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A man employed to help run the
Theatre Royal Hotel at Kumara,
but who ended up as the chef, has
been awarded almost $24,000 by the
Employment Relations Authority.
The authority ruled that Joseph
McSherry, who came from Australia for
the role, was unjustifiably disadvantaged
and unjustifiably dismissed.
He started at the Theatre Royal on
October 14, 2015 until his employment
agreement was terminated with four
weeks’ notice from December 10. He
had previously spent nine days at the
hotel, placed by an agency for a stint
employment agreement stated that
his role was operations manager and
that his salary was $60,000, with
Averil Lark was the general manager.
The day after Mr McSherry started
work, the head chief resigned giving
two weeks’ notice. Ms Lark told the
authority that Mr McSherry agreed to
assume the head chef role, which had
an impact on his capacity to undertake
the operations manager role.
After four weeks, Ms Lark advised
Mr McSherry that the first month of
his employment had not given her faith
in his suitability. She referred to some
performance concerns with respect to
rudeness and bad behaviour.
Helen Doyle, from the Employment
Relations Authority, said in her
decision: “I heard from other employees
.. . about some significant concerns they
had about him when he worked in the
head chef/kitchen management role to
the point where it seemed clear they did
not want to and/or did not like working
with him. They spoke to Ms Lark about
“The evidence supported that the
change and lack of consultation also
had unfortunate consequences for other
staff who worked with him because he
was angry, and they found his behaviour
inappropriate. It is interesting to note
that when he was placed at the hotel
by RNL he was well thought of by
However, she said changing Mr
consultation to a lesser one was
unjustified, although he did receive the
The authority also found the 90-
day trial did not apply because Mr
McSherry was an existing employee.
The hotel also failed to provide hotel
flat accommodation by mid-November.
Reimbursement of lost wages $10,206;
compensation for the loss of a benefit
$1785; compensation for humiliation,
loss of dignity and injury to feelings
542 Coast patients seen
by video conference
Dixon House resident Pat Evans presents Elder and Sister Snow with leaving presents on behalf of the residents
and staff at the Greymouth rest home. The Snows have been in Greymouth since 2015 working for the Church of
Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and since then have run housie ever y week for the Dixon House residents. “ We
return to America, to Utah,” Elder Snow said. “Part of our missionary ser vice is to help in the local community and
running housie has been part of that. We will miss the lovely people and the staff here, Greymouth is such a lovely
Morman couple farewelled
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Just three of 40 dairy farms
monitored by the West Coast
Regional Council since March
were found to be in breach of their
A report to the council meeting
this week said the three farms
had been required to undertake
A question was raised at the
council table if a different standard
applied to those who got a formal
warning and those who were
Council staff noted in their
compliance and enforcement report
for April that the wet season this
year had affected farmers’ ability
to carry out work in order to be
“A number of farms have deferred
normal maintenance of effluent
systems due to ground conditions
caused by the wet season, the
heavy machinery required cannot
access the ponds or distribute
the effluent to the land without
causing excessive damage,” senior
compliance officer Sandra Cox said.
Overall, council compliance staff
conducted three resource consent
monitoring visits, 13 mining
compliance and bond release and
four complaint-related site visits
over the last month, on top of the
40 farm visits.
The three complaints resulted
in visits to Westimber at Ngahere
about burning waste treated
wood, a site near Seddonville
where gravel was being extracted
water discharge from a mine at
Investigations were still ongoing
about the latter, while the other two
complaints resulted in infringement
Formal warning notices had also
been issued at Westport for dairy
effluent discharge, to a property at
Gows Creek near Nelson Creek
for discharge of sediment, and
at Dunganville to a miner for
exceeding the disturbed area.
Cr Peter Ewen asked if the way
council compliance staff proceeded
with the latest three complaints
were as “first offenders” and if
not, did that make a difference
how they were treated. He asked
why they were not simply warned
rather than proceeding straight to
“ It seems to me we don’t jump
in with a farmer fouling a drain
or Westland Milk Products, which
get 17-18 formal warnings,” Cr
Cr Neil Clementson said in
relation to the gravel extraction near
Seddonville it was “unintentional,”
the result of a “miscommunication
following a verbal agreement ” made
at the pub between the two parties
“I think the infringement
was a genuine infringement,” he
The changed landscape and road near the old ghost town of Dunganville has revealed historic gold
tunnels. The area was initially called Maori Creek before the name Dunganville was settled on. It is close
to another goldrush spot, Woods Creek, east of Shantytown.
Exposed tunnels point to golden past
PICTURES: Tony Ruru
of the Westport News
Posting an alert on social media about
native tree felling has earned a Westport
man death threats.
Pete Lusk said the threats were made
after he posted a picture about native
bush being cleared near Waimangaroa.
“One bloke wanted to tie me to his
dozer blade, the other (to) his digger
Mr Lusk said he had noticed the
“ beautiful little native forest remnant ”
being felled over the past couple of
It was part of about 2ha of land being
cleared just south of Waimangaroa
opposite the old substation.
Two-thirds of the land
regenerating rainforest while the rest
was gorse and stringy grass, he said.
“I ’m not worried about the gorse and
grass going — it made sense to develop
that — but the rest was real wetland,
there’s water everywhere.”
Mr Lusk said other commentators
on social media seemed to think a
landowner could do whatever they liked
with native forest or wetland.
“ I pointed out that this isn’t the case
and hasn’t been since Birchfield swamp
was saved in the 1980s.
“ You go to other parts of the country
like Golden Bay and you’d think they ’d
have remnants of native bush but they
don’t. We’re quite exceptional that we’ve
still got some. ”
Mr Lusk said he was unsure who the
landowner was or what was planned.
The land was too muddy for building
on but someone had told him “a few
beefies” would be run on it.
“ Under the district plan you can’t just
go in and fell native forest unless it’s half
a hectare per three years. I ’m pretty sure
that ’s still on the books. For anything
else you’ve got to get resource consent. ”
Mr Lusk said he had contacted the
Buller District Council about the
clearance. He had asked whether what
was being done was legal, whether any
public land was involved and whether
permission had been given for the
amount of clearance.
Council team leader planning and
policy Rachel Townrow confirmed
yesterday it was currently investigating
a complaint about vegetation being
cleared near Waimangaroa.
Tree felling alert prompts death threats
Lyla Dunn, 91, with McDonald’s Greymouth owner Vinay Chandra and
general manager Trent Beckett at the Community Resources for the Elderly
(CARE) lunch on Tuesday. Mrs Dunn was the oldest person at the outing,
attended by about 60 people. CARE co-ordinator Pam Sutherland said it
was important for the elderly to get out and socialise with people. The group
organises Christmas dinner, afternoon teas and movie screenings for those
over-65. Mr Chandra doubles the money spent on the day and then donates it
PICTURE: Ami Dhabuwala
Bike fans in Westport and Hokitika
are in line to enjoy a ‘Big Bike Film
The film collection features the full
array of cycling genres, with a screening
at the NBS Theatre in Westport on
Monday. May 22 and the Regent
Theatre in Hokitika on Tuesday, May
“ You don’t have to be a cyclist to relate
to these stories, there’s something here
for everyone,” curator Brett Cotter said.
“ It ’s so exciting to bring our 2017 film
collection to the Coast. The programme
has an absolutely breathtaking range of
short bike films from around the world,
from mountainbike to road, BMX,
travel, personal journeys and triumphs.
Our mission is to share the best short
cycling films from around the world
with our audience and these films will
leave a permanent tyre tread-mark on
The Big Bike Film Night line-up
includes a look at London’s stylish
bike sub-cultures, the inspiring story
of Georgena Terry who has been
building bike frames for 30 years, the
challenge of cycling up the gruelling
peak Mount Ventoux, two very different
faces of BMX culture, and the local
documentary Muscles and Dreams.
Tickets are available at the door for
‘Big Bike Film Night’ for Coast
A specialist in ‘edible gardens’ will hold
a workshop in Aratika this weekend.
Kath Irving will be at Jo and Davey
Bryan’s garden, on Aratika Drive, to talk
about growing an abundant veggie patch.
She will look at what good soil looks like,
an “easy peasy compost recipe”, making
and using liquid feed; how to grow and
use green crops; simple ways to recycle
food scraps; aerating your soils, and how
to turn over and prepare garden beds.
Ms Irving will also look at crop rotation
to prevent pest and disease, and why
good har vests begin with good design.
It is a mix of hands-on and theory, so
people should wear gardening gear and
The workshop starts at 10am and tickets,
costing $100, can be purchased through
her website www.ediblebackyard.co.nz
Host Jo Dalley has a big organic
vegetable patch and orchard.
Ms Irving will also run a session with
Incredible Edible in Greymouth on the
Sunday; details are on their Facebook
Edible garden workshop
Three dairy farms in breach of consents
The Grey District Council issued
165 building consents representing
$14.6 million in building value in
the five months to the end of last
Figures for December and January
were combined in a report to the
council meeting this week, with 58
consents, worth a total of $6.5m,
issued in that eight-week period.
In February 32 consents for $3m
were issued. During March 41
consents for $3m were issued and
34 consents representing just over
$2m were issued in April.
Over the same five-month
period the council issued 92
land information memorandums
(LIMs), associated with the sale
and purchase of properties in the
The report noted that council staff
continue to liaise with Johnstaff and
Fletcher Construction for the new
Grey Base Hospital, with the fourth
stage of building consent for that
Building control officers from
Grey are now carrying out
inspections for the hospital project
in conjunction with the building
manager for the Westland District
Chief executive Paul Pretorius
said yesterday the hospital rebuild
was only partially reflected in the
consents issued for the period since
Consents already issued for the
four-stage hospital development
had previously been reflected in
previously reported monthly figures.
However, consents issued during
April included a boiler house as
part of the new hospital, valued at
Grey District Council issues 165 building consents
The installation of devices measuring
rainfall and river flow is currently under
way around Inangahua.
It is a part of the West Coast Regional
Council’s seven-year programme to
install 20 new monitoring stations
containing rain gauges and flow recorders
throughout the region.
Hydrology team leader
Beaumont said it would increase
understanding of the seasonal rain and
“It will improve our forecast network,”
Mr Beaumont said.
The sites would provide better
information about rainfall, and flood
warnings to the community.
“Farmers can also get data for
irrigation and rainfall from the installation
The installation work was “on track”
with two rain gauges and a flow recorder
in place so far.
“ We are currently working on the third
The data will be available on the regional
council website by the end of the year.
The programme is costing $291,000.
Andrew McCarthy will feature
in the final series of the TV One
series I Am Innocent, on Tuesday
“ In 2010 he performed a tonsillitis
examination on a student. Two
years later, CYFs and the police
launched an investigation into his
behaviour,” TV One says in pre-
publicity for the show.
“ He was accused of inappropriate
touching and charged with indecent
assault on a child.”
John Paul II High School
remained supportive of Mr
McCarthy but as police laid an
indecent assault charge against him
it had no choice but to stand him
down. The Post Primary Teachers
Association covered his legal fees.
Canning said at the time there
was a prima facie case, and rejected
the suggestion it was a malicious
Principal Kieran Stone said
Mr McCarthy was a good teacher
and he had no concerns about him
continuing to teach.
When CYFs had completed its
investigation it told the school that
it no longer had any concerns but
police continued with the case,
passing the file to Crown Law
when Mr McCarthy elected trial
Williams brought the matter to
an end in spring 2013 when he
told Judge Alastair Garland in the
Greymouth District Court that the
Crown had “elected to not file an
Judge Garland then dismissed the
charge. Mr McCarthy, 66, was then
cleared of two charges of assaulting
police officers by pushing a
wheelbarrow into them.
Greymouth teacher to feature in tv programme
Hydrology devices for Inangahua
strengthening of the L eft Bank Art
Gallery is being worked out.
West Coast Society of Arts chairwoman
Cassandra Struve said the engineers were
still working on the seismic design.
“It will take two to three months to
complete the strengthening work, but
we still don’t know the commencement
date.” Ms Struve was “happy ” with the
progress and said a temporary closure
would not be too much of a setback for
the Greymouth gallery.
“ Winter is usually quiet for us with
The gallery would be fully operational
again by spring. Some exhibitions had
“ We have changed location for some
events and for others, we will put panels
in front of the gallery to inform the
The gallery building, originally the
Bank of New Zealand, was constructed
in the 1930s but meets just 15 to 25% of
the national building standards.
Engineers still working on Left Bank
earthquake strengthening timeframe
Kidsfirst Karoro head teacher Tim
Eden-Calcott has returned from the
men’s early childhood organisation in
New Zealand conference.
Currently only 2% in the early
childhood education are male in New
Zealand and even now men are not
actively recruited. “Gender balance in
ECE brings many benefits, including
both positive male and female role
perspectives to the playground
and also to the life of the kindy,”
Mr Eden-Calcott said.
He attended with Christchurch
colleague George Pearce, another of the
eight male teachers in Kidsfirst.
“It was great to meet so many other
male teachers passionate about giving
the next generations the best start
“ Mr Eden-Calcott said
the conference was a great way to to
support others, share on practice and
have discussions and build relationships
with leaders of ECE from around NZ
Teacher attends men’s early childhood conference
A total of 542 West Coast
patients were seen by video
appointments last year, the West
Coast District Health Board says.
Video conferencing is now used
in cardiology, general surgery,
orthopaedic surgery, paediatric
medicine and paediatric oncology,
plastic surgery and respiratory
In cardiology, up to 50% of
patients are seen by telehealth,
and some nurse-led oncology
clinics see 100% of patients each
month by video conference.
The DHB said the use of video
conferencing over the past year for
patient consultations had saved
patients travelling 18,915km
across the West Coast, saving over
180 hours of patient time.
“There is room for improvement
as West Coast DHB still has one
in five patients travelling more
than two hours return to attend a
specialist appointment,” the board
During 2016, more than 620
patients were required to travel
more than four hours (return) to
attend a specialist appointment;
in August 40 patients travelled
over five hours.
Based on the national travel
reimbursement allocation of 28c
per kilometre, the total fuel cost to
patients per month was estimated
to be over $25,000.
The DHB said its data did not
include travel that patients had
to undertake to attend specialist
appointments in Christchurch.
Preparations are under way again
for the dirty and gruelling charity,
the Mighty Mud Challenge.
Yer Bike, at Coal Creek. Entry
forms will be out next week.
Organiser Steph Levien said
they were expecting between 150
and 200 competitors.
There will be things to clamber
over and hills to slide down, with
a mix of natural and man-made
“There will also be a few
surprises,” Mrs L evien said.
Participants will be split into
categories including primary
schools, secondary schools, open
Primary school children aged
from 10 to 13yrs, and social
runners will compete in the 2km
course and rest will be up for the
Mud challenge returns
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