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Road closure review
e New Zealand Transport Agency
hopes to have its review on road
closure procedures nished within
three weeks. e review was prompted
after the slip at Diana Falls on State
highway 6 from Haast to Makarora,
which killed two Canadian tourists.
Boy ghts for life
A nine-year-old boy has been own
to Starship Children's Hospital after
falling o his bike and hitting his
head. e boy was taken to Tauranga
Hospital about 4pm yesterday in a
critical condition. Last night he was
in a serious condition in the hospital's
intensive care unit. A hospital
spokeswoman said the boy had
since been transferred to Auckland's
Starship hospital. e boy su ered
serious head injuries. --- APNZ-Bay of
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Four Greymouth vessels. In port: Jay
Penelope, 17 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Tawera, November 30; Jay
Elaine, December 1; Cook Canyon,
December 2; Galatea II, December 3.
Expected departures: Nil.
Grieving gran blames DHB
of the Westport News
Westport's fading hopes of gaining
a major new coal trade sound similar
to what happened to Greymouth, says
Grey Mayor Tony Kokshoorn.
Bathurst Resources now has enough
capacity on the Midland line to send
coal from its new Escarpment Mine to
Bathurst had previously said it planned
a $20 million Westport port upgrade
so it could ship coal from Westport.
Westport Harbour Ltd was counting
on the trade to keep the port going after
Holcim New Zealand leaves in about
Mr Kokshoorn said Solid Energy had
undercut Westport Port by o ering
Bathurst Midland line capacity, just as it
did when Pike River Coal had planned
to ship from Greymouth Port.
Ironically, Bathurst and Pike had both
planned to send coal from local ports to
"Taranaki Port formed a company
to export coal from Greymouth," Mr
Kokshoorn said. "Right at the 11th hour
Solid Energy stepped in and undercut
our price, to keep it on the Midland line
... at's fair enough, that's business."
He said Solid Energy and Bathurst had
an agreement to rail to Lyttelton the rst
500,000 tonnes of coal the Escarpment
Westport Port would not even get a
look in until after that had happened,
and Solid Energy would work hard to
keep its virtual monopoly on West Coast
" is is not a surprise at all, this is just
smart business by Solid Energy who
have always, on behalf of coal producers
on the Coast, marketed their coal by the
Westport, like Greymouth, needed on-
going port trade.
"Whether you like it or not, the only
thing that will sustain our ports on the
Coast long term is coal."
Greymouth now had no major port
"Without Holcim and
without coal, Buller's going to be in the
Pike pulled the plug on Greymouth
in about 2008. e company --- which
was cash-rich at the time --- paid
Greymouth $1.3 million compensation
to cover costs, Mr Kokshoorn said.
of the Westport News
e most recently opened section of
the historic Old Ghost Road cycling
and tramping trail means that trampers
can now access the Old Ghost Road
trail in its entirety.
Mokihinui Lyell Backcountry Trust
chairman Phil Rossiter said the
unformed 21km middle section of the
trail between Ghost Lake Hut and
Goat Creek Hut had been open for the
last week-and-a-half to trampers only,
as it was not yet a nished trail but was
just a marked route.
Along with the two other nished
sections of the track --- the southern
section between Lyell and the Ghost
Lake Hut, and the northern section
from Mokihinui --- trampers could
traverse the whole length of the Old
Ghost Road trail.
e two completed sections had
been open to all users since they were
Mr Rossiter said the trail was expected
to be fully nished in early 2015.
Completing the last section would cost
$1.5 million, with some money on top
of that for bridges on the rest of the trail.
Since the unformed section had been
open there had been strong interest
in traversing the route, with groups
of trampers heading along the trail.
e feedback on it had also been very
One or two people had underestimated
the di culty of the terrain in the
Two trampers in their seventies had
to be winched to safety last Friday
morning after one of them broke down
in exhaustion on the Old Ghost Road.
Mr Rossiter said the trust had been
very clear in informing people of how
tough the terrain in that section could
be. e two Invercargill men, aged 78 and
71, were rescued after activating their
personal locator beacon while on the
Lyell Range section of the track.
e 78-year-old was su ering from
Mr Rossiter said the huts along the
two nished sections of trail had proved
"Just this weekend gone we were
doing a volunteer event up in the Lyell,
the southern end, so the Lyell Saddle
(hut) was entirely full, and Ghost
Lake, which is the second hut in from
the south is becoming a really strong
Tai Poutini Polytechnic's newest
Cave Creek Student Excellence Award
winner is "the complete package,"
according to outdoor instruction and
guiding tutor Paula Roberts.
Ari Kingan was announced as the
winner of the annual award this week,
celebrating his passion for the course
and his selection for the New Zealand
"Ari excelled in all areas of the
programme," Ms Roberts said. "He's
a team player, works really well with
clients, is highly motivated and hungry
Mr Kingan chose to study at Tai
Poutini Polytechnic for its outdoor
education programme and discovered
a passion for mountain climbing. He
did a lot of climbing in his own time
as well as taking part in course-related
He was recently selected for the New
Zealand Alpine Team and is training
in preparation for the team's ascent of
Denali Mount McKinley, in Alaska in
May 2014. e money from the Cave
Creek Award will go toward expenses
for the trip.
"It couldn't have come at a better time
and I'm so grateful," he said.
e Cave Creek Student Memorial
Scholarships and Awards were
established to honour the memory
of the 13 Tai Poutini Polytechnic
outdoor recreation students and one
Department of Conservation o cer
who lost their lives in 1995 at Cave
Creek, when a viewing platform
collapsed into a ravine.
Cave Creek Student Excellence
Award winner named
of the Westport News
Two West Coast grandparents believe
their previously healthy, full-term grandson
was stillborn because a West Coast District
Health Board midwife did not do her job
e baby's death is among 10 serious
adverse events reported by the DHB for
the year ended June 30.
Almost a year after the tragedy, the
family still has no answers. A DHB review
is expected to be completed by the end of
For legal reasons, the newspaper can not
name the family, the midwife or where the
baby was born.
e grandmother said her daughter --- a
30-year-old rst-time mother --- went into
early labour in December last year.
Her daughter saw the midwife three
times over the next two days, one of which
was her due date. On the second day the
midwife o ered for her daughter to stay
at the hospital, but said she could not stay
with her because she had a Christmas
function to attend.
e midwife suggested she would be more
comfortable at home until she was closer to
giving birth, and the family agreed.
e grandmother said she had asked
the midwife to use the baby monitor, to
nd out what was happening with her
daughter's contractions and with the baby's
heartbeat. e midwife said there was
no need, despite her daughter insisting
something was wrong.
e monitoring was not done until a day
later, after her daughter was admitted to
"We had to wait for an obstetrician to
come and they told us he (the baby) had
died. He obviously died the day before."
e following day her daughter gave birth
to a stillborn son. He had the umbilical
cord around his neck and was covered
in meconium (faeces), a clear sign he
had been distressed, the grandmother
It was not clear whether the position of
the umbilical cord had caused his death.
Two of her other grandchildren had also
been born with umbilical cords around
their necks. Both had sur vived.
e family believes that if the midwife had
used the baby monitor when she was rst
asked, she would have discovered the baby
was in distress from the prolonged labour,
and ordered an emergency caesarean.
"He wasn't going to progress ... because
he was stuck in the birth canal, he wasn't
going any further," the grandmother said.
"If they'd been able to do an emergency
caesarean he would have been ne."
Another midwife had recommended
immediate hospitalisation as soon as
labour began, because their daughter was
a rst-time mother and the baby seemed
e grandmother said her daughter had
also had two scans in November last year,
both of which had con rmed the baby was
However, the results of the second scan
were not available when her daughter saw
an obstetrician, as they had mistakenly
been sent to Christchurch.
ere had been a query she may have had
gestational diabetes, but her level was just
below the danger sign. e obstetrician
told her there was no need to deliver her at
38 weeks as a precaution.
e family now believes the baby would
have survived if the early delivery had
e family has made a formal complaint
about the midwife to the West Coast
DHB. It met two DHB representatives in
February, but is still waiting for answers.
e grandmother said the only DHB
contact had been a phone message last
ursday, to say the case was included in
publicity on the DHB's serious adverse
e only mention in the DHB's media
release last week was: "Stillborn full-term
baby. Completion of review expected end
of November 2013."
e family has also made a formal
complaint to the Health and Disability
West Coast DHB chief medical o cer
Dr Carol Atmore said the baby's death was
tragic for everyone involved.
However, the DHB was unable to
comment publicly as its review was still in
its nal stages.
"We have conducted a robust and
thorough review and this has taken time.
We did not want to rush any aspect of
looking into what happened in this case."
She declined to say whether the midwife
involved had been stood down during the
review, or whether she was still working for
OLSEN, Marie. ---
Five years ago today
you left us.
As time goes by.
--- Gail and Steve.
Will be in Greymouth
Please phone or text
027 411 2921
to book a treatment
OLSEN, Marie. ---
November 28, 2008.
Deep in our hearts,
You will always stay.
Loved and remembered
--- Keri, Ces, Ryan, and
Thursday November 28
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
OLSEN, Marie. ---
November 28, 2008. To
a wonderful Mum and
Nana, it's been five
years since your passing.
Love and miss you
--- Kim, Aleisha,
Cassidy, and Campbell.
--- Paul and
Cheryl are proud to
announce the arrival of
their baby boy. Born
November 25, 2013,
weighing 7lb 4ozs.
OLSEN. --- In loving
memory of Marie and
We miss you so much
But the memories
--- Love Colleen and
Christopher (Wal). ---
Not a day goes by that
we don't think of you Pa.
We love you forever.
--- Ashley and Karl.
loving memory of our
son and brother, Ian,
taken from us far too
early in his life. Always
remembered by all the
West Coast District Health Board clinical nurse manager Dot O'Connor, right, Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal chair woman
Ruth Krippner, Countdown store manager Maureen Rooney and appeal store champion Maryanne Fishburn gathered with other
representatives of the supermarket and the DHB to celebrate a donation of $55,221 for new medical equipment. e money is going
toward a 'Sims Junior' mannequin to assist in simulation training, and a new birthing bed for the maternity ward. Ms Krippner said
the Kids Appeal has raised $1.22 million nationally this year, exceeding last year's total. is latest donation brings the DHB's total
up to $315,113 in donations since 2008. "We're very proud of Greymouth," she said.
$55,000 boost for hospital PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Greymouth High School Year 13
student Brook Fleming White was
named dux at the senior prizegiving
He was awarded the Harley
Award for top boy student, James
Hutton Prize and the Guinness
and Kitchingham Tertiary Study
Award, as well as winning the
University of Canterbury dux
Proxime Accessit was Braydon
White, picking up the Melse Cup.
e top Year 11 student was
Kieran Smith, and Year 12, Brogan
Other award recipients were.---
Merits with distinction for
academic achievement: Rowena
Barber, Ngakora Beal, Liam Beirne,
Rhian Calder, Luke Cambus,
Kathryn Crashley, Sarah Crawford,
Kate Findlay, Grace Gardner,
Caitlin Glue, Adam Gri n, Seth
Hamilton, Alex McCann, Amber
Pattinson, Nicole Reriti, Phoebe
Roberts, Bridget Sheehan, Pereen
Singh, Kieran Smith, Nina Van
Rijnsoever, Blake White.
Merits with distinction for
academic achievement: Bronia
Curtis, Joely-Rose Elley, Kate Evans,
Brittany Lankshear, Ruby Manson,
Peter Miedema, Ellen Nicol, Jordan
Pinnock, Brogan Robinson, Jacob
Shaw, Bodeen Stewart, Matthew
Wakeford, Alice Winter.
Merits with distinction for
Allan-Warren, Ethan Hill,
Mitchell McCann, Haydn Barber,
Alana Kelly, Ben Reriti, Danielle
Biederman, Ruby Kemp, Shivanna
Schroder, Jye Dey, Connor Kilkelly,
Tessa Smith, Leah Dodd, Logan
Langridge, Braydon White, Brook
Fleming-White, Amy Larkin,
Ti any Wilkins, Sanjeev Ganda,
Ben Lemon, Hayley Gurden, Kate
Sporting excellence medal: Harry
Bell, Caitlin Glue. Cook Family
Cup, all-round sportsperson:
Connor Kilkelly. Sports team of
the year: Boys' 1st X1 hockey. James
Hutton prize and sportsperson of
the year medal: Jordan Pinnock.
Physical Education Cup: Hayley
Gurden. e arts
Punakaiki Craft Co-operative
School Arts Award: Hannah
Cock eld. Stewart Nimmo Award
for photography: Jesse James. Coxon
Drama Cup: Ruby Kemp. Wicks
Prize for music: Jacob Shaw. Dane
Wafer Award for music composition:
Jade Finkle. English
Paul Ca yn Award for non-
ction writing: Braydon White.
Peter Hooper Award for creative
writing, Barbara Cowan Writing
Cup: Brighid Morgan. Keri Hulme
Trophy, top Year 11 English: Bridget
Sheehan. Eleanor Catton Trophy,
top Year 12 English: Caley Hughes.
Poisson Cup, top student statistics,
Leibniz Cup, top student calculus:
Brook Fleming-White. Hypation
Cup, Level 2 mathematics and
statistics: Euan Barrow. Agnesi
Cup, Level 2 pure mathematics:
Kieran Smith. Euler Cup, Level
1 mathematics: Nina Van
Year 13 Physics Cup: Brook
Fleming-White. Year 12 Physics
Cup: Brogan Robinson. Roney
Family Cup, Year 13 biology:
Braydon White. Level 3 Chemistry
Cup: Brook Fleming-White. Level
2 Chemistry Cup: Brogan Robinson.
National Trades Academy Prize,
top senior agriculture student: Alex
Stewart. Social sciences
Hannan and Seddon Cup, Year 13
geography: Brook Fleming-White.
Roney Cup, Year 12 geography:
Jorja Hunt. Firebrand Cup, Year
13 history: Ethan Hill, Kate
MacDonald. Maverick Cup, Year 12
history: Bodeen Stewart.
Year 11, excellence in commerce,
orn Cup: Kieran Smith. Top
Year 12 commerce student, e
West Coast Rotary Club, Lend
a Hand Foundation Trophy:
Nicole Donaldson. Excellence in
economics, Brockbank Trophy:
Tessa Smith, Connor Kilkelly.
Excellence in Accounting Cup:
Tessa Smith, Connor Kilkelly.
Excellence in Business Studies Cup:
Reuben Mama, Ben Reriti.
Top engineering student: Jasmine
Evans. Top carpentry and furniture
student: Timothy Winter. Top
design technology student: Sanjeev
Ganda. Top graphics student:
Rabahn Sopp. Top hospitality
student: Cally Dowling.
Individual ser vice awards
Student sport representative:
Victoria Mooney. Student arts
representative: Ruby Kemp. Ser vice
to school council: Ethan Hill. Service
to Maori students-pumanawa:
Chelsea Pokaia. Principal's award
for school ser vice: Reuben Mama,
Kate MacDonald. Te Tohu o
Ganda. Kapa haka leadership award:
Kahuarangi: Sanjeev Ganda.
Pounamu: Alice Coll. Rata: Cailin
Calder. Tawa: Connor Kilkelly.
House shield: Tawa.
Harley Award for tertiary study,
girl: Tessa Smith. Soroptomist Club
Ruby Jones study award: Cailin
Calder. Evelyn Cooper Award for
tertiary study: Hayley Gurden.
West Coast Trades Academy
Students of the Year: introduction
to trades, building and construction,
Cade Wilson-Russ; national
certi cate in building and
construction, Corbin McMaster;
introduction to trades, automotive
and mechanical engineering,
William Brand; national certi cate
in building and construction Year 1,
Levi Maskill; national certi cate in
early childhood education and care,
Hayley Gurden; national certi cate
in hospitality, Quillan Gutberlet;
national certi cate in hospitality,
entry skills, Charlotte Hay;
national certi cate in mechanical
engineering, Jasmine Evans.
Greymouth High academic results for 2013
e Punakaiki Beach Camp is under new
management leading into the holidays, with
Punakaiki couple Sue Beecroft Findlay and
Craig Findlay hoping to maintain its unique
"We used to come to the Punakaiki
camping ground for the holidays," Ms
Beecroft Findlay said.
"We have photos of our son (at the camp)
at six months old, sitting in a chilly bin."
Now their son Jed is helping them run the
camp while he studies tourism management
at Victoria University.
e camp had been temporarily managed
by Wayne and Diane Foreman while the
council chose between three di erent parties
to run it. Ms Beecroft Findlay and Mr
Findlay took over the lease on November
"We've got good numbers and we're
getting the hang of it," she said. "It's a big
So far they have repainted and redecorated
the camp's cabins and plan to move the o ce
close to the main road, install barbecues and
solar power, and set up surf lessons and surf
e beach camp has 30 powered sites, 30
tent sites and ten cabins.
Mr Findlay is a valuer for CVL Valuations
in Greymouth. Ms Beecroft Findlay has
work experience with Parks and Reserves
in Christchurch and has worked with
the Department of Conser vation and
conservation volunteers in Punakaiki.
e camp is owned by the Buller District
New faces at Punakaiki Beach Camp
October was another
good month for Tai
with enrolment numbers
the budget, but it will be
a close call as to whether
enrolments for the year
will be high enough to
maintain the current
funding from the Tertiary
"While we won't have
the nal results until
January ... we do expect
to come quite close to the
99% (enrolments) level
required for full funding,"
chief executive Allan
Sargison said in his report
to the polytechnic council
meeting this week.
Last month, the
struggling with a budget
shortfall caused by a
lag in industry training
having the highest
earning September for a
number of years.
It had budgeted for 712
enrolments in industry
training at level 3 or
higher this year, but had
only reached 480 and was
forecast to reach 535.
for both September
and October was
enrolments for the full
cost recovery programme,
but that course does not
contribute to the 99% of
enrolments required to
keep full funding.
So far this year, Tai
has secured 100% of
its projected level 2
enrolments, 83% of
level 3 and above, 72%
of search and rescue
and 104% of full cost
It produced an
operating surplus of
2% for September, but
income remained 13%
behind budget, primarily
in tuition fees.
Westport's port woes
similar to Grey's
Entire Ghost Road
open to trampers
O enders linked with a
series of Auckland liquor
store robberies have had
their images captured on
closed circuit television
footage, police say.
e robbers used the
same stolen vehicle in
three of the crimes, a
silver Toyota Corsica,
detective sergeant Dave
Honiss of Counties
Manukau CIB said.
Police were certain
that someone would
recognise the people
in the CCTV footage
which would be essential
in making an arrest, Mr
captured on CCTV
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