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2 - Friday, February 28, 2014
Free entry to
e Spring Creek swimming
pool at Runanga will be o ering
free swims for Children's Day, this
Sunday. e Runanga Store will also
be putting on food and drinks, and
there will be spot prizes with free
Bridge Club results
Greymouth Bridge Club results---
Wednesday: Diana Fenson and
Cynthia El-Hinsheri, 69%, 1;
Allison Palmer and Mel Ryan, 48%,
2. ursday: Ash Hamilton and
Michelle Gunn, 63.5%, 1; Brian
Rowlands and Stuart Oliver, 61.5%,
2; Paul Holt and Tina Fernando,
Tramper lost day after
e Department of Conservation
says a tramper got lost on the
Croesus Track only a day after
maintenance had been completed.
Partnerships director Jan Hania
said old and new windfallen trees
were cleared in January, in time for
a multi-sport event. Only one day
later, a tramper managed to get lost
on the Barrytown side.
Chimney needs rebuilt
e chimney at the historic
Reefton School of Mines probably
needs to be rebuilt. e Department
of Conservation has had the building
assessed, and found it was not at
great risk in an earthquake. However,
the chimney needs to be either
rebuilt or restored with a steel frame.
Department of Conser vation
hunters have killed 135 goats in the
Paparoa National Park. Four hunters
spent 32 days in the Bullock Creek
and lower Punakaiki River. After
a y over, a further 18 goats were
removed. In the Fox River area, 111
Kirwins Track repairs
e Department of Conservation
has obtained money for repairs,
after localised heavy rain last spring
caused major damage to the Kirwins
Track, near Reefton. Some repairs
have already been done, but large
sections of track were washed away.
e new funding should allow work
to get under way in the next few
Old Jacks Mill School
repairs to be undertaken
e former Jacks Mill School,
at Kotuku, is to be re-piled. e
Department of Conservation said
the school had received funding, and
the local heritage society would also
have it re-roofed. e building had
been inspected and found to be a low
risk during an earthquake, though
the chimney was an issue.
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II,
Sovereign, Expatriate, Okarito,
Coaster, Louisa, Moata, Tainui
,Amazon, seven Greymouth
vessels. In port: Cook Canyon,
Moon Shadow II, Tui, Sovereign,
Quo Vadis, Giorgina, Latatude,
Expatriate, Okarito, Aquila, Kay
Dee, Coaster, Louisa, Moata, Tainui,
Katana, Amazon, 26 other vessels.
Expected departures: Moon Shadow
II, today; Cook Canyon, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Sunday; Ocean Odyssey, Jay Elaine,
Greymouth High School blames poor
attendance by last year's Year 13 students for
the school's dismal performance in NCEA
Principal Andy England started an
investigation as soon as the preliminary
results were released, showing the
Greymouth school success rate was just
54%, lagging well behind the national
average of 75%.
Mr England said it was partly due to lax
attendance. Some seniors were heading
home when they had study periods, and
were not returning for the rest of the day.
at was mainly due to students not
having the same study classroom available
to them every day, he said.
"We did not have a spare room and had
to make up a timetable of spare classrooms
which the students had to get to, but some
of them found this hard and went home,
and did not return."
For many of the 109 Year 13 students last
year, their focus was more on completing
level 2 rather than stepping up to level 3,
and that caused distraction in some classes.
In Hokitika, Westland High School also
had a "disappointing" success rate in level 3,
and principal Ferg Harding also attributed
that to the number of students targeting
improving their quali cations at level 2.
Greymouth High School students did excel
in level 2, with an overall pass rate of 87%
(national average 83%), but not so well at
level 1 --- 73% compared to 83% nationally.
John Paul II High School had a level 1
pass rate of 80%, level 2 of 83% and topped
the level 3 national average of 75%, scoring
an 89% success rate.
Principal Kieran Stone said the goal now
was 90% from level 1 to 3, and he was sure
it was achievable.
Mr England said level 2 was Greymouth
High's top priority as it was regarded as the
new "benchmark" for school leavers.
"We were very pleased that 87% of the
students achieved level 2 last year, putting us
well ahead of the national averages for the
He noted that 100% of eligible Maori
students achieved that level.
" is was a result of hard work from both
students and sta , and also re ects the
success of the West Coast Trades Academy."
Scholarships were awarded to two
students, with Braydon White gaining two,
in biology and physics, and Brook Fleming-
White in physics.
e three other West Coast secondary
schools --- Westland High School along
with South Westland and Reefton area
schools all held their own or better with
Westland had a 65% pass rate in level 1,
including 69% of Maori students which was
15% better than the national average.
At level 2 the pass rate was 74%, and
Maori students were again to the fore with
87% --- a massive 40% better than 2012 and
27% better than the New Zealand average.
At Hari Hari, South Westland Area
School had success throughout the levels,
with one level 3 student gaining an
excellence in geography, another a merit at
level 2 geography, while in level 1 a student
achieved a merit endorsement in economics.
At Reefton, 83% of students achieved level
1, 84% level 2, and 64% level 3.
Mixed NCEA results
for Coast schools
PICTURE: Paul McBride
'Coast to Post' cycle ride gets under way
Greymouth postie Graham Uren and the oldest participant as Peter Lambert led the pack of 27 riders and support crew which left
the Greymouth Mail Centre at 9 o'clock this morning for the annual 'Coast to Post' cycle ride to Christchurch. e 27th running of
the Child Cancer fundraiser is supported annually by New Zealand Post sta . "We stay in Arthur's Pass tonight and will stop over at
Spring eld on Saturday before nishing the ride at the NZ Post Mail Centre, in Christchurch," organiser Phil Ibell said. In 26 years
the event has raised $250,000.
Paroa School students Mia Prendergast and Brydie Dumelow won top
prizes in the Grey District Library and schools summer reading challenge,
on ursday. Mia was rst overall and was presented with a Galaxy tablet
and a certi cate by Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, while Brydie won a shing
rod and cookbook. Other students received a range of spot prizes for their
participation in the contest, which challenged them to read every day and
visit a library at least twice during the summer school holidays. Mia spent her
summer reading books from authors like Roald Dahl, while Brydie enjoyed
young adult fantasy series such as Twilight and e Hunger Games.
PICTURE: Christine Linnell
Summer reading challenge winners
by Laura Mills
Westland Milk said yesterday it
had lifted its payout predictions
and increased advance payments
to farm suppliers, expecting to
pay at least $8 a kilogram of milksolids.
Earlier yesterday, the New Zealand milk
giant Fonterra said it expected to pay $8.65
a kilo in the 2013-14 season, up from a
previous forecast of $8.30.
With international prices holding rm
for all dairy products, and contracted
sales for the company meeting targets,
Westland Milk said it too had raised its
e board has approved a 10c a kilo lift
in the bottom price of its predicted payout
scale, from $7.90 to $8 a kilo. Its top of the
range prediction remains at $8.30, before
Westland has also revised its advance rate
up 30c to $5.80.
Chief executive Rod Quin said the increases
re ected the West Coast co-operative's
con dence in continued high demand for
milk products in the global market, especially
It was also a sign of improved returns being
driven by its "increasingly successful move
into being a supplier of high quality-high
pro t specialist nutritional products such as
Westland lifts payout forecasts
Acting Energy and Resources Minister
Steven Joyce says changes implemented after
the longwinded Bathurst mining decision
would prevent similar delays arising again.
e Australian miner lodged an application
for consents for the Escarpment Mine, on
the Denniston Plateau, in September 2010.
e consents were granted only late last
year, but in the interim international coal
prices have tumbled to a nine-year low.
Bathurst Resources announced this week it
was laying o 29 sta and putting on hold
the full ramp-up of the mine.
Buller Mayor Garry Howard said this week
he held "deep fears about the message that
this debacle has sent to investors".
"We want to send a serious message to the
Government. e existing process is not t
for purpose. ere needs to be areas in New
Zealand identi ed and designated to allow
mining as a permitted activity, provided the
appropriate environmental safeguards are in
place. If that requires new legislation so be
Mr Joyce said what had happened to
Bathurst was "disappointing".
However, it was important to note that
the company began the resource consent
process before the rst round of changes to
the Resource Management Act had been
implemented. If it applied now it could ask to
go through the 'national signi cance' process,
and if accepted that would have given "faster
decision making which is all you can ask
He also said the situation begged the
question "is there more than can be done?".
Environment Minister Amy Adams was
promoting the next stage of RMA reforms,
which included regional time requirements,
Mr Joyce said.
Designated mining areas was something
individual councils could consider for their
regional and district plans.
However,Mr Joyce said he was disappointed
for the West Coast and for Bathurst.
Changes implemented after Bathurst
would prevent similar delays --- Joyce
New Buller Mayor Garry Howard is
working a 60 hours week --- and enjoying
it.Mr Howard has recruited his wife Joanne
to help him with research work and "getting
things prepared for me".
e former real estate agent said he was
nding the mayoral life "fairly busy".
"It is as busy as you make it. I'm in the
o ce every day."
He said he was engaged with quite a
number of people, on a variety of issues.
He tables a meeting schedule every month,
and his latest o ering lled two pages,
starting with a nance and audit meeting, a
visit to the transfer station, presentation
of reading awards, attendance at the
mayors and chairs meeting, and meeting
with the DHB.
He also visited homeowners concerned
about stormwater, did the welcome for the
Westport Relay for Life, and delivered a
presentation to Grey Power.
Altogether, he detailed 35 engagements
over four weeks.
anks to his wife's help, he was able to
"accomplish a bit more", he said.
Buller mayor and his wife work together
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Marieke Verra
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
736 9206 (after hours)
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
Friday 6pm until
Grey Base Hospital
Saturday and Sunday
9am - 11am
Telephone 769 7493
Prangnell) Daphne. ---
Passed away February
Your wants in life were
Your love for us was
As long as we were
You were happy too.
You gave us all you had
Gifts both great and
Most of all you gave us
The greatest gift of all.
--- From your loving
Maria. --- On February
26, 2014, peacefully at
surrounded by her
family. Aged 56 years.
Dearly loved wife of
Graham Young and
mother of Amelia
(Milly) and Penelope.
Much loved daughter of
Honorah and the late
Keith Thwaites. Much
loved sister and sister-
in-law of Joanna and
Michael, Gerard and
Elaine, Genevieve and
Justin, John and Andrea,
Michael and Jane, and
Adrian and Mohua. A
much loved aunt of all
her nieces and nephews.
Messages to PO Box
472, Ashburton. A
special thank you to Dr
Bridget Robinson and
the Oncology staff at
Christchurch and Ash-
burton Hospitals. A
special thank you also to
to all the staff at the
Care Service. A
Requiem Mass to cele-
brate the life of
Gabrielle will be held at
the Church of the Holy
Name, Sealy Street,
Ashburton on Monday
March 3, commencing at
11am, followed by inter-
ment at the Yaldhurst
Cemetery at 3.30pm. A
Recitation of the Rosary
will be held at the
Youngs' Farm, Seafield
on Sunday at 7pm.
Services. FDANZ Ash-
ARNOTT, Roy Athol.
--- Died February 29,
Not a day do we forget
In our hearts you are
We who love you, sadly
As it dawns the second
--- From your loving
Quality care for
our community for
over 50 years
Ph 768 0250
Why have your
loved ones taken
away from the Coast
The only Greymouth
Alan (Tiny). --- Peace-
fully on Thursday
February 27, 2014, aged
78 years young. Loved
husband of Diana and
the late Elaine, much
loved father and father-
in-law of Wayne and
Rita, Barbara and Dave
Nolan, Gerard and
Betty, Tracey and Grant,
Eugene and Lisa, Jacinta
and Steven, and Maria,
loved stepfather of
George and Kim, Sandra
and Barney, and their
families, loved Grandpa
of Cameron and
Eamonn, Sam and Lani,
Zoe and Thalia, Lewis
and Callum, Mya and
Tane, Ava and Liam.
courageous to the end.
He is at peace now."
RIP. Requiem Mass will
be celebrated in the
Church of the Blessed
Street, Gore, on Satur-
day March 1, at 1.30pm,
then leaving for
Charlton Park Cemetery.
Rosary in the Church on
Friday at 7pm. Dona-
tions may be left at the
service for Hospice
Southland. Messages to
1 Devon Street, Gore
9710. Southern Funeral
Home, Gore, FDANZ.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic has made
initial steps toward aligning its courses
with the hospitality and tourism
industry on the West Coast.
e institution received a good
response this year to its summer
school hospitality programme,
developed to meet the recruitment
needs of employers in Greymouth and
South Westland over the peak
"It was quite successful," chief
executive Allan Sargison said in a
council meeting this week. "We've had
more o ers of employment than we
Eleven students enrolled, all of whom
were either senior school leavers or
returning university students.
Although the course generated
the equivalent of only four full-
time enrolments for the polytechnic
over 2013 and 2014, Mr Sargison
said initial feedback from employers
was favourable, with commitment
to similar initiatives in the
"It's not an end, but it's a good
Meanwhile, the polytechnic's new
Hokitika campus centred around
tourism and hospitality is one step
closer to completion, with computer
equipment and an internet connection
installed and rooms set up for
e early childhood trades academy
programme will begin there next week
and a te reo Maori class will begin in
May. Planning is also under way for
delivery of a range of short hospitality
Meanwhile, Tai Poutini Polytechnic's
culinary arts programme continues
to be developed at the Greymouth
campus, though a West Coast
faculty restructure resulted in a tutor
taking voluntary redundancy.
Westport is in store
for a critically acclaimed
play next month about
the infamous Minnie
Dean and a Southland
Too Far from Heaven,
a play based on the true
stories of Winton 'baby
farmer' Minnie Dean,
and World War One
deserter Victor Spencer,
has been amended for a
national tour which will
travel the country from
e play has previously
been taken to the 2012
Edinburgh Fringe and
was nominated in the
best theatre category,
best newcomer and
awards at the 2013 NZ
e play will be
performed on March 7
at the NBS eatre, in
e play is set the
night before the
executions of Dean and
rough the play's
narrator the two give
harrowing accounts of
their lives and reasons
for their actions, pieced
together from diary
entries and other original
e play is based on the
true stories of Dean, the
only woman ever hanged
in New Zealand, and
Spencer, the Blu man
killed by ring squad in
Belgium for deserting
a war he had forged his
age to join.
play heading to
Police were looking
for the man following
an alleged attempted
hold-up of an armoured
van yesterday afternoon.
Sergeant Ed Baker said
It was alleged the man
motioned to hold up
the vehicle, and police
wanted to speak to the
him about his behaviour,
he said.--- APNZ-Otago
Alleged armoured van hold-up
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