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to lock up
A Preston Road, Greymouth, resident
heard someone attempting to open the
sliding door of their home on Saturday
night. e homeowner did not see
anyone but reported the incident to
police, who are warning residents in the
area to lock up. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly said people should ensure their
homes were secure at night as there was
"obviously someone lurking around"
under the cover of darkness.
Greymouth police are following up
surveillance footage and registration
numbers after two motorists lled
their cars at the Mobil service station
yesterday, each with $30 of petrol, and
then drove o without paying.
bleak during January
Cloudy, dull days made for a
relatively bleak January for West
Coast residents. Greymouth weather
observer Phil Forrest said the overcast
conditions allowed 174 hours of
sunshine to get through --- 55 hours
fewer than January 2013. However,
the rainfall tally, 160mm, was also
less than a year ago, at 187mm. e
temperature only got as high as
20.1degC, two degrees cooler, but the
lowest, 8.4degC was about two degrees
warmer. Reefton had 169mm of rain
(247mm last January), the lowest
temperature was a chilly 1degC, but
the warmest 28degC. Weather recorder
Tony Fortune said the unfamiliar cool,
windy days and rain brought snow to
the back of Victoria Range on two
occasions. " is does not often happen
in January," he said.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Numbus, June,
ve Greymouth vessels. Departures:
Lady Sarah, two Greymouth vessels.
In port: Galatea II, Tui, Electra,
Happy V, Numbus, June, 20 other
vessels. Expected dpartures: Galatea II,
tomorrow. Expected Arrivals: Ocean
Odyssey, tomorrow; Moon Shadow
II, ursday; Jay Elaine, Friday; Cook
Fox Glacier hero honoured
e Privacy Commissioner has ordered
the West Coast District Health Board
to release all but one e-mail it has been
withholding from a patient, who su ered
from medical misadventure at Grey Base
Two years ago, Jo Partridge went in
for gynaecological day surgery and came
out so badly burned that she spent seven
weeks in the burns unit of Christchurch
Former West Coast DHB board
member David Tranter, who now lives in
Australia, has been helping Ms Partridge
and he said last week they were still
trying to obtain her patient's les 20
DHB programme director Michael
Frampton replied that the board had
provided all clinical records requested by
Mr Tranter, in full, a considerable time
ago. However, some e-mails had been
withheld as they contained personal
information not related to the incident,
as well as legally privileged material.
A letter from Privacy Commissioner
investigating o cer James omas, on
Friday said the privacy o ce believed the
outstanding personal information should
also be released.
e o ce was still in discussion with
the board regarding one of those e-mails.
e commissioner had advised the
board to release the other e-mails from
the doctor who treated Mrs Partridge "as
soon as possible to prevent any further
Mr Tranter said that under the Health
and Disability Commissioner's Code of
Consumer (patient) Rights, people had
the right to be fully informed.
As health spokesman for NZ
Democrats for Social Credit, he said he
would be asking Health Minister Tony
Ryall to insist that all DHBs recognised
that patients had the right to access their
own les, especially when treatment
but one of
of the Otago Daily Times
One year to the day after James
McCullough was seriously injured hitting
his head on a rock when diving into the
Kakanui River, 11 young people who
helped save him were honoured yesterday,
including a Fox Glacier man.
At an emotional ceremony which
included a few tears, Timaru Mayor
Damon Odey yesterday presented Water
Safety NZ merit certi cates to "those
heroes'' --- as James' mother Stephanie
McCullough described them.
''To be nally recognised for what they
did is a tting tribute on the anniversary
of his accident,'' she said at a function in
e rescuers were Dylan Barber (18,
Fox Glacier), Brian Bell (18, Twizel), Ben
Davis (18, Fairlie), Jacob Donaldson (17,
Arrowtown), Cowan Fearn (18, Papakaio),
Jesse Forbes (17, Te Awamutu), Kahu
Grant (19, Oamaru), James Hutton (18,
Oamaru), Michael Jacobs (17, Oamaru),
Jack Mans eld (18, Ikawai) and Kyle
James, 18, who lives in Temuka with his
family, feared he would end up a paraplegic
after breaking his neck. But he was at the
ceremony with his friends and rescuers,
walking with a slight right limp and
restricted movement in his right arm.
James' accident happened late in the
afternoon on January 31, 2013, after he
and some friends were invested as prefects
at Waitaki Boys' High School. It was a
hot day and they went out to the Kakanui
River, arriving at a dark pool where they
went in and checked it and thought it was
safe to swim in.
James was the third to dive in, but hit
a sharp-pointed schist rock, su ering a
scalp cut and fracturing two vertebrae in
his neck. e next thing he knew he was
drowning and could not get to the surface
because his arms and legs would not work.
"From this point on his friends
proved just how amazing they are,'' Mrs
ey noticed blood in the water and one
pulled James to the surface. James told
them that he was a paraplegic and had
broken his neck.
It was a deep pool and so they supported
James in the pool treading water while
applying pressure to his head wound. ey
then pulled him half out of the water to
assess the situation.
Four boys went for help --- two in each
direction because there was no cellphone
coverage in the area. An ambulance and the
Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter were
Back at the pool, the remaining ve boys
had also enlisted the help of another two
older boys, who helped lift James out of
the water, keep him warm and stabilise his
"All these young men kept their heads
when faced with this accident and did
not panic. ey did whatever was asked
of them, all the time knowing that their
friend of almost ve years was critically
injured,'' Mrs McCullough said.
ey rendered immediate rst aid, got
help from older peers and organised
ambulance assistance, then had the
presence of mind to phone James' family as
the helicopter left to tell them clearly what
had happened and answer questions.
James spent four nights in intensive care
in Christchurch Hospital before being
transferred to the Burwood spinal unit for
a further 14 weeks. eir care for
him continued, as they visited him in
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
James McCullough, front, poses with his friends and rescuers at a ceremony at the
Timaru District Council on Friday.
of the Hokitika Guardian
e historic Hokitika lifeboat Countess,
which served the local port from 1886,
was brought out of storage last week in
preparation to take to the water again.
e 128-year-old boat --- the oldest New
Zealand-built lifeboat still in working
order --- was washed down and checked for
holes by a group of volunteers who want
to return the kauri vessel to the Hokitika
River as part of the town's 150th centennial
celebrations, in December.
Marine enthusiast Max Dowell, who
obtained ownership of the locally-built
Countess on behalf of the Hokitika
Museum and the community in 2001,
said they wanted to recreate the landing
of government agent William H Revell,
who landed at the end of Revell Street and
founded the town on December 20, 1864.
Heritage Hokitika president Bernard
Preston said they would begin a campaign
soon to seek actors for the demonstration.
ey were also hoping to source another
two oars, at least 12ft-long, that could be
used on the day.
e lifeboat has been housed in a
purpose-built shed on Gibson Quay for the
past 12 years.
e building and boat restoration was
a Heritage Hokitika project led by Mr
Dowell and was opened in 2002 by
then Governor General Dame Sylvia
After being decommissioned from the
Hokitika port the Countess was converted
to a motor launch for the tourist trade on
It then spent many years in the ownership
of the Ross family, who used it up until
1972 at Lake Kaniere until the Parks and
Reserves Department ordered the removal
of all lakeside boatsheds.
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Clockwise from left, Hokitika marine enthusiast Max Dowell, Heritage Hokitika president Bernard Preston and volunteers Fergus
Bryant, Mark Pfahlert, Arthur Prangnell and Neville Mason look over the historic Countess lifeboat after some maintenance on
Friday. Old lifeboat to take to the water again
of the Westport News
West Coast-based National Party list
MP Chris Auchinvole claimed more on
expenses than either of his regional rivals
in the last quarter of 2013, gures show.
Mr Auchinvole claimed total expenses
of $32,155 between October 1 and
Fellow West Coast-based Green Party
list MP Kevin Hague claimed $23,575
--- the highest expenses in his party
---- and West Coast-Tasman Labour
Party MP Damien O'Connor claimed
Mr Auchinvole was the sixth highest-
spending MP in the country. His
claims included $13,753 on air travel,
and $11,886 on surface travel. Only
Hone Harawira, Nicky Wagner, David
Cunli e, Mike Sabin and Te Ururoa
Flavell claimed more.
Mr Hague spent $10,453 on air travel,
about $3000 less than Mr Auchinvole.
He claimed less than half as much
($5840) as Mr Auchinvole on surface
Mr O'Connor spent $11,075 on
air travel, about $2000 less than Mr
Auchinvole. He also spent $6574 on
surface travel, half as much as Mr
Mr O'Connor spent $5400 on
accommodation in Wellington, Mr
Hague $5344, and Mr Auchinvole $4696.
Mr Hague was the biggest spender on
accommodation outside of Wellington,
claiming $1937. Mr Auchinvole spent
$1821, while Mr O'Connor spent $668.
Only two National Party MPs claimed
more than Mr Auchinvole.
Mr O'Connor was the sixth-biggest
Labour Party claimant.
Auchinvole claims most
expenses among Coast MPs
Karoro School new entrant Charlie Frost, with his dad Matthew, and senior
constables Terri Middleton and Mike Tinnelly, points to the ashing 40kph
sign that reminds motorists to slow down when approaching the school on
State highway 6. Police were out in force around Greymouth primary schools
this morning to ensure children arrived safely for their rst day of the 2014
school year. Ms Middleton said just two motorists were warned for exceeding
the 40kph limit as they drove past Karoro School today. Police urge all road
users to exercise extreme caution over the next few days as children return to
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Back to school reminder
e West Coast District Health
Board says it is committed to a free
bus service between Westport and
Greymouth Hospital --- but it will
no longer pay a travel advance.
e board said today it was
aligning the administration of
travel allowances in Buller with
its procedures for a national travel
Elsewhere, travel assistance to
people who are eligible is by way of
Now, people in Buller will only
get money in advance if they
are experiencing great nancial
e press release encouraged people
to use the free transport service
between Westport and Greymouth,
which uses about 13 volunteer drivers.
Red Cross Buller branch president
Carol Keoghan said people were
usually given hospital appointments
in the middle of the day so they did
not have to wait around for too long.
"We have found this system has
worked well for our clients so far."
West Coast DHB clinical manager
social work Simon Burges-Short
said the DHB acknowledged that
getting to and from appointments
held in Greymouth, or to visit
relatives in hospital could be a
challenge for some Buller residents.
" erefore we've invested towards
the running costs of the Red Cross'
transport ser vices. We encourage the
community to support this ser vice
as much as possible to ensure its
"If someone needs transport to
Grey Base Hospital we hope they
use the Red Cross service in the rst
instance. All they have to do is phone
up to book a seat, but it is important
to call in advance as spaces are
limited to seven passengers and/or
carers," Mr Burges-Short said.
A national travel assistance scheme
for reimbursing eligible patients for
some of the cost of travel to specialist
appointments was available.
"We encourage and assist patients
to arrange their own transport and
Mr Burges-Short said social
workers could help those who were
eligible in applying for the national
DHB stops Buller
e Environment Court has
struck out an application from
the Biodiversity Defence Society
asking that Solid Energy cease
production at its Cypress Mine
at Happy Valley, alongside the
Stockton open-cast coalmine.
e society had argued that the
consents for Cypress had e ectively
lapsed because mining had not
started within the prescribed time
frame of the consent.
However, the court ruled last
August that work had been carried
out on site, Solid Energy having
spent $14 million and removing
thousands of cubic metres of soil
in the process.
e Biodiversity Defence Society
then lodged an appeal but the
High Court upheld the decision,
issuing a minute advising the
group that the application would
be struck out unless it had lodged
a memorandum giving grounds for
continuance by January 24. In the
absence of such a memorandum,
Judge J R Jackson ordered on
Wednesday that the application be
Cypress Mine application struck out
With classes resuming today, Kumara
School pupils have extra reason to be
excited, after a positive Education Review
O ce report.
ERO o cers were on site in November,
and their report was published late last
Kumara School was last reviewed in
December 2010 and the o cers said the
school had made good progress addressing
the recommendations from that report.
e latest report found that the school
encouraged pride in the Kumara area and
"Students and teachers work well
together in a welcoming, family-like
environment. ey work well together and
are respectful of each other. Older students
have many leadership opportunities
and are very supportive of the younger
Pupils were learning well and most who
entered the school with low achievement
made good progress over time. ey had
access to an extensive variety of resources to
support their learning and they bene ted
from a wide range of information and
communication technologies, which were
integrated meaningfully into learning
programmes and used frequently.
e report also highlighted the school's
vegetable patch as a "special feature of the
school's learning programme"
ERO said the curriculum needed to
develop arts and technology areas and
ensure that all aspects of science and social
science were covered.
e report said principal Yvonne Blair
maintained good links with other schools
and groups within the district to share
practices and resources that bene ted
e school was well placed to improve,
but did need to strengthen its appraisal
system and self-review needed to be
further developed, the review said.
Almost 250 anglers, young and old, lined the wharf
and the banks of the Grey River, or trolled from slow
moving boats in search of the elusive King Kawahai
yesterday. Greymouth Fishing Club secretary-
treasurer Sharron Wright said they had been hoping
for 150 entrants, and to get 250 was a great success.
Anglers from around the West Coast, and visitors
from Christchurch, took part. Mary Fittock, of
Hokitika, won the prize for the best sh caught by
an adult, and two-year-old Mailey Enigls landed
the best sh in the junior section. Full results will be
published when supplied later this week.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Anglers chase kawahai
Hokitika beach was
the only site on the West
Coast to fail the latest
round of recreational
water testing by the West
Coast Regional Council.
All Greymouth and
Hokitika sites were rst
tested on January 9, three
days after Buller, in ne
weather. However, the
week before had seen
Most sites were okay,
with the exception of the
Buller River at Marrs
Beach, Lake Brunner at
Iveagh Bay and the Grey
River at the Taylorville
swimming hole, all of
which had a high risk.
e Buller River at
Shingle Beach and Seven
Mile Creek at Rapahoe
had low risk.
e second round of
testing, on January 15,
after more moderate
rainfall the week before,
found Hokitika beach
was the only problem site
and had a high risk.
Hokitika beach fails
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