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Patient transfers up
The number of tertiary patient
transfers from Grey Base and Buller
hospitals increased late last year.
They had 35 transfers in November
and 45 in December. The West
Coast District Health Board said the
majority of transfers in November
were for orthopaedic and medical
patients, and in December for
surgical and medical patients.
New ‘get up’ initiative
A new initiative has been
introduced to the medical ward at
Grey Base Hospital to encourage
patients to get up, get dressed and
move while in hospital. The West
Coast District Health Board said it
had led to better recovery, a shorter
hospital stay and the maintenance of
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals: Jay
Elaine, Jay Penelope, one Greymouth
vessel. Departures: Five Greymouth
vessels. In port: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, Jay Penelope, Har vester,
15 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
The Christchurch Food Show is on
at Horncastle Arena from April 7 to
9. It is a highlight on any food lover’s
calendar and the Greymouth Star has a
food hamper to give away, packed with
goodies from exhibitors who will be at
The hampers are valued at $130,
including a double pass to head along
to the show, which offers visitors
a bounty of outstanding culinary
For inspiration in the kitchen, people
can enjoy cooking demonstrations
from New Zealand’s top gastronomes
Annabel Langbein, Annabelle White,
Jonny Schwass, Michael Van de Elzen
and Ray McVinnie. Plus, over 100
regional, national and global exhibitors
will be showcasing everything from
coconut yoghurt, fresh tapenades,
artisan dumplings and black garlic to
raw chocolate, flavoured popcorn, freeze
dried fruit, wine and cheese — as well as
everything in between.
As well as the double pass the winner
will get a goodie bag filled with delicious
treats includ ing Countdown mixed
nuts, Loving Earth Chocolate, Chantal
Organics Peanut Butter, Pure Delish
bars and cereal, Fresh As Freeze Dried
Raspberries and Raspberry Powder,
Hakanoa Handmade Ginger Lemon
Honey Concentrate, Wild Fennel
Co Gourmet Seasoning, SpiceCraft
Smokey Garlic Salt and even something
for the dog, K9 Natural Beef Feast
To enter the draw, answer this question
name one of the top New Zealand
gastronomes who will be at the show —
and include together with your name,
address and daytime contact number of
the back of an envelope and send to:
Food Show Tickets
C/- Greymouth Star
or enter on-line at competitions@
greystar.co.nz. Entries close on March
Win Christchurch Food Show tickets
Thursday March 9
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
A Greymouth woman told the
judge she did not recall getting into
her vehicle let alone driving it when
she appeared in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday on a
charge of driving with an excess
breath-alcohol level of 944mg on
Leanne Barber admitted the
When she was stopped in Murray
Street, Barber declined to make a
She also chose not to be
represented by a lawyer yesterday.
Barber told the judge she was very
intoxicated and as a rule she did
not get in the car after she had been
“I don’t recall getting in the car
and I know I shouldn’t have been
driving, that ’s why I’ve pleaded
Asked by Judge Brian Callaghan
if she thought she had a drinking
problem she said she did not and
“this didn’t happen very often”.
She had spent six weeks trying to
live, without success, and decided to
“drown her sorrows” with alcohol.
Barber was convicted and
sentenced to 100 hours of
community work and disqualified
from driving for eight months.
John Alfred Inwood, 69, of
Christchurch, pleaded guilty by
letter to exceeding a temporary
speed limit of 30kph.
Inwood said he was overtaking a
camper van in an 80kph zone and
before he had finished the manoeuvre
he hit a 30kph zone, where the road
had been recently sealed.
He was convicted and fined $250.
admitted breaching her community
The court heard Terei had
completed her hours a few weeks
ago. She was convicted and
A woman who refused a request
for a blood specimen when she was
apprehended for drink-driving in
Tainui Street on July 30, told police
at the time that she was not going
to let anyone take anything from
Judy Wilson-West had intended
to defend the charge because she
said when she had asked the police
what they would do if she refused
blood, c laiming they had told her
they would hold her down and
“take it from you”.
Judge Callaghan convicted and
fined Wilson-West $750 and
disqualified her from driving for
Candice Annamae Smith
admitted breaching her community
Since moving to the West
Coast from Rotorua, Smith had
completed the 33 hours outstanding.
She was convicted
discharged, and Judge Callaghan
told her to “keep out of the
Flying doctors turning to roads
Some doctors are choosing to drive to the
West Coast instead of flying because of the
number of cancelled Air NZ flights in and
out of Hokitika.
At least seven flights have been cancelled
already this year. The most recent was on
February 20, 13, 9 and on January 26 and 11.
Air NZ changed the timetable last year,
putting larger planes on the Christchurch-
Hokitika route but halving the number of
return flights to just two a day.
The West Coast District Health Board
says it has always faced challenges with
flight connections, particularly due to the
Interim general manager Grey-Westland
Philip Wheble said the board had noticed
a number of cancellations lately were for
reasons other than the weather, and often
they were made the day before.
Thankfully there had been minimal
disruption to patient flights, but it had put
an extra burden on clinical staff who were
having to travel via road at short notice.
“Some of our visiting clinicians choose to
travel by road routinely and plan accordingly,”
Mr Wheble said.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith, who met
with Air NZ late last month, said it was a case
of use it or lose it, noting that the weather
had caused disruption.
New Zealand Play House members Grace Drysdaale-D unn, left, Raymond Rolley and Katherine Kennedy entertained at Grey
Main School this morning with an adaption of Puss ‘n’ Boots — pet detective. The NZ Play House travels the country visiting schools
and love interacting with the children, Ms Kennedy said. “In this edition, Justin Baby Bearber gets kidnapped and the children join
in and help. There are a number of storybook characters in the play, including Goldilocks. We travel the country and have a group in
Australia as well and all up we would do 800 shows a year between both play house groups.”
Interactive enter tainment at Grey Main
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Westport North School has four
empty classrooms and has lost 80
students in four years following
local job losses.
The roll has dropped 30%.
Principal Cath O’Loughlin said
it was “heartbreaking’’.
The school has 185 students,
just one down on last year, but
has lost 80 students in four years
following Solid Energy cutbacks.
In the past two years the school
had reduced staff numbers by
four, Mrs O’Loughlin said.
Despite the setbacks, she said
she and the school staff remained
Other Westport school rolls
remain steady this year. Buller
High School has 333 students,
which is four fewer than last
South School has six more,
taking its roll to 309 and St
Canice’s is up 11 to 143.
Elsewhere in Buller district,
Reefton Area School roll is down
30 students to 170. Granity has
38 students — down four — and
Karamea Area School has 88, up
Westport North School started
a bilingual unit last year. The unit,
Eke Panuku, opened with 16
students — it now has 12.
— Westport News
Westpor t Nor th School roll drops 30%
Westport North School.
Woman stole washing machine
Greymouth, admitted stealing a
washing machine and breaching
The Greymouth District Court
yesterday heard that Bennington
was moving out of a flat with the
help of two associates, who took
the washing machine. Although
Bennington knew it was not hers
she allowed them to pack it and
take it to her new flat.
When she was evicted from the
second flat Bennington left the
Bennington told police she was
not to blame.
On the super vision breach
Bennington failed to report on
December 9; she was sent warning
letters and a probation officer
visited her at home.
Corrections officer Kerry Aston
said Bennington had been accepted
to attend a residential drug and
alcohol programme at St Mark’s, in
Blenheim, and he believed she was
“getting back on track”.
She was sentenced to six months’
super vision for the breach, and
convicted and discharged of theft.
Judge Brian Callaghan told
Bennington he hoped she would
give the rehabilitation course “a
Cayden John Dash, 22, of
Runanga, admitted driving while
suspended on State highway 6 near
Serpentine, on February 13.
Dash decided to drive when the
person he was with became drunk.
He was convicted and fined $400
and disqualified from driving for six
A Greymouth woman was
convicted and fined $200 after
she admitted the theft of petrol
in Linwood, Christchurch, on
Jessica Louise Ryder was the
passenger in a vehicle which pulled
into a ser vice station but she filled it
up with petrol and the driver drove
Ryder told the judge she did not
recall the incident and was going
through a “hectic time”.
“There was proof it was me so I
will say I did it,” she told the judge.
Ryder was also ordered to pay
reparation of $100.
Noel James Murchie, 64, of
Greymouth, admitted driving with
an excess breath-alcohol level of
492mg, on January 22 at Runanga.
Police prosecutor Graeme Eden
said Murchie had been in Westport
drinking during the day when he
decided to drive home.
He was stopped near Rapahoe
and failed a roadside breath test.
He told police he had got into an
argument and decided to drive
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Murchie foolishly decided to drive.
“ He is a rural contractor and his
job is gone now following this
incident,” Mr Bradley said.
Judge Callaghan told Murchie he
should have known better.
He was convicted and fined $700
and disqualified from driving for
Work to bring ultrafast
broadband (UFB) to
Hokitika will start in the
next few months.
manager Gary Linstrom
met with Westland
Mayor Bruce Mayor
yesterday, and the mayor
then shared the news
on his Facebook page
— before Chorus had
Before Christmas the
that Hokitika had been
included in the second
rollout of ultrafast
broadband, along with
Runanga, Reefton and
Mr Linstrom said it
would be the biggest
infrastructure project in
Hokitika in many people’s
Westpower had the
contract and he expected
work would start on the
streets in the next two to
UFB was first rolled out
to Greymouth a couple
of years ago when the
Government did all main
towns in New Zealand.
Sex assault inquiry
Donovan’s Store at Okarito
and the Barrytown Hall will host
three more musicians next month
— Supergroove’s horn section.
While this will be Hopetoun
Brown’s first journey to
Barrytown, the unique duo has
been this way before as members
of Supergroove, who played the
Nile River Music Festival at
Charleston many moons ago.
This time they come armed
with a new show that features
the brass playing of Finn
Scholes. He also leads a band
that played Barrytown Hall
more recently, Carnivorous
Plant Society, a psychedelic and
sometime cinematic five-piece.
Scholes has just returned from
a stint of international touring
as the newest member of Neil
The three multi-
with a trailer-load of exotic
instruments. Bass clarinets, tubas
and trombones are swapped
for trumpets and saxophones
throughout the two stomp-
heavy sets, but perhaps the most
startling feature of the night will
be lead-singer Tim Stewart ’s
body percussion. Stewart’s large
boots will rattle the floor.
The set-list will be peppered
with tunes from Hopetoun
Brown’s latest album Look So
Good, which features guests
turns from Tami Neilson and
Marlon Williams and their
touring buddy Finn Scholes.
The night is a described as a
“ jazz journey that starts in New
Orleans and ends on the Coast ”.
Tickets for both shows are
available at the door.
Hopetoun Brown and Finn
Scholes will perform live at
Donovan’s Store, Okarito, on
April 4, and Barrytown the
A woman was sexually assaulted as she
walked home from a concert in Lincoln,
Christchurch police say.
The 48-year-old woman had left the
Lincoln Event Centre on her own about
6.30pm on Saturday and was going along
Meijer Drive on to North Belt when the
Detective sergeant Phil Sparks said
the victim was grabbed from behind and
pushed a short distance off the road to
where she was assaulted.
During the attack, she lost a fine gold
chain bracelet with a heart-shaped gold
locket that had a small diamond on one
side and a keyhole on the other.
Mr Sparks says the attack occurred
between 6.30pm and 8pm, meaning it
was still daylight.
He said members of the public may
have seen something that could help in
identifying the offender. — N ZN
Forest and Bird boycotts launch
Forest and Bird, which has boycotted
the launch of the Paparoa National Park
management plan tomorrow, says it is
“astonished” opposition to re-routing parts of
the Inland Pack Track has been ignored.
The plan change was expedited by the
Government to allow the creation of the Pike
29 ‘great walk’.
However, that very walk — which would
re-route part of the historic pack track to
accommodate mountainbikers — has caused
great anger in some circles.
A number of people want the nearby old
logging Ryall Road used for bikers, but DOC
says the cost is prohibitive.
The West Coast branch of Forest and Bird
said yesterday it had declined an invitation to
attend the plan launch at Barrytown.
Chairwoman Kathy Gilbert listed a
raft of concerns and said the branch was
“astonished that DOC have totally ignored
the local organisations and individuals of
hikers, trampers and environmentalists who
recommend the already established Ryall
Road route for bikes on the new Paparoa
The Pike 29 track would “effectively destroy
the beautiful and historic Inland Pack Track
“At a glance, we can’t imagine how the
estimated costing comparison provided to
media can be correct, but we would need
more information to fully assess that.”
Forest and Bird wrote to DOC western
South Island operations manager Mark
Davies yesterday outlining its concerns.
Ms Gilbert said that in the past, the local
branch of Forest and Bird had worked closely
with DOC and had put in hours of pest
control work on the ground.
“ In fact, our organisation has been the
community backbone of natural heritage
protection in New Zealand. ”
However, the draft plan failed to establish
objectives for the management of the natural
resources of the national park and therefore
gave no clear direction to the managers, she
Too few policies related directly to the
conser vation of the flora and fauna of the
park. There was no information about pests
and predators, and how they were to be
Ms Gilbert also said the plan was difficult
to read, with confusion between scientific fact
and cultural understanding.
Meanwhile, former conser vation board
chairman Stewart Robertson, one of those
lobbying for the use of the Ryall Road,
said the management of the West Coast
conser vation estate was determined by its
conser vation management strategy (CMS).
The CMS says: “All actively managed
historic places in public conser vation lands
(such as the Inland Pack Track . . .) are
maintained in their 2010 condition or better”.
Department of Conser vation western South
Island operations director Mark Davies said
the department had carried out extensive
Before a draft plan was developed, DOC
staff ran a roadshow that visited seven
West Coast towns to talk with people and
hear what they wanted for the park. Public
meetings were also held at five towns.
Comments made during these public
events were taken into consideration in
developing the draft management plan that
was released for public submissions last
It received 107 submissions on the draft
plan that made a total 1401 points. All
submission points were fully considered.
“They expressed a range of views that
needed to be balanced and taken into account
along with DOC’s strategic objectives.”
For the mountainbiking route, it
investigated a route that included sections of
the southern end of the Inland Pack Track
and Ryall Road.
The Inland Pack Track route was assessed
as being the most suitable for a track of ‘great
walk’ and advanced/grade 4 mountainbiking
“The park management plan includes
monitoring to assess the effects of year-round
mountainbiking on the ‘great walk’ including
any conflicts there might be between walkers
and mountainbikers,” Mr Davies said.
“The West Coast Tai Poutini Conser vation
mountainbiking if monitoring found there
were adverse effects. ”
Supergroove’s horn section for Coast
A new ‘super computer’
was given a test run
during recent flooding
in the Grey and Buller
rivers, predicting what
would happen before the
rain even hit the ground.
The Niwa project is the
first of its kind in New
Zealand and will improve
as more data is fed into
flood models in coming
West Coast Regional
Stefan Beaumont said it
was a work in progress,
and further work was
going on behind the
During the January 19
flood he kept an eye on
the computer as well as
That flood was unusual,
peaking very slowly,
with three bursts of rain
Mr Beaumont said
when he ran the model
during the flood it was
not perfect, but it did give
a steer on timing of the
peak of the flood.
“It was a good
was coming ... before the
rain really hit the ground,
that ’s the power of this
Flood modelling was a
tricky science, he said.
The more information
fed into the model, the
better chance it had of
improved forecasting, he
Over the next five years
more rain gauges would
be installed and once up
and running, they should
get a good idea of floods
For the first time in more than 60 years, the
Westport News newspaper could not print.
The newspaper was struck by the ‘perfect
storm’ of both of its plate-making machines
breaking down on Tuesday afternoon. The
motor had burned out on one while a laser
had burned out on the other.
Editor-at-large Colin Warren said he
believed the last time the Westport News had
failed to print was in the late 1950s.
He said it had not missed a day following
the 1968 Inangahua earthquake, or after
he took over the paper from the Nelson
Evening Mail in 1978 and introduced digital
technology to print the paper in Westport.
From 1961 until 1978 the newspaper was
printed in Nelson and flown to Westport.
“The Screen PTR 8000 MK II machines
transfer the page images produced on our
graphic designer’s computer on to plates used
by our printing machines. Despite heroic
efforts by various staff members, nothing could
be done to get either plate maker to work.
“Expert technical help was needed so Fuji
Film field ser vice technician Andi Frey was
summoned from Christchurch. He is one of
just three technicians in the country who can
ser vice and fix the machines.”
Mr Frey said it was most unusual to have
both machines break down at the same time.
Printing resumed yesterday.
— Westport News
Double fault stops Westport News
A track fault in Auckland has delayed commuters
this morning. Auckland Transport tweeted that there
were “minor delays” to train ser vices across the network
because of the fault at the Britomart Tunnel.
Commuters from as far south as Manurewa have
reported delays. — NZ ME
Track fault delays commuters
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