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Locked car broken into
Westport police are at a loss as to
how a locked car parked outside a
Romilly Street address was broken
into. A spokesman said there
were no obvious signs of forced
entry. Items were taken from the
centre console and the glovebox.
Meanwhile, an 18-speed bicycle
was stolen from the bike stand at
Buller High School yesterday.
It is a red Merida with red
Former Greymouth man Deacon
Henry was named best-dressed man
at the New Zealand Cup racing
carnival at Riccarton on Saturday.
Mr Henry, 31, was surprised but
"rapt" to be judge best dressed of
the male segment of the crowd of
20,000. His wife had organised his
competition entry. Christchurch's,
Maria Wright, 37, won the best-
dressed female prize, bagging herself
a trip to Phuket in ailand as part
of her prize package.
Ship in port
e MV Anatoki docked at the
Greymouth wharf for an overnight
stay on Saturday. It left the port
on Sunday fully laden with a load
of gravel from Weststone. e
550-tonne capacity Anatoki, rst
visited Greymouth in 2008. e
vessel headed to Auckland.
NZ conference in
Hokitika this week
Hokitika's population will be
swelled by about 200 this week
when the New Zealand Coastal
Society rolls into town for its annual
conference. Made up mostly of
Niwa scientists, Department of
Conservation and regional council
sta , the conference has the theme
' e Coast: Rough Around the
Edges'. It o cially begins with a
get-together tomorrow but takes o
in earnest on Wednesday morning
with a keynote address from
Professor Paul Komar, of Oregon
State University, who will speak on
Earth's changing climate and coastal
hazards. Of particular interest to
the West Coast will be a couple of
presentations on building resilient
West Coast coastal communities
and the con ict in balancing long
term planning and short term hazard
management. e conference will
conclude at noon on Friday.
Arrivals: One Greymouth vessel.
Departures: Jay Elaine, Te Aroha,
two Greymouth vessels. In port:
Tawera, Jay Penelope, 16 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea II
today; Jay Elaine Friday.
Technology answer to water
e on-line Wellbeing Game
nished yesterday with two West
Coast teams topping the charts.
SPK Ko e Group representing
Solid Energy --- Spring Creek
nished in pole position
nationally, and West is Best from
Community and Public Health
was the top team with over 10
e two teams logged nearly
2000 hours of positive action over
the month long competition.
More than 250 teams played
the game nationally.
Community and Public Health
Health promoter Sarah Har vey
said 20 teams around the West
Coast took part from various
workplaces and schools,including
Stockton Alliance, Buller High
School, Grey District Council,
and Kiwi Rail.
" e aim for next year is to get
twice as many teams from the
Coast playing and maintaining
those top positions."
e game has been shown
to increase people's feelings of
wellbeing, particularly by making
you more aware of all the things
you currently do to feel good.
Bernadette Olsen was one of
the driving forces behind the
successful Spring Creek team.
"I really enjoyed playing the
game, it makes you take more
notice of the little things that
make you happy," she said.
e free on-line game was
developed by Community and
Public Health and the Mental
Health Foundation following
the Canterbury earthquakes.
Players record the activities that
make them feel good and map
them to one or more of the 'Five
Ways to Wellbeing': connect, be
active, take notice, keep learning,
and give. e game went
nationwide for the rst time this
year, growing in size from 1105
players last year to 1982.
Although the nationwide
game is complete, schools and
workplaces can still play the
Wellbeing Game throughout the
and to sign up, go to www.
or contact Sarah Har vey at
Community and Public Health.
e West Coast medical o cer of health
says people torn between whether to keep
their water temperature below 55degC so
their children do not get scalded, or above
60degC so they do not get legionnaires
disease, can turn to technology for an
e dilemma was raised in the
Greymouth Star last week in a letter from
Tania Langford: "My question is, what
do we do now? Do we raise our water
temperature to kill the bacteria in our hot
water cylinders and risk the burns and
scalds of our vulnerable people, or do we
leave the temperature at 55degC and take
the risk of contracting legionnaires?"
Legionnaires, which can also be
contracted from potting mix, killed a
Christchurch woman in 2011.
Dr Cheryl Brunton said Mrs Langford
had raised a legitimate point, and one
that was debated in the medical
e solution was to install a tempering
valve, which kept the hot water cylinder
warm enough but the water coming
out the tap was reduced to below
It was cheaper to install when a cylinder
was tted, but it was also possible to retro t
Dr Brunton said the issue had been
discussed by scientists and paediatric
surgeons, who treated burns.
"We don't want to prevent one health
problem, to create another," she said.
Alternatives included running the cold
water into the bath rst to prevent scalds,
and most modern mixer taps helped. But
turning the cylinder up once a month
would not work, and could actually cause
legionella to multiply. Some modern
cylinders do not let you adjust the
Dr Brunton said hotels and hospitals
had systems in place to prevent both
legionnaires and scalds.
A plumber told the Greymouth Star it
would cost about $300 to retro t a valve,
including the cost of labour.
Monday November 18
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Premises and facilities
away peacefully at her
home Richard Seddon
Hospital, Greymouth on
Saturday November 16,
2013, in her 82nd year.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Les, loved and
cherished mum and
mother-in-law of John
and Julie, Kenny and
Leslie, and the late
Stephen, loved nana of
all her grandchildren,
and a special sister,
aunty, cousin and friend
of many. Messages to
2 Wilson Crescent,
7805. A Service to
celebrate Tui's life will
be held in the William
Chapel, 134 Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
Wednesday at 11am,
followed by burial with
her late husband and son
at the Karoro Lawn
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
THOMS, Douglas Paul
(Doug). --- On Novem-
ber 15, 2013, peacefully
at home with his family,
dearly loved husband of
Eileen, father and
father-in-law of Trevor
and Missy, Sharleen,
Michael and Christy,
Tracey and CJ, and
Steven and Sarah;
cherished grandad of
Adam; Nicole, Ian,
Scotty, and LJ; Zara,
Zoe, Ebony, and
L ilyana; Dylan;
Brayden, and Jayla; a
very much loved Poppa
of Noah.The Funeral
Service for Doug has
"Will be sadly missed.
We love you Dad."
Lamb & Hayward Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 359
van VUGT, Peter
away peacefully with his
family at his side on
Friday November 15,
2013. In his 84th year.
Dearly loved husband of
Liza for 58 years, loved
father and father-in-law
of Betty and Barry, Jo
and Rod, Lexene and the
late Richard, Caroline
and Gerard, the late
Michael, and Robert and
Raewyn, and loved
grandad of his 19 grand-
children, and five great-
thanks to PMH and
Avonlea staff for their
special care of Peter in
his final days. Messages
to L van Vugt, Unit 15,
Alpine View Village,
448 Prestons Road,
Christchurch 8083. The
funeral service for Peter
will be held at the FW
Chapel, 123 Derby
tomorrow (Tuesday) at
11.30am thereafter inter-
ment at the Orowaiti
Buller Funeral Services,
November 15, 2013, in
The Gallagher Hospice,
H amilton. Loving
husband of Valmai
(Val). Dearly loved
father and father-in-law
of Linda and Barry
Smith, Pauline and Ian
Dines, Glenis and Kevin
Smith. Loved grand-
dad of 10, and great-
granddad of 11. A
service to celebrate
Bill's life will be held on
20, 2013, 11am in The
Avalon Chapel, Simply
Home, 388 Wairere
D rive, Te Rapa,
Hamilton. In appreci-
ation of the wonderful
care received at The
Gallagher Hospice dona-
tions are appreciated in
lieu of flowers.
A Cobden man had a rare honour
bestowed on Saturday, when he was
awarded the 2013 'white star merit jewel'
from the Manchester Unity Friendly
Society in front of members, friends, family
John Richardson joined the society in
1957. It is New Zealand's oldest
friendly society, dating to 1842, as
part of the Oddfellows Lodge.
Mr Richardson is the rst West Coaster
to receive the award.
He is a long serving member and past
district grand master. In his 56 years with
the organisation he has served in all lodge
and district o ces.
e white star jewel is the highest
award that can be made to recognise
Family and friends spoke at the ceremony
at the Union Hotel, as did Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and West Coast-
Tasman MP Damien O'Connor.
e jewel was presented by grant master
of the order in New Zealand.
In a statement the society described him
as "truly dedicated and committed".
PICTURE: Laura Mills
John Richardson receives his White Star medal as Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, and West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O'Connor, look on.
Manchester Unity stalwart receives White Star medal
of the Westport News
Nurses have spoken out for the rst time
about Westport's proposed new integrated
family health centre (IFHC).
ey accuse the Government of ignoring
Buller health needs and say locals should
hold health authorities accountable.
ey fear aged care will be "farmed out"
to O'Conor Home, which pays workers
substantially less than the West Coast
District Health Board (WCDHB). e
New Zealand Nurses Organisation's
(NZNO) criticism follows similar concerns
from Green MP Kevin Hague, who is a
former DHB chief executive, Labour health
spokeswoman Annette King, and local
Labour MP Damien O'Connor.
NZNO organiser John Miller said Mr
Hague was absolutely right when he said
the DHB was working to a Government-
nominated price, instead of rst considering
the services people needed.
"As Labour health spokesperson Annette
King said last month, it shows that National
have given the WCDHB a ' scal envelope'
of $8 million and now they have to make it
work," Mr Miller said.
"National is completely disregarding the
health needs of the Buller community.
e Buller community was consulted on a
substantially di erent proposal than that
which is now in front of them."
e DHB consulted Buller people two
years ago on a 92-bed IFHC, costing $26
Last year the DHB cut rest home beds
from the proposal, reducing it to 30 beds
costing $18m, after the O'Conor Home
decided to expand.
Two months ago Health Minister Tony
Ryall approved an $8m IFHC with 10
multi-purpose beds. e community had
not been consulted beforehand.
Mr Miller said the DHB had told NZNO
the 10-bed proposal was the same as last
year's 30-bed one, minus Dunsford Ward's
long-stay aged care beds.
In fact, the proposal is four beds fewer
than the last one and only two-thirds the
size of the current Buller Hospital, which
has 15 beds excluding Dunsford.
e DHB said last week that it would
consult the Westport community in the
new year on the way aged care ser vices are
organised in Buller.
Mr Miller said NZNO had real concerns.
"Currently it would seem that the majority
of aged care provision is going to be farmed
out to O'Conor Home, which, if NZNO
are to believe what O'Conor Home tell us,
cannot a ord to deliver adequate care."
e home's three trustees --- the local MP,
Buller mayor and the Catholic bishop ---
must ensure the workers received a living
wage, were adequately trained and supported
to do their jobs.
"NZNO is concerned about the future
health and well-being of one of the most
deserving and vulnerable sectors of the
Buller community, the elderly."
Mr Miller said NZNO strongly encouraged
the Buller community to fully participate in
all consultation and would be supporting its
members to do so. Locals should hold the
DHB and the Minister of Health, Tony
Nurses slam Buller plans
by Brendon McMahon
of the Hokitika Guardian
e new Hokitika seawall will
not be extended further, in the
e Hokitika Seawall Com-
mittee has decided against
extending the 650m-long wall to
Hampden Street, and will instead
keep monitoring the situation.
e committee, made up of
representatives from the West
Coast Regional and the Westland
District Council, met on ursday
to consider its three options
ranging in cost between $100,000
All were outlined in a
technical report to address the
long-term management of the
erosion problem, by engineering
consultants OCEL (O shore
and Coastal Engineering Ltd)
commissioned to address the
Regional council planning and
environment manager Michael
Meehan said the committee
decided instead to keep a close
eye on the erosion to the north of
the current seawall.
" is is due to the improved
climatic conditions and additional
cost to the rating district that
would arise from any extension,"
Mr Meehan said.
e OCEL report outlined
ways to address potential long-
term e ects of the encroaching
sea to the north of the wall.
Options included dumping ll
to the north of the new 650m
protection work, extending the
seawall to Hampden Street using
rock rubble, or extending the wall
to the same speci cations as those
e committee also decided
to keep monitoring beach
protection work, in line with
recommendations by OCEL,
particularly the groynes at Tudor
and Hampden streets.
"At this stage the committee is
monitoring the situation ... this
may require additional rock in
the future to ensure they function
as originally designed."
It also discussed landscaping
for the new wall, access to the
beach, and groyne maintenance,
Mr Meehan said.
" e committee is investigating
access ways which will withstand
the coastal environment while
providing safe access to the
to grass disturbed areas in
the meantime, allowing the
Westland District Council to
consult the community about
amenity options and implement
a strategy to manage whatever
Hokitika seawall not to be extended further
John Skevington and Joanne Ruane, of Ashburton, with their 1971 Ferrari
Dino 246GT were part of a convoy of 40 Italian cars that stopped in Blackball,
on Saturday. e Latins by the Lake tour was travelling around the West Coast
at the weekend, with a dinner at Shantytown, a stopover at Lake Mahinapua and
a lunch at Nelson Creek.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Italian car convoy pass through
Two West Coast teams top Wellbeing Game charts
e West Coast District Health Board is
calling for expressions of interest from people
who would like to be involved in the new
Consumer advisor and peer support service
facilitator for mental health Joe Hall is on the
steering committee for the new group.
She said people should not underestimate
the ability they had to make real and
meaningful change in the health services.
"It's about encouraging clinical sta to ask
the question, 'How would you feel if this
person was your wife, son, auntie?'
"It's about transparency so everybody is
aware of your concerns. If you have a mental
health issue and a weak heart you shouldn't
go to hospital and be seen piecemeal but as
part of a team."
Barbara Holland is also DHB consumer
and has been involved with di erent services
as a patient advocate for many years.
She is working with Ms Hall on the
Steering Committee and says she is looking
forward to consumers being able to have a
voice "that is both insightful and e ective".
"Patients need nurses and doctors, but
health professionals also need patients to
help them see things from a consumer's point
of view. Consumers have their own expertise
and bring di erent values and perspectives to
the health system."
e council plans to meet monthly and will
use technology such as video conferencing so
its members can be situated anywhere on the
e Steering Committee has proposed the
group be made up of between eight and 10
members who will bring a wide a range of
perspectives and experience, including the
needs of Maori health, mental health, people
with long term conditions, people with
physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities,
older people, youth, men and women and
people with drug and alcohol addictions.
To express your interest and obtain an
application form and information about the
Consumer Council please contact Julie Bell
at the health board.
DHB calls for Consumer Council involvement
e nal Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) report into a fatal microlight
crash in Westport in January is almost
However, it will be some time before
the ndings are released.
communications Mike Richards said the
safety investigator working on the case
was preparing the report for the standard
peer review and approval process.
CAA hoped to have the report
completed by the end of the year. It
would probably be made public in early
Two local men, Roger Smith, 58,
and Cole Ashby, 25, died when the
microlight they were ying in crashed in
thick fog at Carters Beach on January 30.
--- Westport News
A combination of the Hokitika and
Greymouth Contract Bridge Clubs
took part in the New Zealand wide
simultaneous Babich Pairs competition
e West Coast results were---
North-South: Ash Hamilton and Stan
Naylor 67.7%, 1; Gerard Bardel and Ian
Anderson 52.6%, 2. East-West: Stuart
Oliver and Brian Rowlands 59.4%, 1;
Cynthia El-Hinsheri and Michelle
Gunn 58.95, 2.
Wednesday: Ash Hamilton and
Michelle Gunn 75%, 1; Gerard Bardel
and Ian Anderson 59.5%, 2.
ursday: Stuart Oliver and Brian
Rowlands 72.25, 1; Tina Fernando and
Paul Holt 59.75, 2; Cynthia El-Hinsheri
and Allison Palmer 51.4% 3.
Coast bridge clubs take
part in Babich Pairs
A 47-year-old woman
has su ered serious
facial injuries after
falling o a back of
a utility vehicle on
Saturday. A rescue
the intensive care unit
retrieval team ew her
to Whakatane Hospital
before transferring her
to Waikato Hospital for
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty
People from all over
the country ocked to
the small wine village
for the annual Toast
e sell-out event
attracts about 10,000
people who consume
thousands of litres of wine
over the day. --- APNZ-
attends wine festival
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