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ese skinks are causing great excitement
for Department of Conser vation scientists,
who think that two of them may be
Chesterfield skinks. e species is classified
as nationally critical and has previously
been found only at two sites, both on the
West Coast. ese ones were found by
DOC staff at a site near Greymouth. Tail
clippings have been sent away for DNA
analysis, Relatively little is known about
West Coast reptiles. If anyone finds a skink
or gecko, Greymouth or Hokitika DOC
staff ask that they put them in an ice-cream
container with some damp litter from where
it was found. ey have previously been found at Chesterfield, near Hokitika.
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Por taloos for emergencies
Grey District Council civil defence and emergency manager Allan Wilson
stands next to a container load of six portaloos and 60 chemical toilets provided
by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. e West Coast
Regional Council has taken four portaloos. Mr Wilson said they were pleased
to have the equipment, which would other wise have been unaffordable in
Greymouth. e portaloos could be used for various events around the region,
but the chemical toilets would only be used in the event of a civil emergency.
To add to the council s preparedness, the BP ser vice station in Greymouth has
recently been wired up to work off a generator in a civil emergency.
Just a few months after Tai Poutini
McCauley as its new "tourism-
hospitality guru" for its Hokitika base,
he has quietly resigned from the job.
In September, the polytechnic said it
had offered Mr McCauley the new role,
to be based in Hokitika. e position
was meant to better align polytechnic
students with the restaurant,
accommodation and tourism industries
on the West Coast.
"Trevor has impressed with his strong
industry networks, his knowledge of
developments, personnel, needs and
gaps in this field, and the delivery ideas
that he has already suggested," co-
ordinator Marja Kneepkens said at the
"He brings potential for the
development of a delivery strategy
that will both increase enrolments on
existing programmes and position us
as key providers of hospitality/tourism
training within the region."
But at the polytechnic council
meeting recently, it was revealed
that Mr McCauley had resigned and
former Shantytown general manager
Ian Johnson would be driving the
hospitality programme as part of
the West Coast faculty s summer
Polytechnic chief executive Allan
Sargison told the Greymouth Star
the polytechnic had advertised for
gurus but had not made permanent
appointments for the position. He
said he could not go into the personal
reasons behind the switch.
e current hospitality course had 11
students and involved a short intensive
training block followed by placement
and assessment in a hospitality
workplace. It was targeted at senior
school leavers and returning university
students seeking hospitality work over
the busy season.
" at s going quite well," Mr Sargison
"We have both students at one end
and employers lining up at the other
end, which is what we were trying to
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Tai Poutini Polytechnic will be
receiving $150,000 from the Buller
District Council and Buller Electricity
Ltd for its proposed workshop in
Westport, but chief executive Allan
Sargison said calling it a bailout was "a
"We actually had the mayor and a
couple of councillors at our meeting
recently, and they don t see it as a bailout
either," Mr Sargison said. "It s supposed
to be something of a partnership."
Tai Poutini Polytechnic announced in
May it was building a workshop for its
engineering programme at North Beach,
Westport, and had entered a long-term
lease with Westport Harbour Ltd for the
Coates Street site.
But in October, district council chief
executive Paul Wylie said the polytechnic
was short of money.
"Unfortunately, the whole project was
put at risk as it became apparent that
the capital budget would be beyond
the resources available to Tai Poutini
(Polytechnic)," Mr Wylie said.
"Tai Poutini (Polytechnic) then made a
confidential approach to both the Buller
District Council and Buller Electricity
Ltd, seeking some form of assistance
that would enable this valuable addition
to the local economy to get off the
Buller Electricity offered to provide
$60,000 worth of electrical services
on deferred payment, and the council
offered a $90,000 suspensory loan.
e council would write off the loan
and any interest in equal instalments
over 10 years, provided the polytechnic
established the courses and continued to
provide them for at least that length of
Mr Sargison said the polytechnic was
putting in virtually all of the funds for
the project, including the commercial
rent for the land, but the council was
helping them get established.
"Over half of it is the cost to the council
of getting ser vices to the boundary of
land we ve leased. In most commercial
developments, the landowner has to get
the ser vices to the boundary."
He estimated the expense was $70,000,
but the polytechnic was still going
through the tender process.
"We hope to have some prices in by
Mr Sargison reported to the
polytechnic council last week that they
were looking for ways to reduce the
anticipated cost of the project.
e annual Lake Brunner
Smiths City Fishing Competition
was well attended over the long
weekend, with 108 anglers taking
part in the three-day event.
Competitors from the West
Coast, Canterbury and the North
Island took part, catching 161 fish
in total, some weighing over 2kg.
Fish and Game were on site to
enter weights and lengths of fish
to find condition factors and the
Greymouth Fishing Club
organisers Ken Dalzell and Ivan
Wilson were pleased with the
turnout, despite the contrasting
conditions that prevailed.
" e entries would have been
higher with better weather so
there was plenty of success for
those who braved the elements,"
Mr Wilson said.
"We are heartened by the
up and coming junior fishers
attending. ere were 17 this
year, which is great. It was a good
event, with $500 going to the
local community centre to help
with earthquake compliance."
Heaviest trout: women, Tania
Borelase 1, 1.88kg; runner-up,
Avon Stark 1.69kg. Major prize
for all senior entrants: Luke
Palmer. Teams prize: Bully
Bashers, 1, total weight 7.92kg;
runner-up, No Name, total
weight 7.15kg. Junior heaviest
trout: Blair Manson 1, 2.08kg;
runner-up, Monte Christy 1.89kg.
Senior heaviest trout overall,
spinning, harling or trolling:
Mike Hornley, 1, 2.27kg;
runner-up, Dale Rees 2.19kg.
Heaviest trout fly fishing: Bayley
Kersten, 1.83kg; runner-up,
Jeremy Dalzell 1.75kg. Best
condition, spinning, harling
or trolling: Jose Syme, 1.39kg;
runner-up, Myrna Peterson
1.59kg. Best condition factor, fly:
Rowen Beadle, 1.76kg; runner-
up, Leo Kersten 1.57kg.
Greymouth Fishing Club member Ivan Wilson, left, and helper Jack Mathewson check the weight of a
trout landed at Lake Brunner.
108 anglers chase biggie
New tourism-hospitality guru quits polytech
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Christmas fairy chipmunks
e Fairy Chipmunks --- Addison Richardson, left, Arliah Houston, Meka Whyte, Hayley Reading, Neve Farrell and Rae
Murphy --- take centre stage during their routine at the Pink Pulse Dance Studio s inaugural Christmas concert, on Saturday. Solo,
duo and team performances were given throughout the night from dancers aged from two years to 19.
PICTURES: Nicholas McBride
Porotiti added to
Tai Poutini Polytechnic jade and hard stone car ving diploma student Clinton
Templeman shows off his porotiti, which the Left Bank Art Gallery has bought
to add to its permanent collection. e porotiti, made of argillite, can be used
as a musical instrument and is part of Templeman s display in the pounamu
exhibition. It is the gallery s first exhibition of the year and the first back in
the historic former bank since they were forced to move out due to earthquake
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Book recalls kindergar ten histories
Kidsfirst Kindergarten Greymouth head teacher Tracy Jennings reads the Kidsfirst Canterbury-Westland 100th anniversary book to pupils Kyla Elston, left, Jack
Goodman, Miro Horrox and Penny Anderson. e book follows the history of the kindergarten in both provinces and was launched at Shantytown last night. Mrs
Jennings said many of the activities the children did in the book were still enjoyed today. " e more things change, the more they are still the same," she said.
After one of the bleakest
Octobers in years, the West Coast
has pulled a great comeback out
of the hat to break records in
e National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research
(Niwa) said this week it had been
a particularly warm month about
Fiordland, the southern lakes and
Rainfall was below normal
across much of the South Island.
It was especially dry
in the south-east of the
Records were set when
its equal highest
temperature for the
month since records
began back in 1937 ---
24.6degC on November
6.Hokitika had its fourth
day (24.6degC) and
Greymouth its third
(24degC). Reefton was
warmer again on 27.6deg,
though that was just its
third best November day
21 people around
probably kicking off
the blankets when the
temperature did not drop
below 16degC overnight.
Mean air temperature
records also came
14.9degC, the best since
records began in 1947.
Westport and Reefton
also set records.
Hokitika had its third
best mean, as did Haast.
Over the hill, less
enviable records were set.
e coolest temperature
was -2.4degC, observed
at Hanmer Forest on
What the West Coast
District Health Board
discussed behind closed
doors will remain private,
after the board declined
to reveal any details of
At the last meeting
in late October, the
agenda showed several
--- discussions with the
Health and Disability
Commissioner, supply of
consumable products, and
a facilities briefing.
During the open part
of the meeting, outgoing
board member Mary
Molloy asked to debate
South Westland issues,
which were then discussed
After six weeks --- eight
working days past the
statutory timeframe ---
the board yesterday said
it would not release any
details requested under
the Official Information
"We also decline your
request for the discussion
requested by Mary
Molloy, board member, as
the discussion related to
an internal employment
matter and is therefore
subject to the usual
privacy obligations that
apply in relation to such
matters," the board
debates stay private
West Coaster Bernadette Arnold has
completed her 200km fundraiser for
cancer, doubling her personal goal of
$1500 by raising $3474. e event was
held in Auckland, with Ms Arnold
cycling 100km on November 16 and 17.
She said it was a rewarding experience.
"It was an awesome experience riding
with 663 other riders. anks to all
the local business, friends and family
who have sponsored me and donated.
We have such a lovely community,
everyone chips in together," Ms Arnold
said. Overall, the fundraiser made
$2.1 million, which will be used for
lifesaving research supporting the
Auckland Cancer Society research
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