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Woman burned after
bon re explodes
A 23-year-old woman was
transferred to the Christchurch
Hospital burns unit after a bon re
exploded at Inchbonnie early on
Saturday morning. e woman
was initially own to Grey Base
Hospital aboard the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter. is morning, a 90-year-
old Westport woman was own to
Greymouth after she dislocated hip.
e Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to a false alarm at
the former Royal Hotel, in Mawhera
Quay, about 6.30pm yesterday. ree
hours later the volunteers were called
out again to douse a scrub re in
Arrivals: Galatea II, two
Greymouth vessels. Departures: one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Galatea
II, Jay Penelope, Christina, 17 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine
ursday. Expected departures:
Galatea II today.
Maori health provider re-brands
Each of the participants at a large
motorhome rally in Blackball next
February will get to dump one bag
of rubbish free, courtesy of the Grey
Given that the New Zealand Motor
Caravan Association rally will be held in
Mosgiel over Easter weekend, organisers
of the Blackball event are banking on a
lot of vans doing a trip around the South
Island beforehand. It is expected an extra
200 vans will be on the roads in the lead
up to the Mosgiel event and the aim is to
attract many of them to Blackball.
e marshall for the Blackball event
has asked that the council assist in the
rubbish disposal by including a refuse
bag tie with each rally registration pack.
is will enable each motorhome owner
to dispose of one bag at the Blackball
Resource Centre, costing the council
e council agreed, however the
organisers have been told that it will be
the last time they obtain funding with a
simple letter to the council. Any future
funding requests will not be considered
unless they are made through the annual
e Greymouth Business Promotions
Association got the same message when
it successfully sought $950 to put towards
its Christmas Parade and Carnival.
get bag of
e only Maori health and social service
provider on the West Coast will be re-
launched with a new name at the weekend.
An entire street in Hokitika will be closed
for the celebrations as the 22-year-old
Hokitika-based Rata te Awhina Trust is re-
branded as Poutini Waiora.
Poutini Waiora kaihautu (general
manager) Melissa Cragg said the
organisation was now a member of the He
Waka Ora Whanau Ora Collective and
was also an integral part of the integrated
family health centre/service model that was
being implemented on the West Coast.
e change in direction also called for an
appropriate change in 'look' and vision for
the organisation, she said.
Waiora translates generically as health.
Dr Cragg said the combination of wai
(water) with ora (health, alive, safe, survive,
recover, welfare, restore) to tted more
appropriately with the ser vice from a
e re-brand celebrations on Saturday run
until 3pm at the south end of Sewell Street,
directly in front of the Poutini Waiora
o ces. e street will be closed o for the
day, with a formal ceremony to o cially
'unveil' the new name and logo, followed
by entertainment that will include kapa
haka performances from the kohanga reo,
Hokitika Primary School and Westland
High School, along with music from the
Hokitika Music Club in the afternoon.
A variety of stalls will sell crafts and
food, a Poutini Waiora stall will feature
information regarding ser vices, and for
the children there will be a bouncy castle,
colouring-in competition, face painting,
spot prizes, and a sausage sizzle.
Her Man Booker Prize win
made her an international literary
luminary, but Eleanor Catton
does not want any "homecoming
fuss" when she nally jets back to
e 28-year-old novelist
is looking forward to being
reunited with her cats, spending
time in the kitchen and catching
up with friends and relatives
when she gets home in the new
Since she became the youngest
winner of the prize with her West
Coast saga e Luminaries last
month, Catton's world has been
one of celebrations with friends,
book talks, and much chat with
"I've done what feels like a
thousand interviews, with tv and
radio as well as with print media,
and while they've been mostly
fun, being visible and on form is
very tiring," she told the Herald
from New York yesterday.
"I'm learning that it takes a lot
of e ort to protect one's internal
life while being externally
professional. "Sometimes it's a
matter of saying less than you
want to say, and other times it's
a matter of having to speak when
you'd really rather not." She
credits her publicists for helping
her "manage it all in the way that
Even her grandmother gave an
inter view to her local paper in
Timaru --- something Catton
found very amusing.
"She even surrendered one of
my baby photographs to the
ere had been an outpouring
of good wishes and excitement
from New Zealand, she said,
which had been "profoundly
moving to me" and "sustaining
and uplifting in the very best of
"And I'm proud to know that
the story of e Luminaries
will have a real impact on New
Zealand literature long-term."
People always wanted to read
good books and to discover new
authors, she said.
"As a small country, New
Zealand doesn't have a
particularly high pro le overseas,
but if you talk passionately about
the New Zealand writers you
love and admire, people listen
and want to know more.
"In that way every New
Zealander can do their bit to
raise the pro le of our national
Catton had been "evangelising"
about Janet Frame a lot, as well
as Elizabeth Knox and Maurice
While chu ed to be mentioned
alongside pop prodigy Lorde
--- whom she posed with in a
tweeted picture channelling John
Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous
bed-in peace protest --- she said
a collaboration between the New
Zealand stars was unlikely.
"She doesn't need me --- she's a
As a matter of fact, Catton does
not plan to write anything for a
"Writing a novel demands
complete immersion, and right
now there's too much change
in my life, and not enough
protected, unstructured time, for
a seed of inspiration to take root.
I don't feel bothered by that."
Her winning novel, expected
to have already sold 50,000
copies in New Zealand alone,
was such a huge project she felt
"truly emptied out" once she had
"I knew I wouldn't be able to
start anything new for quite a
while. It's nice to have an o -
season, a winter between the
harvest and the spring."
Canadian author Yann Martel
had told her that after he won his
Man Booker Prize for the Life of
Pi, he accepted all the invitations
that started ooding his way,
travelled the world, and enjoyed
"I like the sound of that."
In the meantime, she will be
dusting o her tramping boots.
"I'd like to get into the
mountains before too long ---
the Heaphy and Hollyford tracks
have been on my to-do list for a
long time, and there is no better
antidote to the media circus than
the mountains and the bush.
"Later this month I'm going to
stay with my uncles in Montana,
and I'm hoping to do a bit of
tramping there, or maybe even
"It will feel good to turn
my phone o for a while."
--- New Zealand Herald
Catton returns to NZ
For young Greymouth sisters Danica and
Elaine Waters, diabetes is a daily challenge,
dictating their diet, their routines and their
well-being --- but they are determined to
take it on together.
Danica, nine, and Elaine, six, both have
the condition. Danica was diagnosed rst,
when she was very young.
"For us as parents it was a big learning
curve," mum Roz said.
is year the family discovered that Elaine
was also diabetic. Mrs Waters said it was
challenging news, but Elaine kept positive
"She said she was going to 'be just like
Danica', managing her diabetes just like her
big sister. In a way, it was easier the second
Now the girls use insulin pumps to
keep their blood sugar levels steady. ey
take regular nger prick tests, as di erent
activities can cause blood sugar levels to
"If the girls have had an active day, it plays
with their levels a bit," Mrs Waters said.
With the start of Diabetes Awareness
Week today, the Waters family is speaking
out to show that people with diabetes can
still lead a full and active life. With support
from the local branch of Diabetes NZ, they
can stay informed and navigate the obstacles
of the condition.
Diabetes, caused by too much glucose
in the blood as a result of the body not
creating enough insulin, a ects more than
225,000 New Zealanders. Fifty people a day
are being diagnosed with type 1 or type 2
diabetes around the country. On the West
Coast, more than 1350 people live with the
condition. It cannot currently be cured.
While type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented
and generally develops in younger people,
the more common type 2 can develop at
any age or stage throughout someone's life,
and can often be avoided or delayed by
staying active, choosing healthier food and
managing one's weight. Gestational diabetes
develops in some women during pregnancy.
Diabetes NZ provides local support,
acting as an advocate, raising awareness
particularly of interventions to prevent
type 2 diabetes or reduce complications,
educating people and supporting research
into treatment, prevention and cure.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Elaine Waters, six, left, and her older sister Danica, nine, carry insulin testing kits
with them to school every day as part of their routine for living with diabetes.
Diabetes a daily challenge Funding donations means that
Canterbury, Marlborough and West
Coast schools will be able to send
students to a major scienti c education
opportunity in Canterbury, at no cost.
Students and their teachers have
been invited to attend the Nina Valley
Ecoblitz, near Lewis Pass, in March
e event is being organised by
Hurunui College, Lincoln University,
and the Department of Conservation,
working with Environment Canterbury
and the Hurunui District Council.
Organising committee chairman Tim
Kelly said over 150 pupils and sta were
so far booked to attend.
" e great news is that thanks to the
generosity of organisations like the Brian
Mason Scienti c and Technical Trust,
the Canterbury Community Trust,
Lincoln University and DOC, we have
enough money to pay the expenses,
including food and travel, for up to 200.
" is is especially good news for low
decile schools whose families, while
they highly value outdoor education
opportunities, might normally struggle
to be able to send their youngsters to an
event like this."
High school and university students
will get the chance to work with scientists
covering all aspects of New Zealand's
ora and fauna. Activities students
can try include electric shing, animal
trapping, kiwi listening, bat tracking,
and much more as they help identify
and catalogue the full range of plant and
animal species in the Nina Valley.
e Ecoblitz is open to Year 10 to
13 high school students and university
students, and will begin on March 14.
More details are at http://
Scientific education opportunity
Tuesday November 12
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Phone 768 5942 first
Mary's family wish to
express heartfelt thanks
for cards, groceries, bak-
ing and plants kindly
given after her passing
on October 16, 2013.
Thanks also to Grey
Hospital staff during
Mary's most recent ad-
mission as well as St
John. Our sincere grati-
tude goes to Kowhai
Manor staff who provi-
ded wonderful care and
support to both Mary
and her family.
Rosilyn. --- One year
today, cherished mother,
nana and friend.
and sadly missed
--- Love Robin and Deb,
Sandra, Vicky and
Mike, Nathan, Kristy,
Ashley, Nick, Allister,
Georgia, Hamish and
Gordon (Bob). --- On
November 8, 2013,
peacefully at Bethesda
Rest Home, Christ-
church, aged 91 years.
Dearly loved husband of
the late Clare, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Ashley and
Mary, Peter and Jo-
Anne, Mark and Tanya,
loved grandfather of the
late Veronica; Melany
and Nigel, Felicity and
Greg, Sonya, and the
late Stacey, and loved
Shakaya; James, Taylor,
Braxton and Abby.
Special thanks to the
staff at Bethesda for
their loving care of Bob.
Messages may be
addressed to The Family
of the late Bob Gilmour,
C/- PO Box 39001,
Christchurch 8545. A
celebration of Bob's life
will be held in our
Westpark Chapel, 467
Wairakei Road, Burn-
side, Christchurch, on
Thursday November 14,
2013 at 2pm. The inter-
ment will take place at
Reefton Cemetery on
Friday November 15,
2013. Lamb and Hay-
ward Ltd, FDANZ.
Phone 359 9018.
42334 Private NZAFC.
Passed away peacefully
at Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth on Sunday
November 10, 2013,
surrounded by his loving
family. Aged 91 years.
Loved companion of the
late May. Much loved
father and father-in-law
of Noel and Margaret
(Cobden), Denis and
Josie (Timaru), Wayne
and Kathy (Taylorville),
Neville and Joanne
G aylene Ferrari
(Timaru), and Malcolm
and Isabel (Cobden),
loved granddad and
pop of his many
g randchildren, and
children, loved friend of
the Tremain family, and
a loved brother,
and friend. Messages to
75 Hall Street, Cobden,
Greymouth 7802. A
service to celebrate
George's life will be
held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
Greymouth on Thursday
at 2pm, followed by
cremation. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
Ground instability due to the old Greymouth
rubbish dump and the potential for that to
impact on the aquatic centre are stalling plans
for the Miners' Recreation Centre.
A revised plan for the new centre, facing
Shakespeare Street and adjacent to the
aquatic centre, was at least a month away,
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.
"We're going to reappraise. e problem is
that when we start building we don't want to
implicate the sagging beams (at the aquatic
centre)," Mr Kokshoorn said.
Court action to address problems with
construction of the aquatic centre, including
its sagging beams, was still pending.
" at's moving at a snail's pace. e trouble
is when you get situations like this everyone is
running for cover."
While the council was in a good position
and "very comfortable" with the aquatic
centre proceedings, it was being vigilant as to
how to move with the new building. Every
little detail, including soil conditions and
costs, were being double checked to ensure it
did not compromise the unresolved legal ght
over the pool.
"We don't want to start putting a stadium
on the end then for someone to wriggle out of
that," Mr Kokshoorn said.
"At that point, once we're con dent of that
area, and raised that extra half million, we will
A quarter of the Shakespeare Street had
been an old rubbish dump and test drilling
revealed up to 4m of old rubbish on that
portion of the site.
e original plan was to excavate the whole
site before building began but there had been
a change of tack. e new building would use
a mixture of conventional foundations and
long concrete piles on the dump part of the
e council had yet to realise the funding
shortfall and a visual concept would be
determined by nalising the budget and the
type of construction possible for a building on
"At this point, we're still half a million short
of the $8.2 million needed," Mr Kokshoorn
Money was being sought locally with
anonymous local donors and the New
Zealand Community Trust coming for ward.
Associated work for the site was well
"We are very close to moving the Scout den
and revamping the croquet court for extra
Meanwhile, the future of the Civic Centre
was under consideration with the potential to
quit the current site on Mawhera lease and
transfer running costs to the new recreation
centre, Mr Kokshoorn said.
"We don't want both ... We want to be o
that land when that comes up for lease again
in two years time."
Talks about the Civic Centre were
under way with a number of interested
parties, including the nearby Tai Poutini
Sue Moore's 41st
wedding anniversary may
now be as memorable
as the day itself, after
winning $75,000 on a
Lotto scratchy ticket. She
and her husband John
decided to go to Hokitika
for lunch and bought the
scratchy while there. She
saw that the registration
number ended in 41.
"I thought, 'this might
be lucky.'" Mrs Moore
scratched the ticket and
revealed she had won,
although she did realise
quite how much. "I
thought I won $5000 and
I was rapt." It was not until
she handed over the ticket
that the cashier told her
otherwise. "She told me it
was $75,000. I almost had
a heart attack ... I didn't
even realise they went up
that high." Mrs Moore
said the couple might
spend their windfall on a
trip to Europe or a cruise.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Anniversary to remember
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth Rotary Club members were busy on Saturday laying pavers at the
Rotary kiosk, at Paroa, on Saturday afternoon. ey rst compacted the ground
before laying the pavers, as well as building seats. ey expected the car park to
be sealed in the coming weeks, once bre optic cable had been laid. Landscaping
and seating is planned to be completed before the opening of the cycleway.
New Rotary kiosk at Paroa
Country music entertainer Joy Adams
will perform a one-o variety show in
Hokitika later this month. A former
NZCMA Songwriter of the Year winner
and 2008 National Country Music
Association Female Artist of the Year
winner, Adams has built a career singing
and songwriting in New Zealand and
Australia. Her shows feature a variety
of country songs, rock 'n' roll, some
nostalgic and war years tunes, and even
a few comedy songs for some light-
hearted humour. Adams will perform
at St Andrews Hall on November 19.
Tickets can be bought from Graham
singer to play
e Animal Health Board told the West
Coast Regional Council yesterday a steep rise
in the number of Tb-infected cattle was largely
due to a change in testing and management.
However, it was also criticised for setting
targets that were not relevant.
AHB board members, including chief
executive William McCook, attended the
council meeting in Greymouth yesterday.
At June, there were 48 infected herds on the
West Coast, eight more than expected. In late
2011, there were just over 30.
Area disease manager Mark Neill said the
AHB, now called Ospri, had changed the way
it tested for Tb, and was now doing what he
called "parallel testing".
Infected herds were under movement control
for longer, he said.
e upside was that those stock were not
"We've also had some areas where there's still
infection in wildlife."
Within the next 18 months the backlog
created by the new testing regime should clear,
and numbers should track back down, Mr
However, Cr Terry Archer expressed
disappointment the board did not meet its
own projected gure of 40 herds.
He was told they were put in place before the
board changed its management practices.
Cr Archer said that left gures which did not
"tell us the true management levels".
e AHB also said its 67,000ha aerial 1080
poisoning programme for this year was now
complete, and ground control was ongoing.
It was now monitoring aerial drops to decide
when to repeat operations. is had led to a
"signi cant reduction" in aerial drops, Mr Neill
For the 2014-15 year the board was
considering aerial operations in the Kaiata and
It was still moving towards eradicating
bovine Tb between the Hokitika and Grey
rivers by June 2026.
Steep rise in Tb-infected cattle largely
due to testing and management
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