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Foreign spending boost
Foreign credit cards helped push
up total spending through the eftpos
network on the West Coast last
month. The volume of sales was up
just 0.65% on last February, and the
value up 3.5%. “A key contributor
to recent New Zealand economic
growth has been international
tourism,” eftpos operator Paymark
The Christian Church Community
Trust (Gloriavale) has applied to
the West Coast Regional Council
for consent to build a stopbank by
its Flagstaff Flat property, on the
Ahaura River in the Grey Valley.
It would be a simple shingle bank
designed to help prevent flooding
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Canopus. Departures: Three
Greymouth vessels. In port:
Galatea II, Canopus, Har vester,
17 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II. today.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
Retailers force Wildfoods market shift
Scientists have confirmed what
everyone on the West Coast already
knew — it was a cold, wet summer.
Niwa said yesterday that rainfall for
summer was between 120% and 149%
above normal. It blamed this on more
westerly and south-westerly winds.
“These winds resulted in cool and
unsettled summer weather for many parts
of the country, especially in southern and
western regions, which are exposed to
south-westerly winds,” according to the
Niwa climate update.
Summer temperatures were also below
average by between half a degree and
1.2degC,. Haast ’s mean maximum air
temperature was just 16.8degC, the fourth
lowest since records began there in 1949.
February started with a flood which
send water coursing through homes at
Okuru, Haast, although a late rally in the
last two weeks of the month meant near
normal sunshine was obser ved.
Franz Josef Glacier had its fourth most
sunshine hours since records began there
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Wildfoods Festival markets have
been forced into an 11th hour move from
Weld Street again due to objections from
A petition with 18 signatures on behalf
of Enterprise Hokitika, and two letters
from individual businesses, were delivered
to the Westland District Council on Friday
opposing the road closure proposal this
The 40 or so stallholders will now have to
set up in Railway Terrace, at the side of the
Enterprise Hokitika chairwoman Rachel
Roberts said businesses were not against
the market, just the road closure, which
would have seen the main street between
the town clock and the Weld and Tancred
street roundabout closed off from Friday to
She said it was unfair to close the off the
central business district for three days in
the middle of the tourist season to allow
stallholders, who were mostly from out of
town, to set up in such a prime location.
“It ’s been a tough season and retailers are
really feeling it,” Ms Roberts said.
Hokitika Glass Studio owner Barry
Wilson, who put in a personal submission,
agreed: “My argument has always been,
why provide the premium spot in the
height of our tourist season for mostly
out-of-town stallholders who don’t provide
raffles, sponsorships or employ people
locally throughout the year? They also don’t
pay rates like we do. They just pay a fee and
then they are gone.”
The markets, which have been running
since Wildfoods began 28 years ago, were
once a downtown fixture over the festival
However, five years ago they were pushed
to Gibson Q uay, again after protests from
They were brought back to the main drag
last year by festival organisers as part of
their ‘bigger, better, wilder’ push.
Festival event manager Ashley Cassin
said moving the markets a week out was
“not ideal, but it is a small town and we
need to keep all parties happy ”.
“ We all have to live here after the festival.”
Railway Terrace was still a suitable site
and had hosted the market before, he said.
“ For us it’s the next best thing. At least it ’s
on the way into town. ”
Council engineer Alistair McPhee said
Railway Terrace was a good option.
“ It ’s the best option from what we looked
Another site considered was in Weld
Street directly opposite the festival site at
Ms Roberts said Enterprise Hokitika
members had suggested that or Gibson
Quay would be better venues.
Mr Wilson said he did not care where the
market went — as long as the main street
was not closed off.
“ It just kills us when its’ closed for three
The markets will still run to the same
times and will include Friday night
entertainment and possibly a children’s
workshop on Sunday morning, including a
visiting aerial rope performer.
Markets organiser Linda Brake said
a number of new and returning food
and market stalls would be on offer this
weekend, as well as entertainment for all
members of the family, including a bungy
jump and water orb activities.
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KING, Terrie Andrea.
A much respected
friend to those at
Blanchfields Bakery and
Rest in Peace
KING, Terrie. —
March 3, 2017.
With deep sorrow we
say farewell to a lifetime
friend. Terrie you will
always be remembered
with many laughs, but
more importantly with
lots of love.
You will always be the
sister of my soul ....
And the best friend of
Lyn, Chris, Jeynelle,
SOPP, Robert James
To some you may be
To others a part of the
But to me who loved you
dearly your memory will
Nothing can be more
beautiful than the mem-
ories I have of you.
To me you were some-
thought so too.
Lynny and family.
Ph 768 0250
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Richard (Eddie). —
Peacefully at Hokitika,
on Saturday March 4,
2017, aged 77 years.
Dearly loved husband of
Val, loved father and
father-in-law of Gary
and Bernadine (Auck-
land), Sharon and Chris
(Hokitika), much loved
Bryana, Claudia and
Jack. A loved brother of
Gordon, Pauline and
Beryl, loved brother-in-
law, uncle and friend of
many. Messages to 76a
Jollie Street, Hokitika
7810. Flowers respect-
donations to the West
Coast Branch of the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and may
be made at the service.
A service to celebrate
Eddie's life will be held
at the RSA Memorial
Hall, Sewell Street,
Hokitika, on Wednesday
March 8, commencing at
2pm. Private cremation
to follow. Thompson
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Milan Jamieson, left, Skylar Hartill, Jazmine Stechmann and Royal Harraway make a splash in the big pool during Children’s Day,
in Greymouth yesterday. As well as free entry to the pool, hundreds of children booked out the Regent Theatre to watch the movie
Moana for the subsidised charge of $5. Children’s Day activities were organised by WestREAP. Theatre manager Patrick McBride
said all three screenings were sold out, and they had an overspill to other theatres so they reduced other children’s movies screenings.
“It was exciting to see families who generally don’t get to attend making the most of a reduced rate.” The big Hokitika Children’s Day
activities at Cass Square have been postponed to Sunday, March 26.
Making a splash on Children’s Day
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
The West Coast District Health Board
is looking at reorganising the health
leadership in Reefton as it lays the
groundworks for a integrated family
DHB interim general manager Philip
Wheble said it had engaged with the
staff of Reefton Hospital and Reefton
Health around a proposed change.
reorganisation of the leadership
structure, reporting lines and merging of
the background ser vices such as stores,
purchasing and ordering)
This would enable the transition to an
integrated family health ser vice (IFHS),
Mr Wheble said.
“Health services delivered to patients
will not be affected. Staff have been
supportive of the change and have helped
us to understand some of the complexities
of the transition to an IFHS.”
Reefton Hospital opened shortly after
World War Two and currently has five
medical and five long-stay beds, as well as
an accident and emergency department
and a rest home with 20 beds.
In early 2014, the DHB started talking
with the community about the future of
health ser vices in the town.
Reefton health leadership change
of the Hokitika Guardian
inter vention to resolve fraught
employment issues at Westland
High School could last as long as
The ministry was called in
by the board of trustees and
last week appointed a limited
statutory manager to take over
the control of all employment
functions from the board.
The move comes following a
vote of no confidence from some
staff in principal Trevor Jones, as
well as the departure of several
teachers at the end of the year.
Ministry deputy secretary
Katrina Casey said school
inter ventions were a “ last resort ”.
“The vast majority of schools
operate successfully, but a small
number develop difficulties that
they cannot resolve without
outside help. We always support
schools to resolve problems
themselves, and only inter vene as
a last resort,” Ms Casey said.
“ Where we do step in, an
inter vention aims to bring fresh
expertise and a fresh perspective.
It also acts as a circuit breaker for
entrenched problems or conflicts,
so that the focus of the school can
go back on teaching and learning.
The aim is then to return the
school to self-governance.”
However, that could take time,
“This support will be provided
for as long as necessary. All
inter ventions are
annually. Most inter ventions
last for a period of less than two
Ms Casey said the board
and principal will be working
with the Nelson-based limited
statutory manager Jim Douglas
to address the problems.
“The (statutory manager) will
have the ability to make decisions
on these two fronts and the board
will retain responsibility for
other matters such as property,
the curriculum, health and safety
Principal Trevor Jones, who
remains at the school, told the
Guardian on Friday he fully
supported the inter vention.
“As a member of the board
of trustees and as the principal
of Westland High School I am
fully in support of the decision
of the (board) to seek support
from the ministry and the
of Jim Douglas as a limited
statutory manager at the school.
I see this as a positive step to
move the school forward,” Mr
Jones said in a statement.
Mr Jones, originally from
Britain, has been at the Hokitika
school about three years.
“ I care very passionately about
Westland High School and I am
totally committed to leading the
school. Like everyone involved
with the school I want the very
best for our students and I have
every confidence that this process
will lead to positive outcomes for
School intervention was ‘last resort’
A campaign to highlight underfunding in
the health sector will be mounted outside
Grey Base Hospital next Wednesday.
Nine out of 10 people working in health say
they do not have enough staff or resources,
according to a new sur vey.
The YesWeCare.nz sur vey of 6000 health
workers found 90% believed the health
system did not have the staff and resource
A total of 72% felt their workload and work
pressures were not reasonable; 84% say their
workload and work pressures had increased
over the past five years; and 90% said the
government ’s current level of health funding
was affecting New Zealanders’ access to
YesWeCare.nz is a new community-health
workforce coalition for better health funding.
Emergency nurse Nico Woodward said
underfunding was New Zealand’s biggest
“ I get as frustrated and angry as patients
and families with emergency department
delays,” he said.
“ Not being able to care for someone, when
you know you could if you were staffed
properly, is distressing.”
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
industrial adviser Lesley Harry said
underfunding was now affecting patient
Meanwhile, Mr Woodward has put his
nursing career on hold to join the YesWeCare.
nz’s national roadshow.
The coalition is launching its campaign at
38 towns around country to raise awareness
about health underfunding.
The events will include local stories and 200
life size cut-outs of health workers missing
due to underfunding.
The roadshow starts this Saturday in
Bluff and finishes in Cape Reinga on March
It will have just one West Coast stop,
Greymouth later in the afternoon of
Wednesday, March 8, outside Grey Base
Campaign highlights health underfunding
Westport had more than twice as many
house fires last year as the previous year.
Westport firefighters attended 13
residential fires in 2016, compared to
six in 2015, according to New Zealand
Fire Ser vice statistics obtained under the
Official Information Act.
There were six fires in 2015, eight in
2014, six in 2013 and nine in 2012.
Fire Ser vice
Deuchars said the most common cause
of fires last year was carelessness with a
Two fires were caused by leaving
cooking unattended. Two others
happened when combustible items were
left too close to heat. A fifth fire was due
to careless disposal of embers.
Operating failure caused three fires and
mechanical malfunction another two.
Only one of last year’s fires was found
to have been deliberately lit. However,
the cause of two fires could not be
Ms Deuchars said most of the fires
happened between 5pm and midnight,
corresponding with the time most
people were home and active in their
One-third of the house fires caused
extensive damage or total loss. One-
third significantly damaged property
while the rest resulted in only minor
Meanwhile, investigations into recent
suspicious house fires in Peel Street are
Firefighters were called to a vacant
property, between Wakefield and
Brougham streets, just after 1am on
The fire damaged the front of the
On February 12 another empty Peel
Street property had to be demolished
following a suspicious fire in the early
hours of the morning which burned out
the front of the house.
Coast prevention sergeant Paul Watson
said police needed the public’s help.
They wanted information about any
suspicious activity — either individuals
or groups — particularly around vacant
or derelict properties, he said.
He said property owners should
ensure empty properties were kept tidy,
rubbish removed and sections mowed
“Also where possible, neighbours
should be asked to keep an eye on
any suspicious activity and notify the
landowner, property agents or police.”
— Westport News
charges up 6%
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Buller people will
be paying up to 6.1%
more for electricity lines
charges from April 1.
But the increase could
have been almost twice as
much, Buller Electricity
Ltd (BEL) chief
executive Eamon Ginley
BEL had faced
increasing its charges
by 11.8%, because of
losing its main customer
Holcim, he said.
Holcim accounted for
about 45% of BEL’s load
before it left Westport
Mr Ginley said BEL
had managed to hold
price rises to 2.4 to 3%
for domestic users. The
increase would add $16
average domestic power
users would face a 6.1%
increase, amounting to an
average increase of $168
had had a big impact on
BEL’s profitability, he
To make up for the
loss of revenue, BEL had
reduced costs in many
areas and undertaken
work outside Buller with
other lines companies
such as Marlborough
Lines, Main Power and
BEL continued to seek
and successfully secure
Buller and to grow its
Electro Ser vices electrical
The extra revenue would
help make up some of
the loss from Holcim’s
The BEL website
contained the new
prices for 2017-18 and
a comparison with last
year’s pricing. Consumers
should check their actual
power costs with their
electricity retailer, as BEL
only controlled the lines
portion of this charge,
Mr Ginley said.
A man in his 40s was seriously injured in a hang
glider crash south of Christchurch. The accident
happened near Bossu Road, near Te Oka peak, about
2.20pm yesterday, police said. The man was flown to
Christchurch Hospital by rescue helicopter. — NZ N
Man badly hurt in hang glider crash
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