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Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were. —
Wednesday: John Boyes and Ash
Hamilton 75% 1, Diana Fensom
and Cynthia El-Hinsheri 54% 2.
Thursday: Sue Glue and Michelle
Gunn 69.3% 1, John Boyes and
Ash Hamilton 64.1% 2, Colleen
Freitas and Paul Holt 53.1% 3, Ian
Anderson and Brian Rowlands
Arrivals: Nil. Departures: Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, Ikawai. In port: Cook
Canyon, Claymore, Sovereign,
Har vester, 22 Greymouth vessels.
Expected departures: Nil. Expected
fire assets to
The Grey District Council has agreed to
transfer its rural fire assets for $1 to the
new body which will see the New Zealand
Fire Service and the West Coast Rural Fire
Authority subsumed by a new organisation
from next month.
From July 1, Fire and Emergency New
Zealand (FENZ) will merge the New
Zealand Fire Service brigades and the rural
The council will no longer be responsible
for rural fire management, although it is
likely there will be a transition period as
the new authority becomes fully functional,
according to a staff report to the council
meeting on Monday.
The estimated value of rural fire assets
belonging to the council outside the West
Coast Rural Fire Authority was $290,000,
including two Moana-based tankers, a
trailer and two utes.
The council accepted the recommendation
to transfer its rural fire assets to FENZ for
$1, on the condition the assets will continue
to be deployed exclusively within the Grey
district to ensure what were ratepayer
funded assets will still benefit the area.
The West Coast Recreation Trust has
been wound up.
The Grey District Council formally
resolved on Monday night to end the
trust, set up in 2012 as part of the initial
planning and fundraising for the Westland
A report to the council meeting on
Monday said the recreation trust was
established as a charitable trust on the basis
it provide a conduit for potential corporate
sponsorship and fundraising.
Since its inception in 2012 no money had
been passed through the trust.
“As things eventually panned out this
funding vehicle was not required as the
various funding bodies dealt directly with
Final plans have been released for the
development of an open plan modern
learning block at Paroa School.
All the interior walls will be removed in
the junior block as part of the rebuild.
Principal Judy Elvidge said the modern
learning block would give teachers and
students more flexibility, openness and
allow better access to resources.
“The best features of the old will remain,
but some things such as the traditional
teacher’s desk will go,” Mrs Elvidge said.
“Some of the features will be lower
whiteboards which all the students can
reach, computing facilities and a wet area.
“The music room will be retained in its
Mrs Elvidge said the building would be
completed before Christmas.
She said the open plan project would
link in with the Toki Pounamu Trust
digital learning programme.
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Paroa School principal Judy Elvidge and teacher Jenneth Oakley look over the plans for the school’s proposed open plan
modern learning environment.
Paroa School prepares for new open plan look
Xia Xu, left, Jenna Pfiefer with baby Charlotte, Community Public Health nutritionist Jade Winter and Jessica Rothsay get to
taste the goods at the ‘Delicious, Nutritious Low Cost Meals’ seminar, in Greymouth yesterday morning. The session was held in
conjunction with WestREAP and Community Public Health, at the Baptist Church kitchen. REAP co-ordinator Melissa Diedrichs
said the informative course had been well received. “It ’s all about informing people you can eat healthy on a low budget. It ’s about
thinking outside the square to make your food healthy, quick and nutritious. We ran a similar seminar in South Westland last week.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Tasty food at low cost meals seminar
Bathurst Resources has received clearance from
government agency New Zealand Petroleum
and Minerals for the transfer of two Solid
Energy mining licences, including Stockton
The licences also cover Solid Energy’s two
mines near Huntly in the Waikato.
BT Mining, a joint venture involving Bathurst
and Talley ’s Energy, will receive the licences and
exploration and mining permits for both areas.
The purchase price reported last November was
BT Mining is now awaiting clearance from
the Overseas Investment Office.
In September 2015, 1500 creditors owed
$400m by State-owned enterprise Solid Energy
voted for a two and a-half year asset sell-down,
after the company collapsed amid plummeting
global coal prices and Solid Energy’s
overextended accumulation of debt.
Between 2010 and 2014, Bathurst spent about
$300m on preparing to mine the Denniston
Plateau above Westport, but by the time it
fought off environmental challenges the global
coal price had slumped and it suspended
operations in March last year.
It retained two smaller South Island mines
for domestic customers, having produced more
than 264,000 tonnes of coal during the year to
March. Bathurst delisted from the NZX last
Bathurst chief executive Richard Tacon gave
no indications about mining the new assets in a
market update yesterday. — Otago Daily Times
Bathurst gains mining
Solid Energy licence transfer
People with old photos, documents
and items they want to donate to a
museum have been invited to give them
to Shantytown, with History House
currently not accepting donations.
Both History House and the Hokitika
Museum — regarded as a regional
repository — are currently closed due
to earthquake concerns, although the
latter is still partly-operational from
temporary premises in Revell Street.
History House closed in late February
amid concerns over how it would fare
in an earthquake, and Grey District
Council library and museum services
manager Liz Burke confirmed this week
they were not accepting donations.
The future of the museum is currently
up in the air as the Grey District Council
looks into the options in more detail.
Archivist and scholar Emma Kelly has
been visiting the West Coast talking
to people associated with the New
Zealand Labour Party, unions and
mines about photos, letters and other
personal records they have which they
may want to put into their local archive,
museum or library.
“People have been really keen to do
so, even thinking up new ways they
might collect local stories through
recording their own interviews. But the
History House Museum at Greymouth
is currently closed and under review so
where are people to put their archival
Dr Kelly said she had been told of two
fires which destroyed archival materials
from the Labour Party Greymouth
branch, “So who is to say there won’t be
other issues which destroy records?”.
“I ’m from Wellington so am a complete
outsider, but as someone who cares
about the really important worker’s/
union/Labour history of the Coast, I
reckon it ’s worth people kicking up a
fuss to ensure there’s somewhere funded
by the council where people’s records of
long-term significance can be stored,”
While it was nice to have electronic
scans of things the actual object still
mattered, she said.
Shantytown is accepting donations,
and is also still looking at the possibility
of establishing a regional archive.
Chief executive Andrea Forrest said
it accepted documents, photos, maps,
deeds, books, journals — “the whole
gamut, and of course once our archives
building is built, we’ll be making this a
regional repository as well”.
Shantytown offers to
take historic donations
New Zealand defence
specialists are practising how
to defend against military cyber
attacks as part of exercises by the
so-called Five Eyes intelligence-
The 12 New Zealand defence
personnel have joined 2000
Canada, the United Kingdom
and United States to take
part in Exercises Cyber
Guard and Cyber Flag in
Running from June 6 to 30,
the exercises focus on how
New Zealand and its allies
respond to cyber attacks against
“As the global ransomware
attack in May has shown,
no country is safe from
cyber-attacks in our digitally
acting commander joint forces
New Zealand, Air Commodore
Kevin McEvoy said.
“An effective cyber response
is a team response. We need to
partner with allied nations to
defend our respective networks,
so building good relationships
through training is important.”
Tourist drivers who plan their trip on GPS
devices are taking risks in order to make up
time, police say.
In a submission to the New Zealand
Transport Agency, which is lowering the
speeding limit on sections of the alternate
Christchurch-Picton highway via Lewis
Pass, police said visitor numbers were
increasing at a considerable rate.
However, tourists often underestimated
their journey time.
Google maps says Picton to Christchurch
takes just under 6hrs 30mins, whereas the
NZTA says it takes 7hrs 30mins.
“ We currently see those who plan their
journeys using electronic navigation devices
taking risks to make up journey time,”
national manager road policing Steve
Inappropriate speed limits meant the
devices provided “very unrealistic” estimates
of actual journey times.
Lowering the speed limit in places on the
alternate highway through Murchison and
Springs Junction would see visitors given
more realistic travel times.
Police said the earthquake that closed the
Kaikoura coastal highway was simply the
impetus for change that was already needed.
occurring on these sections of road prior to
the diversions and lower emergency limits
being in place. Speed limit changes reduced
the likelihood of crashes, as has already been
The one area where NZTA decided not to
reduce speed limits was the Buller Gorge,
partly due to a strong submission from the
Buller District Council opposing it.
The Buller Gorge was “one of the most
famous parts of New Zealand which
attracted millions and millions of tourists
every year,” council spokeswoman Haidee
“ With the lowering of the speed limits also
comes the lowering of the level of ser vice.
Lowering the speed limit allows NZTA to
not financially maintain the Buller Gorge
roads to a respectable level,” Ms Ward said.
The NZTA said it had since clarified that
would not be the case, as levels of service
were not linked to speed limits. A lower
speed limit would signal that more cautious
driving is required, and allow for more
realistic travel time planning.
However, as the proposals also received
low public support, it decided not to change
the speed limits in the Buller Gorge.
Tourists using GPS devices
underestimating journey times
Virtual reality and augmented reality
workshops will be held in Greymouth,
bringing big city technology to the West
The Techspace courses are the first in an
ongoing series of programmes launched
this week by the West Coast Technology
“The funding received has enabled the
contracting of technology specialist Eric
Martini to manage the technology hub and
organise events and training across youth,
community and business sectors and we are
keen to see the centre busy with innovative
learning and projects,” trust chairman Russell
“ We welcome being able to bring big city
technology learning opportunities to our
town and the first ones are being offered free
as we get these under way.”
Most courses are at capacity.
While the initial focus is on youth, they
are keen to hear from adults about specific
technology interests or learning needs.
Included in the list of activities planning to
date are the coding, augmented reality, virtual
reality and film club, coupled with primary
and secondary school youth technology
A computer and electronics club meets on
Techspace is located upstairs at the Regent
Theatre. Over the next few months the
trust plans to undertake a feasibility study
to explore the establishment of a more
permanent, visible venue.
Techspace courses to be held in Greymouth
The New Zealand Conser vation
Authority wants the Department
of Conser vation to stop renewing
The issue of cattle grazing on
the conser vation estate has been
debated since the 1940s.
About a decade ago there was
talk of cancelling all leases on
riverbeds, but it did not go ahead.
The conser vation authority is
now concerned about farmed
animals polluting water ways on
At its last meeting, the authority
discussed the possibility of
having DOC stop re-issuing
permits, and phasing them out
Authority members Gerry
McSweeney, Warren Parker
and Rick McGovern-Wilson
wrote to the director-general
of conser vation to propose not
renewing the leases.
Federated Farmers West Coast
president Peter Langford said if
the DOC land was not grazed,
weeds would sprout up.
He said the stocking rates on
DOC land was very low, and
generally it was beef cattle.
“There’s also tahr, chamois
and deer, possums, pigs and all
grazing on the same land. Don’t
forget the people,” Mr Langford
said, referring to tourists who
often defecated on the roadside
The land was grazed long
before the birth of the
Department of Conser vation in
1989, he said.
The issue of cow effluent in
water ways has been to the fore
in Canterbury the recent years.
Calls for DOC to stop renewing grazing leases
Sporting legend Sir Peter Snell is to become
patron of the Super Seniors Champions
programme which helps raise awareness of
senior’s issues such as elder abuse and neglect.
Minister for Seniors Maggie Barry says she
has enlisted his support to spread the word to
as many people as possible that elder abuse
is not okay.
“ Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day and is a chance to send a message to all
New Zealanders about the need to respect
older people and to make it clear that elder
abuse should never be part of our society,” she
Sir Peter says he was pleased to be offered
“O ur elderly citizens have contributed a
great deal to the development of our society
and standard of living,” he said.
“The least we can do is to try to ensure
they do not suffer physically, mentally and
financially from abusers who prey on their
vulnerability. ” — NZN
Sadly left us six years
hearts are broken,
Loved ones go with
Deep in our hearts
there's a memory kept,
Of a Dad and Pop we'll
Kelsie, Charlotte and
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Dr Nadine Hahn
ELLEY, John Barry
away peacefully on
Thursday June 15, 2017
at Granger House Rest
Dearly loved husband of
Ariti, much loved father
and father-in-law of Jon
and Carol, Trudi and
Lincoln, Mark and Sue,
Phillipa and Brian, a
much loved son of the
late Gordon and Mary
brother of Gordon (de-
granddad to Sophie,
Bethany, Noah, Jordan,
Ezra, Josiah, Shayna,
Taye, Joely, Shaun,
Ryan and Chandler, and
grandfather to his five
his 84th year. Butch's
family extend special
thanks to Dr Greville
Wood and the staff of
Granger House rest-
homes for the care
shown toward Butch and
Rest in peace now, Dad
Butch's family welcome
messages to 149
Greymouth 7805. A
Butch's life will be held
at Anisy Funeral Home,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Tuesday
June 20, at 2pm,
followed by interment at
Park Cemetery. Resting
in the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
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