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COLL, Barry Thomas
away peacefully at home
in Greymouth with his
family by his side on
July 31, 2017, aged 75.
Beloved husband and
best mate of the late
Colleen, cherished dad
and father-in-law of
Martin and Charmaine,
Nicola, and Karen and
Brian Atkinson, beloved
Sarah, Hannah, and
Laura, loved brother and
brother-in-law of Wendy
and Roy Henry, a loved
uncle, cousin and friend
of many. Messages
to 149 Main South
Road, Greymouth 7805.
A funeral service to
celebrate Barry's life
will be held in Holy
(Wednesday) at 2pm
followed by burial at
the Memorial Park
Phone (03) 768 0250
Becky Manawatu and
of the Westport News
A group of angry protesters
welcomed West Coast District
Health Board chief executive
David Meates to Buller Hospital
Mr Meates was in Westport
to talk to hospital staff about
the proposed integrated family
health centre (IFHC) which many
community members oppose. A
Buller Hospital Action Group has
been formed to stand against the
Westport woman Lee Q uinn
said her concerns included that the
IFHC “would be built on a swamp
(and) there should be more beds”.
The IFHC plan has 10 beds —
28 fewer than the current Buller
She said the biggest concern was
that the IFHC would be owned by
ACC and leased back to the DHB.
Critics fear the lease will suck
millions of health care funding
Mrs Quinn said it was simply
“robbing Peter to pay Paul”.
She believed that Mr Meates
was doing what he could, but the
problem was with the Government.
One protester asked if Westport’s
IFHC was an “experiment?”
Mr Meates assured them it was
Another protester wanted to
know why ACC would own the
land and lease it to the West Coast
DHB and said it was “ bullsh**”.
Mr Meates replied “Just to be
clear . . . we’re (DHB) not making
the decision about ACC (owning
Mr Meates said the hospital
partnership group was not
something the health board had
Protesters accused Mr Meates of
passing the buck.
One said that although the DHB
might not have control, “ You have a
voice. That ’s more than us. ”
Another protester said that it was
like building a dog kennel on a
“They want to build a dog kennel
as far as I’m concerned. There’s
nothing wrong with this (current
hospital) building. ”
Another asked why the
community had not been
Mr Meates replied there was
a “process” that needed to be
Another person at the protest
showed Mr Meates the proposed
plan’s scale compared with the
“ When I look at the plan I think
— okay, you’re downsizing.”
Mr Meates said that more needed
to be taken into account than
the physical size of the proposed
It is understood the DHB —
which has been sidelined in the
IFHC process — got its first look
at the floor plan just a month ago
and members were asked to return
their copies before leaving the
Mr Meates answered questions
from the group of about 50 people
for almost an hour. He then
spoke one-on -one with several
A protester thanked Mr Meates
and general manager people and
capability Michael Frampton on
behalf of the action group for
finally “fronting up”.
PICTURE: Westport News
West Coast District Health Board chief executive David Meates faces protesters.
Westpor t protesters confront DHB boss
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Westland District Council proposes
spending $850,000 fixing the Carnegie Building
but the bulk of the Hokitika Museum
will remain shuttered for now while a shared
archiving facility with Greymouth is explored.
The council agreed last week to forge ahead
with strengthening just the Carnegie Building,
instead of the full $1.5 million re-strengthening
for the entire museum complex.
Last month it committed $500,000 in future
Development West Coast major district
initiative funds for the seismic works.
Cr David Carruthers said the balance would
be sought from grants.
In an update on Thursday, Cr Carruthers said
a museum archiving specialist from Wellington
had visited the main museum building,
Drummond Hall, and advised not to proceed
with strengthening or upgrading at this stage,
although it was 38% of new building standards
(NBS) and therefore was not earthquake prone.
It remains closed as part of the 1970s-era
Drummond Hall building is in the fall zone of
the adjoining Carnegie Building.
“If we strengthen the Carnegie then a lot
of risk to Drummond Hall is removed,” Cr
The recommendation for Drummond Hall
was that for the foreseeable future they “do
“In the past we’ve been approaching this whole
issue as basically a package deal to strengthen
However, questions remained around the
suitability of the site for the storage of archives
which the council was statutorily obliged to
“(The archiving specialists’) advice to us was
that because the building is okay that we live
with it, and at the same time we start a process
of consultation on what the real needs are for
“Part of the problem for Drummond Hall
as a long-term archiving facility is that it is
extremely low-lying. It sits in the flood plain
of the (Hokitika) River and is regarded as
unacceptable,” Cr Carruthers said.
Consultation was planned with History
House in Greymouth, which was in the same
position, about a regional archiving facility.
“That will dramatically reduce the cost for all
of us of storing that stuff.”
The next step was to fund the $350,000
difference between the DWC funds and the
new estimated cost.
Mayor Bruce Smith said the futuristic concept
of looking at archiving Coast-wide and not
“rushing in” to Drummond Hall, appealed to
However, Cr Des Routhan said he was still
“struggling” with the cost of upgrading the
“That ’s a lot of money to be spending on a
building that ’s not going to ser ve a hell of a lot
of use to anybody. It looks nice, and it would be
nice to retain it, but to me it just doesn’t seem
to stack up.”
Cr Graeme Olson said he agreed “to a degree”.
“Des’s comments are probably right, but at the
end of the day what do we do with the building?
We’re not allowed to knock it over are we?”
Cr Durham Havill said he fully supported the
“I think it ’s a great place to reconfigure our
museum. I think it’s a great idea and well worth
spending the money on it,” Cr Havill said.
Cr Carruthers reminded councillors it was not
ratepayers’ money that was being spent — “ it ’s
not costing us”.
“Every civilised society has a museum.”
Cr Routhan abstained from voting.
A full report on designs and costings is
expected before the September council meeting.
More than 300 Westland Milk Products
staff from Hokitika and Rolleston converged
on Shantytown on Friday afternoon for the
first ‘One Westland’ day in which the new
co-operative vision, ‘Nourishment made
beautifully for generations’ was introduced.
All staff, including those on annual leave,
were called to the meeting to review 10
months of change at the co-operative to
restore profitability and bring the shareholder
payout to a more competitive and sustainable
level. Key to the day was the introduction of
the company ’s new purpose and strategy.
Chief executive Toni Brendish told staff
a shared purpose was in turn delivered by
“great strategy ” when she revealed Westland’s
new motto, ‘Nourishment made beautifully
It captured the “essence ” of Westland, Mrs
“It draws upon the strength we derive
from our environment, our land, and the
generations of people who have farmed it, and
uses that to establish our point of difference
with our customers.”
Westland made nourishment, and “we
make it beautifully”.
“That encompasses values such as ethics,
trust, authenticity, quality, safety, capability
Most importantly it linked past generations
to future generations, and Westland Milk
Products would not be where it is now
without the pioneering spirit of its early
“It is those original strengths and values
that will take us for ward in a market where,
increasingly, consumers what to know the
story of their product and the people who
Mrs Brendish said Westland Milk had
created a new strategy in line with the new
purpose: “ To offer differentiated products
that leverage our heritage and location”.
The company ’s size and facilities gave
it the capability to be more flexible and
to be a niche market producer to give the
co-operative the edge to demand a premium
price for products, she said.
“It can segregate its processing systems to
offer customers specialty products where
there is higher value and an available market
In turn this would deliver shareholders a
higher, more sustainable return in would
remain a highly volatile market.
Mrs Brendish said Westland Milk could
not afford to remain “almost wholly reliant ”
on bulk commodities.
Staff on Friday heard how key performance
measures would be integrated into every role
to achieve the purpose and strategy, foster
a team culture and continue the drive for
efficiency and innovation, “a hallmark of the
past 10 months”.
All staff had stepped up in the past year
and were to be congratulated, she said. It
saw management and staff come up with
hundreds of ideas to cut costs and boost
This had seen “a dramatic reduction in costs”
representing millions of dollars, huge gains in
efficiency and a stronger focus on getting the
product right first time, every time.
Mrs Brendish said this had helped the
board gain the financial confidence needed
to offer Westland shareholders a competitive
payout for the 2017-18 season.
Westland Milk unveils ‘new vision’
DOC announces three 1080 drops
The Department of Conser vation
will do three 1080 poison drops on
the West Coast this year — around
the Paparoa Range and beyond
Conservation Minister Maggie
Barry announced today the 2017
‘Battle for our Birds’ operations
were now under way to protect
native wildlife from a pest plague
fuelled by widespread forest
Two aerial 1080 drops are planned
in the Paparoa National Park and
adjoining conser vation land.
The Paparoa North operation
will cover about 36,000ha of
Paparoa National Park and other
conser vation land between the
Punakaiki and Waitakere (Nile)
rivers from the main ridge of
the Paparoa Range. It will target
possums as well as rats.
A separate Roaring Meg operation
will take place over about 12,800ha
of the park and other conser vation
land encompassing the catchments
of the Roaring Meg, Moonlight
and Pike rivers.
The third drop will target
36,670ha of the western Kahurangi
National Park. This Kahurangi
West operation covers the coastal
strip between Kahurangi Point and
Kohaihai and the Heaphy River
The operations are planned to
start from late winter and early
spring when weather conditions
Public notices would be placed in
the newspapers with information
about each operation, DOC said.
Nationally 34 sites are being
targeted covering more than
“ We’ll be using aerial 1080
at around 29 sites to knock
down rat, possum and stoat
numbers and using traps and other
ground-based methods at other
more accessible sites,” Mrs Barry
A total of $21.3 million has been
United Future wants public input on 1080
United Future has released its pest
control strategy and says it wants a
public commission into the use of
“O ur current targets on pest
control are positive, but 1080
still receives significant public
opposition for its collateral
damage,” leader Peter Dunne said.
United Future would allow
communities to trial alternatives.
It would establish a commission
to help establish a consensus on
long-term pest control strategies.
It would also propose a trial to
study where the use of traps and
other non-poison pest control
options could be tested against
“This would provide a real
scenario that the public could view
to see the effects of each trial in
direct comparison to 1080,” Mr
The party would
including bounty payments for rats
and mustelids, and maximise the
fur and meat export markets, he
Council mine consent
functions were formally
transferred to the West
Coast Regional Council
The regional council
agreed in May to a
request from Westland to
take over the function, but
on the proviso Westland
would still be liable for
mining consents it issued
prior to the changeover
date of today, August 1.
Regional council chief
executive Mike Meehan
said they were looking at
form, which ran to 25 or
“There’s a lot of overlap
. . . we’re trying to get the
best value for everyone,”
Mr Meehan said.
Council has an average
of 15 to 20 applications
Mr Meehan said the
regional council would
process them within the
A big benefit of the
change was the regional
council already had staff
doing compliance work
on the ground, and it also
had a 24/7 call centre.
Port of Greymouth. —
Arrivals: Marilee Mac,
Oragon, Resolution II.
Departures: Galatea II,
In port: Cook Canyon,
Resolution II, Corsair,
18 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Galatea
II, Redemption. Expected
Pike families hail political backing
Pike River families say they are
“ecstatic’’ with the commitments
from some political leaders to
consider re-entry of the mine.
Families of some of the 29 victims
of the 2010 mining disaster are
meeting with leaders at Parliament
this week to secure support for their
proposals, which include handing
over control of the mine to a new
government entity which could
oversee a possible re-entry.
Anna Osborne and Sonya
Rockhouse — who lost family
members in the mine — and
spokesman Bernie Monk met
with former Labour Party leader
Andrew Little and United Future
leader Peter Dunne yesterday.
Mr Monk said they received
“ immense support’’ from the two
leaders. “ They went over and above
what our expectations were,’’ he said.
Mr Monk said Mr Little had
reiterated his party’s commitments,
which are to get an independent
assessment of the mine and re-
enter it if it was declared safe.
Mr Dunne also wanted a new
assessment of all of the available
information to check whether re-
entry was feasible.
The families will meet with the
Greens and New Zealand First
today. NZ First leader Winston
Peters has previously said he will
personally enter the mine to help
recover the bodies.
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