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A letterbox was uprooted and
carried about 20m along Ward
Street, Runanga, overnight on
ursday. Police want to hear from
anyone who may have witnessed the
Civil defence exchange
Rotary International will fund
the Grey District Council civil
defence manager Allan Wilson on
an emergency management exchange
trip to Australia next month. Mr
Wilson is part of a team from
New Zealand that will take part in
the exchange and report to their
respective councils on return.
Pool fence faults
A recent Grey District Council
review of swimming pool fences
turned up one pool that had no
fence at all. Two others had minor
defects that needed remedy before
they passed muster. Council sta
report that a fence has now been
erected around the pool that was not
previously enclosed and the other
two fences have been brought up to
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II, Kay Dee, two Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Happy V, Oraki.
In port: Cook Canyon, Galatea
II, Southerly, Aquila, Kay Dee,
20 Greymouth vessels. Expected
departures: Galatea II, today; Cook
Canyon, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, today; Jay
Elaine, tomorrow; Moon Shadow,
'Real risk' in hospital services
Fundraising is under way for a former
Greymouth woman after her ance
underwent brain surgery in Australia
and has still not woken up.
Andrew Ru ell had surgery on
December 30, and has had ve operations
A Facebook page set up to help the
couple says partner Deanna Groome is a
"good old West Coast girl".
ey have lived in Rockhampton,
Queensland, for about seven years.
In September 2012, Mr Ru ell was
diagnosed with a brain tumour.
After the operation, and post-operative
complications, his sedation was reduced,
however he has not woken up. Doctors
remain 'cautiously optimistic' but he
faces a long recovery, the page says.
Mr Ru ell is stepfather to two children.
People are being asked to make
donations to NZ (ASB) 123150
0327133-50. ere is more information
Labour's health spokeswoman
Annette King, a former minister
of health, says West Coasters
need to be aware of the "real risk"
of ending up with fewer services
from a new Greymouth Hospital.
Health o cials in Wellington
are now looking at a brand new
hospital, sparking fears of a
downgrade in services for the
e outcry prompted Health
Minister Tony Ryall to assure
that services would be better than
they are, but he stopped short of
e senior doctors' union is
still concerned and Greymouth
surgeon Dr Paul Holt has
repeatedly asked the minister for a
public "unequivocal commitment"
that the new hospital plans agreed
to by West Coast clinicians would
Mrs King, who has read the
business case for Greymouth, said
she was now comparing that with
Whakatane, and promised that
under a Labour government the
Coast would have "appropriate,
fair and quality services".
She said she was "suspicious"
of what was happening with the
"I'm adamant that an area like
the Coast, so far from a major
hospital, across a mountain range
... has ser vices that meet the need
for emergency, as well as ongoing
Mrs King said Whakatane
Hospital had been rebuilt without
any loss of services. However, she
had found getting information
out of the Government on the
Greymouth project far harder.
New Zealand formally
Reg. FD (FDANZ)
Ph 768 0250
Code of Conduct
Premises and facilities
P ERRIE, Thomas
(Tom). --- Passed away
at Palmerston North
(late of Dobson) on
February 6, 2014. Loved
brother of Graham, and
Wally (deceased) and
Monday February 10
Urgent cases only
Phone 769 7493 first
5pm - 8pm
TO KOBI. ---
Words will never say
how much we miss our
beautiful wee grandson
This birthday you would
have been heading off to
How we wish that we
could have shared this
Instead we only have
Love you forever
--- Nanny and Pop
Buster. --- February 9,
love every day
--- Nana Olive x
Passed away peacefully
on February 8, 2014,
at Richard Seddon
aged 88. Dearly loved
wife of Charlie, and the
late Arthur Cheetham,
loved mother and
m other-in-law of
Christine and John
and Peter and Julie
Cheetham (UK), cher-
ished Granny of Sarah,
and Paul and Kerryn
Webster; Mark, Adam,
and Philip Cheetham,
loved step-mum of Edith
and Graeme Sara, loved
"Zena" of Suzanne and
Wayne, Hannah, and
Nathan Kelsall, and
Michael Sara. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
Cancer Society would
be appreciated and can
be made at the service or
posted to PO Box 81,
Greymouth 7840. A
service to celebrate
Zena's life will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
m outh, tomorrow
(Tuesday) at 2pm,
followed by cremation
at the Westland Crema-
t orium. Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
A loving smile, a happy
A boy we loved and can
--- Mum, Tara and
Greymouth district librarian Gemma omas with sta
members Susan Aynsley, Daphne Willis, Ollie Witton and
Anthony Hunter display this week's selections for 'pick of the
week': Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Two Caravans by Marina
Lewycka, sewing manual A Bag for All Reasons by Lisa Lam,
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, One Summer
by Roisin Meaney, Anathem by Neal Stephenson and e Last
irteen by James Phelan. e Greymouth Library is introducing
the weekly selections to allow sta and regular visitors to suggest
some good reading and viewing material. "It's us choosing our
favourite books and DVDs that we like and trying to promote
them," Ms omas said.
Pick of the
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
New students welcomed to Tai Poutini Polytechnic
About 40 new students wait outside the Tai Poutini Polytechnic this morning for a powhiri and welcoming ceremony to start their
new year of learning. Enrolments are down slightly on previous years.
Father and son Kevin Henry, left, and Peter Henry with the life membership
awards they were accorded recently by the Greymouth Municipal Band. Mr
Henry senior has been secretary-treasurer and a committee member for many
years, and was made a life member in 1973, but he was only recently presented
with his certi cate. Mr Henry junior, the conductor, has been in the band
for 44 years, working his way up to the conductor's role, which he has held
for a number of years. He has also played many instruments and represented
Greymouth playing in solos and band events at both provincial and national
Brass band duo honoured
Council eyes sewerage scheme expansion
e Grey District Council has applied for
continuation of the resource consents for
the Karoro sewerage scheme, including the
provision for doubling the number of wetland
cells adjacent to the aerated pond.
Currently there are three wetland cells
but assets and engineering manager Mel
Sutherland said three more could be required
to cater for future development in the South
Beach-Paroa area, and further south.
"Council has constructed three cells so far,
so the maximum size if needed will be double
what has currently been constructed on site,"
Mr Sutherland said.
However, he said the construction of the
new sewerage treatment plant in Preston
Road, Greymouth, could eliminate the need
for extra cells at Karoro.
" ere is another option of pumping
sewerage from the Karoro plant to
Greymouth and treating it at Preston Road
instead of expanding the Karoro site, which
will be considered further in the future," he
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Crash closes road
A Wellington highway was partially
closed yesterday after a car skidded and
crashed into a ditch about 9.20am.
Emergency services were called to
State highway 58, which crosses the
Haywards Hill between the Hutt Valley
and Porirua, after the crash near the
State highway 2 intersection.
Sergeant Andy Dow, of police central
communications, said ambulance sta
treated a woman for shock. --- APNZ
Push for signs to
Friends of History House say they will
campaign for large signs advertising the museum
at all three main entrances to Greymouth.
e group was formed to help raise public
awareness about the quaint museum after a
consultant suggested last year that the Grey
District Council split up the museum and
scatter its contents between the library and
Spokesman Jack Flood said the group also
wants promotional pamphlets placed at strategic
locations around town to attract visitors.
It is planned to investigate other small museums
in places of a similar size, such as Blenheim and
Timaru, to compare operating costs and practices.
e friends generally agreed that recent
assurances from the council that History House
would be staying put for the next ve years
had enabled sound planning for future
developments to go ahead with certainty, Mr
Cr Murray Hay told the group's meeting
recently that the development of the cycleway
and the retention of the goods shed were positive
measures for the heritage area and would bene t
Friends of History House will meet again later
in the year.
Coast contest to
stub out smoking
e second WERO (Whanau End Smoking
Regional) group stop smoking competition will
be held from March 1.
e challenge involves teams of 10 smokers,
who compete to have the most people
successfully stop smoking after three months, as
well as the opportunity to win $5000 cash for
a charity or community group of their choice.
Co-ordinator Trish Fraser said smokers could
either enter their own team or register on the
website www.wero.me to join a team.
is year there will also be a Cancer Society
team. is is for individuals who may want to
take part in the competition and support a good
cause, but do not have a team to join.
e competition was developed by the Centre
for Tobacco Control Research, at the University
e inaugural national WERO competition
was held last year, with over 650 participants
throughout New Zealand.
e West Coast had a good result, after three
months, 40% of the participants had stopped
WERO allows smokers to support each other
through the quitting process. Each team selects
their own coach and is also o ered plenty of
expert stop smoking support.
People interested in taking up the WERO
Challenge or managing a team in the
competition should contact Karen Hamilton at
Community and Public Health in Greymouth,
or check out the website www.wero.me.
e challenge ends on May 31.
Surfer's narrow escape
Dramatic details of surfer Darren Mills' lucky
escape from a shark attack emerged, as the
British immigrant began his recovery from
e 28-year-old was bitten three times while
he was sur ng at Porpoise Bay, near Curio Bay,
about 8.30pm on Friday.
Friends gathered at his hospital bed after he
was own by rescue helicopter to Southland
Hospital. e shark attacked him at Porpoise
Bay, in the Catlins area of eastern Southland,
but he punched it away.
Mr Mills su ered three deep gashes between
his thigh and his calf as the shark, believed to be
a sevengill, latched on to his leg while he sat on
his surfboard 50m o shore.
Speaking on TVNZ One News, Mr Mills said
he could not wait to get back into the water after
his "really lucky" escape. He said the "punch" was
more like a push, as he tried to extract himself
from the "really scary" encounter.
Nick Stratford, the owner of Curio Bay
Accommodation, said signs have been put up
around the area advising of the attack.
Surfers were back out on the water by 8.30am
on Saturday, he said.
" e shark attack hasn't kept people away ---
right now there are about 10 surfers or boarder,
even a swimmer out doing laps." While there
had been some talk of shing boats tying up in
bay and throwing guts overboard, which could
be attracting sharks, some locals believed there
could be a shortage of food for marine animals.
" ere have been no sea lions on the beach
this year . . . normally we would have seals on the
beach too. Perhaps their feed has been a ected,
presumably they are short on sh."
Mr Stratford has lived in the area for many
years and had never seen a shark while out
"We know there are sharks in the water, but we
don't see them this close in. Just a freak accident
I suppose." --- Otago Daily Times
ieves damaged the under-bonnet
wiring when they stole the battery from
a Nissan Primera parked in the driveway
of a house in Eva Street, Greymouth, on
e owner realised something was
amiss then they saw the bonnet slightly
ajar, only to nd the door of the car
had been forced and the o enders
had popped the bonnet and taken the
ree West Coast companies were
put into liquidation in the Greymouth
District Court this morning.
Associate Judge John Matthews
gave orders for liquidation for RHS
Systems Ltd, Zalas Creek Investments
Ltd and Paganini Holdings Ltd, while
Future Knowledge Ltd was adjudicated
Man in court
after bar fight
A Napier man has appeared in
court after a central Auckland bar ght
early on Friday led to another man
being admitted to hospital.
e 25-year-old victim received
head injuries in the 3.20am attack,
which took place in the Cassette
Nine nightclub on Vulcan Lane,
a popular drinking spot o Queen
Street. He was in a stable
condition in Auckland City Hospital
e 22-year-old alleged attacker
from Napier appeared in the Auckland
District Court on Friday charged with
causing grievous bodily harm with
intent to injure.
Community magistrate Joanna
Sihamu suppressed the man's name
until today, giving him the weekend
to inform his grandparents of the
allegation against him.
" ey are ill and he feels that
if they were to hear through the
public press it would cause them
great, great stress and he would like
the opportunity to tell them himself,"
duty lawyer John Kovacevich told the
If the man, described as a labourer,
wants to keep his name secret for
longer, he must present further
arguments today. He was granted bail
Police described the incident as the
collision of the lives of two young men
"and, chances are, neither life will be
the same again".
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
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