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Drunken man arrested
A drunken man found stumbling
along Tainui Street, Greymouth,
early yesterday morning was taken
back to the police station to sober
up. Police said the "extremely drunk"
man was arrested and charged with
disorderly behaviour likely to cause
violence. He was released from
custody later in the morning. With
the holiday season approaching
police warned they will be taking a
zero tolerance approach to all alcohol
related o ending and arrests will be
A few lucky readers will have some
pages to turn after winning the
Greymouth Star monthly Bookshelf
competition. Jessie Sawyers of
Reefton, T Cumming of Hokitika,
Tressa Stratford of Greymouth
each receive a copy of Explore New
Zealand: 101 Must-Do's For Kiwis.
Albert Whitehead of Runanga wins
Leighton Smith's memoir, Beyond
e winners of the Greymouth Star
garden page competition draw will
have a few ideas for projects around
their homes now. Adrian Sheat of
Greymouth, J Rochford of Hokitika,
Ruth Sullivan of Hari Hari, T Van
Looy and Zelda Keating of Cobden
each receive a copy of the November
issue of NZ House and Garden.
Man found in ditch
A Canterbury man who went
missing from the Oxford area
overnight was found alive in a ditch
near his home this morning. e
man was reported missing about
2am. Police said the brain-injured
man fell into the ditch not far from
his home, Newstalk ZB reported.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II, two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Cook Canyon, Jay
Elaine, Tawera, one Greymouth
vessel. In port: Galatea II, Jay
Penelope, 19 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Tawera, Saturday; Jay Elaine,
Sunday; Cook Canyon, Monday.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Tick for Coast rest homes
National Party list MP Chris Auchinvole
will return to his Scottish roots tonight
when he joins a panel in Dunedin
debating Scottish independence. Hosted
by the Scottish and Irish Societies of New
Zealand, the panel includes Professor
Dame Linda Jane Holloway. It is proposed
that the referendum be held on September
8 next year, with a proposed Independence
Day of March 24, 2016. March 24 is
also the anniversary of the Union of the
Crowns in 1603. Although he was born
and raised in Scotland, Mr Auchinvole will
not be eligible to vote in the referendum,
which is only for the resident population.
Funds raised by the Kotuku Surf
Life Saving Club on National Jandal
Day, on December 6, will be used to
replace the old quad bike used for the
Greymouth beach patrols.
Jandal Day is a celebration and
reminder of the work that lifeguards
around New Zealand do. It is also a
fundraiser to support the organisation,
with money going towards training,
beach patrols and new equipment.
Kotuku chairman Mark Bolland said
the decision to raise funds for a new
quad bike came when it was learned that
the current one was beyond economical
"With limited access to some of our
better beaches a replacement quad bike
will ensure patrols can access and set up
at safe beach locations, lifeguards can
respond quickly to any beach emergency
and patrols can launch IRBs quickly
and respond e ciently to any water
Mr Bolland said there were many ways
in which individuals and organisations
could help the fundraising: "People can
show support by slipping on their jandals,
organising a mufti-day, decorating their
workplaces or donating to the club's
bucket collectors, who will be out and
about on December 6."
Jandal Day funds
for new quad bike
For the rst time, West Coast residents
can read audit reports on rest homes before
they make their decisions.
Audits on all rest homes are on the health.
govt.nz website as part of a nationwide
Government initiative launched today.
"It's very important it's publicly available,"
National Party list MP Chris Auchinvole,
a former trustee of Dixon House in
Greymouth, said today.
"It's nice if there are good reports, but
particularly important if there's problems
that need to be addressed."
e most recent report --- for Dixon
House --- was only completed in late
All the homes in Greymouth and
Hokitika had good reports, with no major
issues identi ed.
For example, at Dixon House residents
and families inter viewed were supportive of
the care and support provided.
Some improvements were required
including conducting a resident survey,
aspects of medication management and
conducting six-monthly re drills.
Granger House was audited in April and
it was found "there is evidence that progress
has been made in all areas of service delivery
and organisational management".
Nine previous areas of improvement had
been addressed in April, with ve further
required improvements identi ed relating
to sta training and competency, chemical
storage, night store heating, the use of
enablers, care planning and reviews, and the
self-administration of medications policy.
Kowhai Manor, which was audited at
the same time, respected the rights of the
residents and services were being provided
in a safe manner.
Required improvements in April included
that sta ensure the privacy of personal
information at all times, and that managers
increase their understanding of quality
and risk management systems, including
the policy requirements for restraint
In Hokitika, Allen Bryant Lifecare had
made good progress since the audit last year,
while in Westport, O'Conor Home got a
particularly glowing report.
Green Party list MP Kevin Hague
said everyone in the community should
welcome the transparency, which
would help build trust.
Without the report, the worst performers
could tarnish the image of all, Mr Hague
"On the West Coast, being part of a
small community really helps. e people
providing care, the residents and families all
know each other --- that helps build quality
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O'Connor, a trustee at O'Conor Home,
praised the rest homes for operating on a
"Sta are the key to the care and probably
deserve more than can be paid in most
To read the reports, go to http://www.
health.govt.nz/ and click on rest home
Tuesday November 26
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
Mary. --- Passed away
on November 23, 2013.
Dearly loved nana of
Colin and Wayne De
Goldi, and loved great-
nana Glad of Harper and
Brandon De Goldi xxx.
It gives me great pleas-
ure to announce the
marriage of my daughter
Karen Leyland to Rory
Tidball on November
16, 2013, Melbourne.
TOPP, Sheena. --- "We
can't believe it's been
It doesn't need a special
To bring you to my
For days without a
thought of you,
Are very hard to find.
--- Max and family.
Mary. --- On November
23, 2013 after a short
illness, in her 89th year,
peacefully at home in
Lincoln surrounded by
her family. Loved wife
of the late James
Atkinson, and the
late Lindsay Mathias,
devoted and cherished
and mother-in-law of
Margaret and Steve,
Helen, Julie and Joy
(both deceased), Val,
Denise, and Kaye; dear-
ly loved nana, step-nana,
and great-nana of her
six grandchildren, and
loved daughter of the
late Frank and Mary
Williams, and a loved
aunt, and treasured
friend of Murray, Ivan,
and Bernie. Special
thanks to the Lincoln
Medical Centre, and the
Nurse Maude Team for
their dedication and
wonderful support of
Gladys. Messages may
be addressed to The
Family of the late
Gladys Mathias, C/- PO
Box 39001, Christ-
church 8545. In lieu of
flowers, donations to
Care would be appreci-
ated, and may be made
at the service. The
Funeral Service for
Gladys will be held in
the Lincoln Event
Centre, Meijer Drive,
Lincoln on Thursday,
November 28 at 2.30pm
followed by private
interment. Lamb &
Hayward Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 359 9018.
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
Ernest 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-
Bernard (Frank). ---
On Monday, November
25, 2013, after a short
illness, peacefully in the
arms of his eldest
granddaughter. In his
90th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Yvonne (Floss), loved
father of Dianne, Francis
and Suzie and loved
grandad of Sonya and
Rex, Daniel, Samuel and
Luke, Shelley and Sean,
and Lee and Jenny.
Loved great-grandad of
Ashton, Annalise, Liam,
Ruby, Rose and Evelyn
and Jeorgia. A loved
law, uncle and friend.
Messages to 169 Jollie
Street, Hokitika 7810. A
service to celebrate
Frank's life will be held
at All Saints Anglican
Church, Stafford Street,
ing at 1pm. Following
the service, Frank will
be laid to rest with his
wife Floss in the Lawn
Section of the Hokitika
Phone (03) 755 7993.
About 40 motorbikes left Greymouth this morning for Queenstown as part of a 3800km ride to raise funds for the Research for
Cancer Society of New Zealand. While most of the riders were from Auckland, spokesman Rob Appleton, a station o cer with the
Remuera Fire Department, said others from Nelson had joined them for the trek south. "Originally we were going across the Lewis
Pass to Christchurch but the weather over there forced a change of plan," he said.
Cancer charity ride heads to Queenstown
PICTURE: Paul McBride
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
CYB Construction site foreman Adrian Perrin-Smith-Kahl guides another portable building into place at ASB
Bank's temporary location on the corner of Mawhera Quay and Werita Street, Greymouth. e bank is due to vacate
its Mackay Street location while the building undergoes earthquake strengthening. e temporary site was previously
occupied by the Post Shop while Mawhera House on Tainui Street was strengthened. ASB's main portable o ce was
put in place last week, and today a toilet and break room were added. e bank will operate from the site as of December
New 'container bank' on site
Charleston crash Biosecurity breach
Police would not speculate on
possible causes of a crash that killed
a Christchurch motorcyclist on near
Knights Point yesterday afternoon.
Steven Wayne Nottingham, 59, of
Christchurch, was heading toward
Haast on a Harley Davidson motorcycle
when it collided with a campervan on
a winding section of State highway 6
near Grave Creek, about 1km south of
manager Barbara Dunn said the serious
crash unit was still at the scene and
police would not speculate on the cause
of the crash. "At the moment there is no
information to suggest the campervan
crossed the centreline, causing the
crash," Mrs Dunn said.
A family group of three New Zealanders
was travelling in the campervan, which
was heading north.
Mr Nottingham was travelling with
another motorcyclist at the time.
Mrs Dunn said police were nding it
di cult to compile information about
the crash due to a lack of cellphone
coverage in the area.
Coast DHB continues to meet health targets
e West Coast District Health
Board has continued to improve
its performance in several of the
national health targets, while
meeting or maintaining its position
e six targets measured across
all DHBs are: shorter stays in
emergency departments; improved
access to elective surgery; shorter
waits for cancer treatment; increased
immunisation; better help for
smokers to quit; and better diabetes
and cardiovascular services.
DHB chief executive David Meates
said the emergency department at
Grey Base Hospital consistently
topped the country's 20 DHBs for
e DHB also achieved 100% of
the target for improved access to
elective surgery and shorter waits for
For the second quarter in a row
the Coast DHB has improved the
percentage of hospitalised patients
who have been helped to quit
smoking and the number of people
having heart and diabetes checks.
Mr Meates said that several
initiatives were starting to produce
"We are developing an action plan
with primary health organisations
so we can build on the work
already being done on smokefree
programmes and encouraging
people to have regular heart and
While the West Coast struggled
to meet the immunisation health
target, which is now 90% of eight-
month-olds being fully immunised,
medical o cer of health Dr Cheryl
Brunton said health professionals
were working hard to address the
"Only 102 children turned eight
months in this quarter and, of
those, 87 were fully immunised,
which re ects 85% of the national
" e others we struggle to reach
because their parents have made a
conscious decision not to vaccinate
their children," Dr Brunton said.
e West Coast Conser vation Board
has blasted a review of conser vation
boards nationwide, saying the process
has been hurried and the public not
consulted at all.
Due to wholesale reform of the
Department of Conservation, the
West Coast is now part of a combined
Nelson-West Coast region. at leaves
questions about whether there should be
two separate conservation boards.
In a letter to DOC head o ce, board
chairman Stewart Robertson said there
had been no public consultation about
e canvassing of board members'
views had been "restrained", and most
chairmen had been unable to attend a
"hurried consultation meeting".
" e present membership of the review
panel does not re ect the Minister of
Conservation Nick Smith's previous
communication to boards that several
experienced board members would be
included," Mr Robertson said.
e West Coast board was concerned
the proposed consultation process
lacked transparency, and there was little
opportunity to share opinions.
It asked that the consultation timeline
be extended to give the public a say, and
allow for improved transparency.
e panel is expected to report to Dr
Smith by the end of this week, with
a nal decision to be made before
No one was injured when a car rolled
about 5km south of Charleston yesterday
afternoon. Police and the Westport
Volunteer Fire Brigade attended the
scene. Chief re o cer Pat O'Dea said
re ghters spent about three hours
at the scene helping clear away diesel
and oil that had spilled on to the road,
making it slippery and dangerous.
Conservation board blasts review
South Westland crash cause unknown
A North Canterbury man accused of
falsifying a bovine tuberculosis (Tb) test and
illegally moving a herd of cattle from the West
Coast to Christchurch, successfully sought an
adjournment in the Greymouth District Court
Graham James Galway, 40, was to defend in
front of a jury four Biosecurity Act charges
dating back to 2007.
He rst appeared on the charges in the
Westport court in 2009, arguing then that he
could not conduct a proper defence because
the prosecution had not provided full
Yesterday, he told Judge David Saunders that
he was still not properly equipped to mount a
defence because some of the material he sought
from the prosecution had only arrived the day
before and he had not had time to consider it.
A jury had already been empanelled and
the Crown had a dozen witnesses on hand
and another en-route from Australia, but
Judge Saunders ruled that the case should be
adjourned to ensure Galway got a fair trial.
Originally, Galway faced 11 charges including
obstruction, illegally moving 71 heifers from
Little Wanganui to Canterbury, making a false
declaration, falsifying a Tb test and giving false
By yesterday, the number of charges had
dropped to four --- making a false declaration
on a animal status form on April 11, 2007,
illegally using a document to gain a pecuniary
advantage, obstructing a biosecurities o cer
on April 3, 2008, and giving false information
to a biosecurities o cer on May 28, 2008.
ere is no drilling yet under way in the
Puhipuhi hills but that is not stopping a faction
of the local Ngati Hau hapu blockading State
highway 1 in protest.
Hapu members and other anti-mining
protesters plan to block the highway between
Waiotu and Hukerenui on ursday.
ey say the Government is ignoring the
future wellbeing of local dairy farming,
horticulture, customary shery, and the
people's basic need for clean water in its quest
to put New Zealand's gold, silver and other
minerals in the hands of overseas mining
" e Government is determined to go
ahead with gold mining, even though we have
alternative economic development ideas for
our rohe. So we are making a stand to show
the Government we are serious," spokesman
Allan Halliday said.
Referring to Canadian-connected Hauraki
Gold last week withdrawing its exploration
permit over 20,000ha at Kauri Mountain ---
the company citing ecological concerns among
its reasons --- Mr Halliday said Australian
company De Grey Mining and the New
Zealand Government should follow suit with
permits within Puhipuhi.
But Nga Kaumatua Kaitiaki o Ngati Hau
spokesman Benjamin Pittman said ursday's
protest action did not have the support of the
"It is not and cannot be a call by Ngati
Hau as a whole, as the people have not been
consulted," Dr Pittman said.
He said kaumatua present at the group's
monthly meeting yesterday expressed clear
opposition to any action that could potentially
alienate support by the public for anti-mining
protests at Puhipuhi and elsewhere.
"Any protest against toxic exploration
and mining is welcomed, but it needs
to be concerted and done with the full
knowledge and support of our people.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Protesters vow to blockade highway
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