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Cass Square is expected to be out
of bounds for most of the rugby
season after taking a hammering
from two big events in succession, in
Large patches of newly-sown grass
were killed off from the trampling
of 5800 pair of feet during the wet
Wildfoods Festival, and hundreds
were back on the square on Sunday
for Children’s Day. The new turf
was also tested by the South Island
Marist Rugby Tournament, held
there on March 4.
The Westland District Council had
planned to carry out remedial works
costing $10,000 after Children’s
Day, however more rain caused more
damage as the turf turned to mud in
places. Gumboots or no footwear at
all were the order of the day due to
the muddy conditions.
Council field inspections officer
John Bainbridge said the volume
of people and vehicles driving over
it had flattened the grass further,
affecting the drainage.
“The top surface is now totally
sealed off because it ’s been
compressed by the thousands of
people walking over the grass and
vehicles driving all over it while wet.
It ’s going to require some extensive
rehabilitation and it probably won’t
be usable for most of the rugby
season,” Mr Bainbridge said.
Kiwi Rugby Football Club
president Glen Kearns said they
were yet to hear from the council
but if that was the case it would be
“extremely frustrating” for the club.
“It puts us in a difficult position
because we rely on it. We’re not
like other clubs who have their own
grounds. It basically prevents us
from playing at home,” Mr Kearns
Last year the club also faced losing
the square for the season but the
council held off with the $120,000
turf and drainage improvements,
just recently completed, until
October due to pressure from the
rugby community. Mr Kearns said
it was potentially an ongoing issue
with Wildfoods as well as Agfest
both booked for Cass Square next
year before the rugby season.
Mr Bainbridge said he had fielded
calls from upset members of the
public yesterday about the state
of the grounds, but it was up to
councillors to make a call on the
future use of the square.
“There’s people out there who
are understandably upset, and I
The surface was a silt drainage
system designed specifically for a
sportsfield: “It was never designed
for the activities we’ve subjected it to
over the years.”
However, he also recognised that
Cass Square was a community asset.
Children’s Day co-ordinator Anna
Dyzel, from the Lions Club, said
they would welcome suggestions for
an alternative venue for the popular
She acknowledged that damage
had been done and Mr Bainbridge
said they had received an apology on
behalf of the organisers.
“ We attempted to avoid the wet
areas but our vehicles have had an
impact on the fields, similar to what
occurred during the Wildfoods
although our vehicles were
significantly lighter,” Dr Dyzel said.
Most of the pack down was still
going on Sunday evening. However,
some tents and containers remained
on the boggy site yesterday morning.
Mr Bainbridge said the next step
was to let the grass dry out and roll
it flat to get rid of the rutting.
is called compaction relief.”
‘De-thatching’ was also needed to
deal with rotting grass in patches.
The repairs now would cost
more than the estimated $10,000
suggested, but he could not say by
One positive was the underlying
drainage system was still intact, he
“The most disappointing thing
is the time loss, and it ’s a bad time
of year to make grass grow ... going
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to rise 1.80%
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Buller ratepayers are facing a 1.80% rate
rise — the smallest rate rise proposed
among West Coast district councils.
Grey is proposing a 3.75% rise and
Westland has signalled 3.45%.
The Buller rise would be less than half
the 3.70% increase proposed in the Buller
District Council’s long-term plan (LTP).
The average rate would rise to $1832 —
$34 more than last year but $96 less than
the long-term plan proposed.
The rate rise would be among the lowest
in the country, Buller District Council
chief executive Andy Gowland-Douglas
said in her foreword to the council’s draft
She revealed the council was about to
start fleshing out two major projects —
developing Westport ’s waterfront and
redeveloping the Clocktower Chambers.
The council had rebudgeted $100,000
to start developing the waterfront, she
The Clocktower Chambers would
become Westport’s cultural hub and be
extended to again house council offices.
Ms Gowland-Douglas said the project
would bring vibrancy and culture to
Westport’s town centre. It would provide
more cost-effective office space than
earthquake strengthening Brougham
The draft annual plan included $80,000
for a business case, including initial
designs and costs, as well as a cost-benefit
analysis and funding strategy.
The strategy would reveal how much
external funding the council was likely to
attract to the Clocktower project to offset
“ We will not be able to make a decision
on whether to proceed without this.”
Ms Gowland-Douglas said council
managers had worked hard to control
costs to keep rates down without cutting
The low rate rise was appropriate, given
the struggles of many Buller ratepayers in
the current economic climate.
“The feeling is that we are through the
worst of this and that our economy will
continue to bounce back with Stockton
back in operation and a number of larger
scale business projects currently being
developed in Buller.”
The district could expect significant
tourism growth, focusing on cycle trails
and icons such as Punakaiki and the
Oparara Arches, she said.
The council must balance ratepayers’
needs with those of visitors and ensure
ratepayers were getting equal benefit
from any tourism spend.
Ms Gowland-Douglas described the
draft annual plan as “steady as you go”.
She said the council planned no major
departures from what it had signalled in
its long-term plan.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said the
council’s main goal was completing
water supply upgrades and reinstating
the collapsed tunnel feeding Westport’s
Reefton’s swimming pool, a community
facility for Punakaiki and infrastructure
to improve the visitor experience were on
the radar, he said in his foreword.
The council would work with Chorus
on installing ultrafast broadband to
Westport and Reefton. The Government
had scheduled completion by early 2019.
As well, BDC would be looking at
how to facilitate broadband and mobile
phone coverage to a number of its smaller
communities, Mr Howard said.
The annual plan assumes Buller’s
population of 10,000 two years ago will
fall to about 9500.
It also assumes economic conditions
will remain tough in the short to medium
It says tourism may soften the
slowdown, but Holcim’s departure last
year was a major blow.
The draft annual plan will be released
for consultation on Friday. The council
will hold a series of roadshows, beginning
on April 11.
Submissions close on Tuesday, May 9.
Tuesday March 28
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Hugh McCall. — Aged
77. Our beautiful dad
and grandad passed
away on Friday March
24, 2017 at Christchurch
Hospital. He is the
adored father of Nathan,
Lizzie and our very
beloved late brother
Keith Dowling, and de-
voted grandad of Keith's
Amelia Jane and Liam
Callum. Grief is so
but our dad is worth
every tear we spend. He
brings us so much joy
and fun and we will
continue this in his
name. Dad, a true West
Coaster, selflessly chose
to go straight to the
crematorium to allow
our close family to
grieve quietly after our
long and tough journey
extremely proud daugh-
ter and biggest advocate
he would want me to tell
all his wonderful, sup-
portive friends and
family to battle for what
you believe in and that
everyone should read
“Catch 22”. Our family
wishes to thank the
wonderful staff in Ward
20, at Christchurch Hos-
pital, who treated dad
with the utmost dignity
and respect and made
his end journey so
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This day is like it was
365 days ago my Bryce
Patrick when your life
was put in other people's
You were taken from me
You came back to this
town to fix things but we
ran out of time, the day
that corner was straight
So we will play the hand
we were dealt.
We know when to fold
We know when to walk
I've never loved anyone
more than I love and
You are a man with the
biggest loving heart.
See you at the gates my
Say hi to Nana Jean,
Gav, Pop, and nana
I will never let a day go
by without speaking
Love you always
Cars filled the car park in front of the Greymouth Civic Centre on Saturday evening for a drive-in movie screening of Grease
which was projected on to the outside wall. The Grey District Youth Trust initiative went ahead despite persistent rain. Co-ordinator
Tamara Koehli said provision had been made to screen indoors if the forecast rain arrived, but as it turned out the outdoor screening
went ahead. “ The karaoke was held indoors but the rain did put a bit of a damper on the night,” she said. “ You have no control over the
weather but I’ll meet with the kids and we will look at screening another movie some time.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Evening enter tainment in Alber t Street
Greymouth High School band World with no Conscience was one of seven bands and artists that played outdoors in balmy weather
last evening for the Grey District Youth Trust music, jade and art event, held in Albert Street outside the Greymouth library.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Drive-in movie goes ahead despite rain
The Kumara Residents Trust has
applied for consent to construct the
planned Chinese garden, saying the
town is regenerating and the project will
be a further boost.
It wants to create the memorial garden
on a 1700 square metre site to beautify
the eastern end of town, honour the past
and bring more people to Kumara, the
consent application to the Westland
District Council says.
It would blend West Coast and
Chinese cultures and be one of the
first things visitors arriving from
Christchurch would see as they drove
At the moment the site was a
wasteland, the KRT said.
The garden would include beds, waters
feature, Chinese bridges, boardwalk,
and ‘moongate’ entry with lions.
Car parking would be on the State
highway, and at the adjacent Taylor’s
Hill car park.
The one neighbour on the eastern side
has signed affected party consent.
The application says Kumara has
been regenerating since 2006, when
the council and government agency
led a housing scheme to improve the
standard of housing.
The KRT, formed in 2008, had
also invested a lot of energy building
good relationships with Chinese
The local community and Chinese
groups could be involved in the garden,
which would also be robust enough for
the West Coast climate.
Low maintenance Chinese species
had been chosen, in consultation with
the Department of Conser vation to
ensure they were not invasive.
The KRT had made a commitment
to maintain it, and had a longstanding
relationship with the Department of
The garden, including information
panels, would help public understanding.
Early Chinese in Kumara were miners,
gardeners, healers and they even did
Richard Seddon’s laundry.
The KRT concedes “a few ” residents
did not support the proposal. It had
taken on board the feedback, and the
cost had reduced from $1.5 million to
The 122-page application includes a
letter of support from Chinese Consul
General Jin Zhijian.
The application says the KRT has
more than 80 members.
A plan of the proposed Chinese garden.
Kumara Residents Trust applies for Chinese garden consent
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
A section of the flooded and badly damaged Cass Square, a day after
the Children’s Day event.
Cass Square badly damaged
Westland Milk Products yesterday
confirmed a new large scale order of
Westgold UHT cream to a Chinese cafe
chain with 1000 branches around the
It comes nearly a year after the Hokitika
co-operative opened its new $40 million
UHT plant at Rolleston.
Since then the company has had patchy
success securing a market for products
from that plant, although new chief
executive Toni Brendish said in January
the company was confident it would see
a return from its investment in Rolleston.
“ While, as previously stated, the UHT
plant did not have the initial success
predicted as part of the decision to
commit to building the plant, we are
confident that we will be able to turn
this investment into a positive asset that
will return value to shareholders,” Mrs
Brendish said in January.
The new order announced yesterday
reflects a trend in the Chinese food
service market towards bakery items with
Mrs Brendish said there was a rapidly
expanding interest from Chinese
consumers toward western-style baked
“Bakery items featuring cream are
a rapidly growing component of the
Chinese food service market,” she said.
“ We have just confirmed a deal with
85°C Bakery Cafe to provide them with
a substantial, ongoing order for Westgold
UHT cream, with the prospects of that
increasing as the market continues to
The deal was a good example of
Westland ’s new focus on the food service
sector in China.
“By developing mutually beneficial
relationships with key accounts and
major distributors, we are able to use
their resources, tied in with our expertise
in high quality production using New
Zealand milk, to gain traction for
Westland in markets that have enormous
It comes as long-life (UHT) cream
produced by Westland earned high praise
from a delegation of eight Chinese chefs
Organised by the New Zealand
Talented Chef Exchange Association,
the delegation of senior chefs was
treated to home-baked scones made with
Westgold butter, topped with local jam
and whipped Westgold UHT cream at
Westland’s Rolleston plant last week.
Westland Milk marketing manager
Charlotte Sullivan said the reaction to
Westgold UHT cream by the visiting
chefs, who come from some of China’s
most prominent restaurants and hotels,
bodes well for sales in China.
“It was an opportunity to talk directly
with people who are at the front line of
food trends in China and learn more
about their dairy requirements,” Ms
“They were very open and helped build
our understanding of how they choose
different creams and butters for different
New Zealand Talented Chef Exchange
Association president Reggie Li said
it was great for the chefs to have the
opportunity to learn about Westland and
“It is a very friendly, professional
company; very focused on people, and
changing their life quality.The impression
we got is that people can trust and enjoy
The delegation was also treated to
some high technology virtual reality.
This enabled them to experience a
three dimensional “visit ” to a Westland
shareholder’s dairy farm without having
to do so much as slipping on a pair of
85°C Bakery Cafe is a Taiwanese
owned chained of coffee shops and
self-serve bakeries run by Gourmet
Master Company Ltd. It has almost
1000 branches located in Taiwan, China,
Australia, Hong Kong and the United
The Westgold cream will be used in the
mainland China stores at this stage.
Westland Milk conf irms large order to Chinese cafe chain
Two Greymouth vessels,
Galatea II, Jay Penelope,
Jay Elaine. In port: Moon
Shadow, Genesis IV,
21 Greymouth vessels.
Moon Shadow, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Cook
A fire which destroyed
a homestead near Raglan
yesterday was caused by
an overloaded multiple
electrical socket in the
A 76-year-old woman
who was alone in the rural
Wainui Road house woke
to the heat coming from
the kitchen about 1.30am.
Raglan fire chief Kevin
Holmes said she noticed
there was a fire and
walked into the kitchen to
Her son’s family lived
about 50m and her
grandson heard his
grandmother yelling from
The woman’s son and
grandson ran up to the
house to find her still in
The three family
members escaped just
as the fire engulfed the
house. — N ZME
blamed for fire
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor has backed outspoken West
Coast District Health Board member
Peter Neame and says the reality is that
mental health ser vices nationwide are
not up to standard.
Mr Neame recently drove a suicidal
man to the mental health unit at Grey
Base Hospital after giving up after a two
and a half hours for hospital staff to turn
up at his home to pick up the man.
Mr Neame raised the matter on Friday
during the public section of the monthly
board meeting, but it received little
However, it emerged yesterday the
matter was later raised in private,
after the public meeting. According
to Mr Neame, the board chairwoman
“ used this meeting to spend at least 20
minutes conducting a tirade of personal
Mr O’Connor said today he supported
Mr Neame’s right to open dialogue on
“ Boards across the country refuse to
acknowledge the reality they don’t have
As a result they were forced to make
excuses, but Mr O’Connor said he
supported those who exposed the issue.
“The reality is our mental heath
ser vices are not up to the standard they
need to be.”
DHB board member
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