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Lisa Harcourt has applied to
explore up the back of Kowhitirangi
for gold. It is the latest application
to NZ Petroleum and Minerals, and
Results of this week’s Greymouth
Bridge Club’s competitions were.
— Thursday: John Boyes and Ash
Hamilton 60.3% 1, Nancy Prangnell
and Naomi Kirwan 57.1% 2, David
Waugh and Ravi Vemulapalli and
Pitabas Mishra and Colleen Thorpe
53.2% 3 equal.
owner faces fine
of the Hokitika Guardian
The owner of dog linked to the death
of a cat in Hokitika will be fined, the
Westland District Council says.
The 20-year-old pet cat belonging
to elderly couple Adele and Gordon
Bishop died after being chased by a
husky on their property on Saturday.
The council issued a formal statement
late yesterday after receiving the full
report from its dog control contractor.
officer Wayne Knightbridge, said its
investigations showed the dog had got
away from its owner and chased the
Bishops’ cat up a tree.
“ While the cat was up the tree, the
dog owner managed to regain control of
the dog. When the cat came down from
the tree it was obser ved having trouble
breathing, and later died.
“The cat was examined and found to
have no puncture marks or wounds,” Mr
The cat ’s age was also a contributor.
“The cat in question was 20-years-old,
which is the equivalent of an 84-year-
old human, so it may have been less
able than a younger cat to cope with the
stress and any other impacts of the dog’s
pursuit,” he said.
“The owner of the dog has complied
fully with our investigations and both
the owner and dog in question have not
previously been involved in any reported
However, Mr Knightbridge said
council intended issuing an infringement
notice and fine to the owner in relation
to the event.
“Council understands that this is an
emotional time for the couple who have
lost their beloved cat and we extend our
condolences to them.”
The Bishops have called for stronger
enforcement on wandering and nuisance
dogs in Hokitika.
“ We are still very upset about the
whole thing,” Mr Bishop said.
The initial lack of communication
made them feel like the incident was
not being treated seriously, he said.
Since the Bishops shared their story
the couple has received several calls
from members of the public with similar
“They all feel like dog control issues
are not being dealt with satisfactorily. ”
A public meeting is being planned to
Sale Street resident Robert Cook,
said he had had issues around reporting
barking, nuisance dogs.
“Council refuses to do anything abut
He questioned the limit of dogs
allowed per property — something the
council says will be considered as part
of a pending review of its dog control
Paul Breeze, of Bealey Street, said he
had reported problems with a previous
neighbour’s dogs for well over a year.
They were constantly roaming his
property and had tried to harm him and
his two cats.
Both the council and the Hokitika
Police had been informed but no
enforcement was ever taken, he said.
“They failed miserably.
“I have nothing but frustration and
Tourism West Coast won a Tourism Industry Association Award for the new ‘Untamed’ brand at a huge
ceremony in Christchurch last night. Left to right Kelly McLeod, chief executive Jim Little, chairman
Richard Benton, Alicia Ulrich and Tim Chesney.
Tourism West Coast wins industry award
Barrytown School has made
good progress and achievement for
boys has significantly improved,
the Education Review Office
The school has a roll of 24
children. It has a sole-charge
Since ERO’s review in 2013, the
school has experienced a period of
There have been six principals,
and in 2016 the school’s board
of trustees resigned and a
Commissioner was appointed
to govern the school. In January
2017 a new principal was
“ Together, they have made good
progress in developing all aspects
of the schools operations including
ensuring quality teaching and
learning for all children,” ERO
Maori, were achieving well in
reading, writing and mathematics
in relation to the National
End of year data for 2016
showed increased overall levels of
achievement in reading, writing
and mathematics for all groups of
Achievement for boys in reading,
writing and mathematics had
The principal and commissioner
had developed procedures for
supporting, monitoring, reporting
and internal evaluation.
Children were provided with a
range of meaningful experiences
that utilised the rich local resources
and community expertise.
environment that was conducive
to learning and well-being.
The new principal
commissioner had successfully
built relationships with parents
and the community.
ERO intends to carry out a
process of ongoing evaluation to
support development over the
course of one-to-two years.
Barrytown School makes good
progress, ERO finds
As Development West Coast
faces a possible change of direction
it has warned that it can not lend to
everyone, and that there is more to
the economy than tourism.
Chief executive Chris Mackenzie,
speaking after the release of the
trust ’s annual report last week,
said trustees would hold a strategy
session next month.
“ We have to be realistic with
expectations that seem to be
building on what DWC does,” Mr
For instance, projects identified
in the Government ’s growth
study would still have to meet the
objectives of the DWC trust deed.
Trustees had to balance the
needs of the current generation
with potential requirements of
future generations, and that would
probably be an ongoing issue
as DWC moved into a “wider
economic development role on the
West Coast ”.
In its annual report, DWC says
that if equity had kept pace with
inflation the trust would have
$130m now rather than $117m.
It was also critical to protect the
fund, which was currently managed
“ Is that the only way ahead?”
Talking more generally, he said the
trust had to “make changes to the
way the organisation is operating”,
including the focus of its work.
Having Tourism West Coast
on board in a merged role would
enhance that group and economic
development, but he sounded a
note of caution that while tourism
was a high priority it was not the
only economic opportunity.
“ Tourism is flavour of the month,
but we will work with other sectors
He cautioned against putting all
the “money in the tourism basket ”.
DWC would look at every aspect
of the economy, and also had to
prepare for the Kaikoura highway
reopening, drawing traffic back to
the east coast, Mr Mackenzie said.
DWC warns it can not lend to everyone
trio coming to
Audiences loved Andrew London’s
lyrics and laid-back singing along
with ever so smooth Nils Olsen’s sax
and clarinet solos when they toured
previously with Hot Club Sandwich.
Now he is heading to the West Coast.
In the Sandwich tradition, they are
joined by London’s wife Kirsten on
bass to pronounce on the minutiae of
middle class, middle aged, Middle Earth
concerns, delivered in a deceptively
innocuous 1940s swing style.
Over 20 years of touring has enabled
songwriter London to gather material
from the shearing sheds of Southland
to the boardrooms of Auckland, leaving
him free to pronounce on pretentious
socialites, modern parenthood, male
insecurities, the Internet, and much,
Expect intermittent forays into folk,
blues, country and hip hop — plus
poignancy and pathos from the Beatle-
esque harmonies provided by Kirsten and
Catch them at Reefton Club on
October 17, Barrytown Hall on October
18 and the Old Lodge Theatre on
West Coast Territory
West Coast St John August roundup
Staff and volunteers from the West
Coast St John territory attended
166 patients in August, with 141
being transported to hospital or
medical centres and the remaining
25 not requiring transport for further
The busiest day saw Greymouth-
based ambulances attend nine calls.
Hokitika staff attended 90 calls for
the month and Greymouth 138.
Acting territory manager Emma
Kay, said there would be some overlap
between calls for the two towns as St
John often sent a paramedic crew to
assist Hokitika staff with transport or
The most common type of callouts
call were for medical transfers, either to
the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue
Trust flying doctor service, the NZCC
West Coast Rescue Helicopter, or from
medical centres to hospital.
“This made the majority of our
workload for the month.”
Of the August calls a number were for
falls (19), chest pain (17) and breathing
“This is in line with what the rest of
the country is seeing as well.”
The territory’s busiest St John
paramedic saw 26 patients and was
based out of Hokitika for August.
A documentary portraying the
struggles around New Zealand ’s water
is now screening at the Hokitika
The feature film, Seven Rivers
Walking, opened on Monday night
and was followed by a question and
answer session with Forest and Bird
chief executive and former West Coast
Green Party MP, Kevin Hague.
Mr Hague said Forest and Bird was
a strong supporter of the film and had
campaigned vigorously on freshwater
The Wickcandle Films documentary
follows the paths of seven braided
rivers of the Canterbury Plains and
the rivers of Christchurch City
to show how once pure rivers and
water ways have degraded, co-directors
“This documentary is about
passionate Kiwis who care deeply
about their rivers and environment
and want to turn the tide.”
Walkers, rafters, iwi, anglers,
families all share their stories in the
film, part of the NZ International
Film Festival, which screens again this
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Mine fire still smouldering
One of the longest burning coalmine fires on the West Coast — almost
90-years-old — is still smouldering, visible from the Rewanui Track, almost
directly across the valley from the Spring Creek Mine portal. The fire dates
back to McTaggart and Party, who had private mines there in 1927 and 1935-
36. The first has been on fire since the late-1920s, caused by spontaneous
combustion. It flares up now and again depending on the weather; in colder
weather, steam venting off the heat within is visible. In the late 1980s, it
became a little bit more than steam. The Department of Conservation had to
get a chopper in with monsoon bucket as the bush on the cliff and above all
A doctor who helped treat Heather
Bills the night her condition rapidly
deteriorated says medical staff did
not suspect hypoglycaemia or notice
any used syringes or medications, an
inquest has heard.
Bills, 64, died at Middlemore
Hospital on January 2, 2013, six
weeks after she was badly burned in
an explosive house fire.
On the evening of November 22,
2012, she was pulled from the blaze
after neighbours braved the inferno
to rescue her from an upstairs room
of her Orakei home in Auckland.
She was then treated at the National
Burns Centre and intensive care as
her condition improved.
Dr Rosanna Ching, now working
at the Newcastle Upton Tyne NHS
Foundation Trust in the United
Kingdom, gave evidence via video
link this morning.
She was working a nightshift on
December 26-27, 2012 with house
surgeon Dr Amanjeet Toor-Singh.
Bills’ health had quickly deteriorated
as she developed low glucose levels.
She later suffered a massive
injury and she died on January 2,
It became clear after an investigation
that her death had been a result of
higher levels of insulin in her body.
A coroner’s inquest before chief
coroner Judge Deborah Marshall is
being held to determine the source of
the insulin over the next two weeks in
the Auckland District Court.
Sometime after 1am on December
27, Ching and Toor were visiting
Toor received a page from the burns
unit to attend a critically ill patient
and the pair arrived to find Bills
with a fast heart rate, low oxygen
saturation levels and shouting in
distress, Ching said.
An arterial blood gas (ABG) test
was performed, a common and
“The purpose of the ABG was to
look at the gas levels in Heather’s
blood (oxygen and carbon dioxide)
and the effect of these levels on her
pH,’’ Ching said.
“ I obser ved that Heather was semi-
erect in bed looking oedematous,
which means puffy with fluid. She
was clammy and was almost gurgling
at the mouth. She was wide-eyed and
staring, and looking slightly towards
the left. She was intermittently
moaning and shouting out but was
not making comprehensible sounds. ’’
However, Ching was unsure how
this differed from Bills’ normal state,
having not met her before.
“O bser vations showed oxygen
saturation around 88%. A normal
reading would be somewhere above
94% in normal room air. Her heart
rate was 105-110 beats per minute. A
normal heart rate is anywhere from
60-100 beats per minute,’’ Ching
Bills’ blood pressure was normal.
“ My initial thought from an end-
of-bed inspection was that Heather
was in respiratory distress and looked
Toor struggled to feel a radial pulse
and a chest x-ray was performed.
Ching said she did not note any
insulin on Bills’ chart.
The ICU team and emergency team
were called to take over.
“ I do not recall seeing syringes
or any medications in Mrs Bills’
room on the initial review prior to
the emergency team arrival,’’ Ching
“ I did not consider the possibility of
low glucose levels at the time of my
initial review as I was focused on the
patient ’s breathing and how I could
“As such I do not recall ever asking
for the patient ’s blood sugar level or
seeing the low glucose result on the
blood gas, either on the computer
screen or on the printout. ’’
Ching said she never administered
or accessed any medication for Bills.
She provided her notes to police on
February 28, 2013.
Later she agreed with a medical
expert that hypoglycaemia should be
considered as the cause of a collapse,
but it is not taught to be the very first
consideration to make.
“ Breathing issues are deemed to be
more initially life-threatening and
therefore should be considered first,’’
The ICU registrar is expected to
give evidence today.
Police have not ruled out
reinvestigating three or more suspects
based on the findings of the inquest,
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Medical staff give evidence in
hospital death case
Baby twins and their young sibling
were rushed to hospital after being
found by police in a severely neglected
state in West Auckland.
When police arrived at their Massey
home, officers initially thought the twins
were dead due to the state they were in.
The infants were surrounded by and
covered in their own excrement when
police found them.
They were rushed to hospital with their
sibling, another young child, and have
made a full recovery.
Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for
Vulnerable Children, is now working
closely with the family to ensure the
young ones are safe.
They have been placed in the custody
of a relative.
Inspector Scott Webb said police went
to the house to check on the family after
a call from a member of the public.
That person had concerns for the
welfare of the mother of the children.
“Police attended and found three
children at the address,’’ Webb said.
“Our staff had serious concerns for
their welfare and Ministry for Vulnerable
Children Oranga Tamariki were called.
“No one has been charged and the
woman at the address was taken to
hospital for assessment. ’’ Webb could
not comment further on the specifics of
the incident as police were not the lead
agency on the matter.
The ministry deputy chief executive
Glynis Sandland said the agency worked
closely with police after they were alerted
to the plight of the children.
Oranga Tamariki would continue to
work with the family, he said.
“Our goal is to ensure these children
are safe and able to thrive in a supportive
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Skeletal remains thought to be
pre-European Maori have been
discovered buried at the site of the
now-demolished historic Royal
Tavern in Napier.
The remains were found yesterday
afternoon by archaeologists who had
been excavating the Carlyle Street
property for six months.
Police were alerted to the find at
about 4.15pm and notified local
iwi and Heritage New Zealand
after deeming the remains were not
The Royal Tavern, one of Napier’s
oldest pubs, moved to the corner of
Chaucer Road and Carlyle Street
more than 150 years ago from the
Ahuriri spit, where it was often
It was bought and demolished by
LEP Group, an Auckland-based
property development company,
which is now building at the site.
Heritage New Zealand senior
archaeologist Frank van der Heijden
said the necessary authority was
granted to the company as the tavern
was built before 1900 and therefore
an official archaeological site.
An LEP Group spokesman said
Opus archaeologists had been
working on site to document the area
of significance, and understood the
remains were still on site.
“The site had already been blessed
before the remains found and we
notified local iwi and Heritage New
Zealand and that ’s obviously sensitive
with the remains in place.”
He said he did not want to go into
more detail but there was a process in
place with both entities to ensure the
remains were disposed of correctly.
Mr van der Heijden said a condition
of the authority granted by Heritage
New Zealand was that the moment
suspected remains were found works
had to immediately stop and police,
tangata whenua and Heritage New
Protocol had been well followed
in this instance and the process to
consult with iwi was now under way
to determine how to proceed, he
The archaeologist said finding
remains was often expected in certain
landscapes where subdivisions were
being built. However, he said this
location was more unusual.
“ We always provide for the
possibility that remains are found. In
an archaeological context I would say
this happens regularly (but) in this
case it was slightly more unexpected
Being the site of a historic tavern,
Mr van der Heijden said it was
common to find rubbish pits which
contents often gave insight into how
those in the past lived.
The level of research, analysis and
report writing about the remains
would be determined by local iwi;
specifically how comfortable they
were about the situation.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Severely neglected twin babies
rushed to hospital
Skeletal remains found under demolished pub
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