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Naked man found
in main street
A Westport man in his 20s took
‘starkers’ to new levels early today
when he was found naked doing
push-ups in the Westport main
street. Senior sergeant Brent Cook,
of Greymouth, said police came
across the man while he was doing
his push-ups in the middle of
Palmerston Street about 2.30am.
“ He was obviously on something,”
Mr Cook said. When police
arrested the man it turned out he
was on their wanted list anyway for
an outstanding arrest warrant. He
was due to appear in court today.
Three vehicles parked on Marsden
Road in the vicinity of Elizabeth
and Ida streets were broken into
on Sunday night and a small
amount of cash was taken. A police
spokesman said all three vehicles
had been left unlocked and the
break-ins were opportunistic. All
three thefts were reported yesterday.
Police had obtained forensic
evidence including fingerprints.
Anyone with information on the
thefts can contact the Greymouth
Police Station or anonymously via
Crimestoppers, 0800 555 111.
Showers in north, fine in south
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Police in Nor way are vowing to
catch the vandals who hacked off a
rock formation that resembled an
erect penis. The fallen Trollpikken
(loosely, the “troll dick”) was a
popular destination in Eigersund
for hikers and climbers. But Olav
Magne Egebakken told Nor way’s
TV 2 that he was running past the
formation on Saturday when he
noticed the “troll” was no longer
aroused. “It looks like someone has
used a drill on top,” Egebakken told
the network. “ This is vandalism,
there is no doubt. Whoever
vandalised the rock could face up to
six years in prison, but so far there
are no suspects. Authorities plan to
investigate further. “ The evidence
is there and we’ve got pictures,”
Magnar Sandstol, acting police
chief in Eigersund said.
— Huffington Post
A massive early morning blaze
engulfed the covered timber yard at
the Ngahere sawmill but a firefighting
effort by six brigades pulled the fire back
from the brink and saved the main
Ngahere Volunteer Fire Brigade chief
Tommy Daly said the fire at Westimber
was the biggest the brigade had dealt
with for years, following the Sillwater
sawmill fire some years ago.
They got the call about 3.50am after a
passing truck driver noticed the fire and
reported it to a nearby residence.
Mr Daly said the fire was large and
seated at one end of the mill site, where
the dried timber was stored.
“ We pretty much saved the main part
of the mill.”
Volunteers fought the fire on several
fronts to stop it spreading into the
main mill equipment and confining
the damage to the covered timber yard,
which was destroyed.
Flames also spread east towards State
highway 7, through the covered timber
discharge area and towards stacks of
“ We managed to save the mill — the
most important part because the yard
wasn’t going anywhere. Having those
other tankers was a godsend,” Mr Daly
Neighbouring brigades from Ikamatua,
Greymouth were called out via a second
alarm alert shortly before 4am, including
several tankers which immediately
bolstered the water supply.
They also ran hoses out to the on-site
water supply, about 150m from the seat
of the fire.
The fire was intense with smoke and
fumes, requiring breathing apparatus for
By daylight the brigades had the blaze
under control but remained on the scene
throughout the morning to dampen
down any hot spots.
Mr Daly said the team effort of the
various brigades was “awesome”.
“All the brigades worked so well
At this stage they were not entirely
sure how the fire started and would leave
that to the fire safety investigator.
Greymouth police said this morning
they were waiting on an initial
assessment of the fire scene but at this
stage they were not investigating.
Westimber shareholder Grant Gibson
said the damage to equipment would
affect the sawmilling operation as it had
logs to process and orders to fill.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Westimber shareholder Grant Gibson in front of the fire-damaged Ngahere sawmill this morning. A passing truck driver noticed the fire about
4 o’clock. “I was woken by banging on my door and for a second thought it was a home invasion,” mill owner Phil Gibson said, “But it was my son
saying the mill was on fire. ”
Mental health workers employed at
Pact houses on the West Coast and
in D unedin are in for a large pay rise
with an extra $4 an hour from July 1.
“ We have staff in Greymouth,
Hokitika and Westport, and all
mental health staff on the Coast
will also have their pay rates raised
to match the rates of their disability
co-workers,” Pact corporate ser vices
director Paul Chamberlain said
Pact employs about 25 mental
health workers on the West Coast.
Intellectual disability support
workers are covered by the recent
historic $2 billion equal pay settlement
agreed to by the Government.
Nationally, 22,000 aged residential
caregivers, 24,000 home and
community support workers, and
9000 community residential support
workers will be paid between $19 and
$23 an hour.
The top rate will increase to $27 an
hour in 2021.
Mr Chamberlain said he extended
the increase to mental health workers
because it was the “right thing to do”.
Also, a pay disparity made mental
health roles less attractive.
Unions West Coast co-ordinator
voluntary decision, “without the
unions having to go through a lengthy
legal process to prove the obvious”.
“ We applaud as well the ethical
choice that the Pact CEO has
made: that it was the right thing to
do. Such ethical choices need to be
increasingly made by management,”
Mr Maunder said.
Mr Chamberlain told the Southern
District Health Board that Pact
would be passing on the increase to
all staff. As it is voluntary, the DHB
was under no obligation to increase
Pact ’s funding.
“ We certainly alerted the DHB to
the issues we will face with increased
costs and we will be entering into
discussions as we do on an ongoing
basis about what they pay us for the
ser vices we deliver.
“Currently they are pretty occupied
with dealing with the settlement as
it is, and so they have acknowledged
our concerns and agreed to discuss
them with us at an appropriate time.
“They are busily trying to deal with
rest-homes and other ser vices that are
captured by the original agreement,”
Mr Chamberlain told the Otago
This week two unions, the Public
Service Association and E Tu,
lodged an equal pay claim on behalf
of community mental health workers
with the Employment Relations
Authority with the aim of securing
a similar pay settlement for mental
health workers as received by other
“ It’s completely unfair that mental
health support workers receive
unequal pay and are undervalued just
because we work in a traditionally
female-dominated industry,” PSA
mental health committee member
Pollyanna Alo said.
Additional reporting Otago
Pact West Coast workers in line for big pay rise
Solid Energy called all Stockton Mine
staff members to meetings today, with
speculation that remaining staff may
be made redundant and BT Mining
which is buying the Buller open-
cast mine — would be beginning a
BT Mining is owned by Australian-
based Bathurst Resources and New
Zealand food producer Talley ’s. The deal
needs Overseas Investment Office (OIO)
approval because most of its shareholders
are based overseas.
Last week Bathurst announced it had
received clearance from the government
permitting agency NZ Petroleum
and Minerals for the transfer of Solid
Energy ’s mining licences for Stockton
and the Waikato mines.
Meanwhile, Solid Energy creditors met
in Auckland yesterday.
Solid Energy administrator Brendon
Gibson from Korda Mentha said today
the aim was to close the failed State-
owned company by March 18 next year,
ending a two and a half year process.
Solid Energy was placed in voluntary
administration to protect it from collapse
in August 2015.
— Additional reporting Westport News
Stockton announcement today
A distinctive piece of Westland
made its way to the Vatican and into
the hands of Pope Francis last week
after he received from Hokitika-born
Bishop Stephen Lowe a pounamu
cross handcrafted in Hokitika. Bishop
Lowe posted via his Facebook page a
Vatican photograph of the Holy Father
receiving the cross during the general
audience outside St Peter’s Basilica last
Wednesday. It was fashioned by
Hokitika jade carver Kristy Wilson
of Jade Carving at Southside, using
flower jade sourced from Rimu, which
was where Bishop Lowe’s mother,
Millie (nee McCormack) came from.
Now the Catholic Bishop of
Hamilton, he was born and bred in
Hokitika before moving to Timaru
with Timberlands and then entering
the seminary. He was in Rome last
week for the 2017 Anglophone
Safeguarding conference for
representatives of the safeguarding
offices of the Catholic Church.
Hokitika pounamu gifted to Pope
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