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Warning for hunters
Reefton police warned hunters
against spotlighting from public
roads after a recent spate of
complaints. Constable Mark Watson
said it was a timely reminder to
hunters with the 'roar' under way and
the Ahaura hunting competition this
weekend. "Spotlighting from public
roads is unlawful and causes alarm
to the residents who live nearby," Mr
21% of freedom camping
Twenty-one per cent of the 377
freedom camping infringement
notices issued over by the Grey
District Council over the past
four months were subsequently
withdrawn. A sta report to the
council meeting this week showed
that 202 freedom camping tickets
were issued over December-January,
95 in February and 80 in March. Of
these, 66 were withdrawn. e vast
majority of campervans observed
--- 747 over February-March
--- were certi ed.
e Grey District Council has
waived $291,390 in rate rebates to
residents who qualify through age
or hardship. In this rating year, 529
applications for relief have been
actioned at an average rebate of
$551. Last year 541 ratepayers got
an average rebate of $544, wiping
$294,530 o the rate take.
High school tra c
A spate of near misses has
prompted the Grey District Council
to investigate what is causing tra c
problems outside Greymouth High
School. Council sta will conduct
the investigation and decide what
action is required to remedy the
Hague o cial Green
List MP Kevin Hague is o cially
the Green Party candidate for the
West Coast-Tasman electorate. After
meetings in Motueka, Greymouth
and Takaka --- and 850km of
driving --- he said yesterday he had
been unanimously re-selected as the
Greymouth Bridge Club results.
--- Wednesday: Mary Whitehead
and Alison Dayne 69%, 1; Sue
Holt and Tina Fernando 62%, 2.
ursday: Brian Rowlands and
Stuart Oliver 64.2%, 1; Paul Holt
and Tina Fernando 60.8%, 2; Sue
Glue and Mary Pupich 54.2%, 3.
Arrivals: Christina. Departures:
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey, Corsair.
In port: Cook Canyon, Moon
Shadow II, Tainui, Happy V, Tawera,
Aquila, Moata, Sovereign, Christina,
Garraway, Remus, 25 other vessels.
Expected departures: Cook Canyon,
Moon Shadow II, Wednesday.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine,
Council plans zero rate rise
Bay jetty plan
Keeping up a 18-year tradition, the West
Coast Regional Council will again not
increase its rates.
It also plans to use the downturn in
mining, which has freed up sta time, to
create a new biosecurity o cer position.
e council has just released its draft
annual plan, and the new biosecurity
o cer position is one of only a few changes
Chairman Andrew Robb said that o cer
would provide advice on pest plant control,
and carry out enforcement as needed.
Chief executive Chris Ingle said a
sta member in the resource consent
department had left and, due to a marked
decline in the number of resource consents
being processed, would not be replaced.
Instead, the council would create the new
He said the downturn in consents was
partly due to the decline in coal and
goldmining, a result of falling prices.
e larger resource consents, which in
the past had occupied a team of sta for
six months, were not coming through now,
Mr Ingle said.
Many South Island councils were
collaborating on pest management, and
that prompted the suggestion that the
West Coast council employ someone.
e Department of Conservation worked
to control pest plants on conservation
land, but there was no co-ordinated e ort
covering private land.
Some plants on the hit list include old
man's beard, ragwort, gorse and broom.
Another change proposed in the draft
plan is to increase the regional emergency
management rate from $50,000 to $200,000
to fund a new regional emergency manager
e third major change is to add in a ood
warning system on the Mokihinui River, at
a cost of $40,000.
e plan also shows the council has set
aside $685,571 for mostly 1080 poison
work to control bovine Tb, down on the
$852,110 last year. A funding formula
governs the annual contribution and varies
from year to year, depending on the mix
of public-private land being 'treated' with
Mr Ingle said there was no plan to increase
rates, other than the customary adjustment
to match the growth in the rating roll.
e council last put the general rate up in
"It has grown in recent years at the rate of
growth in the rating roll (new subdivisions
adding new properties to the roll) but has
not kept pace with in ation, meaning in real
terms the general rate has actually reduced
by over 16% over the 18 year period," Mr
Ingle said. Submissions on the plan close
on May 16.
Tuesday April 15
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McBRIDE, Marie. ---
The McBride families
sincerely thank everyone
for their kindness and
sympathy shown by all
the cards, baking, food
and flowers with the loss
of a loved Mum and
Nana. Your thoughtful-
ness and support will
always be remembered.
--- Paul, Bridget,
Michael, Terry and
away suddenly at his
home in Cobden on
Sunday April 13, 2014,
aged 78 years. Dearly
loved husband of
Margaret. Much loved
father and father-in-law
of Veronica and Willie
Green (Reefton), James
and Theresa (Dobson),
Kenneth (Dunollie), and
Wayne and Joanne
(Dunollie), and a much
loved grandad, great-
law, uncle and friend.
Messages to 46 Monro
Street, Cobden. A
service to celebrate
Scotty's life will be held
in the Anisy Ceremony
Centre, 77 Shakespeare
(Wednesday) at 10am
followed by burial at the
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
John. --- Passed away at
on Friday April 11,
2014. Aged 76 years.
Loved husband of Doris,
loved father of Julie, and
Bruce, loved father-in-
law of Ray and Jodie,
loved grandfather of
Kaylee, and Sienna, and
their partners, loved
Kohen and Lakyn, and a
loved brother, brother-
in-law, uncle and friend.
Rest in Peace. Messages
to 14 Byron Street,
declined but donations
to the Greymouth
Cancer Support Group
would be appreciated
and may be made at the
Church. A Service to
celebrate Graeme's life
will be held in the
Cobden Church of the
Holy Rosary, Richmond
Street, tomorrow (Wed-
nesday) at 1pm followed
by private cremation.
Resting in the care of
Anisy Funeral Home,
April 13, 2014. Much
loved Dad and Grandad
of James and Theresa,
Jennifer and Jackson,
Vicki and Hamish and
Isaiah. We love you and
miss you so very much.
Forever in our hearts.
Robert John. ---
Taken too soon in a
tragic accident, doing
what he loved, on
April 11, 2014. Beloved
and respected father of
and James. Long-time
friend to Carole, the
mother of his children.
Much loved brother of
Alyson, Stephen and
Geoffrey. Son of the
late Louis and Elizabeth.
A treasured and
generous friend to
South Westland and
Canterbury. You will be
sadly missed and forever
remembered. We will do
our best to continue and
honour your legacy. A
service to celebrate
Daryl's life will be held
at the family farm in the
Mahitahi Valley, South
Westland, on Saturday,
April 19, commencing at
1pm. Followed by
interment at the
Messages to PO Box
115, Bruce Bay, West
FDANZ, Ph 755 7993.
Police have released a picture of the helicopter wreckage in which two West Coast men died, submerged in the Fish River, near the
Gates of Haast bridge in the Haast Pass, on Friday night. Neale William Gray, 54, of Hokitika, and Daryl Robert John Condon, 51,
of Bruce Bay, were both found dead inside the wreckage. e two men had been returning from Wanaka in Mr Gray's Hughes 300
helicopter, which had just been ser viced. ey were reported overdue at 9.15pm. Two helicopters searched until midnight, but were
then stood down by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre because of bad weather. e search resumed at 7.30am on Saturday and the
wreckage was found about 8.45am. e wreckage was lifted out of the gorge and taken back to Wanaka for investigation.
PICTURE: New Zealand Police
Fatal copter crash scene revealed
A missing American tourist was
located this morning in Otago, shortly
after a search team entered the Heaphy
Track at the Golden Bay end. Bob
Kuhmann, 52, was reported missing by
a Karamea accommodation provider
when he did not show up for a booking
on Sunday after he was meant to have
completed the track. Police said today
he had changed his intentions and not
informed people. He had been found
in Queenstown. He was safe and well.
tourist found off
A Grey District Council plan to create
a new jetty at Iveagh Bay has come under
re from Lake Brunner bach owners.
e idea was initiated by the Department
of Conservation which wanted the ageing
private jetties at nearby Cashmere Bay
removed. While the jetties are privately
owned they are on road reserve and lake
bed, making them health and safety risks
for the council and DOC.
To compensate for their removal the
council allocated in two annual plans,
$60,000 for a new jetty which it would
However, recent publicity about the
proposal has sparked considerable
opposition from bach owners, who say
they would rather that the $60,000 be
spent elsewhere around Moana.
A report to the council meeting
yesterday suggested that the project be
deferred until the fate of the Cashmere
Bay jetties is decided.
"After this, the council could reconsider
the project or allocate the funds elsewhere.
is would also allow further consultation
between the stakeholders to take place,"
the report said.
Chief executive Paul Pretorius said sta
were in discussion with the Iveagh Bay
residents to make sure they fully realised
that the Cashmere Bay jetties have to
go. He was con dent that when properly
informed the residents would change
Cr Anton Becker said the council
should be accommodating all the lake
users. Most visitors to Iveagh Bay would
appreciate a public jetty there.
An old Australian hotel, possibly
named after West Coast goldminers,
was badly damaged by Cyclone Ita at
e West Coast Hotel, in Cookstown,
lost its roof and "sustained extensive
damage", e Australian news website
e hotel is reportedly named after
this region, after goldminers left here
for Cookstown when the easy gold ran
Dave Austin, who was sleeping in the
pub when the roof was torn o , said he
heard a "rip" about 1am.
" en we heard this tin sliding,
then the rain started coming in. Not
everywhere, but in some parts. We all
got wet, but not soaking," he told e
e old Grey River Argus newspaper
carried regular reports on the
Cookstown goldrush, also called the
Runanga woman Mary Trayes said she
had a book, published in 1935, which
also said the hotel was named after the
West Coast of New Zealand goldrush.
PICTURE: Mary Trayes
e Australian pub, the West Coast Hotel, pictured in 2003.
West Coast hotel
badly damaged by
Bathurst Resources, which has
cut jobs and delayed the start to
its controversial Escarpment open-
cast coalmine on the Denniston
Plateau, may raise up to $6.87
million in a discounted share
e Australian mining company,
now based in Wellington, had its
stock halted from trading on the
NZX and ASX for the capital
A competitive process is under
way as part of a placement that
would amount to 10 to 12% of
Bathurst's capital at a discount of
15 to 20%.
e detail was included in
Bathurst's statement to the ASX,
but not in its statement to the NZX,
where it noti ed only that the shares
were being placed in a trading halt
pending announcements about a
capital-raising, due today.
e capital-raising would raise
$6.87m assuming it sold 12% of its
capital at a 15% discount.
e shares last traded at 8.2c,
valuing the company at $67.4m,
having shed 59% in the past 12
Bathurst said it is liaising with an
overseas intermediary on behalf of
some potential participants in the
placement and does not yet have
full details of their obligations.
e placement is conditional
on achieving a minimum level of
demand, it said.
e company did not identify the
parties or give details.
According to notes for a brie ng
in March, Bathurst's biggest
shareholder was Coupland Cardi
In February, the company said it
would cut 29 jobs as it hunkered
down to ride out the lowest world
prices for coking coal in the last
Bathurst won resource consents
for Escarpment near Westport last
October, more than two years after
initial consents were appealed by
In the meantime, prices slumped
to the extent that there would be no
margin in extracting coal from the
new mine. --- NZN
Bathurst to raise $6.87m
for Denniston mine
Reefton Early Learning Centre
dreams of having their own site are
slowly becoming a reality.
Currently, the centre shares
a building with the Reefton
Playcentre, which has meant it has
had its roll capped and a two-year
waiting list for new pupils.
It has been gifted a building,
which currently sits on the Reefton
Area School site and is still to be
moved to the end of the eld.
Centre manager Chris Angel said
they would also add two purpose-
built portacoms from Christchurch,
at a cost of $130,000.
ey were now waiting for
"As soon as we get the nod on our
building consent, they can start,"
Ms Angel said.
One of the portacoms would hold
the laundry and have an area for the
infants to play, sleep and change,
while the other would have the
toilet, kitchen and o ce.
Ms Angel said they had visited
the Sydenham Early Learning
Centre, in Christchurch, to see how
a portacom was used there.
Once their building was moved
they would knock out two walls,
although she expected the deck and
fence would be the main work.
It was a slow process and the re
report had taken a while, but she
was pleased that they were making
"It's good we are now coming to
the actual construction phase, it's
becoming a reality."
ey had nished with the
fundraising and were now
concentrating on the building stage.
"We hope we have got enough
funding to complete the project."
Reefton Early Learning Centre to get new building
Directors of a gaming machine
trust that stumped up $30,000 to
help keep the Hokitika Wildfoods
Festival a oat recently have been
told to slash the salaries of its senior
e Air Rescue Trust, which is
aligned to the foods festival, and the
Mainland Trust were both heavily
criticised by Internal A airs for
"excessive" salaries, Fairfax Media
Both trusts were slammed in
Internal A airs audit reports for
paying salaries well over $120,000
a year to their senior executives,
despite having only a handful of
employees and pokie machines in
just a few venues.
Trusts are meant to keep operating
costs to an absolute minimum so
they return the maximum amount of
money to the community in grants.
Mainlands' chief executive's pay
was similar to that of chief executives
of trusts with a $70 million turnover
and 25 sta , yet it had a $10 million
turnover, 10 venues, and only one
full-time employee and one part-
e Air Rescue Trust was told it
could lose its licence if it did not cut
its managing director's salary, which
was "unacceptably high".
Trust told to slash senior staff salaries
After eight long years,
the West Coast Regional
Council will be back in
court this month over
its controversial wetland
e council's wetland
case has already cost
West Coast ratepayers
more than $300,000.
It means more than 200
signi cant wetlands up
and down the region are
now far harder to plough
However, the council
went back to court in
February when Haast
man Paul Elwell-Sutton
for ward a large list of
South Westland sites he
thought should be added
e Environment Court
will sit in Greymouth on
April 29-30 to consider
It will also sit in
Christchurch on May 1
and 2 to hear an appeal
between Rockis Mining
Ltd and the council, over
an abatement notice.
WCRC back in court
Westroads worker Neil Keating places temporary sleeves on the water pipe supplying water to Dobson
township after it burst on Monday. Residents lost their water supply on Monday afternoon after the pipe
had haemorrhaged due to old age and tra c vibration from the State highway. "Water is owing again but
the sleeves are a temporary measure," Mr Keating said. "A new section of pipe will need to be positioned
rather sooner than later."
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Dobson water flowing again
of the Westport News
e lights at the Reefton skatepark have
gone back on in a trial spanning a month.
e lights were turned o after police
and neighbours complained about unruly
behaviour. e Inangahua Community
Board recently asked the community
whether the lights should go back on.
It received 22 submissions, with slightly
more favouring turning the lights on.
e board decided last week to proceed
with a month-long trial.
Buller Deputy Mayor Graeme Neylon,
who is also a community board member,
said the lights would go on from 6.30pm
to 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights
only, depending on weather and skatepark
Whether or not the lights should go on
has been a controversial issue in Reefton.
Reef Cottage Bed and Breakfast and
Cafe owner Ronnie Stand eld said in
January that the lit park had been a
magnet for troublemakers. He said they
had parties there and regularly vandalised
local homes and businesses, including his
Skating supporter and community
board member Barrie Fowler maintained
that lighting the park would bring more
visitors and money to Reefton, and said
10pm would be a good compromise.
lights back on
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