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Suicide prevention move
A suicide prevention course will be
held on the West Coast next month.
Safe Talk looks at the four basic
steps to identify whether someone
may be suicidal. Two courses will be
run on June 21, in Greymouth from
8.30am to 12.30am, and in Westport
from 3pm to 7pm. It is being run
in collaboration with West Coast
Support Friend, a local support
group and costs $90, $25 of which
can go towards a seat for someone
else. For information see the West
Coast Support Friend on Facebook.
Patient transfer flight
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was called out just once
over the weekend, to Westport about
11.30pm yesterday to transfer a
patient to Grey Base Hospital.
CAA fuel seminar
The Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) will hold a seminar in
Greymouth next week for local
aviation operators. The seminar
‘Fuel for Thought ’ will be held
at the Greymouth Aero Club on
Tuesday, May 16. Civil Aviation says
a surprisingly large number of New
Zealand’s air accidents are caused by
a lack of gas or the use of polluted
fuel. CAA presenter Marc Brogan
will raise awareness of the dangers
of carelessness with fuel in a bid to
address the high rate of air accidents.
Firms in liquidation
Yellow Stone Mining Ltd, Rough
River Mining Ltd, Able Engineering
(2000) Ltd and Hardrock Mining
and Development Ltd were all
placed in liquidation in the High
Court at Greymouth today.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Brid Voyager, two
Greymouth vessels. Departures: Nil.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea II,
Brid Voyager, Har vester, Sovereign,
21 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, Cook
Canyon, today. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, tomorrow.
Camping ground gets nod
A Greymouth man was arrested at
the weekend for breaching his bail
conditions by consuming alcohol.
Jordan Beams appeared before Judge
Robert Murfitt in the Greymouth
District Court this morning.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said police did not oppose bail.
“If it happens again the police position
will be quite different,” Mr Henderson
Judge Murfitt told Beams there were
ways of overcoming boredom other than
Asked if he had a drinking problem
Beams assured that he did not.
“It is obviously a case of self-discipline
then,” the judge said.
Beams’ bail was renewed to reappear on
May 23 but with a warning that he “step
carefully from here on out ”.
A Westland District Council commissioner
has granted consent for a new campground
in urban Hokitika, despite objections from
25 near neighbours and submitters and a
recommendation from council staff that it
should be declined.
The holiday park — already partly
developed by Hokitika construction
company owner Evan Jones — will occupy
a vacant area at the end of Davie Street,
towards Airport Terrace. The site is mostly
surrounded by residential subdivisions.
It will include a manager’s residence,
entertainment and utility buildings and
areas, 19 cabins and units, 22 powered
camp sites and 26 non-powered camp
sites. The business will employ one or two
full-time staff, and 10 part-time seasonal
Twenty-five submitters raised concerns,
including the failure of the developer to
adequately consult before beginning work;
visual dominance, particularly at the Davie
Street entrance; disruption of pre-existing
drainage; noise; light; lack of privacy and
consequences should the business fail.
The council’s own staff report said the
application should be turned down.
But in a decision released on Friday
afternoon, council-appointed commissioner
Don Turley said he was satisfied the
proposed activity would not result in such
significant adverse effects that could not be
dealt with by way of appropriate consent
Objectors now have 15 working days to
appeal the decision.
Mr Turley said that before opening, the
company must prepare a management
plan and identify all potential effects on
neighbours, and take steps to manage effects.
It must look at where rubbish is stored
and the noise from, say, bottles being
dumped on top of bottles. It must also
outline how they will meet noise limits,
how they inform neighbours of complaint
procedures, and how guests will be advised
of the rules and the 10pm to 7am noise
The consent conditions limit the office and
on-site shop hours to 7am to 9pm. Noise
limits were also imposed.
A landscaping plan must be established,
and the work done under the super vision
of a qualified landscape architect or
horticulturalist. The existing bush area to
the north of the site is to be retained.
The only permanent accommodation on
site will be the manager’s dwelling.
Prior to opening, the company must
upgrade Davie Street with a footpath, and
stormwater drainage. The company must
also pay 50% of the work of that upgrade,
and pay a bond. Parking and loading areas
must be sealed.
Consent was granted for a sign at the
Davie Street entrance, but it must be no
more than 1.4m high.
In February, council senior planner
Jessica Hollis visited the site and noted
that physical works appeared to have been
undertaken before consent was granted, and
by April the site was nearly completely clear
of any vegetation or grass.
Some concrete foundations were even
already in place and appeared to be in the
location of the proposed buildings, Ms
“I am aware that a number of the
submitters have raised concerns both with
the Westland District Council and the
West Coast Regional Council regarding
the extent of physical work that has been
undertaken on the site,” Ms Hollis said.
“However, I understand the official
position of both councils is that all works
undertaken to date are lawful with respect
to the Resource Management Act 1991 and
the Building Act 2004. ”
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Granger House, Grey-
mouth, surrounded by
his family on May 3,
2017, in his 80th year.
Much loved husband
and best friend of
Dorothy (Dot), loved
father and father-in-law
of Bill, Shane and Gail,
and Julie and Wayne
Griffin, loved grand-
father of Nicole and
Chris, and Adella, loved
Peyton, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Colin and Sue, Trevor
(deceased) and Jenny,
John (deceased) and
Esmay, Mel (deceased)
and Kay, and the late
Elaine, loved brother-
in-law of Bill and Bev
Freitas, Pam Finch,
Mark and June Freitas,
Gael and the late Don
Barton, and the late Pat
and Noel Stearn, and a
loved uncle and friend.
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A number of Greymouth
people were lucky to receive
free dental care on Saturday
as part of the annual national
Once a year Lumino dentists
carry out thousands of dollars
of free dental care around the
country, this year for family
Lumino partnered with NZ
Carers where about 500 family
carers benefited nationwide.
Greymouth dentist Garry
Rae said Lumino day was a
highlight for him and his team.
“ We know that good oral
health has a huge impact on
our overall well-being, but
visiting the dentist is low
on the priority list for New
Zealanders, particularly for
those people with major
pressures on their time, such as
family carers. Lumino Day is
an opportunity for them to take
the time to look after their own
well-being, at no cost, and our
way of saying ‘thank you’ to our
local community,” Dr Rae said.
It was about looking after
people who looked after other
A number of people took up
the opportunity for free dental
care and Dr Rae also negotiated
with some who could not make
it on Saturday.
Free dental care for a day
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Greymouth Lumino dentist Garry Rae, left, works on a patient as part of the Lumino free dental care day on Saturday, with practice
manager Tania Mahuika assisting.
A West Coast ‘Ambassador’ programme was
launched last week to educate people about
the region’s history.
It was launched by the three district mayors
at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
The purpose of the programme is to create
a tourism-friendly environment as well
as raising the pride and knowledge of the
Coast ’s history and legacy .
Latest figures from the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment show the West
Coast has the highest tourism growth — 11%
— in the regions.
Fiona Boyer, of the Q ueenstown Resort
College, created the ‘ambassador’ initiative
which will be managed on the West Coast by
Polytechnic chief executive Alex Cabrera
said it was a good example of the Coast
gearing up to make the most of a key
economic development opportunity.
At the launch evening, Ms Boyer and
Dave Ritchie from the polytechnic,
highlighted the region’s history and
conducted a short quiz to make it
entertaining for the guests.
They were also awarded a black diamond
‘ W ’ and a pounamu ‘ambassador’ lapel pin for
becoming the first ambassadors for the region.
The first ambassadors were people in the
tourist industry, including from information
‘Ambassadors’ to highlight Coast history
PICTURE: Ami Dhabuwala
Guests at the West Coast Ambassador programme launch became the first ‘ambassadors’
for the region.
A documentary about
the Christchurch poultry
show is set to screen
in Greymouth shortly,
straight after the town
hosts its annual poultry
is a light-hearted
documentary set in the
world of bird breeding.
The self-described ‘feel
canvases the personalities,
power plays, fowl play
and ‘best in show ’ fer vour
of the 148-year-old
Bantam and Pigeon
Club, as members
prepare for the national
As several generations
of Canterbury chicken
fanciers groom their
prize specimens for world
The movie screens at
the Regent Theatre in
Greymouth from May
The Greymouth poultry
show will be held this
weekend at the Civic
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Climbing deaths prompt review
The New Zealand Alpine Team will
carry out an independent review of the
accident that caused the deaths of two
of its members — including former
Greymouth man Conor Smith — in
Fiordland on April 24.
Mr Smith, 22, and his climbing
companion Sar wan Chand, 27, fell to
their deaths from Marian Peak in the
The duo had been attempting a difficult
route on the south face of the peak.
Both were members of the New
Zealand Alpine Team, a volunteer
mentoring programme run by elite
Two other members of the alpine team
have also died in climbing incidents in
The accident has sparked calls for a
review of the team’s processes, following
accusations that some young climbers
were becoming overconfident in their
abilities and were attempting risky
climbs they were not ready for.
The Expedition Climbers Club,
which administers the alpine team,
today announced an independent
review would be carried out into their
Club vice-president Jaz Morris said
although the climbers were not on an
alpine team trip when the accident
happened: “Conor and Sar wan were
members of the team at the time of the
accident, and as such, the club wishes
to review all the factors at play in the
events prior to and during the trip
that might have contributed to this
The review would help the club make
changes to avoid such an event occurring
again, she said.
Details of the review were still being
“Its structure will be broad-ranging
in scope, primarily addressing issues
contributing to and arising from this
accident, but will also consider possible
wider issues raised recently in public
fora,’’ Morris said.
The coroner is also reviewing the
Until that investigation and the
independent review were complete the
alpine team “respectfully ask that in the
interests of family and friends of Sar wan
and Conor that people refrain from
speculating about the circumstances of
the accident ’’, Morris said.
“The (team) is committed to a
transparent and rigorous review of this
Last week the New Zealand Alpine
Club — of which Mr Chand and Mr
Smith were also members — called for
an independent review of the accident.
President Dr Penny Brothers said
the alpine club had carried out its own
independent review after a death three
years ago and had made changes in its
practices as a result.
She said encouraged the alpine team to
“ learn from our past experiences in these
most difficult of circumstances’’.
“For the benefit of the climbing
community, we would support a review
of their own, considering changes
or lessons learned which might help
prevent such accidents in the future.’’
Google has launched imagery of over 100
New Zealand tourist attractions and points of
interest this week on Google Street View.
Full 360-degree panoramic views of Fox
Glacier, the Central Otago Trail, Huka Falls
and other sights were captured over the past
12 months using the Street View Trekker, a
wearable backpack outfitted with 360-degree
cameras designed for locations accessible only
Some of the imagery was captured in
partnership with local authorities, such as
Whakatane District Council which assisted
with White Island.
This launch follows seven of New Zealand’s
‘great walks’ which were added to Street View
Google New Zealand country manager
Stephanie Davis said the imagery would
showcase many of New Zealand’s most famous
natural attractions to potential visitors from
home and overseas.
“Google Street View can never replace the
real life experience of our fantastic nature, but
giving people a taste through their smartphones
or other devices is a brilliant way to capture
people’s imagination and encourage them to
explore further and travel to New Zealand,” she
Ms Davis said the future of the travel industry
was increasingly digital and there are significant
opportunities for New Zealand tourism
operators to tap into the growing market.
Google search data shows interest in travelling
here is outpacing other top destinations, and
more people are researching New Zealand on
“Attracting them means using the internet
well to tell New Zealand’s stories. Immersive
experiences like Street View are good examples
of how this can be done,” Ms Davis says.
— Otago Daily Times
Fox Glacier features
on Google Street View While large parts of the North Island
flooded, the West Coast basked in
sunshine for much of April.
Niwa said prolific rainfall totals were
obser ved across nearly the entire North
Island, which had more than twice the
normal April rainfall in many areas.
The northern and eastern South Island
also received widespread rainfall in excess
of 200% of the April normal, with a
couple of locations picking up more
than 300% of normal April rainfall.
Conversely, much of the West Coast
had near normal rainfall.
Temperatures on the Coast were
also well above average, by over a
degree. Franz Josef Glacier recorded its
third warmest maximum mean April
temperature of 16.2degC.
A 23-year-old Westport woman who refused to co-
operate with police after failing a roadside breath test
early on Saturday will be court later this week to face
The woman driver was caught by a police patrol at
1.50am, in Westport.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of Greymouth, said
the woman was subsequently charged with failing to
accompany police, failing to give a blood specimen,
assault and resisting police.
Thieves take chainsaws
of the Hokitika Guardian
Thieves made off with about $15,000
of property from a Hokitika burglary
early on Saturday morning.
Police said 13 chainsaws, a cut-off saw,
two car stereos and three scrubcutters
were stolen from Hokitika Automotive,
which also incorporates the Stihl Shop,
in Revell Street.
“A stolen van was parked outside the
front of the shop and the occupants
entered the store and stole a number
of items before fleeing in the vehicle,”
constable Sonya Rea said.
The burglary was reported about
4.30am and police had responded
immediately and attempted to locate
the offenders, unsuccessfully, Ms Rea
The red Toyota Hiace van was found
abandoned on a dirt road near Adairs
Road about 8.30am on Saturday.
“Police have carried out a scene
examination at the shop and are also
examining the van. Inquiries to locate
the offenders are continuing and police
would appreciate hearing from anyone
who may have information which can
help in this investigation.”
Anyone who may have seen the van,
registration number WH2710, in either
the Hokitika or Greymouth areas on
Friday or early Saturday morning is
asked to contact Hokitika police or
phone anonymously to Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111.
Westport ’s last women’s
fashion store closing
of the Westport News
Westport’s last remaining dedicated
women’s fashion store, Jam Wear, will
close at the end of this month.
It would stay closed until at least
November — unless it sold in the
meantime, owner Denise Cropp said.
“I ’ve had enough of being in retail,
basically,” Ms Cropp said on Friday.
She had taken up a job as team leader
of reception at the Westport Motor
Hotel last August and her daughter Asta
Warren — who had another job to go to
— had run Jam Wear since then.
The store has been on the market since
before Christmas. Ms Cropp said she
had had some “nibbles”, but no firm
“It’s a great business for someone.
What it needs is a fresh look ... from
people who can take it in a new direction
i.e. we need to cater more for the tourist
market, because that ’s our growing
“There’s lots of things you could do
there — you could do on-line sales. None
of those things am I interested in doing.
But they ’re all potential for a new owner
who could take it to a different level.”
She said she would reassess in early
November whether to reopen, unless the
store sold in the meantime.
She believed Westport businesses
needed to consider opening longer hours
in the high tourist season and cutting
back in the low season.
Ms Cropp managed Jam Wear for
three years before buying it five years
It is the second Westport store to close
in a fortnight.
Subway Westport closed on April 21,
blaming the economic situation. About
five people lost their jobs.
100 New Zealand attractions on website
THE ECONOMIC PROFILE OF
THE WEST COAST
Tuesday May 9
KK’s Cafe, Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Benje Patterson, Senior Economist at
Infometrics, presents on the economic data for
the West Coast. The Infometrics online profile is
an interactive and dynamic tool enabling users
to delve down into the underlying data and
compare the West Coast against other regions
in New Zealand.
The tool contains a wealth of information on
the economy, labour market, standard of living,
exports, tourism, buiness, skills, productivity
There will be a Q&A opportunity to follow.
For more information, please contact Bridgette
(03) 769 7000 or register at www.dwc.org.nz
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