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Fire sprinkler activation
e Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade made a trip to International
Panel and Lumber (West Coast)
Ltd on Trickies Road at Gladstone
just after 10 o'clock last night after
a sprinkler was activated. Chief
re o cer Alan McEnaney said he
was unsure what set it o but the
sprinkler head was replaced.
Crane used for hospital
air conditioning repairs
A large crane working at Grey Base
Hospital today was replacing a drive
motor in the air conditioning system.
e unit was installed in the cooling
tower, near the kitchens.
Man stabbed in leg
An Auckland man was stabbed
in the leg by a stingray's barb as he
shed o Coromandel Peninsula.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter intensive
care paramedic Russell Clark said
the man, in his 50s, had been with
a group shing from a boat o
Hahei when they hooked the ray on
Wednesday. e man tried to get it
in the boat with a net but it icked
its barb around and pierced his
lower leg. He was own to Auckland
Hospital. --- APNZ
Teens arrested over
Two under-age Waikato teenagers
have been arrested for the alleged
burglary of a Leamington liquor
early yesterday morning.. About
3.15am, two brothers, aged 14 and
15, allegedly stashed their bikes
near the liquor store on the corner
of Shakespeare and Raleigh streets
before using a heavy steel drain to
smash the shop's large front window,
police said. ey lled two wheelie
bins with alcohol but had to dump
them and run o when police
arrived. --- APNZ
Woman lashes out
A woman allegedly " ipped" and
assaulted another woman after a
minor car crash in central Rotorua.
Emergency services were called to
the corner of Ranolf and Eruera
streets about 3.40pm yesterday after
a collision between two cars. A
witness said a young woman got out
of the back seat of one of the cars
and ran over to the other, opened
the driver's door and reached in and
grabbed the keys out of the ignition.
She then ran o with the keys. e
woman then came back and started
punching, pushing and yelling abuse
at the female driver, who had got
out of the car. She said members
of the public tried to calm down
the woman, who was "yelling and
screaming" at the driver. "She just
ipped." e witness said the driver
was "shaken up" and was looked after
by members of the public until police
--- APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Arrivals: Cook Canyon.
Departures: Two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, 15
other vessels. Expected departures:
Jay Elaine, Friday; Cook Canyon,
Sunday. Expected arrivals: Galatea
Rotting rubbish dumped at
Lake Kaniere picnic site
of the Hokitika Guardian
Rotting rubbish left by freedom campers
for nearly 10 days on the Lake Kaniere
foreshore was "a joke" and re ects badly
service cutbacks in the area, a local bach
erese Gibbens said a " lthy" heap
of rubbish had been left at a picnic site
between Christmas and New Year, at Hans
Bay near the Department of Conser vation
campsite. It was still there yesterday.
"It's an absolutely dirty, lthy pit hole
now," Mrs Gibbens said.
She lobbed blame at the Westland
District Council for its cutbacks last year.
It was a consequence of the council
scrapping the previous public recycling and
rubbish skip bin ser vice "to save $14,000".
" is wouldn't happen if there were
still rubbish bins. It certainly wasn't a
e change had apparently not accounted
for high unsupervised summer camping
along the edge of the lake, Mrs Gibbens
"It's an outrage that this is allowed to
go on here ... at the very least, shouldn't
someone be monitoring it?"
Replacing the previous ser vice was also
senseless given that bach owners, now with
separate week-about rubbish and recycling
collections, were invariably not there, Mrs
Gibbens, of Greymouth, said.
"It's totally impractical."
e council told the Guardian it had a
monitoring role and the mess would be
cleaned up by today. e Department of
Conservation also said it had a monitoring
Council district assets manager Vivek
Goel yesterday said it would ensure
the o ending rubbish was removed
e council had received a "maximum
number" of complaints throughout the
district of that type recently, which was
typical for the time of year.
Mr Goel said there were 'no camping
signs' and the council did have a monitoring
role at the lake.
It had signalled late last year it wanted to
meet local interests to address concerns and
was planning a meeting for next month.
DOC was consulted about the proposed
rubbish ser vice change last year and
dialogue was ongoing.
"I am in discussion with them --- I haven't
got a solution yet," Mr Goel said.
DOC Hokitika conservation services
manager Ian McClure said there were 18
rubbish bins at the DOC campground
at Hans Bay and they were cleared
Visitors to several picnic areas at Sunny
Bight and Hans Bay were expected to take
their rubbish with them when they left, Mr
" is is one of those picnic areas where
camping is prohibited."
e department removed rubbish left in
no camping areas "when it becomes aware
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Rotting rubbish left by campers at
a public picnic site at Hans Bay, Lake
Grey Main School pupil Angelina Robinson, left, and new entrant Molly Meek share a
book at the school library, which has been specially opened over the school holidays for the
Grey District Library and Schools Summer Reading Challenge. e school is also o ering
its own $50 vouchers for a pupil in each syndicate that participates in the holiday reading
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Enjoying a good read
of the Westport News
Nearly 40% of the West Coast Regional
Council's operating spending went on sta
costs in the year to June 30, 2013 --- twice the
percentage of any other Coast council.
e sta costs, which include wages, salaries
and superannuation, came to $3.42 million or
37.54% of the regional council spending.
However, the average cost of $71,162 per
full-time equivalent (FTE) employee was
lower than that of the three district councils.
e Grey District Council spent 17.6% of its
operating funds on sta ,
Buller, which had the highest operating
expenditure, spent 15.92%, and Westland
spent 15.7%, according to gures obtained
under the Local Government O cial
Information and Meetings Act.
e smallest council, Westland, had the
highest average cost per employee of $82,753
at June 30. Buller came next ($78,893),
followed by Grey ($71,543).
However, Grey District Council corporate
services manager Ian Young said averages
were inaccurate, because they did not include
casuals not employed at June 30, vacancies on
that date, and FTEs at June 30 who might not
have been employed for the full 12 months.
Taking those factors into account, Grey's
average cost per employee at June 30 was
actually $61,110, he said.
Buller had the most sta (16) receiving over
$80,000 --- almost three times as many as
Westland and a third more than Grey and the
e number of Buller sta receiving over
$80,000 increased by seven on the previous
year. Grey's gures decreased by one,
Westland's and the regional council's stayed
Grey had the highest number of FTE sta at
June 30 (62.2), followed by Buller (51.5), the
regional council (48.16) and Westland (36.76).
Westland's gures exclude six swimming pool
sta who transferred to Westland District
Property Ltd on January 6.
Staff costs nearly 40% of regional
council's operating spending
Two people where own to Nelson Hospital late on Wednesday morning
after their car collided with a small truck, about 5km north of the Maruia
township. e female driver was own in the Nelson Rescue Helicopter with
lower leg injuries, while her male passenger --- still trapped in the wreckage in
this photo --- had only minor injuries and was own in the NZCC West Coast
PICTURE: NZCC Rescue Helicopter
Young racing enthusiast Mick Fahey, anked by Countdown sta Glenys
Mills, left, and manager Maureen Rooney, after collecting some of the goodies
he will have as prizes for the 'Kiddies Tote' at the Kumara Races tomorrow.
Kumara Racing Club committee member Tony Connors said the nine-year-old
had been running the children's tote at the annual meeting for the past three
years. "Because he has done so well we appointed him manager of the kiddies
tote this year," Mr Connors said.
Boy collects Kumara races prizes
An allergy to electronic
has seen a Napier man's
cancelled, in only the
second case of its kind
Cameron Bryan Smith,
44, appeared in the
Napier District Court
yesterday, where Judge
Geo Rea was told that
an allergy to monitoring
equipment meant the
home detention sentence
could not continue.
"One thing about this
job, something di erent
happens every day,"
Judge Rea said. "Getting
someone who's allergic to
the electronic monitoring
equipment --- that's a
A spokesman for
the Department of
Corrections said it was
the second case they had
"Basically, they tried
both legs and he ended
up with a bad skin
irritation, so his doctor
recommended it come
o ," the spokesman said.
"In the other case, they
put a sock underneath and
that seemed to work, but
it didn't in this case."
Smith was sentenced on
September 4 last year in
the Wellington District
Court and his anklet
began to cause irritation
about two months later.
On November 22,
after open sores began to
appear on Smith's leg, it
was tted to his other leg.
However, not long after
this the second leg began
to show signs of irritation.
e anklet was changed
again and left slightly
loose, with a sock placed
between Smith's skin and
the strap in an attempt to
limit any skin irritation.
When this did not work, a
doctor recommended the
anklet be removed. e
spokesman said Smith's
leg was now improving.
Judge Rea imposed an
alternative sentence of 150
hours' community work.
Smith was sentenced in
September on 12 charges
of assault on children
and neglect. --- APNZ-
Hawke's Bay Today
Allergy to anklet a
first, says judge
A female pedestrian has su ered life
threatening injuries after being struck by
a petrol tanker in central Dunedin this
Emergency ser vices were called to the corner
of Frederick and Castle streets, following
reports a pedestrian had been hit by an Allied
Petroleum tanker and trailer at 8.25am.
Senior sergeant Craig Brown said the petrol
tanker was travelling west on Frederick Street
and turning into Castle Street intending to
e vehicle is then believed to have struck
e pedestrian, believed to be in her late
20s, su ered critical injuries and was taken to
e road remains blocked and was attended
by emergency ser vices, including the
commercial vehicle investigation unit and
A diversion was in place around Frederick
A Fire Ser vice spokeswoman said re
appliances were sent to the scene as a
precaution. --- Otago Daily Times
Pedestrian critical after being struck by petrol tanker
A violent daylight attack
in a small Otago town
has resulted in three
arrests and an appeal for
information about two
travellers who police hold
Police said two youths
and a 20-year-old man
were arrested after a group
were seen assaulting a
single male victim on
Albert Town's Dale Street
at 12.44pm yesterday.
Wanaka police said
they received calls from
members of the public
alerting them to the attack.
" e assault was
witnessed by a number
of residents who were
concerned at the ferocity
and duration of the attack
on the victim," sergeant
Simon Paget said.
A 17-year-old boy
and 20-year-old man
are due to appear in the
Court today in relation to
A 15-year-old boy has
been referred to police
youth aid section.
Mr Paget also appealed
for information about
two people, believed to
be travellers, who were in
a vehicle involved in the
incident. --- APNZ
-Otago Daily Times
ree arrested after attack
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