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Man found acting
Residents in the Westport area
have been asked to report to police
any visitors to the area acting
suspiciously after a man was found
on a Carters Beach property at the
weekend with an implausible reason
for being there. Prevention manager
senior sergeant Paul Watson said
a Ngahue Crescent resident had
contacted police yesterday after
property with an explanation that
“didn’t ring true”. Although no other
similar reports had been received
by police it was a good reminder
for residents to call police in the
first instance if they saw or found
someone acting suspiciously on
private property, Mr Watson said.
New radio station
for West Coast
A new radio station should be
on West Coast airwaves in about a
month’s time. Timaru-based Port
FM, owned by former Greymouth
man Brent Birchfield, said recently
it was looking at options including
The Edge or The Magic, among
others. Mr Birchfield said yesterday
the network was now in place and
he was working to define the market.
He was in negotiations with the
network about what type of station
came to the Coast. It would run in
tandem with The Sound and would
take about a month to establish.
Summer arrived in Reefton at
the end in February, but even
then it was not as warm as 2016.
Weather obser ver Tony Fortune
said the beginning of the month
was unseasonably cold with the
temperatures only reaching 11degC
on February 2. Rainfall was less
than in previous months. There was
77.5mm, well down on 136mm last
year. Rain fell on just nine days, with
the heaviest fall 23mm. The average
minimum temperature was 8.5degC
and the lowest temperature was just
2degC on February 16. The average
maximum was 23degC, down on
25.5degC. The warmest day was
February 23 when it got to 29degC,
well down on 32degC last February.
Midland Line to reopen earlier
Kiwi Rail expects to reopen the Midland
Line at least a month ahead of what was
predicted after damage from the big fire
in the Waimakariri Gorge at Waitangi
Rail bridges and sections of track were
badly damaged when a fire swept through
300ha of land where the rail line to the
West Coast traverses the gorge beyond
Springfield and towards Cass.
Several bridges were badly damaged
including one where 12 wooden piles have
had to be replaced.
Kiwi Rail network ser vice general manager
Todd Moyle said intense effort since the fire
meant the line should be open in 20 days.
Initial estimates were the repairs would
take at least six weeks, with Kiwi Rail
expecting to reopen the line in early April.
“O ur staff have worked incredibly hard
and we should be ready to reopen the line
earlier than that, exactly six weeks after the
fire,” Mr Moyle said.
This was especially impressive given the
difficulty of accessing the sites along the
railway through the gorge where the work
to fix the line is being carried out.
Mr Moyle said the route was important
to Kiwi Rail, being a lifeline for passenger
trains along with regional freight ser vices.
“ It is used by the world-renowned Tranz
Alpine ser vice, and also for shipping coal
and dairy products from the West Coast.
“The ser vices we provide are significant to
the West Coast.”
As an example of this the Tranz Alpine
train was estimated by Tourism West Coast
to bring in excess of $15 million a year into
“ We are pleased that, through the efforts
of our staff, the devastating impact of the
fire on those ser vices has been limited as
much as possible,” Mr Moyle said
The line would initially open for freight
trains by March 20 and the Tranz Alpine
was expected to resume shortly after.
Meanwhile the source of the fire which
caused so much damage has not yet been
identified by Kiwi Rail.
A spokesman said investigations into
the cause of the fire are ongoing and no
conc lusions have been reached.
Wednesday March 1
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HUNT, Colin. —
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Elaine. — One year ago
on February 29, 2016.
Although you are not
here with us we still
think about you.
Miss you lots
Love Gill and Grant.
William. — Lent to us
for a little time only,
taken into God's hands
on February 26, 2017,
aged 48 days. Dearly
loved son of April and
Tom, and a beloved
son, nephew and cousin.
A special service for
Hunter will be held in
the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
(Thursday) at 12 noon.
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
JENSEN, Kaj. — Born
January 12, 1928 - died
February 26, 2017.
father-in-law of Benny
and Alison (Jacksons),
(Picton), and the late
Dan, grandfather of
Harry, Jacob, Ethan, and
of Benny-Wayne, Tane,
and Le Roy. Loved and
known by many. RIP.
Messages to Private Bag
624, Greymouth 7804.
At Kaj's request a pri-
vate cremation service
has been held. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
Christopher (Cliff). —
In his 89th year. Passed
away peacefully in
Nelson Hospital on
Sunday February 26,
2017. Survived by Marie
his loving wife of 65
years, Dearly loved
Stephen, Lyn and Chris,
Father-in-law of John,
Anne-Marie, Max and
Ingrid. Proud grandad
of 12 grandchildren and
children. Cliff will be
and sadly missed by
family and friends.
The Lord is my
A Requiem Mass to
celebrate Cliff's life will
be held at St Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church,
204 Songer Street, Stoke
on Friday March 3, 2017
commencing at 1.30pm.
Messages C/- 41 Nile
Street East, Nelson
7010. Marsden House
Kevin and great-great-
memories of all the time
especially the debates
during the NRL season.
You'll be forever missed
and in our thoughts.
Love always Annette
and Kevin, Leah and
Corey, Ryan and Anna,
Connor, and Sophie.
COWAN, Jim (Boots).
Passed away peace-
fully at Granger House
in Greymouth on
February 18, 2017 in his
87th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Stella, much loved dad
and father-in-law of
Gary and Kay, Brian
and Glenda, and John,
loved grandad of Donna
and Carla, Paul and
Leanne, Brendan and
Dana, Kaylee, Alyce,
great-grandad of Kyia,
brother and brother-in-
law of Fred and Kath,
and Trevor and Heidi, a
loved brother-in-law of
the late Connie and
Adelaide, Molly and
Bill, and Bert, a cherish-
ed uncle, cousin and
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 32 MacDougall
Avenue, Dunollie 7803.
A memorial service for
Jim will be held at the
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
GURR, (nee Hurley)
Past Head Girl and Dux,
Avonside Girls' High
School. BA (Canter-
bury). Resident of Ross,
Westland, for 60 years.
Eileen passed away
peacefully at Rose Court
on Tuesday February 21,
2017 (a few hours short
of her 90th birthday)
courageous battle with
dementia. Eileen was the
dearly loved and loving
wife of the late Peter,
sister of the late Barry,
and sister-in-law of the
late Josie Hurley. She
was a much cherished
and forever loved Mum
of Chris and John Smith
and Tim Foley (Timaru),
and Jude and Jim Dowds
(Christchurch) and much
loved Grandma and
Rachael, Earl and Arna
Woods, Juliet Smith and
Shea O'Connor, Seamus
and Caitlin Foley, and
Mike, Danny and the
late Katherine Dowds.
Eileen will always be
remembered for her love
of her family, her strong
Christian faith and her
amazing quest for
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and
women merely players:
They have their exits
And one man in his time
plays many parts,
His acts being seven
'As You Like It')
Eileen's family would
like to offer our heartfelt
thanks to the staff of
Rose Court Lifecare and
Somerfield House for
their wonderful care of
Eileen over the duration
of her illness. Messages
to The Family of the late
Eileen Gurr, C/- John
Rhind, 19 London
8013. Flowers respect-
fully declined, but
donations to The Neuro-
logical Foundation of
NZ, PO Box 110022,
Auckland 1148, would
be greatly appreciated.
A private family service
has been held in accord-
ance with the wishes of
PICTURE: Kiwi Rail
An aerial view of work under way on the Truscotts Creek bridge, which was the worst
affected by the fire on the Midland Line last month.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
150 upskill on boys’ education
Thirteen West Coast primary and second schools closed early yesterday as 150 teachers attended a seminar by
Joseph Driessen, a recognised expert in boy’s education. The schools are all part of collective known as the Mawhera
Community of Learning. Grey Main School principal Mandy O’Sullivan said the combined schools had data which
showed that boys were not achieving as well as girls. The schools wanted to lift boys’ literacy and planned to “hit it
hard” this year with professional learning and development. Another teacher-only day has been scheduled for April 10.
“It was ver y enlightening. Lots of affirmations, and also some strategies and things we know will work with our boys,”
Mrs O’Sullivan said. The Shantytown event ran all afternoon through to tea time.
of Conser vation has
completed its Kahurangi
National Park ‘Battle for
our Birds’ aerial 1080
The final stage of the
operation was completed
yesterday with aerial
application of 1080
cereal baits over about
31,000ha in the Gouland
The operation, which
began last spring, has
covered about 295,000ha
of the national park and
other conser vation land.
DOC said the predator
control was in response
to beech seedfall last
autumn providing more
food for rats, causing
their numbers to rapidly
rise. With more rats to
feed on, stoats produce
more young and stoat
numbers soar in summer
when the young leave
The predator control
targeted rats and also
possums in some western
areas. Stoat numbers are
reduced through their
eating poisoned rodent
DOC said more
rain than usual during
spring and strong winds
provided few periods of
suitable weather for the
It continued the
predator control into
summer to knock down
high rat numbers and a
summer stoat surge that
had threatened native
of the Hokitika Guardian
A Serious Fraud Office investigation into
Westland District Council assets manager
Vivek Goel is continuing.
Although the nature of the investigation
has not been revealed, it is understood no
council money has been misappropriated.
The SFO — which investigates and
prosecutes serious or complex financial
crime, including bribery and corruption
confirmed yesterday the investigation
was still open. Mr Goel, who has worked
for the council since 2010, was not at work
yesterday and has been on leave since last
Chief executive Tanya Winter confirmed
yesterday that Mr Goel was on leave but she
would not comment further or discuss his
Calls to Mr Goel, who is responsible
for infrastructural assets such as roading,
water ser vices and solid waste, have gone
unanswered. His Kaniere Road property,
which was searched on February 17 as part
of the investigation, was put on the market
at the weekend.
The SFO confirmed last week an
investigation was under way concerning a
council employee but could not comment
further. Yesterday, a spokeswoman reiterated
that but did say the investigation was still
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith and
councillors were also in the dark about the
nature of the investigation.
“Both the councillors and myself do not
know the background or the circumstances,”
Mr Smith said.
The official statement from the mayor’s
office last week said matters had been
brought to the council’s attention that were
a “cause for concern”.
“These have been referred to the Serious
Fraud Office to investigate.”
On its website, the SFO says it is dedicated
to white collar crime.
“ We partner with a network of other law
enforcement agencies, nationally and cross-
border, to provide investors and the public
with the confidence that serious financial
crime will be detected and prosecuted.”
Priority cases focused on multi-victim
investment fraud, fraud involving those in
important positions of trust, bribery and
SFO investigation into Westland
council manager continuing
of the Westport News
Punakaiki has had the worst record of any
monitored water supply on the West Coast
over the past year.
In 2016 the tourist township’s water supply
consumers were on ‘boil water ‘notices (BWN)
for 221 days or 60% of the year.
So far this year they have been on a continuous
BWN which was issued on December 20.
West Coast medical officer of health Cheryl
Brunton said Punakaiki’s record was the worse
of any monitored supply on the Coast for the
However, there were some small untreated
community networked supplies which were not
monitored, she said. They were on permanent
BWNs based on the presumption that E.coli
bacteria was present most of the time.
These supplies never complied with national
drinking water standards for bacteria or
protozoa, so had a poorer overall compliance
record than Punakaiki, Dr Brunton said.
The Buller District Council was required
to notify Community and Public Health
(CPH) each time it issued a new BWN for the
Punakaiki water supply, she said.
Each BWN counted as a ‘transgression’ of the
Dr Brunton said E.coli in the water supply
had prompted some of Punakaiki’s BWNs
over the past year. Others had been caused by
turbidity (cloudiness), but E.coli might still be
“Over the summer, the issue of turbidity
was more significant given the unusually wet
It was important to remember that turbidity
might be present. Turbidity also meant UV
disinfection did not work properly.
Dr Brunton said the issue was complicated
and might take time to resolve.
“Full compliance may not occur until all the
improvements are done.”
She attributed the problems with the
Punakaiki water supply to Cyclone Ita, three
years ago, damaging the catchment.
Even in relatively moderate rainfall the source
water became dirty and cloudy, compromising
Water supply woes were a hot topic at a
Buller District Council drop-in meeting for
Punakaiki residents on Monday.
Five residents attended the meeting with
councillors Sharon Roche and Phil Rutherford.
All wanted to know when the supply would
be fixed so they would no longer have to boil
water for drinking and food preparation.
One resident, Richard Arlidge, said the
councillors assured them that as soon as the
correct replacement filter was located the
supply could be fixed within a week.
Punakaiki has worst
water supply on Coast
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals:
Canopus. Departures: Moon Shadow II,
one Greymouth vessel. In port: Calypso,
Canopus, Tigerzeye, 18 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
today; Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
The West Coast ’s best young farmers
will be pitted against competitors from
Canterbury and Nelson-Marlborough
this weekend in Kumara and Hokitika.
The FMG Young Farmer of the Year
Tasman regional final will be held on
Television comedian known as Te
Radar is travelling the country hosting
the finals. The grand final will be held in
Andrew Wiffen, from Hokitika, took
out the West Coast contest at Ahaura
before Christmas. He is up against strong
Christchurch district competitors.
Reefton woman Ellesh Norrie, 23,
made the regional finals on her first
attempt. She works on a 1000ha dry
stock farm, mainly with deer.
Event organiser Jill Stewart said
anyone could head along to the Kumara
Racecourse between 10am and 2pm,
followed by a ticketed evening event —
a meal and live music — at the Boys
Brigade Hall, in Hokitika.
“It will be a great day. There will be food
stalls and the coffee cart.”
An Agri-kids and Agri-teen contest
will also be set up on the day.
“It’s a good insight for someone who
wants to compete next year. ”
The Tasman final was last held in
Greymouth about five years ago.
The other finalists are Michael Flood
from Canvastown, Nelson-Marlborough,
Simon Ferguson from Rolleston, Robin
Hornblow from Te Pirita, Megan Hands
from Malvern, Sam Heaven from Fox
Glacier but representing Hurunui and
Roscoe Taggart from North Canterbury.
challenge relay team
was last night busy
on the Cobden Bridge
for several upcoming
challenge events, in
few months. Relay
team coach Andrew
Ching, right, was
super vising a
simulation of the
19kg hose hoist
up three storeys by
the team of Grant
King, far left, recr uit
Larenth and Quinn
team also consists of
Philippa Beadle. Mr
Ching said the hose
hoist was one of seven
parts to the combat
challenge with the
team training for each
in the lead up to the
South Island event
on March 25, the
North Island combat
challenge on April 8
and the nationals in
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Fire brigade trains on Cobden Bridge
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