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WEST COAST FEATURE
e head of the West Coast
District Health Board was again
o sick from the board meeting
in Greymouth yesterday. Dr
Paul McCormack was appointed
chairman in late 2010, but after
chairing the board for just 12
months he went on sick leave for
well over a year. Dr McCormack
also missed yesterday's board
meeting after having a knee
replacement. He is expected back
for the next meeting, in May.
Remember to adjust your clocks
back one hour before you go to
bed tonight. Daylight saving ends
tomorrow, when 3am becomes 2am.
Often cloudy, risk of drizzle early
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Spam is back in vogue say New
York restaurateurs, who are ser ving
the wartime staple atop of sushi,
salads and even straight up out of
the tin as a side. John Daley, the
head chef and co-owner of New
York Sushi Ko, said he likes to
use the tinned meat mix --- which
retails for around $2.50 per 12oz
--- when rustling up his fancy $150
tasting menu. One diner who tried
his 'Spam fried rice' creation topped
with seared tuna and pineapple,
described it as 'so good', 'savoury'
and a 'little bit (like) oxtail'.
--- Daily Mail
Call for more
Liquor licence holders on the
West Coast could soon come under
increased scrutiny from authorities.
Community and Public Health,
which sends underage people to
try to purchase alcohol undercover,
says police have indicated that they
would like to increase the number
of these 'controlled purchase'
operations run jointly by the police
and health authorities.
e Department of Conser vation says it has several thousand axes to plant in the coming months as part of its ongoing project to restore whitebait habitat on Cobden Island, in the Grey River. Ranger, Henk Stengs, said they had just
nished the second stage of opening up new channels. e rst planting day will take place next Saturday, April 12, and DOC is looking for volunteers to help plant axes.
Pike witnesses won't be named
Many Pike River Mine witnesses
who refused to appear at the aborted
Peter Whittall trial into his role in the
disaster that claimed 29 lives, have
now refused to allow their names to
e lack of witness availability was
cited by the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment as a key
reason why the prosecution of Pike
River Coal chief executive and former
mine manager Peter Whittall was
abandoned just before Christmas.
e ministry's lawyer Mark Zarifeh
said that of the 92 witnesses who had
given a brief of evidence, 31 had not
signed "for one reason or another''.
Of them, 14 witnesses were
living outside New Zealand ---
predominantly in Australia --- and
the Crown lawyers had no powers to
summons witnesses living overseas,
Mr Zarifeh said.
e Greymouth Star asked that
those witness names be released under
the O cial Information Act.
e ministry's work safe general
manager Brett Murray replied that
former Pike River general manager
Doug White had indicated he
would not return to New Zealand as
a potential witness, but he did not
object to his name being released
However, "a number" of others
indicated they did not want their
"A number" also did not even reply
to the department as to whether their
names could be released, so they were
withheld by the ministry anyway.
e Greymouth Star has appealed
to the Ombudsman the ministry's
decision to withhold the rest of the
Pike River widow Anna Osborne
said the names de nitely should be
"I would like to know who they are."
She also said it seemed the victims
had no rights, and failing to appear
Grey River whitebait habitat restored
volumes fall short
of landfill targets
e Grey District Council
intends to sharply increase the
cost of using the McLeans Pit
land ll because its Greymouth
kerbside recycling service has not
delivered the big reductions in
general rubbish at the dump, as
At the draft annual plan meeting
on ursday night, the council
decided on a 20% fee increase
for commercial refuse, mixed
domestic waste and hard ll; the
cost of dumping each tonne will
rise from $229 to $275.
When recycling was introduced
to Greymouth only a year ago the
council estimated it would halve
the amount of general waste going
into the land ll, but the reduction
has been only 13%, meaning that
a new 'cell' to extend the land ll
will have to be developed a lot
earlier than expected.
Household rates for refuse and
recycling will also increase by 5%
to help pay for the extension.
e council attributes the large
amount of general waste to the
'larger' bin that was supplied to
each house, replacing the old bag
and tie system.
Households were entitled to
three bags of rubbish in the
kerbside collection before the
recycling system began.
e draft annual plan, which
has just been released for public
consultation, proposes a general
rate rise of 3.84%, with the overall
rate take increasing by 4.27%. e
increase is 1.8% below the amount
agged in the council's 10-year
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said
the increase would help pay for
"catch up" infrastructure projects,
partly foisted on the council by
new government regulations for
sewerage and drinking-water
standards, and to contribute
to the debt-burdened Port of
Grey district rates would still be
"well below " the national average,
Mr Kokshoorn said.
Despite the $50 a tonne increase
for rubbish dumped at the land ll,
those dump fees still compared
favourably with Westport ($380
a tonne) and Hokitika ($400 a
tonne), he said.
Four per cent of the average rate
take, $38,000, will be directed to
port debt, the rst time since 1996
that ratepayers have subsidised
Grey District Council proposed rates
for the 2014-15 year average $6908 for
commercial operators in Greymouth,
while businesses in Blackball will pay
$2031 and Moana $3544. e rates for
the average dairy farmer are $9821, well
above the $2818 sought for dry stock
Proposed residential rates for
Greymouth di er, depending on location,
from $2755 to $2631.
Other rates are: Blaketown, $2631;
Karoro, $2707; Cobden, $2102; Paroa-
South Beach, $2734; Kaiata, $1321;
Runanga, $1584; Rapahoe, $1621;
Dobson, $1614; Taylor ville, $1539;
Gladstone, $1438; Camerons, $936;
Blackball, $1817; Ngahere, $1012;
Ahaura, $877; Moana, $1971.
After getting the thumbs up from
Australian and New Zealand consultants,
plans to mine the Barrytown Flats for
ilmenite have moved to a pre-feasibility
Paci c Mineral Resources Ltd wants to
extract ilmenite --- found in sand and used
as a base for paint --- and process it at a
plant in Greymouth which it says could
employ over 100 people in its rst stage.
It recently opened an o ce in Gresson
e mining project is largely located on
private farmland, which has already been
humped and hollowed, and partly dredged.
However, the minutes of the West Coast
Conservation Board meetings show the
board is keeping a wary eye on the project.
Paci c Mineral Resources director James
Hickey said this week they had moved to
purchase the project from permit-holder
Alloy Resources, an exploration company
with projects on both sides of the Tasman.
A signi cant mineable resource base
was needed to justify the large capital
expenditure required to make the project
Mr Hickey said they had just completed
a scoping study based on mining and
production of concentrates that con rmed
the ilmenite project was technically and
e study was undertaken by
"leading New Zealand and Australian-
based consultants", and included a
recommendation that the Barrytown
project should proceed to pre-feasibility.
Initial pre-feasibility work had now
started, and was scheduled to be completed
later this year.
"We will then be in a position to make
a decision about progressing to the
next stage, which would be a bankable
feasibility study," Mr Hickey said.
While scoping results were encouraging,
"please note that there is still a long way
" at said, this study indicates that stage
one will create over 100 jobs directly, and
Minerals West Coast uses a ratio of 2.4 for
jobs indirectly for each direct job created
by the project," he said.
ey were also encouraged by positive
feedback from the community.
However, Mr Hickey said it was still too
early in the development phase to commit
capital to land acquisition.
E orts to mine the area for ilmenite date
back to 1988, when Fletchers attempted
a similar project at Barrytown. Five
years later, Conservation Minister Denis
Marshall declined a bid to mine Maher
Swamp, which was regarded as essential to
the mine's viability.
at project was eventually abandoned
because it was uneconomic.
Study backs coastal
ilmenite mining plan
'Too soon' for land purchase
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