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heads up Everest
prepare for third
Some Pike River Mine families
will head up to the mine portal,
near Atarau, on Tuesday to mark
the third anniversary of the disaster.
Families spokesman Bernie
Monk said some would also go
on to Blackball for a community
Rebecca Mac e's book, Tragedy
at Pike River: How and Why 29
Men Died, will be launched at a
function in Blaketown tomorrow
evening. Signings will also be held
at Blackball at 9am on Saturday, and
Hokitika at 2pm.
move to next stage
Work resumed at the Pike River
Mine site this morning on the next
phase of the re-entry project. With
the area around the ventilation
shaft now clear, mine sta and
contractors were preparing to put a
mix of concrete and expanding foam
down the shaft. is phase, which
also involves the use of helicopters,
will hopefully be completed before
Christmas. e top 50-60m of the
100m deep ventilation shaft needs
to be plugged to control the mine
atmosphere. Later, a further plug
will be installed about 2.3km inside
the mine. ey will then pump
inert nitrogen into the tunnel area
to prevent fresh air from reaching
the inner mine, risking another
A clam named 'Ming' has been
con rmed as the world's oldest
animal at 507 years old. Ming
saw o Queen Elizabeth I, the
English Civil War, the entire
Enlightenment, the Industrial
Revolution and two World Wars.
But its life came to an abrupt end
seven years ago when scientists
from Bangor University dredged
the seabed near Iceland as part
of a study into climate change.
Not knowing the long life of the
mollusc, researchers at Bangor
University opened its shell for
analysis, killing Ming in the process.
By counting the number of rings
visible on the inside shell of the
mollusc, they initially calculated that
Ming was an incredible 405 years
old. Scientists have now admitted
they made a mistake --- and now
believe it to be 100 years older than
rst thought. --- Daily Mail
Light cloud at times
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Visit us at: 32 Otira Highway,
Kiwi Rail says it is con dent the Tranz
Alpine can now carry passengers safely
through the Otira Tunnel again, nearly
four months after passenger trains were
suspended until the re risk in the
90-year-old tunnel had been addressed.
Passengers have been bused the 14km
between Arthur's Pass and Otira, but
from next week they will again be
carried through the tunnel.
Kiwi Rail today con rmed that rail
regulator the New Zealand Transport
Agency had approved the resumption of
passenger services through the tunnel.
"Kiwi Rail has now completed a
signi cant series of improvements to
the safety measures already in place at
"We will continue to assess best
practice and are committed to ensuring
the safe operation of trains through the
tunnel," chief executive Jim Quinn said.
Approval to take passengers through
the tunnel was granted after an extensive
risk assessment and improvement
process undertaken with Kiwi Rail and
the Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment's High Hazards Unit.
e company said at the time the
likelihood of a re occurring in the
tunnel was "very low " but it wanted to
do everything possible to minimise any
possible risk to passengers.
Mr Quinn said the installation of re
suppression equipment on all trains
using the tunnel was completed by
e newly installed re suppression
units are designed to identify a re, cut
the diesel supply to the engine and then
deploy a suppressant to extinguish any
residual re in the engine bay.
ey have been tted to 10 locomotives
of the DXC eet.
Mr Quinn said the work cost up to
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Framed by the Southern Alps, Paparoa Range School pupils set sail on Lake Brunner on Tuesday as part of a two-day splash on the water.
National set to choose candidate
e National Party says it has received
"more than one" nomination for the West
Coast-Tasman electorate. Nominations
close at 5pm today, and candidates will be
revealed next week after a party meeting.
Current list MP Chris Auchinvole is
retiring at the general election next year.
Former Westland mayor Maureen Pugh
had pre-nomination talks with the party
about putting her name forward, but no
one is saying yet whether she followed
through with that.
St John writes off
e St John South Island Regional
Trust has written o the $227,000 owed
on the new Greymouth headquarters,
opened nearly four years ago.
e Greymouth area committee
received a $1 million bridging loan from
the St John trust to help complete the
$2 million project, after reaching crisis
point when Development West Coast
declined to help and a major corporate
sponsor withdrew its o er of $200,000.
Greymouth area committee chair-
woman erese Gibbens said news last
week that the loan had been written o
had come as a "great relief ".
Since the building opened the
committee had been chipping away at
"When the building was completed
we still owed $500,000. We continued
to attack that debt, however corporate
sponsorship dried up and we were not
getting anywhere," Mrs Gibbens said.
"We decided to write to the trust board
and ask them if they could write the loan
She said that was only possible through
the generosity of St John organisations
throughout the South Island.
"St John groups have donated the
money to write-o the loan of $227,000,
and that is massive for the Greymouth
ey were now able to concentrate on
fundraising for the maintenance of the
ACC files stolen from car
A Reefton man is seething after
con dential ACC documents about
him and ve other people were
stolen from a car in Nelson.
Vocational Guidance phoned
Kevin Arnesen last week to advise
him of the theft. Vocational
Guidance is contracted to ACC to
visit clients and discuss employment
options with them.
"It's my private life they
(Vocational Guidance) are mucking
around with, and those documents
should not have been left in the
car in the rst place ... especially
overnight," Mr Arnesen told the
Greymouth Star yesterday.
ACC con rmed that the les of
six ACC clients had been stolen.
"Last ursday evening a person
contracted to provide services to
ACC had their locked car broken
into, while parked in the Tahunanui
Beach car park. A padlocked
backpack, which was under cover in
the backseat, was among a number
of items stolen," senior media
adviser Stephanie Melville said.
Police were called immediately
and the vehicle was ngerprinted.
So far, ve of the six a ected clients
had been contacted personally.
Ms Melville said all ACC sub-
contractors were contractually
required to comply with the Privacy
" e company for whom
the person works (Vocational
Guidance) is reinforcing with all its
sta the importance of managing
and securing clients' private
Creditors of Waikiti Downs ---
believed to be the largest farming
station on the West Coast --- are
owed $7.9 million, according to the
It also appears unsecured creditors,
including West Coast councils, are
unlikely to see their money again.
e company was put into
liquidation by the High Court on
September 19. e directors are Ross
Clarke of Christchurch and Michael
Andrews of Rangiora. e largest
shareholders are Shona Clarke and
Noeline Ingram, Michael Andrews
and Mark Tavendale, Bronwyn and
David Marsh with Eric Parr, and
Barry and Leanne Foster.
e rst report from the liquidators
says the directors of the dairy farm
and lodge blamed the insolvency
on their inability to raise further
capital, delays in the settlement of
the property and mortgage default.
Receivers are dealing with the sale
of the property and assets, and said
they hoped to have an o er in about
e report said the total owing
to creditors was $7.9m. Unsecured
creditors, collectively owed $1.38m,
include the Grey District Council
and West Coast Regional councils,
and West Coast and Canterbury
trucking and agricultural cont-
e separate receivers' report,
from PricewaterhouseCoopers, said
the ANZ bank started proceedings
when the company fell into arrears.
eir report says the bank is owed
$6.76m, Gough Finance $58,658
and PGG Wrightson $130,382.
All are secured creditors. Inland
Revenue, a preferential creditor,
is owed $190,564, and unsecured
"From our observations to date we
believe that there are unlikely to be
any funds available for unsecured
creditors," the report said.
e receivers said they were selling
the farm, including the plant and
e liquidation is to be completed
by April 1, 2014.
e farm used to be owned by Bill
It is a haven for hunters and
anglers, boasting tahr, chamois, red
deer and trophy-sized brown trout.
Broke West Coast
farm owes $7.9m
Sailing in paradise
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