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e rst tangible signs of the 400
jobs that Bathurst Resources says
its Denniston Mine will create
comes tomorrow in a newspaper
advertisement for sta . e
preferred contractor, Doug Hood
Mining, has invited expressions of
interest for an unspeci ed number
of operators, trades, supervision and
technical for jobs that are likely to
begin early next year. e mine is
expected to have a life of over six
years, initially employing about 250,
with the sta level rising to 400
when at full capacity.
on Hollyford road
e rst of a series of West Coast
public meetings to discuss the
Haast-Hollyford road proposal will
be held in Hokitika next week. A
similar information meeting in Te
Anau recently thrilled promoter
Durham Havill, as almost everyone
in attendance was in support. e
rst Coast meeting, including a
further update on progress of the
road proposal, will be on Wednesday
at the Excelsior Hall, in Brittan
Street, Hokitika, at 7.30pm.
Dr Paul McCormack has been
reappointed as chairman of the
West Coast District Health Board.
Health Minister Tony Ryall has also
reappointed Dr Peter Ballantyne
as his deputy. Both are from
Canterbury. Dr McCormack took a
leave of absence for a year in his last
term due to health problems.
Heavier rain easing to showers
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A primary school headmistress
has forbidden children as young as
four from mentioning Christmas,
threatening to cut their play time
if they break the rule. Jane Porter
has imposed a Christmas ban on
all pupils and sta at Whitehill
Primary School in Gravesend,
Kent until December. Outraged
parents say their children are being
punished over something they
are too young to understand. Mrs
Porter claims holiday excitement
has been taking hold too early
and is distracting the pupils at the
school. She says starting Christmas
celebrations too early means the
true spirit of the event is lost.
However, parents are branding Mrs
Porter a 'Scrooge'. --- Daily Mail
Westland Milk Products' directors
got a pay rise at the company's annual
general meeting this week, and will
be elected for four years now, not
e co-operative has been reviewing
its constitution, and as a result, all the
ward seats have been scrapped.
e board also rati ed a new
independent director, Keith Smith,
named by the New Zealand Herald
last year as one of the country's
17 most in uential and connected
directors. Mr Smith stepped down as
chairman of e Warehouse in 2011.
He replaces David Spence, who spent
12 years on the Westland Milk board.
At the annual meeting at
approved an independent assessed
recommendation to increase directors'
remuneration, to bring it closer to
industry standard. A gure was not
Chief executive Rod Quin said the
board had given the green light to
start investigations into a new UHT
plant at Rolleston, Canterbury.
Closer to home, Hokitika looks set
to get a $100 million nutritional dryer
complex, with $2 million approved to
take the project to the next stage.
e annual meeting was told work
on the new $23m, 30MW boiler, was
ahead of schedule.
" is installation will take the
risk out of our energy supply
and enable our older boilers to
be decommissioned, producing
considerable e ciencies in cost and
energy use in the plant."
Mr Quin said highlights of the
past year included a higher operating
surplus than Fonterra. However, he
recognised that Tatua's payout was
industry leading, indicating there was
still room to improve.
" ere are signs of this already, with
our current marketing and growth
strategies generating better returns
for the company and therefore
Shareholders strongly supported
retentions as a means of remaining
competitive and growing the co-
operative strategically. Retentions
helped fund projects such as the
planned expansion of its infant
Mr Quin said Westland Milk had
experienced a second daily milk peak
on November 17, when 3.69 million
litres was collected o -farm.
It expects sales revenue will be
in excess of $750m, resulting in a
forecasted operating surplus of $7.60
to $8 per kilogram of milk solids
before retentions. e forecast will be
recalculated next month, when more
contracts are completed and foreign
exchange cover is in place.
Mr Quin also said its code of practice,
which included environmental and
animal welfare standards, and quality
provisions would be a "rigorous
requirement of all shareholders".
Milk co-op reinvests in Hokitika, Rolleston
e numbers employed in the West
Coast minerals industry will probably
continue dropping until 2015 before
picking up again, according to Minerals
West Coast manager Peter O'Sullivan.
He has been analysing numbers to see
if the industry really is as 'boom and
bust' as some people claim.
e closure of the Spring Creek
coalmine late last year caused a plunge
in the graph, but the fall was eased by a
pick up in alluvial mining.
"It's not the boom and bust we keep
thinking. We're (the West Coast)
in more than one commodity," Mr
Every February, mining companies are
surveyed to see how many are employed
in the industry.
is February, it was 1862 but he
expects that to drop to 1725 next year,
and 1490 in 2015.
After that, he believes it will start to
recover, rising to 1735, and reaching
2080 by 2018.
He admits there is a lot of guesswork
involved, but he has factored in
Oceana Gold putting the Reefton
Globe Progress Mine into 'care and
maintenance', and Westport cement
company Holcim reducing numbers
before it closes altogether.
However, those losses are countered
by new Oceana Gold exploration
at Waiuta, and Bathurst Resources
ramping up its open-cast coalmine on
the Denniston Plateau.
Westland Ilmenite, which is eyeing
the Barrytown ats, is expected to make
an impact by 2016.
" e worldwide coal price is predicted
to gradually improve over the next 10
years," Mr O'Sullivan said.
However, the Minerals West Coast
forecasts do not include reopening the
Pike River Mine, or work on platinum
deposits, for which the Government
recently called expressions of interest.
Rather than boom and bust, Mr
O'Sullivan said he saw the mining
industry more as " uctuating" in recent
Historically though, things may have
been di erent.
At the 2010 Australian Mining
History Association conference in
Greymouth, delegates were told that
the coal industry employed 2550 people
on the eve of World War One, and by
1989 just 74 coalminers were left in
the Greymouth area after State coal
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
All the children and parents from Kids rst kindergartens in Greymouth, Karoro and Hokitika paid a special visit to Shantytown this morning for
the West Coast centenary celebrations of the organisation. e Canterbury-Westland Kindergarten Association became an incorporated society in
1911. Centennial plans were made for 2011 to celebrate the milestone, but were postponed due to the Canterbury earthquakes and Pike River Mine
disaster.Sallies in Facebook slur
e Greymouth Salvation Army
is upset at false claims posted on
Facebook, urging people not to
donate Christmas presents intended
for needy families because sta
unwrap and sell them.
Captain Avis Owen said it was
"We are all gutted that such a
thing could be said. We do not sell
the donated gifts for children in our
Mrs Owen said the gifts were
unwrapped when received, but that
was a requirement under the Health
and Safety Act.
"We need to open the presents
to make sure they are safe and
appropriate, and are new ones," Mrs
"No disrespect to anyone, but the
Christmas surprises we put in the
hampers at this time of the year need
to be new."
Donated gifts intended for children
were then left unwrapped so the
parents could wrap them up: "It
empowers them (the parents), and
we also supply the wrapping paper."
Mrs Owen said the Sallies were
struggling to get enough gifts
for West Coast children in need
without the added pressure of a nasty
Meanwhile, budget constraints
mean the church will be able to a ord
only half the number of Christmas
hampers that it usually delivered.
"We can only a ord 50 hampers,
which is less than half of what we
have done in the past," she said.
ey were thankful for the help
from the Cobden Rugby Club,
which was wound up and donated
enough cash for the purchase of non-
perishable goods, leaving the Sallies
to buy the perishables.
" e toys for Christmas, however,
are a challenge. We do understand
the community is also nding it
tough, but we would appreciate more
ey needed toys for more than
100 children and currently did not
have "anywhere near enough".
She also noted that the demands
on the Greymouth foodbank had
doubled since October.
Anyone looking for a relaxing spa at
the Greymouth aquatic centre over the
summer holiday break will be out of
e spa --- used for both recreation and
hydro-therapy --- was emptied on May
16, due to lifting tiles.
It will not reopen until the new year as
the wrangling over who should pay for
the repairs continues, a full six months
after the problem was rst detected.
Grey District Council chief executive
Paul Pretorius said yesterday he hoped
to announce the commencement of the
spa refurbishment "very soon".
However, that is unlikely to ll spa
users with enthusiasm because it is a
statement that has been made on several
occasions over the past six months.
On October 9, Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said a decision was due "within a
Mr Kokshoorn said yesterday the
delay, caused because the council and
contractor were arguing over who should
pay for the work, was not acceptable.
"I am very embarrassed that it has gone
on this long, I'm not happy at all. Service
is the key word here and this is not good
service, not good at all."
When nally under way, repairs will
take about two months to complete.
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