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The Grey District Council has
agreed to carry over $11 million of
expenditure for incomplete capital
works for another year.
Staff told the monthly council
meeting this week that many
contracts were being handicapped
due to the lack of bidders and
suitable contractors on the West
projects totalling $11,124,628
including sewer, water, parks and
reser ves, and road projects had
either been fully spent, scaled back,
not yet begun or underspent.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency has already approved
carrying over budgets for some of
its subsidised work.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the
carry-overs request represented
a cumulative problem and the
council needing to “catch up”.
Sutherland on that point, the
mayor said: “ This comes up every
year when we say ‘hey you’ve got
to catch up’ but it has been hard to
catch up ... you can’t keep stacking
up projects, because it ’s starting to
The council had $3.5m more in
carry-overs this year.
Cr Allan Gibson said staff
shortages were a problem with the
lack of contractors, along with the
exit of others from the region.
Mr Sutherland’s report noted
measures to ensure carry-overs
were limited to projects that could
not be undertaken “for bona fide
reasons,” beyond the council’s
Last year the council carried over
$7.7m in 38 projects. This year it is
$11m and 47 projects.
Some items will be carried
forward to the current year, while
other amounts will be set aside in
special funds for future expenditure
“ Various reasons exist why
projects have been delayed or
late commencing and managers
are thoroughly aware of the need
to avoid carry-overs where at all
possible,” Mr Sutherland said.
Reasons fell into three broad
‘ Unexpected projects’ at the
expense of other projects, with
staff time diverted. The central
business district renewal, Buller
waste to energy proposal and the
Westland Recreation Centre with
“extensive staff involvement ” were
A major shortage of
contractors, with council projects
often taking second place in
the programmes of available
contractors, “who often work
elsewhere”. As a result, significant
delays were particularly evident
in the Greymouth area sewerage
Delays by third parties and
the time to secure third party
agreements could not be under-
“There certainly has been a
to work programmes, which,
despite staff working very long
hours, could not be achieved,” Mr
Nevertheless the quantum of
carry-overs was disappointing, he
“Only $4.95m of a budgeted
$16.8m has been done.”
All projects on the carry-over
list now had a project plan and
deadlines, he said.
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New water treatment plants could be
operational in Kumara and Whataroa by
May next year following the re-tendering
of the contracts.
The upgrades, which will bring both
plants up to Ministry of Health national
drinking water standards, stalled in
January due to a Serious Fraud Office
investigation and contract negotiations
with the Indian-owned company, Techno
Economic Ser vices (NZ) Ltd, which
was originally awarded the combined
However, it was terminated in a mutual
agreement between the company and the
council in July.
In a statement yesterday, the council
said the projects were back on track
with the contract being awarded to the
next preferred tenderer, Southwater, of
The plants would take about seven
months to complete.
“ Work on both water treatment plants
will take place concurrently and all
equipment will be brought to Westland
in the same shipment.”
The project would be paid for with the
funds that were initially set aside for the
work, council said. A response was also
awaited from the Ministry regarding the
$242,641 subsidy for the Kumara plant
which was suspended earlier this year
until the contract was re-awarded.
Once the Kumara water treatment
plant was commissioned the water supply
would return to being treated, instead of
The town was on a boil water notice
for about a month over late summer.
However, the council confirmed yesterday
the notice had been lifted and the supply
was being treated with chlorine.
TES hit the national spotlight when it
emerged its sole New Zealand director,
Neha Bubna, was a South Auckland cake
The company had also been lined up
by former council district assets group
manager Mr Goel to build an $8 million
mechanical sewerage plant at Franz Josef
However, that was quashed by the
incoming council in favour of oxidation
ponds. Mr Goel’s activities remain the
focus of an ongoing SFO investigation.
The council clarified in July that TES
NZ was a company formed by its parent
company, TES India, in New Delhi
specifically for the water projects.
Work on the Kumara and Whataroa
water supply upgrades was to be carried
out by consultants from TES India,
in conjunction with New Zealand
Westland township water plant
contracts back on track
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Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
has refused to criticise the Buller
District Council for scuppering a
proposal for one district plan for
the West Coast.
Buller last week voted for the
third time against following Grey
and Westland, which had both
agreed in principle to one district
Mr Kokshoorn said he understood
“I ’m not criticising Buller at all.
They need more time to think
about it, they ’ve obviously got more
fears, and that ’s fair enough.”
He understood that Buller
councillors were fearful one district
plan could be a step towards local
government amalgamation on the
It was important all Coast
councils worked together, he said.
In the last few years they had
worked on joint approaches for 25
or 30 shared ser vices.
He hoped Buller’s opposition to
one plan would change in time.
“ Even though they ’ve turned it
down three times I do think it ’s
something, when they get some
confidence and some information,
they could come round.
“I do think it’s good we all work
together, and having one district
plan would be a big step for ward.
But it ’s entirely up to Buller. ”
Grey had voted for one district
plan because it believed shared
ser vices and collaboration would
be good for all the councils. One
district plan would save money
and provide a better ser vice to the
public, who did not want different
rules for different councils, Mr
Buller Deputy Mayor Graeme
Neylon told his council last
week it was unclear how the one
plan proposal had come about or
whether it would be the best option.
He said the original proposal had
been for Buller’s district plan to
be used as a template for the other
councils, rather than for one plan
Mr Kokshoorn said Grey and
Westland had never agreed to that,
and could both argue their district
plans were better than Buller’s.
What was needed was the best
parts of each plan combined to suit
the whole region, he said.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith
could not be reached for comment.
The one district plan proposal
would have cost $400,000 over two
years to implement — $50,000
from each district council and
the West Coast Regional Council
and $200,000 from the Local
Decision Buller’s, says Kokshoorn
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GRAY, Justin Robin.
— Catherine, Maddison,
Deklan, Kayden and
Christine, Robin and
Gaye and families wish
to sincerely thank you
all for your kind
thoughts, cards, flowers,
delivered to our homes.
To Tim Mora for the
service, the afternoon
tea ladies and to all
who attended Justin's
service, thank you. To
Denise and the team
at Westland Funeral
Services a huge thank
you from us all. Please
accept this as a personal
Justin will be forever
in our hearts
DUNN, Thomas (Tom).
Passed away peace-
fully at Grey Base
Hospital on October 8,
2017, in his 80th year.
Loved husband of the
late Pat, beloved and
father-in-law of Tony
and Vicki (Auckland),
(Nelson), and Mike and
much loved poppa of
Thomas, Brandon, and
Andrew, loved great-
poppa of Seth, and
Ethan, a loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Billy and Colleen Dunn,
Jean and Ray Neame,
Irene and Phil Roberts,
and the late Marie and
brother-in-law of Marie
and John McGrath, and
the late Kathleen
and Patrick Dunne, a
respected uncle, cousin,
and friend of many.
Messages to 35 Milton
Road, Greymouth 7805.
A Funeral Service to
celebrate Tom's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, Tainui Street,
(Friday) at 11am
followed by cremation
here on the Coast at the
Phone (03) 768 0250
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Children get introduction to electronics
Tech Space tutor Eric Martini checks a circuit with William Moynihan and Cameron Detlaff during
the holiday programme, Introduction to Electronics, held above the Regent Theatre in Greymouth
yesterday. “ The children have been learning to identify components and what they do,” Mr Martini said.
“They learn how to solder and assemble an electronics project which you can take home afterwards.”
A former Camerons man now living
in Christchurch, has admitted using his
businesses to steal millions of dollars
from his victims — including elderly
people and their life savings.
Paul Clifford Hibbs appeared in
Christchurch District Court yesterday
and pleaded guilty to charges of making
a false statement by promoter, theft
in a special relationship, using forged
documents, and forgery.
He was remanded in custody until
sentencing on February 7.
Hibbs owned and operated Cameron
Gladstone Investments and another
company, Hansa Limited. He used these
entities to provide clients with false
reports about their investments and used
A Serious Fraud Office statement
said Mr Hibbs was employed
as a private banker, dealing with high
net worth individuals, buying and selling
shares and managing clients’ investment
In 2002 he left banking and incorporated
investment advisory business Cameron
Gladstone Investments Limited, and
later Hansa Limited.
Serious Fraud Office director Julie Read
said any investors with doubts should
check the register of authorised advisers
published by the Financial Markets
Authority. Hibbs was not registered.
Fraudster stole millions through business
Findings from the first West Coast
Wilderness Trail economic indicator
report released this week show it is
attracting 7000 to 10,000 annually.
Next month, the Greymouth-Ross
trail will be in its fifth year of operation.
“From the survey work undertaken
earlier in the year we know that 94%
of riders have come here for the trail.
Without it they wouldn’t be here,”
Pauline Cox from the West Coast
Wilderness Trail Trust, said. She has
taken over from Chris Steel, who has
stepped down to focus on his business.
The main age group, between 60-69
years, are staying between three and four
nights, spending over just over $200 per
person daily and the main region they
are coming from is Auckland.
“The Greymouth iSite has seen 82%
growth in both rider bookings and
spend between the last two seasons and
other business are reporting 30-40%
“ Yesterday we were notified that this
trail is one of just three being used by
Tourism New Zealand in their next
international marketing campaign into
Australia. They describe the three trails
selected as “their best hero trails”.
The report found the trail was
significant in the revival of Kumara,
the creation of five significant new
businesses and over $7 million in
private investment, extensions to many
others and the creation over 30 direct
full and part-time jobs.
The trail is injecting between $4.4 and
$7.7m directly back into the economy
without any multipliers applied.
The trust is establishing the first
benchmarks and will be undertaking
regular surveys and gaining rider and
business statistics from operators. These
include, for example, bikes for hire
that have gone from 82, two years ago
to 170 including 13 ebikes for this
Report shows Wilderness Trail
attracting 7000 to 10,000 annually
A group has applied for a 10-year
permit as part of efforts to save the
kea, the world’s only alpine parrot.
The group, which is not named,
has applied to the Department
of Conser vation. It wants to
attach leg bands to kea, attach
transmitters, temporarily catch
and hold sick birds, and take blood
samples from those suspected to
have lead poisoning.
It also wants to trial non-toxic
repellents and methods to reduce
It wants the permit to run for 10
years, to give the experts time to
It says as “many kea as possible”
would be caught over the decade.
Currently 20 to 50 are caught
annually, plus additional sick
This should increase as more staff
They are generally caught using a
net gun and noose.
A huge area of land would be
covered by the permit, including
the Arthur’s Pass, Westland Tai
Poutini and Paparoa National
Group applies for kea permit
Greymouth Star winners
Five Greymouth Star readers
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Annie Gillespie, Ollie Smith, Eils
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The Department of Conser vation and
Genesis are encouraging people to try the
Whio Boot Camp Challenge, a computer
game developed to build awareness of
whio and the challenges they face.
Playing the game gives young
people a chance to win an experience
seeing whio in the wild with a DOC
The prize also includes flights, spending
money, accommodation and outdoor
activities that are tailored to suit the
needs of the winner.People can play the
game and enter the competition on the
DOC website at the link below until the
22nd of October. http://www.doc.govt.
People encouraged to try the Whio Boot Camp Challenge
The Ban 1080 Party is watching
the Winston Peters negotiations with
interest to see what he achieves, before
making a firm decision on the future of
NZ First promised a crackdown on the
use of 1080 if elected.
Ban 1080 did not perform well in
the election, and is waiting to see what
concessions Mr Peters wins before
deciding on its future.
Leader Bill Wallace said for now, he
was tidying up loose ends relating to the
He wanted to see what Mr Peters
He may be able to reduce the rate of
1080, he said.
Mr Wallace also said a decision on Ban
1080’s future would come down to the
He was happy to be part of that.
Before the election, NZ First said it
would initiate trapping where feasible, if
It would immediately allocate adequate
resourcing, and initiate proper and urgent
research, into alternatives to 1080.
Ban 1080 Party watching coalition talks
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