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The most read newspaper per capita in New Zealand
Readership of 11,000
Star’s a winner
The Greymouth Star’s 150th
published in March 2016, was
named the best advertising feature
or supplement for 2016 at the New
Zealand Community Newspapers
conference held at the weekend.
The historical issue, to mark the
was designed in house by graphic
designer Tony Jing, the advertising
was co-ordinated by advertising
manager Brett Kokshoorn, and the
supplement was written and co-
ordinated by editor Paul Madgwick.
A drink-driver who had not
long left a Blackball hotel early on
Saturday morning crashed his vehicle
into a power pole in Hilton Street,
knocking out electricity to 13 homes.
The crash occurred at 12.30am but
apparently the driver was able to
continue because police later located
the crashed vehicle at the bottom of
the Blackball hill. Acting sergeant
Jayne Bretherton, of Greymouth
police, said the local man had not
long left the hotel when he crashed.
“He decamped from the scene,” Ms
Bretherton said. A police tracker dog
found the driver hiding in bush in
the vicinity. The man was over the
legal limit, blowing 464mg.
Greymouth police abandoned a
high-speed chase in High Street
early yesterday due to the reckless
driving of the vehicle involved.
Acting sergeant Jayne Bretherton
said police began a pursuit of the
four-door dark blue sedan at 4.30am
after it was clocked doing 107kph
in the 50kph speed zone. Police are
keen to hear from any witnesses
or those who had information
about the vehicle involved, either
by contacting the Greymouth
Police Station or anonymously via
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Long fine spells, odd showers clear
A master perfumer has crafted a
new fragrance to mark the launch
of the new £10 next month —
money. It was created by Roja Dove,
a former perfumer at Guerlain
in Paris, and has been described
best as ‘Cologne de Cash’. He
was commissioned to produce a
perfumed tribute to old-fashioned
paper banknotes, that were made up
of cotton. “I was thinking of a note
at the end of its life,” Mr Dove said.
Among the scents mixed into the
perfume are cotton, soupcon ink,
leather, hand cream, human sweat
and tobacco. — Daily Mail
A fire that devastated the rail
line to the West Coast in February
was sparked by a burning sleeper
on the Broken River Viaduct,
although how that came to be
burning has not been established.
The fire closed the Midland
Line for six weeks while six badly
damaged bridges, rail track and
signalling systems were rebuilt.
The closure resulted in the
cancellation of 17,000 bookings
on the Tranz Alpine train to
A Kiwi Rail investigation into
the February 4 fire found that the
State rail operator needs to beef
up its fire procedures, including
equipping its train controllers
with maps of rail access roads and
fire water reser voirs, and that the
reser voirs are regularly checked.
The fire in the Waimakariri
Gorge was first spotted shortly
after midnight as “a faint glow ”
on top of a sleeper on the viaduct
by the locomotive engineer
of a Greymouth-bound train,
according to the report into
the incident, obtained by the
Springfield shortly before 1am
and extinguished the burning
sleeper, but by then the fire
had dropped about 100m to
the ground and spread into dry
An hour later, when the fire
had split into several fronts, the
Canterbury Rural Fire Ser vice
constrained by difficult access
and darkness. The first helicopter
equipped for firefighting did not
arrive until 7.30am.
Fanned by gusty north-west
winds the fire raged through
300ha of adjoining Department
of Conser vation land over the
next two days.
The firefighting effort involved
up to 10 helicopters and 25
ground-based rural fire crew.
The Kiwi Rail investigation
identified six corrective actions
that “required” improvement to
the response, co-ordination with
other agencies and the prevention
of similar fires.
These include Kiwi Rail taking
back the lead in managing
vegetation clearance and ensuring
firefighting water reser voirs in the
area are actually fit for purpose.
Although not used during the
February fire a water reser voir
near the Broken River Viaduct
was “not adequate” which could
have been critical if water was
short nearby, the report said.
The fire point 100m directly
below the viaduct was tracked
to an area of burned scrub on
the bank of Broken River and it
spread from there. Based on the
burn pattern, the fire travelled up
a cliff face before splitting into
It was “very likely” started by an
ember falling from the viaduct.
Despite a wide investigation,
including train equipment or the
possibility of a cigarette being
dropped from the Tranz Alpine
passenger train the previous day,
what caused the sleeper to catch
fire was not established.
Seven trains had crossed the
viaduct in the previous seven
Communication to Kiwi Rail
train control by the driver initially
resulted in a Springfield rail track
ganger being advised “only of a
The investigation found the Kiwi
Rail programme of controlling
lineside scrub did not take into
account the high fire risk season
at the time and was ineffective in
keeping vegetation clear of the
rail bridges and access roads.
include management of lineside
timber bridges, bridge sleepers
and walkways more fire resistant,
and “the overall governance and
management of trackside fires.”
Need for speed
PICTURE: Sean Griggs
Greymouth ‘drift ’ specialist Daniel Currie — last month crowned No 1 in the South Island after competition in Timaru — burns the rubber as he spins his way
around the track during the second annual Greymouth Street Sprints, held on Saturday. Here, Currie heads off Christchurch’s Brogan Mooney as the drivers
head down Guinness Street. Competitors came from Timaru to Blenheim. Organiser Allan Gibson said there was only one crash, when a car hit a hay bale. He
paid tribute to the 70-strong team of volunteers, who started work before 6am putting the course together, and took down the last of 150 bales after 9pm. Police
reported no problems. Mr Gibson said the cold weather may have dented spectator numbers, with some people coming for an hour or two. O verall though, it was
a “fantastic” event and would be back next year with a much bigger promotion in Christchurch. Photo feature, p8.
Kotuku oil field abandoned
About 120 years after oil was found
at Kotuku, the latest bid to produce
volumes has been
Mosman drilled test wells in the area
three years ago, but then international
oil prices fell.
In its latest market updates, Mosman
says the price and flow test results
indicated the Petroleum Creek wells
were not commercial.
It plans to plug the three wells and
“ It is expected that a suitable rig will
be available in the September quarter
to complete the tasks.”
However, Mosman is still exploring in
the Murchison area.
It now thinks the Blackwater Valley
is not suitable due to multiple faults,
and is instead looking at Te Wiriki
area in the north-west of the permit.
Before sur vey work, it needs landowner
and other consents, and to mobilise
It has sought permission from NZ
Petroleum and Minerals for permission
to delay work in the meantime.
Oil was found at Kotuku when the
Midland Line railway was built in 1897.
Over the years, more than 30 wells
have been sunk in the area, including in
recent years New Zealand Oil and Gas
and Widespread Energy.
Laura Mills and NZ Herald
The West Coast District Health Board
will receive $780,000 less than it expected
from the budget, as a result of a Ministry
of Health blunder.
Fourteen DHBs were over-allocated
and as a result they will see their funding
total drop; six DHBs will be reallocated
Deloitte consultants have been called
in to work out how the $38 million
calculating error was made.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
said he was “very unhappy ” about the
mistake — which comes in an election
year in which health funding is a hot
Figures released by the Ministry show
the West Coast DHB will get $780,922
less than it expected.
Director-general of health Chai Chuah
said an internal error with the ministry
meant that draft figures were formally
submitted for budget funding allocations
for DHBs, rather than the final figures.
As soon as the error was discovered, Mr
Chuah said he commissioned Deloitte to
look into how it happened.
“I have personally apologised to the
minister, DHB chairs and chief executive
and central agencies.”
The ministry has extended the deadline
for boards to lodge their financial plans.
Labour Party health spokesman David
Clark said financial planning for crucial
front-line ser vices had been turned
upside down, while generating further
uncertainty for thousands of DHB staff
DHBs budgets by $200m to meet costs
of the growing, elderly population. It is
now clear that due to his mismanagement
of health funding there will be real losers
across the country,” Mr Clark said.
“ While this is embarrassing for the
minister, the bigger impact is that some
DHBs will have to make sharper cuts
than expected. This affects patients
directly. After nine years, patients deser ve
better. It’s time for a fresh approach.”
Blunder costs DHB $780,000
Traced to burning sleeper
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