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Business as usual for
It is business as usual at the
Speights Alehouse in Greymouth.
Speights head office said the pub had
recently changed management “and
as far as we’re concerned there are no
plans for it to shut ”.
Arrivals: Oragon, Marilee Mac,
Te Aroha, Tanea, Claymore.
Departures: Galatea II, Resolution
II. In port: Corsair, Claymore,
Redemption, 21 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Ikawai,
Fellowship. Expected departures: Nil.
Scenicland Central Preschool and
Nursery, in Greymouth, has had a good
review from the Education Review Office
(ERO), two years after it changed hands.
It is one of three preschools in
Greymouth now owned by the
nationwide Evolve Education Group.
Evolve bought the centre in 2015.
Some staff changes have occurred since
then and most staff are qualified early
childhood teachers. A new Evolve area
manager has recently been appointed
and provides management and leadership
“The centre has made some progress
in the areas identified in the 2013 ERO
review,” the latest report said.
interactions with their teachers and other
Teachers actively promoted respectful
relationships and encouraged children to
learn co-operatively with others.
Infants and toddlers had many
opportunities to form close relationships
with adults. Routines were unhurried and
were valued as learning and relationship
Teachers provided a welcoming, calm
and inclusive learning environment.
However, the change in ownership
has resulted in ongoing change to some
systems and practices. The next steps are
to strengthen the consistency and quality
of planning and assessment.
ERO will next review Scenicland
Central in three years’ time.
Greymouth Preschool making
good progress — ERO report
Two abandoned goldmines at Waiuta
New Zealand’s most contaminated
industrial sites — have been successfully
“The Prohibition and Alexander
mines on the West Coast topped a list
of the most contaminated sites in New
Zealand,” Environment Minister Nick
Smith said during a visit to Waiuta, near
“They have been cleaned up during
the past 18 months in projects
jointly funded by the Department of
Conser vation (DOC) and the Ministry
for the Environment ’s contaminated
sites remediation fund. The two projects
cost $3.6m to complete.”
The Prohibition and Alexander mine
sites were “acutely toxic ”.
Their levels of arsenic were among the
highest recorded anywhere in the world
at 400,000 parts per million on land, or
500 times the safe level, and in water at
300 parts per million, or 33,000 times
the safe limit for drinking-water.
The Prohibition Mine site was
contaminated from the operation of
a ‘roasting’ plant from 1935 to 1951,
when arsenic-bearing ore was roasted to
release the gold.
DOC inherited the site in 1987.
The Alexander processing plant that
also produced high levels of arsenic
operated between 1934 and 1936. That
mine closed in 1943.
The Indian community in Greymouth ser ved up free food on Sunday, as part of their cultural tradition. Bhandara is a term used
in Indian culture for a gathering where a free vegetarian meal is served to everyone, irrespective of their religion, caste, gender,
economic status or ethnicity. On Sunday, the free meal was ser ved up to about 80 people at a gathering of the migrants group, ‘New
Coasters’. The fresh food is cooked from scratch. The Indian culture places a great emphasis on seva (selfless ser vice), and on offering
food to everyone, especially the needy. Himani Wright said everyone in the Indian community helped out with great enthusiasm
and dedication. “Organising this event would not be possible without each and ever y one of them. From setting tables, to welcoming
everyone, to serving and to cleaning up — people were eager to help out.”
Indian community ser ves up free food
Thursday July 20
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Passed away peacefully
at Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth with family
by his side on July 16,
2017, aged 86. Loved
husband and companion
of Jennifer, devoted
father of Christine,
Warren and Joanne, and
Adele and Richard,
loved grandy of Eloise,
Zaria, loved brother and
brother-in-law of Ron
(deceased) and Greta,
and the late Doug and
Hazel, Nola and Doug
loved brother-in-law of
Tim (deceased) and
Deidre Corsan, Myrna
(deceased) and Peter
Kirwan, and the late
Clarke, a much loved
uncle, and a friend of
many. Messages to 10
Franklin Street, Grey-
mouth 7805. A funeral
service to celebrate
Philip's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth tomorrow (Fri-
day) at 10am followed
by burial at the Glad-
stone Memorial Park
In God's Care —
Phone 03 768 0250
Wendy, Suzanne, Colin,
and their families would
like to express their
heartfelt thanks to the
friends and colleagues
of Arthur. In particular
Judy and Brownie, Chris
and Vickie, Daryl and
Elaine, Murray Molloy,
Nicole and Father Peter
Costello. Thank you to
the medical staff of
Granger House staff. We
appreciated all the love-
ly flowers, cards, phone
calls and baking, your
attendance at Arthur's
funeral, and donations to
the Stroke Foundation.
- “A strong man at rest” -
PICTURE: Fiona Pollard, Department of Conser vation
Jim Staton, who led the Waiuta remediation project for the Department of Conservation, with Environment Minister Nick Smith at
the Prohibition Mine site yesterday.
The Grey District
Council is still working
out whether its former
Subloos owes it money,
after the Australian-
owned company was put
Coopers was appointed
liquidator by the High
Court on July 6.
Subloos’ contract with
the council was recently
sold to one of the largest
refuse operators, Smart
Council assets manager
Mel Sutherland said
this morning the
council had not yet
sent the final ‘wash-up’
claim to Subloos, and
was also looking at the
likes of performance
There was a possibility
the council could
be owed money, Mr
“ We are still putting
The liquidators had
asked the council for
details of any debt.
Mr Sutherland said
the transition to Smart
Environmental had gone
“The trucks are out
there, looking pretty
Subloos was awarded
the waste management
contract in 2012,
when Greymouth first
moved to recycling and
wheelie bins, but it was
fraught with problems
throughout the past five
Early last year the
Australian parent of
Subloos was put into
and 20 workers lost their
Grey council assessing
A body language expert will take in
Greymouth as part of a tour of the South
Island in September.
Steph Holloway who specialises in
communication in relationships — personal
and business — founded Elemental Potential
Holloway says after working in university
and secondary level education, career
development, and studying body language, it
became clear how she might help people.
Her workshop on how to recognise and
decode body language, ‘Say it Out Loud’,
will be staged at the Ashley Hotel on
September 6 from 7 to 9pm.
“O ver the years I’ve had amazing
opportunities to work with thousands of
people, moving them forward to where they
want to be,” Holloway said.
“If you’ve always had a sneaky feeling that
you are missing something when you are
engaging with someone, that ’s because you’re
Talking made up only 7% of all
communication while the other 93% was
non-verbal, she said.
“Every day we let opportunities pass us by,
let pivotal moments go and regret it instantly,
leave things — important things — unsaid.
Imagine. Truly stop and imagine what your
life could be like if you didn’t.”
If people took to time to notice and
obser ve more, to be more “in-tune with what
was happening” in every human interaction
throughout the day, happiness levels would
go up exponentially, stress levels would
radically decrease and personal confidence
Holloway said body language is “my first
language, and my life’s passion”.
“I know for sure what a game changer it
can be in life.”
Further information is available at the
Win free tickets
In anticipation of her September workshop
in Greymouth, Holloway is offering a pair of
tickets to give away for the event.
To enter the draw, send your name, address
and daytime phone number to:
C/- Greymouth Star
1-3 Werita Street
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with ‘Body Language’ in the subject line.
Strictly one entr y per household. Entries
close July 27.
Body language expert to hold Greymouth workshop
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A raucous rooster next door has prompted
a Hector man to fly the coop and forced
the Buller District Council to review a
The rooster had been waking the man
as early as 3.20am since April, he said
yesterday. The Greymouth Star reported the
man’s chook ordeal last weekend.
The council’s animal control department
has visited the bird’s owners, on whom the
police ser ved a written warning for abusive
language, and Buller Mayor Garry Howard
has tried unsuccessfully to broker a solution.
The 62-year-old complainant, who asked
not to be named, met Mr Howard again on
Mr Howard said the council was
hamstrung by its bylaw — the same bylaw
used by councils throughout New Zealand.
The bylaw said no one should keep a noisy
animal, bird or poultry which caused a
“The problem with this bylaw is, it doesn’t
give council’s officers powers to remove or
potentially fine the owners of the animals,”
Mr Howard said.
“ We are going to have to look at reviewing
our animal bylaw to ensure we get some
enforcement mechanism. It’s only been
brought about with this case at Hector.”
Other councils relied on “neighbourly
common sense and goodwill”, he said.
“The last thing councils want to do is get
people into court action, which is expensive
and generally it becomes a dividing situation
rather than good community spirit.” The
council’s policy review committee would
review the bylaw, but changing it would take
at least three months, he said.
The complainant said he had put his house
on the market because he could not stand
the rooster’s crowing any longer. On Tuesday
night he was heading to Greymouth to stay
with family for a few days. He could only last
about three days in his Hector home before
the rooster forced him to go elsewhere to get
a night ’s sleep, he said.
He had begun a diary, logging each time the
rooster crowed. According to the entries, the
ruckus started long before daylight and did
not stop until late morning or early afternoon.
On Tuesday, it began at 4.26am and
continued until 11.20am.
have had a gutsful. I was pretty tolerant and
I’m a tolerant person, but enough is enough,”
the man said.
Noisy rooster forces out neighbour
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Stockton Mine’s prospective new owner
BT Mining is still awaiting Overseas
Investment Office approval for the
BT Mining plans to take over Stockton
at the end of this month.
Chief executive Richard Tacon said
yesterday that the company continued
to work towards that date. He did not
respond when asked what would happen
if the O verseas Investment Office
approval had not come through by then.
Mr Tacon confirmed last month that
it would employ Stockton workers on
individual contracts on the same terms
and conditions as now.
Solid Energy would pay redundancy to
workers on the collective contract, which
would then transfer to BT Mining, he
West Coast Inland Revenue staff are
anxious as they await more details on
a large, nationwide restructure.
The Greymouth office was earmarked for
closure about 15 years ago but got a reprieve
after local protests. In 2015, reception hours at
Greymouth were cut to three days a week and
a dropbox was opened.
The office now employs 10 staff.
The Public Service Association, representing
some government workers, said yesterday
it had “serious concerns” for staff after
IRD announced its final decision document
on the proposed business transformation.
The union believes it could affect up to 4000
“The final decision document — which
provides little transparency regarding possible
reductions in staffing levels — indicates that
organisational changes will be made from
February 2018, with the rollout of stage two
of IRD’s computer system changes beginning
just two months later,” PSA spokeswoman
Erin Polaczuk said.
“The loss of expert staff and the lack of
certainty for workers reapplying for more
simplistically modified roles means that
important regulatory changes to the tax
system rest on very shaky foundations.”
Inland Revenue commissioner Naomi
Ferguson said 3300 customer-facing staff
would all be “offered new roles or confirmed
straight into new roles”.
West Coast PSA organiser Paul Kearns said
the information in the decision document was
still vague as IRD was still developing how it
“So of course this creates uncertainty
and anxiety for workers. We do not believe
that some of the issues raised by members
in their submission have been addressed
by IRD, for example members raised the
issue of careerprogression within their
current roles, e.g. investigators level 1-4
and how this has been removed in the
proposed new roles. This has not been addressed
in this decision document.”
Asaresultof unioninput at leastthosemembers
inthefirst transitionalgroup would nowbe able to
express an interest inwhat segment they wishedto
work in before the letter of offer was issued,
Mr Kearns said.
PSA delegates and staff would be working
through the implication and ramifications of
IRD’s decisions with workers and developing
An Auckland man who attacked his
workmate and left him lying in a pool of
blood before sitting in his car listening to
music and drinking cans of bourbon has been
sentenced to seven years in jail.
Cleaner Gary Moore, 57, was found dead
on the floor of his home garage by his partner
on July 31 last year.
His co-worker at Fisher and Paykel,
29-year-old Teina Taunga, was last month
found guilty of his manslaughter, having
beaten him, possibly with a pool cue, before
punching and strangling him.
Today, in the High Court at Auckland,
Justice Mary Peters noted Taunga’s four
previous convictions for assaulting women as
she sentenced him to seven years and three
She set a minimum non-parole period of
three years and six months. — NZ N
Lucy Lawless will help continue
Nor wegian oil drilling company Statoil,
this time in the Arctic Ocean.
The New Zealand actress, known
for her portrayal of Xena: Warrior
Princess, was aboard the Greenpeace
ship Arctic Sunrise tailing the world’s
largest research and sur veying ship, the
Until recently, the Amazon Warrior
was off the Wairarapa Coast.
In the Arctic, it will drill up to
seven wells this year while searching for
Ms Lawless says she will update her
journey on social media regularly.
“For me it’s more than a case of ‘not in
our own backyard’,” she said.
“Climate change is the greatest threat
humanity has ever faced (and) the age
of oil must end. The companies driving
it must be pursued and stopped - we
will confront them in every corner of
The Arctic trip follows on from
Greenpeace’s at-sea protests against
Statoil in New Zealand, including
Greenpeace head Russel Norman,
who was among three others who put
themselves in the water in front of the
Amazon Warrior off the Wairarapa
coast in April. — NZN
Workmate killer gets seven years jail
Lucy Lawless on Arctic protest
Coast IRD staff
anxious for jobs
Courts are saving time and
reducing public safety risks
by having more and more
remand prisoners face court
via video link.
In the 12 month to May
this year more than 16,000
remand prisoners appeared
in court by audio visual link,
an increase of more than a
quarter on the same period
“Each AVL (audio-visual
escorting prisoners to court,
placing them in holding
cells and returning them to
prison, freeing up time and
resources,” Justice Minister
Amy Adams said.
“AVL not only frees up
more time for other court
business, it also improves
public safety and reduces
the potential opportunities
for prisoners to escape or to
Since 2010 the Government
has spent $38 million rolling
out AVL ser vices to prisons
and courts across the county.
There are now 21 courts and
15 prisons with access to the
More prison video link court appearances
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