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A former Grey Main School pupil has
been given $10,000 to spend on her charity
projects in Malawi.
Devon Kilkelly has helped to transform
Ngara, a small village in Malawi.
Her journey started in 2015 when she
worked at the local health clinic while also
teaching at the local secondary school and
At the time, the nursery school had large
holes in the floor, no toilets and the children
only had five toys to share among all 20
She has worked hard to fundraise
to completely transform the nursery.
Thanks to her efforts, not only does it
now have the addition of drop-hole toilets
and a complete floor, it is an interactive,
stimulating and safe environment for the
The money has come from supportive
friends, family and locals from Greymouth.
Miss Kilkelly is also attempting to raise a
minimum of $1500 a year, plus an additional
$450 this year to help rebuild another
deteriorated building down the road from
the original nursery.
ASB this week announced it would give
her $10,000 to spend as she chooses on her
work in Malawi.
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PICTURE: Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Polytechnic tackles healthy food
Tai Poutini Polytechnic students on Friday put a superhero spin on roast chicken and vegetables to help educate children about
healthy eating. Led by culinary arts tutor Jo Hempseed, the students marked International Chefs Day with a special class that tackled
the theme of the day, ‘Foods for health heroes’. Every year the World Association of Chefs’ Societies use International Chefs Day to
help promote healthy eating for children. The polytechnic got on board with this year’s theme and turned out plates of healthy food.
The first delivery of replacement pipe between Westport ’s raw water reser voir and water treatment plant arrived last week from
Christchurch. The Buller District Council says the 20m lengths will be stored adjacent to the water treatment plant until they are
ready for installation. Further pipe deliveries, along with a welder to join pipe sections, are expected to be on site by the end of
next week. The existing reinforced concrete pipeline was originally installed over 80 years ago. The replacement pipe is made out
of polyethylene and has an expected life of 85 years. The total length of pipe to be replaced is 610m. The council says the work is
scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
PICTURE: Buller District Council
Replacement Westpor t water pipes arrive
Wooden guard rails are about
to be replaced on a one-way
bridge where a man lost his life
near Fox Glacier earlier this year.
West Coast Shuttle owner
Cedric Trounson has been
campaigning for improvements
to the older style bridges with
“ Wooden sides are a death
trap on single-lane bridges, yet
still play a low priority with our
road improvements. It makes
me angry,” Mr Trounson said
Work is imminent on the
Maimai Creek bridge on State
highway 6 at Karangarua, where
a man died when his car crashed
off the bridge in June.
Fox Glacier Volunteer Fire
Brigade fire chief John Sullivan
said at the time the spot was
“notorious” and was the third
crash on that bridge in the
space of 15 months. The broken
wooden side rails had still not
been replaced after the last crash
there six months ago.
New Zealand Transport
Agency system manager Pete
Connors said it was waiting for
resource consent to start on site.
“The bridge will be retrofitted
with a complying, permanent
side protection. We expect the
resource consent to arrive shortly,
so looking to start in coming
weeks,” Mr Connors said.
NZTA is also looking at other
single-lane bridges on the West
Mr Connors said it would be
prioritising the retrofitting of
safety improvements such as
permanent side protection to
replace wooden hand rails “over
“These will help prevent
drivers going off these bridges
and reduce the risk of serious
outcomes of driver error or
Mr Trounson, who was updated
by NZTA yesterday, said he
was happy the issue was being
addressed “at long last ”.
Last month, a Kaikoura man
died in similar circumstances
when his vehicle crashed off the
Otututu (Rough) River bridge in
the Grey Valley. His three young
children were rescued from the
upside down wreckage.
In 2012, a elderly man was
lucky to sur vive when his vehicle
smashed through the guard rails
on the same bridge and fell 5m
on to the riverbed. He walked
away with minor injuries.
Wooden guard rails to be replaced
on Maimai Creek bridge
The Kumara Chinese Memorial Garden is
a step closer, with key components now on
order from China.
The site at the eastern entrance to Kumara
will be transformed with garden beds, a water
feature, Chinese bridges, boardwalk, and a
‘moongate’ entry with lions.
Kumara Residents Trust spokeswoman
Fiona Pollard said they were working
through the tender process for the work on
site, and finalising the detailed drawings.
Over $300,000 has been raised so far
formal applications, help from the Chinese
community and local fundraising, and the
group was still actively fundraising, she said.
“ We have purchased key Chinese items
including liang ting, table and chairs, bridges
The shipment was expected in the next few
They were not sure when work would
start, but firstly the tender process had to
be finalised and advertised, and contracts
negotiated with successful applications.
“ We are not rushing into anything as it’s
imperative that we get things right from the
The Kumara public will also get to vote on a
The foundation stone for the garden was
laid in 2014.
Ross is also advancing plans for its own
Chinese garden, sited by the man-made Ross
Key components ordered for Kumara Chinese garden
$10,000 given for Malawi charity projects
PICTURE: Oceana Gold
Part of the now closed Globe Progress Mine, near Reefton. Eventually all of the buildings and heavy machinery seen here will be
removed from site.
Trucks to be removed from Globe Progress Mine
Bridges at the now closed Oceana Gold
mine site near Reefton are being repaired
so that large mine trucks can be removed
from the site.
The Globe Progress Mine started
production in 2007 and was put into ‘care
and maintenance’ early last year.
In December, the Australian company
announced it was starting the site
A contractor is now preparing to remove
the heavy vehicles from the site. To do
this, bridges need to be repaired so they
can support the weight of the large
mine trucks. Surplus pipework has been
removed and portable buildings are being
taken off site.
So far 382,000 trees have been planted
around the former mine site, including
95,000 trees this year alone.
Between 2018 and 2020, another
100,000 will be added each year. At lower
Devils Creek manuka, red, silver and
mountain beech are being planted.
Oceana says the pit lake volume is
currently 3,741,194,750 litres, of a total
volume of 9,000,000,000 litres, equating to
42% of the total pit lake volume.
Fresh from a European
tour, Delaney Davidson is
heading to the Coast with
his Arts on Tour ‘Magic
Remember the slide show
of the returned traveller?
Remember the projected
image on a sheet in the
The show incorporates
these old-time images
combined with evocative
music in Davidson’s
homage to lost ways of
Blending live music and
film, the Arts Laureate
Delaney gives a glimpse of
a forgotten time — dusty
highways, old Europe, the
‘new world’ of the United
States and New Zealand.
Delaney is three times
winner of the NZ Country
Music Song of the Year
Award, awarded NZ
Country Music Album
Of The Year, finalist for
the coveted NZ Apra
Silver Scroll Award, and
Winner of One Man Band
Competition in Zurich.
He is at the Old Lodge
Theatre in Hokitika on
November 8, the Barrytown
Hall on November 9 and
Reefton Club on the 10th.
‘Magic Lightbox’ show for Coast
Over 50 people a day are
expected to use the Paparoa Track
‘great walk’ once completed.
A Grey District Council
staff report to the monthly
council meeting noted that the
Department of Conser vation
has confirmed forecast activity
of up to 56 people using the
track “on busy days,” with
cyclists expected for day trips
“Use of the track is projected
to be 5000 to 7000 visitors per
annum in 2019-20 and increase
in the following years,” corporate
manager Quecha Horning
An application by the council in
conjunction with the Blackball
Residents’ Group and DOC to
the tourist infrastructure fund
had been confirmed as eligible
by the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Enterprise
under their criteria but the
outcome was not yet known, Ms
The application covers toilets,
car park, security lighting,
information boards, bike stands,
a wifi router and barbecue
facilities to be established in
the Blackball skatepark and in
the vicinity of retailers in the
The ‘great walk’ brand will be
marketed by Air NZ and other
partners internationally, with
Blackball as the official starting
Over 50 a day expected on Paparoa ‘great walk’
The West Coast Regional
Council says it could collect
all economic development and
Tourism West Coast rates in
future as part of a shake-up of
In July, the Government
announced that a key part
of the West Coast economic
development action plan was
to merge Tourism West Coast
and Development West Coast
into a new regional economic
development unit as an umbrella
for the trust ’s existing business
The new unit would be in
charge of Tourism West Coast,
and the regional council’s
regional economic development
The suggestion is that the three
district councils would stop
their $100,000 annual funding
to Tourism West Coast, and the
regional council would instead
rate for it.
Andrew Robb, who heads
the economic plan governance
group, said the idea was to
create one rate for Tourism
West Coast, although he
acknowledged the district
councils would have to consult
ratepayers through their annual
and long-term plans.
DWC chief executive Chris
Mackenzie said they hoped to
complete the restructure next
“ We need to make sure we
cover our bases — the last
structure and find out we have to
change it again,” Mr Mackenzie
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said he had been
led to believe the district
council was going to cease
funding Tourism West Coast
“They’ve agreed to that, the
Regional council could collect tourism
and economic development rates
It is believed close to 1400 West
Coast residents have diabetes, and a
further 365 are pre-diabetic or have
significant risk factors.
The figures were released by the
DHB this week.
“ Diabetes and its complications are
a significant and growing risk to the
health of the West Coast population,”
a staff report said.
A total of 1023 people in the 15-74yr
age group with established diabetes had
an annual review during 2016-17. Of
those, 73.5% had good management of
their disease; for Maori the figure was
The Ministry of Health estimates
1388 West Coast residents have
diabetes. That means several hundred
have not had an annual review.
“In addition to this, it is estimated
that there are around 1200 further
people on the West Coast who are pre-
diabetic or who have significant risk
factors for developing diabetes.”
The West Coast PHO and Poutini
Waiora staff are working together to
better engage with Maori and their
whanau to encourage closer care in
Nearly 1400 Coast residents
have diabetes — DHB
Liquidators are still
trying to unravel three
former West Coast-based
mining companies, all of
which have been put into
Mike McDonald — a
former Ernst and Young
entrepreneur of the year —
first appeared on the West
Coast in November 2014,
when his former company
MCAM Ltd, briefly based
in Hokitika, announced
ambitious plans to spend
at least $88.5 million
developing five open-cast
mines targeting gold and
platinum on the West
Coast and in Southland.
MCAM Ltd then went
into liquidation, followed
by MCAM Minerals
18 months ago. A third
company Mr McDonald
had ties to was liquidated in
According to the fourth
liquidator’s report on
MCAM Minerals: “ The
company has director and
with MCAM Ltd (in
liquidation) and further
investigations will be
undertaken into both
“The company ’s director,
Michael John McDonald,
was adjudicated bankrupt
on September 29, 2016.
Accordingly, any actions
against him would be
uneconomic to pursue.”
Liquidators were aware
of unsecured creditors
totalling $416,704. It
was unlikely they would
receive a dividend payment
upon completion of the
liquidation, the liquidators
They were unable to
estimate a likely completion
date for the liquidation.
A new report is also out
on the associated company
At one stage, Mr
McDonald was the
authorised person to accept
service for Koura NZ. A
director is Martin Davie, of
The latest report shows a
balance of $71,000, assets
of about $132,000 — and
claims of over $844,000.
The judge told a drink-driver in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday
that he came as close to a fatality as he
Caleb David Smith admitted careless
driving and driving with excess blood-
alcohol, on August 23.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said Smith was driving between Kaiata
and Dobson and overtook a vehicle at
high speed. The manoeuvre forced an
oncoming car off the road and Smith
Smith told police he had not been
speeding and had consumed only four
However, his blood-alcohol level was
245ml, which Judge Brian Callaghan
said was “extremely high”.
Smith was convicted and ordered to
undertake 90 hours community work,
nine months’ super vision and disqualified
from driving for nine months.
A young Greymouth man who verbally
abused his mother and threw furniture
around admitted threatening behaviour
on October 14.
Ace Campbell, who recently turned 17,
verbally abused his mother, threw a cup
against the wall, upturned two couches,
stood over his mother and called her a
“f.. stupid b..” .
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson
said the teenager’s mother was extremely
scared and frightened.
He suggested that the judge hold the
matter over for sentencing until other
matters being heard in the Youth Court,
Campbell was convicted and remanded
until October 30.
Brock Anthony Harris, 36, of
Greymouth, admitted two charges of
trespass at the Greymouth New World
Harris was trespassed from the store in
March but returned on September 20.
He purchased some bread and deli
items, but failed to pay for a block of
cheese which he had hidden in his jacket.
Harris told police he did not have
enough money and he believed the
trespass order had expired.
Lawyer George Linder said Harris
was still on community detention and
Judge Callagahan said his current
super vision and community detention
did not seem to stop him from offending.
Harris was convicted and ordered to
come up for sentence if called upon
within six months, and warned by the
judge against further thieving.
A driver who fell asleep behind wheel
and crashed into a power pole and then
a culvert on State highway 7 at Dobson
on September 29 admitted charges of
driving while forbidden and careless
Cody Gary Griggs, 30, of Greymouth,
did not have a licence and reparation of
$4900 was sought for the power pole.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Griggs had
dozed off and recalled waking up just as
he was crashing into the pole.
“He has had a real shock and will be
getting his licence now,” Mr Bodle said.
Griggs had “learned a very valuable
Judge Callaghan told Griggs he should
not have been driving in the first place.
“ You have a conviction from 2012 for
driving without a licence. It is taking you
quite a few years to get your licence.”
Griggs was convicted and disqualified
from driving for three months and
ordered to pay reparation of $4900.
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