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It is a case of deja-vu for the Kiwi
Rugby Football Club, which has been
forced to find new grounds for the
upcoming season with Cass Square out
of action again.
Work to repair the damaged turf
surface following the Wildfoods Festival
and then Children’s Day — two major
events held in the rain straight after one
another, and on top of newly-sown grass
— was completed onTuesday.
However, the West Coast Football
Union has been told that field one will
not be available this season, and field
two could be — but not for some time.
Westland District Council field
inspections officer John Bainbridge said
that would depend on the grass growth.
A Christchurch company that led
the recent $120,000 Cass Square
redevelopment was back on Monday
with specialist equipment to relieve the
compaction of the surface, caused by
thousands of Wildfoods feet, and then
compounded by the muddy conditions
for Children’s Day. Heavy vehicles used
in the setting up and packing down
of both events also caused significant
Mr Bainbridge said the pressure
had effectively sealed the surface, so a
machine was used to punch holes in the
ground, relieving the compaction before
the fields are re-sown .
“The grass will grow again now we’ve
got rid of the water,” he said.
The further repairs were estimated at
less than $20,000.
He said one positive was that the
underlying drainage system was still
“The most disappointing thing is the
time loss and it’s a bad time of year to
make grass grow . . . going into winter,”
Mr Bainbridge said.
The rugby union was updated on the
status of the grounds on Monday and
was understanding of the situation, he
Kiwi Rugby president Glen Kearns
said he was yet to be advised but it was
a similar situation to what the club had
gone through only last year.
The turf improvements following
Agfest in April 2016 were eventually
held off until after the rugby season.
However, the club which has Cass
Square as its dedicated grounds, missed
out on hosting home games until late in
The draw for this year has Kiwi playing
at home on April 29, and again the
“It looks like a repeat of last year,” Mr
“ We’ll be looking at where we can go,
exploring our options.”
It was potentially an ongoing issue
with Wildfoods as well as Agfest both
booked for the square next year before
the start of the rugby season, he said.
Hokitika Airport is being eyed by the
Lions Club as an alternative venue for
Children’s Day next year.
“ We have now had two meetings
with the airport company and it is very
likely that we will be changing venues
to the airport and Westland Industrial
Heritage Park complex,” Lions secretary
Anna Dyzel said.
“There is ample parking, and most
importantly covered areas, and it’s solid
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Funds for the Kumara Chinese
memorial gardens have been
bolstered by a successful fundraising
dinner, organised by the Chinese
community in Wellington, on
It was hosted by the New Zealand
Chinese History and Cultural
Association and drew about 180
people, including Deputy Prime
Minister Paula Bennett, National
Part list MP Maureen Pugh and
Speaker of the House David Carter.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith and
members of the Kumara Residents’
Trust (KRT) who are driving the
garden project also travelled to the
capital to join Chinese delegates,
which included representatives
of the Chinese Embassy and
NZCHCA chairman Steven Wong.
“The event raised the profile of the
project, it is definitely of national
interest, not just local,” KRT project
manager Fiona Pollard said.
“It is acknowledged within the
Chinese community as being a very
special and significant project.”
It was the trust ’s second fundraiser
with the Chinese association,
although confirmation of how
much was raised towards the
$500,000 garden is still to be
The mayor said he was aware of
one donation of $10,000 alone.
In his speech, Mr Smith said
that once established, the Chinese
gardens would be a ‘must ’ for all
Chinese visitors to the South
The memorial garden will have
water features, Chinese bridges,
a boardwalk and moongate entry
with lions. It is now in the consent
The resource consent application
before the Westland District
Council concedes that “a few ”
Kumara residents did not support
the garden project. The KRT said it
had taken on board public feedback
and slashed the cost from $1.5m to
The 122-page application includes
a letter of support from Chinese
Consul General, Jin Zhijian.
National Party list MP Maureen Pugh, left, Kumara Chinese garden designer Erin Diao, Westland Mayor
Bruce Smith, Kumara Residents’ Trust chairwoman Julie Rowe and project manager Fiona Pollard at the
garden fundraiser in Wellington.
A community inter vention programme
run in partnership between the
Department of Corrections and West
Coast Adult Learning Ser vices, helped
eight Maori community youth offenders
gain skills aimed at helping them to stay
out of trouble and gain employment.
The Maori youth programme helps youth
obtain a driver’s licence, pull together
their NZQA record of learning, create a
curriculum vitae and learn how to write
a job application letter. This year, they
were also taught cooking and carving
Tutors from West Coast Adult Learning
Ser vices and Community Corrections staff
worked with the young people for the two
days of the programme.
“This is a great local initiative,” West
Coast Community Corrections service
manager Kelly Hill said.
“The seven young Maori men and one
young woman came from as far afield as
Blackball and Hokitika. All involved will
greatly benefit from the programme, which
incorporated some te reo and tikanga
education, and practical support to help
them get their lives back on track,” Ms
“Community work sentences are most
often started by offenders aged 20-29, and
Maori youth are over-represented in these
Ms Hill said the programme could
give the young people a step up, and the
confidence and support to make different,
more positive life choices in the future.
“ Youth are often a hard group to
engage in their sentence,” Greymouth
Community work super visor Patrick
“The response to this programme has
been extremely positive. Everyone who
attended gained useful employment and
life skills. They completed the two-
day programme more engaged in their
sentence, with a positive view of the
future and feeling real pride in their
Ms Hill also said another key part of the
programme was helping them get their
“Driving illegally is a common path for
youth to get themselves in trouble and into
a cycle of offending. A licence helps them
stay on the right side of the law, as well as
increasing their chances of getting work.”
A highlight of the programme was
the work undertaken by car ver Hohepa
Barrett, of Westport.
He began by helping the Maori youth on
their karakia, waiata and mihi, and then
taught them basic car ving skills.
Maori community youth offenders gain skills
Wellington fundraiser boosts Kumara Chinese pot
A Kumara man who “foolishly”
chose to drive home drunk because
it was raining was convicted and
fined $950 and disqualified from
driving for 12 months and one
day, when he admitted the offence
in the Greymouth District Court
Timothy John Burnett was
appearing on his third drink-
driving offence. The two previous
offences were in 1992 and 1999.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Burnett had been drinking at a
friend’s place in Kumara. He only
lived a short distance away, but
because it was raining he decided
to drive home.
Mr Bradley said Burnett had not
been stopped for any driving fault.
Judge Jane Farish said if the
offending had been closer together
she would have asked for a
“I believe it was a lapse in your
judgment and from now on do
not drink and drive — use shanks’
pony,” Judge Farish said.
Izayar Houia McLaren, 19, of
Hokitika, admitted drink-driving
on March 31.
McLaren was stopped by police
when they saw him accelerate
quickly. When stopped, officers
smelled alcohol and breath-tested
him; he blew 843mg.
Judge Farish said McLaren’s level
for his age should have been zero.
“Being on the road you were a
danger to others and yourself. Your
behaviour was crazy and the mix
of youth, cars and alcohol is not a
McLaren was convicted and
fined $850 and disqualified from
driving for seven months.
Jay William Haika was remanded
until May 9 to answer a charge of
Nathan Ryan Sowman, of
Kokatahi, was remanded until
May 9 for drink-driving.
The 27-year-old had his bail
conditions relaxed to allow him
to drive for work reasons. He
was also ordered not to consume
Judge Farish told Sowman that
he was allowed to drive solely for
Man ‘foolishly’ decided
to drive home drunk
Greymouth will be hosting a
convoy of electric cars on a national
road trip on April 24.
‘ Leading the Charge’ is a group
of electric vehicle enthusiasts and
they are planning to their trip to
encourage people to buy electric
vehicles in New Zealand.
The road trip will be starting
from Bluff on Wednesday, and
will travel all around New Zealand
to spread the message. Their last
stop will be in Cape Reinga in
James Cozens, of Better NZ, says
the intention is to educate and
inform people about the efficiency
of the electric cars.
“ We want to inform people how
cheap and fun it is to run the
electric car,” Mr Cozens said.
There will be dozens of electric
cars of Teslas, BMW i3s, Hyundai
Ioniqs, Nissan Leafs, Renault
Zoe (all 100% electric) as well as
the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi
Outlander and Audi.
They will be at the Westland
Recreation Centre on April 24.
People might get a chance to ride
or drive one of these electric cars
during a meet and greet session,
between 12pm and 1.30pm.
“ We are helping the environment
and keeping it clean by using
electric cars,” Mr Cozens said.
Better NZ is organising the road
trip with the support of the Grey
This is the third road trip
organised by the Better NZ,
which says there is a significant
growth in charging infrastructure
and interest in electronic vehicles
throughout New Zealand due to
past road trips.
Greymouth to host electric car convoy
The international hard coking
coal price has
$US131.50 a tonne in the past
week following disruption to
Australia’s coal exports by Cyclone
The price yesterday was $294/
tonne, up from $162.50/tonne last
Cyclone Debbie seriously
damaged key rail lines ser ving
mines in Queensland. Three lines
are due to open by the end of the
week but large sections of railroad
could be out for another month.
A Mining Weekly report said
that about 12-13 million tonnes
of Australian coal cargoes destined
for China, India and Japan could
— Westport News
International coal price skyrockets
Threatening behaviour towards a
fishery officer at Warrington Beach
has resulted in community work for a
Dunedin man found with 12 paua — 11
of which were undersize.
Patrick Amara Folimatama, 23,
scaffolder, had admitted threatening the
fishery officer, providing false details,
taking more paua than the daily limit of
five and taking paua less than the 125mm
minimum length, on November 22.
In the Dunedin District Court this
week Judge Kevin Phillips sentenced
him to 60 hours’ community work on
the threatening charge, with a further 60
hours for providing false details.
The two other charges — more than
the daily limit, and less the minimum
length — each brought a $400 fine, with
court costs $130.
Bringing Folimatama’s total community
work to 220 hours was an additional
100 hours on a conviction for
intentionally damaging a vehicle in
Hyde Street with a golf club, about 4am
on January 29.
On that matter he was named on
the charge sheet as Amara Petuliki
In addition to the 100 hours’
community work, he was ordered to
pay $638.25 reparation and put on
nine months’ intensive super vision with
three-monthly judicial monitoring.
The Warrington Beach summary,
from Ministry for Primary Industry
prosecutor Lisa Brown, said Folimatama
refused to pull his car over to the side
of the car park or turn off the engine
when requested by a fishery officer, about
Folimatama initially stated he had
not gathered shellfish and repeatedly
challenged the officer’s authority to
inspect his vehicle.
Told the officer had seen him in the
water and then carrying a bag across the
rocks and putting it into his car boot, he
acknowledged he had “a few small paua”.
The officer found the bag contained 12
ordinary paua — more than twice the
area daily limit of five.
Eleven of the paua were less than the
minimum length of 125mm for ordinary
paua — ranging down in size to 100mm.
Folimatama refused to give his details
then became angry and, while moving as
if to get out of his car, he yelled threats at
the fishery officer.
The officer feared for his safety and
After warning his partner not to give
the officer his details, Folimatama
eventually provided details and was
allowed to leave. But the details he gave
Subsequently located, his explanation
for trying to prevent the officer from
checking his catch was “I was just gutted
really . . . because I knew they were
In regard to his threatening language
and behaviour towards the officer, he
said he had had a bad day and apologised
saying “that isn’t the way I am”.
Counsel Brian Kilkelly said Folimatama
regretted his actions.
Judge Phillips said Folimatama should
have been charged with threatening to
cause grievous bodily harm.
The threats directed to the officer were
“highly violent ”.
At Folimatama’s excuse he was having
a bad day and that was not how he
was, the judge said “You need to look
in a mirror, that ’s exactly how you are.
You are a man with serious violence
— Otago Daily Times
Paua fisherman threatened
A Green Party bill that requires all
single food items to carry country of
origin labelling has passed its first reading
in Parliament with the Government ’s
Ministers previously said they would
oppose the bill, but National’s caucus
“Caucus had a discussion and decided
to change the position, reflecting pretty
strong consumer preference,” Prime
Minister Bill English told reporters.
“As I understand it, about 80% of single
item foods are labelled for origin already.
The question is whether it ’s feasible or
desirable to require the rest of them to be
labelled in the same way.”
The Government ’s support is not
guaranteed beyond the first reading; it
wants the bill to go to a select committee
which can examine the issue.
MP Steffan Browning drafted the
bill and he was delighted with the
Government ’s change of mind.
“It ’s obvious consumers want this
and they will have very, very clear
identification on single food items like
tomatoes, meat, fish and grains. They’ve
been doing it in Australia for years.”
The bill defines single food items as
those that contain only one vegetable,
fruit, meat, seafood, nut, grain, seed or oil.
The bill passed its first reading by 120
votes to one, and has been sent to a select
committee for public submissions.
Act ’s sole MP, David Seymour, was the
only one who opposed the bill.
It is not likely to come up for its second
reading before the election. — N ZN
Food labelling bill passes first reading
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