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A veteran Greymouth jade carver has
joined the Kowhai Project, which is
responsible for the gardens and landscaping
at the new Greymouth Hospital, by car ving
a bowl and touchstone to go in a sensory
The Kowhai Project is a collaboration
of West Coast community organisations
and aims to raise $350,000 for gardens
“to support the recovery and well-being of
The $77.8 million budget for the hospital
and the adjoining integrated family health
centre is so tight there is no money for
gardens or landscaping.
Elinor Stratford, who is leading the
initiative, said yesterday $35,000 (one 10th
of the total) had been raised so far, with the
lion’s share tagged for the new paediatric
ward play area. Rotary and the Greymouth
Playcentre have contributed generously.
The first school is also showing interest in
getting on board.
Jade car ver Mick Collins has joined the
project with two car vings in development.
The bowl will be mounted into the stump
of a kopara (silver pine) tree which was cut
down 150 years ago and is still “solid as”.
The bowl and touchstone will be car ved
from serpentine and tangiwai.
The sensory garden will be developed on
the northern side of the hospital. Already,
Shantytown has donated 100 kowhai
2 - Thursday, October 26, 2017
The West Coast District Health
Board mental health team “missed”
an opportunity after being told of a
suicidal farmer, but then failing to make
direct contact with him.
The Westland farmer killed himself
six months later, in 2015.
The Ministry of Primary Industries
(MPI) contacted the DHB with
concerns about the man before his
A summary of recommendations from
Coroner David Robinson has just been
released, noting that the farmer had not
been directly contacted by the mental
health team after the referral from
MPI. The coroner’s findings have not
Instead mental health contacted his
mother, who gave an assurance that she
would maintain contact with him and
alert the GP if she had any concerns.
“A period of approximately six months
elapsed between the referral by the MPI
inspector and (the farmer’s) death,” the
“The coroner made clear that while
the lack of direct contact by West Coast
DHB was a “missed opportunity”, given
the time period and the observation
by those around (the farmer) that
he seemed well, the coroner did not
consider the approach taken by the
DHB to be a cause or contributor to
(the farmer’s) death.”
Following his death, the DHB
conducted a review and identified that
there was a “missed opportunity ” to
provide care to him.
A review of the DHB’s response
to the referral resulted in two
Firstly, that a referral is not closed
until there is personal contact (either
by telephone, or face-to-face) with the
If no contact has been achieved within
10 days, a letter should be sent. In the
absence of response to that, the referral is
closed, but the GP and referrer are to be
told that the person has not responded.
The second recommendation was for a
risk factor “aide memoir” to be developed
to aid the telephone triage process.
The coroner said the policy of requiring
direct contact with the person “seems
“I recommend that all district health
boards review their policies relating to
the actioning of such referrals, with a
view to direct contact with the subject
person (whether that be in person, or at
least via telephone) to ascertain whether
there is any immediate risk to the person
or others, and to give that person an
opportunity to engage with the relevant
ser vice. ”
A year ago, after a suicide in the
Greymouth area, the coroner endorsed
recommendations made by the DHB’s
serious incident review:
The treating psychiatrist is to seek
peer review of management plans (crisis
The treating psychiatrist should
hand over to an on-call psychiatrist
and also note in detail any significant
clinical and safety issues so that the on-
call psychiatrist and others know about
All staff involved in the care of a
client need to familiarise themselves
with the management (crisis) plans
and an information handout should be
provided to families about the various
roles of crisis ser vices (TACT), police
and the limitations of mental health
Thursday October 26
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Dan and Patty
Married on October 26, 1957
from family and friends
KELLY, Joan Mary.
Passed away peace-
fully on October 23,
2017 at Dixon House,
Greymouth, aged 95.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Jack, loved mother
and mother-in-law of
Service (Upper Hutt),
(Otaki), Pat and Trix
(Rutherglen), and John
and Ellen (Australia),
loving grandma of her
nine grandchildren and
children, loved sister of
the late Jack, and a
loved sister-in-law and
friend. Messages to 74
Rutherglen Road, Paroa
7805. A Funeral Mass
celebrated in St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 10am, Joan
will then be laid to rest
with Jack at the Karoro
Phone (03) 768 0250
TUCK, (nee Ord)
Shirley. — Passed away
peacefully on October
25, 2017 at Ernest
Rutherford Rest Home,
Stoke, aged 86 years.
Formerly of Greymouth.
Dearly beloved wife of
the late Hylton Tuck
Robinson, Calvin and
Donna Tuck, Lorraine
and Don Macbeth,
Calder, Bev and Mal-
colm Fairhall, Val and
George Paterson, Jen
and Peter Low, and
loved Nana of Clint and
Anja, Brad and Anna,
Taryn and Nicklas,
Lana, Karl and Danielle,
Bronwyn and Luke, Jeff
and Nadine, Renee and
Ben, Ashleigh and Zak,
Brayden, Josh, Gracie,
Hamish and Amy, Anne,
Quinn, and all her
private gathering is
being held and she is
being laid to rest with
Messages to 172 Pigeon
Valley Road, RD2,
With tears we saw you
We watched you fade
Our hearts were slowly
breaking as you fought
so hard to stay.
We love you Mum x
away peacefully on
Wednesday October 25,
2017 at Grey Base
Hospital, after a long
battle with ill health,
dearly loved daughter of
the late Bob and Ena,
much loved sister and
sister-in-law of Robert
(deceased), Tommy and
Daphne, Kevin and
Gina, and Douglas and
Trish, loved auntie of
Tania and Jason Efford,
Angela and Andrew
Crook, Neil Griffin,
Sheree and Patrick
Power, Diana Doyle and
loved great-auntie of
(deceased), Liam Efford,
Crook, Olivia and Zac
Griffin, Flynn Power,
Madison and Zachery
Hislop. Messages to 444
Main South Road,
Paroa, Greymouth 7805.
declined but donations
to the West Coast
Cancer Support, PO Box
81, Greymouth 7840
would be appreciated or
could be made at the
service. A service to
celebrate Colleen's life
will be held in the Anisy
Funeral Home Chapel,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Monday
at 10am followed by
cremation. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
away peacefully at Grey
October 24, 2017, aged
76. Devoted wife of the
late Kevin. Dearly loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Melanie and
Theyers (all of Auck-
land). Dearly loved
grandma of Ben and
Laura Theyers. Dearly
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Jill (deceased)
and Alan Gillman. A
loved aunty of Lana,
Loving Gayle to Kevin's
children and grand-
children. A much loved
friend to many. A
special thank you to Ann
and Rob Murray, Allan
and Angela Walker,
Father Frank and Mary
O'Connell and family,
Buller Medical Centre,
staff of Foote Ward,
Buller Hospital, staff of
Grey Base Hospital, and
St John. In accordance
with Gayle's wishes a
private cremation has
been held. Messages to
Private Bag 92139,
Respectfully cared for
by Ascot Funeral Home,
22 Russell Street, West-
port 7825. Phone (03)
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Dan and Patricia Brown at home in Cobden.
Movie-goers celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
Cobden couple Dan and Patricia
Brown celebrate their diamond wedding
anniversary today, buoyed by best wishes
from family and friends.
Both agree the 60 years have passed
quickly but it has been a wonderful journey
along the way.
“Family is so important along with each
of us having our interests outside the home,
that is important, too,” Pat
Pat went to school at Moonlight and later
moved with her family to Greymouth and
then Cobden, but it was at Dan’s brother’s
wedding in Blackball that romance began
Pat: “Dan’s brother Eddie got married to
Anne, who I worked with at McKenzie’s.
Dan spotted me and rang me up after
the wedding to go to the pictures with him
at the old Opera House — that ’s how
it all started. Danny was a real movie
Dan: “Pat caught my eye at the wedding
and the rest is history. I know we saw a lot
of movies before we got married.”
The couple were married at the old
Cobden Anglican Church on a perfect
West Coast day.
“The church used to be down across
from the school. The Anglican minister
Rev Dentith did the ser vice and my three
sisters Margaret, Gail and Jenny were my
bridesmaids. It was a beautiful fine day. ”
Dan was born in Blackball and lived the
first 25 years there, working in the local
mine and bush.
“I lived there for 25 years before we got
married and then moved to Cobden.
“Robbie Nichol was my best man and my
groomsman was Victor Mountford.”
The couple have four children — Robbie,
David, Ross and Julie.
“Sixty years is a time of celebration. The
longest we have been apart would be a
week. I was away at a golf tournament
and another time Pat was at a netball
tournament,” Dan said.
“It’s been a good life together, we have
family around which is great and we both
have interests outside the home, which is
Jade car ver joins hospital Kowhai Project
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Mick Collins will soon start carving a bowl and touchstone to go in a sensory garden at
the new Greymouth Hospital.
of the Westport News
A Buller beekeeper says
Development West Coast ’s
refusal to fund him might put
him out of business.
In 2005, DWC invested
$888,000 in Marlborough-based
bee business Putake.
Gary Jeffery said he had applied
for $25,000 to cover development
work costs until honey and queen
bee income came through again
His family business had
expected to be fully commercial
by this spring but overstocking
by other beekeepers, due to
the “manuka goldrush”, had
prevented that happening, he
DWC chief executive Chris
Mackenzie said the reasons for
declining the application had
been explained to Mr Jeffery by
a staff member.
DWC would like to support
Mr Jeffery but needed more
confidence in the information he
provided, Mr Mackenzie said.
This was because forecasts done
by Mr Jeffery on queen bees and
honey had not always been met.
Mr Mackenzie said he was
drafting a letter to Mr Jeffery
specifying which information
Mr Jeffery would then have the
opportunity to “come back” to
DWC after he had received the
letter later this week.
Mr Jeffery has also complained
he was not given a chance to
speak to the DWC board to
explain his position.
However, Mr MacKenzie said
Mr Jeffery’s letter requesting an
opportunity to speak had arrived
too late for him to be added to
the agenda of the meeting last
Mr Jeffery said his business
Mountain Beech had successfully
bred queen bees that were
resistant to varroa mites.
“Long term, once the manuka
honey loses its appeal, this area
could become the queen rearing
centre of New Zealand. ”
However, if Mountain Beech
did not get the funding it needed
to cover it until early next year its
work would be in jeopardy.
DWC refuses beekeeper’s funding application
of the Westport News
Labour’s commitment to the new
Westport integrated family health centre
(IFHC) remains, says West Coast-
Tasman MP Damien O’Connor who is
about to become a cabinet minister.
Labour promised before the election to
build a fit-for-purpose IFHC costing up
to $20 million.
The National government had
proposed a $12m IFHC, funded by
ACC. The public-private funding deal
meant the IFHC could not be built on
the Buller Hospital site, and was moved
to the hospital’s boilerhouse site.
Mr O’Connor said yesterday that
Labour’s commitment to fund it meant
the IFHC would not be relegated to the
He said the new Health Minister,
David Clark, would have the Westport
proposal on his priority list.
Mr O’Connor hinted that the West
Partnership Group, which has been in
charge of the IFHC project since May
last year, might go.
None of the group’s members live
on the West Coast and it has never
consulted the local community.
“ I think we’ve got to have people
who can better communicate with the
community and better understand our
long-term needs,” Mr O’Connor said.
However, the group’s future would be
up to the new minister.
“ In the end it’s the outcome we want,
not necessarily who’s doing what.”
Labour committed to
new Westport IFHC
of the Hokitika Guardian
Family, friends and fellow volunteers
will join together on Saturday in a world
record attempt fundraiser as a tribute to
late Hokitika community and All Saints
Church stalwart Noeline Tainui.
A 50-person hug exchange will be held
outside the church to break the existing
record, while at the same time raising
money for the refurbishment of the war
Among the line-up will be emergency
ser vice personnel and members of the
many organisations the 78-year-old was
involved with until she died in June,
including the church and associated
support groups, Association of Anglican
Women (AAW ) and the Women’s
Granddaughter and event organiser
Kristy Wilson said almost half of the
initial $5000 fundraising target had
already been achieved.
‘Huggers’ can be sponsored and funds
will also be raised for the church repairs
through a carnival-type celebration
following the pink-themed record
Children’s activities, food stalls, live
music and spot prizes for the best and
pinkest dressed will all be on offer.
The current record, according to www.
recordsetter.com, is 36 people and has
been held in Belgium since 2012.
Ms Wilson said the family wanted
to bring the community together and
celebrate her life and achieve her last
goal of refurbishing All Saints.
The first phase of the $800,000 project
which will include roof repairs,
seismic strengthening up to 67%, and
exterior re-plastering and re-painting
— is due to get under way soon.
A site office was moved in by builders
this week and scaffolding is set to go up
Hugging record attempt
Departures: Jay Elaine.
In port: Mako, Robert
H, 15 Greymouth
arrivals: Te Aroha.
In 2017, Greymouth residents are upgrading
to ultrafast broadband for internet streaming,
but 50 years ago they struggled to get a decent
Fifty years ago last week, the Grey Valley
Televiewers’ Society led by Max Farrell
was working on a way to reduce Australian
television interference on West Coast tv sets.
They came up with a plan to erect a
translator on Sewell Peak to re-translate the
signal from Otira to Cobden Hill.
Paroa man Anthony Farrell read the
Greymouth Star’s 50 years ago column
recentrly and hunted out some photos from
his collection, dating to 1966.
One shows the hut erected on Cobden Hill
to house the tv translator, built by his father
“It was a community effort to try and redress
the government failure to extend tv coverage
to smaller regions.”
The second shows his dad working on
the small downhill receiving translator
that was used to take the weak signal from
Hokitika and feed it by a landline to the main
translator up the ridge, where it was amplified
again and transmitted down to the town, and
also up the valley to Dobson and Runanga.
Assisting his father is Peter Farrell, aged
Early Coast television memories jolted
PICTURES: Farrell family
A contractor is about to hit the
phones for the annual Grey District
Council satisfaction sur vey to
measure public views of the council’s
performance, ser vices and facilities.
This year it will be asking for
thoughts on some important issues,
which will feed into the development
of the 2018-28 long-term plan.
The survey is carried out by an
independent contractor, Opinions
Market Research Ltd, and consists
of telephone and face-to-face
inter views with about 350 residents.
It takes about 15-20 minutes to
complete and will mostly be done
by phone, as well as inter viewers
carrying out face-to-face sur veys.
Coast hottest tourism
The West Coast was again the
hottest region in the country for
tourism expenditure in September.
Figures from the Ministry
of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) today show
the spend was up 14% to $315
million, followed by Tasman (up
14% to $544 million). West Coast
tourism was supported by strong
international spending, with the
United States market increasing
30% to $52 million and the German
market increasing 35% to $40
million, compared with the year
ending September 2016.
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