Home' Greymouth Star : June 28th 2017 Contents SINCE 1866
up for grabs
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017
$1.20 (Home Delivery 90c)
Phone 769 7900
The most read newspaper per capita in New Zealand
Readership of 11,000
Another phone scam emerged
in Greymouth yesterday after a
resident reported receiving a call
from the ‘NZ Goverment Loans
Department ’. Ian Tibbles said the
call, about 11.15am, was in the same
vein as an earlier one reported in
the Greymouth Star last week. Mr
Tibbles answered the phone to a
caller with a foreign accent asking
for his wife by name, saying they
were from the ‘loans department ’.
“I thought that was a very ‘original’
name for a scam,” Mr Tibbles said.
When he challenged the caller to
explain themselves they replied, “if
you listen, I’ll tell you”, but quickly
became angry at being questioned
and eventually hung up. Mr Tibbles
cautioned West Coast residents to
be wary because “they don’t give
up,” particularly when they target
older people who feel they should
answer their phone in case family
were calling. In recent times his
own 96-year-old mother had been
the target of similar calls, including
three in one day.
Reefton residents considering an
“ icon” attraction for the town heard
from the Christchurch Adventure
Park at a meeting last night. How
the mountainbike park, which
includes chairlifts, was established
was discussed by park programme
director Darron Charity. Buller
Mayor Garry Howard said Mr
Charity discussed the pros and
cons. The meeting also heard from
economic development officer
Kevin Stratful. Mr Howard said
they were working out how best to
get Reefton on the map, and create
an “ icon” development. The meeting
also looked at where tourism was at.
Fine spells, some showers
A superstitious passenger delayed
a flight for over four hours after
throwing coins at the plane’s engine
for good luck at a Chinese airport.
The woman, 80, tossed nine coins
towards the engine when she
was boarding a flight by China
Southern Airline in Shanghai
today. She was detained by police
following the incident, which
forced nearly 150 passengers to be
evacuated from the flight CZ380
bound for Guangzhou. “A senior
passenger threw coins to the plane’s
engine and delayed the flight. The
passenger involved has been taken
away by police,” China Southern
Airlines said in a statement on its
social media account. — Daily Mail
Punakaiki residents are concerned
they could be forced off their land as
the cost of coastal protection works
A proposal to extend the existing
floodwall at Punikaiki to the north
has been included in the West Coast
Regional Council’s annual draft plan.
The extension is being considered to
protect the Punakaiki Beach camping
Punakaiki ratepayer Des Bartlett
said no to the floodwall extension at
the annual plan hearing yesterday in
Greymouth, and asked the council
why there were five classes of
rating district for the Punakaiki
“The camping ground is a
commercial activity by the Buller
county, they make a profit and are
asking us to protect their asset. We are
residents who have nothing to do with
tourism,” he said.
Mr Bartlett objected to being re-
zoned, and questioned if the zoning
system could be enforced legally.
“ Why for no reason was I moved
from the blue zone to the red zone.
It is as if someone got a coloured pen
and decided to colour it in.
“My neighbour pays half what I do,
what the hell is going on?
“ We can’t sell because people don’t
want to know about it. If it goes up
like that people will walk away from
their properties, it is strangling you,”
Frances Keating has owned a batch
at Punakaiki for 30 years, and is one
of four classification B residents who
formed a ratepayers group.
Mrs Keating said home owners
had an emotional attachment to
Punakaiki, and were against the
She said the main function was to
protect Government controlled land.
Her class B rating differential had
increased from 60% to 80% which
was “totally unacceptable” when other
classifications had gone down.
“Some of my neighbours are elderly
people and the increase was financially
crippling for them.
“ We have to think about a single
rate, it would be good to have that
discussion,” she said.
Meanwhile a submission on the
proposed flood protection in Cobden
was also heard.
Cobden resident Craig Bryant said
he lived in a house on Nelson Q uay,
which was one of the worst affected
Mr Bryant said it had flooded three
times in the past six years.
“Something certainly needs to
be done. It is enough to make you
evacuate and the first one was a
“ When you wake up in the morning
and you need a canoe to get to work
it is pretty frustrating. If you had a
house there what would you do?
“The issue was man made and it is
very hard as humans to fix it,” he said.
The impact of this on ratepayers
within the existing Greymouth
floodwall rating area would be an
additional $2.74 plus GST per
$100,000 of capital value.
Punakaiki residents may ‘walk away’
Grey Main ready to rock
Performers Kaede Cowan as Chorus and Kyle Hsieh as Mr Parsley, with the dancers and singers in the Grey Main School musical
production History Rocks. The show opens tomorrow.
A heap of fire debris from the blaze at the
Ngahere sawmill reignited early today with the
local fire brigade called out for the second day
Ngahere fire chief Tommy Daly, said a huge
pile of timber and debris higher than a house
on the edge of the Westimber mill site was “ well
ablaze” and it was a timely reminder of the real
danger of a few embers.
The pile was from the covered yard area at
the seat of yesterday ’s fire. It had been dragged
about 100m by an excavator towards State
highway 7 during the clean-up yesterday.
The brigade had kept a close watch on the pile
throughout the day to dampen it down with
a final check by the mill management about
However a passing motorist noticed the pile
well alight about 3.40am and called it in.
“It was a noticeable fire, put it that way.”
Mr Daly said while the burning pile was clear
of the mill site, it still posed a remote threat
given the easterly wind blowing towards the
site this morning.
“There was a probably a 2% chance it would
go into the processing plant,” he said.
“ We were expecting it, but we had actually put
it in a nice safe place so it couldn’t do any harm.
It was well ablaze. ”
The brigade ran out 12 hoses to fight the fire
and were finished at the site by about 7am.
“I would be very surprised if it causes a
However, it proved “how longer embers do
last ” and was a timely reminder for anyone
dealing with the aftermath of fires to be wary,
Mr Daly said.
He noted that while nearby Nelson Creek and
Ahaura had fire hydrants, Ngahere had none
which needed to be addressed.
Meanwhile power had been restored to the
timber processing plant in the main part of the
mill saved from the fire yesterday, which meant
it could start working again.
Big Ngahere mill
Solid Energy yesterday started consulting
with staff at its Stockton and two Waikato
mines ahead of their sale, but expects there will
be no reduction in employee numbers.
The move is in preparation for transfer to the
mines’ new owner, BT Mining Ltd.
The sale is currently progressing through the
required regulatory approval processes with
settlement targeted for July 31.
Although the settlement is not yet
unconditional, Solid Energy chief executive
Tony King said it was appropriate to commence
good faith discussions with employees.
“ We understand that it is Bathurst ’s
intention that ‘there will be no net reduction
in employment ’ at the three sites, which bodes
well for our people and the local West Coast
and Waikato communities.
“ Today we’ve advised affected staff, including
corporate office employees, of proposed changes
to their employment status.”
It was too early to provide any further detail.
Solid Energy currently employs 272 staff at
the three sites, and corporate office.
Settlement was reached in April with
Birchfield Coal Mines for the purchase of the
Strongman mine, the Island Block project,
the Mount Davy-Liverpool permit, and the
Reefton coal distribution centre.
The sale of the Reddale Mine to Moore
Mining is also currently progressing. Spring
Creek is the only mine in Solid Energy’s asset
sales portfolio that has not sold and the closure
of the mine is currently under way.
BT Mining is owned by Australian-based
Bathurst Resources and New Zealand food
producer Talley ’s. The Stockton deal needs
Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval
because most of its shareholders are based
No change in
levels: Sold Energy
The cold snap has brought
misery to many
Greymouth homes as winter
Granger House rest home was
closed last week due to norovirus,
and 38 children were off sick
from Karoro School on Monday
morning, rising to 40 by the end
of the day.
Grey Main School is faring
better so far, with 12 off sick
Medical officer of health Dr
Cheryl Brunton said the latest
flu sur veillance figures suggested
cases were not yet on the rise on
the West Coast.
“That doesn’t mean other winter
ills aren’t about. ”
Quite a few viruses were doing
the rounds, and it was also
possible the norovirus that had
put Granger House in lockdown
was now in the wider community,
Dr Brunton said.
“ It could be a mixture of things.
With the cold snap, it ’s not
West Coast DHB director
of nursing Karyn Bousfield,
said a number of Granger
had active symptoms of norovirus.
Greymouth High School
principal Andy England said
attendance was actually better
than the start of term, with fewer
At the start of the term the
absence book was running over
two pages a day, but was less
than a page now, Mr England
“ Year on year, we’re about 1%
better attendance than this time
last year but then we have been
doing a push targeting truancy;
when kids are sick we actually
want them to stay home. ”
Winter sickness hits schools, rest home
12 Herbert St, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 0822
Sales A/H: Alastair Hamilton 768 7300
2008 Holden Commodore SV6
3.6, V6, Petrol, Auto transmission,
Tidy example of this popular model
2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2.4, VVTi, Petrol,
Auto transmission, Towbar,
23,000km as new
2014 Kia Sportage
2.0, Auto, Alloy Wheels, Towbar,As
New Condition $24,990
2007 Toyota Aurion
3.5, VVTi, V6, Petrol, Six speed
Automatic, Drives like new
2000 Toyota Hilux SR5
Double cab, 4x2, 2.7 litre petrol, 5
speed manual, tidy example of a hard
to find model, $12,000
03 768 7149
Free tyre and battery checks
New car and 4x4 tyres
Mechanical repairs and WOFs
Links Archive June 27th 2017 June 29th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page