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Sam Peneamene-Elliott and Tia Elliott, Katrina and Ruben Stewart, Anita and Emmett Gillespie
with Plunket sta Joelle DeDanann, at back, and Hilary Ford. e children are sporting the Plunket
appeal day 'blue ears'. Plunket volunteers with collection buckets will be outside the BNZ on Friday
from 10am to 2pm. Last year, money raised during the annual appeal in Greymouth went towards the
weekly co ee groups, as well as the post-natal personal training programme. e co ee group runs on
Monday mornings from 10.30am, at the Uniting Church Hall. Newly-elected West Coast area president,
Rebecca Keoghan, of Westport, said the Coast was fortunate to have a solid volunteer base, with groups
in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport taking on the task of co-ordinating appeal collections during this
week. "All the e ort goes towards such a fantastic cause and I know there are many, many families out
there that could not do without the support Plunket o ers in so many areas."
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Plunket ready for appeal day
of the Westport News
Bathurst Resources has estimated
it will start mining at Denniston in
about 12 months, and will not ship
coal from Westport port until year
three or four of the project.
It now believes about ve or six
Westport jobs will go, rather than
the 17 recently indicated.
Chief operating o cer Richard
Tacon updated Bathurst's Buller
presence at an event at Westport's
BNZ this week also attended by
environmental manager Campbell
Robertson and about 35 residents.
e meeting followed last week's
announcement that Bathurst would
defer ramping up production at
Denniston until the coking coal
market was recovering and that
29 jobs would go in Westport and
Mr Tacon this week said the
rumour around Westport was
Bathurst was going under. He
wanted to reassure everyone that
was not the case.
price, Bathurst would be
in a loss-making position
if it started the mine today. If it had
started 12 months earlier it would
have been over the hump of the
A lot of money went into starting
a mine but once it reached steady
production the operating cost
would be less. Even in today's
market it could be making money.
"But as it stands today, to start the
mine in this environment would be
ere was no point destroying
value for shareholders and the local
community, Mr Tacon said.
e general consensus around the
market was that the coal price should
start to lift in about December this
year. He said $166 was once
thought to be the bottom of the
market but the price was earlier
this week sitting at $141.
e exchange rate also had a big
bearing on how much cash foreign
sales brought into the country.
It was currently the highest it
had been in many years and was
anticipated to fall.
Bathurst expected to be over the
nal consenting hurdles in the next
couple of weeks.
e key message was that Bathurst
was still "totally committed" to the
"It's still a great project, the coal's
still in the ground, the world is still
using a lot of coking coal every
year, 700 million tonnes a year of
coking coal is being consumed.
at's not going to change."
Bathurst was not going to bring
the mine on just yet but it was
"probably 12 months or so away".
Bathurst had three operating
mines that were generating cash.
With those existing mines, and
by reducing overheads, Bathurst
would be in a position where it was
cash positive and "building up the
Bathurst had been ghting for
the Denniston mine for a long
time and had spent a lot of money.
But cash reser ves were "okay" at
Bathurst's six-month report to
December 31 shows the company
had $10.8m cash in hand and has
burned through almost $25m cash
since December 2012.
Mr Tacon said Bathurst did
not intend to raise cash. Share
prices had taken "a hammering"
over the past few days but that
could be seen as an opportunity
as the project remained the same.
mining may start
in 12 months
Elton James Williams, 35, of
Hokitika, was remanded on bail for
a restorative justice conference and
sentencing on May 6 for stealing
$40 from an IHC donation box.
e court heard that on February
13 Williams took the donation box
from the bar of the Railway Hotel,
having hidden it under a sweatshirt
which he had draped over the box.
He broke open the box in the toilets
to obtain the cash, which he spent
in the bar.
Probation o cer Kerry Aston said
Williams was not complying with
his current community detention
sentence and was committing
other o ences despite it, and
at his sentencing Community
Corrections would be asking for
that to be cancelled and replaced
with a custodial term.
Rebecca Jayne Blake, 37, of
Cobden, was ned $800 and
ordered to pay $187 medical and
analyst fees for driving with excess
breath-alcohol in Hokitika, on
Blake was stopped in Revell Street
at 1.30am and supplied a blood-
alcohol level that was almost twice
the legal limit.
She told police that she had
consumed three vodkas.
Blake was disquali ed from
driving for six months.
A Ruatapu woman who stole $700
from her employer was convicted
and ordered to come up for sentence
if called within 12 months.
Karen Jane Manera, 41, admitted
illegally using another woman's
credit card on November 28 last
year. She had taken the card from a
work van, withdrew the money, then
burned the card.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said Manera
had since repaid the $700 and was
She sought name suppression,
but Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said
prospective employers deserved to
know of Manera's conviction so her
name should be published.
Matthew Day, 19, of Hokitika,
was convicted and remanded on
bail for sentencing on April 8 after
he admitted his third drink-driving
Because he had previously been
convicted on two other occasions
Day was ordered to obtain, and
obey, a zero-alcohol tolerance
licence, meaning that he would be
brought before the court again, even
if his breath-alcohol was below the
A Hokitika man who gave false
details to police on October 6 was
ned $500 on charges of driving
while forbidden and giving false
Randall Robert Simon, 36, gave
his brother's name and address
when he was stopped at Franz Josef
Glacier. Inquiries later revealed his
Greymouth Dancing Society treasurer Nancy Love, who turns 91 next month, was honoured with life
membership at the group's annual general meeting, on Tuesday night. Mrs Love took on the role as a
favour to the society when it was unable to ll it, intending to do so for two years. Twelve years later she is
still treasurer, and was re-elected on Tuesday for yet another term.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth Dancing Society veteran honoured
Restorative justice conference
for donation box thief
A Greymouth District Court
judge this week stepped back from
sending a recent import to Hokitika
Lewis Keith Barnett, 26, admitted
a charge of driving while disquali ed
at Omarama, on December 9. He
had been disquali ed from driving
inde nitely when he appeared on
his fth charge in Tokaroa last April.
His sixth conviction on Tuesday
resulted in three months of
community detention, 125 hours
of community work, and further
reinforcement of Barnett's inde nite
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said
Barnett had moved to Hokitika
to place himself under the care
and guidance of his father, whose
employer had also provided Barnett
with a job.
Barnett was aware that it was
not judges that send disquali ed
drivers to jail, but more a case of the
o enders driving themselves there
by their actions, Mr Bradley said.
He asked that Judge Stephen
O'Driscoll step back from a prison
Noting that Barnett had gone to
prison at his last appearance, the
judge said, "I don't normally go
down the sentencing ladder, I go
up, but you were also appearing on
other unrelated charges last time so I
will give you a chance. But the court
will lose all patience with you if you
come back again."
Recent import lucky to escape jail
A Westport man has been jailed
for six months for two charges of
breaching his release conditions.
Joshua Garlick, 27, appeared in the
Westport District Court yesterday
for sentencing having previously
been convicted of the charges and
remanded in custody.
Defending, Eymard Bradley said
Garlick had been adopted early in
His adoptive father was in hospital
in Greymouth and his adoptive
mother was with him, other wise
they would have been in court
His parents were supportive and
Garlick was well connected with
Mr Bradley said most of Garlick's
matters had arisen from his
impulsiveness and his reluctance
to engage, particularly with
Corrections. He also had a short
e pre-sentence report had
recommended imprisonment and
it was hard to make any alternative
Last time Garlick had been
released he had moved to
Christchurch and found a job. at
job had become unstuck but he
intended to follow a similar path in
Mr Bradley said Garlick could
not understand why he had to
have release conditions since he
had already completed his prison
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said
he would sentence Garlick to
imprisonment. He did not want to
impose special conditions of release,
as that would be setting Garlick up
He said Garlick had eight
previous convictions for breaching
court orders, including breaches of
community work, supervision, bail
and release conditions.
He was assessed as being at a high
risk of reo ending.
While he might not like his release
conditions they were not there to
punish him but to assist him.
Judge O'Driscoll sentenced
Garlick to six months in prison,
reduced from a starting point of
eight months because of his guilty
When he was released from prison
he would need to get on with his
life, but do so without reo ending,
otherwise he would return, the
Cannabis grower gets community sentence
A Kokatahi man who was growing 30
cannabis plants in a highly sophisticated
operation was sentenced in the
Greymouth District Court this week to
175 hours of community work.
Gerald Peter ompson, 45, was also
sentenced to nine months' supervision,
including counselling and-or treatment
Police prosecutor Steven Greer
said that while searching ompson's
property under warrant on November
28 police found a purpose-built growing
room containing 13 well-manicured
mature plants and 17 smaller plants.
e cannabis was growing under heat
lamps, an air ltration system was in
place and thermostats kept the room at
a constant temperature. ompson said
he grew the cannabis for his personal
use to ease chronic back pain.
Lawyer George Linder told the
court ompson grew the cannabis for
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said that
with no evidence to the contrary he
had to accept that, but: " is was
sophisticated, it was not just a case of
one or two pot plants on a window sill.
"It's clear to me that you have problems
and issues with cannabis that you need
Man jailed for release condition breaches
E orts to make Tai Poutini
Polytechnic more cost-e ective are
starting to pay o for the West Coast
faculty, but there is still far to go for
the institute's high-pro le music
At a polytechnic council meeting
last week, chief executive Allan
Sargison said nancial reports
between 2011 and 2013 showed some
important improvements, even in areas
where enrolment numbers had
" ere are more things we could do,
but overall the trend is quite strong,"
Mr Sargison said.
In industry training, enrolment
numbers were down 6.3% in three
years, from 607 to 569, with a resulting
3.3% drop in revenue. at was mainly
due to Tai Poutini Polytechnic's
Christchurch rebuild training
programme failing to enrol students,
and a downturn in ropes and rigging
However, costs per enrolment were
down 18%, sta ng expenses per
enrolment were down 17% and core
earnings were up 33.6%.
e outlook was not as good for the
MAINZ music school in terms of
Although enrolment numbers were
up 12.6% and total revenue was up
15% to $5,660,000, total expenditures
had risen at roughly the same amount,
Costs per enrolments were up slightly
by 0.8% and core earnings were only up
Mr Sargison said the numbers showed
the music school had failed to contain
sta ng costs.
"It's more of the same, not doing
However, the West Coast faculty,
based in Greymouth, had a
"strong performance" from 2011 to
While total revenue was down 6.9%,
from $7,486,000 to $6,968,000, there
were signi cant reductions in spending,
including a 21.7% drop in total sta ng
Overall, the costs per full-time
enrolment were down 14.2%, the
net operating surplus was up
225% and core earnings were up
"We're in a much stronger position
than we were two years ago," Mr
Polytechnic starting to become more cost-effective
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--- Arohanui, Lynny and
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e Labour Party has launched a
fresh bid to get hold of documents
which should reveal more about the
decision to not prosecute former
Pike River Mine manager Peter
A letter from Mr Whittall's lawyer
Stuart Grieve QC, released last
week, showed that a deal was o ered
last October, nearly two months
before the former Department of
Labour, now Work Safe, was due to
take him to court.
Labour's justice spokesman
Andrew Little yesterday asked
the Attorney-General Chris
Finlayson in Parliament to release
all correspondence between the
Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment lawyers, and Mr
Mr Whittall's lawyers have already
said they are happy to do so.
However, Mr Finlayson said it was
not a decision for him to make.
Mr Little also asked what
information Cabinet had before it
when deciding against taking action
to ask the shareholders in Pike River
Coal Ltd, including Crown entities.
Mr Finlayson said Cabinet did
not make a decision, "and the
implication in his question is deeply
constitutionally o ensive".
Outside of Parliament, Mr Little
said there was nothing stopping the
Attorney-General from having the
correspondence released. His failure
to do so raised questions about what
there was to hide, he said.
"Who initiated discussions over
the deal that saw Peter Whittall
walk away scot-free from the
disastrous management of the Pike
River Mine and the worst workplace
catastrophe in decades?
"We still don't know how the
public interest factors required in
the prosecution guidelines were
In the meantime Labour would
make applications under the O cial
Information Act to the ministry
to release the correspondence, Mr
Labour launches bid to get
Whittall decision documents
Moana is a step closer
to getting a new health
clinic, after the Grey
District Council o ered
to donate land and noted
the possibility of free
e clinic covers a huge
area --- from Bealey
through to Otira, as well
as Haupiri, Ngahere and
as far as the Taramakau
However, concerns have
been expressed about
privacy --- there is no
waiting room --- and
a feeling the building,
purpose built about 30
years ago, is already aged.
Grey District Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn said the
council administered the
Helena Dense reser ve in
central Moana, and had
o ered to allocate space
alongside the re station
and community hall,
at no cost to the West
Coast District Health
Mr Kokshoorn said the
current building was 40
square metres, and the
was twice that size.
" is project can be an
excellent example of the
DHB and Grey district
together for a common
He has put the o er in
writing to the DHB.
e two ward
Becker and Alan Gibson,
were also keen to be
involved at committee
level, he said.
Arrivals: Jay Elaine.
Giorgina, Kay Dee,
Okarito, Quo Vadis,
Katana, eight Greymouth
In port: Cook Canyon,
Jay Elaine ,Expatriate
,June, Louisa Sovereign,
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Jay Elaine, Cook Canyon,
Moon Shadow II, today,
Galatea II, Sunday;
Ocean Odyssey, Monday.
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