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Buller’s mayoralty race could turn into
a battle between youth and experience.
First-term councillor Jamie Cleine has
confirmed he will stand for mayor in the
October local body elections.
Cr Cleine, 42, could be up against
Deputy Mayor Graeme Neylon, 65, who
has been on the council for 27 years.
Both men are dairy farmers.
Mr Neylon told the Westport News
in September that he intended standing
for the mayoralty when Garry Howard
stepped down at the next election.
However, he seemed a little less certain
this week, saying he was “still toying with
the idea but not so far as to say definite”.
“There’s a lot of water to go under the
bridge. I’m just trying to organise what
would happen with the farm,” he said.
Cr Cleine said in September the
mayoralty was “definitely” on his radar.
He confirmed his candidacy this week.
Both men say they would operate the
mayoralty differently to Mr Howard,
who has been a full-time mayor based in
an office in Brougham House.
Cr Cleine said he would not be in
Brougham House 9 to 5, five days a
“I would like to step back to more of
a higher level of governance strategy
He would hold clinics in the mayoral
office in the Clocktower Chambers so
ratepayers could drop in and see him, he
The office was more publicly accessible
than the current mayor’s office on the
second floor of Brougham House.
Moving out would also reinforce
the line between management and
governance, Cr Cleine said.
“I think the mayor and council
should definitely be high level and
holding management to account, be
more accessible to the community
and setting those plans and seeing
they ’re executed. He had not yet
decided whether he would stand
for both council and the mayoralty
“ but my preference would be
mayor only and gain a strong
He said he already paid someone to fill
in on the farm while he was on council
business. He would employ more farm
help if he became mayor.
Cr Neylon, who lives in Mai Mai
near Reefton, also said he would not be
the same “full-on, full-time” mayor as
“I don’t think there’s a need for that.
I think that ’s what we’ve got a chief
executive for. I would be looking more
in the style of Pat McManus, Martin
Sawyers or Pat O’Dea.”
All three men operated their own
businesses while they were mayors.
Mr Neylon said he would expect to be
in the office two or three times a week
and handle other business by e-mail
Cr Shayne Barry, said that if Cr Cleine
and Mr Neylon stood she would not be
putting her name forward.
“The only reason I would run is if I
felt the public needed an alternative.”
Another councillor some saw as a
likely candidate, Sharon Roche, said
she had no plans to stand.
LEWIS, Barry. —
Treasured memories of a
much loved and loving
husband, father, Poppa,
brother and friend who
passed away January 10,
2000. A very special
guy. You had the
wisdom to make every-
one feel special. You
were the inspiration in
so many people's lives,
and will forever be
So sadly missed
Darryl and families.
January 6, 2019, in
husband of Faye, loved
brother of the late Brian,
and special brother-in-
law of Elenore (Richard
Brendon, the late baby
Michael, and Jacinta.
Rest in Peace Raymund
Phone (03) 768 0250
peacefully at Reefton
Hospital on January 5,
2019, in her 62nd year.
Adored and devoted
wife of Tony, precious
daughter of Mavis and
the late Alwyn
Johnston, a dearly loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Mark and Sandra,
Wayne and Leanne,
Shelley and Curly, Lyall
and Lana, and Bruce and
Tina, a loved sister-in-
law of Christopher and
Rene, Stephen and Ge
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a friend of many. In lieu
of flowers donations to
St John Ambulance
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and can be made at the
Service or posted to PO
Box 508, Greymouth
7840. Messages to 1176
State Highway 69,
Cronadun, RD 1, Reef-
ton 7895. A Funeral
Service to celebrate
Karen's life will be held
in the Vision Church,
Buller Road, Reefton on
Followed by cremation
here on the Coast at the
Failed goldminer Mike McDonald might
owe $1 million throughout the West Coast
but he has been banned from running
another business again until 2022.
MCAM Ltd was liquidated in
November 2014. The latest update
from the liquidators says that four years
later the process is still ongoing with
An associated company, MCAM Minerals,
was liquidated in 2016. Unsecured creditors
are owed $416,704.
Mr McDonald, a former Ernst and Young
entrepreneur of the year from Christchurch,
announced big plans to spend at least
$88.5m developing five open-cast mines
targeting gold and platinum on the West
Coast and Southland.
However, he was adjudicated bankrupt in
It has now been revealed that
Mr McDonald is also prohibited
from being a director or promoter of, or
being concerned in or taking part, the
management of any company. The ban was
put in place last year and runs through to
Failed goldminer banned from running another business
Options on the future of the whitebait
fishery will be put before Conser vation
Minister Eugenie Sage next month.
The Department of Conser vation has been
tasked with reviewing the fishery with a
Whitebait Working Group.
There has been talk in the wider sector of
licences and permits. An on-line sur vey was
conducted and meetings held on the West
Coast before Christmas.
DOC freshwater manager Natasha
Grainger said yesterday they had 2867
responses to the survey, which had now
Drawing on the sur vey responses, feedback
from the nationwide drop-in sessions,
input from the whitebait working group,
and feedback from iwi engagement,
DOC would develop
management issues and options paper for
“The paper will describe a range of options
to address the pressures on whitebait
population, including potential management
tools,” Ms Grainger said.
Staff expected to submit the whitebait
management issues and options paper in
At the Hokitika public meeting in
November, Dr Philippe Gerbeaux said
when it came to the adult population
there was some evidence based on the
national freshwater fish database that Niwa
was running that some species had
However, Dave West, of DOC’s
acknowledged that evidence nationally was
“patchy” and did not necessarily reflect what
was happening on the West Coast.
Sage to receive whitebait
options next month
The Canterbury DHB
has set up an 0800
number for people to
check if their planned
surgery or outpatient
appointment is affected
by the junior doctors’
strike action next week,
on January 15 and 16.
Due to low resident
doctor numbers, the West
Coast is not affected
by the strike. However,
West Coast patients
with appointments in
Christchurch could be
DHB chief people officer
Michael Frampton said
people who had not
received a call from the
DHB could check if their
surgery or outpatient
appointment was going
ahead next week by
calling 0800 778 226.
Some complex surgeries
in the days leading up to
the 48-hour strike are also
0800 number for
patients during planned
Port of Greymouth. —
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Odyssey. In port: Cook
Canyon, Jay Belle, Robert
H, Fellowship, MV
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Dunedin has officially joined the Lime
scooter craze as 300 e-scooters hit the streets
From today, D unedin will join Auckland,
Christchurch and Hutt City as part of the
United States company ’s New Zealand fleet.
In the six weeks after the New Zealand
service became available last year, more than
500,000 trips were taken by 150,000 different
riders, according to figures released by the
There were also nearly 300 ACC claims for
injuries sustained while using the scooters in
the same period.
Unlike in Christchurch and Auckland, Lime
would not be paying a fee to operate in the city
as it did not require a permit.
Lime city launcher Matt McNeill said safety
was a key concern for the company and it had
signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Dunedin City Council which focused on
safety and customer ser vice.
A request for a copy of the agreement was
refused by the council yesterday.
About 300 scooters would be available from
11am today and the company would review
whether more were needed, Mr McNeill
The company has hired about 30 employees,
both full-time and part-time, to run the
service in the city.
At first the company would focus on the
central city, tertiary precinct and areas such as
the city’s beaches.
A council spokeswoman said it was not
planning on restricting the use of the scooters
in the city and would work collaboratively
with the company.
— Otago Daily Times
A man who distributed child pornography as
part of a paedophile ring is one of 12 people
awarded compensation totalling hundreds
of thousands of dollars by Corrections last
The money includes claims by offenders who
were held in jail beyond their release date after
a miscalculation by Corrections.
Joshua Domican, who was jailed for more
than three years for distributing child
pornography and unlawful sexual connection
with a 13 year old boy, was awarded $35,000.
The largest payout went to Gideon Wilson,
who was awarded $108,000.
In total, $342,057 was awarded last year.
Victims are able to make a claim against the
money before it is paid to offenders.
In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that
Corrections made mistakes in calculating
sentence lengths for prisoners who had
spent time on remand before they were
One of the two men in that ruling, Michael
Marino, is among those to have been awarded
He was jailed for 22 months on domestic
violence and other charges, but was detained
for about four months longer than he should
In that case, Marino’s $50,000 compensation
went to a victim.
A Corrections spokesman said as a result of
that Supreme Court decision, it had settled the
claims of 15 offenders since the 2016 ruling.
At the time, Corrections said 21 prisoners
should have been released sooner.
Since 2003, the department had made its
calculations on a charge-by-charge basis and
used different calculations when sentences
were cumulative or concurrent.
A subsequent appeal by Corrections that the
Supreme Court decision should apply only to
future cases was not successful.
“The Ministry of Justice may then deduct
any reparation, legal aid or money owed to
victims under earlier orders before paying the
balance into the victims’ claims trust bank
account and publishing information on the
ministry’s website so that victims can make
claims against it.”
The acting group manager of courts and
tribunals, Bruce Findlay, said the Victims’
Special Claims Tribunal then decides whether
or not a victim is entitled to any of the money,
after the offender has been given two months
to make submissions on the claims.
“The decisions are not issued publicly to
protect the privacy of the victims,” he said.
“However the decision on how the money to
be distributed will be gazetted, showing either
that it will all be awarded to the victims, it will be
split or that it will all be awarded to the offender.”
Staff at Telford were “ betrayed and
stunned” when their pay was suspended
The beleaguered agricultural training
campus, near Balclutha, fell into the hands
of receivers on December 19 as part of
the liquidation of its parent organisation,
the Taratahi Institute of Agriculture, in
On Tuesday, it was reported staff had
been informed of the proposed pay freeze
— effective from tomorrow.
Yesterday, about 30 staff met at Telford to
discuss the situation with representatives
of interim liquidator Grant Thornton NZ
The meeting became “heated” at times,
Telford senior shearing tutor Ken Payne,
who is also a Clutha district councillor,
“The tension in the room was obvious,
and for good reason.
“People had plenty of questions to ask,
and the liquidators seemed unable to
provide any satisfactory answers.”
Although the pay freeze affected only
academic and administrative staff at this
stage, farm staff taking care of campus
animals had guarantees only until March,
“As a group, we’re feeling betrayed
and stunned, and we’ ll be seeking legal
representation as we continue to find our
way through this.”
Speaking after the meeting, other staff
said there had been “anger and tears” after
learning of the latest development.
A female staff member, who asked not to
be named, said she and her colleagues had
been “shafted” since Telford had passed
into the hands of Lincoln University in
“ Telford was a viable, going concern
with substantial assets in the millions at
that time, and successive operators have
stripped those assets for nothing more
than short-term gain.
“Even in the run-up to liquidation last
month, Taratahi was trying to sell off
campus vehicles to scrape together funds.
“ We’d like to see the Government step
in and allow Telford to stand on its own
once again, as it did for nearly 50 years.”
However, the Tertiary Education
Commission (TEC) gave no indication
that was likely to happen.
“The TEC’s immediate focus is
on (Taratahi and Telford) students,”
commission deputy chief executive
Gillian D udgeon said.
“ We understand this is a stressful time
for them and our priority right now is on
assisting those students with their future
She said options to secure Taratahi’s
Wairarapa home farm were under
“The TEC has been working to
support Taratahi for a number of years in
recognition that it has been a significant
provider of training for the primary
“Agencies are working urgently
on new models of provision for the
agriculture sector, including working with
representatives from industry on longer
That was little comfort to Telford staff,
Mr Payne said.
“It feels like we’re being punished for a
situation not of our making.”
— Otago Daily Times
A Queenstown builder has appealed a
decision to allow a neighbouring billionaire to
fly his helicopter to and from his Malaghans
Road property up to 120 times a year.
Tim Roberts was granted consent late last
year to establish and operate a helipad from
his home in the rural general zone, to give
him faster and easier access to two remote
properties he owns in the Wakatipu — one at
Halfway Bay, the other at Walter Peak.
Neighbour Allister Saville and wife Diane,
who opposed the application, appealed
that to the Environment Court just before
Mr Saville said he anticipated Mr Roberts
would gain consent “but I thought it probably
wouldn’t have been to the full extent (of what
“It ’s too much, really. ”
He alleged Mr Roberts was still using
the helipad, which he was not permitted to
do while the matter was under appeal, and
contacted the Queenstown Lakes District
Council about that yesterday..
Mr Roberts was put on final notice by the
council in September for using the helipad
Council communications manager Naell
Crosby-Roe said the latest allegation was
Should it be proven, in “most instances” the
applicant would be advised they were not
permitted to carry out the activity.
If they did not cease, an abatement notice
would be issued.
Commissioners Rachel Dimery and Wendy
Baker granted consent for Mr Roberts to
use a Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter to
undertake up to two flights a day between
8am and 8pm.
A flight included a take-off and landing.
concerned about adverse noise effects, but
commissioners said the area was already
subject to “relatively high levels of traffic
noise” and noise associated with rural
activities and machinery.
“ We consider that at the level at which this
activity is being proposed . . . these effects do
not substantially change the character of the
The commissioners said the “disruption
of a conversation up to four times a day
for substantially less than a minute” was
considered an amenity effect “anticipated in
a rural environment ”.
— Otago Daily Times
Pay freeze stuns Telford staff
Offenders awarded $340,000 by Corrections
Lime scooters come to Dunedin
Helicopter landing decision appealed
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