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Man, 80, over limit
An 80-year-old Hokitika man was
caught drink-driving on Saturday
night. Police said the man blew
308mg and was issued with an
Hercules on exercise
A Royal New Zealand Air Force
C-130 Hercules has been spotted
over the Grey Valley and Westport,
as part of an exercise based out of
Woodbourne airfield, at Blenheim.
The Hercules is taking part in
Exercise Skytrain, which runs until
April 27. The focus is on tactical
low-level flying and aerial drops. The
exercise is run by No 40 Squadron,
which is based at Whenuapai,
Mine on Sunday show
The proposed Te Kuha coalmine
above Westport will feature on the
current affairs show Sunday next
weekend. A preview showed Buller
people talking about mass job losses,
and environmentalists arguing that
the plateau should be saved. It airs
on TV One next Sunday at 7.30pm.
Mine consents sought
Gold Mining Ser vice Ltd has
applied for consents to mine a small
area at Blair Road, near Kotuku.
The land is owned by Landcorp and
covers about 65ha.
Long wait for patients
For the third month in a row, the
West Coast District Health Board
had some surgical patients wait too
long for an appointment. Patients
were meant to be seen within 120
days, but by the end of February, 49
orthopaedic and 13 plastic surgery
patients had waited longer than that.
The DHB said a concerted effort was
undertaken to ensure the overdue
patients were seen in March. “Delays
in assessment for orthopaedic
referrals remain an issue, due to
trans-alpine staffing and ser vice
constraints,” the board said.
West Coast residents who struggle
to provide nourishing food will
be the focus of a Community
and Public Health workshop, on
Wednesday. Up to 30 people are
expected to attend the workshop,
which will help build a picture of
what food insecurity looks like on
the West Coast, what activities
are already taking place to address
this, and highlighting any gaps and
potential future actions.
Results of last week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club competitions were.
— Wednesday: Diana Fensom and
Cynthia El-Hinsheri 61% 1, Ash
Hamilton and John Boyes 57%
2. Thursday: Paul Holt and Tina
Fernando 65.3% 1, Pitabas and
Bijaya Mishra and Vicky Robertson
and Cynthia El-Hinsheri 56.9% 2
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Tawera, one Greymouth
vessel. Departures: Kim Ocean,
one Greymouth vessel. In port:
Galatea II, Tawera, 17 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures:
Galatea II, today. Expected arrivals:
Cook Canyon, Moon Shadow II,
tomorrow; Jay Elaine, Wednesday.
CEO quits for ‘other interests’
Oceana Gold says it will consult
community groups over the future of the
now-closed Globe Progress Mine, amid
concerns it may remove the Jack Lovelock
Memorial Bridge at Crushington.
Reefton identity Bert Waghorn has
written to the Buller District Council
expressing concern the concrete and steel
access bridge could be removed.
“It was named after one of our great
heroes at council’s request,” Mr Waghorn
Opportunities presented by the site and
mine lake did not come along very often,
A grassed area and boat ramp would
not cost a fortune to set up.
Oceana Gold said in a statement that
decommissioning of the gold processing
plant and other site infrastructure was
under way, but there was still a lot of
work to be undertaken.
“Closure will take several years. We
have a detailed restoration plan that
we’ve begun to implement but the
precise final condition of roads, buildings
and tracks is subject to consultation with
the Department of Conser vation, our
regulators and the community.”
It would continue to talk with
community groups during the closure
“ We will ensure the views of the
Reefton community are understood
and taken into account before any final
decisions are made in conjunction with
the Department of Conser vation, which
is the owner of the site,” Oceana said.
Olympian Jack Lovelock was born in
Crushington. He won New Zealand’s
first gold medal in athletics.
of the Hokitika Guardian
In the ongoing Westland District Council
saga, chief executive Tanya Winter has
resigned, effective immediately.
It is understood her resignation arose
after a mediation hearing in Greymouth on
Friday to address her employment issues,
including a personal grievance she filed
against the council in March, followed
by her suspension for alleged serious
Neither Ms Winter nor Mayor Bruce
Smith could be drawn to comment or
confirm that yesterday.
Ms Winter lodged her personal grievance
after the council voted in February not to
renew her five-year contract, which was due
to expire in September.
Mr Smith would only confirm that the
resignation had been received on Friday.
“ We wish her all the best in the future.”
In a short statement on Saturday, he said
Ms Winter had resigned to “pursue other
“The council thanks Tanya for the
contribution to the workings of council over
the past 4.5 years.”
Ms Winter said yesterday she had enjoyed
her time working with a great team at the
council and was looking for ward to the
She was not sure yet whether that would
be in Hokitika or not.
Ms Winter came to the West Coast in
2012 as the Westland council’s first female
Ironically, the chief executive she
succeeded at the time, Robin Reeves, was
appointed acting chief executive after Ms
Winter’s suspension earlier this month by
the same council sub-committee that was
set up to handle her personal grievance.
The mayor said at the time the suspension
was to allow an “unfettered investigation”
into the affairs of a separate, ongoing
investigation by the Serious Fraud Office
into the council district assets manager
Mr Smith had said the possibility of fraud
had been known since the end of October,
shortly after his new council had been
Ms Winter called in the SFO in January
but the nature of the concerns were still
“ kept from the council”, he said.
The council subsequently brought in
Wellington-based investigator Dennis
Asher, a former Employment Relations and
Employment Tribunal member, to look into
why Ms Winter had failed to inform the
mayor or councillors of her concerns against
It was unclear yesterday whether or not
that investigation was continuing following
Meanwhile, tensions around the council
table stemming from the recent decisions
over Ms Winter’s employment are still
boiling and are expected to come to a head
at the council meeting this Thursday.
Cr David Carruthers claims the mayor
had embarked on a “reckless pattern of
behaviour” against the chief executive, when
her contract was due to end anyway in
Before his election last year, Mr Smith said
publicly that he would be making changes
at the top and that “feathers would fly”.
Cr Carruthers has given notice of a three-
part motion expected to be brought in some
form to the table on Thursday.
As well as calling for a vote of no confidence
in Mr Smith as mayor, the notice of motion
also proposes that the mayor be stood down
until employment matters relating to chief
executive Tanya Winter are resolved, and
that members of the sub-committee be held
liable for all “unauthorised” costs relating to
that, including paying for a temporary chief
Mr Smith told the Guardian last week he
believed the motion covered matters that
had already been resolved.
If it came to the council following a
majority vote he would be participating in
the discussion and he would be voting, he
The council ranks have been split 4-4 over
Monday April 24
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away after a long battle
on Sunday April 23,
2017 at Grey Hospital.
cherished partner of
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son of Margaret and the
brother and brother-in-
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respectfully declined but
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Group, PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840 would
be appreciated or could
be made at the service.
The funeral service to
celebrate Wizza's life
will be held at the
Church of the Holy
followed by cremation.
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Jacqulin (Jac). — Died
as a result of a tragic
Ikamatua on April 21,
2017. Deeply loved wife
and soulmate of Lou,
mother-in-law of Robert
and Nicki, Dion and
Miriam, and Leanne,
Jabben, Holly, Tyler-
Lane, and Caleb, loved
daughter of the late
Henry and Helen Budd,
sister of Dulce, and the
late Peter, precious
daughter-in-law of Mate
and Mary Brown, loved
sister-in-law of the
Brown family, a loved
aunty, cousin and a
friend of many. Mess-
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funeral service to cele-
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held at her home, 321
Mirfin Road, Ikamatua
on Thursday at 11am.
Following the service
Jac will be taken to her
final resting place to be
buried with her beloved
grandfather in Invercar-
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John Reed, of Hokitika, hauls an 81kg dummy 35m during the tandem event, with team-mate Lisa Cargill, behind offering
encouragement during the physical test at the West Coast Provincial Fire Brigades Association Thinkwater Firefighter Challenge,
held at Runanga on Saturday. Volunteer firefighters from eight brigades including Ross and Hokitika took part as individual and
tandem teams alongside some of the leading national and international tower challenge competitors from New Zealand, in the run
up to the nationals next month in the North Island.
Firefighters sharpen skills at Runanga
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
of the Hokitika Guardian
Two Hokitika men managed to
free themselves from the wreckage
of their microlight before it was
engulfed in flames after crashing at
Hokitika Airport on Saturday.
The trike-style microlight fell
from about 200 feet shortly after
take-off, due to engine failure,
crash landing on the grass within
the airport zone near the east-west
Both men — confirmed by
Airport manager Drew Howat and
Department of Conser vation staff
member Tim Shaw — suffered
broken bones and were flown to
Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Harry Collett said
they were lucky to be alive.
“Seeing the wreckage, to be honest
they are extremely lucky boys. They
were extremely lucky to sur vive that,”
Mr Collett said.
“They managed to help each other
crawl out of the wreck . . . and drag
themselves to a safe distance.”
When fire crews arrived the
wreckage was well ablaze.
Hokitika resident Jane Teen, who
raised the alarm just before 8am,
said she saw smoke shortly after
watching the microlight go down
while out walking towards the
“It looked in a very low position . . .
then he just went down. Then I heard
the thump and saw white smoke
followed by black smoke, and by then
I thought, ‘It’s serious,” Mrs Teen said.
She ran to the crew of the visiting
Douglas DC3 charter plane, who
were first on the scene.
“Some of their staff are ex-
paramedics and they managed to run
down the field and attend to them.”
St John and PRIME ser vices
arrived shortly after wards, followed
by the rescue helicopters from both
Greymouth and Christchurch. They
flew both men to Christchurch
Hospital with serious to moderate,
but not life-threatening injuries.
Mr Howat ’s sister and brother-in-
law, Sue and Ian Hustwick, were on
their way to Christchurch yesterday.
Mr Hustwick said Mr Howat had
broken an ankle and elbow in the
“He’s not flash but he is fine.”
It is understood Mr Shaw suffered
a hip injury.
Both men fly and own microlights
at Hokitika, and police were not been
able to confirm who was flying at the
Constable Shane Allen, of Hokitika
police, said he had taken witness
statements and now passed on all
information to the Civil Aviation
Authority, which was investigating
the cause of the crash.
The CAA could not be reached for
comment yesterday but the wreckage
remains under a tarmac at the crash
Mr Allen agreed that the pair had a
“The main thing is no one died.”
The section of runway where
the crash occurred is not used by
domestic flights so no scheduled Air
New Zealand flights were affected
over the weekend.
The mangled and burned-out wreckage of the microlight which crashed
on Saturday from a height of about 200 feet at the Hokitika Airport.
Two hurt in Hokitika microlight crash
West Coast ratepayers will get a say on
whether to spend $170,000 on a flood
protection scheme for lower Cobden.
In November, Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn and West Coast
Regional Council chairman Andrew
Robb went head-to-head over whether
it was worth spending the money on a
Mr Robb argued the cost was
prohibitive when it was sections, not
houses, that were flooding.
But Mr Kokshoorn said Cobden
residents should be given the same
protection as Greymouth.
Then on January 19, during a flood,
lower Cobden was again inundated, and
particularly Ron and Meryn Hardwick’s
Peel Street property, which was
surrounded by sewage-laden floodwaters
lapping at the door.
Regional council chief executive
Mike Meehan said yesterday the flood
protection proposal had been included
in the draft annual plan.
“Everyone has a right to make
submissions,” Mr Meehan said.
About six Cobden sections regularly
flood. The situation is complicated by
Range Creek, which can cause lower
Cobden to flood, rather than a flood in
the Grey River.
of the Westport News
Cleaning out the Buller River
and its Orowaiti flood safety valve,
rather than building expensive
flood protection, seems to be
Westport people’s preferred flood
More than 200 people responded
to the West Coast Regional
Council proposals for protecting
Westport from floods.
The council had provided six
flood protection options, ranging
from doing nothing to extensive
stopbanks and floodwalls costing
The council released the feedback
on Friday. Many of the respondents
wanted gravel build-up cleaned
out of the Buller River and/or the
river straightened and the Orowaiti
overflow opened up.
“ In our past there were flood
protections set up for Westport, all
that needs to be done is for them to
be reinstated, not millions of dollars
of our rates money spent on new-
age floodbank bull—,” wrote one.
Some people preferred the
‘do nothing’ option. Comments
“ You not god, you won’t stop his
sister mother nature.”
“ We have done nothing for the
last forever and no one has yet to
die or have property damage. Do
not waste my rates money or charge
me more for this crap.”
Many opposed floodwalls. Among
the comments were:
“ You build floodwalls and the
river come over — how does it
“The visual effect will be very
“ Town will look crap with a
floodwall and will decrease house
prices and put people off.”
“ We will never be able to hold
back the forces of nature and
building expensive floodwalls that
we cannot afford should not be
However, there was some support
for extensive floodwalls, or partial
stopbanks and a floodwall.
“It will ensure most of the
greater Westport communities are
shielded,” wrote one.
“A fl oodwall like Greymouth with
maintenance of the Buller River is
the best option,” said another.
Few supported a flood relief cut to
the sea from the Orowaiti lagoon.
“Maintaining the Orowaiti cut
may prove problematic owing to
Some said relocating Westport to
higher ground was the only long-
Flood scheme input sought
Floodwall not preferred
public option for Westport
Consent sought for
The New Zealand Transport Agency
has applied for consent to create a slow
vehicle lane at Woodpecker Bay, just
north of Fox River.
It needs consent because the work will
be within 50m of the coastal marine area.
NZTA wants to widen the shoulder
of the Coast Road, State highway 6,
allowing slow vehicles to move to a
sealed shoulder and following vehicles
to pass safely.
An average of 1283 vehicles travel that
section of road each day.
The application to the West Coast
Regional Council says there has been a
“significant increase in tourist numbers
to the West Coast in recent years” with
many opting to drive the Coast Road.
“The difficult terrain and narrow
winding roads on the West Coast lead
to many areas of driver frustration
from the lack of passing opportunities.
Woodpecker Bay has been identified as
a site that lacks passing opportunities.”
The passing area would also help
regional economic development by
improving reliability of journey times,
the application says.
“The close proximity of State highway
6 to the foreshore is a significant feature
of this area, the openness of the coastline
from the highway provides stunning
scenery for motorists, however combined
with the winding and narrow roads it
leaves limited opportunities or locations
for motorists to safely pull off the road.”
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