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A story on Tuesday said the home
of farm worker Shane Crook was
raided by police when they got the
wrong address. In fact, it was Shane
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions. —
Wednesday : Mr and Mrs Tindal
71% 1, Bijaya Mishra and Ian
Anderson 62% 2, Ash Hamilton and
Naomi Kirwan 58% 3. Thursday:
Brian Rowlands and Naomi Kirwan
64.1% 1, John Boyes and Ash
Hamilton 53.7% 2, Colleen Freitas
and Bruce Truman and Pitabus and
Bijaya Mishra 51.6% 3 equal, Joy
Willman and Allison Palmer 51% 5.
Children’s day comes to Greymouth on Sunday
Children’s Day comes to Greymouth on
Sunday with cheap movie entry and free
The Regent Theatre will have $5 entry
for adults and children to the movie
Moana, with three screenings at 9.45am,
noon and 2.15pm.
Westland Recreation Centre will
offer free pool entry for all children
accompanied by an adult from 12pm to
3pm. The first 50 children through the
door will get a free goodie bag sponsored
by organiser, WestREAP.
Greymouth will also have a free festival
of cricket at Arthur Fong Park to celebrate
both the cricket finals and World
Children’s Day, with activities, have-
a-go sessions from 12pm and a family
The big Hokitika Children’s Day event,
which draws thousands of children
and families to Cass Square, has been
postponed until March 26 due to the
refurbishment of the playing field.
This year it is introducing zorb balls.
The Hokitika event, now in its seventh
year, is the largest of its type in the South
Island and is brought together by about 70
volunteers from local community groups
and organisations, led by the Lions Club.
New additions this year include zorb
balls, and a ‘virtual rollercoaster’ as well as
the old favourites of a haunted house,
maze, carnival games, craft tents and
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Artist Jo Wood tutors an art design class for young and old at Runanga School yesterday afternoon. It was one of the pop-up events
marking the start of ‘Art in the Town’ — a month-long celebration of art in Greymouth. Art in the Town is a rebranding of Art in the
Park and will run throughout March and early April with pop-up events regularly at various venues around Greymouth covering
everything artistic including art, music, photos and video.
Management concerns at Westland
High School have come to a head with
the Ministry of Education called in to
deal with staff and financial issues.
The appointment of limited statutory
manager (LSM), requested by the board
of trustees, will take effect from today.
It follows a vote of no confidence in
principal Trevor Jones by some staff
and subsequent discussions between
the ministry and Post-Primary Teacher
Association (PPTA) union members at
Board chairman Latham Martin would
not be drawn on the confidence vote, or
any of the circumstances leading up to it.
However, he did confirm Mr Jones
remained in the principal’s position.
The ministry’s appointment of Jim
Douglas, an experienced educational
administrator from Nelson, as LSM at
the Hokitika school was a “bold” but
“positive” move, Mr Martin said.
It also comes after the exit of several
staff members at the end of last year.
Former and current staff have told the
Guardian that morale was low.
“ We recognise there are personnel
issues that need to be addressed and
when they are addressed the school will
be better place,” Mr Martin said.
The LSM would “steady the ship”.
“He will have the responsibility for
all functions, powers and duties of
the board as an employer, and all the
functions, powers and duties of the
board to manage financial operations.”
In a letter to the school community
yesterday, the board advised that Mr
Douglas would continue in the role until
the ministry was satisfied that the issues
at the school had been resolved and that
the board had the capacity to resume full
responsibility for the governance.
“This positive development is the first
step in addressing some longstanding
issues around personnel and the finances
of the school. This is an open and
The LSM would be at the school
regularly through the year and would be
available to meet with students, parents
and the community during that time,
the board said.
The statement from the board of
trustees was received too late yesterday
to request comment or clarity from the
The Guardian has lodged an Official
Information Act request with the
Ministry of Education for further
background on the teachers’ concerns.
to step in
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Runanga School pupils learn ar t design
Greymouth port supervisor Ian Haussmann and port worker Greg O’Donnell looked like they were literally walking on water this morning where the
Blaketown lagoon meets the Grey River. Recent fine weather and the lack of dredging have led to a build up of silt in the middle of the entrance to the lagoon,
causing mounting concern. While Mr Haussmann and O’Donnell were actually looking for a chain which had come adrift from the cardinal marker which
indicates the safe deep section of water for boats, the present depth has become a shipping hazard. The Tasmanian dredge purchased by the Grey District
Council for $700,000 in early 2015 is still going under inspection and yet to be certified, but meantime the lagoon shallows become shallower. Mr Haussmann
says the entrance to the Blaketown lagoon was deceptive but was very shallow in places. “It shoulders up a lot on one side but is reasonably deep at the wharf,
where the boats tie up. It has been a lot shallower and we used to dredge to a depth of 6m.”
Lagoon entrance depth causes concern
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Two longstanding West
Coast accountants were
last night honoured by
Australia and New
presented to Robert
(Bob) Milne, of the
Arnold Valley, and Traci
Booth-Ross, of Hokitika.
Mr Milne received his
50-year award, and Mrs
Booth-Ross her 25-year
They were presented
in Greymouth by
“O ur member
are an opportunity
for the Chartered
and contribution to
the profession and
Accountants ANZ South
Island regional manager
Colin McDougall said.
“ Traci and Robert
highlight hard work
and dedication, meeting
the high standards
that come with being a
Mr McDougall said.
Australia and New
Zealand is a professional
body with more than
Bob Milne, left, and Traci Booth-Ross receive
their certificates from Chartered Accountants ANZ
president Cassandra Crowley.
of the Westport News
The West Coast Regional Council
wants to take rock from private land
at White Horse Hill near Fox River
to extend the Punakaiki seawall.
It is seeking consent from the
Buller District Council, under the
Resource Management Act, to take
A resource consent hearing was to
be held in Westport today.
Application papers show the
regional council wants to remove
up to 4000 square metres of rock
from private land at the base of
White Horse Hill.
Up to 350 square metres of
vegetation would be cleared in the
The landowner has told the
council he is happy to donate
suitable rock as long as the site is
left in a condition where no further
work would be needed to build a
The bluff, known as Lookout
Rock, is regarded as an iconic Coast
Road landscape feature.
Regional council seeks rock from White Horse Hill land
Concerns have been raised over how
the new Cass Square surface will hold up
underfoot next week with the pressure of
the crowds and set up for the Wildfoods
Wet weather is forecast for the entire
The square will have its first test tomorrow
with hundreds of players and spectators
expected for the Marist South Island Rugby
Tournament. Forecasters say there is a
chance of showers.
Westland District Council field inspection
officer John Bainbridge said the main
concern was the heavy truck movements
on the new playing surface, which was still
establishing in parts.
“The surface at the moment is just coming
right,” Mr Bainbridge said.
“There is a risk, in the worst case scenario,
that if Wildfoods damaged it significantly
it could compromise another rugby
The council had no concerns about
the rain — “ That is the reason we have
upgraded the playing surface.
“There are patches which need more time.
But it’s up to the club if they desire to cope
with those areas.”
The rugby tournament was no problem,
“But a wet Wildfoods is a different
Council staff would be meeting with
festival organisers next week after an
inspection following the rugby to discuss
how the field might hold up.
The biggest concern was the truck
movements, which could kill the new grass.
“ When the grass dies it ... effectively
turns into a sealed surface. That ’s what
happens when you run a vehicle over it.”
Directly under the new grass was a hard
layer of sand.
Remedial works were not costly but
would be time consuming and could
further impact on the winter rugby season,
Mr Bainbridge said.
Wildfoods Festival events manager
Ashley Cassin said they did have
contingencies in place, both with vehicle
movements — which would be marshalled
— and to weatherproof the site, specifically
the main stage as the focal point for the
three main events — the Friday night
Wild Warm up comedy show, the festival
itself and the festival after-party.
“ Rain or shine” they would be utilising
the outside ring of the square to move
trucks, keeping them off the new surface
as much as possible, which they had also
done last year.
Last year the festival site was set up under
torrential rain, and it cleared to a fine day
for the festival.
This year the long range weather forecast
from the Metservice and the reliable
international weather site yr.no, predicts
rain from Friday and Saturday.
Mr Cassin hoped that could change with
10 days to go.
Thousands of people were expected next
weekend and Cass Square was the only
place that was suitable, he said.
Questions raised over Cass Square surface
Six months after the Hokitika Pioneer
Statue was relocated downtown, the
memorial is soon to be completed.
The Westland District Council has taken
over the last stage of the project, initially led
by business owner Jacquie Grant.
Ms Grant oversaw the shifting of the
statue in September onto the original plinth
re-installed at the Tancred and Weld Street
The plastering of the plinth has remained
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said yesterday
council was always going to finish the last
stage of the work, which includes road re-
sealing around the traffic island as well as the
Hokitika Town Clock.
“It is council’s statue and we are delighted
with what Jacquie has done, now we can
finish our but which is to pretty it up.
A new addition of a low fence and rose
garden will be planted around the statue and
the plastering of the plinth finished.
Mr Smith said council’s district assets
team was managing the works which would
be carried out after hot mix around the two
monuments was completed.
That work was hoped to be done before
Christmas but was delayed at the request of
retailers and then hindered by wet weather.
However, it was expected to be started by
mid-March by mid-March.
The re-sealing was planned as part of
the current budget, while the plastering
costs were covered by leftover funds in the
relocation and restoration budget, fundraised
for to the tune of $20,000.
An official unveiling of the 120 year-old
Pioneer monument at its new site is planned
once it is complete.
Westland council takes over Pioneer Statue project
March 4, 2017
Starting at Repco Greymouth 8am
maps available from Repco
or at www.sporty.co.nz/westlandcarclub
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