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Buller water restrictions
After weeks without signi cant
rain, a Buller rural area is now on
water restrictions. e Buller District
Council has told consumers on the
Ngakawau/Hector supply to limit
water to essential use only. ey
should refrain from washing cars,
watering gardens, and other high-
use water activities. e council
said the restrictions were likely to
remain until signi cant rainfall
replenished the catchment and
normal creek ows resumed. Council
design engineer Sam Murphy said
Ngakawau/Hector had no reservoir,
just small storage tanks. " ese are
still full, but the ow entering them
has been drastically reduced hence
the need for restrictions."
--- Westport News
Crash report closer
A report into a fatal microlight
crash in Westport in January 2013
should be released in the next
couple of months, says the Civil
Aviation Authority. CAA senior
communications adviser Mike
Eng said the safety investigation
report would be released in about
two months' time. Roger Smith,
58, and Cole Ashby, 25, died when
the microlight they were travelling
in crashed in heavy fog on Carters
Beach in late January last year.
--- Westport News
Telehealth has been given the
thumbs up by one of the West
Coast District Health Board's own
members. Helen Gillespie said
a family member previously had
to travel to Christchurch to see
the specialist, and then had to go
to Greymouth. "Now she is seen
in Hokitika, only two minutes
from home, with the specialist in
Christchurch. It's amazing," Mrs
Gillespie said. Board chief executive
David Meates said patients were
often more open via telehealth
(videoconferencing). e West
Coast DHB was at the forefront
in Australasia. "Fewer people are
travelling o the Coast for care," Mr
Health ights proposals
e West Coast District Health
Board says it is down to the
"nitty gritty" as it tries to select a
company to y health sta and
patients to and from the region. e
board meeting yesterday was told
various companies were proposing
di erent planes for chartered ights
between Greymouth Hospital and
Christchurch. e ights would
be used for doctors and patients.
It is now clarifying aspects of the
proposals, and options for the service
are being considered.
DHB seeks feedback
Consumer feedback surveys are
under way to ensure people being
discharged from hospital are getting
the help they need. e West Coast
District Health Board is moving to
quicker discharges, and more care at
home. Board member Sharon Pugh
asked at the board meeting what
processes were in place to ensure
things went smoothly for the patient.
Chief executive David Meates said
there was no point discharging
someone without a process in place.
" e old days, when we were focused
on reducing length of stay (alone) . . .
was fraught. Now we have got all the
bits lined up."
Port of Greymouth. --- Arrivals: Jay
Elaine, Aquila, Latitude. Departures:
Electra, Okarito, ve Greymouth
vessels. In port: Jay Elaine, Tainui,
Happy V, Aquila, Strike Force,
Sovereign, Latitude, 16 other
vessels. Expected departures: Jay
Elaine, tomorrow. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, today; Galatea II,
Saturday; Cook Canyon, Sunday;
Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday.
Westland Milk dumps dairy waste
A Kaiata man who stood in Cobden
at 1am on March 15 yelling abuse at his
mother's new partner was sentenced in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday
to 40 hours of community work.
Billy Vincent Addis, 18, admitted a
disorderly behaviour charge.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
a trespass order banned Addis from
going to the Cardwell Street address
but he ignored it, going to the house to
challenge the other man to a ght.
Addis said he had gone there to visit
his young brother and was reacting to
the other man "charging out armed with
a metal bar".
"Same place, same thing," Judge
Alastair Garland said, noting that Addis
had incurred a previous conviction under
Arrest warrants were issued for Marcus
David Watts, who has failed to complete
a community work sentence, and Nolan
Mark Bradley, who failed to appear for a
case review. ººº
Simon James Allen, 31, of Greymouth,
will nd out on April 28 whether he
keeps his $20,000 ute.
After Allen admitted his second drink-
driving charge over a short period, police
sought con scation of his vehicle.
Judge Garland gave Allen two weeks to
give reasons why his vehicle should not
be forfeit to the court. If his application
is not successful the court will seize his
car, sell it, and give the proceeds back to
A 17-year-old Hokitika youth who
was "cast out on the street" by CYFs had
to sleep in the cells at the Greymouth
Police Station for the past two nights.
Judge Alastair Garland said the only
option he had for Frank Finch was to
remand him in custody until ursday.
e court heard that CYFs had
been paying for Finch to reside at a
motorcamp but, on his 17th birthday at
the weekend, deemed that he was now an
adult and out of their jurisdiction.
Finch, who had no job and no money,
was forced to leave his accommodation
and return to the family home, but he
"burned his bridges" there by stealing
from a family member.
Judge Garland reluctantly remanded
Finch in custody, but invited police
and CYFs to come up with a solution
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westland Milk Products says a contractor
mistakenly dumped smelly dairy waste on
an unconsented area near Rimu.
e company is permitted to dump the
waste in a forestry area, but on March 19
forestry workers contracted to P F Olsen
Ltd noticed a strong smell on land adjacent
to the former forestry area where the waste
was supposed to be spread, under contract
with the landowner and Westland Milk.
P F Olsen Ltd informed the dairy
company that it believed some of the
forestry land had been excavated by the
adjacent landowner and dairy slurry
e land in question, where the slurry was
mistakenly spread, was about 2.5ha in area.
Westland Milk Products environment and
farm standards manager Chris Pullen said
there appeared to be confusion over the
It was the rst incident where things had
gone wrong in its permitted process to
dispose of waste to land, Mr Pullen said.
"We have had no complaints from the
regional council or any other parties up until
now. We regret this incident has occurred,"
e company has two main types of by-
product from its Hokitika factory that
require disposal with consent from the West
Coast Regional Council to dispose of it at
One by-product is permeate, extracted
from milk during processing, and the other
is a milk solids slurry extracted from the
waste water as part of a cleaning process
before it is discharged into the Hokitika
Both waste products have value as a
fertiliser and stock food, and are disposed
of through land application and as pig food.
"At Hokitika, some of the land application
of slurry was going to a landowner who
was clearing, excavating and contouring
land, applying the slurry as a fertiliser and
growing grass for grazing," Mr Pullen said.
Disposal of the slurry was permitted
through a discharge consent from the
A meeting between Westland Milk and
P F Olsen on March 20 con rmed that
earthworks had indeed occurred on their
"While there was no environmental harm
done, P F Olsen was concerned that there
not be a repeat of the incident," Mr Pullen
Westland had been supplying by-product
to its contractor "in good faith" on the
understanding the slurry be spread only on
land owned by the contractor.
"As a result of this incident Westland
immediately ceased all disposal via the
Mr Pullen said that was not an issue for
Westland as the company had land consents
with other landowners who used the slurry
as fertiliser. A large-scale pig farm in
Canterbury also received it as stock feed.
"Westland has been disposing of its
permeate and slurry in this manner for
e disposal method was an e ective and
environmentally "well managed way" of
recycling dairy factory waste as a resource to
boost agriculture, Mr Pullen said.
Thursday April 10
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
The family of the late
Lurline Mundy wish to
express their deep
appreciation to relatives
and friends for the
support and kind
expressions of sympathy
conveyed to us in many
different ways at the
time of our recent sad
bereavement. We shall
always remember your
kindness and thoughtful-
ness and thank you most
--- Tony, Lockey and
away one year ago
Time has passed but we
will never forget you
--- Lots of love Sue,
Brian, Nicole, Pete,
Mason, Ava, Caitlin,
Sean and Melissa.
on April 8, 2014, at
Wellington Hospital, in
her 84th year. Dearly
loved wife of Bob
( deceased), loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Dorothy and Alan
and Paula Methven
(Brisbane), Packiam and
John Skinnon (Welling-
ton). Precious Grandma
of Wade and Sharyn,
Ashwind and Sakhee,
Divia, Robert and
R ebekah, Frances
and George, Andrew
and Keisha, David and
Yvonne, Alastair and
Natalia, Kirsten, Caitlin,
and Great-Grandma of
Tama, Kiera, Jacob,
Hannah, Luka, Briahna,
Lachlan, Liam and
Adam. Beloved sister of
Janet Haddock (Grey-
mouth), Ray Mosley
(Greymouth), and Jack
Messages for the
Methven family may be
sent C/- Lychgate
Funeral Home, 306
Willis Street, Welling-
ton 6011. Service at the
Wellington Cathedral of
St Paul, Molesworth
Street, Wellington on
Friday April 11 at
2.30pm, and thereafter
private cremation. A
Memorial Service will
be held in Holy Trinity
Church, Greymouth on
Monday April 21, 2014.
Lychgate Funeral Home.
FDANZ. Phone (04) 385
Bernhard. --- April 10,
Down the road of
We softly walk today.
Our love and thoughts
are with you Dad,
As life goes on its way.
Loved and always
--- Col, Lance, Ricole,
Jake and MJ oxox.
Cullum Moles makes some clay models and pots that will be up for sale at the Barrytown School
gala and market day, on Saturday. e school pupils and their families will run their own stalls with
baking, plants, various foods and a white elephant sale, while there will be pony rides and wagon rides
for the young ones. e gala starts at 11am and runs until 2pm with proceeds to go toward the school's
new technology centre. Principal Deb Richardson said it would be a big weekend for the district. e
Barrytown Hall will host band Live Like Lions on Friday at 8pm, then on Saturday it will hold a table
tennis tournament at 3.15pm followed by a pot luck dinner at 7pm.
Pottering around for Barrytown gala
PICTURE: Charles Brunning
e Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, joins Hokitika vicar Rev Viviene Harber and members of the
congregation outside St Peter's Church, in Jacobs River today after an early morning ser vice to start a 'pilgrimage' of four South
Westland pioneer churches in one day. e bishop was to make her way north taking in the Anglican churches at Franz Josef Glacier,
Whataroa and Hari Hari to inaugurate what will become known as the 'Pioneer Church Route', a new venture to o er ministry to
tourists who are increasingly visiting the country churches, such as the tiny Jacobs River church, which opened on December 13,
Bishop visits South WestlandPICTURE: Maria Russell
̌ District Court
Emergency lessons from Australia
A Greymouth man has returned from
Australia as part of an exchange to learn more
about emergency management.
Rotary International selected three South
Islanders and four people in Victoria
involved in emergency management to take
e New Zealand vocational training team
consisted of Grey District Council civil
defence emergency management manager
Allan Wilson, Christchurch City Council
engineer Tim Priddy, and Leanne Curtis from
During the trip the team travelled to the
Kinglake Ranges to look at the e ects of the
2009 'Black Saturday' res, where the re
was so hot it melted car windscreens and the
waratah metal fence posts were melted into
little pools of metal.
ey also looked at how the Moria Shire
oods of 2012 were managed and how the
recovery was going.
"People a ected by tragedy, regardless
of what the tragedy is, take a long time to
recover, as do communities," Mr Wilson said.
" e best way to e ect recovery is to let the
community decide what it requires."
Mr Wilson said the trip had been useful and
had made him consider signi cant changes to
the way some things were within emergency
management which could only be good for
the Grey district.
Allan Wilson, left, Tim Priddy and Ernie Renouf, one of the sur vivors of Australia's 'Black
PM defends oil permits
West Coast community groups have
been urged to make the most of the
community conservation partnership
fund, which was recently launched by
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.
e new fund will allocate $26 million
over four years for community-led
conservation projects which support
biodiversity and recreation on both
public and private land.
DOC conservation partnerships
director for the north and western
South Island, Jan Hania, said the fund
had been designed to broaden the range
of projects that were eligible for funding
and make it easier for applicants to
Groups can nd full details about
what's involved on the DOC website
and contact a local DOC o ce for help
with the process. Applications close on
Laura Mills and APNZ
Prime Minister John Key
yesterday defended new oil
and gas exploration permits in
the Victoria Forest Park, near
Reefton, saying it was not a
national park and mining already
takes place there.
e Government's latest
block o er would open up a
large part of the West Coast for
prospecting. e park includes
the former goldmining towns of
Big River and Waiuta, and the
open-cast Globe Progress Mine.
It does not have schedule 4
status and is classed as a forest
park, which is a lower ranking
than a national park.
Energy Minister Simon Bridges
was criticised in the House by the
Green Party yesterday for being
unaware that the conser vation
park was within the block o er
But Mr Key said the minister
was not required to take the park
" ere are already 58 mining
permits on the piece of land
already," Mr Key said.
He said 12 of these permits were
granted by the previous Labour
government. Neither iwi nor the
Department of Conser vation
objected to prospecting in the
National Party candidate for
West Coast-Tasman, Maureen
Pugh, said it was a block o er,
and people had to be interested
in exploring the area: "Let's not
get ahead of ourselves."
"If, and that's a big if, any
company decides there's
something worth exploring ---
they apply for consents. ere
has been mining activity on what
is now conser vation land for
over 100 years. Victoria Forest
Park already hosts Oceana
Gold's Reefton mine, one of the
largest in New Zealand, and one
of our biggest employers on the
She said West Coast-
Tasman MP, Labour's Damien
O'Connor, needed to have
a word with "his friends the
Greens and let West Coasters
have their say".
However, Mr O'Connor said
there was nothing new about
mining within the forest park.
"Victoria Forest Park has within
its area two very big mines and so
none of this was a surprise.''
Mr O'Connor said the
minister's failure to do his
homework on the region
"had stirred a hornet's nest
unnecessarily that the mining
industry now has to deal with''.
̌ District Court
A Hokitika man who supplied an excess
breath-alcohol sample on the way home from
the funeral of another young West Coast man
who had lost his life in a car crash, received a
rm rebuke from a Greymouth District Court
judge this week.
Clayton Wallace, 21, admitted a charge of
driving in Weld Street, Hokitika, at 11.20pm
on February 1 with excess breath-alcohol. It
was his third drink-driving charge in as many
Earlier in the day Wallace had attended a
funeral in Runanga, prompting Judge Alastair
Garland to question his thought processes:
"Did the fact that you had been to a funeral not
have any impact on you? Did the irony of that
not strike you at the time?" Judge Garland said
while informing Wallace that he was close to
receiving a fulltime jail term.
" e probation o cer says your risk of causing
harm to others is high. One way the court can
keep the public safe from your poor judgment is
to put you in jail."
Eventually, the judge settled on a sentence of
250 hours of community work, nine months'
supervision and disquali ed him from driving
"I leave you with this warning, Mr Wallace ---
you are facing jail if you repeat this o ending.
is really is your last chance."
Last chance for drink-driver
Zero alcohol level emphasised
A Hokitika man was told in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday that 'zero' meant
Matthew Day, 19, was appearing on his third
drink-driving charge arising from an incident
where he had been "doing wheelies" in the
gravel car park near the Walker Park sports
eld, on February 14.
When the disquali cation period for his
second o ence expired Day was granted a
new zero-alcohol licence, which allows police
to remove him from the road if there is the
smallest trace of alcohol in his breath sample.
On February 14 his level was 400mg, which is
the legal limit for adults.
Judge Alastair Garland said Day's o ending
smacked of immaturity but further o ending
would not be tolerated.
"You either don't understand what the word
zero means or you are not taking it seriously,"
Judge Garland said.
Day was sentenced to 150 hours of community
work and disquali ed from driving for a further
Two men who were
to be sentenced in the
Court had their cases
deferred because they
could not provide
suitable addresses for
John Brian Leckie, 59,
of Ngahere, appeared
on his fourth charge of
driving while disquali ed.
He could not provide a
suitable address on the
West Coast but said a
relative in Nelson was
prepared to put him up.
His case was transferred
to the Nelson District
Court on May 26.
Ross man, Kristofer
Craig Jason Hipson, will
now be sentenced in
Greymouth on May 6.
He was appearing on his
fth charge of driving
while disquali ed.
Hipson had misjudged
an intersection, allowing
his car to stray into a
ditch at Hari Hari, on
January 16. A policeman
who helped tow him out
discovered that Hipson
was a disquali ed driver.
Judge Alastair Garland
said Hipson had been
"thumbing his nose at
the court" and had only
two options --- nd a
suitable address for an
sentence, or go to jail.
Lawyer Richard Bodle
said Hipson had a new
address in mind.
"He would rather have
the bracelet than spend
time in Christchurch
Men's (Prison)," Mr
̌ District Court
Sentencing put off
over lack of
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