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More new Coast
Consents were issued for 14
new homes on the West Coast
during November. In the previous
two months 10 were granted.
August was the best month of
the year to date, with 21 consents.
Nationally, 1775 new houses and
492 apartments were consented in
December was an average month
for most of the West Coast, but
there was reason to smile in South
Westland. e National Institute of
Water and Atmospheric Research
(Niwa) said yesterday that well
above normal sunshine totals (more
than 125% of December normal)
were recorded in parts of Auckland
and southern Northland, the
south-eastern North Island, about
northern Fiordland and the South
Westland glaciers. Greymouth had
a near-record daily minimum air
temperature of 17.7degC
on December 6, the best since
Coast retail sales
A last minute shopping rush
before Christmas helped the West
Coast record an overall 1.8%
increase in retail sales for December,
according to the Paymark eftpos
network. e value of electronic
sales was up 2.7%. Nationally, sales
were up over 7%.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine. In port: Jay
Elaine, 17 other vessels. Expected
departures: Jay Elaine tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
Saturday; Galatea II,
Coast DHB denies
stopping travel chits
of the Westport News
e West Coast District Health Board
says it has not stopped issuing travel chits
for Westport patients driving to Grey Base
Hospital for appointments.
A local man told the Westport News this
week he was refused a $56 fuel chit and
told the DHB was no longer issuing them
because it had exceeded its travel budget by
over $400,000. Instead, he was given a form
to claim for travel reimbursement.
He said he belileved the DHB was trying
to make patients use the free Red Cross bus.
e 68-year-old, who asked not to be
named, has prostate cancer. His wife, 65,
su ers from a bad back.
However, Buller Health manager
Kathleen Gavigan denied the DHB had
stopped providing travel chits or that it
had overspent on travel. She said the DHB
encouraged patients to use the free Buller
Red Cross community transport ser vices
where appropriate, and paid the running
costs of the ser vice.
"We also encourage patients to lodge
claims through the Ministry of Health,
which is the usual process for all patients
around the country making assistance
claims under the National Travel Assistance
"For patients who are in signi cant
nancial hardship, the West Coast DHB
operates an advance payment system to
assist them to travel to specialist follow-
up appointments. Additionally, our social
work service is available to help them
where they can."
Ms Gavigan said the usual practice
nationwide for people seeking NTA
assistance was for them to claim
reimbursement after they had travelled.
Work and Income New Zealand might
also be able to help with advance nancial
assistance in cases of hardship.
"For people in Westport and surrounding
areas, the West Coast DHB promotes and
supports the Buller community initiative
run by the Red Cross to help those
patients travel to Greymouth for health
services. e service is steadily growing
in patronage, and is a community-driven
initiative that the DHB highly values as an
option for assisting people to access health
"We try to schedule outpatient
appointments to allow patients to travel
down with the service and return again
later the same day."
e Buller branch of New Zealand Red
Cross said its Kea seven-seater van was run
by volunteers for people unable to get to
Grey Base Hospital for appointments.
replacement service for the West Coast
DHB fuel chits," president Carol Keoghan
"However, we are thrilled to be able to
provide this free ser vice for the community,
which has been tailored to their needs after
consultation with them."
Sue Roper has all the threads, fabric and mixed media necessary for quilters at her new studio Pink Possum Quilting, which has
opened at On Yer Bike, Coal Creek. Mrs Roper began working on her own, quilting in the back o ce last year and "it grew from
there" into a business. Quilters can check out the patterns during the week from about 10am to 4pm.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
New quilting studio opens at Coal Creek
e new Chinese memorial garden at
Kumara will be a mix of feng shui and old
rustic West Coast.
It was revealed yesterday that the hundreds
of Chinese goldminers who came to the
Coast will be honoured with gardens at
Kumara and Ross, in a $200,000 project.
Chinese interests from New Zealand
and overseas have committed the money,
and others have donated labour toward the
eatre Royal Hotel proprietor Kerrie
Fitzgibbon stumbled into the project when
she was doing research for historic panels for
display around Kumara.
ere was so much "incredible" history on
the Chinese, she could not t it in one panel,
and said she then knew it was time to honour
e proposed garden, at the eastern end
of Seddon Street by the corner of the road
to Mitchells, would be in keeping with the
"more rustic element" of the Coast, Mrs
While the layout would respect feng shui,
it would also use Coast materials, from
stone to wood and tailings, and also feature
Kumara old-timers still remembered the
Chinese market gardeners holding long
bamboo poles, with baskets of produce
hanging o them.
Initially, many lived in the Greenstone area.
In town, many were on what is now called
" ey did a lot of market gardening. ey
kept many miners and their families in good
food. It's time to really honour that memory."
Both gardens should be completed by mid-
of the Otago Daily Times
irty-nine Gough Group
employees working at Macraes
goldmine are to be laid o next
Friday and more job losses may be in
the pipeline at other contracting rms
around the region as a result of cost-
cutting measures at Oceana Gold.
Gough sta were informed of the
cuts during a meeting at Macraes
Flat, at the same time as Oceana
Gold sta in Palmerston, on
However, many of the other major
contractors at Macraes were surprised
and left reeling after learning on
Tuesday night of Oceana Gold's sta
In one case, a business learned of the
cuts in yesterday's newspaper.
Gough Group chief executive Karl
Smith said 39 on-site mechanics who
serviced mining vehicles at Macraes
would be laid o at the end of next
While the job cuts were upsetting,
he believed there was a silver lining in
"I think the reality for anyone
involved in goldmining around the
planet is the drop in gold prices
is having a major impact. It's
" e upside is, we will do everything
in our power to relocate our sta . I
guess if there's any silver linings in
this situation, this is it.''
Mr Smith said the group had about
50 open positions around its New
Zealand network, and hoped to ll
the positions with employees from
"We'll move people if they are
willing to go, and pay for their
removal costs. at's our major focus
at the moment.''
He believed some of the sta may
also be picked up by Oceana Gold.
Gough Group has been working
closely with Oceana Gold at Macraes
since 2002 when it signed a $180
million contract with Goughs to
supply Caterpillar equipment, parts
and ser vices.
e order was the largest single
order placed with Goughs.
e job cuts at Goughs came as
a direct result of an announcement
by Oceana Gold on Tuesday that
it would be cutting its open pit
workforce by more than 100 sta over
the next two years.
Oceana Gold managing director and
chief executive o cer Mick Wilkes
said the prolonged and sustained
drop in the gold price had forced the
company to reduce costs in order to
sustain its operations.
irty-nine goldmine contractor staff laid off
Chinese memorial garden a mix of feng shui and rustic
Greymouth Scouts Cameron Williams, left, Hamish Markland, Ittai
Perchig, Francis Chapman, Cameron Bergin, Susan du Preez and leader
Mason Cooksley, back on the Coast after attending the New Zealand Scouts
Jamboree, in Feilding from December 28 to January 6. e jamboree is held
once every three years and this year attracted over 3000 scouts, including 24
from the West Coast. e scouts took part in a variety of activities such as
go-kart rides, caving, mud challenges and even a world record attempt for the
most people wearing paper hats.
Greymouth scouts return from jamboree
Four West Coast residents
drowned last year, including
the Blaketown mother and son
who died last month when their
van crashed into a creek near
ree of the four victims were
men. One person drowned in the
sea and another in a swimming
e dead were.---
April: Nicholas Eklund drowned
when the Lady Anna capsized on
the Grey River bar.
December: Lavinia Langi and her
son Lesili, 15, drowned when their
van left Taylorville Road and rolled
down a bank to land upside down
in a creek.
e fourth was when a man with a
medical history drowned in a pool.
Nationally, 81 people drowned
in New Zealand waters in 2013,
down from 98 in 2012 and the
lowest number since records began
e gure included ve
Water Safety NZ chief executive
Matt Claridge said it was reassuring
that the toll was heading in the
right direction, but an increase
in the number of preschoolers
drowning --- and no change in the
5-14yrs old toll --- was of concern.
"Kids under ve should be within
arm's reach of a parent or caregiver
at all times in, on, and around
water," Mr Claridge said.
Men continue to be over-
represented in the drowning toll.
Twenty --- just under a quarter of
all drownings --- occurred while
the victims were taking part in
watersports. Sixteen of these deaths
occurred while swimming. Power-
boat deaths at eight, were down
signi cantly on the 2012 total of
Four West Coast residents
drowned last year
e 2013 NZ Country
Music album of the year
winners are set to visit
the West Coast from the
end of January.
and Marlon Williams,
winners of the 2013
award, will visit the
Coast as part of their
Davidson, dubbed by
Ray Columbus as "the
future of New Zealand
country music", was
awarded the country
music song of the year
award for 2012, and was
a nalist in the 2011
APRA Silver Scroll
member of the Unfaithful
Ways, Harbour Union
and Sad but True bands,
was recently described
as "most valuable player
for NZ" by Radio New
Zealand presenter Nick
Atkinson. Williams is
also a veteran of 10 years
of international travelling
with the Catholic Choir.
eir tour starts
the Arts on Tour NZ
programme for 2014 and
the pair will perform
songs from their latest
album, Sad but True
Volume III, before they
both head o in di erent
ey will perform at the
Club on January 31, the
Last Resort at Karamea
on February 1, Barrytown
Hall on February 2, the
Old Lodge eatre,
Hokitika, on February 4,
and Donovans Store at
Okarito on February 5.
heading for Coast
A suspicious re gutted a Housing
New Zealand unit in Christchurch early
Fire ghters from Sockburn and
Harewood stations were called out just
after 4am and took just over an hour
to get the erce blaze in Hornby under
A Sockburn crew returned about
8.20am after re reignited in the roof
cavity. Police and the Fire Service are
investigating the suspicious blaze.
--- APNZ- e Star
fire guts unit
Thursday January 9
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Grey Medical Centre
G UERIN, Janice
Marie. --- Passed away
at her home surrounded
by loved ones in Grey-
mouth on January 8,
2014, in her 79th year.
Dearly loved wife of
Bernard, loved and cher-
ished mother and
mother-in-law of Pamela
(New York), Philippa
and Brian Pengelly
and Robert Schudde-
Nola and Barry Roch-
ford (Hokitika), Monica
and Wayne Robbins
(Greymouth), Barry and
J ane (Auckland),
and Graeme (Grey-
mouth), loved and treas-
ured nana of Jonathan,
and Anthony and Haajar
Pengelly, Jack, Emily,
and our angel Meg
Gifford, Alex, Kate, and
Nicholas, and Benjamin
Rochford, Matthew, and
Joshua Robbins, Jessica,
Liam, and Marcus,
loved great-nana of
Adam, and Daniel Pen-
gelly, friend of Andrew
Gifford, and a loved
aunty, cousin and friend.
Messages to 16 Keith
Road, Paroa, Greymouth
7805. In lieu of flowers,
donations to St Vincent
de Paul can be made at
the church or posted to
C/- 40 High Street,
Greymouth. A Funeral
Mass for Janice will be
celebrated in St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
Monday at 2pm, fol-
lowed by burial. A Vigil
Service will be held at
16 Keith Road, Paroa,
Greymouth on Sunday
at 5pm. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
03 768 0250. FDANZ.
Marie. --- Dearly loved
daughter and friend of
the late Danny and
Nancy Doolan, dearly
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Maureen and
the late Kevin Molloy,
Kevin and Alma Doo-
lan, Jim and Wanda
Doolan, Michael and
Kay Doolan, and the late
Claire and Dave Gill-
man and Maurice and
Mita Doolan. '' May She
Rest In Peace''
Information Technology and Information Security
needs more women! -- Tech Republic (Nov 2013)
" ere is a worldwide shortage of ICT skills currently
and it 's not getting any better and New Zealand is part
of that." -- Steven Joyce (NZ Herald)
K t rt y r reer th I f rm t
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St rt Febr ry 2014, Greym th &
We tp rt C mp e
Gre t m ey
- r ear u or de k M n. $45k, Ma . $65k*
- r ear de e o er $55k-$60k*
- r ear e ad n ra or $65k-$85k*
Sh rt e f e IC r er
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0800 800 411
* Ref - Rober Wa er 2013 Sa ar Sur e (www.rober wa er .co.nz)
ICT contributes 10% of New Zealand GDP. at 's more
than agriculture and mining combined.
11,000 new Jobs were created between 2003 and 2012.
Exports of computer and information services showed a
compound annual growth of 11% from 2003 to 2012
$2 billion in total exports from ICT in 2012.
Average wages and salaries in computer system design are
twice the New Zealand average and are growing faster.
By one estimate, New Zealand needs 10,000 IT graduates
a year, double the number than it currently produces, plus
another 12,000 to 15,000 to make up the shortfall.
(Stu .co.nz, Nov 2013)
" e digital economy contributed over $2 billion in export
earnings last year, and exports of computer and information
services have grown at over 10 per cent per annum between
2002-2012. Almost 75 per cent of revenue from the New
Zealand's top 100 tech companies comes from international
markets..." -- Steven Joyce
2100 Jobs advertised on seek.co.nz in November 2013
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