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The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter flew to Westport on
Saturday night to uplift a patient for
transfer to Grey Base Hospital.
Arrest after fight
Police have arrested one person
after a fight on a south Auckland
road involving car window washers.
Police were called to Great South
Road in Manurewa about 2pm
yesterday where about 12 people
were reported to be fighting
using sticks and window washing
equipment. Police were told one
person was waving around a scooter.
They arrested one man. — NZ N
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: One Greymouth
vessel. In port: Jay Elaine, Har vester,
19 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Nil.
Health centre consultation to DHB
The Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade
was called out shortly before midday
yesterday to reports of a vehicle down
the bank on State highway 6 in South
Westland but was turned back after
passing through Ross.
At the time the alarm sounded it
went off three times in succession
but fire chief Harry Collett said that
was due to a malfunction and was
nothing to do with a large controlled
fire at the former Westland Hospital
The badly vandalised former
Pounamu Home old people’s facility
was burned to make way for a new
A huge pall of smoke could be seen
drifting out to sea by motorists as far
away as Serpentine.
Mr Collett said the brigade was not
part of that burn and was not called to
of the Westport News
The West Coast District Health Board
is again in charge of consultation over the
planned Westport integrated family health
But the cost, size, site and funding
mechanism remain unchanged.
The DHB was sidelined and there has
been no consultation with the community
West Coast Hospital Redevelopment
Partnership Group took over 18 months
DHB chief executive David Meates said
on Thursday the partnership group had
agreed the DHB would step back in and
lead the process.
The DHB had no influence on whether
the Crown or a public private partnership
(PPP) funded the health centre, the
amount of funding or where the IFHC
would be built, he said.
“The thing that we can shape and control
is the facility, and that ’s what we’re focusing
No matter which government was in
place, it would be looking for a fit-for-
purpose IFHC, Mr Meates said.
The area of the IFHC was 1932 square
metres when consultation stopped 18
months ago. It is now 1632 square metres.
Draft concept plans published by the
newspaper in July showed district nurses,
archives and some plant would not fit in
the proposed building.
Mr Meates said he could not guarantee
everything would fit in.
“ But what I can absolutely do is make
sure the process is back to where what we
need to be is occurring.”
More important than the IFHC’s size
was ensuring the models of care fitted
within the facility, he said.
Asked if the planned $12 million would
provide a fit-for-purpose facility, when
over $500,000 had already gone on
planning, he said the final cost had still to
Until the DHB had finished the design
and sought tenders it would not know.
However, there was no such thing as free
capital. Whether the Crown or a private
developer built the IFHC, the DHB would
have to pay.
The DHB would pay a capital charge if
the Crown funded the building but, unlike
a lease, the amount would not increase over
He said the DHB had had no assurances
its operational funding would increase to
cover the extra costs of a lease if, as planned,
ACC owned the building.
Mr Meates said consultation was under
way with all user groups.
A Ministry of Health representative,
architects and health planners met staff to
discuss the IFHC last week.
Monday October 2
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Grey Medical Centre
(nee Curnow) Mary. —
Passed away peacefully
on October 1, 2017.
Aged 90 years. Very
dearly loved wife of
John. Much loved aunt
families. Requiem Mass
for Mary will be held at
the Cathedral of the
Blessed Virgin Mary,
Grey Street, Hamilton
(Tuesday) at 12.05pm
followed by private bur-
ial. Correspondence to
PO Box 265, Hamilton
and Kathryn (nee
O'Malley) and very
Charlotte are thrilled to
announce the arrival of
Liam James, on Sunday
September 24, 2017. A
grandson for Rose and
Steve, and Peter and
Jeanette. A huge thank
you to Mary and the
Colin. — Passed away
September 30, 2017 at
aged 64 years. Dearly
loved son of Nola and
the late Colin. Loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Jannette and Bill
Loved uncle of Billy,
Graeme, and Cheryl and
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Joseph. — Passed away
peacefully on Friday
September 29, 2017 at
his home with his loving
family. Dearly loved
father of Dainah-Lee,
Joseph and Alexia
(much loved family of
Jeanette), loved grandad
of Makayla, Harlem and
Arneye; and Mikah,
loved son of the late
Maisie and Jack, and
loved brother of David,
Pat, Ian, Lynn, Brent,
and the late Keith, Noel
and Ross. Aged 55
years. Messages to 16
Times Street, Reefton
For we know that when
this earthly tent we live
in is taken down we will
have a house in Heaven,
an eternal body made
for us by God Himself
and not by human
hands. 2 Corinthians
A farewell for Terry will
be held at the Reefton
Cemetery, Burkes Creek
tomorrow (Tuesday) at
1pm. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
Margaret Ruth. —Our
beautiful Mum - passed
away peacefully on
September 29, 2017 at
her home, Dixon House,
Greymouth, aged 90.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Ken, adored mother
and mother-in-law of
Peter and Angela, Neil
and Marion, and Robyn
and Thomas, much
loved gran of Jairus and
Angela, Jessica (de-
ceased), Naomi and
James, and Riona, loved
great-grandma of Billy,
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Brian (de-
ceased) and Nancy
Cooper, and the late
Cooper, and a friend of
the wonderful team at
Dixon House. Messages
to the Ashworth family,
418 State Highway 7,
7805, A Funeral Service
be held in the South
Tokoroa on Friday at
1.30pm followed by
burial at her final resting
place in the Tokoroa
Phone (03) 768 0250
PICTURE: Paul McBride
West Coast police staff and invited guests stand for a minute’s silence at the Police Remembrance Day service held at the
Greymouth Police Station on Friday, as a tribute to those police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The roll call
of the 32 New Zealand police who lost their lives since 1886 was read by Greymouth station support officer Sue McIntosh. Police
Remembrance Day is marked nationally every year on September 29, the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, patron saint of
police. In past years it has been held at the Kowhitirangi memorial to the Stan Graham victims.
Police remember fallen officers
Shantytown enjoyed a steady year, with
stable visitor numbers despite the Tranz
Alpine train closure and reaction to high
hotel prices in Q ueenstown turning off
Several new projects are in the offing,
including an expansion of the Golden
In her annual report, chief executive
Andrea Forrest said visitor numbers
were static for the financial year, at just
Tour groups had increased, and
independent travellers decreased.
“ However, a comparison of visitation
based on a calendar year tells a different
story — 46,717 visitors in 2015 versus
54,740 visitors in 2016.”
From January this year a number of
aspects contributed to a rapid drop off
in visitor numbers — weather, closure
of the Tranz Alpine after a fire for six
weeks, and tour group reactions to high
accommodation prices in Q ueenstown,
especially over the Chinese New Year
There was little to be gained from the
Lions Tour and “like most Coasters, we
continue to be frustrated by erroneous
The events team had built a base of
regular clients and was successful in
attracting several national clients to
host their trade shows, conferences and
training seminars at Shantytown.
“ Bookings through to 2020 are
already locked in and this has assisted
the board to commit to the project of
expanding the Golden Nugget Saloon,
which will result in greater client
comfort and flexibility of conference
Unique pieces of West Coast history
were donated by Paul Caffyn during the
year including canoes built by Dr Harry
Ms Forest said donations had
increased with the temporary closure of
both History House and the Hokitika
The Greymouth Evening Star display
renovation is now finished, along with
the Hannah’s shop.
The education centre was successful in
obtaining a further three-year contract
with the Ministry of Education to
provide learning experiences outside
the classroom. This had resulted in
the need to deliver higher contracted
numbers but the value of the contract
New initiatives included archaeology
and palaeontology programmes.
maintenance at Shantytown would be a
focus for many years to come.
“S hantytown has ahead of it, the
completion of train projects — the
L508, train carriages and track work.
The bar extension project sits with the
architects at the moment but 2018 will
see this project commence.
“The archive facility has support and
is being worked on behind the scenes in
an environment where the outcomes for
History House and Hokitika Museum
are not yet known,” she said.
Strategic work is on the horizon
for the branding and marketing of
Shantytown chairman Dave McMillan
said projects were being considered for
the long-term benefit of Shantytown.
“These include the forestry block which
is coming into a period of maturity, and
other opportunities for gold extraction.”
Steady year for Shantytown
Rewanui road requirements
A people mover van carrying
four Chinese tourists rolled on
a straight piece of the Coast
Road south of Punakaiki about 6
o’clock last night.
A woman was later airlifted
by the NZCC West Coast
Rescue Helicopter to Grey Base
Hospital with suspected back
injuries. Three others were taken
by ambulance to hospital with
minor to moderate injuries.
The crash occurred about 4km
south of Punakaiki.
Brigade chief Gavin Gibbens
said three of the occupants had
got themselves out of the van
while a woman was trapped and
had to be helped out through the
rear of the vehicle.
The van had apparently flipped
before rolling on its side on the
wrong side of the road.
“They appeared to be travelling
towards the north on a reasonably
straight piece of road. I don’t
know what happened,”
State highway 6 was closed for
a while as the crash scene was
cleared and the van removed.
Sergeant Andrew Lyes, of
Greymouth police, said inquiries
were being made into how the
van rolled and police would be
endeavouring to speak to the
occupants, who were Mandarin
About the same time as the
Punakaiki crash another vehicle
was involved in a “very minor”
crash near Barrytown, but details
of that were sparse.
Tourists’ van rolls
Planned maintenance will be carried
out for three hours today on the sand
filters at the Westport water treatment
From Thursday, it is proposed that water
restrictions for education, health care,
essential ser vices, commercial and industrial
businesses will be eased to restricted use,
the Buller District Council says.
This will enable these organisations to
catch up on outstanding maintenance,
the council says.
Residential restrictions will remain
in place while monitoring of business
consumption is carried out.
“ If usage is not excessive and reser voir
volumes remain stable, the residential
restrictions will also be eased.”
For this to happen, capacity has to
remain above 75% for seven consecutive
Whoever buys the land around
the Spring Creek Mine, which will
soon be flooded, will be required
to maintain the historic track to
Rewanui, Solid Energy says.
The track follows the old
railway line to the former hilltop
coalmining centre of Rewanui.
Solid Energy says it has a lease
with Kiwi Rail for the land in
the Seven Mile Creek Valley,
including a requirement to
maintain the track.
“ We will shortly be selling our
land interests around Spring
Creek, including the lease with
Kiwi Rail. Whoever buys the site
will be required to continue to
maintain the road.”
Since Rewanui and the rail
line closed in the early 1980s,
the track has been popular with
walkers and mountainbikers.
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn wants to see the track
maintained as it would be a key
feature of a proposed Southern
Paparoa Coal Heritage Trail,
which could include other mine
sites in the area such as Brunner,
Wallsend, and Point Elizabeth.
The trail had been included in
the Government ’s West Coast
economic development action
plan. A slip in 1988 damaged
part of the abandoned mine site,
and the remainder is slowly being
swallowed by the bush.The area
was home to the Liverpool 1, 2
and 3 mines.
Illegal pig releases
The Department of Conser va-
tion spent 20 days hunting wild
pigs which were heading south
down the West Coast with ongoing
concerns over illegal releases.
DOC West Coast operations
director Mark Davies said
hunters spent 10 days and killed
17 it in the Heaphy area of
“The pigs appear to be
migrating down from the north
and although causing soil
damage by digging up areas, have
also been pushing over small
nikau and eating out the stems
from the base,” Mr Davies said.
Pigs damaging the Point
Elizabeth Track near Greymouth
are also believed to have been
The West Coast Conser vation
Board recently submitted to the
New Zealand threatened species
strategy that: “ The illegal release of
game animals is a continuing and
increasingly serious issue and there
needs to be stricter legislation in
place to prevent this”.
Chairman Mike Legge said
they did not know if illegal
releases were increasing.
James Cook first released pigs
in New Zealand in 1770, so there
would be a food source upon
Two hurt in hold-up
A worker and a
customer standing at the
counter in an Auckland
dairy have been assaulted
by masked men who
made off in a stolen car.
The aggravated robbery
of the dairy on Arthur
Street in Onehunga
played out shortly before
6pm on Saturday.
Police believe the three
robbers were male and
they were armed with an
Senior Sergeant Marcia
Murray said they left in a
stolen black Honda Civic.
Police need the public’s
help to find the car,
which was stolen earlier
in an aggravated robbery
when a man was attacked
and had his car keys
taken from him. A scene
examination has been
carried out. — NZ N
Greymouth Showcase Jewellers
88 Mackay Street, Greymouth
Phone 768 6949
In our advertising in the Civil Defence booklet produced by
West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management Group
we mistakenly identified ourselves as a Smith and Smith
authorised dealer on the West Coast.
Sotherans Glass is not a Smith and Smith Authorised Dealer. We
also advertised the HomePlus range, Sotherans Glass is not a
HomePlus franchise on the West Coast.
We apologise for these errors.
URGENT MEDICINE RECALL
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