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Point Elizabeth track
may reopen tomorrow
e Department of Conservation
says it hopes the Rapahoe side of the
Point Elizabeth track will reopen
tomorrow. A bridge on the Rapahoe
side has been scoured out on one side,
so DOC put up warning tape to close
that part of the track as a precaution.
Conservation services manager
Shane Hall said many of its sta were
working on the St James Walkway, in
the Lewis Pass area, but he hoped to
get someone on to the Point Elizabeth
repairs He said the a ected area was
where the cli had been scoured out
and eroded away. However, the damage
to the bridge was not related and only
a ected one end.
Runanga's part-time library
welcomed 22 people through the door
in January, creating an income for
the month of $28 from the 69 books
issued. A year earlier the library had 89
visitors, who took out 89 books for an
income of $54. e Greymouth library
had 10,227 visitors in January, 73 of
them new members.
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey, Liane,Tui,
one Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Galatea II, June, Sovereign, Strike
Force, Jay Penelope. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, Happy V, Liane, Tui, Tainui,
Trident, 16 other vessels. Expected
departures: Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
tomorrow; Cook Canyon , Moon
Shadow II, ursday; Galatea II,
Winston Peters visit
New Zealand First MP Winston
Peters will be back on the West Coast
next week. Mr Peters was last here in
January while on holiday, calling into
the Kumara Races. He will spend the
morning of ursday next week in
Hokitika, and then attend the Grey
Power meeting in Greymouth at
1.30pm. e meeting is open to the
wider public. He has pencilled into
his discussion topics on royalties from
mining, and young people being forced
to go overseas for work.
Kiwi Rail to replace
Buller Gorge bridge sleepers
e biggest health and safety
reforms in 20 years were one
step closer with the introduction
of the Health and Safety
Reform Bill, Labour Minister
" e bill is part of the
Government's 'Working Safer'
reform package to improve
workplace health and safety
across all sectors in New
Zealand, but especially in high
risk areas like forestry," Mr
Bridges said in a statement.
" e new law will be supported
by stronger enforcement and
education, and will play a major
role in meeting our target
of reducing New Zealand's
workplace injury and death toll
by 25% by 2020."
It would beef up penalties
for non-compliance, and place
more regulatory responsibility
on people at every level of
the supply chain. It would
also improve worker participa-
"Good health and safety is good
for business. It is an investment
in improved productivity," Mr
e proposed Health and
Safety at Work Act will replace
the Health and Safety in
Employment Act 1992. It is
expected to pass into law by the
end of the year and will come
into force in April 2015. It will
be supported by two phases
of regulations, expected to be
released for consultation later
New bill brings
health and safety
Kiwi Rail will replace all the sleepers along
two bridges in the Buller Gorge after safety
concerns were raised last year.
A 10kph speed restriction was put on
both bridges in December after several
sleepers were found to be severely damaged,
according to the Rail and Maritime
Kiwi Rail spokesman Rob French said a
speed restriction still applied to the bridges,
and the section of track was inspected on a
Both bridges had been thoroughly
inspected and Kiwi Rail had programmed
replacement of the sleepers within the
next four months. " e works will not only
replace the deteriorated sleepers, but will
replace all of the Peruvian sleepers on both
bridges in the Buller Gorge," Mr French
e inspection process had been improved
and standardised, based on the advice of the
West Coast Kiwi Rail structures team.
He assured that the bridge was safe in the
" ese are ballast deck bridges and the
sleepers are fully supported. With the current
measures in place, the bridges are safe."
e union initially expressed "real concerns"
about safety, but South Island organiser John
Kerr said they were now satis ed that the
area was being looked after.
"On the balance, the situation is under
Mr Kerr was con dent in the decision
made by the inspector who had placed the
speed restriction on the track.
"He is very, very experienced, he would
have erred on the side of caution."
Mr Kerr said the union was satis ed that
the inspection programme was being done
in-house and the tracks were safe.
"Nobody wants not to be working and
nobody wants to be exposed to unnecessary
risks ... ere's no way our members would
work if it was not safe."
Tuesday March 11
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
5pm to 8pm
--- March 11,
So much time has
Never a day goes by
without thinking of you.
Always in my heart.
COGGER, Ngaire. ---
Five years ago we said
farewell to a wonderful
mother and nana.
Not a day goes by that
we don't think of you or
talk to you.
--- Andrew, Michelle
Troy. --- June 15, 1976
- March 11, 2005.
If we could have a
And one dream that
could come true.
We would pray to God
with all our hearts,
Just to see and speak to
A thousand words won't
bring you back,
We know because we've
And neither will a
We know because we've
You've left behind our
And precious memories
But we've never wanted
We only wanted you.
Always in our thoughts
Forever in our hearts
--- Mum, Dad, Adam
WALLACE, Alan. ---
Loved brother-in-law of
Vivienne and Keith
Goodwin, John and
Vivienne Walker, Faye
and Graham Cunning-
ham, Ken and Lorraine
Walker, Jenny Walker
and the late David, and
Edna Walker. Loved
uncle of all his nieces
James (Ginger). ---
Passed away peacefully
in the Kahurangi unit of
Grey Base Hospital on
March 8, 2014, in his
88th year. Dearly loved
husband of the late
Betty, much loved father
and father in-law of
Karen, Kenneth and
Lynley, Helen and
Lynlee and Stephen, and
Ross and Dale; much
loved grandad Ginger of
Ryan, Mitchell, and
Logan; James, Louise,
and Callum; Jad and
Joshua, and Lincoln;
loved brother and
brother in-law of Joyce,
Keith, Marie, Pat, and
Flora; and a loved uncle,
cousin, and friend of
many. A special thanks
to the staff at Kahurangi
dementia unit for their
loving care of Ginger.
Messages to 893
RD 1, Kumara 7875. A
funeral service to
celebrate Ginger's life
will be held at the
Kumara memorial hall,
Seddon Street, on
Thursday at 2pm.
Ginger will then be laid
to rest with Betty at the
Services Ltd, FDANZ.
Ph 768 0250.
WALLACE, Alan. ---
On March 7, 2014
peacefully at Waikato
Hospital with family,
aged 77 years. Loved
and treasured husband
of Miriam (Mim) for
fifty years. Dearly loved
father and father-in-law
of Rob and Margaret
Mary Wallace, Gordon
and Helen Wallace,
Jeanette and Gary
Roberts, Neil and
Dearly loved Granddad
(G/Dad) of Sarah,
Dylan, Emma, Abigail,
Laura, Fergus, Angus,
Mikey and wee Sahra.
He will always be loved.
Our thanks to the
doctors and nursing staff
of Ward 12 for all their
special care and support.
A service for Alan will
be held at St Luke's
Anglican Church, St
Luke's Place on Wed-
nesday March 12, 2014
at 11.30am followed by
burial at Hamilton Park
Road, Newstead. All
communications to the
Wallace family, PO
Box 5523, Frankton,
Hamilton 3242. Seddon
Park Funeral Home.
HATWELL, Robin. ---
On February 22, 2014 at
Nelson Hospital, aged
87 years. Loved wife of
the late Neville. Loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Christine and
Steve, Nana of Cherie
and Neil, and Shelley
and Michael, and great-
grandma of Maia,
Morgan, Ruby, Will,
and Josh. Loved sister of
John Robinson. A
memorial service to
celebrate Robin's life
will be held at Marsden
House Funeral Home,
41 Nile Street, Nelson
on Wednesday March
12, 2014 commencing at
11am. Robin's ashes will
then be interred later at
Fox Glacier Cemetery at
a time to be advised.
Messages to PO Box
280, Hokitika 7842.
Marsden House Funeral
Quinn Blanch eld ser ves Doris Bannan a bacon and sausage sandwich from the sausage sizzle at the
Uniting Church fair, on Saturday morning.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Tasty treat at church fair
Health Minister Tony Ryall today
launched the annual in uenza
immunisation campaign, with sta
at the West Coast Primary Health
Organisation (PHO) some of the rst
in the country to get their jabs.
e immunisations are targeted at
those aged over-65, pregnant women
and those which chronic conditions.
" e Government is committed
to increasing in uenza protection in
New Zealand, especially among those
groups most at risk of complications
from this serious disease. is year,
there is a particular focus on protecting
pregnant women," Mr Ryall said.
"Research shows that healthy,
pregnant women are up to 18 times
more likely to be admitted to hospital
when su ering from in uenza than
non-pregnant women. In uenza
immunisation in pregnancy also o ers
protection to the newborn baby during
the rst few months of its life."
ose not in the high risk category
can receive in uenza vaccinations at
surgeries and some pharmacies for
a small charge. e publicly-funded
vaccine is available until the end of
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Immunisation nurse Betty Gilsenan delivers one of the rst u vaccines for
the 2014 winter season to Amy Hamilton, at the West Coast Primary Health
Organisation o ces in Greymouth today.
Flu vaccinations begin
hearing scheduled to
begin in the Greymouth
District Court today
was abandoned after
the defendant company,
Te Kinga Farms Ltd,
admitted three breaches
of the Resource
e Crown o ered no
evidence against the farm
owner, Donald Leslie
e company admitted
discharging dairy e uent
from an over ow pipe
into a dry ditch, which
may have discharged
into Tube Creek, on
December 19, 2012, and
another charge from
that day of contravening
an abatement order
directing it to cease the
e third guilty plea
was in relation to the
discharge of e uent
from a stock underpass
on to land, possibly
Kangaroo Creek, on
ree of the ve
charges laid against
Harcourt were identical
to the company's
guilty pleas, while
the others related to
alleged discharges that
reached Tube Creek and
e company will be
sentenced later this week.
Fishing vessels working up the West
Coast toward Nelson have been urged to
be on the lookout for a missing sherman.
William Kerry Blair, 55, of Blenheim,
has not been heard of since Saturday and
his family made a plea on Facebook last
night seeking help to nd him.
e post said Mr Blair, a father of three
and grandfather of four, and his boat were
last seen entering Cook Strait from the
Marlborough Sounds. His phone had not
been answered and the boat's radio was
switched o .
Some years ago, Mr Blair shed out
of Greymouth on his own shing boat
for Talley's. A Talley's spokesman said
today that if Mr Blair was heading to
Greymouth "he would turn up, as he is a
very experienced sherman".
Marlborough police said they had no
idea of Mr Blair's sailing intentions.
e harbourmaster and commercial
vessels have searched the sounds and
police believe the vessel has left the
sounds area, destination unknown. An
aerial search was expected to take place
Police said the disappearance was out of
character, saying he was an experienced
seaman and weather and sea conditions
had been good.
e aluminium boat, the Erie, has a
hard top which is painted white, and has
a blue stripe along the side. It has an in-
board diesel engine and fuel tanks capable
of taking it an extensive distance.
Mr Blair's boat the Erie.
Coast vessels urged to look
out for missing fisherman
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