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e Grey District Council is
courting Tai Poutini Polytechnic
as a possible purchaser of the ASB
Civic Centre once the proposed
Miners' Recreation Centre is built
beside the aquatic centre next
year. e council says it will not
be able to sustain the costs of two
centres so the old one will have
to go. It intends to dispose of the
Civic Centre soon after the new
complex is in operation, but it is
too good for the wreckers ball. e
council was told that the Civic
Centre was in good condition,
earthquake compliant and the
polytechnic already had an existing
interest in the building as it housed
its climbing wall. Council sta
have tentatively approached the
polytechnic about taking it o their
hands but further negotiations are
e number of dead possums on
the road can indicate how many
are in the nearby bush, the Animal
Health Board, now renamed Ospri,
said in a presentation to the West
Coast Regional Council. Asked
about roadkill, area disease manager
Mark Neill said it was an indication
of the possum population. "Two
squashed on the road, means 10 or
15 wandering around bush in the
general area," Mr Neill said.
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Some Greymouth schools will be
charting new territory next year with
fully digital classrooms, and at least one
school hopes to be completely digital by
Grey Main School will have two
digital classrooms next year, with a view
to becoming fully digital in three years.
at means iPads and tablets will largely
"Our aim is by 2016, all Years 5 to 8
will be digital. How we do that, at this
stage, we're not sure," principal Mandy
e idea of digital classrooms would
be a learning experience for the entire
"We can't imagine what is in store (but)
we are preparing our children for the
Mrs O'Sullivan assured that digital
classrooms would not compromise other
aspects of learning and would not mean
the school was moving to a paperless
"We will have a balanced curriculum.
Students will still have sport, still have
visual arts and do drama."
She noted that the Government
wanted to have all external exams
on-line by 2023.
"Schools have got to keep up."
Karoro School principal Maureen
Truman said pupils would have their
"learning, sharing and creating" digitised.
"Instead of writing in their books, they
will do it digitally using word processors
and Powerpoint," Mrs Truman said.
Karoro pupils already used technology
in the classroom a lot and this was the
"It is 21st century learning."
She described it as a "pilot programme"
with one Year 8 classroom, and its success
would be evaluated through the year.
"Our younger students still need to
know how to write," Mrs Truman said.
Going digital would mean pupils could
access their school work at home and
parents could see what their children
"Schools re ect what is happening in
the world, and if you look at the world,
how many people go to work and write
with a pen and paper?
" e most important aspect in the room
is still the teacher and their relationship
with the students."
Greymouth High School is taking
expressions of interest for a trial Year 9
digital class in 2014.
Because secondary students moved
around the school from classroom to
classroom, all areas of the school would
need to have wireless capability for the
programme to work, principal Andy
It was a huge investment but exciting,
For Greymouth High, students would
supply their own devices but the school
would o er assistance to those who
Future expansion would depend on the
success of next year's trial.
"We'll need to evaluate what the
bene ts are for the students and what the
needs are for the school and the teachers,"
Mr England said.
A Tourism Export Council survey
shows tourism operators are behind
the Haast-Hollyford road proposal,
but not the Fiordland monorail.
e council represents the interests
of the New Zealand in-bound tourism
It recently surveyed its members,
which showed that 74.6% did not
support the monorail, and 87.9% did
not support the Milford Dart tunnel,
which has now been o cially rejected
by the Government.
However, 56.1% supported the road
Road proponent and former
Westland mayor Durham Havill, who
is forming a company to promote it,
welcomed the ndings.
Fresh from a meeting in Te Anau
that attracted 260 people, with only
seven against the road, he plans to hold
a series of meetings on the West Coast,
as far north as Greymouth.
e Westland District Council's
property company, which had
been promoting the road, will seek
permission from the council to transfer
the intellectual property rights into
the new company. e arrangement
will depend on the holding company
reimbursing Westland District
Property Ltd for its costs, if the project
nally gets the go-ahead.
Tourist operators back Hollyford road plans
schools set to
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Anglican Bishop of Christchurch Rev Victoria Matthews o ciates at a ser vice of thanksgiving at
St omas' Church, in Runanga, yesterday to celebrate 50 years of licensed lay ministry, with local
minister Barry Smithson. A luncheon was held at the parish hall. About 40 people attended the church
With the impending opening of the
Greymouth-Ross cycle trail, Grey
District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says he
is not worried about Greymouth missing
out from people heading south without
stopping in town.
Mr Kokshoorn said he wanted to
establish Greymouth as the hub for the
West Coast and make it the rst place
visitors came to before starting the trail.
He was not concerned about missing
guest nights due to people starting their
trip at the railway station, but spending
their rst night further down the trail.
"People will come to Greymouth, get
themselves organised and then go," Mr
He believed day trips around the town
would help keep cycling visitors here for
"Greymouth will still do well."
He was also investigating an extension
of the trail towards Moana, through the
back of Marsden.
Mr Kokshoorn said they would look to
use the existing forestry roads but would
need good signposts to ensure people did
not get lost. Most of the track was gravel
and still in good condition.
" ere are bits and pieces that need
e track that was there was not an
easy ride and would be aimed at more
experienced cyclists but he believed it
would still have appeal.
However, he acknowledged that
they did not have the funds to do the
extension at the moment.
" ese things take time."
Seven months after lodging a
consent application to reopen
the historic deep underground
goldmine at Waiuta, trans-Tasman
miner Oceana Gold is still awaiting
Waiuta is seen as a possible lifeline
to Reefton miners who could be
out of work within two years, with
the scheduled mothballing of the
Globe Progress Mine in 2015. It
currently employs more than 200
sta . e company said it remained
committed to the Wauita prospect.
Some residents near the Snowy
Road site have expressed concern,
especially about the increased
tra c. However, as the mine is
underground, it has not attracted
opposition from the powerful
environmental lobby groups.
West Coast Regional Council
consents and compliance manager
Jackie Adams said the consent
remained on hold while the miner
negotiated directly with Fish and
Oceana Gold wants to open
up the Birthday Reef, which was
abandoned in 1951.
People who remember the old
mine say there was so much gold
left when the shaft collapsed it
sparkled like a "jeweller's shop".
cycle trail link on cards
Plan to make Grey hub for Coast cycleway Waiuta underground riches await
Runanga Anglicans give thanks
A woman who makes her ance
take a lie detector test to prove he
has been faithful every time he
leaves the house has been diagnosed
with a rare condition that causes
delusional jealousy. Debbi Wood,
42, of Leicester, is so paranoid
that her partner Steve Wood, 30,
will stray that she also checks his
phone, e-mail accounts and bank
statements several times a day for
evidence of in delity. Mr Wood is
even banned from watching women
on television or looking at pictures
of them in magazines. Doctors
have discovered that Miss Wood is
su ering from Othello Syndrome.
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