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e Brunner and Greymouth re
brigade volunteers were hustled from
their beds early yesterday morning
after reports of a re in the power
box outside the Stillwater Hotel at
5 o'clock. Greymouth volunteers
were not needed as the re was out
by the time everyone arrived.
ose behind a goldmine at
Camerons have lodged their bond
with the West Coast Regional
Council. Residents unhappy at
the operation threatened a judicial
review at one stage. However, when
it went to a hearing a few months
ago, consents were issued. An
$18,000 bond has now been received
by the council.
e West Coast Regional Council's
wetland co-ordinator has already
visited 50 properties, and could
have almost that many again to go.
More than 200 'signi cant' wetlands
up and down the Coast are now
included in a list approved by the
Environment Court. at status
makes them far harder to develop.
e council meeting this week heard
that the co-ordinator had visited
50 wetlands, and had contact from
another 40 wetland owners. e
council will probably vary its plan
next year to correct obvious errors.
Meanwhile, it has asked a lawyer
for a legal opinion on whether
those with legitimate wetlands can
challenge the listing in court.
rates for West Coast
Maori children on the West Coast
now have a higher immunisation
rate than New Zealand European
youngsters. Health Minister Tony
Ryall said today that two-year-
old Maori children had higher
immunisation rates in eight health
boards, including the West Coast.
End of nancial year data from the
Ministry of Health shows 90% of
Maori children and 95% of Paci c
children were fully immunised by
their second birthday. In 2007,
only 59% of Maori children and
63% of Paci c children were fully
immunised. e increase was
attributed to the hard work of
GP teams, well child providers,
community outreach teams,
midwives, district health board sta
and the national immunisation
Faith Quinn, of Greymouth,
will be able to enjoy a few co ees
'on the house' after winning the
Greymouth Star's Robert Harris
competition. She receives a $100
voucher courtesy of the local Robert
Time running out to
address heli-hunting ban
Time is running short for
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
to address the heli-hunting ban this
year, but spokeswoman Rachael
Bruce says there will be progress
on the issue prior to Christmas.
e proposed ban on heli-hunting
on conser vation land was further
delayed when lead advocate Peter
Dunne resigned as a government
minister, causing traditional hunters
in South Westland to worry that
legislation would not be in place
before the current heli-hunting
concessions in wilderness areas
expired in February 2014. In July, Mr
Smith told Parliament he intended
to include the heli-hunting issue in
a conservation law reform bill which
he hoped to introduce later in the
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Jay Penelope, Christina, 18
other vessels. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine tomorrow; Anatoki Saturday;
Galatea II Monday.
E orts to turn around the West Coast
economy will be aired next month at
an economic summit, roadshow and
e West Coast Regional Council has
signalled it wants Coast residents to have
more of a say in their own region and
economy --- a veiled reference to Forest
and Bird's ongoing mining appeals at
e council is leading the push after 400
jobs were lost when Spring Creek Mine
closed, a similar number at Stockton Mine,
and a long court case over the Bathurst
On December 6, the region's leaders
will meet for the economic summit at
Speakers will include Dr Ganesh Nana
from economic group Berl, Bathurst
Mining chief executive Hamish Bohannan,
Westland Milk Products operations
manager Bernard May, Kaiata and Paroa
land developer Geo Ball, the three
mayors, regional council chairman, and
Development West Coast.
e regional council will also launch its
regional policy statement.
Chief executive Chris Ingle said that by
changing the policy statement the council
could make it easier for mining companies
such as Bathurst Resouces, which spent
years tied up in Environment Court appeals.
All councils have to have a regional policy
statement, and conveniently the council's is
due for renewal.
Its objectives have to be considered when
someone goes for consent, and in the
By putting more emphasis on jobs and
employment, this could help sway the
consent process in a miner's favour.
Bathurst was not a great example for
overseas investors looking at the West
Coast, Mr Ingle said today.
" ey might look elsewhere."
e council also wants feedback Coast-
wide.It will put a summary in the West Coast
Messenger, and will also take roadshows
to Haast, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier,
Whataroa, Hokitika, Greymouth, Reefton,
Westport and Karamea.
A social media campaign, and displays at
councils and libraries are also planned.
"We will sit outside cafes to try to get
people to talk," Mr Ingle said.
e draft plan, which was presented to
councillors this week, says there needs to be
a balance on the Coast.
" e tough times are now starting to bite
..."It was important that those who lived on
the Coast were involved in the statement,
"Too often planning and consenting
processes here are dominated by
organisations or parties who live outside
the region. ey do not have to live with the
decisions that in some cases can a ect our
every day lives. is needs to change."
New Zealand author Eleanor
Catton has picked up another
trophy for her Man Booker Prize-
winning novel e Luminaries, set
e 28-year-old writer, who
last month became the youngest
person to win the coveted literary
award, has been honoured with
the Canadian Governor-General's
Literary Award for ction.
Ms Catton, who was born
in Canada, was chosen for
the $26,147 prize by the Canada
Council for the Arts early
Her hefty tome --- an 832-
page murder mystery set on the
West Coast during the 1860s
goldrush --- is thought to be one
of the longest books to ever win
the country's prestigious English-
But its length did not deter the
praise it won from the council's
" is exhilarating feat of literary
design dazzles with masterful
storytelling," the committee said
in a statement, the Vancouver Sun
"Each character is a planet ---
complex and brilliantly revealed.
Precise sensual prose illuminates
greed, fear, jealousy, longing ---
all that it means to be human."
Catton picks up Canadian literary award
e Government, not
Forest and Bird, secured
a protected reserve on
the Denniston Plateau,
Conser vation Minister
Nick Smith says.
Forest and Bird said
on Tuesday that it had
agreed not to appeal the
consent for the Bathurst
Resources' mine, in return
for Bathurst creating a
Top of the South eld
o cer Debs Martin
subsequently told Radio
Live: "We decided we
would do an agreement
with Bathurst Resources
on one of our major
outstanding issues ... they
had proposed a reserve ...
we secured an agreement
with Bathurst to make
sure the reserve goes
However, Dr Smith said
the Government made it
plain early this year that
it would be proceeding
with the protection
of that area on the
Denniston Plateau. "Our
view has always been that
we should not allow all
of the Denniston Plateau
to be mined. Forest and
Bird is being a bit cute in
saying that they are not
going to further appeal
the Environment Court
decision ... because they
have got an agreement
" e reality is that the
Government made that
commitment way back in
April this year."
Dr Smith said the
reserve would have
proceeded "regardless" of
what Forest and Bird had
chosen to do.
"I thought Forest and
Bird was overstating the
case in saying that the
agreement they have
reached with Bathurst
enables that area to
be protected. Actually
Bathurst doesn't get
to make the decisions
about what areas will be
On May 23, when
Bathurst was granted
access to the plateau, Dr
Smith said he wanted to
see some of the high-
value areas of Denniston
put into "permanent
He also said that rather
than long and protracted
legal proceedings, it
would be better for a
common agreement to
some of the plateau.
--- Westport News
e refusal by the Government to pay
families of the 29 men killed in the Pike
River explosion will be shattering, West
Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor
On Tuesday, under questioning in
Parliament, Mr Key said the Crown's
legal position was that it saw no course
of action that could be the basis for
the Government legally having to pay
compensation to the victims' families.
"I have made no comment about the
moral position. What I have made quite
clear, though, is that the advice that the
Government is following is the legal
advice it has received, and that is that
there is no course of action."
Mr O'Connor said today the proposal
to make a payment to families, in
recognition of the failure of government
agencies to collectively protect the lives
of the men at Pike River, would have
been an acknowledgement of their loss.
e fact that no one person had
been held accountable for the tragedy,
in spite of the comprehensive Royal
Commission of Inquiry report, was
di cult for families to accept, he said.
"Systemic failure and the inability of
the regulatory body, the Department
of Labour, to require and enforce a safe
mine for workers has to result in change
and accountability for the core mistakes
"A reasonable payment to families who
had lost their fathers, their breadwinners
and their loved ones would have gone
some way to meet that moral duty," Mr
Former Pike River mine manager Peter
Whittall is due in court in Wellington
Mark Price and
Did the South Westland whitebaiters
have a good season?
It all depends on who you talk to,
which river they were on and which part
of the season they shed.
Today is the last day of the season and
tomorrow those whitebaiters who have
not already done so will pack up their
stands and head home.
ose who shed the Turnbull, Okuru,
Waita, and Haast rivers are likely to
be carrying chilly bins fairly full of
ose who were on the Arawhata,
Waiatoto and Moeraki rivers might have
chilly bins with more room for ice.
Annette Mead, 65, of Nelson, and
her husband Geo rey have been
whitebaiting all their lives and have had
a stand near the mouth of the Okuru for
Mrs Mead said the season had been
their best, with a total catch of over
300kg in 10 weeks.
"I don't think we will ever see another
season like this in our lifetime.''
She was not sure why the season had
been so good but the rain in October
seemed to help.
"Rain's good for whitebaiting, I reckon.''
However, Duncan Hedges, of
Blenheim, said the rain was the reason
for poor catches on the Arawhata River,
where he shes.
e river had been too dirty to sh for
about two weeks of the season, he said.
"All of October it was just about rain
every day --- ooded rivers and what
Mr Hedges said he had stopped shing
before the end of the season because the
river was still full of snow-melt.
Mr Hedges remembered his best season
was in the late 1960s when he took 300kg
in one day from the Okuru River.
Moana Kerr of the Curly Tree
Whitebait Company, which buys
whitebait for $65 a kilo, reported a
season of peaks and troughs, with big
catches one day followed by almost
nothing the next.
"We've thrown all the theories out
the window and we've got a lot of
whitebaiters scratching their heads and
wondering what's going on.''
Meanwhile, at least 70 people were
caught outing the whitebaiting rules,
and a handful of them may end up in
e Department of Conser vation
this season caught 70 people allegedly
whitebaiting illegally on 75 occasions,
over a 260km stretch of monitored
South Westland coastline between the
Hackett and Wanganui rivers, DOC
area compliance o cer Julian Tovey said.
e department was currently working
through the details of each of the cases
and some would be prosecuted, Mr
DOC had also seized gear from
individual whitebaiters on 21 occasions
in South Westland this season.
Some of the gear con scated came
from unattended whitebait stands found
e department pooled its manpower
to e ectively manage such a large shing
"Some areas would have multiple
patrols throughout the season ... covering
a reasonable amount of coastline."
e department had added a helicopter
to its arsenal of surveillance this year
which included foot patrols, canoes and
--- Otago Daily Times and
on mixed season
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November 14, 1953 -
November 14, 2005.
Miss you every day
--- Lots of Love Peter,
Aleisha, Tai, Ruth,
Briana, Bailey, and
--- In loving
memory of Merle
who passed away on
November 14, 1993.
Not just today,
But every day
We remember with love
--- Your loving wife
Patricia, and children
Karla and John, Kristin
and Rebecca, Karl and
Kristalee, and Steve, and
Rosalyn. --- November
Remembering the good
times we shared
together, and will never
--- Loved always April,
John, David and
Government refusal on
Pike River Mine compensation
shattering --- O'Connor
Karoro Kindergarten youngsters Romy Ferguson, Jack Rowe, Hannah Hopkins,
Charlee Russell, Pallas Anderson, Luke Sweeny and Liam Galbraith got to play with
100 furry friends yesterday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kids rst Kindergartens
Canterbury-Westland. e Karoro centre held a teddy bears' picnic in honour of the
event, reaching the goal of collecting one bear for each year. Other games and activities
were held throughout the week. Head teacher Alison Huddle said the kindergarten was
special because the schools formed the hearts of their neighbourhoods, where children
could play, learn and have fun. "It's a pretty major milestone. We're very, very proud. It's
100 years of education with trained and quali ed teachers."
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
100 teddy bears
Dispatch and Garlick foundry engineer Ross Wildbore and son Lincoln with the latest and nal
addition to the Taylor ville Domain playground. e initial work was done by welding course students at
the Quadro Life Learning Centre, nished o by Mr Wildbore. e 'chicken' is the newest piece that has
been donated to the domain, following a swing set, see-saw and roundabout.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
New addition to Taylorville Domain
Coast leaders to hold
A magnitude 4 earthquake shook Seddon
early this morning, hours after a smaller
quake in the same area.
e quake, described as moderate by GNS,
struck at 4.02am with a depth of 19km. It
was centred 25km east of Seddon.
Just hours before, at 10.09pm yesterday, a
smaller quake hit 10km south of the town.
e 3.1 magnitude earthquake had a depth
of 13km. --- APNZ
Quake shakes Seddon
e commissioner charged with getting
Greymouth High School out of the
doldrums has been charging bargain
basement rates, but other West Coast
schools have struggled with their bill.
Commissioner Christine Nijdam has
been at the helm of the West Coast's largest
secondary school since August 2011.
By August, that had cost the Greymouth
By comparison, other New Zealand
schools have been billed up to $100,000
a year by their commissioners, prompting
calls for the Ministry of Education to pick
up the bill.
Greymouth High School principal Andy
England said his school was one of the
"It may also be the luck of the draw,
because our bill has not been as high as
Most commissioners are being paid $100
an hour, but Mrs Nijdam was charging
Greymouth High School $65 an hour.
"Initially she was charging us for 10 hours
a week and now we are down to ve hours
a week --- however, Christine has put in far
more hours than that," Mr England said.
"We have obviously received extra good
value for our money."
Mrs Nijdam, who travelled to Greymouth
from her home in Christchurch regularly,
did so in the cheapest rental car and always
stayed at the cheapest motels.
Costs the commissioner has incurred
since being at Greymouth High School
2011: fees, $14,105 (August-
December); accommodation, $1825; travel,
2012: fees, $25,350; accommodation,
$4468; travel, $9371.
2013: fees, $10,205 (to August);
accommodation, $1551; travel: $4585.
About 70 schools of 2500 New Zealand-
wide are being run by commissioners or
Runanga is also currently being run by
commissioners, while both Barrytown
School and Hokitika Primary School have
been controlled by commissioners in the
Barrytown School principal Deb
Richardson was reported on Radio NZ
this morning saying that her school had
been billed $60,000, which exhausted the
However, the commissioner's work was
"fantastic", and she thought schools with
money should pay, although after the rst
year the school bank account had just $532
left in it. e ministry paid for the nal six
Runanga school principal Joy Baker said
paying a commissioner made a di erence to
the school budget, "especially when we were
unaware it was going to cost so much and it
had not been budgeted for".
She said the Ministry of Education should
pay if it put a commissioner in a school.
Some Coast schools
struggling with school
e Ministry for Primary Industries
has released its 2013 summaries of the
status of New Zealand's sheries, which
con rm that most are performing well.
Both stocks of hoki have now increased
for seven consecutive years and the quota
has been increased from 90,000 tonnes
to 150,000 tonnes.
e recent discovery of a new
aggregation of Chatham Rise orange
roughy has led to a favourable revision
of the status of this stock, and a new
assessment of blue cod in the southern
South Island indicates that the stock is
A number of South Island stocks of
gurnard, John Dory and elephant sh
have increased signi cantly.
Director sheries management James
Stevenson-Wallace said New Zealand
continued to be world-leading in the
sustainable management of shing.
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