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Police find missing wagon
Police have found the wooden
pioneer-style wagon which vanished
from Carters Beach earlier this month.
They were tipped off about its location
by a member of the public. Westport
prevention constable Paul Sampson
said the wagon’s relocation could turn
into a civil matter rather than criminal
as two parties were now disputing its
ownership. No charges had yet been
laid but police were still looking into
how entry was made on to the property
from where the wagon was taken, he
said. — Westport News
Greymouth Port. — Arrivals:
Calypso, Moata, Tainui, Corinthian,
Quo Vadis, Stella Maree, Seaway,
Lady Ruth. Departures: Ocean
Odyssey, Humma, Giorgina, Mako.
In port: Aquilla, Calypso, Moata,
Tainui, Corinthian, Norman
McLeod, Brid Voyager, Tigerzeye,
Rose Croix, Quo Vadis, Stella Maree,
Seaway, O utward Bound, Lady Ruth,
eight Greymouth vessels. Expected
arrivals: Moon Shadow, Jay Elaine,
Te Aroha. Expected departures: Rose
Thursday January 25
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Robin Onslow. —
Forever loved and will
never be forgotten. An
amazing Dad promoted
to a more amazing
Grandad .... Always to
remain in our hearts.
Tate Robin and Paula
Stanley. — Passed away
peacefully on Wednes-
day January 24, 2018
at Essie Summers
surrounded by his loving
family. Survived by his
loving wife Lynette,
sons Mark and Durham,
Loved brother of Ruth
Kevin, and Valerie and
uncle. Messages C/- 77
Greymouth 7805. A
celebration of Selwyn's
life will be held in the
Anisy Ceremony Centre,
77 Shakespeare Street,
Greymouth on Monday
at 2pm followed by
cremation. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Passed away peacefully
on Saturday January 20,
2018. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Rose, much loved father
and father-in-law of
Mike and Emma, and
Paula, granddad of
Lachlan, Zara, Tate and
Rosie, loved brother of
Noel and the late
and Marlene Pinnock.
Treasured uncle and
special friend. Heartfelt
thanks to the district
nurses and the staff at
Allen Bryant Life Care,
Hokitika, Morice Ward
staff, Greymouth and Dr
Art Hori. Messages
to 21 Davie Street,
Hokitika 7810. The
Funeral Service for
Robin will be held at the
Anisy Funeral Home
Chapel, 77 Shakespeare
Street, Greymouth to-
morrow (Friday), at 12
private family interment
Cemetery. Resting in
the care of Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
mouth. Phone (03) 768
A captivating historic photograph
of a funeral procession in
Greymouth has been turned into a
mural at one of the town’s funeral
Westland Funeral Ser vices
engaged Mark Haldane and
Jeremy Leach to transform the
old black and white photo of a
horse-drawn procession down
Chapel Street, into an
It features the late William
Sampson, who was the longest
continually serving funeral director
in the Grey district, and after whom
the current chapel is named.
In the mural, Mr Sampson is
depicted leading a horse drawn
hearse, followed by mourners.
Westland Funeral Ser vices
funeral director David Neame
said he felt they needed to bring
back some of the West Coast ’s
The mural is more or less
completed, with just some finishing
touches required, including a
Westland Funeral Services directed
its first funeral in 1963 when
the late Joe Pattinson bought
the old Blanchfields Bakery site
at 134 Tainui Street, and started
Funeral home mural reflects Greymouth’s history
PICTURES: Laura Mills
Farmers who have fallen behind with
winter feed crops due to the dry will have the
opportunity to share their experiences and
receive advice on Tuesday at a field day mounted
by the West Coast Rural Support Trust.
The field day will be staged with funding
provided through the Ministry of Primary
Industries after the Buller and Grey districts
were officially given drought status 10 days ago.
Anyone is welcome to turn up.
Rural Support Trust trustee Paul Berry said
the field day on two different farms would give
insight into different crop solutions, conditions
and grower experience.
“It ’s about having a look at summer crops on
two farms and also options for putting winter
feed in if people think they’re going to be short
for winter; and if some crops aren’t going to
yield as they should have been because of the
Mr Berry said dairy farmers were particularly
suffering given the demand for milk production,
while also trying to get ahead again for the
A dry season was not a particularly unusual
occurrence on the West Coast, Mr Berry said.
“It ’s nothing new. It’s just with dry stock
you can tolerate a bit of indifferent growing
conditions ,whereas with dairying you need to
keep feeding as constantly as possible.”
While there had been a good dollop of rain
in the past 10 days the positive effects were
not immediate, with the upper Grey Valley,
Inangahua and inland towards Murchison and
Maruia particularly feeling it.
“There are pockets all over the place that seem
to be privileged to have a shower every now and
Mr Berry said the trust was hearing of a
challenging season of extremes from really wet
to very dry.
However, with organisation now, good
options were still available to help make winter
feed, he said.
Farmers who had sown down supplementary
feed crops about December had been stung by
poor or partial strike rates. “Some of the winter
crops germinated straight away but a lot of the
seeds only germinated after this last rain. ”
The high humidity since the last rain had also
thrown up another problem for crops: “heaps
The field day would be held first at Mr Berry’s
Atarau property from 10.30am before moving
on to Andrew Mirfin’s Ikamatua farm, followed
by lunch at the Ikamatua Hotel early afternoon.
Winter feed crops on those farms will be
viewed with the opportunity for discussion
and sharing experience around different
crop options including rape, turnip and short
rotation grasses which might still be sown.
Some specialists who had been involved
in the crops at both properties will also be
Field day advice
for farmers hit
PICTURE: Paul McBride
SPCA overrun with kittens
Greymouth SPCA manager Mel Rutherford with just some of the many kittens looking for good homes. With kitten
season under way the SPCA is overrun with abandoned kittens. Ms Rutherford says kitten season is a challenge ever y
year. “Normally nine out of 10 people will contact us when they find abandoned kittens. We have been inundated
and have a lovely selection of kittens looking for good homes. When people are looking to adopt an animal we try to
make sure they are ‘forever’ homes,” Ms Rutherford said. Every animal leaving the SPCA Centre in Preston Road is
microchipped and has been de-sexed.
More details about two new ‘great
walks’ should be known next month.
The Department of Conser vation
announced in spring it was looking for
proposals for two existing tracks that
could be enhanced to become part of the
‘great walks’ network.
Initial proposals had to be in by
and treaty partners,
stakeholder and communities are now
Once consultation with iwi has been
completed and all shortlisted and
unsuccessful applicants have been
notified, DOC will publicly release
the names of all ideas that have been
It hopes to make this announcement
The West Coast already has a new
‘great walk’ under construction, from
Blackball to Punakaiki.
Details about two new ‘great walks’ next month
A Whataroa man charged with
burglary by damaging a farm property
is being tried by jury in the Greymouth
District Court this week.
Brian Patrick McBride denies the
alleged burglary, on February 2 last year,
and his lawyer said McBride was not
even there at the time.
The case is being heard by a jury of 11
women and one man.
Opening for the Crown, lawyer Don
Matthews said while most thought
burglary involved stealing someone
else’s property, this case was different.
“ In this case what the Crown alleges
is the defendant went on to a farm
property without permission and carried
out damage to property on the farm,”
Mr Matthews said.
Farms owners Grant and Kay Burgess
would give evidence to the court.
Mr Burgess had known McBride for a
couple of years and had evicted him and
trespassed him from the property.
“At 8.30pm on February 2, Mr Burgess
was putting the cows away and saw
a white van drive down the road and
recognised it as the defendant ’s. ”
Mr Burgess would say that he clearly
saw McBride get out of the van near
“McBride spent a little bit of time
there before getting back into his van
and driving towards an area where
equipment, including a tractor and a
baler were. ”
He then went into the cowshed.
After McBride had left the property
Mr Burgess discovered a number of
vehicles with flat tyres and stab marks,
and vandalised hay bales.
Mrs Burgess also claimed to have
seen McBride on the property and she
phoned the police.
“Mr Burgess says he saw McBride in
each of the areas where there had been
some damage. ”
However, McBride’s lawyer Marcus
Zintl said it was not in dispute that the
damage had been done.
“But what is in dispute is that it was
Mr McBride. He was not there on
February 2,” Mr Zintl said.
The key issues was credibility and
reliability of the Crown witness Grant
Burgess, Mr Zintl said.
“He may be reliable and honest, but
may have been mistaken.”
The jury was to begin deliberations early
Farm property damage trial begins
Hotels, cafes and bars expecting to open
for the live telecast of Joseph Parker’s
world heavyweight title fight against
Anthony Joshua and sell alcohol will have
to apply to the Grey District Council for
a special licence.
“Anyone who intends selling alcohol
at this time (the fight) will be required
to get a licence,” environmental services
manager Ben Healey said.
The council would advertise the
requirement and would also be available
to be approached by those seeking
information about the requirements.
Legislation allows restaurants, cafes
and bars to open but they can only ser ve
alcohol if a person is also dining, and no
more than one hour either side of the
Applications for a special licence under
section 137 of the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act 2012 are required to be made
at least 20 days before the event although
it is advised they are made well before due
to the time it takes to process them.
Once an application has been accepted
by the council, the police and Community
and Public Health have 15 days to report
on the application.
After this time the licensing inspector
prepares a report for the District
Licensing Committee, which makes the
final decision to grant or decline the
Parker’s fight is due to go ahead on
March 31, Easter Sunday, which is also
the same day daylight saving ends.
A total of 70,000 tickets have already
been sold for the fight in the Principality
Stadium, Cardiff, with more tickets
set to go on sale towards the end of this
Parker, of Auckland, the WBO world
champion, will attempt to take the IBF
and WBA super titles off L ondoner
Special liquor licences needed for
Parker-Joshua f ight -- Grey council
Older West Coast people have been
encouraged to talk to their doctor
about taking fewer medicines.
In the West Coast District Health
Board region, 37% of people aged
over 65 are taking five or more long-
term medications. The rate nationally
The Council of Medical Colleges
co-ordinates the ‘Choosing Wisely’
campaign, which encourages patients
to ask their health professional: Do
I really need this test or procedure?
What are the risks? Are there simpler,
safer options? What happens if I
don’t do anything?
Council of Medical Colleges
chairman Dr Derek Sher wood says it
is important older people have their
medicines reviewed regularly.
“This helps make sure you are
receiving the best treatment.
When a doctor or pharmacist reviews
your medicines they will check
things like what medicines you are
taking and why, how many different
medicines you are taking and
any side effects you may be
Some medicines are more likely to
cause side effects in older people, Dr
Sher wood says.
“Benzodiazepines like diazepam
and antipsychotic medicines like
clozapine or risperidone are two
examples of this. Side effects include
feeling dizzy when standing up,
feeling sick, not thinking clearly and
having blurred eyesight.
“It is important that the benefits of
taking such medicines outweigh the
risks — that ’s why it’s so important
to review your medicines regularly
with your doctor.”
Dr Sher wood said stopping a
medicine could seem daunting,
especially if you had been taking it
for a long time.
“But for many older people,
stopping a particular medicine may
actually benefit their health. The
more medicines you take, the more
likely you are to experience side
effects and interactions.
“Many older people successfully
stop medicines without feeling
worse. In fact, you may feel better
and improve your quality of life —
especially if your symptoms were
being caused by your medicines.”
Public viewing a rare chance to see kiwi up close
The West Coast public will have a rare chance to see a kiwi at close range this Saturday, with a public
viewing day at the Bois Gentil kiwi creche near Atarau. About 85 people turned out to the last open day.
Trust chairman Paul Berry talked about the group after which Jo Halley took the visitors into the creche to
see the two chicks that were due to be released get their final health check. This year, people need to be there
at 11am sharp and a $5 donation per person or $10 per family is required. There will also be a sausage sizzle.
It will be on wet or fine. The ground is uneven and boggy so sensible shoes for walking need to be worn.
Older West Coast residents encouraged to look at taking fewer medicines
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