the decision to close the branches
was not taken lightly and feedback from
both staff and the credit union’s 22,000
members would be considered.
The consultation period started yesterday
and would end on February 20. A final
report would be released on March 1 and if
the branches were closed, it would be at the
end of March.
Although 18 jobs would be lost through
the proposals, eight new positions would
be created in customer or sales roles in
Dunedin, Christchurch and Invercargill.
“This is a difficult situation for us all and
I want to pay tribute to our staff for their
outstanding work over the years.”
Wherever possible, the credit union
would try to find positions for staff in new
customer ser vice roles being created, Ms
The proposals released yesterday followed
much research. The credit union had 22,000
members but in the previous year about
200,000 on-line banking transactions were
made through the internet, mobile banking
and telephone banking.
One member per hour per staff member
went into the credit union’s branch network,
The large Dunedin branch was having a
partition installed to reduce the size of the
banking area. Although the credit union had
a lot of member activity, very few members
were going into the branch.
In Greymouth, there were three staff
members. If one was on holiday and
another one was sick, a staff member from
Christchurch or Dunedin had to be sent
over as cover, not an ideal situation.
In other situations, such as Oamaru and
Timaru, there were limited opportunities
for the credit union to expand its business
Each of the branches proposed for closure
had fewer than 1200 members; two had
fewer than 1000. All locations were fully
banked, Ms Dickie said.
Members had already been good at
accepting new technology. The credit union
had introduced a debit card which was well
accepted and the mobile app, introduced
four years ago, had been a success.
More members were applying for loans
on-line and doing most, if not all, of their
banking on-line. About 75% of personal
loan applications were made through the
internet or telephone.
The branch visits were equal to 10% of the
use of the mobile app, internet banking and
telephone banking activities per month and
those channels were growing, she said.
Foot traffic was well down in the branches,
leading to product sales through branches
Asked about the loss of the money
coaching ser vice, Ms Dickie said there were
fewer than 500 members using the system.
All staff could now provide assistance to
deal with the goals of customers, including
the credit union’s strong support of Kiwi
Saver. Some of the people using the current
coaching system had not learnt any new
skills and did not graduate to making more
of their own decisions. For $10 a month,
they could have a money coach for as long
as they liked.
“ We have to have a credit union which
is sustainable and developing. The cost of
keeping those branches open for little return
is uneconomic. The changes we will make
will add to our profit and ensure ongoing
Credit Union South is a 100% New
trading throughout the South Island. It is
the third-largest credit union in the country.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Gary Dew
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
021 250 8504
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
6pm Friday until
135 High Street,
Saturday and Sunday
Telephone 768 5942
away peacefully on
February 8, 2017, at
Greymouth Hospital. In
his 74th year. Loved
husband of Pearl, loved
step-father of Darryl and
Glenda, Kym and Eric,
and Steve and Cher, a
much loved granddad of
Kasie, Luke, Kyle,
Rhys, Matt, Brendan, a
'Bazz' to Braeden, Levi,
Isla Eve and Indy, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Ola and Jim, Ina
and the late Alf, John
and the late Yvonne,
Maben and the late
Ross, Arthur and Veida,
Lachlan and Marg,
Margaret and David
Weir, Frances and Ron
Kendrick, George and
Joy Rutledge, Marie and
Beverly and the late
John Rutledge, and a
Messages to 63 Ward
Street, Cobden 7802.
Special thanks to the
wonderful care Barry
received in Palliative
Care, Morice Ward, and
by the Coast District
Nurses. Donations to the
Cancer Society may be
made at Barry's service
to be celebrated at St
Church, High Street,
Greymouth on Monday
at 2pm, followed by
interment at Gladstone
Memorial Park Ceme-
tery. Rest in Peace.
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A former Hokitika couple
and their teenage daughter are
on a mission to raise awareness
of bullying and suicide
prevention following the loss
of their 14-year-old son last
Michelle (nee Manera) and
Quentin Pearson, formerly of
Ross and Hokitika, and now of
Manruben, Brisbane, lost their
son Kodi when he took his own
life last year.
The Pearsons have lived in
Australia for over 20 years and
both have a lot of family still
living in the Hokitika-Ross
area who are also helping to
Mrs Pearson said they were
driven to spread bullying/
suicide awareness “as loud, wide
and continual as we possibly
Kodi’s father and a few others
are also planning to cycle
1600km across the Nullabor
Plain, in South Australia, in
September to raise funds for
Kodi’s 17-year-old sister and
aspiring model Tayla is using
her recent exposure generated
from her participation in the
Australian Supermodel of the
Year 2016 national grand final,
to push suicide prevention
awareness and anti-bullying.
She said Kodi was her biggest
cheerleader and helped her put
together her first portfolio.
“ Not only am I doing this
for myself, I am doing this to
make my little brother proud.
He was my No 1 supporter for
everything I did, but especially
in my modelling,” Tayla Pearson
She has started a Facebook
page, Kodi’s Wish, where
her bullying speech has
been uploaded and viewed
thousands of times. Last
September she organised a
fundraiser incorporating a
motorbike/car night, as Kodi
loved old school cars and
motorbikes, gave her bullying
speech, ran a raffle with
proceeds and other donations
going to organisations Beyond
Blue and the Jake Garrett
She is also on board with the
Red and White Foundation,
which is organising a website
called Kodi’s Message,
pamphlets and getting her a
start into a school to talk about
Mrs Pearson said that in his
letter Kodi left one sentence:
“He wanted everybody to know
how bad bullying was. ”
Suicide spurs family campaign
Quentin, left, Kodi, Michelle and Tayla Pearson.
A large area south of Ross, the
southern Paparoa Range north of
Greymouth, and Karamea are all on
Tb Free’s list for aerial 1080 poison
drops this winter.
The Nancy drop in the Grey
district will cover about 22,691ha,
about 40km south-east of Ahaura
and 100km east of Greymouth.
It encompasses the catchments
of the Nancy and Waiheke rivers
and is made up entirely of public
conser vation land.
It was last ‘treated’ in 2009; however
it has not had aerial 1080 control
Three infected possums were caught
in a sur vey carried out on the Upper
Ahaura River area in 2015.
The second drop is 26,979ha of
the Southern Paparoa this autumn-
winter 2017. The project area extends
south from the true left of the
Punakaiki River, to slightly north
of Rapahoe, an area of historic herd
The third drop is the upper Ahaura
River, where 29,918ha is planned
for winter 2017. This block is about
25km north-east of Lake Brunner
and some 70km east of Greymouth.
It encompasses the catchments of the
Trent and Waikiti river catchments.
Parts of this aerial operation were
last completed in 2009; however
the southern half has not had aerial
control before. Tb Free says there is
a recent history of Tb infection in
nearby herds and infected possums
were caught in a survey carried out
in the upper Haupiri River area in
In Westland, the Mikonui drop will
cover about 38,417ha is planned for
The northern part of this block lies
just south of Ross township. It is
bounded by the Hokitika River to the
north-east, the Mikonui River to the
south-west and backcountry ranges
to the east.
The southern section of this block
lies north of the Waitaha farming
These aerial operations were last
flown in 2010.
There is a history of Tb infection
in local herds with one herd infected
with the same Tb strain as found in
a possum caught within the aerial
In Buller, operations include
Stormy Ridge — 16,500ha from
the Kohaihai River and south
encompassing the foothills below
The Karamea area has a long history
of Tb infection with many herds still
The second drop in Buller, Karamea
13,235ha and is planned for winter
This operation is made up of
two distinct blocks. The northern
most point begins at the Little
Wanganui Head and goes south
encompassing the deep bush along
the coastal strip on the western side
of the main highway and ends at
The second block is south of
Seddonville and encompasses the
land between Seddonville and
Ngakawau. It was last treated in 2008.
The consultation period for all
operations ends on Friday, February
Widespread winter poison drops planned
Tunnels dug on the battlefields of
France by West Coast tunnellers during
World War One are being mapped
in detail using the latest technology
in a France-University of Otago
Ex-miners from throughout New
Zealand ser ved underground in France
during World War One. Of the 1000
men in the New Zealand Engineers,
about 130 came from the West Coast.
The tunnellers came from all over the
Coast, including the likes of John Cooper
from Rimu, who mined at Blackball,
William Dooley from Westport, Thomas
Eves from Stockton, George Hayes from
Blackball, Nicholas Lawn from Reefton,
Charles Pearce from Hokitika, and
Reuben Rooney, who went from Otira
only to die of meningitis in France.
Two-dimensional maps had already
been produced of one of the labyrinth
tunnels, but Richard Hemi from the
University of Otago came up with the
idea of creating three-dimensional
He focused on tunnels secretly dug at
Arras in 1916 and 1917, linking existing
underground chalk quarries.
Dr Pascal Sirguey was enlisted and
turned it into a French-New Zealand
Together, they have now sur veyed
about half of the tunnels; roof collapses
put parts out of bounds.
The laser scanner technology is capable
of measuring one million points per
“ You are certainly aware of the graffiti
and the sadness of the men who have
perhaps written their last farewell on a
chalk wall,” Mr Hemi said.
Dr Sirrguey said from the PhD thesis
of Dr Anthony Byledbal they knew that
most of the men from the West Coast
came from Reefton, Blackball and the
Karamea bay (Keep-it-Dark Mining
Company and Globe Hill Mine).
Lieutenant Guy Shackburgh Colllyns
came from Greymouth and was an
officer of the NZETC and awarded the
Military Cross. The team is progressively
making its work public via a dedicated
They also hope to allow virtual reality
Great War tunnels
mapped in detail
Teachers, teacher aides and school
administration staff from throughout
the West Coast have urged parents and
families to come and support the call
for better funding for education, when
a colourful camper van visits the Coast
The Better Funding, Better Learning
Heartland Tour was launched on
February 8. It is the next phase in the
historic, joint campaign by educators
from both teachers’ unions, the PPTA
and Te Riu Roa NZEI, which last year
defeated plans to introduce bulk funding
“People on the West Coast have a
fantastic opportunity to use their vote
this year to ensure every child has the
best start in life through a world class
education,” president Lynda Stuart said.
“ We know our young people deser ve
the best education, and we are convinced
that most New Zealanders value
education over tax cuts. This election year
we need every political party to make
education their top priority.”
The colourful camper van will endeavour
to visit almost every corner of the
country, from Bluff to Kaitaia meeting
parents, staff and the communities.
The West Coast leg starts in Westport
on Tuesday before heading south. It will
be at the Pike River Mine picket on
Wednesday at 8am, then John Paul II
High School from 10.30am. At noon it
moves to The Warehouse and then Grey
Main at 3pm.
On Thursday it will be at Ross School
in the morning, Hokitika at 12.30pm,
then Hokitika Primary School at 3pm.
On Friday it will visit Hari Hari at
10.30am, Franz Josef Glacier at noon
and Haast at 3pm.
The unions said early childhood
funding had been frozen for the past
seven years, on a per child basis, and
core funding for many schools had been
frozen this year, leaving millions of
dollars less for children’s education when
inflation is taken into account.
Already schools were planning to cut
back on teacher aide and support staff
hours this year, or to increase parent
donations to cope with the funding
For more information on the Better
Funding, Better Learning campaign,
including dates and places for the
Heartland Tour visit www.betterfunding.
Odd Coast facts
A new regional factsheet has revealed
some unusual facts about the West
Coast — including the fact there are 21
takeaways that employ 110 people.
The days of a pub on every corner are
long gone and these days people are
more likely to find a cafe.
The New Zealand Sectors Dashboard,
released this week, provides the latest
available data on 26 different sectors
covering the whole economy, from
the primary industries, manufacturing
and ser vices sectors to government,
education and health.
The West Coast factsheet reveals:
39 grocers employ 680 people.
57 cafes employ 500.
42 pubs and bars employ 180.
12 law firms employ 45.
15 accountancy firms employ 45.
75 garages employ 95.
According to the dashboard, the
average house value last year was
$215,000, average weekly rent $237,
and there was net migration of 75. The
average total household income was just
Presentations to outline alcohol effects on the teenage brain
The effects of alcohol on the
developing teenage brain will be
explored in a series of free community
events presented on the West Coast by
neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis.
Using current research to provide
practical advice for supporting
adolescents, organisers say they will be
of particular interest to anyone involved
Put together by Community and
Public Health West Coast, West Coast
Te Rito Family Violence Prevention
Network, and Buller Family Whanau
Violence Prevention Network, with
support from the Health Promotion
Agency and WestREAP, the events will
focus on how the teenage brain works
and an understanding of how alcohol
affects the developing brain.
Mr Wallis will also be presenting to
Year 9 to 13 students in West Coast
The community events are: Monday,
February 20 in the Hari Hari
Community Centre, at 7pm; Tuesday at
the Regent Theatre, Hokitika, 6.30pm;
and Thursday at the Reefton Area
Air New Zealand passengers were
left asking questions yesterday when
the evening flight into Hokitika was
cancelled, at the start of one of the
busiest weekends on the West Coast
About 700 competitors were due
for the Coast to Coast, and 1700 for
the Buller Marathon, plus family and
Two disgruntled passengers said
they did not know why the flight was
cancelled, noting the beautiful weather.
In addition, fire has closed the Tranz
Alpine so the only way to the Coast from
yesterday afternoon was road.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said:
“I feel Air New Zealand has put us at
the bottom of the heap at the most
important time of the year”.
“Frankly it’s not good enough,” he
said, referring to the Coast to Coast and
One passenger said her flights to
Hokitika had been cancelled on
November 9, October 13 and August 26.
The Hokitika Guardian has also
reported cancelled flights on January 11
and 26, due to the weather.
Air NZ confirmed a return flight from
Christchurch to Hokitika had been
cancelled due to engineering issues.
Customers booked to travel on those
flights were re-accommodated.
“Air New Zealand endeavours to
operate all ser vices as scheduled but as
with any other route, disruptions can be
caused by a number of factors,” it said in
The airline said it had been forced
to cancel five other scheduled return
ser vices on the Christchurch-Hokitika
route this year — four due to the weather
and one because of engineering issues.
Police are on the lookout for a man who donned a
balaclava before tackling a woman as she walked
through Victoria University grounds at night.
The man, aged between 20 and 30, followed the
woman along the path way that leads from The Terrace
to Boyd Wilson Field before putting on the mask and
tackling her to the ground. He pinned her down for
before running back down the path.
The incident happened about 10.30pm on January 20.
He was wearing a grey Adidas hoodie, green
camouflage shorts and blue shoes with white socks.
Police hunt woman’s tackler
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