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Moetaua, left, Susan
Boland, and Scot Hall are
jumping for joy as their
Royal Christmas Variety
Show heads to Greymouth
on November 21. e
show, starring Boland,
Moetaua, Debbie Penney
and Hall, accompanied
by Eli Moore, features
music from Gilbert and
Sullivan, skits, jokes,
music hall, music theatre
and of course a Christmas
bracket starring Santa
Claus in a rousing nale of
2 - Friday, November 8, 2013
Attempt to force open
Would-be thieves pulled a security
sensor light o its mounting and
attempted to force open a roller
garage door in Pitt Street, Runanga
while the homeowners were away
between November 30 and Tuesday.
Police said the owners returned to
nd the lock on the roller door had
also been tampered with. Neighbours
did not see anyone on the property
while the victims were away.
Greymouth Bridge Club results.
--- Wednesday: Ian Anderson and
Gerard Bardel 60% 1, Alison Dayne
and Tina Fernando 52% 2. ursday:
Sue Glue and Mary Pupich 65% 1,
Brian Rowlands and Stuart Oliver
61.1% 2, Tina Fernando and Joy
Willman 55.6% 3, Ash Hamilton
and Michelle Gunn 54% 4.
Departures: Electra. In port: Jay
Elaine, Jay Penelope, Christina, 17
other vessels. Expect arrivals: Galatea
II Monday. Expected departures: Jay
Elaine, Jay Penelope, tomorrow.
DHB to consult on
e West Coast Regional Council has
reported a strong annual result, with
an operating surplus of $1.56 million,
compared to the budgeted surplus of
e investment income was $1.23m
(budget $904,500). e portfolio
returned 10%, compared to the budgeted
Its overall surplus included a payment
of $535,000 from the Government to
help with the cost of the December 2010
During the year, the council inspected
206 mines, all 384 dairy farms, and
funded insulation and clean heating for
Its spending on vector (pest control)
was less than expected, as the Animal
Health Board reduced its programme
to less than anticipated, by more than
However, the council's independent
pest control unit exceeded its budget, as
more contracts were won than had been
e Audit New Zealand report, which
the council also released, found no issues
with the report.
reports strong result
West Coast District Health Board chief
executive David Meates said today Westport
people will have the chance to have their say
on the future of aged care services in Buller
early next year.
e board announced recently a new $8
million integrated family health centre for
Westport, providing only a third as many
beds as the ageing Buller Hospital it will
e new centre will be built on the same
site, replacing both the hospital and Buller
Health Medical Centre.
DHB member John Vaile told managers at
a recent board meeting they needed to start
communicating with Buller residents.
Mr Meates said today extensive community
consultation took place in Westport two
years ago regarding the shape of the family
"When we consulted with the people
of Buller, we received submissions and
feedback indicating a clear mandate from
the community, health professionals and
other interested parties that we should co-
locate all health ser vices on a single site," Mr
However, the board was unsuccessful in
reaching agreement with the O'Conor Trust
to rebuild its rest home on to the Buller
Health site. O'Conor had instead started
building additional rest home capacity on
its own site.
"I want to clarify some confusion in the
community about bed numbers for the
new (integrated family health centre),"
Mr Meates said. "We have not made any
mention of future aged care arrangements
in plans for the Buller IFHC. e detail
associated with how we organise residential
care for older people in Buller needs further
work in light of O'Conor's decision, and
both sta and community input is vital to
At this stage, there would be about 10
exible in-patient beds attached to the
IFHC, for maternity and palliative care.
In the New Year, the board would consult
with the community about the ways in which
aged residential care could be organised.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said in
a statement issued by the DHB, he was
concerned at recent comparisons made
between an earlier proposal for a 92-bed
facility and the recent IFHC announcement.
"I am assured that the recent
announcement does not include aged care
beds and it is therefore mischievous to
make this comparison because it creates
anxiety in our community, which is not
helpful. e council and I look forward to
working alongside the DHB throughout
this important process," Mr Howard said.
of the Westport News
e West Coast's elected MP
says he is as passionate and
driven about his job as he was
when he entered Parliament 20
West Coast-Tasman Labour
Party MP Damien O'Connor
celebrated two decades in
He marked the occasion
by delivering a speech in
Parliament on the Casino Bill,
before having a few drinks with
colleagues in the evening.
Mr O'Connor said that apart
from a few months at the start
of 2009, his 20-year run in
Parliament since 1993 had
been unbroken. His period
out of Parliament followed his
2008 election defeat to Chris
Auchinvole, before he returned
as a Labour list MP.
He felt fortunate to have made
it to a 20-year milestone, he said.
"(I'm) humbled to have been
in Parliament for that long, it's
not something that happens to
many MPs ... as long as people
feel I have something to o er
and contribute then I'm very
He felt he had been a passionate
advocate for his electorate, even
when at times that had been
at odds with Labour policies.
Such di erences were all
part of a healthy democracy, he
Helping to negotiate a $120
million compensation package
in lieu of the end of native
logging on the Coast was one
of his proudest moments in
" at should be enduring
and provide opportunities for
the West Coast for a very long
e "close-to-riot" situation
in Greymouth prior to the
compensation package had
been a little nerve-wracking, he
He also admitted that he had
paid the price for his time in
Parliament in other ways.
" e cost to my family
and time lost is something
I can never compensate
for ... I am forever grateful
that my family remains
connected with me given the
pressures they have had to be
Mr O'Connor said he
remained as committed to life
as an MP and to helping get
Labour back into power.
O'Connor still passionate after 20 years
e Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prize packs to give
away, including a double-pass to the
show, an Operatunity book and a
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with your name, address and phone
C/o Greymouth Star
PO Box 3, Greymouth
or e-mail competitions@greystar.
co.nz with Operatunity in the subject
line. One entry per household.
Entries close on February 15.
Greymouth High School's new crop of student leaders lined up for duty yesterday --- head boy Jordan
Campbell, front right, head girl Devon Kilkelly, followed by house leader Brittany Bown, sports leader
Ellen Nicol, house leader Kaylee Franklin, house leader Caley Hughes, arts leader Bodeen Stewart, house
leader Alice Winter, and pumanawa Ruby Mahuika and Rabahn Sopp.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth High School's new student leaders
Christmas variety show
Reefton Area School students Ryan Blanchet, back left,
Dylan Wells, Corey Smith, with Sean Kearns, front left, Ben
Swindlehurst, Daniel White and Josh Kearns on the last day of
their West Coast Trades Academy courses yesterday. e students
have been training in automotive engineering, mechanical
engineering, building and hospitality programmes working
towards level 2 national certi cates. Josh Kearns and Daniel
White completed two years of training with the trades academy,
travelling to Greymouth one day a week over the school term,
during which they have both completed a national certi cate in
motor industry (entry skills) level 2. Kearns has been o ered an
apprenticeship position with Nairn Electrical, in Rangiora, and
Daniel White has applied for an apprenticeship in Greymouth.
Students complete trades courses
e impact of the drought on
four West Coast farms will be
scrutinised at upcoming eld days.
Between November 18 and
22 Dairy NZ senior scientist
Dr Dawn Dalley will provide a
summary of the farms' 2012-13
e properties in Greymouth,
Kowhitirangi are part of the West
Coast Monitor Farm Project.
"We will be looking at trends
and comparing seasons from
when the project started in 2008.
"Of particular interest to farmers
will be the impact of irrigation
on pasture growth, especially
during a year a ected by drought.
e monitor farm property at
Ikamatua has completed its
second season of irrigation, with
just under 30% of the property
under pivot irrigation.
"At the eld day we will present
a cost-bene t analysis on the
value of irrigation and compare
the performance of di erent
paddocks under irrigation and
Overall farm pro tability will
also be discussed.
"Farm information has been
entered into Dairy Base for the
last four seasons, which gives us
a good opportunity to look at the
performance of the farms over
time. For example, if farm working
expenses have gone up, has that
resulted in more production and
therefore increased pro t?"
Dairy NZ consulting o cer for
Westland Ross Bishop, said the
project was valuable to farmers
who may not take their own
ey could use the information
from the monitor farm nearest
them to help make management
" e large variation in growth
rates recorded on the monitor
farms con rm it is important that
di erent regions, with di ering
microclimates, are represented."
Events are in Kowhitirangi
on November 18, Greymouth
on November 19, Westport on
November 20 and Ikamatua on
For more information on the
events visit dairynz.co.nz/events.
Drought impact to be
scrutinised at f ield days
Westland Milk Products says its
shareholder farmers have been spending
big to meet the company's new
environmental code of practice.
A year after it was adopted, farmers
who do not comply can have part of their
milk cheque withheld by the company.
Many have already installed e uent
pits, and fenced o rivers up and down
the West Coast.
Chief executive Rod Quin said
the company had only once had to
temporarily withhold a portion of the
milk cheque to help fund remedial
action to get a better stock management
system in place.
He said the response to the o cial
implementation had been positive.
Uptake and commitment was high, with
farmers "recognising that compliance
with the code helps with business
sustainability, and reinforces the appeal
of Westland to our customers as an
environmentally responsible company".
"A year on, we know so much more
about our shareholders and their
properties; where their strengths lie and
where they need assistance to come up
ere was general acceptance that
the code of practice had to be done
for sustainability of the dairy industry,
but it was also the most e ective way
of working in with the increasingly
complex and changing requirements
of national and local environmental
"Many of our shareholders have spent a
lot of money to upgrade their farms, with
new e uent pits and spray irrigation
systems, river crossings, fencing of
riparian zones and so on. ey see this
as a good investment in their business
because it future-proofs their operation
against ongoing regulatory change and
adds value in terms of the property's
worth," Mr Quin said.
He acknowledged there was still work
to do, and there were always farms
working toward full compliance.
e company's approach was one of
"assistance and encouragement".
" e code of practice will in the
future contain the requirements of the
Sustainable Dairying Water Accord,
with changes yet to be determined, but
many features will already be included in
the code. e code will continue to be
reviewed to make sure it is relevant to
the needs and regulations of the day."
Last year, Westland Milk Products
revealed it had temporarily stopped
collecting milk from a Rotomanu farm
amid an animal welfare investigation.
" Always in our
--- Lisa, Heidi, Liam and
Quality care for
our community for
over 49 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
Francis John. ---
Passed away on Novem-
ber 5, 2013, aged 48.
Loved and cherished son
of Pam, deeply treasured
and respected brother of
Judy and Steve, Paul
and Glenys, Sue and
Steve, greatly treasured
uncle of Blair, Kate,
Jordan, Ridge, and
Toby, special cousin of
all, especially Jock,
adored nephew of Ro,
Bloss, and the late
Gerald, lifelong friend
of Richard, Glen, and
Boyd, special buddy of
Shane, Butch and all his
cycling mates. Special
thanks to Rose for a
kind listening ear.
Messages to 18 Parfitt
Place, Greymouth 7805.
A Service to celebrate
David's life will be held
in Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Tainui Street,
(Saturday) at 11am
followed by burial at
the Memorial Park
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250 FDANZ.
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
731 1857 (after hours)
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
6pm Friday until
135 High Street,
Saturday and Sunday
Telephone 768 5942
Joseph. --- Passed away
peacefully on Thursday
November 7, 2013, at
Grey Hospital, dearly
loved husband of Marie
and loved father and
father-in-law of Terry
and Trish, Paul and the
late Jill, Mick and Ailsa
and Bridget and Dave
Mama. Loved Grandad
of Patrick, Emily (de-
ceased), Anna, Sam,
W ill, Benjamin,
Dominic, Reuben and
Chester, loved great-
grandad of Sasha,
Monty, Sophie, Ellie
and Jimmy and loved
brother of Margaret,
Tom (Brother James)
and the late Jim. Aged
88 years, Rest in Peace
Flowers respectfully de-
clined. Messages to 31
Buccleugh Street, Grey-
mouth. A Funeral Mass
for Charles will be
celebrated at St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 2pm fol-
lowed by interment at
Park Cemetery. A
Rosary will be held at
the church on Sunday at
7pm. Resting in the care
of Anisy Funeral Home.
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Fokko Aldershoff
Ngaire. --- Passed away
peacefully on Wednes-
day November 6, 2013,
at Granger House, Grey-
mouth, dearly loved
wife of the late Theo,
loved daughter of the
late James and Edith
Millow, much loved
sister of Ron, the late
Audrey and Louis
Bromley, Alan, Marjorie
and Peter Appleton and
a much loved auntie of
her many nieces and
nephews and a dear and
valued friend. Rest in
Peace. Messages to 77
Greymouth. A Funeral
Mass for Joan will be
celebrated at St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 10am fol-
lowed by cremation. A
Vigil Service will be
held at the church on
Sunday at 5pm. Resting
in the care of Anisy
--- In loving
memory of a dearly
loved husband, Dad and
Ten years ago you left
Life has never been the
Your smile, wit and
Wish we could do it all
Forever in our hearts
--- Eireen and family.
spending big to meet
e West Coast Regional Council's
role in a large-scale IT success story has
been recognised with a national award for
e award was shared by six regional
councils, which have worked together
to develop and share specialist
technical software tailored for Resource
Management Act functions.
e integrated regional information
system is one of the largest local
government shared-ser vices project in
the country, winning the Joined Up Local
Government Excellence Award this week
at the Society of Local Government
Managers annual summit, in Wellington.
Taranaki Regional Council director-
corporate services Mike Nield accepted
the award on behalf of the Northland,
Waikato, Taranaki, Horizons, West Coast
and Southland regional councils.
"Each of the council's core systems was
running on end-of-life software platforms
that were no longer being supported," Mr
"Doing nothing was not an option but
no a ordable package was available that
would meet our needs. So the councils
decided to collaborate to develop a
shared system. is has allowed a level
of investment that no individual council
would be able to a ord on its own. It
brings economies of scale."
WC Regional Council
wins national IT award
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