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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
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Tests con rm
Minister steps in on
Roast Busters case
Pike River Mine
Mac e's book
and Why 29
Men Died, will
be launched in
Greymouth on November 15 --- four
days before the third anniversary of
the disaster. Organisers said yesterday
everyone in Greymouth --- not only
Pike River families --- was invited to
attend the launch at the Blaketown
Rugby Clubrooms, and so far 100
A speeding three-wheeled
go-kart doing laps of Blaketown
last night drew complaints from
residents. Police today reminded
owners of go-karts and other similar
vehicles that driving them on the
road was extremely dangerous
because they were so low to the
ground and were not easily seen by
motorists using the road legitimately.
e occupants of a Preston Road
house arrived home last night to
nd their glass front door had been
smashed. ey were out between
7pm and 8.30pm and returned
to broken glass inside the house,
although police said nothing
appeared to be missing.
Fine and bright
e pilot father of a student who
caused outrage by dressing up
as the World Trade Centre for a
nightclub fancy dress competition
has said he is "not happy at all" about
his daughter's behaviour. Amber
Langford and Annie Collinge, both
19, won the contest and a £150
prize at a Chester nightclub despite
lampooning the worst terrorist attack
in modern history. Miss Langford's
father Martin, who was ying in the
US at the
time of the
I'm a pilot
not cool at
all. We will
be having a
I think." ---
A Camerons resident has lodged
legal action in a bid to stop the
last section of the Greymouth-
Taramakau leg of the cycle trail.
e Grey District Council
revealed yesterday that a resident
had objected to the route through
e council did not name him,
but in an anonymous letter to the
Greymouth Star the person today
said they had led a civil claim in
the Greymouth District Court
asking for construction on private
land titles to stop until a legal
easement had been registered.
e letter said three titles were
connected by an "umbilical right
of way" that served 10 allotments.
e council plans restricted
allotments in a subdivision to 10.
e new easement would serve an
11th allotment, the letter said.
Council assets manager Mel
Sutherland said the matter had
been handed to the council
"I've been advised to continue
construction of the trail, though
we are not actually in that area at
present," Mr Sutherland said.
A new right of way was being
created adjacent to the existing
After beating a path from the
Greymouth Railway Station, only
2.2km remain before the trail hits
the Taramakau River.
e nal leg, from the south side
of the New River to Taramakau,
has been budgeted at $100,000.
Contractors are currently
working back from the Taramakau
Bridge toward Greymouth.
However, if the issue went to
court that could be some time
o , and work would continue, Mr
" e legal advice is, what we are
doing is legal. I've been advised to
continue to construct it and we
will continue to proceed."
A booklet to help Maori learning
and which has been distributed around
West Coast schools has been named
in the top three nalists in the Maori
A lm crew was at Cobden School
last week to lm pupils using the
booklet. It will be included in a video
clip to support their entry in the
inaugural section of the awards. e
clip will later be screened on television.
West Coast Resource Teacher
Learning and Behaviour cluster
manager Ian Johnson said the
booklet was used to support Maori
learning and was based on the West
Coast region. It was put together as
a resource for schools to use during
Maori Language Week, on July 1-5,
and had been well received by teachers,
e booklet features Maori myths,
songs, placenames, games and
Mr Johnson said it was great to be
recognised at a national level. He
hoped the promotion could encourage
people to get interested in te reo.
Maori. e winners will be announced
on November 15.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Velvetstone Media cameraman Matthew Knight lms Cobden School pupils Latai Tau, left, Hayley Howard and Jacob Kilkelly using the West Coast Resource
Teacher Learning and Behaviour booklet, which has made the top three in the Maori Language Awards.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
CYB Construction foreman Adrian Perrin-Smith-Kahl broke
ground on the site of the Greymouth-Ross cycleway starting
platform on Mawhera Quay, opposite the railway station today. e
piles are expected to go down tomorrow and the structure should be
at least partially ready in time for the cycle trail opening on
November 23. Inset: An artist's impression of the starting platform.
Deadly legionnaires case on Coast
Weeks after it was revealed that
a Christchurch woman died of
legionnaires disease from bacteria
found in compost, public health records
show someone on the West Coast
also contracted the disease.
West Coast medical o cer of health
Cheryl Brunton said the noti cation
came through in the past fortnight,
though it was unclear when the person
became ill and the cause had not yet
" is most recent case is still under
investigation," Dr Brunton said.
Legionnaires disease is a potentially
deadly form of pneumonia, caused by
the bacterium legionella, which can be
found in moist places.
In October, a coroner found that
Christchurch woman Margaret
Velenski, 63, died in December 2011
after handling compost and potting mix
while she was gardening.
Dr Brunton said the disease could
a ect healthy people but was more likely
to a ect those with weakened immune
She advised people to wear a mask
while opening bags of potting mix and
dampen it while working with it, to
avoid breathing in particles.
A di erent type of legionnella was
sometimes found in water tanks, sprayers
or commercial air conditioning units.
Domestic hot water supplies should be
kept at 60degC or higher to kill o the
Work on stabilising the Diana Falls
slip near the summit of Haast Pass has
cracked the $2 million mark after just
e NZ Transport Agency said today
the site was starting to settle down, but
it still does not expect that section of
State highway 6 to be back to two lanes
until at least March.
Heavy rain brought down the slip on
" ere has been little material on the
road during the last 10 days and have
had minimal further disruption from
that planned. e ground is hardening
up and even in rainfalls of up to 100mm
we have managed to keep the road
open," NZTA West Coast senior asset
manager Mark Pinner said.
e road was regularly shut during
the rst month and is still being closed
Mr Pinner said contractors had three
people on the site at all times when
the road was open, and cameras had
been mounted to record any signi cant
Regular helicopter inspections were
also being made to get a better overall
perspective of the site.
"Monitoring of the slip and rockfall
continues to build the knowledge of
how we can best keep the road open as
much as possible.
"We are moving material as needed
to achieve this and individual rocks as
Meanwhile, some minor work is
planned for another major slip, below
the road at Knights Point, on the
coastal section of the highway north of
Haast township. e slip is within 5m
of the road, with a sheer drop of 300m
into the sea below.
Mr Pinner said it was also being
monitored weekly and the heavy rain of
the past month had not had an impact
on the slip.
NZTA would soon carry out some
drainage works at road level, he said.
"Further site work is currently being
carried out to re ne the design options.
Trial pits and some desktop work such
as further geological mapping will
improve our knowledge of the ground
e Knights Point slip occurred just
over a year ago.
Haast slip cost tops $2 million
Coast booklet on film
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