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A Barrytown man appeared in the
Westport District Court last week
on cannabis charges following a
police raid on a Coast Road property
last Wednesday. John Robert Patrick,
54, was charged with possession of
cannabis balm and cannabis plants,
supply of cannabis balm, cultivating
cannabis and production of cannabis
balm. He was remanded to appear in
the Greymouth District Court on
October 24. --- Westport News
e Greymouth Equipment
Centre will close tomorrow, 10
years after Peter Haddock and
Equipment Supplies Ltd bought it.
ink Water, currently next to the
police station, will move there and
also take up the Husqvarna agency.
Mr Haddock said all the industrial
tools and welding equipment would
be moved to Westland Engineering,
which would have a bigger product
range. Some sta have already
moved to new jobs. Two will be
made redundant, and one of those
has been o ered a job at ink
Water. Mr Haddock said he would
ramp up the oil part of the business.
It is the second business to close
in a week --- Planet Funk has been
closed since last week. Mr Haddock
said in his case, it was a re ection of
the general downturn around town.
A 24-year-old Westport man
reported missing yesterday has still
not been located. Byron Donaldson
was last seen on Wednesday and
failed to keep a family appointment,
prompting concerns for his welfare.
Police said he may or may not still
be in Westport and inquiries were
Rain developing, heavy at times
A mother in China has caused an
outrage after she allegedly poured
her son's urine into a bowl at a dim
sum restaurant in Beijing, China.
Accounts claimed that the mother,
from the cosmopolitan capital city,
had let her son urinate into a plastic
container in front of other diners
beforehand. After being challenged
by other customers, the mother
reportedly shouted 'the bowl will
get washed anyway'. According
to Weibo account ' ings Beijing
People Don't Know ', a diner at Jin
Ding Xuan restaurant in Beijing's
Fangzhuang district saw a little boy
urinating in a blue food container
on October 8. --- Daily Mail
Cafe fed up with
A central Greymouth business
owner has vented her frustration at
the Grey District Council over the
$1.7 million town square and shared
street development dragging on, months
Ali's Eating and Drinking is one of
only two businesses isolated during the
prolonged work in lower Tainui Street,
which has been fenced o for seven
Addressing councillors on Monday
night, owner Ali Grooby said she had
contacted the council several times
since the work began in March but
communication had mostly been one-
way, and often "second-hand".
"You may think I'm emotional, but I
think I'm passionate about my business,"
she said at one point.
"Delay upon delay" with the project was
totally unacceptable for any business and
she wondered how much the project was
really going to cost.
"Less than 100m, this piece of road, and
I feel this is the most expensive street in
New Zealand," Ms Grooby said.
She was "neutral" on seeking nancial
compensation for the impact on her
business, but noted that takings were
down on average $15,000 a month.
Across the street, Shades of Jade had
similarly been a ected by delays, with
In March, Paul Smith Contracting gave
a nish date of the middle of July, Ms
When she drilled in on a rm end date,
council sta fell back on the position
that they did not have direct control of
the management of the project, which is
contracted to Opus.
"We will be able to tell you on Friday,"
chief executive Paul Pretorius said.
"I don't understand why you can't give
me an end date now," Ms Grooby replied.
It was "unbelievable" that the council
had not foreseen a coal tar contamination
problem in lower Tainui Street given
that it was once commonly used for road
making in towns that once operated
"Why did the council not know about
the coal tar? Is this another council screw
"Look at the aquatic centre --- are the
same people involved again?" she said,
referring to the months-long closure
while the roof beams are replaced.
e protection screens to stop the
potential for toxic coal dust blowing
around while it was removed had "closed
the cafe in" and markedly put o patrons.
"We were sitting in the unknown ---
would it come right and how long would
Vibration from the machinery outside
and grit working its way into her premises
had ruined the polished timber oor, and
there were other tangible e ects on the
"What's your time penalty clause
because I don't feel there are any ... I want
to know why nobody can give me a rm
Ali's had been informed the barrier
fences were to come down on October
6 but a tiler on the job last weekend
told her they still had six more weeks in
"Why am I learning of this second-
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
council shared her frustration.
" ere is no one in this room who
doesn't sympathise," he said. "It's been so
Cr Peter Haddock apologised: "It's been
a total embarrassment for the council."
Ms Grooby said all contracts had
timelines. With many ne days when
nothing had happened on the site, she
wanted to know why.
" ese guys should be working 24/7,
(but) they're o doing a job at the hospital
or doing a driveway in Runanga?"
e mayor asked for a point by
point report from the chief executive,
with direct communication back to
After years of turmoil, including
receivership, Granger House has received
a positive audit from the Ministry of
Health noting "signi cant improvement".
Since the audit was conducted in
August, and just released, the Greymouth
rest home has been re-certi ed and is
again accepting new residents.
Granger House and the adjoining
Richard Seddon Hospital provide rest
home and hospital level care for up to 70
It is owned by Kiwiannia Care Ltd,
which is currently in receivership and is
managed by a facility nurse manager and
a clinical nurse leader.
As well as checking the paper work,
ministry auditors inter viewed residents,
family members, management, sta , t w o
district nurses, a nurse practitioner and
"Signi cant improvements were seen
in a number of the areas identi ed as
requiring improvement in the last audit,
conducted in January 2017."
ey found open communication
among sta , residents and families.
ere was no evidence of abuse, neglect
or discrimination, the audit report says.
Visiting hours were unrestricted, and
encouraged visits from residents' family
e complaints register showed
that 17 complaints were received and
documented in the six months to the
time of audit, and that actions taken,
through to an agreed resolution, had
been completed within the timeframes.
No new complaints had been received
e activity programme provided
residents with a variety of individual and
group activities, while the food ser vice
met the nutritional needs of the residents
and also catered for special needs.
"Residents veri ed satisfaction with
e infection prevention and control
programme was led by an experienced
and trained infection
improvements relate to sta training,
resident assessments, nutrition and food
safety, and review of restraint.
None of these are high risk.
'It's been a total embarrassment for the council'
Songbird hits airwavesPICTURE: Viv Logie
Talented Greymouth teenager Montana Lancaster sings up a storm at Andreas Urban's Greymouth
recording studio. e 15-year-old Greymouth High School Year 11 student has released her rst single,
available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play, and many more music streaming sites shortly. Montana
has only been singing for a couple of years and says her talent was inherited from her dad Cory. Montana
said she posted a video on Instagram and received "heaps" of good comments, so she decided to take her
singing further. She has written a few songs, soon to be released. e songbird is aiming high and dreams
of being on Broadway someday. She also loves acting and can play the piano. She intends to study at
NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) in Christchurch to train in music and theatre.
Mr Urban, who has been giving Montana some direction said she was "like a sponge". "She is a real talent.
Montana is an international talent waiting to be discovered," he said.
Rest home gets clean bill of health
A phone sur vey is asking people
if the Grey and Westland councils
should be merged.
e Local Government
Commission --- which is trying to
determine if four councils are too
many for the West Coast --- has
commissioned a survey on public
support for existing and potential
new local government arrangements
in the region.
A pilot was done last night and
the survey proper --- by UMR ---
One person surveyed last night
told the Greymouth Star they were
asked if the Grey and Westland
councils should be merged.
e Commission said today
it could not release parts of the
survey while it was ongoing because
publication of the questions in
isolation may compromise the
integrity of the survey. It stressed
there were many options being
Among the options on which it
is seeking feedback through the
survey are: no change, which by law
must be included for consideration;
two or more of the councils are
merged; creating a full unitary
authority combining district and
regional council functions; or the
existing councils remain as they are
but with some services --- resource
management planning, for example
--- transferred between councils.
e survey is designed to assist
the Commission to assess the
"reasonably practicable options'' and
arrive at its preferred option for local
government on the West Coast.
e Buller District Council announced today
it would have to hold a by-election in the
Seddon Ward, after learning Cr Martin Hill is
not a New Zealand citizen.
Under the Electoral Act 2001, all nominees
standing for election must be a New Zealand
citizen and sign a declaration as part of the
process. e Act does not require this to be
checked or veri ed. However, sometimes checks
are made. Under the Act the position becomes
vacant immediately when any ineligibility is
discovered and unless it is less than 12 months
before the next election, a by-election must be
Mayor Garry Howard said in a statement:
" is is most regrettable and not something
I would like to see happen to anybody that is
giving their time to serve the community".
"However, council must comply with the Act
and council's electoral o cer has a duty to act to
follow the legal process.
"I have encouraged Martin to get his
citizenship and to stand again. ere is an
expense to a by-election, but it is not legally
possible to hold a position and await citizenship."
When he announced he was running in the
election last year, Mr Hill said he had lived
in Buller for a decade. It was not clear today
how his ineligibility had come to light. e
Greymouth Star understands he is English.
Buller by-election forced after councillor's citizenship uncovered
Grey-Westland merger mooted
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