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2 - Monday, November 25, 2013
A thief could nd themselves back
in a curly situation when police catch
up with them for stealing a top of
the range pair of hair straighteners
from a window display at the
Artico Hair Salon, in Albert Street,
Greymouth. e GHD Eclipse
straighteners were cut from the
display some time during the past
week. Anyone who has been o ered
a pair of hair straighteners at a cut
price is asked to contact the police.
Grants available to
About $100,000 in community
grants from an Australasian group
which gave Grey Main School
a boost last year is available to
community groups. Applications for
the Medibank Community Fund
2014 grants close on December
6. e grants are open to groups
working to improve the health and
well-being of their communities.
is year, a $10,000 grant went to
the Greymouth school for its Te
Ara Hauora --- e Path of Well-
being, to grow food. Medibank
Health Solutions has been providing
health care services to business
and government for more than 35
years, including the phone ser vice
Arrivals: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Cook Canyon, Tawera,
Jay Elaine, Jay Penelope, 18 other
vessels. Expected arrivals: Galatea
II tomorrow. Expected departures:
Tawera tomorrow; Jay Elaine
Wednesday; Cook Canyon ursday.
Plans for predator-free
forest block above Blackball
Only one DHB
e Paparoa Wildlife Trust has
announced plans to create a 3000ha
predator-free forest block in the hills above
e trust began work in 2006 and four
years later opened a 13ha, $350,000 fenced
o kiwi 'creche', at Atarau. e creche is
for kiwi chicks, but the trust has also done
a lot to help the endangered whio (blue
Spokeswoman Jo Tilson said they now
intended to start fundraising to create a
pest-free forest block within the southern
With a start-up cost of $120,000, plus
$50,000 a year in maintenance, she said
they hoped everyday people would make
a donation, or join the trust and pay
e Animal Health Board has already
announced a 1080 poison drop in the
eastern Paparoa Range next year.
Ms Tilson said the Department of
Conservation hoped to get funding to
push that poisoning programme up to the
proposed pest-free block. e perimeter
would be ringed by kill traps, with traplines
down ridges and paths.
However, it would be a large, intensive
" e goal of the Paparoa Wildlife Trust
is to signi cantly reduce mammalian pests,
namely stoats, rats and possums, within a
3000ha area to enable threatened native
species to survive and ourish naturally in
e trust's main focus to date had been
an Operation Nest Egg project to boost
numbers of great spotted kiwi. is involves
removing eggs and letting chicks grow up
away from predators. However, success had
e new method should bene t all
species, she said.
It would involve the trust working
closely with DOC, iwi and the community
to create a project "that the whole
region can be proud of and that can be
replicated to include adjoining areas
as funding and awareness becomes
ose interested in helping or making a
donation can contact the trust through its
website, www. pwt.org.nz.
Driver licensing restrictions
are a ecting sur ng club plans
to mount and patrol Greymouth
beaches this summer.
Kotuku Surf Life Saving
Club public relations o cer
Deane Blanch eld said the
club's capacity to eld patrols
on local beaches and attract
the young members to do the
job was increasingly impacted
by licensing restrictions on
"It makes it bloody di cult for
a group of young guys to get out
there," Mr Blanch eld said.
e club had yet to decide
which beach it could patrol this
summer --- Rapahoe or Karoro.
Rapahoe beach had been
popular in the past but the ability
of a group of young people to
travel in one car meant the beach
was now out of reach for many
young swimmers and lifesavers,
at meant the club would
probably veer towards patrolling
only Karoro beach this year.
e club had about 20 adults to
draw on for patrols but needed
to bolster its membership,
particularly those quali ed to
crew the surf rescue boats.
"Like any club at the moment,
we're struggling for members."
Currently there were only
three people on the West Coast
quali ed to drive the boats and
one of those was currently out of
action through injury.
Kotuku ordinarily had patrolled
the beaches with four-man teams
but was changing strategy this
It would have as many members
as possible on deck instead to
cover the peak of summer with
a shortened patrol season overall.
Mr Blanch eld said the club's
core for summer patrols were
secondary school age members,
but they were currently
"At the moment we're sort of
struggling with numbers because
of school exams."
e club needed to bolster
its quali ed base and nd new
members from other existing
beach users such as surfers and
bodyboarders who were naturally
con dent in the water. It had a
solid group of junior members
aged 6-14 years.
Fine warm weather has seen
some people out already but they
were braving water still chilled by
snow melt. With average water
temperatures still only 16degC
the club is not planning to start
surf patrols any time soon.
"Honestly, the sea temperature
is seriously really cold ... you
need to get it up to on average
20degC," Mr Blanch eld said.
Greymouth beaches used to be
patrolled from November, but
because most local swimmers
stayed away at this time of the
year it was not really viable to
patrol empty beaches.
Driver licensing restrictions
affecting surf lifesaving patrols
After a year of economic pain, there
are tentative signs the West Coast has
bottomed out and could be on the up,
according to the ANZ Bank.
Job advertisements are up for the last
quarter, as are consents for new homes
and commercial buildings.
e ANZ said the Coast recorded the
strongest rise in on-line job advertising
in October, lifting by a third from the
preceding span in July.
It is now one year since the Spring
Creek coalmine shut.
ere was a strong lift in the number
of dwelling approvals, rising 8% in
the September quarter, while the
nationwide gure slipped 1%.
Commercial permit numbers recorded
a 30% increase, underpinned by some
large-valued projects which saw permit
values in September more than double
what they were in the previous quarter.
However, the region recorded the
weakest (and only negative) fall
in the value of electronic eftpos
transactions, both in the latest
quarter and compared to a year
ago. Retail sales, up 0.4% in September,
were a fraction stronger than the
nationwide gure, which rose 0.3%.
e rise in retail sales was tempered
by a fall in new car registrations, which
dropped 20% in the October quarter, to
be 7% down on a year ago.
New tractor registrations retracted
from a recent 10-year high, but the level
of registrations still remains high
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce said the North
Island, led by Taranaki, expanded
4% in the year to September
--- a nine year high --- while the
South Island's annual increase was
higher, at 4.6%.
Signs West Coast
economy on the up
Greymouth business couple Brent and
Mary Lemon have been named franchisee
of the year in the lifestyle services category
of the Westpac New Zealand Franchise
e Lemons own and run the Just Cabins
West Coast franchise and are the rst
winners from the West Coast --- in any
Just Cabins West Coast was established in
2008 and is one of 39 Just Cabins franchises
currently operating nationwide which rent
out portable cabins as extra rooms, o ces or
e couple operate from a purpose-built
workshop at their home in Greymouth,
where they maintain their eet of 39 cabins
and, when time permits, build their own
cabins to speci cations provided by the
franchisor, Fenton Peterken.
Mr Lemon is a shearer by day and asked
"will a black singlet do?" when invited to the
black tie awards.
e judges were impressed by the "small
but well-run" Just Cabins operation.
" ey show a clear understanding of their
competition in the portable cabins market,
with a strong sense of the values and
behaviours needed to succeed. Just Cabins
West Coast demonstrates clear targets, use
of comparative data, and sound results."
e company says it is actively seeking
opportunities to provide rent-free cabins
to charitable or non-pro t organisations
running local events in an e ort to increase its
contribution to the West Coast community.
Greymouth couple first to win NZ award
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague, a
former chief executive of the West Coast
District Health Board, has called on the
Minister of Health to listen seriously to the
concerns of health professionals after a list
of 'serious and sentinel events' was published
nationwide last week.
ere were 10 incidents on the West
Coast, including the death of a boy after an
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation
said that health care was under-resourced
" e Green Party is taking seriously
the calls from health workers' unions
that patient care is being compromised
because of under- nanced and stressed
district health boards (DHBs)," Mr Hague
"Improved reporting is likely to be a
factor in the increase in serious events
reported by DHBs, but the calls from health
professionals tell us that more concerning
things are happening in our hospitals as a
result of lack of sta ng.
"Our ageing population is only going to
increase pressure on health workers and
services, and Health Minister Tony Ryall is
not planning for this," Mr Hague said.
Hague urges minister to listen to health professionals' concerns
A new book on the Pike River Mine
disaster casts doubt on whether the coal is
anywhere near as good as was touted.
e former mine owners had praised it
for its low-sulphur coal, and constantly
described it as premium coking coal.
But Rebecca Mac e's new book on the
disaster, Tragedy at Pike River Mine, says
that when former mines inspector Harry
Bell, who was asked to help in the early life
of the mine, went to take coal samples he was
told to avoid the top of the seam because it
was high in sulphur and unsuitable for steel
Mac e says 44-gallon drums were own
away and shipped to customers for analysis.
Bell said they were "cheating" and it was
not a representative sample. He knew it
would be di cult for Pike to separate the
"He just couldn't see how Pike River Coal
would ever make money," Mac e said.
Mac e also writes that the rst shipment of
coal --- 20,000 tonnes sent just two months
before the disaster --- to shareholder and
customer Gujarat had not met the promised
ultra low ash speci cations.
Pike River Coal was told that Gujarat
would not take any more out-of-speci cation
coal until at least the following year.
In May 2012, when Solid Energy bought
the mine, then-chief executive Don Elder
said there was a 5 to 10% chance of Solid
Energy deciding it could create a new
underground coalmine at Pike River, but it
was even less likely that they could safely re-
enter the old mine for body recovery.
Pike coal not worth it, claims author
of the Westport News
Two West Coast local body leaders clocked
up about $1000 of expenses each a month in
the year to June 30, 2013, while two others
spent almost nothing.
Westland Mayor Maureen Pugh --- who
headed the Coast's smallest council --- was
the highest spender. Her expenses cost
ratepayers $12,236 for the year, according
to information obtained under the Local
Government O cial Information Act and
She also received the highest salary of
$70,420, including $6000 for directors' fees.
Mrs Pugh did not stand for re-election
to the mayoralty in October and is now
pursuing a National Party seat in Parliament.
West Coast Regional Council chairman
Ross Scarlett --- who has topped spending
in recent years --- toted up $11,584. He
received the second highest salary of
$67,995. He was ousted in the local body
Buller Mayor Pat McManus, who did not
seek re-election in October, spent just $367,
for a governance workshop. He claimed
nothing for mileage, accommodation or
meals. He received the lowest salary of
Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, who was
re-elected unopposed, claimed $1268 for
travel and accommodation for two visits
to Wellington. He claimed nothing for
mileage. His salary was $69,708.
Mileage was the major cost for both Mrs
Pugh and Mr Scarlett.
Mrs Pugh lives at Turiwhate, 35km from
the Westland council's Hokitika head o ce.
Her mileage cost ratepayers $5880. She spent
another $4808 on travel and $502 for meals.
Her spending has plummeted since she
notched up $20,428 in 2010. In 2011-12 she
Mr Scarlett lives at Karamea, 100km from
the regional council's Greymouth head
o ce. Almost half of his expenses ($6070)
was for mileage. He spent another $2700
on airfares and accommodation, $1262 for
meals and $289 for taxis.
Two local body leaders clock up
about $1000 of expenses a month
e entire Westland district --- from
Taramakau to Jackson Bay --- has a sole
elected representative on the West Coast
District Health Board.
In the past, Westland has always had at
least two elected members at the table,
latterly Helen Gillespie and Mary Molloy,
and previously Mohammed Shahadat,
Brian Wilkinson and Robyne Bryant;
and a term before that it was Mohammed
Shahadat, Brian Wilkinson and June
Now the district is represented solely by
Mrs Gillespie, of Hokitika.
DHB members are elected over the
entire West Coast, not by district, and
by a di erent voting system that requires
people to rank their preferences.
Westland district has 8304 residents and
" ere's nothing like a bit of local
representation," Westland Mayor Mike
"I guess it raises a good question about
As there are no wards in the DHB
elections, Mr Havill said those who were
elected should represent everyone.
"As long as the position of rural
Westland is taken into account. I would
expect everyone's views and concerns to
e election results last month mean
that Grey district --- almost twice the
population of Westland --- has three more
board members. Its 13,371 population is
represented by Greymouth residents Peter
Neame, Sharon Pugh, Kevin Brown and
Buller, with 10,473 residents, is
represented by Michelle Lomax and John
Vaile, of Westport.
e board also has four people appointed
by the minister; new appointments are
imminent. Currently, appointments
include chairman Dr Paul McCormack
and his deputy Dr Peter Ballantyne, both
e other two are Warren Gilbertson,
from Greymouth, and Maori appointment
Susan Wallace, from Hokitika.
e annual community carol concert
will be held in Greymouth next
Wednesday, including an ultra-violet
Archdeacon Robin Kingston, of the
Anglican Church, said the event had
been going for about 100 years, and used
to rotate around various churches. About
15 years ago it got so large people had to
be turned away at the door, and it was
moved to the Regent eatre.
Mr Kingston said the concert next
week would include a "dramatic ultra-
violet presentation by e Luminaries,"
a play on the name of the Booker Prize-
award winning novel set in Hokitika.
It will also include the St Patrick's
Church choir, Crossroads Dance Group,
lots of carol singing, and a video of
children from Auckland putting on a
play --- as seen from heaven.
"It's going to be a wonderful event this
year," Mr Kingston said.
It will be held at the Regent eatre on
Monday November 25
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Linda and families
would like to say thank
you to everyone for the
lovely flowers, cards,
phone calls and baking.
A very special thank you
to all staff at St
Winifred's Hospital for
all the love and care you
gave to Nancy.
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us
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THOMAS, Joyce. ---
Passed away November
So much has changed
since you've been gone,
Through ups and downs
our lives move on,
But as time rolls by one
thing remains true,
It's the precious memo-
ries we have of you.
As angels keep their
watch up there,
Please God let her
That we down here do
Cause we love and miss
What I would give for
my phone to ring and
you be there on the
--- Love and miss you
Mum, Vikki, Chris,
Rachael and Shelley.
Phyllis (nee Dwyer)---
August 11, 1928 to
November 21, 2013 ---
Peacefully at Anthony
after a brave battle.
Dearly loved and treas-
ured wife of the late
Henry Edgar, loved and
cherished mum and
mum-in-law of Kay and
Ian, Anne and Bill, Jane
and Pat, Sue, Tony and
Wendy, and much loved
grandma of Clark,
Lauren; Elliot, Bryar;
Finn, Tara; and "Blue".
Special thanks to the
staff at Anthony Wild-
ing for their care and
love, especially during
these last months. Mes-
sages may be addressed
to the family of the late
Kath Clarke, c/o PO
Box 39001, Christ-
church 8545. In lieu of
flowers donations in
memory of Kath to the
Order of St John would
be appreciated, and may
be made at the service.
A Funeral Mass for Kath
will be held at Ss Peter
and Paul Catholic
Church, 56 Nicholls
Road, Halswell, Christ-
church, on Tuesday,
November 26, at 11am,
followed by interment at
Shands Road Cemetery.
Recitation of The
Rosary will be held in
the Church on Monday,
November 25, at 7pm.
Lamb and Hayward
Ltd. FDANZ. Phone
November 23, 2013,
peacefully in Blenheim,
aged 96 years. Wife of
the late Ken Reardon,
Roy Vincent, and Paddy
Breslin. Much loved
mother of Nola Tanner
(Blenheim), and the late
Colleen Clark (Hinds).
Mother-in-law of the
late Kelvin Weir, Bruce
O'Keefe, David Tanner,
Peter Lowe, and Allan
Clark (Hinds). Grand-
mother of David Weir
Weir (Auckland), Kerry
and Christine Weir
(Auckland), Sean and
Jill Weir (Richmond),
Royce and Tracy Lowe
friend of Clive McIntosh
Matthew, and Angus.
Daughter of the late
Ernst and Ani Tui
Wilson (Hunts Beach,
South Westland). Loved
sister and sister-in-law
of the late Bill and Jane
Wilson, Ernie and Jean
Wilson, Nan and
Thomas Rochford, Ruby
and Des Cadigan, Bert
and Elsie Wilson, Elsie
Moule, Alex and Phil
Wilson, Letty and Alex
McEwan, Alice and Alf
Nixon, Kelly Wilson,
Bob and Eva Wilson,
Rebeca and Reg Smith,
Sam and Ethel Wilson.
Sister-in-law of Jessie
Wilson. A loved Aunty
of all her nieces and
nephews. Messages to
3 Riley Crescent, Blen-
heim 7201. Donations
would be gratefully
received by Hospice
Marlborough, PO Box
411, Blenheim 7240. A
Rosary will be prayed
for Lena at St Mary's
Catholic Church, Max-
well Road, Blenheim on
Tuesday November 26
at 7pm. A Requiem
Mass will be celebrated
the next day Wednesday
November 27 at 1.30pm
followed by private
cremation. Cloudy Bay
Funeral Services. Blen-
Brooke Greenem, front, Levi Dalzell, Morgan Burling, Caitlin Shields, Ethan Shields and Finn Mitchell have been busy in the
Blaketown School garden lately. Teacher Rae Sutherland said board of trustees member Sue Nash and community member Phillip
Clarke had been heavily involved with the creation of the garden and the children have got right behind it, cultivating tomatoes,
beans, sun owers, radishes, sweetcorn and herbs. e garden even has its own scarecrow.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Blaketown pupils show green f ingers
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