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Tai Poutini Polytechnic deputy
chairman John Clayton and council
member Barry Jones have both been
reappointed to the polytechnic council.
e appointments were con rmed
today by Tertiary Education, Skills
and Employment Minister Steven
Joyce. "I am pleased to welcome these
high-calibre council appointees into
their new roles, and to welcome the
reappointment of a number of council
members in recognition of the high-
quality governance they have been
providing to these institutions," Mr
Joyce said. Twenty-nine appointments
were announced yesterday for 13
tertiary education institution councils
around the country.
Cyclist hit by car
An elderly cyclist was hit by a car
on the Boundary Street roundabout,
in Greymouth, on Wednesday. e
67-year-old man was taken to Grey
Base Hospital with moderate leg
e bravery medal that was stolen
from a teenage student's Greymouth
at two weeks ago has still not been
returned. Dylan Barber, of Fox Glacier,
made a plea last week for the return of
his medal, which was awarded for his
part in saving a Temuka man who was
injured in a diving accident in a South
Canterbury river. Mr Barber said today
he suspected the thief --- who sneaked
into his room to steal electronics
during a party --- would have dumped
his medal because it would mean
nothing to them.
Westport cycle theft
Early yesterday morning a bicycle was
pinched from outside the Countdown
supermarket in Westport. e woman's
bike is described as predominantely pale
blue with white on it.
Low power trust
With less than a day to go, only a
third of the ballots have been returned
in the West Coast Electric Power Trust
elections. " e percentage return so far
is 32.13% compared to 33.24% at the
2012 election," electoral o cer Alan
O'Connell said today. e power trust,
which holds shares of Westpower and
associated companies on behalf of
consumers, holds elections every two
years. Candidates include the current
chairman Ian Hustwick, together
with Frances Stapleton, Warren
Gilbertson, Karen Hamilton, Bernard
Lee, Steven May, David Robinson and
Doug Truman. Voting closes at 12pm
Two Greymouth Star readers will
have will have some extra pages to
turn after winning the Greymouth
Star's monthly Book Shelf giveaway.
Mary Gardner, of Paroa, wins a copy
of Coast: A New Zealand Journey,
and Colleen Marsh, of Cobden, wins a
copy of Lost Gold.
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II, Latatude,
Lady Jane, Quo Vadis, Trident,
Christina, three Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Jay Elaine, Canopus, three
Greymouth vessels. In port: Cook
Canyon, Moon Shadow II, Coaster,
Happy V, Latatude, Louisa, Lady
Jane, Moata, Okarito, Quo Vadis,
Tainui, Trident, Christina, 19 other
vessels. Expected departures: Cook
Canyon, Moon Shadow II, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Sunday;
Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday; Jay Elaine,
Race to find fisherman
e family of a missing sherman are this
morning in a desperate ocean search as a
cyclone closes in.
Tauranga man Peter Blair has spent ve
days in Picton after brother William Kerry
Blair, known as Kerry, 55, went missing in a
9m aluminum launch, Erie, about 4pm on
Police, coastguards and harbourmasters
have since searched for Kerry but found no
sign of the commercial sherman.
e last traces of his movements suggested
he had been travelling in Cook Strait and
heading west when he went missing, Mr
Private family search e orts have since been
focused on the South Island's west coast.
"It's totally out of character for him to be in
this area in the boat he's in without notifying
Mr Blair said police told him and wife Sandy
about Kerry's disappearance on Sunday, and
they travelled to Picton on Monday.
He has barely slept or eaten since.
"He's out in a boat somewhere, hurt or
injured. ere's something wrong. Eating or
sleeping is irrelevant. e priority is nding
Kerry, my brother," he told the Bay of Plenty
Mr Blair said his older brother's children, in
their 20s, were "beside themselves".
e two brothers lost their sister to cancer
Mr Blair said they had already searched
the area close to the shoreline. Larger planes
would allow the family to search further out
"We've pleaded for a larger plane, then we
see them being sent overseas but we can't get
them here," Mr Blair said.
"For the family it's heartbreaking, hair-
pulling stu . We are so frustrated."
e family have already paid for a small
plane to go up four times. Each time it has
cost them $1200 per hour, Mr Blair said.
One of Kerry's daughters set up a
fundraising page on www.givealittle.co.nz to
help pay for a larger plane.
e small plane was used again yesterday
afternoon and it was expected to y again
this morning, but Mr Blair was well aware
tropical cyclone Lusi was expected to hit
parts of New Zealand today.
Mr Blair said his brother was well known
throughout New Zealand's shing fraternity
and it was comforting to know local boaties
were keeping an eye out for him while at sea.
e boat has navigation equipment and a
radio but neither has been used.
e last-known possible sighting was near
Cape Jackson about 5.30pm on Saturday.
e signal from Kerry Blair's cellphone
was last picked up o the top of the South
Island on the West Coast side late Sunday
Mr Blair was born in Greymouth and left
the Coast for Marlborough about 10-15
You can help the Blairs at www.givealittle.
--- APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
West Coast MPs have
welcomed the post-Pike River
Mine safety legislation but there
are calls for it to go further,
including allowing for a charge
of corporate manslaughter.
e Health and Safety Reform
Bill had its rst reading in
Parliament yesterday. It will beef
up penalties for non-compliance,
responsibility on people at every
level, including managers and
directors, and also improve
West Coast-Tasman MP
Damien O'Connor said the
legislation had been needed since
1992 and therefore Labour was
supporting the bill.
However, the absence of
provisions was a major omission,
Mr O'Connor said.
"Until people in every part of
a business ... think about work
safety and think about protecting
the people who work in and
around them, then we will not
have the culture that we are
trying to create through this bill."
e Pike River tragedy showed
that where bonuses or incentives
were placed in the workplace,
people would cut corners, Mr
e Green Party is also
supporting the bill.
Green list MP Kevin Hague
said no individual worker inside
the Pike River Mine could have
dealt with the safety problems
"It required a systems approach.
Yet, as others have said, in
1992 the Health and Safety in
Employment Act was brought
into legislation, placing an
onus on employers to take 'all
practicable steps'. So we welcome
this legislation. We believe
that it should be stronger. We
note ... that it still contains that
practicability test that I have
spoken of many times in this
National list MP Chris
Auchinvole said the bill built on
the important work already done
in establishing Work Safe NZ as
the new, independent workplace
health and safety regulator.
"Families want to send their
family members, their relations,
into workplaces where they can
do work that is challenging,
enjoyable, sure in the knowledge
that they will use the best
of Kiwi values --- resilience,
reliability-matched within a
Mr Auchinvole said in
(Opposite Dixon Park)
Phone 768 0370
for 24 Hour Service.
Dr Gary Dew
Chemist this week is:
Phone 768 7470 (shop)
736 9206 (after hours)
Friday open until
No Sunday hours
Friday 6pm until
153 Tainui Street
Telephone: 769 9300
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
Wendy and Steve
Elwood with Bernadette
and Greg Stenhouse, are
thrilled to announce the
engagement of Jessica
and Joe in Brisbane,
and Amy are proud
to announce the safe
arrival of Flynn, on
Monday March 10,
2014, weighing 8lb 1oz,
at Surfers Paradise.
--- March 14,
You are in my heart,
You are in my soul.
You are in my breath as
I grow old.
--- Love always, Nicola.
Baigent, nee Wilke)
Finally at peace on
March 12, 2014, aged
82. Dearly loved mother
of Shirley (Nelson), and
Joy (Greymouth), loved
Ouma of Patrick, loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Jack and Ngaire,
Brian and Anne, and the
late Ivan and Olwyn, life
long school friend
of Melva Kemp (Ran-
giora), and a much loved
aunty, cousin, and good
friend of many. Mess-
ages to 14 Herald Street,
Dobson 7805. A Service
to celebrate Daphne's
life and the person we
know her as will be held
in the William Sampson
Memorial Chapel, 134
Tainui Street, Grey-
mouth on Monday at
1pm followed by crema-
tion at the Westland
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250
--- Bobby, Gail and Phil,
Gloria and Jim and
William Kerry Blair
PICTURE: Rina Thompson
About 2.5 tonnes of rubbish was removed during a beach clean-up in deep South Westland on Monday,
between the Gorge River and Sta ord Bay --- well south of Jackson Bay. Twelve volunteers walked 45km,
and were helped by Greenstone Helicopters, Barn Bay Fishing and other local shing operators.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Greymouth High School and Karoro Learning's alternative education students got their gloves dirty
cleaning up the Kowhai Bush walk behind Anzac Park yesterday. ey lled several rubbish bags, in-
cluding 160 plastic bottles and even some discarded couch cushions. is Saturday, various community
groups will help clean up around the region. Hokitika beach at 1pm, Cobden beach breakwater at 1pm,
Barrytown Beach at 12.30pm and Westport North Beach at 1pm.
Volunteers muck-in for Coast clean-up
Direct descendants of the man who
discovered Arthur's Pass will this
weekend help open a new walking track
to commemorate the 150th anniversary
of the alpine route.
is weekend marks the 150th
anniversary of the rst European
discovery of Arthur's Pass by Arthur
Dudley Dobson, with celebrations to be
held around the township.
Department of Conservation
partnerships ranger Chris Stewart
said the walking track followed some
of the route that Maori and European
travellers took to climb over the pass,
and linked the village and the top of the
"It showcases the best of Arthur's
Pass with diverse vegetation, waterfalls,
wetlands and rich history interspersed
with stunning views of the mountains,"
Mr Stewart said.
e opening honours will be carried
out by several of Dobson's direct
descendants --- including Clare Bowes,
Bruce Dobson and great-great-great-
grandson Zeb Paterson, who will cut
the ribbon. is will follow speeches
by Ngai Tahu kaumatua Sir Tipene
O'Regan, Selwyn MP and Environment
Minister Amy Adams, Selwyn District
Mayor Kelvin Coe, Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, Westland
District Mayor Mike Havill and DOC
director-general Lou Sanson.
e opening will take place at 11am
in the Punchbowl car park followed
by a free guided walk of the track at
Celebrations will begin tomorrow,
with other events over the three days to
include kiwi listening at the Punchbowl
Bridge and guided historic walks.
" e celebrations recognise the
importance of the discovery of the route
through the mountains by Maori and
European explorers," Mr Stewart said.
"In particular, they focus on the
development of the road over the past
150 years, from a stage coach and pack
track to a fully edged highway."
Pioneer's descendants to
open Arthur's Pass track
PICTURES: Department of Conser vation
e view from the end of the Arthur's Pass walking track, toward the Arthur Dudley Dobson monument beside State
highway 73. Inset: Arthur Dudley Dobson at age 23, when he discovered Arthur's Pass.
Lynda Van Kempen
Heck Clare is the rst to say he
has been dealt a good hand.
e avid card player turns 100
today and has no complaints
about his life: "I suppose luck's
played a big part, but I've always
managed to play my cards right.''
He was born in Oamaru, shifted
to Central Otago aged four "and
I've never been too far from a
creek ever since --- Moa Creek
then Chatto Creek, Spottis Creek,
Omakau, Galloway, Alexandra
and now Roxburgh.''
e sprightly centenarian looks
decades younger than his age,
keeps active with swimming and
daily walks, taking a walking stick
"even though I don't need one''.
"I'm in good health and have no
pain at all --- that's the biggest
thing ... and I don't even get
toothache,'' he jokes, ashing a
wide smile which displays his
Although he has di culty
hearing, his eyesight is "spot-on''
and he is quick to demonstrate
how well he can read ne print
Mr Clare has some advice
for those hoping to copy his
"If you want to live a long life,
start early looking after yourself.
Get plenty of early nights' sleep
and exercise every day. No
gluttony, but good meals, don't
He and his two siblings
attended school at Galloway
then Alexandra and Mr Clare
was dux of both his primary and
He worked on the family farm
until World War Two and was
one of the rst volunteers to
enlist, as a member of the mortar
platoon, serving in Egypt and
Greece, until being captured on
Crete. From there he was taken to
northern Germany by cattletruck
and spent four years as a prisoner
of war in Stalag V111B.
Memories of his "escapades''
during that time remain vivid for
"I like to go back over them
because I'm proud of what I've
He marches proudly during
Anzac Day parades in Alexandra
but said "they went too fast for
me at the last one ... but I stuck
After returning home from the
war, he married Jean Rickman
and the couple brought up a
family of three children on
their Galloway farm. Mrs
Clare died 20 years ago and her
husband retired to Alexandra.
--- Otago Daily Times
Happiness due to
'playing cards right'
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