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Water line repairs
Residents on Taylor ville Road,
Sids Road and State highway 6
between Taylorville Road and the
Camp overhead bridge could be
without water for most of tomorrow
while contractors repair a broken
water line. e Grey District
Council said work on a leak near
Coal Creek was scheduled for an
8am start and 5pm resumption,
saying service would be restored as
soon as the project was complete.
Residents in Runanga, Dunollie and
Rapahoe will have reduced water
pressure and are asked to conser ve
Car wheel thief
caught in act
A 20-year-old Cobden man was
caught stealing wheels and tyres
from a car parked on a section in
Ward Street, on Saturday afternoon.
A witness watched the thief climb
a fence and then make o with the
stolen parts. Police were quick to
catch the man, who was charged
Mining bill launched
Green Party MP Catherine
Delahunty has launched a member's
bill which would protect residents
from mineral mining underneath
their homes. Her Crown
Minerals (Homes and Residences
Exemption) Amendment Bill will
prohibit the granting of mining
permits for minerals in respect of
land within 300m of residential
premises. "New Zealanders should
be concerned that the National
Government and local councils
are allowing mining under homes
against the will of residents," Ms
Delahunty said. "Many residents
fought very hard to stop foreign-
owned Newmont Gold from
mining under their homes in Waihi,
denied free food
ere will be no free lunches, or
ights, for wives of Grey district
councillors over the next three
years. e council has decided that
a formal policy about entitlements
should be drawn up, but partners'
expenses will not be part of it. Some
other councils consider the cost
of wives accompanying mayors or
councillors to o cial engagements
as a legitimate expense, but the
Grey council disagrees. Similarly,
it is common elsewhere for
mayors and councillors to have
Air New Zealand Koru Club
membership, but that will not be
the case in Greymouth. Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said his council liked to
run a "tight ship" and there was no
place for freebies.
Farm e uent
West Coast farmers will have the
chance to attend two free workshops
on e uent management later this
month. e West Coast Regional
Council, Westland Milk Products
and Kliptank will host the event.
Council consents and compliance
manager Jackie Adams said farmers
at Lake Brunner were recently
subjected to tougher new rules. e
agencies thought it would be good
if other farmers could have access
to the same information. e rst
session will be at the Ikamatua Hall
on November 26, from 11am to
1pm, and the second on November
28 at the Westport RSA, from 11am
A man has been arrested in
Christchurch over two separate
armed hold-ups at services stations
in the past week. e 20-year-
old will appear in Christchurch
District Court this morning facing
charges of aggravated robbery. He
was arrested in the city yesterday
afternoon, police said. e charges
relate to an aggravated robbery at
the Caltex Russley service station in
the early hours of Tuesday last week,
and an aggravated robbery at the
Mobil redwood service station on
ursday night. e man also faces
a charge in relation to an incident
on ursday at the Harewood
Road Super Liquor store, detective
sergeant Joel Syme said.
Chinese buy resort
China's Shanghai CRED Real
Estate has bought Peppers
Carrington, one of Northland's
most luxurious resorts. . e 1000ha
resort overlooking the Paci c has
an 18-hole golf course, is four
hours' drive from Auckland and
has been sold by American Paul
Kelly, according to the statement.
Shanghai CRED Real Estate said
it was one of the largest real estate
developers in Shanghai, with more
than 50 projects completed.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Arrivals: ree Greymouth vessels.
Departures: one Greymouth vessel.
In port: Christina, Jay Penelope,
16 other vessels. Expected arrivals:
Galatea II tomorrow; Jay Elaine
Schools on board with
new child restraint rules
A Grey Valley farm race made out
of coal nes is just one of a number
of incidents under investigation by
the West Coast Regional Council this
Consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said the Mawheraiti
farmer had been building the race out
of coal nes because they were handy.
It was legal, providing there was
no discharge to water. Inquiries were
at was one of a number of
complaints in the past month, some of
which were due to problems caused by
the spring rains.
A Hari Hari farmer was caught
discharging dairy e uent, and at
Ikamatua a forestry operation was
ned for leaving sediment in a
In Hokitika, an operator was required
to stop sandblasting after a complaint
In Maruia, someone was caught
removing ood protection works
e water management system at
a Reefton coalmine could not cope
with torrential rain, while inquiries
are ongoing into an alleged sediment
discharge from a coalmining operation
At Karamea, after complaints
about a bad smell, sta found a slink
skin operation based from a private
residence. e smell was bad enough
for enforcement action to be
A bad smell at Greymouth also
resulted in someone who was burning
tyres being ordered to stop.
A whitebaiter was in the gun in
Westport, receiving an abatement
notice to remove an unauthorised
whitebait stand on the Buller River.
f ined for
e West Coast Regional Council has
ned the Westland District Council
$3750 for breaching the sewage
discharge limits at Franz Josef Glacier
It received ve infringement notices
of $750 each for its two wastewater
Regional council consents and
compliance manager Jackie Adams
said the consent for the Haast scheme
allowed for a median of 30g per cubic
metre of suspended solids.
"We've not had a reading below 40,"
Mr Adams said.
A new system had been designed
for Haast, and the district council had
acknowledged the current system was
"It's just not working right."
A Franz Josef, faecal coliform levels
were also too high.
A year ago, a yellow, sulphurous
smelling sewage was found seeping
to the surface from an underground
pipeline, including alongside the State
highway, resulting in the council being
served with an abatement notice.
e Westland District Council has
set aside $375,000 to renew the Haast
scheme this year, and has $175,000 for
Greymouth schools are getting on board
with new child restraint rules, which mean
their under-seven pupils have to travel in a
booster seat for school trips.
e new rules came into e ect on
NZ Transport Agency media manager
Andy Knackstedt said the rules were
designed to stop tragic and preventable
deaths and serious injuries su ered by
children travelling in vehicles.
e agency understood the changes
would a ect schools and other people
or organisations transporting young
"Adapting to the changes may present
some short-term inconveniences, but we
are con dent that strengthening these
rules is the right thing to do because it will
help keep more of our children safe," Mr
He acknowledged that each school's
needs would be di erent, depending on the
type of vehicles they used and the age of
the children travelling.
"We encourage schools to talk to parents
about how they can best adapt to the
changes and keep their children safe while
enjoying eld trips and other outings that
are such an important part of school life."
Most large school buses, with more
than 12 seats, are not a ected by the rule
Grey Main School principal Mandy
O'Sullivan said she had advised parents
and caregivers of the change in the school
"Children have to bring their booster seat
e school also had two booster seats
of its own that could be used in an
Children being taken to the Grey
District Aquatic Centre would be bused,
but journeys further than that, such as
Shantytown, would be via parents and
children would be required to have booster
In the Grey Valley, Awahono School has
a similar protocol.
Principal Vanessa Wallace said all
children who travelled in private cars for
school trips would need to bring their own
"We are, however, looking at having one
or two booster seats here at school if for
any reason children are unable to bring
their own seats or they forget them."
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Augustine. --- Peaceful-
ly on Thursday Novem-
ber 7, 2013 at Golden
Pond Private Hospital.
Beloved and loving hus-
band of the late Patricia.
Loved father and
father-in-law of Terry
and Pauline (Welling-
ton), Des and Hazel
grandad of Leanne
(England), Marissa and
Tim and Aroha (Keri-
keri), Jess and Matt
great-grandad of eight.
A Funeral Service for
Kevin will be held in the
St Peter Chanel Catholic
Church, King Street,
Whakatane on Tuesday
November 12, 2013 at
1pm, followed by pri-
vate cremation. In lieu
of flowers donations
would be appreciated to
Eastern Bay of Plenty
Hospice at PO Box 275,
Whakatane or may be
left at the service. Mes-
sages to the O'Leary
Family, C/- PO Box
2070, Whakatane. Wil-
letts Funeral Services
15, 1943 to November
"To live in the hearts of
those we love is not to
Loved, remembered and
We miss you every day
Twenty years today.
--- Graeme, Tina, Steve
e 200th rare Okarito kiwi raised
in captivity was returned to its forest
sanctuary on Saturday.
Twelve young rowi kiwi made the trip
home, after spending almost a year on
the predator-free Motuara Island in the
In 1998, there were fewer than 200 birds.
ere are now close to 400.
e newest arrivals were incubated and
hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre
at Franz Josef Glacier before
being transferred to the Sounds.
Department of Conservation biodiversity
manager Jo Macpherson said the BNZ
Operation Nest Egg programme had been
critical to rowi recovery.
"If these birds had been left to hatch in
the wild, 95% would have been killed by
stoats. But this programme allows
us to boost the population by removing
the eggs and chicks when they would
be most vulnerable and returning
them when they are big enough
to fend o stoats."
Rather than just two reaching adult, the
number has reached about 34 a year.
e Kiwis for Kiwi trust, said the return
of the 200th rowi to the wild was a
"To bring our rarest kiwi back from
the brink is truly worthy of celebration,"
director Michelle Impey said.
e birds were blessed by Ngati Mahaki
ki Makaawhio before being released into
the Okarito forest.
PICTURE: Rina Thompson
Lady Sandra and Sir Tipene O'Regan hold the 200th Okarito rowi kiwi to be returned to the wild.
200th rare Okarito kiwi returned to forest
of the Westport News
Buller District Council chief
executive Paul Wylie says Buller
ratepayers have gained a "quality
result" by paying him a "quality
Mr Wylie cost ratepayers about
$58,000 more than any other West
Coast council chief executive last
year, according to gures obtained
under the Local Government
O cial Information and Meetings
His remuneration package of
$233,370 was the highest by about
$30,000 and his expenses of $20,929
were the highest by about $7000.
Asked how Buller ratepayers had
bene ted, Mr Wylie said that when
he arrived in Westport (in 2011) the
newspaper was reporting the council
had recorded a $3.1 million loss
when it had predicted a $3 million
"Now you have to report the
fact that the council has made a
$1m surplus when it predicted an
$800,000 surplus. Perhaps that
demonstrates that paying a quality
price gets a quality result for the
He suggested he was now being paid
too little. He said his remuneration
was based on market surveys, which
indicated he had fallen behind.
"Even a cursory review of the
rates paid to other executives and
professionals in this town will
con rm that situation."
He did not receive any
superannuation subsidy and had
never claimed the $30,000 relocation
assistance the council had o ered
him, he said.
Other Coast councils might pay less,
but one of them had had no success
recruiting a second-level manager
with professional quali cations,
despite extensive advertising.
" ere is a reason. Few people
are attracted to poorly paid roles
in a sector where you are endlessly
subjected to invasions of your
personal privacy," Mr Wylie said.
Buller district chief
executive tops pay scale
Regional council investigates incidents
A Reefton woman who hit her partner with
a drinking glass when he returned home
late from the pub was discharged without
conviction from Westport District Court last
Kaye Hawes, 48, pleaded guilty in
September to a charge of common assault.
At that time police prosecutor Steven Greer
told the court Hawes had gone looking for
her partner at local hotels when he did not
come home. When she found him at a hotel
she got angry and left. She returned home
and he arrived soon after.
ey argued about their relationship and
she told him to get out. She slapped him in
the face. She then picked up a drinking glass
to pour its contents on him but the glass
slipped, hitting him on the chin and cutting
e case was remanded for restorative
Defending, Eymard Bradley said most
people involved in the process were
sympathetic to her situation.
He said that sometimes the net was
cast too broadly to address social
policy objectives regarding domestic violence.
Judge Noel Walsh said it was a compelling
case for a discharge without conviction.
Hawes had been frustrated about her
partner arriving home late and police arrived
after she confronted him.
She was frank with police and they had
unfortunately charged her.
Judge Walsh said he was fully satis ed
the consequences of a conviction would
outweigh the seriousness of the o ending.
He discharged her without conviction.
--- Westport News
Woman who hit partner with glass
discharged without conviction
A Reefton man ended up in court for
operating a ser vice without the appropriate
licence after his wife, who used to do the
business's paper work, went to Australia and
did not come back.
Kevin Arthur Arnesen, 59, of Reefton,
pleaded guilty in the Westport District Court
last week to operating a goods and services
transport service without the appropriate
He told Judge Noel Walsh his wife was called
to Australia when her daughter had twins.
He continued running the business and the
two kept in touch and she received her share
of the pro t. She decided not to come back.
He told Judge Walsh she used to do the
paper work when she was in Reefton.
His income now came from ACC.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said that
on August 13 Arnesen was stopped driving a
truck on State highway 67 in Reefton.
e 6500kg vehicle required a special licence
but the two licences displayed were not his.
One was his wife's. He was given two months
to obtain one.
Arnesen told Judge Walsh he had not
applied for the licence because he could not
a ord it. He was thinking about downsizing
his truck, he said.
Judge Walsh sentenced Arnesen to come up
for sentencing if called upon. He ordered him
to pay $200 towards prosecution costs and
court costs. --- Westport News
Man blames absent wife for licence error
Helen Graydon, left, Colleen Gri n, Tania Gri n and Colleen Charlton check out some
of the dolls on display at the Kaiata community garage sale and craft day, on Saturday. e
gala in the Kaiata Hall had an array of books, crafts, and food for the public to mull over.
Proceeds from the day went towards the hall upgrade and playground development.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Bargain hunting at Kaiata
ree teenagers were
arrested early yesterday
morning following a
recent spate of burglaries
e alleged burglars,
aged 14 to 16, were
disturbed while they
were in an elderly
couple's Otangarei home
about 4am on Saturday.
Police said the female
bravely confronted them,
yelling at them to get out
of her house and quickly
O cers were in the
area at the time and a
dog unit helped to link
them to the scene.
e trio initially denied
the burglary until the
victim's cellphone rang in
one of their pockets.
Police were in the
process of linking them
to a number of other
ere had been a recent
spate of burglaries,
mostly in the Kensington
and Otangarei area, in
many cases targeting
elderly victims as they
e alleged o enders
were in police custody
ahead of their
appearances in court.
Teens arrested over burglaries
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