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The number of patient transfers
from Grey Base Hospital and Buller
Hospital increased from 36 transfers
in January to 53 in February. The
majority of transfers in January were
for orthopaedic and surgical patients,
and in February for surgical and
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Moon Shadow II. Departures: Sarda,
Tawera, one Greymouth vessel. In
port: Moon Shadow II, Garraway,
15 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II, today.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
today; Jay Elaine, tomorrow; Ocean
Prime Minister Bill English has
confirmed he will fly to Queenstown
this week for a meeting with top officials
from the countries that make up the Five
Eyes spy netw ork.
They are holding a conference there and
Federal Bureau of Investigation director
James Comey is known to have arrived.
Central Intelligence Agency director
Mike Pompeo is reported to be attending
“I can confirm that it’s Five Eyes,” Mr
English said at his post-cabinet press
conference on Monday.
includes the United States, Australia,
Canada and the United Kingdom.
Mr English would not go into details
about his meeting or the conference,
other than saying “all the current issues”
would be up for discussion. — N Z N
PM for spy talks
The West Coast unemployment rate
has fallen, but Work and Income says it
is too early to say if it is just a seasonal
variation and did not have numbers on
the sickness benefit.
By December, the number on the dole
on the West Coast was at levels last seen
during the mass mine closures of five
The Greymouth Winz office shows
726 claiming Jobseeker support, and 494
The unemployment rate registered
through both offices had been rising
steadily for 21 months. However, the
latest figures to March show a decrease.
Greymouth fell to 675, down 51, and
Westport fell to 467, down 27.
Ministry of Social Development
regional commissioner Janine Dowding
said it was great to see a reduction on
December 2016 figures for the March
quarter for people who were seeking work.
fluctuations on the West Coast and we
will need to wait and see if this downward
trend continues,” Mrs Dowding said.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor said last month the reality
of the unemployment figure was that,
“some of these people come from outside
the region for cheap housing”.
Winz figures are for the quarter to
March and therefore do not include the
latest round of redundancies at Westland
Milk Products, in Hokitika.
Wednesday April 26
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
WISDOM, Gary John
away after a long battle
on Sunday April 23,
2017 at Grey Hospital.
cherished partner of
Annie, loved dad of
Kieran, Kayla and Dean,
Nataleigh, much loved
son of Margaret and the
brother and brother-in-
law of Leann and Dave,
and Mark and Mel and
a much loved uncle,
nephew and friend of
many. Aged 52 years.
Rest In Peace. Messages
to 137 Taylorville Road,
7805, or 1 Cardwell
Street, Cobden, Grey-
mouth 7802. Flowers
respectfully declined but
donations to the West
Coast Cancer Support
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
Street, Cobden tomor-
row (Thursday) at 11am
followed by cremation.
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Westport, Carters Beach residents asked to conserve water
of the Westport News
Westport and Carters Beach
people are now being asked to
conser ve water.
Ironically, it is because of too
much rainfall, rather than too
Moderate to heavy rainfall
reduced water quality, which
cut the amount of time the
pumps could operate, a Buller
District Council advertisement
This meant the raw water
reser voir levels had fallen, the
“ To enable the raw water
reser voir to recover, consumers
are asked to conser ve the amount
of water used.
“This includes limiting garden
irrigation, car washing and other
extraordinary water usage.
“Conser vation measures will
remain in place until further
Westport has had no moderate
to heavy rainfall for about a
week and none is predicted until
Westport and Carters Beach
have relied on a pumped water
supply since one of Westport ’s
collapsed in January. Two
other tunnels remain fully
The collapsed No 1 tunnel is
not likely to be repaired until
early next year.
The council expects to finish
a feasibility study on repairs by
June, complete detailed designs
by September, then tender the
Anti-seabed mining groups are
Protection Authority (EPA) that they
may seek a judicial review or court action
over its handling of a mining application
by Trans Tasman Resources.
Trans Tasman Resources had its first
seabed mining application turned down
in early 2014, but last August reapplied
to the EPA, seeking to mine five million
tonnes of iron-rich sands offshore in the
Taranaki Bight for export.
It also has an exploration permit for the
At the heart of the issue is the EPA
having last September formally accepted
Trans Tasman’s application as “complete’’.
However, since then it has requested a
wide range of new information for the
application, which the environmental
groups claim will leave it disadvantaged.
The EPA’s handling of the application
is being described as having “seriously
gone off the rails’’ by Kiwis Against
Seabed Mining (Kasm) and Greenpeace,
Kasm chairman Phil McCabe said in a
“This is an unlawful exercise of power
which also significantly prejudices
submitters in opposition to the
application,’’ he said of the hearing
extension to May 31 given for inclusion
of new information.
Kasm and Greenpeace
considering applying for a judicial review
of the process, a declaratory statement or
an appeal based on what Mr McCabe
described as “the flawed process’’.
— Otago Daily Times
Greymouth businesses on the move
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Bid Food Greymouth manager Graeme O’Dea, on the move with the local operation.
Two major Greymouth companies are on
Bid Food (formerly Market Gardeners)
is preparing to relocate to the G D Liddell
Contracting premises at South Beach, while
Liddells will move its engineering and
contracting operation to Kaiata Park.
Bid Food general manager Steve Kent said
the move to the larger building allowed the
Greymouth branch to expand.
“ We are expressing our confidence in
the West Coast. We are committed to the
West Coast in providing employment and
opportunities, and to be able to put in a
specialised food centre,” Mr Kent said.
The present site in Albert Street was
restricting the operation due to lack of space.
“The key thing for us is we are at present
very restricted by space. The new premises will
provide better opportunities and the platform
to grow will increase. It will enable us to
operate from a multi-temperature distribution
G D Liddell Contracting general manager
Graham Liddell said it was business as usual
for his company but in a new location.
“The business is staying as it is but is now
based at Kaiata Park. We are relocating and
consolidating the business and are retaining
all staff and ser vices.”
Elderly woman hit
An elderly woman
was seriously injured
after being hit by
a motorcycle at
an intersection in
Dannevirke last evening.
The woman is believed
to be about 80.
She was hit just after
6pm at the intersection
of Swinburn Street
and High Street,
according to a police
Ambulance was called
to the scene at 6.05pm.
The woman was flown
to Palmerston North
Hospital in a serious
condition, an ambulance
Following extensive damage
to State Highway 1 from the
November 2016 earthquake,
travellers between Picton and
Christchurch have had to use
an alternate route.
The journey goes up the Wairau Valley from
Blenheim, through St Arnaud, Murchison, over
the Lewis Pass, through Hanmer Springs and
on to Waipara where it re-joins SH1.
It’s a scenic drive, but never intended for the
volume of traffic it now carries.
To keep people using the road and the
communities living along the route safe, the
NZ Transport Agency introduced emergency
lower speed limits to critical sections as part
of a wide-ranging package of safety measures
to manage the risks associated with the
increase in traffic.
While legislation sets a six month maximum
on these emergency limits, the task of repairing
SH1 will exceed that time frame. For safety’s
sake, we need to make those speed limits
If you’d like to provide feedback on these
changes, make sure you do so by 3 May.
They affect several parts of SH63, SH6, SH65,
SH7. We are also consulting on a section of the
Lower Buller Gorge road on SH6, not included
in the current emergency rule.
While the proposed speed limits being
consulted on will be permanent if implemented,
we will continue to monitor the route once
SH1 is restored, and if required, review speed
You can find out more and make a submission
Submissions close 5pm, Wednesday
3 May 2017.
Picton - Christchurch
Making safer speeds permanent on the Picton to
Christchurch alternate route
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