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The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter uplifted a medical patient
from Hari Hari about 6pm yesterday,
ferrying them back to Grey Base
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Jay Elaine. Departures: Jay Belle. In
port: Fellowship, Jay Elaine, Cook
Canyon, Robert H, Bengal Bank,
MV Kawatiri, 10 Greymouth vessels.
Regional council PR spending revealed
A Wellington retirement village
worker remains in hospital after
suffering serious injuries from a crash
Emergency services were called to
the incident about 1.25pm after a car
crashed into the side of a building and
through walls at Arvida’s Village at the
Park facility in Berhampore.
The elderly driver escaped without
injury after hitting the accelerator rather
than the brake after a medical event,
however a member of the housekeeping
team was pinned between the car and
The 54-year-old worker remains in
Wellington Hospital with serious head,
leg and ankle injuries.
Arvida spokesman Tristan Saunders
said staff were upset and counselling
was being offered.
“It was a serious injury and at the
moment we are just praying for our staff
member getting well,” he said.
He said extensive repairs were needed
to fix the building.
“The vehicle was removed last night
by the serious crash unit and we are
boarding up all the area so no one has
access to it. We have our builders and
engineers coming into look at it to get it
remedied and fixed,” he said.
The worker’s family has asked for
A police investigation is under way.
of the Westport News
The West Coast Regional Council
was the only Coast council to spend
ratepayers’ money on public relations/
communications advice last financial
The regional council spent $22,845 in
the year to June 30, slightly less than the
previous year ($25,380).
It spent another $3103 between July
1 and the end of November last year,
according to information obtained by
the Westport News under the Official
The council said the advice was provided
to the council chairman, councillors and
staff, including the chief executive and
strategy and communications manager.
Asked about the PR spending,
chairman Cr Andrew Robb referred
questions to chief executive Mike
Mr Meehan said the council had used
a PR company for some one-off work,
providing advice and developing a
strategy for the future.
“Future use of any outside consultant
would be in relation to one-off events
like a civil defence emergency where
we do not have capacity in house to
undertake the necessary works,” Mr
The Buller, Grey, and Westland
district councils spent nothing on public
relations/communications in 2017-18.
The previous year Buller spent $9738
of ratepayers’ money on a report which
found flaws in the council’s internal
and external communications. The
seven-page report was commissioned
by former chief executive Andy
Gowland-Douglas, who refused to
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Work is progressing on renewing
the Boundary Street water main on
the edge of the Greymouth central
business district, near Victoria Park.
The Grey District Council let
the contract to Tru-Line Civil for
It was the only budgeted water
renewal in the council’s 2018-19
annual plan after setting set aside
$280,000 targeted to the urgent
renewal of the Boundary Street water
line from Guinness Street to the
Preston Road bridge.
However, a wider renewal of water
pipes in Greymouth looms as some
of the ageing asbestos concrete pipes
in the underground infrastructure are
reaching their expected 50-year life
span and will need to be replaced in
the next few years.
The issue has been highlighted by
repeated problems at Arnott Heights,
where pipes installed about 40 years
ago have regularly been failing.
Early last month the council
decided to urgently proceed with
renewing the Arnott Heights
water mains after earlier promising
residents it would readdress
replacement immediately if further
breaks emerged, which occurred as
a result of pressure testing in early
After deciding in August to put
on hold any replacement at Arnott
Heights due to only allocating
$280,000 for water pipe replacement
across the entire district in 2018-19,
the council last month voted to spend
at least $433,000 at Arnott Heights
However, the vexed question of who
pays — ratepayers in Arnott Heights
or the district as a whole — has yet to
The council noted the recovery
of this ‘over-expenditure’ would be
determined during the next annual
Boundary Street water main replacement under way
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
West Coast Coastguard president
Steve Hutt holds an old-style, obsolete
lifejacket, still in common use, and
a new modern lifejacket of the type
available when the Coastguard’s Old
4 New Lifejacket upgrade campaign
visits Greymouth later this month.
Mr Hutt noted lifejackets are the
most important safety equipment for
boaties and the Hutchwilco jackets
being offered at a discounted rate
under the campaign are top of the
Old lifejackets with rips, mould,
fraying straps and the kapok variety
which “sink more than they float ”
should be exchanged, he said.
It will also be an opportunity for
those who undertake water recreation
to have their current lifejackets
The Old 4 New campaign van will
visit the Coastguard’s Blaketown base
from 9am to midday on Saturday,
January 19. It will also be in Hokitika
the day before, outside the Westland
District Council in Railway Terrace
between 3pm and 6pm on January 18.
Lifejacket campaign on Coast
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Children show off their yellow bands, and await their turn on the giant obstacle course.
There was lots of interest — and some
challenging moments — at the holiday
‘pool party’ at the Westland Recreation
Centre in Greymouth today.
A plus-size obstacle course took up the
entire lane pool at the aquatic centre.
To add to the fun, Swim School
instructors and lifeguards were positioned
in and around the pool to make things hard
for those attempting the course, spraying
hoses and splashing water on participants.
The pool party ran until 3pm.
Holiday ‘pool par ty’
PICTURES: Laura Mills
Luken Reyland and Noah Marris wait for the pool party to start this morning.
A body believed to
be that of missing
fisherman Myung Kang
has been found washed
up on Woodhill Forest
beach near Muriwai in
west Auckland, police
Police said a member of
the public notified police
after finding the body
about 8pm yesterday.
was yet to be completed,
the body is believed to
be that of the 57-year-
old Korean fisherman
who went missing
at Bethells Beach on
The death will be
referred to the coroner.
A Hamilton 26-year-
old charged with
assaulting a man who
later died has lost his bid
for name suppression.
Through his lawyer
Truc Tran, Chadwick
Ropitini, 26, entered a
not guilty plea to the
assault charge after an
incident at a Forest Lake,
Hamilton, house on
Ropitini and the victim,
Jayden Heke, 48, knew
Mr Heke died at the
Ropitini appeared via
audio visual link in the
Hamilton District Court
earlier this week. He
was bailed to a
to reappear in court
on February 27, with
conditions not to travel
south of Auckland.
A man who allegedly demanded cash
from a D unedin dairy and came away
empty-handed has been released on
The 37-year-old appeared in the
Dunedin District Court yesterday
where he was granted interim name
He faces two charges of demanding
with menaces after allegedly targeting
On the Spot dairy in Wakari on
The defendant was granted bail
without plea by Judge Emma Smith
until the end of the month to give him
a chance to apply for a lawyer through
After the incident, the man allegedly
fled to Caltex in Taieri Road.
Police, including members of a dog
team, were called to the area after
reports of an attempted robbery by a
man with a baseball bat.
While the defendant was arrested
soon after, there was no mention of
Nothing was taken and no one was
injured, police confirmed.
— Otago Daily Times
Hundreds of residents
reported an earthquake
in Queenstown last
On the Geonet website,
335 people reported
the quake, which struck
A vast majority
described it as either
weak (208) or light
(118), eight believed
it was moderate and
one described it was
An Otago Daily Times
reporter described the
quake as sudden, brief
“It was really weird.
It was like a big thud.
I thought my wife had
fallen down or a plane
— Otago Daily Times
A man has been
arrested following a
spitting attack at a
A 41-year-old man
was charged with two
counts of common
assault following an
incident at One Tree
Hill in Cornwall Park
shortly after 10pm on
A man was approached
by a male jogger who
allegedly spat on him. A
verbal dispute followed,
and a second man
inter vened, who was then
allegedly assaulted, police
The accused will appear
in the Auckland District
Court next week.
Man arrested after
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