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Nelson man Jimmy Gri th has
battled southerly gales and led an A
and P show parade on his 2800km
charity cycle ride around the South
Island raising awareness and donations
for the Shortbread Trust and Shelter
e intrepid traveller is due on the
West Coast this week.
Mr Gri th, a former commercial
sherman, went to see a lawyer about
donating his property to a charity once
"He advised me to do something
now and not wait until I am dead," Mr
Gri th said.
So he became involved in a charitable
trust that helped fund a school in
Nepal, and it was during a visit there
in 2010 that he came across a woman
"She was breaking bags of rocks for
$1 a day, and she was sick, so we gave
her some medicine."
Following that trip, he set up the
Shortbread Trust to help relieve
poverty in ird World countries.
He began selling shortbread biscuits
for 50c each at Shortbread Cottage
Backpackers and other outlets around
He also supports the work of Shelter
Box, an organisation that provides
emergency shelter around the world
for people a ected by humanitarian
and natural disasters.
As he cycles through about 50 South
Island small towns and cities he will
be towing a Shelter Box, although to
reduce weight this one will be empty.
Mr Gri th left Nelson on March
1 and is due in Haast today, Fox on
Friday, Franz Josef and Hokitika on
Saturday, Greymouth on Sunday,
Punakaiki on Tuesday and Westport
two days later.
2 - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Council waiting for
e Grey District Council is still
waiting for the rst submission on its
proposed availability, sale and supply
of psychoactive substances policy.
e policy was publicly noti ed on
March 20 and submissions close on
April 24. As of the council meeting
on Monday, the submission box was
Attendances at the Greymouth
aquatic centre continue to attract
1000 fewer pool users each month,
but use of the hydroslide remains
strong. During March, 8370
patrons used the pool (9149 in
March 2013) but the hydroslide
was used 811 times (829). In the
nine months since July 1 last year,
73,268 swimmers have used the pool,
compared to 82,142 the previous
year. Hydroslide use in the same
period was 10,881, compared to
Arrivals: Jay Elaine, Altair III.
Departures: Moon Shadow II. In
port: Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine,
Tainui, Happy V, Tawera, Aquila,
Moata, Sovereign, Christina, Remus,
Garraway, Altair III, 25 other
vessels. Expected departures: Cook
Canyon, today; Jay Elaine, tomorrow.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II,
Monday; Ocean Odyssey, Tuesday;
Moon Shadow II, Wednesday.
Big Easter weekend for Coast
Whether you are hunting for eggs, deer or
motors there should be something to please
everyone on the West Coast this Easter
At least 1000 people young and old are
expected to take part in events to be held
up the Grey Valley over the four-day break.
e Blackball Old-time Easter Fair will
return on Saturday with its usual mix of
stalls, games and competitions.
Blackball Community Centre chairwoman
Karlene Batchelor said the day would be a
bringing together of the community
"Everyone works together and enjoys it,"
Ms Batchelor said.
Festivities start at 10am and throughout
the day will see the return of the popular
soapbox derby, pies to replace pizza for
the eating competition, an outrageous hat
competition and the customary Easter egg
She expected to see about 500 people for
an old fashioned and traditional day of fun.
Money raised on the day will go towards a
structural engineer's report on the Blackball
While others hunt for eggs, up to 600 will
hunt for deer, sh, goats and possums for
the annual Ahaura Hunting and Fishing
Hunters will traverse the South Island,
from Haast to Canterbury and Marlborough
to nd the best game they can.
Committee member Wendy Hahn said
the competition started as a way to get
children into the great outdoors, and today
both adults and children took it all seriously.
For all the seriousness, there was plenty of
fun at the weigh-in and prizegiving on the
"It is quite social at the weigh-in, the
stories get told about the one that got away,"
Ms Hahn said.
Meanwhile, at the Omoto Racecourse the
West Coast Vintage Car Club will host
about 200 cars for the BP 2 Go Vintage Car
Club of New Zealand 2014 National South
Island Easter Rally. e public will be able
to view the cars on Easter Sunday between
10am and 2pm.
e Port of Greymouth was bustling on Monday morning with several boats all docking at once. A
spokesman said it was a result of the upcoming Easter holiday break and some coincidental timing of
boats coming in.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Busy day at por t
Wednesday April 16
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Our thoughts are ever
Though you have passed
And those who loved you
Are thinking of you
Quali ed FD Since 1973
EKLUND, Nicholas. ---
In memory of
Time changes so many
But not the memory of
which this day brings.
Our thoughts are with
you all today,
As today recalls sad
memories of a dear
friend gone to rest.
The ones who think of
Are the ones that loved
A true tragedy on the
FV Lady Anna
RIP our Skipper
EKLUND, Nick. ---
One year today you
were so tragically taken
Leaving a big empty
space that can't be
Those special days when
you would burst through
the door full of all of
your tales big and small.
Miss you heaps
--- Shads, Donna, Alana,
Jay and Brad.
EKLUND, Nicholas. ---
Taken at sea one year
ago. Still missed by so
many. Thinking of you
and your family.
--- Shane and Greer.
EKLUND, Nick. --- It
has been a year since
you passed. You will
always be in my heart.
You are missed lots.
Mary. --- Peacefully on
April 8, 2014 at
Wellington Hospital, in
her 84th year. Dearly
loved wife of Bob
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
Rebekah, Frances and
George, Andrew and
Keisha, David and
Yvonne, Alastair and
Natalia, Kirsten, Caitlin,
and loved by her
children. 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. A Memorial
Service will be held in
Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, Greymouth, on
Monday at 2pm,
followed by interment at
the Memorial Park
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Tragically taken one
Not a day goes by that
he is not in our thoughts.
He will always be in my
--- Love Melissa and
Bathurst Resources has raised
$8 million in a discounted placement
to institutional investors to help
fund development of its Escarpment
open-cast coalmine on the
Denniston Plateau near Westport.
e Wellington-based, Australian-
owned mining company sold about
123 million shares at 6 Australian
cents, or 6.5 New Zealand cents
apiece. e stock dropped 7.3% to
7.6 cents after trading resumed on
the NZX today, having been halted
for the placement.
Managing director Hamish
Bohannan said the company
was mulling an o er of "a small
entitlement issue" for its existing
shareholders at a ratio not more
than one for 10 and would make an
announcement on that soon.
" e company has recently
announced initiatives to preser ve
cash while we await our nal
authority to commence operations
at Escarpment," he said. " e
proceeds of this placement will be
used for working capital for the
initial development phase of the
project so we can move quickly
into full commercial production
once international coal prices
In February, the company said it
would cut 29 jobs in response to the
lowest world prices for coking coal
in the past nine years.
Mr Bohannan said the private
placement was being sought in order
to have the multimillion-dollar
bonds available for DOC, for when
Denniston became operational.
"We want to have the cash at hand
and be ready to go," Mr Bohannan
said, adding a "signi cant part" of
the up to $6.8m was for DOC bonds
regarding mine access agreements.
Aside from a $18.9m raised
from institutional investors last
September, a market update last
month by Bathurst noted its cash
and short-term deposits stood at
When asked about cash ow in
the coming 18 to 24 months and
whether Bathurst would be going
back to shareholders, Mr Bohannan
said "No, that's not the plan".
"We want to build the business
(with domestic sales). e
(Denniston) permits are in place and
we want to be ready to go," he said.
"We don't want to trip up now," Mr
Bohannan said, acknowledging the
hundreds of millions spent to date
and a massive plunge in share value
as litigation dragged on.
Craigs Investment Partners broker
Peter McIntyre said Bathurst
was "having to tread a ne line"
at present, and was able to go to
shareholders only "so many times"
for top-up capital funding.
While Bathurst could rely on its
three domestic operations to o set
the present China downturn, it "can't
wait forever for the cream".
" e future is not rosy; we can't
(positively with pricing) for the next
12 months," Mr McIntyre said.
It is estimated that aside from
multimillion-dollar legal costs,
Bathurst has spent more than $300m
in consenting, mine purchases and
development during the past four to
ve years. --- New Zealand Herald
and Otago Daily Times
Bathurst raises $8m for Denniston coalmine
Westroads digger operator Patrick Hansen and his co-workers have been busy inching their way
through the historic Kumara Tramway section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. e work involves
laying down engineered netting and cloth to help prevent moisture, and weeds from coming up through
the track, while also helping hold the gravelled track together.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Cycleway work progressing
A typographical error in Pub
Charity's recent list of disbursements
resulted in the allocations for the
Hurunui region being lumped in
with those of the Westland district.
A subsequent story in the
Greymouth Star taken from that
list incorrectly concluded that the
proceeds of pokie machines in
Hokitika and Franz Josef Glacier
were diverted to North Canterbury
Pub Charity chief executive Martin
Sheer said his charity was proud of
the fact that, wherever possible, it
ensured that all of its monies were
paid back to the area in which they
were raised, and Pub Charity was
leading the push to have that policy
enshrined in law.
"At present at least 95% of our
grants go back to the community
of origin, but we want to make it
100%," Mr Sheer said.
Pokie funds stay on Coast
ree members of the Greymouth Volunteer Fire Brigade were rewarded on Saturday night for their
long ser vice, as each was presented with their 25-year Gold Stars. New chief re o cer Lee Swinburn,
left, his right-hand man, deputy chief re o cer Graeme O'Dea, and reman Hugh Trembath were the
latest Greymouth members to notch up a quarter century of ser vice. Assistant national commander Rob
Saunders presented the Gold Stars on behalf of the United Fire Brigade Association. Mr O'Dea had his
medal pinned on by his father, Pat, who is the chief re o cer in Westport and been with the Fire Ser vice
for more than 50 years. Mr Swinburn has been in the brigade since he was a teenager and was made chief
re o cer this year after long-ser ving boss Alan McEnaney retired in January, while Mr Trembath was
recognised for his work as a re ghter and term as the brigade treasurer.
Firemen rewarded for long ser vice
e two West Coast coal towns
which claim to be the home of
the Labour Party will go head-
to-head in a debate during May
Day celebrations next month.
Organiser Paul Maunder
released the itinerary for 'Mawhera
May Day' this week.
On Friday, May 2, current
champions Runanga will go
against Blackball in the annual
is year's topic is 'You can't
vote Labour because it means
the bloody Greens could be in
government'. e debate will
be chaired by Green Party MP
e three-day event actually
starts the day before, May 1,
when West Coast-Tasman MP
Labour's Damien O'Connor will
open a new public art exhibition
at the Runanga Miners' Hall.
at will be followed by the
inaugural school debate ---
Greymouth High School versus
John Paul II High School --- on
'Voting is no longer relevant,
young people can make change in
On Saturday, the exhibition
'You and the boss: employment
relations and the coming election'
will open at the Blackball
e play based on the Spring
Creek Mine closure and the
proposed workers' co-operative,
e Judgment of Ben Alder,
will then be performed by Kiwi-
Possum Productions, followed
by dinner and a keynote speech
by Green Party list MP Kevin
Hague about transitioning from
e West Coast District Health Board
intends taking to the road with a mobile
dental clinic in a campervan as it tackles
a backlog of school children awaiting
By June last year, the waiting list
had grown to more than 600 pupils
In a newsletter to DHB sta , clinical
director of oral health Martin Lee said
an assessment clinic would be built into
a campervan-sized vehicle.
It would not treat children, but would
assess a large number so potential
problems were picked up on time.
Technology meant sta would be able
to view children's records from the van
and receive clinical support from dental
specialists, even when they were in
" e new service will see children
assessed by dental therapists at their
school," Dr Lee said.
If there was a problem, children would
be referred for treatment.
At the moment, the mobile dental
service is provided in a truck and trailer.
However, Dr Lee said the trucks
required a specialist driver and were
expensive to run, especially to more
remote and smaller schools.
e van, though, could be driven by
anyone with a regular driver's licence,
and were more mobile so sta could visit
"It also takes demand o the two
trailer clinics so that they can be used,
as originally intended, as a mobile hub
to provide treatment for those children
whose assessments show they need
follow-up care," he said.
e Hokitika dental clinic had been
upgraded already and similar upgrades
were planned for Greymouth and
"We are con dent that families will
see an improvement as a result of these
changes," Dr Lee said.
DHB to take dental
campervan on road to
Bragging rights at stake in debate
of the Westport News
Holcim Cement has con rmed its
Westport works is topping up with coal
from Solid Energy because Bathurst
Resources can not ll its contract to
e con rmation con icts with
Bathurst's denial it has had any
problems supplying Holcim from its
Asked on Friday if Cascade production
had decreased, if so why, and whether
Solid Energy was making up a shortfall
to Holcim, Bathurst general manager
corporate relations Sam Aarons replied:
"No, Cascade is still on track to produce
as forecast and we are supplying as per
our agreement to Holcim."
Ms Aarons also last month denied
rumours about Cascade production
However, Holcim Cement general
manager Ross Pickworth said yesterday
that Cascade had been unable to ll its
Holcim contract for about six weeks.
"We haven't been getting as much as
normal from Bathurst over the last few
months, so we've needed to get coal
from other sources and we've managed
to get some from Solid Energy."
He understood Bathurst had had some
operational "challenges" at Cascade.
However, Cascade had increased its
"I think they're getting towards a
point where they'll be in a position to
supply their normal volume."
Mr Pickworth declined to reveal how
much coal Holcim was buying from
either Bathurst or Solid Energy. Nor
would he say whether Holcim's costs
had increased as a result of trucking
coal from Solid Energy's Reddale Mine
at Reefton instead of Cascade near
He said Reddale coal was reasonably
similar to Cascade coal. "Both coals
work very well for us."
Bathurst unable to
meet Holcim contract
of the Hokitika Guardian
It will be business as usual for
the Hokitika Holiday Park once
Westland Milk Products formally
takes over the property.
Ron Heward, who has operated
the business since 1985, strongly
objected to the dairy company's
plans to expand across the road
from the camping ground, saying it
would "kill" his business.
As a result of negotiations, the
dairy company last month bought
the business and now says it plans
to keep operating the campground.
It agreed to buy the holiday park
for an undisclosed sum, just prior
to the Westland District Council's
public hearing on March 25 to
consider the consent application
to build the new $100 million D7
e expansion is part of a plan to
ramp up the manufacture of high
grade export products such as infant
milk powder at the Hokitika factory.
e company gained the necessary
resource consents early last week
once commissioner Michael
Garland released his decision.
Westland Milk chief executive
Rod Quin said yesterday the
company was working with the
current operators of the Hokitika
Holiday Park to ensure "a smooth
A nal handover date had yet to
Mr Quin said the handover was
"likely to be completed in May" but
timing was still being nalised to
suit both parties.
"Westland intends to continue to
operate the business as a holiday
park, and for ward bookings and
other activities related to the
business of the park are continuing,"
Sale of the holiday park did not
in any way a ect the dairy on the
corner of Livingstone and Sta ord
" e store is not owned by the
holiday park and was not part of the
purchase negotiations," Mr Quin
A Kaniere Road resident also
withdrew her opposition and settled
with Westland Milk for the sale of
her residential property prior to the
March 25 hearing.
Hokitika Holiday Park to continue operating
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