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Kumara boil water
The Westland District Council has
now lifted the boil water notice for
Kumara after further testing of the
town water supply was given the all
clear on Friday. The council advised
the media of the news at half past
eight on Friday night. Kumara had
been on a boil water notice for 13
days. Kumara’s water treatment
plant was supposed to be replaced
Lights off Greymouth
Bright lights in the sky off
Greymouth and reported to police
at about 10pm were unlikely to be
distress signals, police staff said this
Atarau woman caught
A 28-year-old Atarau woman had
her driver’s licence immediately
suspended for 28 days after she
failed a roadside breath test in
Atarau Road on Saturday night.
The woman blew 747mcg and will
appear in court in due course for
drink -riving. Meanwhile a vehicle
owner from Northern Buller had
their vehicle impounded on Friday
after another person driving the car
was found to be a forbidden driver.
Sergeant Andrew Lyes said the
vehicle owner told police they were
unaware of the driving status of the
person they had allowed to use the
vehicle in question.
A quantity of alcohol was stolen
in a burglary in Westport on Friday.
The alcohol was taken from the
Black and White Hotel after a
person or person entered the cooler
and made off.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Galatea II, Annie, Aleatha T.
Departures: Jay Elaine, Moon
Shadow, Nimbus, Esperance,
Lady Jane, Robert H, Western
Leader, O utward Bound. In port:
Fellowship, Galatea II, Annie,
Norman McLeod, Aleatha T, five
Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Nil. Expected departures:
Fellowship, Galatea II.
West Coast local body
leaders’ expenses revealed
of the Westport New
West Coast Regional Council
chairman Andrew Robb was the most
expensive local body leader on the West
Coast by more than $13,000 in the year
to June 30 last year.
Mr Robb’s pay and expenses combined
came to $96,614.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard came
next ($83,099), closely followed by Grey
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn ($82,108).
Westland’s Bruce Smith was the least
Mr Robb spent more than the
three mayors combined, according to
information obtained by the Westport
News under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act.
His expenses totalled $20,746 — $7888
more than the total for the three mayors.
The previous year he spent $11,735.
His 2016-17 costs included: travel
$8073, expense claims $1956, Local
Government New Zealand conference
$1495 and Koru Club membership
He was paid $75,868 — the second
lowest remuneration of West Coast
council leaders, although his pay rose
$1668 on the previous year.
Mr Robb said his travel, mainly to
Wellington, had boosted his expenses.
Air New Zealand’s changes to its
Hokitika schedule meant he often had
to stay an extra night, increasing his
accommodation costs. He had used his
own vehicle to travel to Christchurch at
times, to try to save air flights.
His role chairing the West Coast
growth study government group also
meant more travel.
“There’s been a lot going on that we’ve
been involved in.”
The West Coast had had good
with the previous
government on the growth study
and he believed the new Economic
Development Minister planned to keep
moving on it. However, Conser vation
Minister Eugenie Sage told the
Westport News last month the study
was “a 19th-20th century approach
to regional development ” because it
focused on traditional industries like
mining and logging.
Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn again
had the lowest expenses of $1198 —
travel $788, accommodation $243,
meals $167. His expenses fell $712 on
the previous year.
Mr Kokshoorn was paid $80,910 — up
$896 on the previous year. His pay and
expenses combined came to $82,108.
Mr Smith clocked up $5178 in
expenses, $645 less than his predecessor
Mike Havill. The money went on
travel, vehicle, fuel, accommodation,
food/beverages, conference fees and
membership fees such as Koru Club.
Mr Smith received the lowest
remuneration of $72,827, slightly more
than Mr Havill’s $72,783. His pay and
expenses combined totalled $77,961.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Physiotherapist Roxane Pajouhandeh at her new practice in Tainui Street, Greymouth.
New physiotherapist opens private practice
A London-born physiotherapist has
opened a private practice in Greymouth,
helping to ease the pressure in the specialist
The opening of the Tainui Street practice
by Roxane Pajouhandeh is welcome, with
long-time Greymouth physio Jon Olsen
set to move overseas and the West Coast
District Health Board short-staffed.
“I came across from London and
worked for the DHB for four years,” Ms
“I decided I needed flexibility of hours after
my maternity leave and decided to set up a
new challenge and work on my own.”
Ms Pajouhandeh has a bachelor of science
degree in physiotherapy. She has established
in her new practice as a place of physical
“As a physiotherapist my role is
working with ACC injuries, post-surgical
rehabilitation, sports injuries and general
aches and pains. I have been mainly focusing
on neck and hand as there isn’t a registered
hand therapist on the West Coast.”
At this stage she is working 15 hours a
week and is looking for ward to eventually
extending her hours.
“I enjoy meeting people and there are a lot
of awesome people on the West Coast, some
real hardy Coasters.”
A Greymouth man was
thrown in the cells at
the Greymouth District
Court on Friday for
failing to have a pre-
sentence report written,
not doing his community
work and not being
where he should be.
Castlehouse was to
have been sentenced
for breaching his
community work, but as
he had failed to show up
to Probation Ser vices to
get a report done, and
was not in court when he
was first called, when he
finally did turn up, Judge
David Saunders ordered
him to be remanded him
in custody until next
Lawyer George Linder
said he had attempted,
on numerous occasions,
to make contact with
Castlehouse but without
said he was surprised
Castlehouse was not in
court as he had been
advised only this week
he had an appearance.
previously sentenced to
community work but had
completed just half an
hour of it.
Man who failed to appear
remanded in custody
A short film masterclass, with
Bollinger, of Reefton, will be held
in Greymouth this week.
It will allow young people on
the West Coast to explore film-
making in depth and produce a
short film in collaboration with
some of New Zealand ’s most
experienced industry practitioners.
cinematographer. He is
excellent communicator and easily
engages young people.
Film director Paul Maunder, now
of Blackball, brought social realism
and the arthouse to New Zealand
screens in the 1960s and 1970s,
before shifting stages and leaving
the government ’s National Film
Unit, to concentrate on theatre.
Since being based on the West
Coast he runs Kiwi Possum
Productions and is considered a
gifted creative collaborator.
The masterclass will be held
from January 22-27 at the Regent
Theatre. Registered participants
are coming from Franz Josef
Glacier through to Greymouth
and range in age from 11 to 19
Funding has come from Grey
District Creative Communities,
The programme is run across six-
days and includes:
1. Pitch to Masterclass facilitators
and their peers ideas and develop
those chosen into detailed scripts.
2. Collaboratively work in teams
to crew and shoot selected scripts
3. Complete shooting, track lay
and edit (days 4 and 5).
4. Plan the public screening of
final work (day 6).
The idea for the workshop
is a continuation of the work
undertaken by Rosa Heney
Creative Ltd. In July 2017 Heney
workshop entitled A Day in the
Life of a Film-maker.
and amateur film-maker Tom
Morum-Kelly visited Greymouth
and shared their experiences of
creating films alongside Bollinger.
A further group of about 15
adults interested in establishing a
working party for a possible film
festival in 2018 is also a ‘feeder’
group for this project.
Short film masterclass with
Alun Bollinger for Greymouth
A New Plymouth woman now
living on the West Coast was
told that if she did not continue
with her community work and
offended again she would face a
Samantha Rawari appeared in
the Greymouth District Court on
Friday for sentencing on charges
of breaching her community
work, driving while disqualified
and dangerous driving.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Rawari’s situation had changed
and things were looking more
Judge David Saunders said
Probation had suggested a
Intensive super vision would
be more suitable as it gave him
the ability to judicially monitor
Rawari, he said.
“If she doesn’t deliver on her
promises she will be placed
before me again and a custodial
sentence will become a reality.”
Rawari was sentenced to nine
months’ intensive super vision and
60 hours of community work, on
top of the 120 hours she has yet
to complete, and was disqualified
form driving for six months, from
February 5, when her current
disqualification period ends.
Judge Saunders said he hoped
Rawari had got the message and
suggested she needed to make it
She also needed to “stay out of
the driver’s seat ” of a vehicle.
A Totara Flat farm manager
found guilty of three assault
charges, was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court to
community work, super vision and
ordered to make an emotional
harm payment of $1000 to his
Nigel Pawsey was found guilty
of two assault charges and assault
with a weapon.
Pawsey received a community
work sentence of 80 hours and six
months’ super vision.
A Greymouth man
was on Friday convicted
and discharged for
breaching a community
work order, after telling
the Greymouth District
Court he had completed
all of his community
Dale Lee McKenzie
was to be sentenced for
the breach, but arrived
at court to tell Judge
David Saunders he had
completed all of his
Lawyer George Linder
said Probation Ser vices
were “very happy” and
suggested McKenzie be
convicted and discharged.
“They are happy to get
him out of the system,
and hopefully he will
“This is good to hear,
and don’t offend again,”
Judge Saunders told
Custodial sentence warning
Community work and
supervision for assault
A former Greymouth woman who
was killed last week in a collision with a
truck south of Timaru, had a memorable
start in life when she was flown to
Christchurch on a mercy flight during a
huge storm shortly after her birth.
Kellyanne Cindal Pattinson died last
She had been living at Waimate but
was born in Greymouth.
In April 1986, the Greymouth
Evening Star reported that an Air Force
plane made a mercy dash with her to
A plane flew from Wigram Airbase
and arrived in Hokitika during a violent
Flight lieutenant Ian Macgregor had
to abandon his first landing attempt
because of poor visibility. They waited
for the worst of the front to move. and
The runway was lit with “gooseneck
flares” — drums of kerosene with wicks.
At that stage Hokitika was the only
airport still equipped with them, and did
not have night lights.
The pilot was able to land the second
time, and mother and baby were taken
Helen Pattinson recalled this week
that airport was also lit up by car lights
so that she and Kellyanne could be flown
Former Greymouth woman
killed near Timaru
A West Coast man who was to be
sentenced Friday on two charges
of sexual connection with a young
person was further remanded on bail
in the Greymouth District Court. The
sentencing was delayed as the proposed
address for electronic monitoring was
no longer available. A new address was
available and a report for that address has
to be made. The offender was remanded
to February 2 to the Christchurch
Coast man on sex charges remanded on bail
A West Coast sharemilking company
has been requested to pay a former
employee $4606.70 for lost wages and
The Employment Relations Authority
found share milkers Lucky Zvinowanda
and his wife of Coast Farming Ltd owed
their employee Desmond Millar this
The authority heard the company ’s cash
flow was compromised by a wet spring in
2016 which meant Mr Millar could not
be paid fortnightly as usual.
Mr Millar stopped work temporarily
until Coast Farming could catch up with
The company could not guarantee Mr
Millar could be paid regularly again and
he did not return to work. His last day of
work was January 23, 2017.
The authority ruled Coast Farming pay
Mr Millar in instalments and if this did
not occur, the full amount for repayment
would become due immediately.
The company is currently registered to
an Atarau Road address.
Dairy worker awarded lost wages
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Kahawai competition attracts 350 anglers
Fiona Scowen, left, Michelle Bloomfield
and Paddy Scowen try their luck in landing
a prize fish at the Hokitika River mouth
on Saturday for the annual West Coast
The fifth event drew the biggest turn
out yet with close to 350 anglers from all
over the Coast, as well as Canterbury and
Australia, taking part.
They reeled in over 50 fish of various of
sizes caught between Greymouth and Bruce
Nigel Finch, of Wild Outdoorsman,
Hokitika, and Fishing and Firearms,
in Greymouth, principal sponsors and
organisers of the event, said as it was one of
only two fishing competitions now on the
Coast, a lot of anglers looked forward to the
The prize pool also continued to grow each
year and this time was worth over $14,000.
The fishing bonanza ended with a weigh-
in, prizegiving and barbecue at the Kaniere
Households on the West Coast
are consuming record amounts of
broadband data, as peoples’ viewing
habits continue to shift on-line,
according to new statistics from
Westland came out on top for data
usage, with the average household using
147GB of data in December on the
Chorus network, up 41% on December
2016. Grey people used 122GB, an
increase of 37% and Buller 103GB, an
increase of 41%.
Nationally, the average New Zealand
home used about 174GB of broadband
data in December.
In December, the average download
speed in Westland was 30Mbps, an
increase of 76% when compared to
Grey was 58Mbps, an increase of 76%
and Buller 23Mbps, an increase of 44%.
Nationwide, the average connection
speed is 64Mpbs.
Chorus network strategy manager
Kurt Rodgers, said the big growth
drivers for data use in 2017 were video
and smart devices.
“It’s now very mainstream to watch
television shows and movies via an
app on a smart television or tablet,” he
“But it’s not just international
providers like Netflix who are offering
content on-line, domestic broadcasters
TVNZ and TV3 both launched live
streaming ser vices in 2017.
“Smart televisions have also become
mainstream. You don’t need to be an
IT geek to watch on-line television
anymore — it’s all available from your
television remote control.
“Smart phones are also increasingly
being used to watch video, not just
television but also social media and
news; and most of this smart phone
usage is via the home wifi network
rather than the mobile network.
“ We might still call these things
mobile phones but their primary use
these days is as a wifi-connected screen
rather than as a telephone.”
West Coast households consuming
record amounts of broadband data
Solution to Crossword
Puzzle number 10791
QUICK PUZZLE NO. 10791 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 6, Flavourless. 7, Miss. 8, Immature. 9, Stucco.
10, Tipple. 12, Intend. 15, Scarce. 17, Carnival. 19, Ever.
Down - 1, Massacre. 2, Domino. 3, Prompt. 4, Pert. 5,
Astral. 6, Faint. 11, Peaceful. 13, Near-by. 14, Divide. 15,
Salary. 16, Cress. 18, Nous.
CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 10791 - SOLUTIONS
Across - 6, Call to order. 7, P-ace. 8, Aster-i-sk. 9, Bright.
10, R-i’d-ing. 12, Cracks. 15, Rea-l-l -y. 17, Adherent
(anag.). 19, Re-in. 20, Sleeping-bag.
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