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False alarm at station
e Greymouth Police station had
a bit of excitement yesterday with
a visit from their fellow emergency
service the Greymouth Fire Brigade
after a re alarm went o inside the
building just before midday. After
a check of the building no re was
found and it was put down to a false
A motorist was issued with an
infringement notice for driving
dangerously after another motorist
reported them to police. e green
Hyundai station wagon reportedly
crossed the centre line and the driver
was overtaking on blind corners on
State highway 7 at Ahaura yesterday,
at 9.30am. e car was located and
stopped near Reefton and the driver
issued with an infringement notice.
ere has been a signi cant
increase in the number of West
Coast parents choosing not to
immunise their children in the last
quarter. e West Coast District
Health Board said 11.9% of children
were not immunised due to parental
choice. It said that was "a noteworthy
increase from last quarter of 3.1%".
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Aquila, three Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Ocean Odyssey, Corsair,
Tawera. In port: Tainui, Happy V,
Aquila, 20 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals: Jay
Elaine, Moon Shadow II, tomorrow;
Galatea II, Sunday; Cook Canyon,
April 7; Ocean Odyssey, April 8.
Road widening push
of the Westport News
e West Coast MP says Solid Energy's
excuse for not moving its head o ce to the
region because it would have di culty attracting
top-quality talent if it did so is an insult to every
person living there.
Last week Solid Energy interim chief
executive Garry Diack said it would not be
making such a move any time soon, as it would
not be able to attract high-calibre corporate
sta to the region.
He also said that the rm's head o ce could
not function properly without an international
airport nearby. He added that during di cult
times it needed to centralise its sta , rather than
have them at regional sites.
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O'Connor
said Mr Diack's comments were an "insult" to
the region which "paid his salary".
"It's an insult to every West Coaster that only
quality people will live in Christchurch. ere's
absolutely no reason that the head o ce of
Solid Energy couldn't be located on the West
"The lifestyle in Christchurch is no better,
where you have got major traffic problems,
major issues with the redevelopment," he
Mr O'Connor and Buller Mayor Garry
Howard have both previously called for Solid
Energy to relocate its head office to the
Mr O'Connor said if it was located closer to
its mines in the region it would pay less for real
All around the world, mining executives and
technical sta lived in regional areas --- that was
the nature of working within the industry, Mr
"Solid Energy head o ce has lost sight of that
He sco ed at Mr Diack's comment that Solid
Energy needed a major international airport
next to its head o ce in order to relocate. " ey
can drive like everyone else can, I nd that
Mr Diack's comments explained what an
arrogant management structure the rm had,
which was disconnected from the basis of its
business, he said.
e rm's head o ce needed to be located
closer to its mines so it knew what was going
on, and could operate more e ciently and
While the National Government had
contributed to the miner's current woes, it had
been the arrogance and incompetence of its
management which played the biggest part in
"If the people in Christchurch sitting on their
butts had listened more to the people working
at the coalface, they might not have made many
of the mistakes they made."
Last May, Mr Diack said that head o ce
sta ng was expected to fall to 50 over time, and
Solid Energy expected to return some functions
to the West Coast and Waikato. e head o ce
currently employs 81. --- APNZ
MP canes Solid Energy over HQ
of the Hokitika Guardian
Eight months after 30 Waitaha Valley
residents petitioned the Westland District
Council about their road, they nally got a
Westland District Mayor Mike Havill
fronted the meeting in Ross, attended by just
under 40 people including representatives
of road users Westland Contracting Ltd and
In the end, Mr Havill made a plea
for Waitaha residents to come up with
representatives to work with the council on
e 11km road services 10 dairy farms,
17 houses, two quarries and potentially the
Waitaha River power scheme.
Council group manager district assets
Vivek Goel, told the meeting that it would
cost about $1 million to widen the road
along its entire length, or $90,000 per km
is was unlikely in the near future under
current funding criteria and constraints.
However, in the short term NZTA funding
was available to widen a 790m section of the
road from the State highway 6 junction this
nancial year, at a cost of $70,000.
Waitaha Valley farmer Martin O'Brien
said locals had been "niggling" the council
for more than two years about the state of
the 11km road and the worry was "not an
e road was characterised by poor
visibility and a narrow carriageway which
invariably forced some vehicles o the road
in the face of other tra c.
" ere is real serious concern about that
road. It has been a bad road for a long time."
Local farmers had had to pull milk tankers
back onto the road using several tractors.
Residents estimated 100 vehicle move-
ments a day. With "millions of dollars" of
economic contribution from the valley
annually, residents saw little return for their
rates a year.
Poor visibility at the junction of Waitaha
Valley Road with State highway 6 was a big
worry, Mr O'Brien said.
e road was also used by both the South
Westland Area School and Ross School
buses twice a day with little room to turn.
Other issues raised included heavy
vehicles having to turn across State highway
6 to go up the valley and "pathetic" storm
water drainage making the Waitaha road
Mr Havill said the issues raised were
timely given current the funding assistance
rate (FAR) review which gave council ve
options, all with less money to deliver assets.
"We are between a rock and a hard place ...
but we're here to do what we can."
Mr Goel accepted communication by
council in response to residents' concern
could have been more timely.
He personally undertook to raise the lack
of warning signs on SH6 with Transit.
Mr Goel said a road count for Waitaha
Valley in February-March averaged 76
vehicles a day, but he acknowledged more
work could be done to get a more accurate
picture of local tra c within the valley.
Mr Goel said that on average local
district roads attracted a 60% subsidy, but
work had to meet NZTA criteria for the
funding to be used. It meant the Waitaha
Valley had to t to the same criteria used
for every district road project which used
a combination of ratepayer and central
Wednesday April 2
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Grey Medical Centre
Janice and Bernard are
thrilled to announce the
engagement of Meagan
to Conan Flewellen of
Quali ed FD Since 1973
April 2, 2001.
Time slips by and life
But from our hearts
you're never gone.
Mums are a promise
That you will have a
--- Love Ann-Maree,
Brett and family.
e narrow road highlighted.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
YHA Greymouth manager Nicola Fountain looks over some of the messages left on stones by guests, as they prepared to close the
doors of the hostel for the last time on Monday. e hostel, opposite John Paul II High School, was closed due to dropping tourist
numbers. A YHA hostel has operated in Greymouth for 50 years, originally located at Cowper Street. e YHA still operates its own
hostel in Franz Josef Glacier, with independent operators under the YHA umbrella in Hokitika, Westport, Punakaiki, and Arthur's
Greymouth youth hostel closes doors
Lesta Smithson, left, Nora Graves, Jenny Taylor, Jean Knipe, Pat Cogger
and Margaret Baillie are all set for the Nelson Diocesan Association of
Anglican Women Festival and annual general meeting, to be hosted at the
Holy Trinity Church on Friday and Saturday. About 60 women from the top
of the South Island will attend the two-day event, which will include a dinner
on Friday and speeches on Saturday.
Anglican women set for gathering
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Canadian circus company Vague
de Cirque will hold a one-o
show in Greymouth this Saturday
and is promising an event "where
the spectacular and the absurd
exist side by side".
e travelling circus has
performed all over the world
and is currently on its rst tour
of Australia and New Zealand
with the show Carousel and
Having travelled all the way
from Montreal, Canada, the
troupe will hold a one night only
show at the Regent eatre at
8pm this weekend.
e show is inspired by the
world of travelling carnivals
and fairs, and showcases eight
talented and original acrobats of
"Each act is more surprising
than the last, as the audience is
introduced to a fascinating and
fanciful world," organisers said.
Vague de Cirque brings a
di erent and more human
approach to circus, combining
comedy with high-level acrobatics.
e show takes the intimate feel
of a cabaret, and is inspired by the
roots of circus, the everyday lives
of the travelling performers and
the glamour and enchantment
that surround the art form.
Vague de Cirque originates
from the Magdalen Islands, a
tiny archipelago in the far east of
It was founded in 2009 by
Noemie Gervais and Alain
Boudreau, two performers who
have travelled the world with
their act. e duo have performed
with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque
Eloize, Circus Krone, and Teatro
Canadian circus comes to town
A warrant has been issued for the
arrest of a Danish tourist who failed to
appear with reparation for an accident
Kurt Joergensen, 57, was in the Dunedin
District Court last week and admitted
two charges of careless driving causing
injury near Makarora on March 18.
Joergensen was driving a rental car
which collided with a Nissan Ce ro
driven by Patricia Nolan. He instinctively
veered to the right to avoid Ms Nolan's
oncoming Nissan after his car had drifted
across the centre line on a bend.
Ms Nolan and Joergensen's wife were
both seriously injured in the collision
and both cars were so extensively
damaged they were written o .
Joergensen was given until yesterday
to organise the transfer of funds from
overseas to pay reparation to Ms Nolan.
But when his name was called yesterday
afternoon, the defendant did not appear
and Judge Kevin Glubb ordered the
warrant's issue. --- Otago Daily Times
Arrest warrant in
Discharge over defibrillator theft
Satis ed the direct and indirect consequences
of a conviction "may or would" be out of all
proportion to the gravity of the o ence, Judge
Kevin Glubb discharged without conviction a
teen who took a $35,000 de brillator from a
Queenstown St John ambulance last December.
"I think you've learnt a very signi cant life
lesson", the judge said considering it not
necessary "to sheet home to" Radley William
Harahap, 18, student, of Dunedin, what it was
he did wrong on the night.
Harahap was before the Dunedin District
Court yesterday having admitted stealing
the de brillator, the property of St John
Queenstown, on December 29.
Harahap had made a $1500 donation to St
John and met the St John territory manager for
Otago and given him a letter of apology, public
defender Andrew Dawson said.
Granting the discharge, the judge said
Harahap was to pay the $345 cost of testing the
de brillator, and court costs $130.
--- Otago Daily Times
e West Coast District Health Board
today urged parents of Year 8 girls not
to forget to return their consent forms
indicating whether they want their
daughter to receive the HPV vaccine
against cervical cancer.
DHB clinical manager immunisation
Janet Hogan said consent forms had
been sent to all parents of Year 8 girls in
participating schools on the West Coast
nearly a month ago.
"Most parents have signed and returned
the forms to us to let us know if they
want their daughter to be vaccinated or
not, however, we still are waiting to hear
from around 10% of the people who
received the consent forms."
Every year 150 New Zealand women
are diagnosed with cervical cancer and
50 die from the disease. More than 70%
of cervical cancers are caused by human
papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread
through sexual contact.
West Coast medical o cer of health
Dr Cheryl Brunton said it was the only
vaccine available that prevented cancer.
e vaccine is given to girls from the
age of 12 as a series of three injections
over a six-month period. It is available
either through high schools, or in some
areas such as Karamea, Haast and
Moana, through the local rural clinic.
e vaccine is also available free to
girls up until 20 and if a young woman
is no longer at school she can receive
the vaccination at her GP or Family
Planning free of charge.
" is year our public health nurses
are looking forward to working with
Westland High School to vaccinate girls
at the school, rather than at the Hokitika
Health Centre. Working in partnership
with the school will mean best health
and education outcomes for the girls,"
Dr Brunton said.
"For best protection girls need to be
vaccinated before they are exposed to
HPV, that is before they start having
any sexual contact. Vaccinating girls
and young women now will reduce their
chances of getting cervical cancer later
e HPV vaccination programme
in Greymouth has already started. It
is expected to start in Hokitika in the
second week of April.
HPV immunisation reminder
Victim Support is appealing for
more volunteers in Greymouth.
e national organisation
recently won the 2014 Mitre 10
Community of the Year award,
beating more than 700 others.
Victim Support West Coast
co-ordinator Sonja Hoetjes said
Greymouth currently had two
"amazing" volunteers and they
were looking to add to that.
Mrs Hoetjes said they provided
a "silent ser vice" which helped
people after harm had been done.
It was important that volunteers
were able to do what would be
required of them, she said.
Mrs Hoetjes said the
police needed to approve the
volunteers, and the criteria that
people needed to meet was quite
stringent. As part of the job a
volunteer would be required to
go into serious situations and
listen to people who needed help
and then assess what needed to
Volunteers dealt with a cross-
section of people and so would
need to be non-judgmental and
be able to o er empathy. e
job was not about comparing
situations with people's own
experiences, but helping support
others, she said.
Mrs Hoetjes said the job could
be worked around people's other
To nd out more or to register
interest, visit the Victim Support
nz or phone 0800 865 868.
Victim Support appeals for volunteers
A man has been
sentenced to home
detention, ned and
disquali ed from driving
for failing to check for
any injuries after he hit
Israel Jack with his car.
Rotorua man Hapeta
Kane Hori Manley, 29,
appeared in the Rotorua
District Court yesterday
before Judge James
Weir for one count of
driving while forbidden
and being the driver of
a vehicle involved in an
accident, where a person
was killed, failed to stop
and ascertain whether
anyone had been injured.
He received six months'
home detention, a $1000
ne and was disquali ed
from driving for 18
Mr Jack, 20, was found
dead on Te Ngae Road
after a second vehicle
struck him on August
18 last year. --- APNZ-
Rotorua Daily Post
A scrub re which was
last night threatening
homes and lifestyle blocks
near Papakura has been
brought under control.
Fire ghters attended the
blaze at Awanuai Rise
and Kaipara Road about
4.45pm yesterday. Fire
manager Paul Redden
said the conditions were
very dry and four trucks
and a tanker were needed
to bring the 0.2ha scrub
re under control. e re
was contained about 7pm
and no properties were
a ected. --- APNZ
after man failed
to check victim
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