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A cement truck driver was slapped
with a $600 fine yesterday after his
load of wet concrete spilled on to
the road as he was travelling along
Main South Road, Greymouth.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly, of
the Greymouth police, said it made
a “hell of a mess”, which the driver
also had to clean up, with a 25m
trail of cement from Power Road.
Bailiffs in Coast
Department of Courts bailiffs
and police went door knocking
throughout the West Coast at the
weekend, seizing personal property
including several vehicles, in an
attempt to recoup $250,000 in
unpaid fines. Operation Pay Up
involved Nelson collections staff and
Greymouth police, with 24 seizure
warrants for unpaid fines and court
reparations. West Coast police
prevention manager, senior sergeant
Phil Barker, said court bailiffs
seized large amounts of personal
property. “ The total amount of fines
outstanding for both areas is in
excess of $250,000 with the highest
individual amount being $38,869,”
Mr Barker said. Collections
operations would be ongoing and
the message was clear: “If you refuse
to pay your fines you risk losing
If taxis are too expensive, and
trains are too unreliable how about
flying a dragon to work, or taking a
ride on the Loch Ness Monster? Of
course, these transport options are
not real, but you can now virtually
see how long these journeys would
take on Google Maps. Google
Easter Eggs were added to celebrate
the launch of public transport
routes on the ser vice across the
United Kingdom. Travelling from
the Brecon Beacons to Snowdon
in Wales would take 21 minutes
by dragon. Riding Nessie between
Fort Augustus and Urquhart
Castle, which sit on Loch Ness in
Inverness, Scotland, would take 28
minutes — four minutes faster than
taking the bus. — Daily Mail
Rain, some heavy falls.
Hundreds fewer West Coast patients are receiving
orthopaedic (bone) surgery at Greymouth, and
hundreds more are having to travel to Canterbury
This startling turnaround was revealed in figures
released to the Greymouth Star under the Official
The West Coast District Health Board changed
its orthopaedic ser vice in 2012, saying it was paying
a $2500 a day for locum specialists, and it was
breaking the budget.
The board says the ‘new system’ is sustainable,
specialised and more reliable, and that it was doing
too much surgery in Greymouth to start with.
Figures released to the newspaper show that in
2011, 70 West Coast orthopaedic patients were
sent to Canterbury, rising to 105 and then 227 last
In 2011, 925 patients were treated in Greymouth,
dropping to 618 in 2012 and 427 last year.
The overall numbers of those being treated also
fell, from 1009, to 743 and down to 679 last year.
West Coast DHB programme director Michael
Frampton said that in 2011, the Coast DHB
“ invested heavily” in the orthopaedic ser vice at
a level that was “neither clinically nor financially
Under the new ‘trans-alpine ser vice’, Canterbury
specialists rather than costly locums were rotated
through Grey Base Hospital every Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This included a
range of specialties, such as paediatric orthopaedics
and spinal ser vices. The current Greymouth
orthopaedic surgeon worked Mondays to Fridays.
Mr Frampton said they tried to handle as many
acute cases as possible locally, but injuries did not
always occur when specialists were on the Coast or
free to operate.
“ We believe that Coasters — some of whom are
having to travel a little more for acute injuries under
the trans-alpine ser vices than they did previously —
are getting more specialised care as they are seeing
hand, ankle, shoulder and spinal sub-specialist
surgeons when necessary in Canterbury,” he said.
Greymouth had been performing more
orthopaedic surgery than the national rate, on a per
capita basis, and that could not be sustained. Even
with the reduction, it was still doing more joint
replacements per capita, he said.
The new system, however, was financially
“sustainable” and more stable.
However, Mr Frampton accepted it was taking
longer than expected to install the new ser vice, but
noted that more care was being provided through
new musculoskeletal outpatient clinics.
Canterbury and West Coast orthopaedic surgeon
Kris Dalzell said the local Greymouth-based
doctor, in conjunction with the acute surgeon of
the day in Christchurch, made the call on whether
or not to transfer a patient.
Sometimes patients needed to wait for swelling
to decrease before surgery, such as in the case of a
“The discussion between the Grey-based doctor
and the acute surgeon in Christchurch confirms
the acuity of the case, the need for and timing of
surgery, the benefit of waiting in Grey Hospital
versus transferring to Christchurch to wait, the
weather, as well as consideration of other more
urgent cases in the queue for surgery,” Mr Dalzell
“Any serious trauma will always be transferred to
Mr Dalzell said patients around New Zealand,
including Christchurch, may also wait over a
weekend for the same reasons.
In 2011, 303 West Coast patents had acute
(emergency) surgery in Greymouth. In 2012 this
was 278 and 169 last year. A total of 109 were sent
to Canterbury last year.
in 2011, 672 patients had elective (scheduled,
non-urgent) surgery in Greymouth. In 2012, this
was 294 and last year 216. A total of 89 were sent
to Canterbury last year.
In total in 2011, 70 went to Canterbury. This
rose to 105 and then 227 last year. A further 25
went to other DHBs.
Most passersby would be unaware, but Peter Passuello bids them a nice day as they pass by his Marlborough Street home, in
Greymouth. The coded message — a QR (quick response) — can only be deciphered with a smartphone app, which scans it and
sends people a link or message, in this case a simple, ‘Have a nice day ’. Mr Passuello built his own QR, which has been on his
front fence since Easter. “I was looking for something different to put up there,” he said. He expects to keep the code up until
Halloween when he will put out new coded signs.
A former Greymouth surgeon who
knocked a paramedic off his bike was
discharged without conviction and
fined $3000 for careless driving, when
he appeared in the Greymouth District
Hugh Russell Bodle, 78, had been
driving through Greymouth on
January 13, when he stopped at a give-
way sign. He pulled out into High
Street, stopping at the centre line to
avoid two passing trucks. After the
trucks had passed he moved off, but
knocked the paramedic from his bike.
The victim had suffered concussion
and amnesia as a result of the accident.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said the
guilty plea from Bodle had come a
He said there had been similar
situations where people with a
reputation like Bodle’s could suffer
from such an incident.
He said Bodle had given a great
amount to the West Coast community,
and was a “household name”.
Bodle had said he just had not seen
Mr Bradley said that as soon as Bodle
heard a bang, within seconds he had
been out of his vehicle and attending
to the victim.
Judge Robert Murfitt said Bodle had
an “exemplary community standing”,
but had made a “momentary slip of
judgment ”. Trying to avoid the two
trucks, he had hit the bike instead.
Given his long history without any
offending, the judge said he should be
discharged without conviction. Bodle
had also offered to pay reparation to
Paramedic knocked off bike by ex-Greymouth surgeon
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Hoax 111 caller ‘ashamed’
A Cobden man who made
repeated hoax calls about crimes
and fires was sentenced to 80
hours of community work, nine
months’ supervision and fined
$250 in the Greymouth District
Between December 22 and
Christmas Day, Anthony Kaye,
21, committed five offences of
making false reports of fires and
On May 1 he was also caught
behind the wheel, having
previously been banned from
referring to a letter from a GP,
said it showed that Kaye had
Mr Bodle said he only had to
spend three or four minutes with
Kaye to see that was the case.
He said people in Kaye’s circle
got him drunk and then got
him to do stupid stuff, as he was
Kaye had since found it helpful
to not drink while he had been
on bail for his offending.
The people he currently lived
with were caring about his
condition, Mr Bodle said.
Kaye also said in court he was
selling his car.
Judge Robert Murfitt said
Asperger’s was the dominant
factor in Kaye’s offending as he
had limited social skills, which
explained why he had been
involved in these crimes.
Kaye was ashamed of what he
had done, and did not want to
talk about it, the judge said.
Before a stone has even been
turned, the Miners’ Recreation
Centre has undergone a name
The Grey District Council last
night approved the new name as
the Westland Recreation Centre.
“ When we initially fundraised
it was around the Pike (River
Mine) disaster, and at a time
when Solid Energy were going
to be major backers,” Mayor
Tony Kokshoorn said.
Since then, several memorials
had been built for the Pike River
dead, and Solid Energy had
pulled its contributions, which
had been in the “millions of
dollars”, Mr Kokshoorn said.
The new name was designed to
be “more regional”.
The $8 million building will
sit alongside the Grey District
The project will be put out to
Recreation centre renamed
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