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Rock throwing caution
Two men and a woman were
warned by police when they were
caught throwing rocks at the back
of the Countdown supermarket, in
Greymouth, early yesterday morning.
e NZCC West Coast rescue
helicopter ferried a 75-year-old
Buller woman to Grey Base Hospital
on Saturday morning after she
su ered a suspected stroke. e
helicopter was back in Westport later
in the day to retrieve a 73-year-old
woman with a broken leg.
Night dumping annoys
e Grey District Council intends
clamping down on rural residents
who have been depositing rubbish
at its Blackball, Nelson Creek and
Moana resource centres under the
cover of darkness to avoid dump
fees. Sta are working on ways to
reduce the incidence of ' y dumping'
and intend reminding residents that
recyclables and rubbish in o cial
council bags can be dumped free of
New building for school
Blaketown School hopes to be
under way with a new building by
the end of the year. e Ministry
of Education recently gave the
school $346,886 as an investment
in buildings that are not classrooms.
Principal Bevan Clark said they had
a rough concept and hoped to have
plans formalised by mid-year and
have a tender issued shortly after.
e school has until December 2015
to gain consent.
Wetland hearing set
One man's bid to change the
West Coast Regional Council's
wetland policy is headed to court.
e Environment Court said today
it would sit in Greymouth at the
Kingsgate Hotel on April 29-30 to
hear the appeal between Paul Elwell-
Sutton, of Haast, and the council on
its Regional Land and Water Plan.
e Greymouth Bridge Club
results from this week were. ---
Wednesday: Mary Whitehead
and Alison Dayne 68% 1, Cynthia
El-Hinsheri and Diana Fenson 50%
2. ursday: Stuart Oliver and Brian
Rowlands 58.7% 1, Sue Jones and
Bruce Truman 54% 2, Paul Holt and
Tina Fernando, Cynthia El-Hinsheri
and Marie McBride 51.6% 3 equal.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Galatea II. Departures: Nil. In port:
Galatea II, Tui, Electra, Happy
V, Sovereign, Trident, Calypso,
Giorgina, Expatriate, elma C,
Aquila, Diana, Coaster, Louisa,
Moata, Tainui, Katana, Falcon III, 26
other vessels. Expected departures:
Galatea II, today. Expected arrivals:
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow; Cook
Canyon, February 26; Moon Shadow
II, Jay Elaine, February 27.+
Divers remove lakebed weed
e West Coast councils and
Development West Coast are looking
at jointly funding an economic
e proposal is revealed in a report to
the Buller District Council this week, by
Economic Development Working Party
chairman Phil Rutherford.
He said there was a general view that
economic development services could be
shared to achieve better value for money
All four councils were already in the
process of establishing a shared civil
defence ser vice.
After preliminary talks, Development
West Coast had also con rmed its
interest, Mr Rutherford said.
e Buller council was committed
to a jointly funded review of tourism
expenditure, costing the councils $2500
each and Development West Coast
$10,000. at review was "expected to
recommend de ciencies and a more
e ective means of promoting the Coast
both in total and by district".
ree options have been tabled to
the council meeting, including only
maintaining existing grants, even
though Tourism West Coast has already
indicated it wants more. ere would
also be no money to maintain the buller.
co.nz website. Other options were
to maintain the website, and redirect
funds into the economic development
Divers have been weeding the bottom of
Lake Ianthe, near Hari Hari, by hand to
remove a pest weed.
However, they say a solution for the more
heavily infested Lake Paringa will be far
e pest weed lagarosiphon was discovered
in Lake Ianthe by chance last year.
Department of Conservation technical
adviser threats Tom Belton said the
herbicide that the National Institute of
Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa)
applied in December had reduced the size
of weed patches.
Two contract divers spent two days
recently weeding the infested area. ey
were towed at low speed on ski ropes behind
a support boat. When the divers spotted a
patch of weed they let go of the rope and
pulled the plants into dive catch bags, which
they loaded on to the support boat.
"Only the small patches have been hand
weeded. Larger patches were recorded by
GPS and will be removed in April by divers
using a hand-held suction dredge," Mr
DOC divers based in Hokitika will
probably become more involved in the
control programme in the future.
New signs have been erected at both access
points to the lake warning of the presence of
the weed as well as the pest sh rudd, which
was discovered there for the rst time on
the West Coast in January 2013. DOC is
already undertaking regular control of rudd
by netting prior to their summer spawning
to keep the population to a minimum.
Mr Belton said the contract divers had
also visited Lake Paringa to assess the
lagarosiphon infestation there.
"Lake Paringa is more heavily infested
with lagarosiphon than Lake Ianthe, and
eradication from the whole lake would be a
signi cant undertaking at signi cant cost."
Aquateq manager and head diver Stuart
McNaughton said his crew would return
to Paringa in April to apply the aquatic
herbicide to infestations in the vicinity of
the Jamie Beach boat ramp and the jetty at
at should help reduce the chance of
fragments of weed being picked up by boats
and trailers and being spread to other lakes.
DOC partnerships manager southern
West Coast, Chris Hickford, said the weed
control programme was being supported
by Amethyst Hydro Ltd, which was keen
to contribute to a conservation project
that bene ted the Hari Hari and South
"It is fantastic to have support from local
business to help achieve our conservation
work and were are thankful for Amethyst
Hydro Ltd involvement with the
lagarosiphon eradication work at Lake
Ianthe," Mr Hickford said.
To a big brother, my
heart broke one year ago
today when I had to say
goodbye to the most
considerate and caring
guy I know.
--- Donna Moles and
Forever in our hearts
And always in our minds
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Scouts gathered in Reefton at the
weekend, not only to celebrate Founders
Day but a national mudslide event.
Founders Day on February 22 is in
observance of the birthday of Lord Robert
Baden Powell, the founder of scouting.
Scouts from the upper Westland-Buller
zone gathered on Debbie and Stu Bland's
farm, near Reefton.
Scouting on the West Coast has seen
a steady growth over the past few years,
with new groups recently opened up at
the glaciers, while the Greymouth group
has seen the largest increases and has now
reached capacity in both the Cub and Scout
sections. Until more leaders come on board
it will now have to hold a waiting list for
children wanting to join, although it still
has vacancies for its youngest members in
the Kea section.
Tasman Sea Scouts are actively recruiting
for their group and it is hoped to open up
Sea Cubs in the near future.
e Greymouth group urgently needs
more leaders to come on board and
anyone interested is asked to contact Sue
Gri n (Cubs) or Mason Cooksley. Adult
helpers and warranted leaders are all
voluntary roles and can help from as little
as two hours a week during the school
" e perks of being a leader are many
and include getting out and about in our
beautiful countryside, having fun and
seeing our young people grow in belief and
con dence," Mr Cooksley said.
Scouts mark Founders Day in Reefton
PICTURE: Mason Cooksley
Beau Swinburn and friends on the mudslide at Reefton.
of the Hokitika Guardian
What seemed like an obstacle has
resulted in the donation of land for
the new Chinese memorial garden, in
When the project architect visited
Kumara to assess the site of the
planned garden, fronting Taylor's
Hill reser ve at the junction of
Mitchells-Inchbonnie Road and
Seddon Street (State highway 73),
the project instigator, hobby historian
Kerrie Fitzgibbon, realised there was
e allocated site from the
Westland District Council's property
arm, Westland District Property Ltd,
was bigger than the title suggested
and left her scrambling for more
information on the adjoining land.
" e people who owned it were
still paying rates. I had to write these
people a letter asking them to give us
the land," Mrs Fitzgibbon said.
It was not the easiest thing to do,
given she knew nothing of the owner
or her connection to the area.
"Honestly, it was really di cult to
do, but we really needed it."
Her determination paid o , with the
landowner, Anne Bills, of Canterbury,
readily "buying in" to the project.
Mrs Bills (nee Nicholas), has links
to Kumara and Greenstone going
back to the height of the 19th century
goldrush. Her great-grandmother
Catherine Nicolas arrived from
Ireland via Australia in the 1870s,
settling in Greenstone. Following the
death of her husband, James, in 1883,
Mrs Nicholas moved to Kumara and
operated a store on the site of the
proposed Chinese garden, up until
her death in 1911.
Mrs Fitzgibbon said the link "was
like serendipity" as it turned out
that Mrs Bills was also "passionate
about history" and her connection to
She returned to Kumara two weeks
ago and agreed to give the land.
Mrs Bills said she was well aware
of the Chinese heritage in the area,
recalling the ruins of those early
diggers' enterprise from her childhood
at Greenstone, in the early 1940s.
e land in question, owned by
Catherine Nicholas, had passed to
her great-granddaughter many years
"I've kept the section going at
Kumara. I thought I was supporting
Kumara by paying the rates," Mrs
She did not need much convincing
of the merit of the Chinese memorial.
"I thought it was a great idea for the
people of Kumara," she said.
Mrs Fitzgibbon said what began as
a better way to mark the Chinese gold
heritage in the area than the existing
interpretative panels had turned into
an exciting and bigger project.
e memorial garden would be
"extremely visible", sitting near the
eastern entrance to Kumara, and
would complement the adjoining
Kumara residents were backing
the project with time, labour and
resources to do the ground work on
the site, she said.
PICTURE: Brendon McMahon
Kerrie Fitzgibbon sur veys the site of the proposed Chinese memorial
garden, at the eastern entrance to Kumara.
Land donated for Chinese garden at Kumara
Seth Billitt, left, and Oliver Kennedy led the way out of the starting blocks
during their round of the Kids rst Karoro Duathlon, on Saturday, racing on
pushbikes and then on foot around the grounds of Paroa School.
Off to a flying star t
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
West Coast District Health Board
management were grilled on Friday by
member Peter Neame, who said a letter
which mentioned board members had
not been sent to them.
Mr Neame, attending only his second
board meeting, said the letter's author,
Trevor Molloy, had mentioned several
board members by name.
"It criticises you, of course," Mr
Neame told board chairman Dr Paul
" is (DHB) is a public body and this
is absolutely an open letter."
Programme director Michael
Frampton said the letter had been
received as a letter to the organisation,
and not explicitly directed to the board.
Mr Neame then raised the amount of
business that was discussed in private at
Apart from perhaps contracts, nothing
else should be kept in committee, he
"Most stu should be (in) open. at
way prevents the public getting the
Dr McCormack said he would look
at the letter later, and consider whether
it was worth circulating among board
He also said that in principle, he tried
to address issues of transparency and
DHB private talks criticised
e cost of erosion at the old Reefton
land ll has reached $294,669, the Buller
District Council says.
e Inangahua River ate into the long
closed land ll before Christmas, sending
rubbish down the river and earning a
rebuke from the West Coast Regional
A report to the council meeting this
week says more recent ooding in the
river has eroded the face of the tip
adjacent to the river. Temporary works
had prevented further erosion, but more
rockwork was required.
Manager operations Stephen Gri n
said so far the regional council had
charged $5712 in monitoring costs.
Costs also included $55,257 to have the
rubbish collected, $77,225 to shift the
river, and $155,475 for rockwork.
Reefton dump erosion costly
motocross rider received
chest injuries when he
was run over after falling
from his machine during a
race near Martinborough
re ghter Dean Dibona
said a volunteer re
crew went to the scene
at a Hinakura farm on
Longbush Road, where
an o -duty paramedic
was treating the boy about
Mr Dibona said the
boy had fallen from his
motorcycle during a
supervised event at the
race day, which was being
held on a farm property.
A competitor in the
race had unintentionally
ridden his machine across
the boy's chest after he
fell, Mr Dibona said.
Young rider run over
A Wairarapa farm worker su ering
severe burns from an oven re while
cooking on Saturday drove nearly 8km
in agonising pain to a Post Shop for help.
e man, in his 20s, was seen in a
t-shirt and shorts sobbing and crying
in pain and being comforted by several
sta from both Featherston Lotto and
Post and Gusto Cafe and Bakery on
Fitzherbert Street, shortly after 1.30pm.
Sta poured buckets of water over his
back and feet, immersed his hands in
water and soaked him with wet towels.
e Featherston Volunteer Fire
Brigade, which was rst on the scene,
praised the sta for their quick thinking
in cooling the man's injuries.
e man was taken by Wellington Free
Ambulance to Featherston's Alexander
Park and transferred to Life Flight's
Westpac rescue helicopter, still in
He was own to Hutt Hospital.
Featherston re chief Colin McKenna
said it appeared the man had possibly
spilled liquid on himself while cooking
in an electric oven, and the liquid may
have caught re.
Mr McKenna went to the house in
Western Lake Road, nding evidence of
a re which was extinguished.
"It's obvious he's spilled liquid on the
Mr McKenna said police are involved.
A man and a woman, who accompanied
the victim to the helicopter, would not
A road worker, who did not want to be
named, said the man was "shaking" as
the sta soaked him down.
Gusto cafe manager Gina Richards
said the man appeared in "terrible
"He was badly burned, he couldn't say
anything, he was so badly burned.
"We got buckets straight away."
Featherston senior station o cer Lee
McKenna said the shop sta "did a
fantastic job of minimising his injuries".
"We're very thankful to the help
provided to him."
Life Flight crewman Logan Taylor
said the man was "in a bit of pain" but in
a stable condition during the ight.
--- APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Burned man drives
8km to get help
A steel park fence crushed a
three-year-old girl at the weekend,
leaving her with serious head and
Lesley Alpin was on a family
outing in Hastings' Cornwall Park
on Saturday when her daughter,
Catherine, touched a fence
surrounding a swing for disabled
"She literally put her hands on
it and the whole side of the fence
fell down on top of her," Mrs Alpin
"I lifted it o her and picked her
up straight away and her face --- it
was a mess."
She immediately knew it was a
serious injury because of the weight
of the fence on the 12kg girl and
sudden large bumps on her head, so
asked a nearby family for help.
"A lovely family was there and
they helped me and my mum by
watching the kids and calling the
Grandmother Lyn Harrison was
full of praise for the assisting family.
"You think you can cope with a
situation but when it happens it is
completely di erent.
"He just stepped in and took over.
It was really good. He wouldn't give
"He just said he hoped somebody
would do the same for him one day
in that situation."
St John ambulance sta took
Catherine to Hawke's Bay Hospital,
where she was x-rayed and held
overnight. She was discharged
" ey are going to keep an eye on
her cheek --- the doctor will check
it again in a few days.
" e bruising is signi cant
and because of the swelling and
deformity on her face they might
x-ray her again. ey said there is a
1% chance there might be a break."
Mrs Harrison said both she
and her daughter were in-home
carers, who often took children to
Cornwall Park and were constantly
making risk assessments.
"We never thought to look at
Mrs Alpin said the Hastings
District Council suspected someone
had tried to steal the fence.
"You can't unscrew it with your
ngers --- you have to use tools.
ey've unscrewed the top and
bottom and placed it back.
"She is obviously the rst kid to
touch it, at 6 o'clock at night, and it
has fallen on top of her."
Catherine was "quite grumpy
and unsettled" and would "most
de nitely" be spoiled, starting with
a shopping expedition for new
" e doctor had cut her togs o
and they were her new togs. She
can't understand why the doctor cut
them o --- you don't cut clothes.
"My sister said she would take her
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule
said an investigation would be
undertaken to see if the fencing
could be made tamper-proof.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Hastings park fence crushes
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