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Man hurt in fight
A man is seriously injured after
a fight in Titahi Bay, a suburb of
Porirua. The fight was between
two men near Beach Road about
4am yesterday, police said. One
of the men was taken to hospital
in a serious condition. Police are
investigating and are asking people
with information about the assault
to come for ward. The injured man
is understood to have been holding
a chainsaw, and is believed to have
been hit with a baseball bat, Fairfax
reported. — NZN
A catamaran sank in Wellington
Harbour in calm, clear and sunny
conditions. The three people on
board were safe. The 20m catamaran
began sinking in the harbour
between Somes Island and the
shore on Saturday morning. The
three adults on board were wearing
life jackets and were picked up by
passing yacht, a police spokeswoman
said. They were transferred to the
police launch Lady Elizabeth IV
when it arrived at the scene. No one
was injured. — NZ N
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Robert H, Ocean Odyssey, Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine, Resolution II,
Claymore, Ocean Odyssey II, Te
Aroha, four Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Ocean Odyssey II. In
port: Cook Canyon, Galatea II,
Jay Elaine, Resolution II, Corsair,
Claymore, 20 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Ikawai, Sarda,
Okarito, Wendy J.
Christian-based party misses deadline
West Coast farmer Andrew Wiffen
finished third in the FMG Young
Farmer of the Year competition at the
Mr Wiffen, who farms at Chesterfield
with his family, was representing Tasman
The competition started out with 400
contests representing 22 districts.
The overall winner was Milton sheep
and beef farmer, Nigel Woodhead, who
claimed the prestigious title after three
days of gruelling competition. It was the
first time in the 49-year history of the
Young Farmer competition that it has
gone to Otago.
The 28-year-old was over whelmed
and emotional three days of intense
A popular winner, Mr Woodhead
graduated from university with a
bachelor of agricultural science before
working at Midlands Seed in Ashburton
for five years, prior to heading home to
the family farm.
The win is particularly relevant in the
Woodhead household as he grew up in
a family that watched the contest every
year, with his dad competing at a young
For Nigel Woodhead it is the realisation
of a dream.
“ My wife Leanne and I worked really
hard and to win this is incredible.”
Contest chairman and former grand
finalist Dean Rabbidge said he was
thrilled to see an Otago Southland
farmer take the title home.
“ History has been made tonight in a
proud farming province and we couldn’t
“The FMG Young Farmer of the Year
continues to showcase the brilliant
young leadership our organisation strives
to develop. Nigel is an inspiring future
leader who showcases the exceptional
leaders we strive to develop.”
(Further story, p8)
Coaster third in Young
A new political party launched on the
West Coast has failed to attract the 500
financial members needed for it to be
officially registered for the 2017 general
Godsown NZ co-founder and leader
Claire Holley, of Greymouth, said
that, given the limited timeframe to
accomplish registration, it was not
altogether surprising they had not yet
“ We were disappointed but we aren’t
surprised. We only had a few months
really. We’ll keep going and build the
momentum,” Mrs Holley said.
The Christian-based party was launched
in May with a values, pro-family, pro-
life, pro-morals and ethics and pro-New
However, it had a deadline of last week
to file the paper work showing it had
500 registered members so the Electoral
Commission could officially register the
party by August 28.
“ It was really a time factor in the end, and
members,” Mrs Holley said.
The party had received a lot of social media
interest following print media exposure.
Reaction to the party’s aims had been
“generally good,” particularly in Auckland,
where for instance an ethnic Korean
church of 10,000 members had publicised
the party through the church website.
However, the ‘hits’ on social media did not
translate into enough signed up financial
members in time.
Mrs Holly said it also reflected general
apathy or lack of engagement by voters in
the democratic process.
“ I think at this stage of the year people
aren’t in the mode of an election, so
generating a new party, people aren’t
necessarily in that mode. ”
Nevertheless the party would press on.
“ We are not giving up our mission to
enter Parliament one day, as a values-based
party. We will continue to build up our
membership over the next three years. ”
On that basis Mrs Holley intends to
stand as an individual candidate of the
unregistered party for the West Coast-
Tasman electorate this year, and over time
the party would seek registration.
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Pooja Jinu and Guy Magner were crowned John Paul II High School King and Queen
at the school’s annual ball held at Shantytown on Saturday night. There was a carnival
atmosphere at the ball which was enjoyed by senior students from the school.
PICTURE: Lydia Nimmo
John Paul II school royalty crowned
Westport rapper set to release new album
PICTURE: Christopher Stewart
Makayla Lemon, left, and Rachel Crawford show mixed reactions to bottled pigs trotters,
which featured in this year’s Greymouth High School Science Fair.
Maggots, pig trotters in science fair
From the macabre to the magnificent,
a wide range of subjects featured in the
Greymouth High School Science Fair, which
was judged last week.
Of the 65 entries by Year 9 and 10
students set up on display in the school
library, some of the more unusual research
tools used by students included maggots and
Science teacher Michael Hunter said
the maggots had been used as a forensic
calibration, as a method to determine time of
Another entry used pigs trotters, which
were soaked in acids and chemical bases
and then analysed to determine their effect,
some resulting in the formation of a jelly-like
substance that was similar to soap.
Mr Hunter said one of the more practical
entries was an experiment with five different
types of metals, with the aim of discovering
which combination worked best as plates in
an electric battery.
Some of the entries were by the same
cohort of students who had participated in
the last Science Fair, and he had seen a big
improvement in the standard of their entries,
The judging was conducted by senior
students, together with a people’s choice
The winners will participate in the West
Coast Schools Science Fair, to be held in
Westport on July 28.
Greymouth success at Rockquest
Greymouth teens did the town proud at the regional Smokefree Rockquest
in Westport on Friday.
The King Snakes from Buller High School were overall winners.
Courtney Allison from Greymouth High School won second in the
solo-duo section, and took the APRA Lyric Award.
Sal Cherie Pretorius.
The first protest of the anti-1080
season was held in South Westland late
Danny Lane from Hari Hari and
another man protested around the
Cascade Road, where there were
roadblocks during the drop.
Zero Invasive Predators (Zip) is
conducting a poison trial in the Jackson-
Arawhata area in a bid to get rid of all
possums and rats.
It did the non-toxic pre-feed twice, and
dropped the poison baits at double the
regular rate, at 4kg per hectare rather
Mr Lane said he was ser ved with a
trespass notice from Arawhata DOC
He also claimed 1080 pellets were in
Police were there to keep the peace.
The Department of Conser vation did
not immediately respond to a query.
Westport-based rapper Aaron
AI Intemann will release his new
album, Season of Difference, in
November this year.
The 30-year-old says he knows it
all seems a bit unusual as the West
Coast is not exactly a hot-bed of
Aotearoa hip hop culture, and
Intemann is fully aware he is likely
to be the only hip hop vocalist in
“There’s a few drum’n’bass
MCs around, but if I perform at
a festival ... well, I’m the hip hop
Writing life and lifestyle-influenced material
for the album Season of Difference was done on
the rural property just outside Westport, where
“On this album, I am really talking about
living off the land, the farming
lifestyle and environment — I
grew up on farm, work on farm
it has definitely influenced a
number of the songs, and some of
the analogies and similes I have
Intemann was aided by the
experienced hand of Daimon The
Nomad Schwalger. The album
features female guest vocalists
Marnie Brown and Alicia Renee.
He used his personal funds to
produce and release the album, as
well as working on videos he will
be sharing through social media through the
second half of 2017.
There are six singles to be released in the
months leading up to the full album release.
He is on Facebook at @LeadMusicNZ.
Buller DHB manager to go in December
dies in Australia
By Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
Buller will lose its local West Coast District
Health Board (DHB) manager in six months.
DHB general manager people and capability,
Michael Frampton, confirmed today that
Kathleen Gavigan’s job would disappear at the
end of this year.
He declined to say whether Ms Gavigan would
be made redundant. “ We cannot comment on an
individual staff member’s employment details.”
Buller Health would be managed by a
Greymouth-based general manager. The DHB
had begun recruiting for the role, Mr Frampton
Once the new general manager was in place,
the role of general manager, Grey and Westland
health ser vices, held by Philip Wheble, would also
Mr Frampton said he could not comment on
whether Mr Wheble would be made redundant.
Mr Frampton said his own additional role, as
programme manager, had already gone.
Asked if Westport would have a new
management position, he said there would be
“ locally based leadership” in Buller. This would be
determined in conjunction with the DHB’s new
He reiterated his previous statement that
consolidating senior general management roles
into one would “better connect, align and integrate
the provision of ser vices” across the Coast.
of the Hokitika Guardian
The family of former Hokitika man Robert
Wall has been left reeling after his tragic death
following a house fire in rural Queensland,
Mr Wall, 58, was born and raised at Kaihinu
and worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years
at Seaview Hospital before moving to Australia.
He died suddenly last Tuesday after attending
a house fire in his role as a volunteer firefighter.
His sister, Annmarie Wall, said that after the
fire Kevin had returned to the Windorah Health
Centre that he managed, but complained of
“He then collapsed and passed away.”
Windorah police officer Rob Edwards said
Mr Wall was a “pillar of the community” and
the rural township was devastated by his death.
Mr Wall was also a solo parent to his 12-year-
old son, and leaves behind family in Hokitika.
Ms Wall said her brother had worked
extensively overseas including in Saudi Arabia
and outback Australia. He had worked in both
Greymouth and Hokitika as a nurse, and before
that for the Department of Conser vation.
“Arrangements are being made for a funeral
ser vice for Robert in Hokitika as well as a
memorial ser vice in Windorah,” Ms Wall said.
Bleak outlook for
Buller bus company
By Becky Manawatu
of the Westport News
The future of Westport ’s 23-year-old
Coles Coaches looks dismal and the
company will probably close at the end
of this year, says owner Julian Coles.
Coles Coaches lost 95% of its business
last year when Solid Energy quit
contracting it to transport employees to
and from Stockton Mine.
Mr Coles said the contract had been
renewed five-yearly until then. It had
begun with Solid Energy predecessor,
Coal Corp, about 19 years ago.
Last year Solid Energy had bought its
own vans to transport mine workers.
This was partly to avoid paying workers
being stuck in Stockton when poor
weather conditions forced them to stop
work, Mr Coles said. On-site vehicles
could take them home directly.
He had not been surprised at Solid
Energy’s decision to provide its own
Coles Coaches had put off 10 part-
time and full-time employees and sold
all except two of its fleet of 22 vehicles
for the Stockton run.
Mr Coles said he was sad to let his staff
go, but believed they had all found other
The company now employed just
himself and his wife.
It sold its other business, East West
Shuttles which operated between
Westport and Christchurch for 15 years,
four years ago.
Mr Coles said he had sold East West
under a false sense of security over the
Solid Energy contract.
“The mines is where we concentrated
our efforts, now it’s turned around and
bit us on the backside.”
Coles Coaches now sur vived off “bits
and pieces” of work. This included
taking members of Buller’s age support
group Older and Bolder on trips.
He had enjoyed providing the ser vice
to the group. However, if Older and
Bolder — which is also in jeopardy —
continued it would not provide enough
work to keep Coles Coaches going.
He believed the only possibility of
Coles reviving would be if the Bathurst-
Talley’s contracted out employee
transport again when they took over
He doubted that would happen.
“O ur business is more or less buggered.”
Mr Coles remained hopeful. He said he
kept himself busy renovating his house.
In the worst case scenario, he would end
up with more time to go fishing.
“ Westport’s been like this before, it ’ll
bounce back. It always does.”
Mr Coles expected the Coles Coaches
to close at the end of this year.
A Wellington highway has reopened after a truck
crash closed the key road into the city for more than an
hour this morning. Commuters were warned to expect
disruptions this morning after a truck and car collided
on State highway 58 blocking the road. Police say the
early morning crash on the road linking Hutt Valley to
Porirua left two injured and the road closed. Police said
two people were injured. One person suffered moderate
injuries and the second had minor injuries. — N Z ME
Truck crash closes road
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