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Flight of the Conchords
funnyman Rhys Darby
will bring his quirky
comedy style to the
West Coast for a show
in Greymouth, in mid-
Best known for
playing the hapless band
manager Murray in the
HBO series Flight of the
Conchords, Darby will
bring his latest stand-
up comedy tour Mr
Adventure to Greymouth
on May 30, performing at the Regent
"I am very excited to bring a new show
to New Zealand, all about my favourite
topic, adventure," Darby said.
He started his entertainment career
as a stand-up comedian and has since
starred in lms Yes Man, e Boat
at Rocked and
e Mr Adventure
show will tackle Darby's
including awe from
the summit of Mount
a cryptid in Texas
owned by a gun toting
big game hunter, the
gorillas in Rwanda and
how not to get lost in
the biggest mall in
"From the misty mountains of Rwanda
to the eerie shores of Loch Ness,
I've attempted to see it all. If you've
ever wondered what our adventurous
comedy hero does on his day o . I'll tell
e Greymouth show is R16 with
ticket prices starting from $42.50.
2 - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Lawn mower stolen
A thief with a penchant for
mowing lawns stole a lawn mower
and a red fuel can, from a Nelson
Quay, Cobden garage yesterday.
e theft occurred sometime
between 9am and 5.30pm. e lawn
mover is a Masport Kiwi Edition
model with silver fern stickers
on it. Police believe the o ender
may attempt to sell the mower.
Westport scissor assault
A 50-year-old man who allegedly
assaulted a woman with a pair of
scissors during a domestic dispute
in Westport yesterday was arrested.
e incident happened in Bright
Street, about noon. Police
said the victim received minor
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WWII. On December 7,
2013, peacefully at
Wellington Hospital in
the presence of his
family. Aged 92 years.
Dearly loved husband of
Miriam. Much loved
father and father-in-law
of Frances and the late
Paul, Kevin and Jill,
Martin and Tina, Gerard
and Andy, Peter, John
and Caroline, Maree
(deceased) and Steve.
Loved Grandad of all
h is grandchildren
RIP. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Well-
ington Free Ambulance,
PO Box 601, Wellington
6140, would be appreci-
ated or may be left at the
Mass. Requiem Mass
will be celebrated in the
church of Our Lady of
Fatima, Parata Street,
Waikanae, on Wednes-
day December 11, at
11am followed by
interment at Waikanae
Cemetery. The Rosary
will be recited in the
church tonight (Tues-
day) at 7pm. Messages
to 20 Peka Peka
Road, Waikanae 5391.
W aikanae Funeral
Home. FDANZ. Phone
(04) 293 6844.
of the Westport News
Holcim Cement says it has narrowed
its prospective new import terminal site
down to ve ports --- two in the South
Island and three in the North Island.
e company hoped to have "more
clarity" by the end of this month,
general manager Ross Pickworth said.
Holcim announced in July that it
planned to close Westport's Cape
Foulwind works within two to three
years and spend more than $100
million building an import terminal.
Mr Pickworth said that Holcim
had sought proposals from ports in
September and had received about
eight, which had since shortened to
ey included Lyttelton and Timaru.
He declined to reveal all three North
Island contenders, but con rmed
Onehunga --- where Westport's two
cement ships currently discharge ---
was among them.
Holcim planned to build a terminal
capable of taking 1 million tonnes
of cement a year, twice as much as
Cape Foulwind's current production,
although it would not be importing
that much initially.
e market had been picking up
in Christchurch and Auckland, but
the rest of the country was "pretty
Mr Pickworth said Holcim had done
no further downscaling at its Westport
plant, which employs about 100, since
it made 15 workers redundant earlier
"We still need to keep the plant
operating at its best capacity for
another two or three years. Our focus is
on keeping the plant as sharp and viable
as we can over that time. We want to
get full production out of it until we
commission an import terminal."
Holcim was not having any more
di culty than usual keeping sta in
Westport, because the job market
was still reasonably tight apart from
hotspots like Christchurch.
However, he acknowledged some
Westport Holcim workers might jump
ship to work at Bathurst Resources'
"I think it will have some impact
on us. Anything that impacts on the
economic environment of the West
Coast has an impact on us as a major
Holcim had had some expressions of
interest in its Cape Foulwind site, as it
had done for years. New Buller mayor
Garry Howard had also spoken to the
company, saying the district council
wanted to work with it and keep
"It's very early days yet,"Mr Pickworth
said. "As time goes on, once we rm
up what we're doing and timeframes,
I expect there'll be a lot more interest
and a lot more dialogue with council on
what our thinking is."
Holcim's Westport plant opened
in 1958. Mr Pickworth could not be
speci c about when it would close. "A
lot's going to come down to a choice
of site and how long it takes to build a
Holcim plans to clear the cement
factory site, apart from buildings which
may have other uses, and to create a
lake in its limestone quarry.
Five ports vie for Holcim trade
Zara Gibbons, front, tries to tip Riley Allan-Warren and Alexia Gibbons o the pool oat at Spring
Creek Pool in Runanga. e facility opened for the season on Sunday and attracted about 30 people.
Employee Rhys Hillock said it was a good turnout considering the rainy weather.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Runanga pool opens for season
e West Coast Regional Council and a
whitebaiter are o to the Environment Court
over a whitebait stand.
Court documents show on November 21,
Ross MacRae led an appeal against an
abatement notice relating to the dismantling
and removal of his stand in the Buller River.
However, the appeal was led too late.
e court heard Mr MacRae did not initially
appeal, instead trying to get a cancellation.
When the council declined, he led an
e council indicated it was happy that the
usual timeframe be waved. e court this week
e matter is now before the court.
Council and whitebaiter off to court
of the Otago Daily Times
A new 62ha goldmining pit at
Macraes has been given granted
resources consents, with Oceana
Gold expecting the development to
extend the life of the mine by at least
a year to 2021.
However, when a start would be
made on the new pit depended on
gold prices, a company spokeswoman
A joint hearings panel of the Otago
Regional Council, Waitaki District
Council and Dunedin City Council
has granted a total of 17 consents for
the Coronation pit and waste rock
stack to the north of the existing mine
on the Taieri Ridge. e consents are
for up to 35 years.
e panel heard details of the
proposal from Oceana and considered
eight submissions during hearings in
October, nishing on November 1.
In its decision, the panel said
Oceana had made its case for the
project and it should be allowed to
proceed, subject to conditions to
minimise it e ects.
" ere are signi cant bene ts to the
proposal and this is not inconsistent
with the ethic of sustainable
management of natural and physical
resources provided the adverse e ects
identi ed are attended to . . ."
ose bene ts
employment, purchase of goods
and services and to the community
such as improving school rolls
and population. Oceana also paid
royalties to the Government on the
gold it extracted.
e Macraes mine has been
operating for more than 20 years, and
already expanded beyond its original
e new pit, which would take
about three years to develop, would
cover about 62ha and the waste stack
about 105ha on farm land which
had a mixture of pasture, tussock,
wetlands and gullies.
Ore was available on the surface so
would be mined within a few months
of starting the pit.
Once mining of the pit was nished,
it would take between 19 to 38 years
to ll with water, although some
waste rock could be used as back ll,
e waste stack would be
rehabilitated with top soil and
Mining would be 24 hours a day,
seven days a week but could be
a ected by bad weather, the gold
price and wider mine issues.
e application included proposals
for monitoring air quality, water
quality, ecological, habitat and
environmental e ects, which have
also been covered by conditions.
e area had high landscape values,
despite historic land use including
res, the decision said.
"Despite this, the remoteness of
the location, lack of public access,
the intention to design the wast rock
stack around existing gullies and
contours means the landscape e ects
will be moderate to minor depending
on the view from the south and minor
viewed from north."
E ects on indigenous ora and
fauna that could not be avoided
would be mitigated with a protected
area known as Cranky Jim's wetland.
--- APNZ-Otago Daily Times
Macraes granted resource consent for goldmining pit
Cabinet has approved new regulations
for mining health and safety, as part
of the Government's response to
the recommendations of the Royal
Commission on the Pike River Coal
Labour Minister Simon Bridges
said the new regulations would see
signi cant changes to the health and
safety regime of New Zealand's mining
e regulations have been developed
in consultation with independent
New Zealand and Australian mining
experts, as well as the New Zealand
mining industry, and will bring New
Zealand's approach to mining health
and safety into line with international
" e regulations cover improved
mining hazard and risk management,
increased training, stronger worker
participation systems and new
" ese changes represent the creation
of a comprehensive framework that will
shape better behaviour and outcomes in
mining workplaces," Mr Bridges said.
e Health and Safety in Employment
(Mining Operations and Quarrying
Operations) Regulations 2013 will
replace the Health and Safety in
Employment (Mining Administration)
Regulation 1996 and the Health and
Safety in Employment (Mining-
Underground) Regulations 1999.
e regulations will come into force
on December 16, the same day the new
stand-alone health and safety regulator,
Work Safe New Zealand, is up and
e associated changes to the Health
and Safety in Employment Act
1992, made through the Pike River
Implementation legislation, will also
come into force on the same day.
A guide for mine operators which
outlines the new requirements, and
explains who is a ected and when,
is available at http://www.mbie.
new mining health
and safety regulations
e West Coast Regional Council is
focusing on collaboration and leadership
following the economic summit at
Shantytown last week.
Chief executive Chris Ingle said the chief
executives of the four local councils were
starting on a new economic development
strategy based on discussions from the event.
" e timing is probably right to come up
with a new one."
eir current strategy was developed in
2008 and expires this year.
e summit gathered local mayors and
delegates from Coast industries and interest
groups, including Minerals West Coast,
Bathurst Resources, Westland Milk Products,
Tourism West Coast, and summit sponsor
Development West Coast.
Business and Economic Research Ltd (Berl)
chief economist Ganesh Nana gave a keynote
speech on future growth on the West Coast.
"Ganesh was very, very good," Mr Ingle said.
"I'd say he was the highlight of the day. His
perspective on economics was from a broader
perspective, a New Zealand wide point of
view. e rest of the people there would agree
it was quite an inspirational speech."
Mr Nana set a challenge for leadership into
"He was essentially saying economics is
about people, not about numbers or dollars.
It's mostly about leadership. People in council
elected to those positions need to pick it up
and take the responsibility on."
Following the summit, representatives
from the Westland, Grey and Buller districts
agreed to meet more frequently, six times
a year instead of four. "We're anticipating
a number of projects might fall out of the
economic development strategy."
e councils will make a start on the plan
before Christmas and hope to present it at
the next meeting in February.
Mr Ingle said the planned economic
develop strategy was a sign the councils were
more willing to collaborate and work as a
region, rather than as individual districts.
"Time will tell how that pans out. But we're
seeing a willingness and desire to do that."
Collaboration and leadership
focus after economic summit
e Haast Pass will close early on ursday
to allow contractors time to work on the
Diana Falls slip.
New Zealand Transport Agency senior
network manager Mark Pinner said State
highway 6 through the Haast Pass would
close at 5pm this ursday and not reopen
until 10am on Friday.
e closure is to remove the temporary steel
plates and bridge the boxed culvert at the
Diana Falls slip site, near the Gates of Haast,
which is expected to take about six hours to
Mr Pinner said their rst priority was
ensuring the safety of road users and the
contractors working at the site.
e road will close at the Haast township at
4pm on ursday and at 4.30pm at Makarora,
reopening at 9am an Haast township and
9.30am at Makarora on Friday.
e work will enable the road through the
slip site to be resealed early next week and
minimise the need to continually clean the
"Resealing the road, which was damaged in
September when 40,000 tonnes of boulders,
rock and material fell onto the road, will also
improve access for all road users travelling
through the area.
"We have worked hard to minimise the
delays for all road users. Much of the work
to date in removing rocks and repairing the
road has been managed with short 20-minute
delays throughout the day."
If it is wet on ursday and Friday the
work will carried out on the following
Monday and Tuesday; the road being closed
from 5pm Monday night to 10am Tuesday
Haast Pass to close early to allow
contractors to work on slip
A Hokitika was man who took a
fridge-freezer, stools and kitchenware
when vacating a Whataroa farmhouse
was ned $300 in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Tony Green, 19, had admitted a
charge of stealing a rugby jersey valued
at $130, after police deleted the other
items from the charge sheet, Green
having since returned them.
e court heard that Green had
worked on the farm for about four
months and left when it was obvious
that he and the landowner were not
getting on. He stole a football jersey o
a clothesline and took the other items
from his lodgings because he believed
he was poorly paid.
Earlier this year Green had $1900 in
nes converted to community work, but
stopped going after completing just 11
hours of the sentence.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
Green was now working and wanted
the nes reinstated.
Judge Brian Callaghan agreed but
ordered Green to pay the nes at $100
Farm theft results in fine
e West Coast Ta Poutini
Conservation Board is to stay, after
the Government rejected merging
it with the Nelson Board.
Conservancies around the
country have been merged --- for
example the Coast with Nelson
--- and the Government had been
considering whether boards should
Private Secretary Nicky Wagner
said yesterday individual boards
would remain to retain the strength
of community connections.
" e review recommends that
conser vation boards be more
representative of the communities
they serve, with a greater focus
on recreation. We will be taking
this into account with the new
appointments to be made early
e way boards interacted with
DOC needed to be enhanced with
an annual letter of expectation,
reporting framework, and code of
ere would also be three,
rather than 14, Conser vation
Management Strategies and a
limited number of Conser vation
However, individual National
Park Management Plans for each
park would be maintained, she
" e Government deferred the
appointment of new Conser vation
Boards this year while this review
was undertaken. Advertisements
for members were posted in
regional papers today and the new
boards will be in place by May
Coast board chairman Stewart
Robertson said they were pleased
their service area was not to
" e report recognises the
importance of the relationship
between a board and its
communities and so rejected
suggested amalgamations which
would have suited the new
and larger DOC management
" e report accurately targets
the need for boards and their
communities to have the
opportunity to share views and
aspirations on conservation
matters and it is encouraging to see
extra resourcing for this purpose is
However, he said the annual
letter to the board outlining the
department's expectations needed
" e Conservation Act in no
way expects a board to do the
department's bidding. e act
expects a board to be more akin
to a watchdog to ensure that their
community's expectations of the
department are met."
He said overall, the review panel
had put together a report which
re ected the feedback it sought.
show to Greymouth
Wellington radio host
Justin du Fresne is
retiring from his Saturday
morning Newstalk ZB
programme at the end of
manager Rhys Nimmo
praised du Fresne's
commitment over a 50-
appreciative of his
e orts and enormous
contribution to the success
of the station."
Du Fresne thanked the
Wellington people for
their support over the
years. --- APNZ
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