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birds run over at
Cobden reser ve
The Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary
and Recreation Areas Trust has
urged people to be mindful of the
birdlife nesting at the sanctuary
after a family of banded dotterel was
recently run over and crushed. Listed
as vulnerable, the dotterel nest on
the edge of the camping recreation
caravan park and the grass area of the
sanctuary, which leaves them exposed
to wayward vehicles and dogs. “ The
area is a breeding ground for them,”
Ailsa Harrison said. “A white ute
came up beeping its horn with the
occupants telling people in camping
vans a tsunami was coming near
where a dotterels nest had hatched
chicks the day before. Unbeknown
to them, the driver drove over the
grass area and ran over the birds,
killing every one of them. We want
people to be aware of the dotterels
— they are listed as a vulnerable
bird species. Dogs are a problem as
well and must be on a lead when
in the area,” Mrs Harrison said.
Chicks from another nest hatched
Rain, strong winds
An Irish mother believes her
persistent bad luck is punishment
for killing someone in a past life.
Sharon Parrett thinks she used to
be a black man from New Orleans
who committed a murder. Her
husband Tim has now sketched
the man in the hope of discovering
who Sharon might once have been.
The mum-of-two, 47, said: “I do
believe in reincarnation and I do
feel that I’ve been here (on earth)
a few times. I believe (the man in
my dreams) had done bad things. I
don’t know why but I believe he had
killed someone, committed a murder.
‘ think he’s something to do with
being a detective, but I don’t think
he’s a good person. I feel that I’m
now being punished in this life. A lot
has happened in my lifetime. I’ve had
bad relationships, bad things have
happened to me.” Sharon has had
the same dream for over 40 years and
sees her reflection in the mirror as a
black man. — Metro
West Coast Feature
What some tourists really think
An entire restructure of parts of
the West Coast District Health
Board is on the cards, with up to 14
positions set to be disestablished
and 18 new ones created.
A report titled ‘The Time is Now
for Better West Coast Health’, and
dated November 22, has not been
released publicly but was leaked to
the Greymouth Star.
The report describes “extensive
change” around management
and reporting lines, and how the
organisation is structured.
The consultation was due to
end on December 28, but was
apparently extended until later in
“ We are aware that change is
unsettling and want to ensure
that everyone has the support
they need to fully engage in
this process,” West Coast DHB
general manager Philip Wheble
said in an e-mail to staff.
earmarked to be disestablished,
including: nurse manager primary
and community; practice manager
Greymouth Medical Centre,
practice manager South Westland;
clinical nurse manager community
occupational therapy; clinical
and clinical manager social work.
The report said the change
was to allow it to “deliver more
competency ” and “better achieve
our critical success factors”.
It was a “significant change that
affects many people”.
affected roles “may not happen
The board said it wanted to
retain the “enormous wealth of
The proposal is to create three
new ‘ locality teams’ and two
support teams; clinical ser vice
development teams with allied,
nursing and medical teams; and
a rural learning and education
cluster that includes Maori health.
Positions would be created
including operations manager
integrated health ser vices central
region; and one for southern; a
therapy ser vices leader for the three
districts; a senior administrator for
southern; and a nurse manager
The report says a new rural
inpatient and Transalpine Services
Group would be set up. In addition,
a new group called West Coast
Health Support Ser vices would
oversee the central booking unit,
complex clinical care network,
medical rostering, transportation,
immunisation, and home-based
Medical leadership roles were
not addressed in the proposal but
the report said that should be done
This would address “incon-
sistencies in medical leadership
roles” and look at the pros and
cons of Coastwide roles such as
primary care, emergency care and
rural medical generalists.
Read the full report on our
Kiwi Rail addresses Tranz Alpine short trips
Kiwi Rail is addressing the issue
of Tranz Alpine passengers on pre-
arranged group bookings doing only
half the journey by hopping off at
Arthur’s Pass instead of carrying on to
Greymouth Railway Station and
iSITE owner Philip Barnett said Kiwi
Rail had changed the cost differential
for international group bookings so
their ticket cost to Greymouth as
opposed to Arthur’s Pass was now
only marginally different.
This was different from ordinary
casual bookings and was aimed at
the large tour groups who booked
the Tranz Alpine as the first stage of
their West Coast journey but exiting
the train long before it reached
Greymouth, instead hopping on a bus
and heading straight to the glaciers.
Mr Barnett said Kiwi Rail was
“doing its best ” to improve the
ser vice by encouraging more through
passenger numbers to Greymouth as
it was difficult to re-sell seats vacated
by passengers at Arthur’s Pass.
“ We haven’t had a full train pull into
Greymouth, ever — they all get off in
Arthur’s Pass,” Mr Barnett said.
“I know that ’s been their concern,
too — all the tour buses that get out
of Arthur’s Pass.”
The international tour segment of
the market had a different fare rate to
the normal range of fares offered to
“(Kiwi Rail) changed it pre-season .
Their strategy was put in place last
winter, to get that price differential a
lot closer. I can congratulate them for
putting up the price so it ’s nearly the
same price to get off in Arthur’s Pass
as it is in Greymouth ... they ’re doing
everything they can do,” Mr Barnett
The demise of country pubs
Watering holes between Greymouth
and Reefton are becoming few and far
between, with the closure of another
Grey Valley pub.
The last beer was pulled at
the Stillwater Hotel on Sunday,
December 16, and now the landmark
building on the State highway and
opposite the railway yard is on the
Four years ago the Mawheraiti and
Ngahere hotels both closed their
doors. The Dobson Hotel went into
hibernation in the winter of 2012 and
never reopened. That leaves only the
Ahaura and Ikamatua hotels on the
main road, and Nelson Creek inland.
Stillwater Hotel owner Sandi
Burgess said yesterday she decided it
was time to call last drinks, after nine
years in the business.
The hotel had been leased for the
past 15 months and after trying to sell
it as a going concern, she found that
banks were dubious about lending
money to people looking to buy a pub
on the West Coast.
“ We have changed the status of
the hotel from commercial, to house,
which will hopefully help us with a
sale,” Ms Burgess said.
“It is sad the hotel is now closed
— it was part of the community. It’s
not just going to hurt the people who
used to drink here, but also pool and
darts teams up and down the valley,
will be affected.”
Stillwater resident Allan Gibson
said it was a shame to lose their
The hotel had been part of the
community since 1945 when it was
moved from Kokiri to the current site.
Mrs Burgess said it did not reopen
as a pub until 1950, but a bar was set
up in one of the cabins out the back.
She said there had been some
interest shown in the property and
suggested there was a possibility of it
opening up again, but not as a hotel.
Westport-Hokitika train study begins
Work on assessing the viability of a
possible tourist train between Westport
to Hokitika is starting to build steam.
In July, the Government granted
$250,000 from the provincial growth
fund for State-owned Kiwi Rail to
investigate the possibility of a daily, two-
way scenic train ser vice.
The world-renowned Tranz Alpine
between Christchurch and Greymouth
is often oversubscribed, and the
Government said the time was right to
investigate the possibility of a regular
scenic ser vice that could take visitors
Kiwi Rail group general manager Katie
McMahon said this week it had engaged
a project manager for the feasibility study
and had begun stakeholder engagement
The work was in its early stages and
full consultation, costings and market
feasibility analysis would begin in the
first quarter of 2019.
The report would be put to the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment in June.
“ Kiwi Rail has significant projects
planned for rail tourism in the South
Island, including increases in capacity
and premium ser vices on the Tranz
Alpine and Coastal Pacific, which have
also been funded through the provincial
growth fund. Growing tourism in the
regions is a key plank in our strategy
as we deliver stronger connections for
a better New Zealand,” Ms McMahon
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said a
tourist train from Westport could open
up a totally new tourist experience.
The Buller Gorge had the potential to
be the “jewel in the crown” of the trip.
“Coming down the eastern side of the
Buller Gorge is really outstanding. Not
many people have enjoyed that.”
Mr Howard said he had been keen on
a Westport-Reefton ser vice, but Kiwi
Rail would look at all possibilities.
“I have been working for a few years
on a drive-on drive-off bus which could
go on rail.”
He said they wanted a train that would
bring an upmarket, “iconic” experience.
Westland Mayor Bruce Smith said
he could see the logic in Kiwi Rail
expanding its ser vice and giving
passengers the option of getting off at
Westport or Hokitika.
“ We think there’s huge potential for
having the Tranz Alpine taking a couple
of carriages to Hokitika and returning.
Hokitika is a tourist town and would
really benefit,” Mr Smith said.
The West Coast rail line is mainly a
freight line for coal and dairy products.
The study will investigate the track
upgrades required to make it suitable
for passenger trains, plus the cost of
locomotives, carriages and maintenance
facilities needed to run a daily ser vice.
The Tranz Alpine currently brings
82,000 passengers into Greymouth each
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Stillwater Hotel has poured its last beer — another casualty of the country hotel closures.
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