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Hit cyclist okay
A man who was knocked off his
bike near the Greymouth Fire
Station yesterday has assured people
he is okay. Collin Lees was in the
cycle lane when a car hit him.
Embarrassed, he picked himself
up and cycled on. As he left the
scene, a woman inquired after him.
Further down the road, he saw
the fire brigade members running
towards the crash scene, followed
by ambulance then a police car. He
called into the newspaper later on to
reassure the driver in particular that
he was okay and to let them know
he did not hold a grudge. He was
bruised and “my bike’s bruised, but
Hydro decision mid-year
The Department of Conser vation
says a decision is due mid-year on
Westpower’s proposed $100 million
hydro scheme on the Waitaha River.
A hearing was held in Hokitika in
December. There were more than
3000 opposing submissions. DOC
has approved in principle granting a
concession to Westpower.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Cook Canyon, one Greymouth
vessel. Departures: Moon Shadow
II. In port: Cook Canyon, Har vester,
19 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine, today;
Ocean Odyssey, Friday.
of the Hokitika Guardian
Casual staff are being sought to man the
reopened Carnegie Building, which will now be
run as a new, separate entity from the Hokitika
The Westland District Council has put the
management of the historic building under
the recently-merged Hokitika Airport and
property company subsidiary, and on Monday
reopened it to the public to be operated as a
heritage tourism attraction, pending earthquake
Although the building and museum have been
shut for months after a damning earthquake
engineering report, the council overcame that
with a new engineering report allowing it to re-
enter the former museum and gallery building.
The cost of bringing the entire Carnegie
Building and museum complex up to at least
67% of national building standards has been
estimated at $500,000.
Subsidiary chairman Ian Hustwick said they
had a small budget for the new operation, which
was yet to be approved by the council.
Former Hokitika Museum casual receptionist
David Verrall has been appointed as custodian
of the building, a paid position, Mr Hustwick
confirmed yesterday. Additional people were
being sought to help keep the building open to
the public four hours a day.
“ We have done a budget and we can afford
to pay one person for four hours a day,” Mr
Mayor Bruce Smith had indicated there was
going to be a budget; however, that was yet to
go before the full council.
The building reopened on Monday, empty,
after the museum staff were given three days
to dismantle and remove the exhibits and
collection, including the Pounamu Room.
Over the next few weeks promotional displays
from local businesses, as well as groups such
Heritage Hokitika and the Westland Industrial
Heritage Park, would be installed instead.
Mr Hustwick said that would be
complementary with the i-Site, not in
competition with it.
The Carnegie Building itself was the key
feature and its story would be told through signs
and by the custodian. Mr Verrall said 20 people
had been through on the first day of opening, on
Monday. Yesterday, four people were waiting at
the doors before it opened.
“ People love the shape and the height of it. It’s
a historical artefact of its own. ”
Mr Hustwick said there was no charging
regime in place for now. However, reopening
the building to generate some form of income
was supported by most councillors at their
The 108-year-old former public library
building, which was restored in the 1990s, was
closed in September after a seismic assessment
put it at just 12% of national building standards.
At the time 10 staff, or four full-time equivalents,
were employed across the museum complex in a
mix of part-time and full-time roles.
Casual staff were let go but others have since
relocated to temporary premises, in Revell
Street, to house the research centre. The council
has signed a one-year lease for those premises,
costing $13,000 a year. The council hoped some
of the loss of income from missed admission
and retail sales, estimated at $52,000 for the
year, could be recouped from the heritage centre
The museum is largely funded by rates,
accounting for $329,000 last year.
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Michael. — On March
6, 2017, passed away
peacefully at Anthony
aged 58 years. Dearly
loved husband of Sue,
loved father and father-
in-law of Jason and
Lauren, Brett and Chloe,
and Ashleigh, treasured
Granddad of Lacee, and
Kobe. Loved son and
son-in-law of Maurice
(deceased) and Zita
McBride, Jack (de-
ceased) and Pat
Ferguson, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
John and Jan, Noeline
and Mick, Brian, Jacqui,
Terry and Jo, Jude and
Michael, Nicci and AJ,
and John and Justine,
loved uncle of his nieces
and nephews. Missed by
his Jack Russells Pip
and Jess. Sincere thanks
to the staff at Anthony
Wilding, Dr Sarah Marr,
Dr Ben Hindson, Dr
Bridget Robinson and
the staff of Ward 28 at
addressed to The Family
of the late Kelvin
McBride, C/- PO Box
8545. Donations to the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and may
be made at the service.
The funeral service for
Kelvin will be held in
our Westpark Chapel,
467 Wairakei Road,
on Monday March 13, at
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A Greymouth woman who stole a
cellphone from the Greymouth Courthouse
office stood in the court dock yesterday to
admit the theft.
Robyn Jane Gregg was standing at the
office counter alongside another person,
who moved from one counter to another,
leaving their their cellphone behind.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme Eden
said Gregg walked up and removed the
cellphone from the counter, put it in her
handbag and walked out.
Gregg told police she had no money and
was going to use the cellphone for herself.
The phone was recovered.
Judge Brian Callaghan said restorative
justice would not do Gregg any harm.
She was remanded for sentencing on May
An Upper Hutt man, William Thomas
Devoy, 62, pleaded guilty by letter to a
charge of exceeding a temporary speed
limit of 30kph, on February 10. He was
convicted and fined $250.
A Gladstone man was remanded in
custody for an electronically monitored
bail application to be filed in the
Christchurch District Court when he
appeared on charges of breaching two
protection orders, threatening behaviour,
wilful damage and two charges of assaulting
Luke Robert Lawrie will next appear on
A Reefton man admitted driving while
disqualified for the third or subsequent
Keith Peter Rauba was caught by police
on February 5 while travelling back from
Christchurch having taken his wife to a
Lawyer George Linder said Rauba’s last
offence for driving while disqualified in
“ It has been 10 years since he last
offended. He had to drive his wife to the
appointment as she was unable to travel by
bus and they do not know anyone else who
could have taken her, and she wasn’t well
enough to drive herself,” Mr Linder said.
He asked that the court not confiscate
Rauba’s vehicle as it would be detrimental
to the family.
Judge Callaghan suggested that he
transfer the vehicle into his wife’s name so
he would not have any interest in a vehicle,
as a way of keeping it.
The case was adjourned while Rauba
popped out and transferred the ownership
papers into his wife’s name.
When the case reconvened the judge
convicted and fined Rauba $250 and
disqualified him from driving for 12
months. He was also ordered not to have
any interests in a motor vehicle for 12
Nyrelly Margaret Paul, of Greymouth,
She was convicted and sentenced to
six months’ super vision with special
Woman stole phone from courthouse
Hokitika’s Carnegie Building.
A Greymouth man who has been in
custody since February 1 was sentenced
to 10 weeks’ jail when he appeared in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
on charges of disorderly behaviour,
breaching bail and breaching his release
Jayge David Thornicroft admitted all
Corrections officer Kerry Aston
said Thornicroft breached his release
conditions when he failed to report to
Corrections on December 14 and then
made no attempt to contact the office.
The disorderly behaviour arose from an
incident at Work and Income when he
became frustrated and struck a window
Judge Brian Callaghan told Thornicroft
to make sure he complied with all
conditions when he was next released
On all the other charges he was
convicted and discharged.
Patricia Elsie Williams, of Greymouth,
admitted driving with an excess blood-
alcohol level for the third or subsequent
time, on December 5.
Williams was stopped by police on
Mawhera Quay and elected a blood test;
it returned a reading of 127ml per litre
Lawyer George Linder said Williams’s
last offence was in 2006.
She was convicted and remanded for
sentencing on May 3.
A Westport man now living in
Christchurch admitted two charges of
assault and was sentenced to six months’
super vision and ordered to undertake
counselling for drug and alcohol, as well
as an anger management programme.
Bronson Craig Katipa was drunk at the
time of the offending and did not recall
anything until the police arrived to arrest
Lawyer George Linder said Katipa was
“ very, very” intoxicated and was having
an argument with his girlfriend’s partner.
Passersby heard the fighting and went
to calm him down.
Instead, Katipa struck the woman in
the head and wrestled her husband to
“ Katipa is very remorseful and had
wanted to meet with the couple and
apologise, but the victims had chosen
not to,” Mr Linder said.
Judge Callaghan ordered Katipa to pay
reparation to the victims — $200 to the
man and $300 to the woman.
The judge said he was not surprised the
victims did not want to meet Katipa as
what he did to them was “shameful”.
Patrick Robert Wakefield, 32, of Kaiata,
admitted careless driving on January 21
on the Rahu Saddle.
Wakefield was driving north on State
highway 7 when he fell asleep at the
wheel, veered on to the grass verge, hit
a road sign, crashed through a fence and
rolled his vehicle, which ended up on its
roof. He was convicted and fined $500
and ordered to undertake a defensive
10 weeks’ jail for breaches
of the Westport News
Westport is losing its full-time harbourmaster.
Mike Graham, who has had two separate stints
as Westport’s harbourmaster, has taken on a
part-time teaching job in Nelson.
Buller Holdings Ltd (BHL) chairman Brian
Wood said the plan was for Mr Graham to
stay on as Westport harbourmaster in a part-
time capacity. “He can do some of the job he
currently does, but at a lower level. ”
Westport lost most of its port trade after
Holcim left the town last June. Holcim cement
ships provided most of the port’s revenue.
Efforts to find new trade have so far proved
fruitless and the port is facing a loss in revenue
of about $1 million a year.
Mr Wood said Westport no longer needed a
“ We have responsibilities under the Maritime
Act to follow, but they don’t have to be done
by somebody sitting there all the time, as the
The Buller and Grey district councils were
trying to create a regional harbourmaster
Greymouth has an acting port manager — the
council’s chief executive Paul Pretorius — but
Mr Wood said it made no sense for either port
to have a full-time harbourmaster when there was
too little work. “ Times are changed. It ’s not the
same beast we were dealing with 12 months ago.”
Except for certain types of shipping, a
harbourmaster did not have to be in the area for
which he was responsible.
There were many examples in New Zealand
where harbourmasters covered several ports.
“The Canterbury harboumaster is based
in Christchurch but he covers Timaru, Port
“The harbourmaster for Southland is based in
Invercargill but he covers Bluff, Milford Sound
and a number of places. It’s common practice.”
Westport had a back-up, as dredgemaster
Jeff Walker was capable of performing the
harbourmaster’s job, Mr Wood said.
The cost of a harbourmaster, including
overheads, was about $100,000 a year.
Westport losing harbourmaster
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
says the people of the West Coast are
getting more surgery, ahead of a public
meeting and a protest in Greymouth
He released figures yesterday, a day
before Greymouth man Reverend David
Hastings, who waited two years for a
hip replacement, held a public meeting
to address community concerns with the
At 3pm, the YesWeCare national
campaign to highlight underfunding
in the health sector was also due to roll
into town, setting up for the afternoon
outside Grey Base Hospital.
“ We’re focused on delivering results,
ensuring New Zealanders can access
more ser vices. In health, our results speak
for themselves,” Dr Coleman said.
Elective surgeries were up 17% on the
Coast; cataract surgeries up 35%; hips
and knee replacements are up 20%, and
first specialist assessments are up 10%
He also released figures, which show
242 more surgeries in Greymouth last
year, when compared with 2008. There
were 21 more hip and knee replacements.
YesWeCare.nz is a new community-
health workforce coalition for better
A 19-year-old Kaniere man who stole
a safe containing cash, cheques and
credit cards from the local school was
convicted in the Greymouth District
Aidan John Apperley admitted
burglary and another charge of
cultivating cannabis, on January 28.
The court heard that between October
15 and 16 Apperley was at Kaniere
School when he noticed a window open
in the office.
Police prosecutor sergeant Graeme
Eden said Apperley went home to get
some latex gloves, returned to break into
the school and then took safe back to his
He levered the safe open, burned what
was of no use to him and stashed other
items, including $2500 cash, in his room.
His brother saw him burying the safe
in the backyard and Apperley had paid
him not to tell the police.
On January 28, Apperley ’s brother told
police what he had seen, leading to a
search of the Kaniere property.
During the search police discovered
eight cannabis plants of varying ages.
Apperley told police he was intoxicated.
He admitted growing the cannabis
plants from seeds.
Judge Brian O’Callaghan yesterday
convicted and remanded him for
sentencing on May 3. He was to be
assessed for restorative justice and a
reparation schedule was to be filed.
Te Rua James Henry Mason, of
Hokitika, had a charge of assaulting a
female dismissed when he appeared for
a judge-alone trial as police said they
would be offering no evidence.
School safe theft admitted
Maternity ward busy
McBrearty maternity ward at Grey
Base Hospital had a busy start to the year.
The West Coast District Health Board
said the maternity ser vice continued
to improve to meet national targets.
Induction of labour rates remained lower
than the national average, although
caesarean section rates were higher.
“Data tells us that all caesarean sections
were appropriate and performed within
the guidelines. The slightly higher than
average inter vention rate is to ensure
best outcomes for neonates as we do not
have a tertiary neonatal ser vice on the
West Coast,” the board said.
Women and babies who were
identified as high risk were transferred
to a tertiary centre before birth. Last year
13 expectant mothers were transferred
to a tertiary centre.
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