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Paul Potts spied
on West Coast
Paul Potts, has
taken a break
from his New
schedule to visit
the West Coast.
In 2007, Potts
won the first
series of Britain’s Got Talent with
his performance of Nessun Dorma.
After a tip that he was staying
at the Punakaiki Resort, a quick
check of Potts’ Twitter account this
morning revealed that yesterday
he “Arrived safely at Franz Joseph
(sic) Glacier Village. West Coast
Highway 6 (NZ).” A few days earlier,
after driving to Milford Sound,
he tweeted: “Mind blown and gob
is smacked all over again”. The
Punakaiki Resort politely declined to
smashed in CBD
Windows in two Greymouth
businesses were smashed over the
weekend, one shop being hit twice.
Hannan and Seddon law offices,
in Guinness Street, were targeted
on Friday night, and the following
night a rubbish bin was hurled
through a front window at Postie
Plus. Offenders returned last night
and flung a road cone through
another window in the store.
The CIB has confirmed that
someone tried to burn down the
boarded up Greymouth house,
where a man was killed in a high-
speed car crash on January 24.
Detective sergeant Gavin Nichols
said today the fire under the front of
the house early on Friday morning
was the work of an arsonist. “ The
fire was set in the northern corner
of the house, closest to the road and
an accelerant was used,” Mr Nichols
Rain easing morning
A dog that was so afraid to go
outside it would play dead when it
was time for walkies has got over
its agoraphobia with the help of a
psychologist. Jack, a black labrador,
would shake and whine when faced
with the prospect of going outside.
The 18-month-old pet had been
trapped in its home for a year as
a result of the fear and had never
been walked outside by owner Judy
Huddleston. However, she is now
able to take Jack for a run after dog
psychologist Lynne Marshall helped
it overcome its anxiety.
West Coast mental health ser vices
are in line for the biggest review since
Seaview Psychiatric Hospital closed in
Hokitika 13 years ago.
The current system dates back to
2001, when the in-patient unit was
moved from Hokitika to Grey Base
A report released today recommends
that a plan be formed. In-patient
ser vices should be retained but the
“shape of acute and crisis ser vices needs
The review team said it was optimistic
that changes were achievable without
compromising safety and the quality in
Last year, two of the 3.5 full-time
psychiatrists left. There were also
two suicides within a short time of
discharge from the in-patient unit and
a “range of incidents and complaints”.
Concerns detailed in the report
summary released today include the use
of seclusion at the hospital, which has
A shortage of registered nurses has
been ongoing, resulting in a high
proportion of inexperienced nurses and
new graduates, with more experienced
nurses under-utilised in the emergency
About 180 provider and consumer
representatives contributed to the
inter vention and help in West Coast
communities, the district health board
says it hopes to provide “alternatives to
admission”, which could see in-patient
bed numbers cut.
The review suggests patients should
be able to get help locally, for example
in Buller and South Westland.
This may, in future, reduce the need
for the current number of in-patient
beds in Greymouth, but the DHB said
it was “imperative” the in-patient unit
Acting general manager of mental
health Michael Frampton said it was
about “more ser vices, not less”.
The summary said patients who
needed acute in-patient ser vices
would access them from the unit at
As the mental health ser vice evolved,
more people should be able to access
at least some acute ser vices locally. An
emphasis will be put on proactive care
to aid recovery, to help people to stay
well and to deal with issues before they
One unnamed consumer said this
was “the first time that mental health
ser vice users and caregivers have been
given the power to speak”.
The review was led by Dr David
Stoner and included West Coast-based
clinicians, a consultant psychiatrist
from the North Island, consumer
representatives from the Coast and
beyond, and a member of the DHB
planning and funding team.
It went to staff last week, and was due
to go to a meeting of mental health
consumers in Greymouth today.
DHB chief executive David Meates
said a central recommendation was to
ensure that access to mental health and
addiction ser vices was easy and well-
The many different providers at
organisation and hospital levels should
be integrated so that a consumer could
move between ser vices easily and
appropriately as their needs changed.
The report noted that budgets were
largely fixed, and more money was not
The 40 recommendations include:
Appoint and establish a Mental
Health Alliance group within three
months; appoint a project manager
to drive the development of the
A single contact person.
Most ser vices should be locality
based; i.e . co-located with or working
into the six GP and health centres on
the West Coast.
Investigate the possibility of
providing detoxification in the
Acute and planned respite facilities
need to be extended beyond the
Biggest review since Seaview
Kyla Elston, left, Penny Anderson and Manawa Beal have a make-believe meal with Tim Eden-Calcott, the new head teacher at Greymouth
Kidsfirst kindergarten. Mr Eden-Calcott, from Leeston, was on his first day of duty today and was looking forward to working in the new
environment, having previously worked as a teacher at Philipstown, in Christchurch. “ The West Coast is a real attraction for me and my wife Kelly, it
ticks all the boxes and with our three young girls we look forward to making the West Coast home.”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
‘High tea’ with new teacher
Polytechnic mulls $2m extension
Tai Poutini Polytechnic looks set
to fund a new $2 million automotive
workshop at its Greymouth campus.
The polytechnic council meeting
last week voted unanimously in
favour of plans for the proposed 850
square metre facility to go at the
corner of Convent Lane and Tainui
Street. An existing shed on the site
would be demolished.
The new facility would cover two
floors, a workshop on the ground
floor and classrooms and office space
on the mezzanine floor.
Chief executive Allan Sargison
said the current space used to run
the automotive courses was clearly
c lassrooms in the new facility would
be an improvement on the makeshift
spaces being used now.
Mr Sargison recommended they
not make a final decision on funding
the new facility, but proceed to the
next stage of getting more detailed
drawings and officially tendering
its construction. That process would
take place over the next two to three
Chief financial officer Alyson Bone
said the building would be funded
by current cash reser ves, although it
would have an impact on cashflow
over the next two financial years.
Mr Sargison said it would be bigger
and slightly more complicated than
the new polytechnic workshop being
built at North Beach, in Westport.
Fisherman claims against slipway
A claim lodged against the Grey
District Council for alleged damage
caused to a local fishing boat while in
dry dock on the Blaketown slipway
is being “strongly opposed,” council
chief executive Paul Pretorius says.
Mr Pretorius said the incident
happened a couple of months ago
and was now an insurance matter.
A fishermen had taken his boat
up to the slipway at the head of the
Blaketown Lagoon. After it was up
on the cradle the fisherman claimed
his boat had been damaged by the
Mr Pretorius said the boat had been
repaired, however the council was
now strongly opposing a claim being
made against it. He had not seen
the claim himself but thought it was
probably for the cost of the repairs
carried out on the vessel.
In February, a council meeting
agreed to provide $16,000 to help
bring the slipway up to standard,
including $6000 to level the rails and
$10,000 to replace the winch drum. It
had previously spent $8000 repairing
the block at the slipway.
However, Mr Pretorius said that at
the time of the alleged incident, the
slipway had been in good shape.
The boat owner declined comment.
The largest farming station on the
West Coast, Waikiti Downs at the
back of Haupiri, has sold for $3.5
million — with more than $4 million
of debts still unpaid.
The company was put into
liquidation by the High Court on
It was sold prior to Christmas
to existing dairy farmers from the
The receivers’ six-monthly report
said the farm had sold for $3.5m.
The receivers,who are employed by
PWC, spent $26,717 on legal fees,
$70,000 on real estate commission,
and paid themselves a $55,000 fee.
A secured creditor was paid $3.29m.
By the end of February, creditors
were still owed $4.6m — even after
the money from the farm sale had
ANZ was owed $3.6m, Gough
Finance $58,658, Ravensdown
$282,288 and PGG Wrightson
The IRD was owed $190,000 and
unsecured creditors $335,483.
A tractor and some farm equipment
still had to be sold; the tractor was in
poor condition, and would probably
be sold for parts.
It appeared unlikely that the
various unsecured creditors would
be paid, the receivers said in their
West Coast ’s biggest farm leaves $4m trail of debt
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