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Dixon House resident Anne Rodden plays the piano while manager Lynne Douglas and children from A-Z Preschool,
in Blaketown, sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas and other classic carols yesterday. About 40 children spent part of
the morning at the rest home, providing some holiday cheer and enjoying morning tea with the residents.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Children bring Christmas cheer to Dixon House
e Greymouth shing eet will wait until
after Christmas before heading out to test
whether the albacore tuna season is about to
West eet spokesman John Brown said
some tuna had already been caught o the
North Island but it was probably a little too
early to expect them o the West Coast.
"Our guys are gearing up for the season
but no one has been out yet and it will
probably be December 28 before any go out
for a look," Mr Brown said.
e shing companies will be hoping for a
return to the heyday of 1988-89, when 200
boats were shing out of Greymouth.
In February 1989, the Greymouth Star
reported that West Coast albacore catches
had equalled the previous best tonnage of
3600 landed between West eet and Talleys,
West eet manager at the time, Damian
Briggs, said: " e previous best for our
company was 1150 tonnes and we have
already surpassed that and with a bit of luck
the season still has six or seven weeks to
run. It's easily the biggest eet to have ever
shed out of Greymouth. ere must be at
least 200 boats here at the moment."
Albacore tuna season not expected to begin till after Christmas
e new librarian at Greymouth
Library, Jemma omas, settled
into the job this week, with plans
to continue the library's digital
Originally from Yorkshire,
England, Ms omas has lived in
New Zealand for about six years
and worked for the Auckland
Libraries before moving to
Franz Josef Glacier to join the
Department of Conservation.
"I love conservation, and I
wanted to explore New Zealand,"
she said. "I really love the West
Coast. at's my passion."
Taking the job vacated by Wynne
Norgrove's retirement allows
Ms omas to return to library
work while staying on the Coast.
She wants to continue adding to
the digital and on-line resources
available to the library.
"What I'd really like to do is
reproduce some of the work I
was involved with in Auckland,
especially computer type things,"
Ms omas said.
Plans include developing an on-
line component to existing family
records and historical archives,
developing a Facebook page and a
social media presence, and helping
people who can not come to the
library, such as the elderly or
housebound, to access materials
through the internet.
Ms omas will be supported by
Ms Norgrove on a part-time basis
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
New Greymouth librarian Jemma omas.
New librarian settles in
Work to provide Westport with
a new water supply, 110 years
after the rst one opened, is well
under way, with excavation of the
reservoir at Sergeant's Hill, just
north of the town, now complete.
Buller District Council manager
operations Stephen Gri n said
the foundation for the backwash
tank was progressing, and the inlet
and outlet pipework for the main
reser voir was a work in progress.
So far, contractors Westreef had
spent $602,224 from the total
tender price of $4 million.
e original supply, which is still
used, was opened in 1903, when
four tunnels and timber water
races were established between
the south branch of Giles Creek,
the headwaters of the Orowaiti
River, and the site of the raw water
However, in 2000 the New
Zealand drinking-water standards
were changed, and the Westport
water did not comply. Also in
2000, the council experienced the
rst major tunnel collapse in the
old water supply.
PICTURE: Buller District Council
Work under way on new Westpor t reser voiry
Westland Milk Products has
lifted its predicted payout to its
supplier-shareholders by 30c to
$7.90 to $8.30 per kilo of milk
solids before retentions.
Previously, Westland's highest
payout, in 2007-08, was $8.29.
Chief executive Rod Quin says
the payout will be good news for
the co-operative's shareholders on
the West Coast and in Canterbury.
"Coming on top of a previous
season where we experienced
both drought and oods, farmers
will welcome this boost in their
income," Mr Quin said.
e payout prediction had been
made possible by a strong outlook
for milk prices and continuing
high demand for the co-operative's
products, especially infant formula
"Forecast pricing looks rm. But
the New Zealand dollar is showing
considerable volatility, which is
why there is a 40c range in the
prediction. International demand
is still being driven by China but is
strong across all key markets. Milk
powders are still returning better
than protein powders but the gap
Westland's milk production is
up 16% on the season to date
compared with last year, but in line
with budget. is includes the new
farms that have started to supply in
Canterbury. Canterbury suppliers
went from 14 in the 2012-13
season to 34 for this season, and
Canterbury milk is now 18% of
e company invested in a
new nutritionals plant that was
commissioned in Hokitika at
the beginning of 2013 and Mr
Quin said that was now paying
"Infant formula demand remains
very strong particularly in China
despite recent events. e Chinese
government continues to push
consolidation in their domestic
supply base and new registrations
are required for importers. But
Westland is well positioned to work
within these new rules and take
advantage of the surging demand,
thanks to our relatively high milk
growth and the wider range of
product options we have available
as a result of our investments in
payout by 30c
A proposal to allow private companies
to open their own cemeteries has not
impressed the Buller District Council.
e Law Commission is currently
seeking feedback on a review of the rules
around burials and cremations.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
setting up private plots may work in
metropolitan areas, but he asked who
would continue to operate the cemetery
if the owner went bankrupt.
Mr Howard said it also raised questions
about who would issue licences, and
"Will it add additional costs to
He also said there were a number of
historic cemeteries, and having to deal
with private ones as well would bring yet
more administration and cost.
"We've enough things to deal with."
e proposals also consider that people
may wish to develop options such as 'eco'
burial grounds, as well as asking if people
could, perhaps, be buried on private land.
Submissions close today.
BDC unimpressed with
private cemeteries proposal
Shoppers at Greymouth New World can now hop on-line while browsing
the aisles, with a new complimentary wi ser vice. Foodstu s South Island
announced this week that 41 New World and 10 Pak 'n Save supermarkets were
now providing the ser vice free of charge. Customers can access the internet for
45 minutes, or use 45MBs, twice daily in the supermarkets, with no password
required. Greymouth owner-operator Victoria Boyes said she had already
noticed people coming in to use their phones. "It's great. I think, 'You're here to
use the internet --- and you're probably going to have a shop, too'."
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Shoppers can now browse on-line
Trinity College London theory
of music examinations, held in
November, resulted as follows for
West Coast students.---
Grade 3: Taylor Blom, Jordan
Coleman, pass. Grade 4: Connor
Coleman pass. Nikita Potter, merit.
Grade 1: Aimee Boote, merit. Grade
5: Gina Hopkinson, distinction.
Grade 1: Mina Smith, distinction.
Grade 4: Rebekah Palmer,distinction.
Grade 5: Mairin Borlase,
Grade 3: Nicholas Gardiner,
Rev Rona M Halsall
Grade 1: Connie O'Callaghan,
pass. Beth Oldham, merit. Laura
Redmond, Calum Slee, distinction
(100%), Lourens Van Vuuren,
distinction. Grade 2: Christine
Bickel, Miriam Comesky, distinction.
Claudia Halsall-Rae, Jazper
Hamilton, merit. Gavin Haussmann,
distinction (100%), Caitlin Nichol,
Bethany O'Connor, Madison Ridge
distinction. Grade 4: Maisie Halsall-
Rae, Hannah Hart, distinction.
Hannah Smith, merit.
e 24-hour bass music Denial New
Year's Eve Festival is back for a third year at
Charleston, and organiser Damien Hands
says the event is set to be bigger than ever
People were coming from all over the South
Island for the festival, Mr Hands said.
He the event at the Nile River venue in 2011
after the popular Phat concert at Inangahua
Junction was cancelled.
Once again he has set up acts from around
the country and Australia.
West Coast acts Audio Deceit and Too Far
Gone will be joined by Teknik from Auckland,
Bassfreaks from Christchurch, Mercenary
from Melbourne and DJs from Nelson and
Golden Bay, among others.
Mr Hands said everyone who attended was
always in good spirits and it was a fun event in
a beautiful location.
"Last year we had no trouble, and the year
before that we had no trouble. Everyone who
goes, goes for one reason --- to celebrate New
His advice was to bring a positive attitude
and "a lot of water, especially if you are going
to party hard".
e organising team had spent a lot of time
preparing the site. A separate camping area
had been set up, the main performance area
was now like a lawn and the event would have
a brand new light rig, he said.
Food stalls will include the ai food caravan
and Mr Frosty ice-cream.
Charleston music festival returns
Test ring of the
cannon will go ahead at
Colin Adams said the
police had given the all-
clear for the live test.
e last time it was
red was in 2000 for the
e cannon would
probably form part
of Hokitika's 150th
Mr Adams said it had
a maximum range of
3000 yards in its day ---
or nearly 3km --- and,
fully charged, would
have required 30lb of
gunpowder to be rammed
down the muzzle.
It came to New
Zealand during the
1860s New Zealand land
wars at Howick, but the
reason for it coming
to Hokitika was more
legend than fact, Mr
Greymouth's Olivia Smith has her sights set
on the top prize in the young apprentice orist
of the year contest at the Ellerslie International
Flower Show, in Christchurch from February
26 to March 2.
After nishing runner-up in the junior section
this year, and with six years' experience under
the belt, the 21-year-old is keen to compete in
the senior section in 2014.
"I learned a lot last time," Miss Smith said.
"My least favourite category
was the surprise box, which
really threw me. I found
working in front of the public
very daunting to start with
didn't really notice."
con dence gained from the contest helped
her decide to open her own business, e
Villa Florist, in Hokitika next year, while she
continues studying advanced oristry through
the Industry Training Organisation.
Contestants in the orist of the year contest
spend ve days competing in 14 categories that
may include preparing wedding arrangements,
creating a table display and decorating a live
model. ey start the week designing their own
oral shop. e winner will get to represent New
Zealand in international oristry competitions.
Apprentice Coast florist sets sights on top prize
Civil Defence on the West Coast is
about to get its own shakeup, and more
Under the new arrangement, the Buller,
Grey and Westland district councils will
have a sta member working half-time
on local initiatives, while the West Coast
Regional Council will employ a new
manager to co-ordinate civil defence
arrangements across the region.
West Coast Civil Defence Emergency
Management Group chairman Tony
Kokshoorn said the new arrangement
would ensure that in the event of
a disaster, there was an emergency
management o cer living in each
" is is important for the West Coast
due to the length of the region and the
frequency with which areas can become
quickly isolated," Mr Kokshoorn said.
e changes would result in each
district council emergency management
o cer reporting direct to the civil
defence manager at the regional
council, leading to better co-ordination
of activities across the four councils
in training, exercising and preparing
"While we have made good progress
over the past few years, particularly
through the regular exercises we have
been involved in, we now need a more
co-ordinated approach to look at some
other aspects of civil defence,such as co-
ordinated recovery after a big event."
ere are over 40 emergency post sites
throughout the West Coast. Each has
a trained warden and radio link with
e new arrangement will take e ect
during the 2014-15 nancial year.
Coast Civil Defence in shakeup
A 'Wonderful West Coast Beach
Cleanup' is scheduled during Sea Week,
It is the initiative of the Working
Together forum --- an informal
group that includes local and
regional government, Department of
Conservation, Conservation Volunteers
NZ, and a number of other interested
organisations and businesses.
e event will include a strong message
about the value of the coastline, and the
role everyone plays in protecting and
preser ving the coastal environment.
e main community event will be on
Saturday, March 8, with all West Coast
schools encouraged to participate by
identifying a stretch of beach, coast or
waterway near them that they can clean
In addition,Enviroschools regional
co-ordinator Zoe Watson will provide
schools with materials to assist in
providing some important learning
outcomes, as well as a competition with
a focus on using materials that can be
returned to their environment, or, that
Each district council will be
nominating three to four sites for
the community event, and one site in
each district will host a barbecue for
volunteers involved in the cleanup.
Businesses up and down the West
Coast have the opportunity to
participate and contribute through in-
kind support and providing needed
materials and prizes.
DOC will assist with co-ordination
and educational material, and engage
with local helicopter charter companies
to assist in accessing more remote areas.
Beach cleanup scheduled for March
e Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is
trying to secure a bundle of documents as
it considers whether to go for a judicial
review of the decision to drop all charges
against former Pike River Coal chief
executive Peter Whittall.
Last week all 12 charges were dropped.
e CTU immediately said it would
consider a judicial review of that decision.
President Helen Kelly said today they
were still "working hard" on that.
"We are still considering it. Obviously,
there's quite a lot of documentation
we need to get hold of before we can
nally decide. But we are still de nitely
A separate bid by Wellington bush
lawyer and serial litigant Graham
McCready to le a single, representative
count of manslaughter is on hold until
next autumn, at the request of the Pike
CTU mulls Whittall judicial review
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