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6 - Saturday, March 1, 2014
Spate of accidents in
A car left the road and plunged over
a 40 foot bank into a Woodstock gold
claim on Saturday evening.
e driver, Jason Minhinnick of
Ross, was admitted to Grey Hospital
where he is in a satisfactory condition.
Hokitika police said Mr Minhinnick
was travelling south and had just
rounded a bend when the late model
Honda car went out of control. e
cause of the accident was possibly a
In other accidents the occupants of
a car were lucky to escape unscathed
when it struck two cattle beasts
on Kokatahi Road, and a Bedford
campervan ran o the road and into
a ditch at Du ers Creek near Lake
Coast moves to avert
hospital strike action
e rst of a series of meetings of
health sector unions on the West
Coast today has voted to accept an
o er which will avert strike action
scheduled from tomorrow --- if
e Public Service Association
Seaview Hospital sub-branch decided
at a meeting this morning to accept
the o er which is understood to
involve a $12 a week earning between
$24,000 and $34,000 and $6 after
e Grey branch of the Nurses'
Association was holding a meeting
this afternoon to consider the o er
and president, Mrs Pat Beck, was
hopeful it would be accepted.
"I'm sure the terms will be
acceptable. ey have to be. We can't
go through a 48-hour strike."
change tack on new
Greymouth police have dropped
their proposal to purchase land
occupied by the Makura Croquet Club
in High Street.
Police had originally proposed to
rebuild the Greymouth station on the
site, believing the club to be defunct,
but the croquet club objected to the
proposal. "Initial inquiries indicated
the croquet club was almost defunct
with ser vices disconnected to the
clubhouse and the green having a run
down appearance," Chief Inspector
Graham Clewer said today.
"I have since spoken with a full
meeting of the Makura Croquet Club.
e green has been restored with some
12-14 women playing on it.
" ere are other areas on which a
police station can be built which are
just as suitable for the purpose."
Tensions rising over
Westland managerial job
Tensions are rising between the
Hokitika Borough and Westland
County Councils over the failure
to agree on the appointment of a
general manager for the new Westland
e appointment has come down
to a contest between the borough
manager, Mr John Stott and county
manager Mr Jon Olson, with
transition committee talks deadlocking
Hokitika Mayor Henry Pierson
today advised that the full Borough
Council will not meet with the
County Council to resolve the
stalemate, preferring the matter to go
Mr Pierson was out of town and
unavailable for further comment, but
the county chairman Mr Durham
Havill expressed deep concern that the
borough had refused a joint meeting.
" e saddest fact of the refusal is
that it was promoted by the borough
members of the transition committee
who now oppose such a meeting," Mr
Tuna catches high
e albacore tuna shing season
continues to boom and already West
Coast catches have equalled the
previous best tonnage of 3600
landed between West eet and
Talleys in 1985.
" e pervious best for our
company was 1150 tonnes
and we have already surpassed
that and with a bit of luck the
season still has six or seven
weeks to run," West eet's
manager, Mr Damian Briggs,
"It's easily the biggest eet
to have ever shed out of
Greymouth. ere must be
at least 200 boats here at the
Mercury taking toll
on Coast goldminers
e incidence of high
biological mercury levels
showing up in some goldminers
on the West Coast is of concern
to the Health Development
A four year survey of mercury
usage in the gold industry
conducted by the unit has
revealed that 20% of people
working with mercury last year
were at risk.
"On a biological level we found that
during 1988 there were four people
who had body levels high enough to
warrant them being removed from
mercury, " senior health protection
o cer, Mr Vern Newcombe said.
"A further 12 had levels that were of
e previous year there were ve
people who warranted suspension and
18 of concern, he said.
is represented a total of 30% of
those working with mercury at risk.
" ese numbers are much too high."
¬ Correction: A basketball picture
from last week was incorrectly
captioned. It should have read: Daniel
Hayman, Adam Moen, Eamon
Moynihan, Mishee Atkinson. Kirsty
McMaster and Karina Robinson.
Twenty- ve years ago this week, Greymouth police backed o from a plan to commandeer the Makura Croquet Club's
grounds for a new headquarters. e Hokitika Borough and Westland County councils were at loggerheads over the
appointment of a general manager to oversee the new combined council, more than 200 tuna boats were shing out of
Greymouth and the health service was concerned about high mercury levels in goldminers.
Seems like only yesterday
A young Robin Judkins starts the Coast to Coast on Serpentine Beach. Mr Judkins recently sold the multi-sport event.
Tony O'Regan and Barry Guerin rest up during the Coast to Coast.
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