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e Crombie Lockwood reception
to welcome Greymouth broker
Paul Fauth, featuring former
New Zealand Cricket coach and
current Mumbai Indians coach
John Wright, will be held at the
Australasian Hotel on February
26 from 7-9pm, not at the Ashley
Hotel, as reported yesterday. Mr
Fauth spent the past three and a
half years in Christchurch working
for the Christchurch Earthquake
Commission and now has a new role
with Crombie Lockwood, based in
A court report on Monday said that
a Greymouth man who successfully
defended an assault charge, claimed
the bruising on a woman s arms
and shoulders occurred when he
held her off to stop her attacking
him. e Greymouth Star accepts
that grabbing would be a better
description of the incident.
Yet another car tyre has been
punctured from items on the road,
suggesting that road spikes might
still be in the road along State
highway 73. e latest car was
caught at the Bealey Bridge on
State highway 73 late yesterday. e
number of punctures had dropped
off since spikes were first discovered
in the road near Jacksons at the start
of the month. Locals believed that
contractors had retrieved the last
spike along Inchbonnie-Rotomanu
Road last week.
SGS staff pass course
Nine employees from the
inspection and verification company
SGS New Zealand Ltd have
completed a science programme
to broaden their professional skills
in the coal and minerals industry.
e national certificate in science
programme was developed by Tai
Poutini Polytechnic in partnership
with SGS and the Buller High
School science department to fill
a gap in the market for high-level
employee training. SGS New
Zealand minerals ser vices business
manager Hugh McMillan said
today: "Overall the programme was
very beneficial. It has allowed us to
upskill existing staff, and broaden
their scientific understanding
which is necessary for working
in a laboratory." e employees
achievement will be celebrated at an
event in Westport, on February 25.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Tigerzeye, Trojan II, Brid Voyager.
Departures: Happy V, Nimbus,
Lady Jane. In port: Cook Canyon,
Sovereign, Trident, Quo Vadis,
Tigerzeye, Okarito, Kay Dee,
Trojan II, Diana, Coaster, Tainui,
President Kennedy, Brid Voyager, 26
other vessels. Expected departures:
Cook Canyon, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine, today; Moon
Shadow II, tomorrow; Galatea
II, February 23; Ocean Odyssey,
Oceana profit set to jump
e Department of Conservation has
25 vacancies on the West Coast in the
wake up of a major review which saw 11
positions lost last year.
DOC said in September it had lost
some long-serving staff members during
the restructuring round, when the Coast
conservancy was combined with Nelson-
e department currently has 25
vacancies on the Coast, out of about 120.
Spokeswoman Fiona Oliphant said
that in general there tended to be higher
turnover of staff on the Coast compared
to other areas, particularly in the more
remote locations of Franz Josef Glacier,
Fox Glacier and Haast. Nine of the 25
current vacancies were in those locations.
In September, just after the operational
review concluded, there were 22
Ms Oliphant said many of the current
vacancies were new positions created as a
result of the review, although some were
in work areas not affected.
e increase from September to
January was partly due to staff on the
West Coast taking opportunities post-
review to move on promotion, or to
work in different locations within the
department. ere was also normal
"A recent recruitment campaign to fill
positions in some of these locations has
had a good initial response with many
attracted by the opportunity to work in
a stunning natural environment and to
gain entry into the department."
Record gold production, industry-
leading low cash costs and a hedging
programme in place all bode well for
Oceana Gold s full-year report later this
Two months of global spot gold price
gains about 12% have been reflected in
Oceana s shares similarly picking up --- 66%
so far this year.
Oceana s share price is reflecting recent
steady gains. It hit a high of $3.44 last
March, before plunging to $1.40 in June.
From $1.70 in early January, its shares
have gained steadily to trade around $2.83
e global spot price of gold has surged
during the past 60 days, up almost 12%
from $US1180 to trade around $US1320 in
New York yesterday.
In a snapshot operational report last
month, Oceana produced a record
325,732 ounces of gold, just beyond earlier
guidance, reduced debt by $US45 million
($NZ53.7 million) and has slashed gold
production costs, by offsetting copper
sales from its northern Philippine gold
and copper mine.
Oceana s past year has not been without
pain, as about 100 New Zealand staff,
including contractors, lost their jobs
at Macraes in east Otago in the face
of a diminishing gold price and rising
Oceana is scheduled to deliver its full
calendar-year report tomorrow.
--- Otago Daily Times
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Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Quali ed FD Since 1973
MUIR, Stanley Peter
(Stan). --- On February
18, 2014 peacefully at
home, aged 72 years.
Dearly loved and
treasured husband of
Janet, loved father and
father-in-law of Nicola
and Bob, and Craig and
Sonya. Loved Grandad
and Stanley of Joe,
Laura, Christine, and
Amy, and great-grandad
of Bentley, and good
friend of Kevin, Cody
and Wendy. Messages to
the Muir family C/- PO
Box 111-01, Christ-
church 8443. The family
would like to acknow-
ledge the support and
care of Stan, by the staff
and carers of the
Unit and The Limb
Centre. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the
Unit would be appreci-
ated and can be made at
the service. A funeral
for Stan will be held
in the Harewood
corner of Johns and
Wilkinsons Roads on
Friday February 21, at
FDANZ. Phone (03) 343
JARVIS, Karen Melva.
--- Passed away peace-
fully in Christchurch on
February 16, 2014 after
a short illness, in her
60th year. Loved and
cherished mother and
mother-in-law of Justin
and Anita, Kim and
Darryl, and Sheree and
Graeme, loved special
friend of the late Ivan,
dearly loved nana Karen
of her 12 grandchildren,
loved sister and sister-
in-law of John and
Jenny, Ann and Bill,
Brian, Les and Jenny,
and Marg and Dave, and
a loved aunt and great-
aunt. Sincere thanks to
Ann for your special
loving care of our Mum.
Thanks also to Nurse
Maude Hospice staff.
Messages to 11 McKane
Place, Cobden, Grey-
mouth 7802. At Karen's
request a private family
Service has been held.
Anisy Funeral Home,
Aviation enthusiasts from all over the
country are planning to recreate a historic
Southland flight tomorrow.
On February 20, 100 years ago, pilot Will
Scotland flew a biplane from Invercargill to
Gore, following the main trunk railway line
and landing safely at 7.40pm to complete
the first successful New Zealand flight
between two towns.
Colin Smith, of the Croydon Aircraft
Company, at Mandeville, has organised a
recreation of Scotland s 65km feat, which
was described by newspapers of the day as
an "aerial voyage".
e orange Fox Moth from the Croydon
Aviation Heritage Trust will fly the same
route, with Will Scotland s grandniece
on board. It will be accompanied by up to
20 aircraft owned by clubs, commercial
operators and individuals. Many will be Tiger
Moths whose owners are bringing them to
Mandeville for this weekend s annual Tiger
Moth Club of New Zealand convention.
Tomorrow, the fleet of aeroplanes will
leave from Mandeville, arrive at Invercargill
Airport from 4.30pm and spend about two
hours on the ground before flying back to
Mr Smith said Scotland s flight might
have been the first flight between towns
anywhere in Australasia and was a
"momentous event" at the time.
" e flight by the Fox Moth is doubly
nostalgic because this same aircraft
celebrated the 50th anniversary of Will
Scotland s pioneering venture by flying over
the same (route) 50 years ago."
e plane also flew the first scheduled
commercial passenger ser vice in New
Zealand in 1934, from Hokitika to South
Westland, he said.
"Air New Zealand can trace its lineage
directly back to this aircraft. e Fox
Moth is a major part of New Zealand s air
If winds are too strong, the flight will be
made on Saturday. --- Otago Daily Times
Historic flight set to take off again
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
e Fox Moth owned by Colin and Maeva Smith and based at the Mandeville airfield which tomorrow will recreate pilot Will
Scotland s historic 1914 flight from Invercargill to Gore.
of the Hokitika Guardian
A distinguished 55-year nursing career has
drawn to a close with the retirement of Hokitika
woman Jeanette Lee.
e girl from Takutai, who completed
her schooling at St Mary s High School, in
Hokitika, always knew she wanted to be a nurse.
"I enjoyed every minute of it --- and wonderful
staff throughout," Mrs Lee told the Guardian.
She joked that the nuns were ready to see her
go when she departed school at the age of 15 to
begin as a nurse-aide at the former Westland
At the end of the 1950s Jeanette (nee Muir),
was "too young" to begin formally and so waited
a year to start her formal three year training at
the age of 16, at Hokitika.
"Westland Hospital used to be an A-grade
training school --- mainly specialising in
orthopaedics," Mrs Lee said.
Under the leadership of then hospital
superintendent and renowned orthopaedic
specialist, Lindsay Black, the young Jeanette
Muir graduated and went on to become charge
nurse --- a position of immense responsibility
for every aspect of hospital administration,
including nurse training.
It was one step in a career which, following
the gradual closure of Westland Hospital in the
1980s and finally in the early 1990s, has included
stints as a staff nurse at Seaview Hospital, and
until last month, at the Kahurangi dementia
unit at Grey Base Hospital.
But many older residents will remember Mrs
Lee as the face of the old hospital ambulance
ser vice through the 1960s and 1970s.
e public ambulance service then was
hospital-based, with local taxi operators
rostered on as drivers and an on call hospital
nurse as volunteer ambulance officer.
Mrs Lee would go at all hours on a gruelling
five to seven-hour journey to South Westland
to attend accidents or to transfer patients from
as far as Haast back to Hokitika with just "the
basics," and sometimes only the driver to rely on
"In some incidences I d be the sole person in
the back, it was a very responsible job. I used to
have to get dressed and wait at the letterbox and
the ambulance would come screaming up Weld
Street, and away I d go."
When Westland Hospital was wound down
Mrs Lee transferred down the road to the
Seaview Psychiatric Hospital, where she re-
orientated herself to a new style of nursing as
a staff nurse.
ere she remained until Seaview, too, was
closed down, finally in 2007.
By then a seasoned nurse of nearly 50 years of
change in the New Zealand health system, was
"I thought, I may as well carry on."
And she did, as a staff nurse at the Kahurangi
unit in Greymouth --- until her decision to
retire at an age well past normal, last month.
"People said, why did you finish so early? "
Mrs Lee joked.
Hokitika Post Shop changes
of the Hokitika Guardian
e Hokitika Post Shop is set to shrink
and be merged with another business in
New Zealand Post yesterday announced
the move out of the current Revell Street
premises, saying it was an effort to remain
viable in the changing face of customer
e State-owned company is now
seeking a business partner to host postal
and Kiwibank banking services.
e downsizing is the latest in a long
line of service cuts made to postal
ser vices in the town. e Hokitika Post
Office once occupied the entire building
now occupied by the Westland District
New Zealand Post general manger of
store networks, Jon Andrews, said the
agency franchise model planned for
Hokitika was similar to that in use in 130
It would allow NZ Post to continue to
provide a physical address where people
could access services, Mr Andrews said.
"It reflects how customers are
increasingly using our services, by
offering a mix of self-service options and
However, he could not say how that
might affect current staff levels in
e company was working with the five
staff members as they explored options,
and was "committed to supporting them
through the transition".
ree of the current full-time staff have
worked for New Zealand Post for more
than 25 years.
Branch manager Colin Roberts, who
has been at the helm since staff moved
from the old Post Office to the current
Post Shop in Revell Street in the 1990s,
has given 44 years service to the company.
He said postal operations had decreased
dramatically over the years and the latest
move was simply a sign of the times.
Both he and long-serving staff member
Sharon Davidson worked for the Post
Office when it incorporated the old Post
Office Savings Bank, mail sorting room
and the telephone exchange.
"Every bus that came in and out of
Hokitika had mail on it, even the railcar,"
Mr Roberts said.
Deliveries would start from 7am with
the arrival of the railcar and collections
would also be made up to three times a
Mrs Davidson recalls huge piles of mail
that would arrive for sorting to be sent
out, with daily post bags sent back then
to smaller townships including Rimu,
Pukekura, Bruce Bay, Lake Paringa,
Okarito Forks and Mahitahi.
Now, all mail was sorted in Christchurch
and sent to Greymouth for delivery, Mr
e New Zealand Post group
announced late last year that it would
be making changes to its store network
but it said yesterday a timeframe for the
move in Hokitika would not be known
until a suitable business partner was
In other places, supermarkets,
pharmacies and stationery retailers hold
the franchise partnerships with NZ Post.
Curtain comes down on
55-year nursing career
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Jeanette Lee is looking for ward to spending
a lot more time at home after retiring from a
55-year nursing career.
still GP down
South Westland has three new nurses,
but is still short a GP, the West Coast
District Health Board says.
In a report to the board meeting this
week, DHB chief executive David
Meates said three rural nurses had been
recruited to fill the positions that became
vacant at the end of last year.
It was also in the process of appointing
two GPs for Reefton, coming from the
Rural Academic Practice, in Greymouth,
and will rotate between the two. Evening
clinics introduced to improve access have
been fully booked.
In Westport, the DHB-owned practice
is fully staffed with GPs until July.
" is is a significant achievement and
will improve timely access to routine
Green Party health
spokesman Kevin Hague
is hitting the road on a
25-centre tour of New
e former West Coast
District Health Board
chief executive starts in
Northland on February
He will be speaking
about the challenges
facing the health, as well
as the Green Party focus
on preventing illness.
confirmed he hoped to
visit the West Coast,
though dates were still
"We are facing a tidal
wave of health issues;
diabetes rates soaring,
mounting costs of aged
care, and not enough
nurses and doctors to
look after us all," Mr
" e simple fact is that
the current Government
has avoided the big issues
in health. ey have
taken the approach of
not rocking the boat in
the short term, but all
that s going to lead to is
a bigger problem in the
He said he would be
meeting with people who
worked in the health
sector and the general
public to talk about
health issues in New
"After more than 25
years in the health sector
I am excited about our
plan and about sharing it
with New Zealanders."
Auditors have ticked off the West
Coast Regional Council for failing to
comply with numerous guidelines.
Audit New Zealand made a raft of
recommendations, including coming up
with better passwords for the computer
system. Auditors suggested that it should
be more difficult for unauthorised users
to guess a password.
Many of the problems related to the
new financial management information
system installed in late 2012; the auditors
found the "overall control environment"
was not as effective.
ey were also concerned the change
meant the council may not be able to
prove when some overdue rates were due.
e council is now looking at a new
e auditors also found the
remuneration band disclosure did not
meet guidelines, although there was no
e auditors did give out some praise,
noting the return on its investment
portfolio was 10%, and said the council
conducted robust reviews to detect fraud.
Corporate services manager Robert
Mallinson said in a report it had been
a challenging year implementing the
new financial management information
system, but "a normal control
environment has been operating again
for some time".
Westmount School given pass mark
Coast focus of
Energy and Resources Minister Simon
Bridges leaves tonight for Nor way, the
United States and Canada and says he
will try to get companies to tender for a
platinum block on the West Coast.
Mr Bridges will attend the annual
Prospectors and Developers Association
of Canada conference, one of the biggest
events on the international minerals
" is will be a good opportunity to
promote New Zealand and show them
what we ve got to offer," Mr Bridges says.
"In particular, I ll be encouraging
companies to take a closer look at our
Platinum NZ 2013 minerals tender,
involving a competitive tender for
metallic mineral exploration permits
over five separate areas located in the
Southland, West Coast, Tasman and
Nelson-Marlborough regions of the
e West Coast permit area lies
between lakes Haupiri and Christabel.
Another large area is near Murchison.
e Education Review Office has given the
Brethren-based Westmount School Westport
campus a tick.
It was recently reviewed and found to meet
the criteria for registration as a private school.
e Westport campus is part of the Westmount
School National Trust, which is based in
Auckland. It is one of 15 regional campuses
which support the Brethren philosophy.
e West Coast campus became part of the
Westmount School in 2005. A satellite campus
was established at Kaiata, Greymouth, in 2008.
e two campuses currently provide for 39
students in Years 3 to 13.
ERO found the trust makes every effort to
provide a safe environment, but some procedures
need to be more consistently followed and
e school provided a suitable curriculum
that reflected the philosophy of the Brethren
community, the report said.
Students spoken to by ERO indicated they had
positive learning and respectful relationships
with each other and their teachers.
Record entries for dairy awards
e West Coast winners in the 2014 New
Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will be
announced at the regional awards dinner on
March 6, at Shantytown.
Regional convenor Chris Keeping said a
record 572 people entered the 2014 awards.
After the regional awards dinners have been
completed just 33 will remain to contest the
national final in Auckland on May 9.
" ere s a huge amount of work that goes
on behind the scenes by our voluntary judges
and regional convenors and committees to
determine the winners. Some regions will
have two rounds of judging in the process of
eliminating entrants and finding the winner,"
Mrs Keeping said.
e Canterbury-North Otago region received
the most entries, with 73. A total of 40 of those
were entered in the dairy trainee contest alone. e
Southland, Otago and Waikato regions received
66 and 64 entries respectively. Northland is the
last region to announce its winners on March 26.
A United Kingdom band will bring some love
and soul when their tour arrives on the West
Coast at the end of the month.
Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow are
currently on their first tour of New Zealand and
have included some West Coast sites to their
Bringing with them an eclectic mixture of
sound, the group s members describe their
music as "trancey, melodic country-dub-folk-
In live performances the group specialise in
deep trancy soul grooves, pulling in African
reggae rhythms, jazzy Fat Freddys Drop-style
horns and harmonised vocal melodies.
e Skinny Magazine says the band has
elements of Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, the Cat
Empire and David Gray.
ey will play at the Star Tavern, Cape
Foulwind, on February 28, Barrytown Hall on
March 1, and Blue Ice Cafe, Franz Josef Glacier,
on March 2.
UK soul band heading to Coast
Beleaguered MP John Banks was excused
from appearing in court today where he is facing
allegations that he filed a false electoral return during
his failed run for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010.
Banks s case was called in the High Court at
Auckland this morning, where Justice Timothy
Brewer ordered the Crown to serve its witness and
exhibit lists for the May trial by March 3.
e case will be called again on March 12 when
any further unresolved issues will be addressed.
Banks appearance was again excused.
His trial has been set for 10 days from May 14.
Banks announced late last year he would stand
down as Act Party leader because of the trial.
He is alleged to have knowingly received political
donations from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom
and Sky City that were recorded as anonymous.
e allegations relate to two $25,000 donations
from Dotcom and a $15,000 donation from Sky
City. --- APNZ
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