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2 - Monday, May 5, 2014
More heavy rain is headed up
the West Coast today, as an active
front moves on to the South Island.
The Metser vice issued a heavy rain
warning for later today and early
tomorrow morning. Significant
heavy rain was expected about
Fiordland, Westland, the Canterbury
headwaters, the ranges of Nelson and
Mt Taranaki, with severe gales likely
in North Canterbury, Marlborough,
Wellington and Wairarapa.
Heaphy Track opened
Mountainbikers can start riding
the Heaphy Track from today, when
it reopens for the first since the
storm more than two weeks ago. The
storm caused extensive tree windfall,
delaying the start of its winter
mountainbiking season, which was
due to start on May 1. The track, in
Kahurangi National Park, partially
opened from the Karamea end
this week but now the full 78km
track will reopen from Monday to
mountainbikers and walkers. Parts
of the track are still not yet up to
their usual standard. Bikers and
walkers are advised to take extra care
and watch out for loose vegetation
in trees and some minor debris
on the track, particularly in the
sections between Brown and Perry
Saddle huts and between MacKay
and Lewis huts. “ We had thought
it might take until May 12 to clear
and reopen the track but we are
pleased to be able to open it a week
sooner than expected due to the
considerable effort our staff have put
in, helped by fine weather,” DOC
Westport conser vation ser vices
manager Bob Dickson said.
No appeals on
WMP drier consent
No appeals have been received
against the decision to allow
Westland Milk Products to build its
new $100 million drier in Hokitika.
The Westland District Council held
a public hearing on March 25 to
consider the consent application.
Resource consent was subsequently
issued, and the time limit to appeal
that decision has now passed, the
council confirmed today.
3000th snail expected
The Department of Conser vation’s
fridge in Hokitika, which has housed
giant snails for almost a decade, will
soon welcome its 3000th critter.
The first snails arrived in late 2006,
when Solid Energy cleared the
way to mine more of the Stockton
Plateau, near Westport. In 2011,
800 snails died over a long weekend
when the cooler went into overdrive.
The fridge now houses 2739 snails
and 1521 eggs, and in the next six
months DOC expects a further 500
eggs to hatch, bringing the captive
total to more than 3000.
to be built
After a successful trial, the West
Coast Penguin Trust is to build a
2.3km penguin fence on the Coast
Road. For the past few years, the
trust has been trying to find ways
of protecting blue penguins on
stretches of the road where mortality
has been exceptionally high. After
a short trial section of fencing was
installed a couple of years ago, work
has finally begun on a 2.3km fence
at Pahautane, stretching almost from
Seal Island to Meybille Bay.
Greymouth Bridge Club results —
Wednesday: Tina Fernando and
Cynthia El-Hinsheri 60%, 1; Alison
Dayne and Mary Whitehead 47%,
2. Thursday: Mary Pupich and Sue
Glue 62.5%, 1; Brian Rowlands and
Stuart Oliver 54.2%, 2; Michelle
Gunn and Ash Hamilton 53.1%, 3.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Ocean
Odyssey, Aquila, one Greymouth
vessel. In port: Cook Canyon,
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey, Tainui,
Electra, Christina, Garraway, Happy
V, Tawera, Aquila, 25 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Ocean Odyssey, tomorrow; Cook
Canyon, Wednesday. Expected
arrivals: Moon Shadow, tomorrow;
Jay Elaine, Wednesday.
Council allows $2.36m to
replace aquatic centre roof
It could cost $2.36 million to replace the
Greymouth aquatic centre roof when the
issue of who is actually responsible for the
sagging beams is resolved.
Soon after the $12m complex was opened
in June 2009 it was noticed that the central
beam had an embarrassing bow in it.
Eighteen months later in December 2010
the architects, LHT Design, advised the
Grey District Council that they knew the
exact cause of the sag.
The Hawke’s Bay design company said it
was “positive” it knew what had occurred and
was carrying out investigations on another
building that had experienced similar
deflections, and a third — of identical design
to the Greymouth pool — that had stayed
within the design parameters.
Ever since then, the council, designers and
contractor have been locked in negotiations
resulting in the council recognising in its
2012-13 report to the auditor-general an
‘impairment ’ of $2.36m for the estimated
cost of replacing the roof.
A further $80,000 has been ‘impaired ’ for
the cost of repairing damaged tiling in the
shower area and spa pool at the aquatic
Meanwhile, a new $200,000 boiler will be
installed this month.
The council had been weighing up its
options for over a year as the smaller model
had struggled to cope with substitutes for
the high grade Spring Creek coal for which
it was designed, leaving it unable to properly
heat the pool last winter.
The new boiler will run on all sorts of coal
and, if necessary, other fuels, Grey District
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.
It will also have enough capacity to
handle all the heating needs of the Miners’
Recreation Centre when it is constructed on
the eastern end of the aquatic centre.
The new boiler will be fitted over the
coming two weeks with the pool shut for
At one stage the council had considered the
purchase of a much bigger unit that became
surplus to requirements at the Monteith’s
Brewery. However, a staff report said the
much bigger steam boiler would be under-
used, operating at 25% capacity in the winter
and less than that in summer, and plans to
divert excess steam to Greymouth High
School, about 150m away, were too costly.
The brewery boiler was 40 years old and
the council would be “taking a chance” in
purchasing it, council staff said.
Assets manager, Mel Sutherland told
a recent council meeting that he was
negotiating with someone who was keen to
purchase the original aquatic centre boiler.
Monday May 5
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Phone 768 0250
LITTLE, Edna Mary
away peacefully on
Wednesday April 30,
in Greymouth Base Hos-
pital surrounded by her
loving family. Aged 82
years young. Devoted
and loving wife of Pat,
together over 62 years.
Dearly loved mother and
mother-in-law of Jill and
Ron (Hokitika), and Dan
and Sue (Christchurch),
and loved Nana Marie of
all her extended family.
Loved daughter of the
late Jack and Grace
Pamment. Loved sister
and sister-in-law of the
late Max and Celie, the
late Jack and Madeleine,
Len (deceased) and
Flora, Joyce and the late
Neil Lauson, and the
late Grace and Alf
Bennet, the late Noel
and Betty, Keith and
Mary (deceased), and
the late Colleen. Loved
aunt to all her nieces and
nephews, and loved
friend to so many. Mum
battled bravely until the
end and is at last at rest.
Special thanks must go
to Dr Anna and Nigel
for their love and care,
and the gift of life
through Lena. All the
staff at Allen Bryant
Lifecare for their care
and support. To the
Morice Ward staff, our
grateful thanks for your
care of Mum and
support of our family
over the last year and
especially her last few
days. In accordance with
Mum's wishes a private
service and cremation
have been held. Mess-
ages to 16 Hampden
Street, Hokitika 7810.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
(Jan). — Passed away
peacefully at her home
on May 4, 2014, aged
68. Dearly loved wife
of Hugh, loved and
treasured mum and
Michelle and Grant,
Paul and Cheryl, Arron
and Gayleen, Nicky and
Pete, and Lisa and
Fiona, loved nana of
Luke, Alexandra; Jaden;
Jessica; and Michael,
adored great-nana of
Brooke, loved sister and
sister-in-law of Norma
(deceased) and Alan,
Bill and Gladys, Ann
(deceased), and John
“A truly beautiful lady,
now at peace”
Messages to 11 Keith
Road, Paroa, Greymouth
7805. In lieu of flowers
donations to St John
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
service or posted to PO
Box 508, Greymouth
7840. A Funeral Mass
will be celebrated at St
Church, High Street,
Greymouth, on Thurs-
day at 2pm, followed by
burial at the Memorial
Park Cemetery, Glad-
Funeral Services Ltd.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
Joseph (Stan). —
On Thursday, May 1,
2014, peacefully at the
Unit, Greymouth. In his
87th year. Loved and
Margaret, loved father
and father-in-law of
Diane and Basil Ford
and David Leggoe,
cherished Pop of Nicola,
Dean, Kylie, Brad and
Michael, Great Pop of
Faith, Tyler, Brodie and
Ashton, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
deceased), Richard and
(deceased), and Natalie,
(deceased) and George
and Elaine McFarlane,
and a loved uncle and
“At Rest”. Messages to
134 Livingstone Street,
Hokitika 7810. A
funeral service for Stan
will be held at St
commencing at 1pm.
Following the service
Stan will be laid to rest
in the Lawn Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
FDANZ, Ph 755 7993.
Roderick (aka Scotty
Thursday May 5, 2014
at his home, 51 Herd
Street, Dunollie, West-
land, son of the late
Ernest and Netta Blown,
loved brother of Eric,
Avril and Fiona, most
incredible father of
Romi and Kaya, father-
in-law of Kate, much
Chrystal, Thorin, Wyatt,
Issac, Clara, and Leith,
uncle to Barry, Susan,
Julie, Malcolm and
Mathew, and a beloved
friend. Aged 67 years.
Forever with us
A farewell to Scotty will
take place at the Barry-
town Community Hall
on Wednesday at 2pm,
followed by cremation.
Anisy Funeral Home,
Duck shooting got under way on Saturday,
and most hunters had reason to smile.
Marc Jary, who travels to Ahaura from
Nelson each year, said he did well hunting
paradise shelducks and would have plenty of
meat to use to make salami.
It was foggy on the river flats and cleared
to a sunny, warm day on Saturday and
Fish and Game West Coast officer Rhys
Adams said most people around Hokitika
were happy with their har vest and most
agreed that a sunny morning and a few
birds was better than sitting in the rain and
shooting more birds.
One Greymouth man, who hunts near
Taramakau Settlement, said it was the best
opening in five years.
PICTURE: Fish and Game
Marc Jary, of Nelson, who travels down to Ahaura each year for opening of the gamebird hunting season.
Duck shooters smiling after season star t
The next performer at the Barrytown
Hall will be watching his mouth when
he performs on Wednesday.
Tourettes is a spoken word poet
from Auckland and is promoting his
new book of poetry and prose, with
singer songwriter Ben Salter from
The pair met in 2012 in Skagastrond,
a small fishing village in Iceland, with
neither expecting they would end up
sitting in a van driving around New
Tourettes was working on his first
novel while on an artist residency
in Iceland, and stumbled across
Salter performing a solo show in
Skagastrond ’s only pub.
The pair decided to climb up a
local mountain but were caught as
the weather was turned. Huddling
together for warmth, the two men
made a pact that if they made it out of
Iceland alive, they should go on tour
Now both men will tour the West
Coast for the first time in their Party
Tricks and Boring Secrets Tour with
Tourettes celebrating the launch of his
Poet for Barrytown
The West Coast will be treated
to some renowned classical
piano at four concerts later this
Acclaimed French pianist
Claire Rouault will present a
recital of classical piano music
as part of Piano on Tour.
Together with her partner,
Rouault created Piano on Tour,
which endeavours to give small
communities and schools the
kind of high-quality classical
music normally found only in
larger city venues.
The programme for concerts
on the West Coast will include
Mozart’s Sonata No12 KV332,
Debussy ’s Claire de Lune and
L’Isle Joyeuse, and Chopin’s 24
Rouault studied at France’s
top music school the National
Superior Music Conser vatory
of Paris. She won the Claude
Kahn competition in 2001
and the Anton Rubinstein
Competition in 2003.
This year she was chosen
among the “favourite places and
people in NZ” by North and
Piano on Tour’s concerts are
performed in churches, halls
or schools, on a quality grand
piano. Each concert is in two
parts of 30 minutes, with an
They will perform for Reefton
children at St Stephen’s, at
Cobden School and at Buller
Public performances will
be at St Stephen’s Church,
Reefton, on May 22, the Holy
Trinity Church, Greymouth,
on May 23, All Saints Church,
Hokitika, on May 24, and St
John’s Holy Trinity and Granity
Church, Westport, on May 25.
Acclaimed French pianist Claire Rouault will bring classical
piano to the West Coast.
Piano on tour
Blaketown toddler Blake Crooks, 21 months,
holds a copy of the January 24, 1994 Press
newspaper that his parents found in the
backyard after the storm in Greymouth on
April 17. Mandy Clarke said the paper was
still in good condition and had probably not
been unwrapped since the day it was delivered.
She thought it may have been stored in a loft
and was blown out during the windstorm. “ I’m
hoping it belongs to someone. It must have
some significance.” Miss Clarke said people
sometimes purchased papers like that and kept
them because it was a special date such as a
birthday. The paper, still tightly wrapped in
plastic and only slightly yellowed, was found
in their Reid Street backyard after the storm
which also destroyed their garage.
PICTURE: Lisa Rangi
Old paper turns up
of the Hokitika Guardian
A leak of confidential information from the council
table into the community is “extremely disappointing”,
Westland Mayor Mike Havill says.
He was responding on Friday to an anonymous tip-
off to the Guardian that a councillor has been “caught”
sharing confidential information which had been privy
only to councillors.
The leaked information related to Westland Holdings
Ltd and was originally transmitted via an e-mail to the
council executive committee.
The Mayor confirmed to the Guardian that the leaked
information had subsequently been spread by “someone
Mr Havill said he would not deny “that something has
got out ” but he was still looking into the matter.
“I am aware of a document that is circulating in the
community that was privy only to councillors.”
That information could have come only from within the
council table, which he said was a clear breach of trust.
“I have not yet resolved the source ... it ’s disappointing.”
The council had made a lot of progress since coming to
office at the elections last year and it would be a shame
for the confidentiality breach to overshadow that, Mr
In particular, the council had been working hard to
get its financial position on a better footing — to have
a “tight council” — and positive change should become
apparent over this year once the annual plan was adopted,
“The thick edge of the rate increases is addressing
debt and unwinding the depreciation policy ... there’s a
lot of positives in the council, but this is disappointing.”
The anonymous caller to the Hokitika Guardian on
Friday said the alleged leaking was “destroying trust ” at
the council table.
The individual concerned “hasn’t admitted it” but had
been given a “rark up” by the Mayor, the caller said.
The councillor alleged to be the leak told the Guardian
that their position at the council table had become “very
uncomfortable” and that the flow of council related
information to them had effectively been curtailed.
Mr Havill had written a formal letter, the councillor
said, telling them they would now physically need to
go to the council administration building to uplift
official communications rather than receive them
The censured councillor said they were “ very, very
annoyed” at the accusations and were now seeking
Local Government New Zealand and legal advice.
“ It ’s very serious, and I believe that there is something
going on behind the scenes, and I’m bearing the brunt
of it,” the councillor said. “ This has become a little bit
personal, and council should stick with the issues.”
However the councillor said they were always “open
and honest ” to ratepayers concerning council business.
“It seems to me that quite a lot of it is kept under wraps
and it needs to be more transparent.”
Council leak extremely
It was a dry April in
Greymouth, with more
than 100mm of rain less
than the previous year.
Weather observer Phil
Forrest said 129.9mm
fell, compared to
224.3mm last April.
It rained on 19 days,
the same as in 2013. The
wettest day was April 15,
when 21.3mm fell.
There were 71.9 hours
of sunshine, down on
108.5 hours last year. So
far this year, the 224.6
hours of sun lag the
735.3 hours of last year,
when the West Coast
was in drought.
April 16 was the
warmest day at
21.7degC and the
coolest 5.5degC, on
There was one day of
thunder, four of dew, but
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