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Punakaiki ‘boil water’
The ‘boil water’ notice for the
Punakaiki water supply was lifted
this morning. The Buller District
Council said testing had determined
the water was treated and was now
Porters Pass snow
A southerly may bring a touch
of snow to the top of Porters Pass
tonight, just in time for anyone
heading this way for the start of
whitebait season. The Metser vice
said between 9pm today and 2am
tomorrow, 1cm or less may settle
on the summit of the road. Another
period of snow is possible from
later tomorrow morning until about
midnight, with 3 to 5cm.
The Westland Recreation Centre
has fallen to further vandalism after
a spate of graffiti a few months
ago. Two external tap fittings have
been smashed off some time after
August 23, police said. The damage
was found yesterday. Senior sergeant
Paul Watson, of Greymouth, said
they believed a group of male
youths might be responsible. “ That ’s
concerning and the fact it ’s a brand
new community building and we’ve
got individuals starting to treat it like
that,” Mr Watson said.
A 52-year-old Greymouth woman
was caught drink-driving in Tainui
Street at 8.30pm yesterday. She blew
710mg, resulting in an immediate
licence suspension for 28 days.
Arrivals: Wendy J, Ikawai.
Departures: Canopus, Ikawai.
In port: Redemption, Har vester,
Corsair, 15 Greymouth vessels.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Ikawai.
Expected departures: Redemption.
Westport health centre
proposal ‘a crock’ — Pugh
The Warehouse and Oranga Ha — Tai
Poutini: Stop Smoking West Coast have
teamed up to support people on the West
Coast to become smokefree.
West Coast residents have been
encouraged to get along to The Warehouse
in Greymouth this Saturday to sign up to
Smokefree coach Trish Hunt says a
pack-a-day smoker could save $2300 by
Christmas if they quit smoking now.
“ We can help you save thousands by
Christmas. Imagine all that money loaded
on to your Warehouse Christmas Club
Card, or used to pay for a family holiday?”
Ms Hunt says.
People were five times more likely to
successfully stop smoking if they had the
Everyone who signs up with Oranga Ha
— Tai Poutini: Stop Smoking West Coast
on Saturday will be in to win a barbecue
donated by The Warehouse. The team will
also be giving away spot prizes.
Oranga Ha provides West Coast residents
with free, personalised and local smokefree
support “that works”. It employs three
According to census data there were
4794 regular smokers on the West Coast
in 2013, giving a smoking prevalence of
20.5%. This rate is higher than for the
wider New Zealand population.
For more information visit www.
StopSmokingWestCoast.org.nz or phone
0800 456 121.
of the Westport News
The Westport health centre proposed by
the National Government is “a crock”, says
National Party list MP Maureen Pugh.
Mrs Pugh fronted up to eight members of
the Buller Hospital Action Group yesterday.
She admitted she had been “blissfully
unaware” of the controversy over the IFHC.
She said the process had clearly derailed
about the same time the West Coast
Hospital Redevelopment Partnership
Group took over from the West Coast
District Health Board.
Anita Halsall-Q uinlan asked Mrs Pugh
whether she still believed her claim some
months ago, that the IFHC would be great
Mrs Pugh said she had not known the
“I thought investing $12 million in
Westport was fantastic for the whole of
Westport and Buller. Now, being aware of
the complete picture, I think it ’s an absolute
“ I’m sorry it’s got to this point without
the community being involved and brought
along on the ride, on the journey, because at
the end of the day this is the community it
Mrs Pugh spent more than an hour
listening to the action group’s concerns.
She told the group she would contact
DHB chairwoman Jenny Black and ask her
to speak to them.
“The best I can hope for is to say the
community just wants some time.”
“ We don’t want some time,” Ms Halsall-
Quinlan replied. “ We want this to stop. It’s
our bottom line.”
Ms Halsall-Quinlan said the integrated
family health centre was initially supposed
to cost $30m. It was now down to a $12m
10-bed centre which was supposed to cater
for three times as many people as Kaikoura’s
21-bed IFHC, she said.
Steve White said the action group had five
bottom lines: It opposed the IFHC funding
model, the design process, the design
itself, the proposed site, and Buller health
management from Greymouth.
The biggest problem was that Buller had
become the experiment for a private-public
The IFHC would end up costing the DHB
two or three times as much as if it were
funded under the traditional Government-
The landlord, ACC, would scoop $20m to
The building was not fit for purpose, either
now or in the future. It was too small and
poorly designed, Mr White said.
Action group members said the
community would rather keep its existing
Buller Hospital than the proposed IFHC.
They disputed Ministry of Health claims
the hospital was an earthquake risk.
Work is continuing apace on the new overbridge for the State highway 6 deviation as part of the new Taramakau Bridge project.
Compacted gravel several metres high has been gradually built up on either side of the Hokitika-Greymouth railway line in the
past few months to give the necessary elevation to take the road at the southern approach to the new bridge. Pre-cast concrete
blocks have been built up around the cur ve of the railway, where it turns south towards Kumara Junction, to form abutments for
the pre-fabricated concrete deck, which will be placed on top to take the road several metres above. Meanwhile, the temporary
bridge for the cranes now extends three-quarters of the way across the riverbed. It is being used as a platform to build the $25
million road bridge which is being constructed between that and the existing road-rail bridge.
Work continuing on Taramakau overbridge
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
The Lower Buller Gorge will be closed for 50 minutes every hour tomorrow
and Saturday to allow emergency cliff scaling on a rockfall site. The delays will
run from 8.30am to 5pm on both days near Summit Creek, on State highway
6 between Inangahua Junction and Westport. Abseilers will be dislodging
rocks which have been falling intermittently in recent days. The New Zealand
Transport Agency said motorists would be able to get through at the top of the
hour for 10 minutes.
Lower Buller Gorge closure
of the Hokitika Guardian
Heritage New Zealand has backed
plans to modify the old Mahinapua rail
bridge to be incorporated in the West
Coast Wilderness Trail.
The Westland District Council
has lodged consents seeking to give
the original wooden truss bridge, a
category 1 historic place, a new lease of
life on the cycleway in a joint project
with the Department of Conser vation.
Cycle barriers will be added and the
bridge re-decked to take cyclists.
Heritage NZ said the alteration
would not affect the heritage values of
A 1999 conservation plan from
DOC, included in the application,
commits the department to its
continued protection and preser vation.
DOC also manages the historic reser ve
created around the bridge.
The bridge was completed in 1905
for the Hokitika-Ross rail line and was
in use until the branch line closed in
“The bridge is now one of just two
remaining relics of the Hokitika-Ross
line. It is also one of five sur viving
West Coast examples of a railway
bridge type once common in the
region, and the only one with angled
piers. This feature makes it unique in
New Zealand,” the plan says.
“Being adjacent to State highway
6 and spanning Mahinapua Creek,
which is also a wildlife reser ve, the
bridge is a landmark and has the
potential to be the centrepiece of a well
used recreation area.”
Fast for ward 18 years and the rail
bridge has been touted as a key feature
of the Hokitika-Ross leg of the cycle
trail, which is set to be completed in
The consent application seeks to
modify the single-span bridge by
adding decking and non-slip mesh and
a top rail to the sides for cyclists safety.
No features will be removed. However,
it notes the rails were removed in
1985 and many sleepers had later been
stolen off the bridge.
The modification of the bridge for
the use of cyclists would probably
increase its need for retention, the
“It is considered that the use of
the bridge and its installation on the
trail will expand on and develop the
knowledge of the history of the railway
in this context. The bridge itself will
remain in situ, and the components of
the bridge that are of note are retained
— the angular construction, the wide
span and the Howe truss.”
The bridge upgrade is estimated at
Heritage NZ backs bridge plan
Ten candidates have been confirmed
for the West Coast-Tasman electorate.
Nominations have now closed and the
Electoral Commission yesterday released
the finalised electorate and party list
In alphabetical order:
Liam Anderson, Money Free Party;
Jack Collins, Democrats for Social
Credit; Jackie Farrelly, New Zealand
First; Kate Fulton, Greens; Claire Holley,
Godsown NZ; Zeb Markland, Act;
Damien O’Connor, Labour; Maureen
Pugh, National; Peter Salter, Ban 1080;
Steve Wilkinson, independent.
Nationally, 534 candidates (electorate
and list) are standing in this year’s
election. This compares with 554
candidates in the 2014 election.
The electorate with the most candidates
is Tauranga with 11, and the electorates
with the lowest number of candidates are
Hauraki-Waikato and Waiariki with two
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
The old rail bridge across Mahinapua Creek.
will be held in Greymouth next
month to remember those lost to
The Lost Souls Suicide Bereaved
Support Group will stage the event,
the first of its kind.
It will start at 5.30pm on Sunday,
September 10, outside the Grey
District Council chambers. The
fountain will turn yellow —
the colour of suicide awareness
coinciding with World Suicide
Anyone affected by suicide
is welcome, from family to
friends, colleagues and team mates.
“Come and light a candle in
remembrance of a loved one,”
Bronwyn Gray said.
supplied. Greymouth woman
Montana Lancaster will sing, and
Rick King from Tai Poutini
Polytechnic has made a wooden
“It is a time to remember and
reflect. People can bring photos of
said she had
found a quote which summed
up some of their emotions:
“ To everyone else it’s just
another day ”, but not for the
Greymouth candlelight ceremony to remember those lost to suicide
Thursday August 31
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
WOOD, Faith Marie.
February 18, 1995 to
August 31, 2013.
Gone but never
Always loved in our
ago today, on August
There is a link death
Love and remembrance
Christine and Tammie.
family wish to thank the
relatives and friends for
the cards, letters, baking
and personal expressions
of sympathy from every-
one. Special thanks to
the doctors, nurses and
carers at Grey Base
Hospital. Also Denise
of Westland Funeral
Services, and Jack Flood
service, please accept
this as a personal
Jean (Jenny). — Passed
away at her home in
Greymouth on August
26, 2017. Treasured
mother and mother-in-
law of Christopher
and Justine (Invercar-
gill), and Blair and
dearly loved nana of
Ziahn, Ethan, Jevahn,
McKenna, loved great-
nana of Lenny, loved
daughter of the late Dick
and Molly, and a loved
sister, aunty, cousin, and
friend. Messages to 86
Marsden Road, Grey-
mouth 7805. A Service
to celebrate Jenny's life
will be held in the
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth tomorrow (Fri-
day) at 2pm, followed
by cremation here on the
Coast at the Westland
Phone (03) 768 0250
Talbot. — Passed away
peacefully on August
30, 2017. Much loved
wife of Bob, treasured
mother and mother-in-
law of Alan (Red),
Gordon and Paulette, Ian
and Cathy, and the late
Lorraine, a much loved
nana of her grand-
children and great-
sister and sister-in-law
of Edith and Bill
O'Loughlin, and a dearly
loved aunty. Messages
to the Langridge Family,
PO Box 7103, Nelson
7042. A Service for
Evelyn will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth, on Saturday
at 12 noon, followed
by interment at the
Memorial Park Ceme-
Phone (03) 768 0250
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