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2 - Monday, January 27, 2014
Quiet weekend for
Hokitika residents, and visitors, for
the Woodstock Motorcycle rally, the
Sand Dunes Golf Classic and the
Westland A and P Show were all on
their best behaviour at the weekend.
Constable Nerida Manson said local
police and the Nelson tra c unit
failed to nd a drinking driver, and
crowd behaviour at all events was
exemplary. "We had a rowdy party
mainly made up of teens and people
in their early 20s on Fitzherbert
Street, which we closed down early
on Sunday morning, but otherwise it
was a nice, quiet weekend."
Eight power trust
Eight people will seek election to
the West Coast Electric Power Trust,
with a postal ballot on March 15.
"We've got people from (around)
Greymouth and Hokitika, so it's a
good mixture," electoral o cer Alan
O'Connell said today. Nominations
closed on Friday. e power trust,
which holds shares in Westpower
and associated companies including
Electronet on behalf of West Coast
consumers, holds elections every two
years. e nominations are: current
chairman Ian Hustwick (Hokitika),
Frances Stapleton (Hokitika),
Warren Gilbertson (Greymouth),
Karen Hamilton (Greymouth),
Bernard Lee (Hokitika), Steven
May (Greymouth), David Robinson
(Kowhitirangi) and Doug Truman
Injured woman own to
Grey Base Hospital
e NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was summoned to
Westport yesterday to pick up a
woman who had su ered a leg injury
in a fall from a motorbike at Cape
Foulwind. Pilot Martin Shaw said
the woman was ferried from Buller
Hospital, where she had initial
treatment, on to Grey Base Hospital.
Reefton crash victim
e 57-year-old Inangahua woman
injured in a collision with a coal
train near her rural home last week,
remains in a serious condition
in Christchurch Hospital. e
woman su ered neck, back and
brain injuries when her four-wheel-
drive vehicle was struck by a coal
train on a level crossing near the
Inangahua Landing, on ursday.
She underwent emergency surgery in
Christchurch that night.
Otago gold workers
redeployed to Reefton
Some Oceana Gold sta who lost
their jobs at the Macraes Mine,
in Otago, have secured jobs at the
Reefton pit. Seventy were laid o ,
fewer than expected because 16
were redeployed to the Macraes
underground, civil earthworks
operations and Reefton.
--- Otago Daily Times
Paparoa pest project
e Paparoa Wildlife Trust
says it is on track with plans for a
comprehensive pest control project
in the hills around Blackball later
this year. Project co-ordinator Jo
Tilson said they were also inviting
the public to the kiwi creche at
Atarau for an open day, starting at
11am on February 22. In March and
April the trust will recommence its
annual bird call count monitoring at
the Croesus Hut. "We will invite up
to ve t and able members of the
public to come along and assist with
this," Ms Tilson said.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Lady Sarah.
In port: Galatea II, Lady Sarah,
Sovereign Oraki, Ondine, Tenacity,
Electra, 21 other vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
today; Cook Canyon, tomorrow; Jay
Elaine, Wednesday; Moon Shadow
CTU begins court action
to bring Whittall to trial
A 63-year-old Papamoa man felt lucky
to be alive after a petrol can exploded
in the back of his utility vehicle, setting
him on re. Don Bayliss is in Tauranga
Hospital with moderate burns to his
arms, face and neck after Saturday's
explosion, which sounded "like a bomb
going o ". He wants people to be aware
of what can happen if petrol is left stored
inside a vehicle. His wife Cushla said last
night her husband was lucky to be able
to talk about what happened after he
managed to escape from the ery vehicle,
with his hair on re and burns to every
part of his body not covered by clothing.
e exact cause of the re was still being
investigated but Mrs Bayliss said no
lighter or cigarettes were involved in
the explosion. Waihi Beach chief re
o cer Ian Smith said petrol vapour
could build up and explosions were
common. "It is always a good idea to
store fuel in a cool place, out of the sun."
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
e Council of Trade Unions has started
court action in a bid to bring former Pike
River Mine manager Peter Whittall to
Shortly before Christmas, the
Government dropped all 12 charges
against Mr Whittall.
e CTU immediately said it would
consider a judicial review of that decision.
President Helen Kelly told the Greymouth
Star today they had led preliminary
proceedings with the Wellington District
Court on December 24, seeking more
Ms Kelly said it was led on behalf of a
sample of the families, and the rst step
was to get all the information.
"We know there's broad support."
e courts had been shut over the holiday
period, but the union had followed it up
"Hopefully we will get something quite
soon. It (case) is very, very important."
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 River families.
e charges, dropped in mid-December,
had been laid by the Ministry of Business
Innovation and Employment under the
Health and Safety in Employment Act.
However, the Crown said after an
extensive review it was "not appropriate to
continue with the prosecution against Mr
Instead, Mr Whittall and Pike River Coal
Ltd (in receivership) o ered a voluntary
payment on behalf of the directors and
o cers of the company to the families of
the 29 men killed in the mine, and the two
Judge Jane Farish told the court the
likelihood of a prosecution was "extremely
low'' and the case may never have reached
Monday January 27
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LADNER, Donnie. ---
Remembering you is
easy, we do it every day,
It's the heartache of
That will never go away.
--- Craig, Keri and Tyla.
(Wens). --- On January
25, 2014 at Christ-
church, loved wife of
Brian Coumbe, much
loved mother of Al,
and Nocte, treasured
daughter-in-law of the
late Coral Coumbe,
medical phone line
advisor, friend and
sister-in-law of Graham
and Denise, Sue, Wayne
and Monica, Rachael
and Mike, and John
aunt to Ashley, Georgia,
Callum, Jack, Nina,
Miri, Sally and Paula,
and sister of Vanessa.
Messages C/- 119A
Hackthorne Road, Cash-
m ere, Christchurch
8022. Respectfully no
flowers, but donations to
the Cancer Society in
lieu may be made at the
service. The Memorial
service for Wens will be
held at the John Rhind
Chapel, entry from
London and Whitmore
Streets, on Friday
January 31 at 1pm. John
Rhind Funeral Directors.
FDANZ. Phone (03) 379
BACK, Robert Charles
(Bob). --- Passed away
peacefully at Richard
Seddon Hospital, Grey-
mouth on January 22,
2014, aged 92. Loved
husband of the late
Rosalind, father of
Clive, grandfather of
Tina, Andrew, and
Michael, beloved friend
of Kathleen, close friend
of Bill, and Ted, and a
loved great-grandad of
''Bob lived his life his
way''. Messages to C/-
PO Box 417, Greymouth
7840. At Bob's request a
private cremation serv-
ice has taken place.
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Police have released photos taken by the NZCC West Coast Rescue Helicopter showing just how lucky an Australian tramper
missing on the Croesus Track was to be spotted and rescued from the thick bush. He was found after straying from the track on
January 16. Sergeant Sean Judd, of Westport police, said the photos were "a reminder as to how hard it can be spotting persons in the
bush". "I doubt he will ever realise how lucky he was to be picked up that rst day." Mr Judd said bright coloured clothing, waving a
high vis pack cover, a torch, mirror, small re or camera crash could all attract attention. It also highlights the great job our search
and rescue teams do in locating these people."
PICTURES: NZCC Rescue Helicopter
Miracle chopper rescue
e West Coast's three Kiwi Bank 'local heroes' met under some unusual circumstances at Grey Base
Hospital, on Friday afternoon. Hari Hari hero Tom Clarkson was in for a knee replacement and received
a special visit from Dr Paul Holt, right, who works at the hospital, Coastguard volunteer Mark Bolland,
left, and West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor. Mr Clarkson, who was nominated for his work in
the community -- including driving the local bus, said he might have to nd someone to ll in for a while.
Dr Holt was nominated for his medical ser vices on the West Coast.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
'Local heroes' meet
of the Westport News
Bathurst Resources says its
mine contractor, Doug Hood, has
received over 500 applications
since it advertised last month
for workers for its proposed
Escarpment Mine at Denniston.
About 30 people would be
employed initially, rising to
around 100 once the mine began
producing coal, general manager
corporate relations Sam Aarons
Some of the positions might
be lled by existing Hood's sta
as they wound down another
operation, she said.
Hood's two-year contract to
operate Solid Energy's Reddale
Mine near Reefton will end in
Ms Aarons said Bathurst
currently employed about 50 in
Buller --- 20 at its Buller operations
o ce, 30 at the Cascade Mine,
and 15 short-term workers.
She signalled that Bathurst
would adopt a di erent approach
to Solid Energy, whose rosters
at Stockton Mine had allowed
workers to commute to Buller.
"Rosters for both Cascade and
Escarpment are designed to attract
resident workers rather than drive
in/drive out," Ms Aarons said.
Meanwhile, Bathurst is waiting
for local councils to process 26
management plans for the new
In October, Bathurst said that
if the plans were approved before
Christmas it could be producing
coal before the end of March. e
company has since declined to
provide a new start date.
e West Coast Regional
Council and Buller District
Council say they are working as
fast as they can.
Over 500 applications
for 30 jobs at new
e Green Party has launched its
election year by announcing a $90
million a year package for low decile
schools, including free after school care
and holiday programmes, free lunches,
and school nurses in every decile 1-4
primary and intermediate school.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
announced the package, dubbed Schools
at the Heart, at the Green's annual 'State
of the Planet' picnic in Wellington
She said the measures were aimed
at tackling inequality and would be
delivered through "community hubs"
set up in every decile 1-4 primary
and intermediate schools. e party
also wanted to build at least 20 new
early childhood centres in low decile
primary schools, which it expected to
" e evidence shows that if kids are
fed, are healthy and have the support
services they need then they do
better at school. is announcement
represents a signi cant commitment to
eradicating inequality in New Zealand
and it's e ects." e hubs would be led
by a school hub coordinator whose
role would be to recruit adult and
community educators, as well as early
childhood, social and health ser vices,
and look at other ways to develop
services which were needed in any
particular school community.
Ms Turei said ensuring children were
fed and healthy was critical for learning.
"Kids in lower decile schools will be fed
through a national school lunch fund,
sick kids will get medical attention from
dedicated school nurses, and families
will get the support they need to work,
further their own education and be
engaged in their kids' learning."
e hub co-ordinators would take the
workload of establishing the hubs o
teachers and leave them free to teach.
Ms Turei was critical of the National
Party's education announcement last
week. at policy rewarded good teachers
and principals and set up a system for
them to share their skills and knowledge
across other schools. Ms Turei said it did
nothing to address the primary cause of
under-achievement which was poverty.
Education was the most important
factor in a child's ability to escape
poverty, she said.
"But that's a challenge because a poor
kid here is less likely to do well at school
than a poor kid in almost any other
Ms Turei also said reducing inequality
would be the Greens' primary focus in
the election year. She said the party's time
had come to be part of a Government,
and although it recognised it would have
to compromise for that to happen, it
would not compromise on its values such
as reducing inequality.
In May last year, Prime Minister
John Key announced a further $9.5m
over ve years for the current Kick
Start programme run by Fonterra
and Sanitarium. at was to allow
the breakfast in low decile schools
programme to be extended to ve days a
week and to more schools.
Labour has already given a conditional
tick of approval to the Green Party's
$100m a year policy today aimed at low-
decile schools, including free after school
care, a free lunch, and nurses in every
Labour's education spokesman Chris
Hipkins said Labour broadly supported
the education measures, which also
included setting up 'hubs' in schools
to ensure children and their parents
received the services they needed.
Mr Hipkins said Labour had also
advocated expanding the role of schools in
communities by providing more support.
He also agreed with the Green Party
proposal to build more early childhood
centres in schools.
"While there will naturally be
discussion about respective priorities and
timing, today's announcements by the
Green Party are a welcome addition to
the education policy debate and provide
a clear marker of the type of initiatives
we can work closely together on.
Ms Turei said she had not yet
considered the future of the current Kick
Start breakfast programme, which is run
by Sanitarium and Fonterra with 50%
Government funding. She said she would
consider how it tted in to the Green's
lunch in schools proposal, but said it
amounted to "corporate welfare"and
should not be needed for such a basic need.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Greens launch $90m package
for low decile schools
A top Auckland secondary school is
asking parents to shell out more than
$1000 when their sons return to class in
two weeks' time.
Auckland Grammar is the rst State
school to crack the four- gure mark
for school donations, making it the
country's most expensive.
Parents are expected to pay $1050 for
their boys to attend the decile-10 school.
Headmaster Tim O'Connor says the
reason is simple: the Government funds
only half of the school's annual operating
budget and the rest has to come from
parents and fundraising.
"We're behind the eight ball to start
with and we have to make it up from
Mr O'Connor said Grammar got
$945 less Government funding for each
student than a similar-sized school
in the lowest decile. It was not willing
to compromise on lower class sizes,
specialist assistance and a wide range of
He said the school relied on the
income from the donations.
"If we didn't get the support from
the majority of our parents then our
budgetary concerns would be great."
Help was available for families who
struggled with the increased cost of
sending their boys to the school, Mr
Similarly high-decile schools are
requesting donations ranging from
$250 to $625 a year, according to their
Just 15km down the Southern
Motorway from Grammar, Otahuhu
College principal Neil Watson is
determined to keep school donations at
$30 a year.
Donations enabled the school to
improve opportunities for students,
Watson said, but quality sta made the
"Excellent teaching in every classroom
for every kid --- that's the key. Everything
else is window dressing."
Education Minister Hekia Parata is
steering clear of any debate, saying the
donations are set by boards of trustees
elected by parents.
"It is my expectation that boards
carefully consider their local
communities when deciding on an
Donations made by parents amounted
to 1.8% of the funding to schools in
Figures released this week from
the Ministry of Education showed
secondary school donations amounted
to $40.55 million, though some schools
were yet to le annual reports.
Katrina Casey of the ministry said
schools would be breaking the law if they
tried to enforce payment of donations.
Schools are legally allowed to ask for
whatever amount they think appropriate
but it is up to parents how much --- or
little --- they paid.
e only instance when state schools
can charge a "fee" is when a parent or
caregiver agrees to purchase goods or
services directly from a school. is
might include a eld trip, sports or
Ms Casey said six of 2500 schools had
been contacted by the ministry in the
last 12 months following complaints.
ey had been told to clarify their
requests to parents or asked to cease a
In the past, schools have withheld
year books, refused to sell ball tickets
and withdrawn other privileges to
students whose parents have not paid
Last year, Macleans College in
Bucklands Beach, east Auckland, was
cautioned for adding surcharges of up
to $1200 to graduation dinner tickets,
sports, drama and dance activities and
even Cambridge exams for students who
had not paid the $490 school donation.
e Ministry of Education said it
would investigate any reports of schools
coercing parents to pay the donation or
treating non-donation-paying students
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
School asks parents for $1050 donation
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