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2 - Thursday, April 3, 2014
A 57-year-old Westport man had
his car impounded this morning
after he was caught driving while
disquali ed. Police stopped his car at
7.30am in Waimangaroa.
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals:
Jay Elaine. Departures: Ondine,
two Greymouth vessels. In port: Jay
Elaine, Aquila, Tainui, Happy V, 17
other vessels. Expected departures:
Jay Elaine, Sunday. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, tomorrow;
Galatea II, Sunday; Cook Canyon,
Monday; Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday.
Tourist's desperate struggle
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Sixteen people training to be machinery
operators at Stockton open-cast mine have
been told it will not have jobs for them.
Solid Energy communications manager
Bryn Somerville said the course was approved
late last October. At that stage the Stockton
Alliance had a shortage of operators for its
From January, two trainees had begun the 16-
week course every two weeks.
Mr Somerville said they all knew from the
start that a full-time job at the end was not
guaranteed or even implied.
"Everyone who applies for a traineeship is very
clearly told, and this is repeated at the time they
accept our o er, that this is a xed-term training
and they should not expect employment at
the end of the 16-week training period," Mr
"In fact, last month we got in touch with the
people who had not yet started their 16-week
course and gave them the opportunity to pull
out because we knew for sure we would not be
hiring when they nished their course.
" ose people elected to continue to get the
formal training and experience to improve their
He said the mine would usually run the
traineeship programme twice a year to
complement its other recruitment.
" is current traineeship programme will be
completed but it is unlikely another one will be
held until conditions improve."
Solid Energy recently warned more jobs would
go at Stockton because of the low international
coal price and high New Zealand dollar.
Solid Energy says no work
for 16 Stockton trainees
One of the hitchhikers attacked after
being picked up on the West Coast tried to
ght o the driver with a small pocket knife,
Michaela Brandl, 28, was stabbed three
times in the carotid artery on the side of her
neck, and her Japanese-Dutch companion,
Niki Honda, su ered pelvic injuries.
Ms Brandl has told a friend from her
hospital bed of how she struggled to open
the locked doors of the vehicle of her
attacker who police believe had already
killed Christchurch woman Amy Farrall,
24, the day before.
It is believed that the driver then tried to
run over Ms Honda who had escaped from
the moving vehicle.
" ey're both very lucky. ings could've
been a lot worse," a source told APNZ.
"One of the women used a small travel
knife, with just a short blade, to try and ght
the guy o . She was pretty desperate."
Sina Sa ari spoke to his friend Ms Brandl
from her Christchurch Hospital bed where
she is recovering and is now in a stable
"(Ms Honda) had to jump out of the car
that was moving, and then all of a sudden
the driver stopped and turned around," Mr
Sa ari said.
"Michaela thought maybe he was trying to
run her (Ms Honda) over.
"She (Ms Brandl) was locked in the car,
and she was screaming and asking him to
unlock the doors so she could get out."
Mr Sa ari said Ms Brandl was traumatised
and broke down in tears as she talked ---
but remarkably, the health-care worker
expressed concern and compassion for her
"We were talking about what someone
must be going through to be able to do
something like that," Mr Sa ari said.
" at person who assaulted her must be
position of feeling compassion for him, that
someone was living in such a state where
they can actually bring themselves to hurt
other people on that level."
e women were hitchhiking down the
West Coast when they were picked up in
Whataroa by a man driving a blue Nissan
Terrano on Sunday.
Aucklander Mr Sa ari, 28, met Ms Brandl
backpacking in Malaysia in November. She
stayed with him when she arrived in New
Zealand arout three weeks ago.
She spoke to Mr Sa ari on the phone
from her hospital bed, but her injuries made
it di cult for her to speak for long periods,
"She was just traumatised. It sounded like
she was in tears. (But) she felt really lucky
to be alive."
During the phone call, they did not dwell
much on her injuries or what had happened,
Mr Sa ari said, because he wanted her to
focus on getting better.
"I tried to let her know that there are
people who still care for her, and that it may
be something that will strengthen her as a
human in the future, to have gone through
something like that," he said.
"Just the fact she escaped that situation is
He described Ms Brandl as a "beautiful
person" who always tried to look at the
positive aspect of any situation.
She had been in touch with her sister in
Germany, he believed, but was unsure if any
members of her family were planning to y
to New Zealand to be with her.
Mr Sa ari said he was "quite shocked" by
"She had gone through Malaysia and
South-east Asia. You'd think that New
Zealand would be the last place in the world
that you'd expect to encounter something
"For me, it's a real big wake-up call that
you never know what's going to happen
"If that can happen in New Zealand to
someone who's travelling here, it can happen
to anyone, really."
Ms Honda, 27, is said to be recovering well
in hospital but needs rest, an o cial from
the Japanese Embassy said in Christchurch
e o cial would not discuss details of
the assistance being provided to Ms Honda
here, but said the embassy was in touch
with her and ready to help with "whatever
A 38-year-old Otaki man, who has been
in police custody since early on Monday
morning after he was arrested for allegedly
attacking the hitchhikers, has been charged
with murdering community support worker
In a bedside court appearance, which
took place in a Christchurch Hospital ward
room yesterday, the man was also charged
with the sexual violation of Miss Farrall,
aggravated robbery, one charge of wounding
with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,
and charges of failing to stop and reckless
driving. He was granted interim name
suppression. --- APNZ
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ILTON, Dyani Anna.
--- Darren and Shannon
are thrilled to announce
the arrival of their
gorgeous little girl
Dyani, on March 30,
2014, weighing 6lb
3ozs. A huge thank you
to the wonderful staff at
HASTINGS, Vicky. ---
Passed away peacefully
at Dixon House, Grey-
mouth on Saturday
March 29, 2014, in her
86th year. Dearly loved
wife of the late John,
much loved mother and
mother-in-law of Anne,
and David and Clarissa,
loved grandma of James,
Michael, and Matt. In
accordance with Vicky's
wishes a private service
has been held followed
A West Coast Heritage Restoration
and Earthquake Roadshow will be held
in Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport and
Reefton from May 13 to 16.
Organised by the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust and Heritage West Coast, in
conjunction with the three district councils,
the roadshow will comprise presentations
from leading earthquake engineer
Win Clark, planner Mike Vincent and
conser vation architect Dave Margetts.
Topics will include current legislation
around earthquake engineering, repairs and
methodology, economic costs, successful
examples of strengthening and avenues for
Site visits will also be held to give advice
to owners of heritage buildings who
request them, with listed buildings taking
precedence, as time permits.
"I see this roadshow as an opportunity to
learn more about the necessary procedures
and discuss options with others,"
Greymouth building owner Robin Ross
With all the necessary engineering work
undertaken for his 1912 building on the
corner of Mackay and Tainui Streets,
Mr Ross is ready to apply for a building
consent from the Grey District Council so
the strengthening work can begin shortly.
It should be similar to that undertaken on
the ANZ building opposite, with two steel
frames to be installed, one on each side of
the building, along with other structural
"I desperately want to re-roof and repaint
the building as I am concerned it is right
in the centre of town and looks scru y, but
this can't happen until the strengthening
work is complete."
e building will be one of the
rst privately-owned buildings to be
strengthened in Greymouth.
"We need to set an example that other
owners may wish to follow."
Mr Ross said he believed he was lucky
that his building had a small footprint
on a prime site, thus making it viable to
"I feel I have a moral responsibility
to progress this and retain a historic
e Historic Places Trust will also
provide public drop in sessions in
Hokitika, Greymouth,and Westport
and sta will be also be available to visit
heritage properties to give advice to
owners, free of charge. Building owners are
encouraged to bring any documentation
such as construction drawings,
speci cations, details of alterations or
previous strengthening to the sessions to
assist with the discussion.
Owners of properties on the listed
buildings register will take precedence.
In Hokitika, the roadshow participants
will meet with heritage property owners
on site on May 13 from 1-5pm, with the
public presentation starting at 7pm at the
council chambers. A drop-in session will be
held on May 14 from 10am.
Greymouth heritage property owners can
meet on site on May 14 from 3-5pm. e
public presentation starts at 7pm that night
at the council, with the drop-in session on
May 15, at 10am. On the afternoon of May
15-16 the roadshow will move to Westport.
In Reefton, the Historic Places Trust will
meet with heritage property owners on site
on May 16 from 2.30pm.
Heritage quake advice offered
PICTURE: Stewart Nimmo
Heritage West Coast chair woman Jackie Gurden and commercial building owner Robin Ross discuss the earthquake strengthening
work planned for his Greymouth premises prior to the West Coast Heritage Restoration and Earthquake Roadshow next month.
With daylight saving ending this
Sunday, the NZ Transport Agency will
change the opening hours through the
Diana Fall slip in the Haast Pass.
Senior network manager Mark Pinner
said the change in sunrise and sunset
hours would have a signi cant impact
on contractors being able to see what
was happening on the slip face. at
would compromise the safety of both
contractors and all road users travelling
through that area of State highway 6.
From Sunday, the highway will be
closed from 6pm at the slip site, near
the summit of the pass, until 8am. is
means the highway will close at Haast
township at 5pm and at Makarora at
Mr Pinner said the NZTA expected
to review opening hours again in May
and readjust them accordingly for safety
Work to get the highway reopened to
two-lane and 24/7 tra c is under way.
Geovert is establishing itself at the
site and starting work on the removal
of smaller unstable material from the
slip face to make it safe to begin work
later this month by installing the rst
fence at the bottom of the 30m vertical
Mr Pinner said they hoped to have that
work completed by the end of August,
depending on the weather.
National Party candidate for West Coast-Tasman,
Maureen Pugh, has enlisted a Motueka man as her
campaign manager. e former Westland mayor said
orchardist Ian Palmer, an ex-chairman of Pipfruit New
Zealand, was working as her "right-hand man"in the lead
up to the 2014 general election. She said the decision to
"shoulder tap" someone familiar with the northern area
to manage her campaign outside the Westland district
was strategic. "I have a few people working with me and
everyone else is from here (Westland) so I really needed
to ll that gap."
Pugh names campaign manager
Conservationists have slammed plans to open
up the northern West Coast to oil and gas
exploration, saying it has a feel of the 'wild west'.
e Government said yesterday huge tracts
of the West Coast --- from Ross to Reefton
and beyond --- would be opened up for oil
and gas prospecting in a bid to attract major
international companies to New Zealand.
e onshore Coast block covers 6752 square
kilometres, and also incorporates the wider
Moana and Lake Kaniere areas.
Forest and Bird said the "sell-o " in some of
New Zealand's most valuable areas of native
forest could come at a huge cost to New
Zealand's natural heritage.
e onshore block o er included vast tracts of
lowland public conservation land on the West
"( e) announcement has the feel of
something that might have come out of the wild
west, rather than from a government looking
after future generations of New Zealanders or
this country's natural heritage," Forest and Bird
advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell said.
e Government should be using its money
to create a sustainable economy that tted with
the country's clean green image.
"Whether it be from the risk of spills, the
lasting legacy of contaminated sites, or from
climate change, (Energy Minister) Simon
Bridges' garage sale of the rights to our pristine
oceans and treasured forest areas could leave
a lasting impact on our natural heritage," Mr
Oil exploration move blasted
Postie Plus Group, the clothing retailer
whose stock has slumped following
distribution problems after moving to
Auckland in 2012, risks having its shares
suspended on the New Zealand stock
exchange if it does not report its rst half
earnings in the next week.
e company should have issued its
results by the end of trading yesterday
under stock exchange rules and now
has until the market close on April 8 to
publish the earnings or its securities will
be suspended, NZX Regulation said in
a statement. Postie Plus said yesterday it
would publish the earnings by April 8.
Last month, Postie Plus said it expects
to post a signi cant annual pre-tax loss,
though it should be smaller than last
year's loss of $10.6 million. Sales in
the rst half fell 9.9% to $39 million
although gross margins improved, it said.
Shares in Postie Plus advanced 4.6% to
11.5c and have dropped 26% the past 12
months.---APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Cyclone's silver lining for Coast DHB
Cycline Lusi really did have a silver lining for
the West Coast District Health Board.
A report to the board meeting tomorrow reveals
details of a "new and innovative recruitment
campaign" which has been developed, that will
be accessible on social media sites.
is will include video snapshots of local
clinicians showcasing why working at the West
Coast DHB is a great option, alongside an
introduction to the region as a place to live and
To demonstrate the potential for social
media in recruitment activity, the recruitment
team linked into the Metser vice website while
Cyclone Lusi was approaching. During this
time the website had 157,000 hits, and of them
650 clicked on the link to the West Coast DHB
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