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A drunken teenager who dropped
his trousers and bared his buttocks
to staff at the Greymouth BP
ser vice station in the early hours of
Saturday morning did not get away
with his rudeness He was arrested
by police and charged with offensive
suspicious fire lead
Reefton police are following a
“positive lead” into a suspicious fire
outside the Reefton Area School
last Sunday night. Constable Mark
Watson said a rubbish skip was set
alight about 11.20pm. “ This incident
had the potential to cause substantial
damage to the school and power
lines located above the skip,” he said.
Reefton and Murchison emergency
ser vices attended a crash on State
highway 6 at Deep Creek about
11am yesterday when a truck
rolled over. A B-train unit failed to
negotiate a moderate right-hand
corner as it descended into the Deep
Creek section of the road, causing
the unit to roll on to its side into
the roadside drain. The driver was
uninjured. Police said charges were
A spate of burglaries of farms in
the Mawheraiti area has prompted
police to warn farmers to keep
a close eye on their properties.
Constable Mark Watson, of Reefton
police, said a BOC welder, Honda
generator, about 150 fence standards,
three electric fence reels and around
300 litres of diesel had been stolen
from farm sheds. “ We believe these
items are being sold on, so ask
anyone who has been offered farm
equipment at bargain prices to
contact us,” Mr Watson said.
Grifis Mining wants to mine for gold
on the terrace above Sulky Gully, near
Taylorville. The consent application to
the West Coast Regional Council says
it has owned the land for several years.
It would employ two or three workers
at the most.
Greymouth Bridge Club results. —
Wednesday: Allison Palmer and
Joy Willman, Colleen Freitas and
Ash Hamilton 54%, equal 1; Alison
Dayne and Mary Whitehead 51%, 3.
Thursday: Brian Rowlands and Ash
Hamilton 68.7%, 1; Stuart Oliver
and Ian Anderson 60.4%, 2; Allison
Palmer and Judy Parkinson 55.2%, 3;
Sue Glue and Gerard Bardel 50%, 4.
Departures: Galatea II, Moon
Shadow II. In port: Cook Canyon,
Claymore, Electra, 23 other vessels.
Expected departures: Claymore,
Cook Canyon, today. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine tomorrow.
Stockton mine may face future job cuts
of the Hokitika Guardian
Hundreds of chickens on a Hokitika
property could be euthanised this week.
It is understood the birds have
tuberculosis (Tb) and the matter is
being treated as an animal welfare
case by the Ministry of Primary
MPI staff were in Hokitika yesterday
and were working with police.
However, both parties would not
Canterbury-Westland district compliance
manager Peter Hyde confirmed its
attentions were on a West Coast address.
“The MPI can confirm it is
investigating a situation at a West
Coast property concerning the welfare
of chickens. The ministry cannot
comment any further on the issue while
investigations are under way.”
The property in question is understood
to currently be under quarantine.
need to be
of the Westport News
Solid Energy cannot guarantee Stockton
open-cast mine will not face more job
On Friday, the company announced it
planned to axe 187 of the 640-strong mine
workforce and cut production by a quarter,
from 1.9 million tonnes to 1.4 million
tonnes a year. The job cuts are due to take
effect from mid-July.
Chief executive Dan Clifford told a
meeting of Westport business people
he could not promise the job losses were
“I hope so, I really do. The best thing that
Solid can do for this community is remain
stable. That ’s it. That ’s what I feel is our
obligation to you.”
If international coal prices fell further,
Solid Energy would have to “adjust again”,
Mr Clifford said.
He expected the market would show
a modest recovery in 18 months to two
years, but said coking coal prices would be
nowhere near their 2011 peak of $US330/
As a minnow in a global market, Solid
Energy could not influence pricing.
“ What we can do is fight like hell to
maintain relevance in the market and that ’s
what we will do.”
When prices rose again, Stockton mine
would not react just by pumping out more
coal. “Instead of chasing volume, we have
to chase margin.”
Meanwhile, Stockton was focusing on
keeping its loyal customers, who had
contracted to take all of the 1.4 million
tonnes it planned to produce next year.
Mr Clifford told the meeting Solid
Energy could not give local residents
precedence over commuters for jobs.
“ We have an obligation to be correct in
the law and in our selection criteria for
who stays and who doesn’t. Location is not
one of them. We don’t, and we can’t, take
that into account.”
However, he confirmed that the mine’s
new roster proposal would mean almost
half the workers would be working five days
on, two days off, which would encourage
them to live locally.
He noted that some who kept their jobs
would receive less pay. The mine planned
to move to mostly daytime work, to reduce
the impact of weather-related delays, and
fewer workers would receive penalty rates.
A small group also faced a cut in hours,
so their take-home pay would reduce.
However, hourly pay rates would remain
Mr Clifford said the company would
listen to what the mine workers’ union had
to say about the restructuring proposal.
“But what is non-negotiable is, we have to
reduce the costs.”
The bid to get 550 names for a new anti-
1080 political party is going down to the wire,
with 200 more needed and only a week
If Golden Bay mussel farmer and pilot Bill
Wallace can get enough names to register
his party, the words ‘Ban 1080’ could appear
on every ballot paper in New Zealand at the
general election in September.
Mr Wallace said yesterday they had 300 last
Friday, 250 short of the 550 needed to send
the registration to the Electoral Commission.
A further 60 had come for ward since the
weekend, so under 200 were required.
He said they were “closing in on it with only
a week to go”.
Mr Wallace said he was moved to act by the
upcoming increase in aerial 1080 poison drops
to combat a beech mast and pest plague.
He hopes to have a well known person run
for the West Coast-Tasman electorate.
For information visit www.ban1080.co.nz .
Anti-1080 party registration
race to the f inish
The Tai Poutini Polytechnic council
chairman says smaller funding increases
from the Government mean it is having
to work smarter and more collaboratively
to sur vive.
Labour Party tertiary education
spokeswoman Maryann Street said last
week that regional polytechnics were
“ under valued” and underfunded”.
Otago Polytechnic chief executive
Phil Ker also said that with no funding
adjustments for inflation in several years,
they were “expected to do more for less”.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic chairman
Graeme McNally said that rather than a
significant increase in funding every year,
the rate of increase had slowed. Tighter
funding meant the Coast polytechnic
was having to take a different approach
to how it operated.
“It’s getting tighter, no question, no
doubt about that. What will happen,
what should be happening, is that
polytechnics start working in a much
more collaborative way,” Mr McNally
That included Tai Poutini Polytechnic
working more closely with businesses
and other training organisations to
diversify its operations, and looking to
meet much higher level training needs
sought by businesses.
“Businesses pay get to the training they
think is worthwhile,” he said.
Polytechnics were also working more
as part of a network, rather than on
their own, enabling them to provide
higher quality education by working
Mr McNally said there had been
a recent shift away from providing
courses solely to full-time students and
towards those looking for “small bites”
of training, in areas such as health and
About 40% of the Tai Poutini
Polytechnic students were over the age
of 40, many of whom enrolled for such
Mr McNally emphasised the training
was no longer catering solely for people
who had just left school.
He agreed with Tertiary Education
Minister Steven Joyce that funding
would be affected by falling students
numbers, as more people returned
to work following the last recession.
He said that a significant majority
of funding was based on full-time
students. If the total number of students
was in stable decline, funding would go
down a little.
“ It’s always been the way to some
extent, polytechnics are counter
cyclical, when the economy is stronger
people get jobs without stronger skill
development,” Mr McNally said.
Generally, some of the best times
for polytechnics had been when
unemployment was higher, he said.
of the Hokitika Guardian
An extra $80,000 to complete a review
of council controlled organisations is
among extras now bumping the overall
proposed rates increase for Westland to
The increase, from the original
proposal of 12.1%, is due to ‘overs
and unders’ identified in operational
budgets which have emerged in
additional information requested from
staff by the Westland District Council
during the last annual plan meeting on
These include an extra $80,000
to review the future of the council
controlled companies, says the staff
report for the final debate of the 2014
annual plan, this Thursday.
At the May 28 meeting councillors
instructed the chief executive to
find ways to make the rates increase
more equitable overall, in the face of
submitter opposition to increases over
30% for some ratepayers.
Council is advised that currently the
overall rates increase sits at 12.67%,”
the staff report says.
The increase was partly due to ‘overs
and unders’ subsequently identified in
the operations budgets, namely —
An additional $26,000 of overheads
not fully allocated;
$25,000 extra to demolish the
‘Correction’ of the events budget by
Also included was ‘reduced scope’ of
some projects and the addition of an
‘extra funding requirement ’ of $80,000
to complete the council controlled
organisations review — namely
Westland Holdings Ltd.
The report said the most significant
theme of the 73 submissions received
on the 2014 annual plan was “the
inequity in rates increases” between
different ratepayer groups.
However, the council was legally
limited in what it could do to spread
the load more evenly now, said the
A review of the rating system was
currently under way, but any change
would not take effect until 2015-16.
The council wanted to see if it
was possible to apply the proposed
12.1% increase across all ratepayers,
and if it could increase the uniform
annual general charge beyond the 30%
“Legal advice has been sought on
both of these suggestions, and both
options have been deemed illegal,” the
The council also instructed the chief
executive to provide an analysis of
different scenarios on the general rate
Recharging debt repayment and
corporate planning via the corporate
ser vices overhead;
Reducing proposed debt repayment;
Pull back the unwinding of the
austerity depreciation funding policy;
Effect of proposed projects across
the rating database.
According to the report for the final
debate, the council has limited options
given the statutory deadline it has to
meet to pass the 2014 annual plan.
Westland failed to adopt the 2013-
14 annual plan on time and it would
be “unfortunate” if this were to happen
again, the report said.
The council previously set itself June
26 as the target for adoption of the
2014-15 annual plan.
It has the option of adopting a series
of resolutions in an omnibus report
prepared for the meeting on Thursday
or ‘amend those resolutions’ in order to
be on time, the report says.
Westland rate rise up to 12.67%
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PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth High School Year 13 art students Marius Urban, left, and Tyler Robinson show the artwork
that now decorates the side of the Wild and Robertson building, at the railway station end of Mackay
Street. Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the idea was to dress up the town. “ The wall was an
eyesore,” he said.
Ar twork spruces up wall
Ar twork spruces up wall
May missions flown
by the New Zealand
Coal and Carbon Rescue
Helicopter ZK HGH
and ZK HQT based in
May 5: To Upper
Rakaia River to a horse
accident. A 22-year-
old man was flown to
with a back injury.
May 8: To Whakapohai
River for a man with a
medical condition. He
was flown to Grey Base
Hospital. To Buller
Hospital to transfer
patient and midwife to
May 11: To Ikamatua
for a 10 month old
suffering seizures, she
was flown to Grey Base
May 13: To Franz Josef
Glacier dedical centre for
a 59-year-old man with
a medical complaint. He
was flown to Grey Base
May 14: To Hari Hari
for a 65-year-old man
who had suffered a
stroke, he was flown to
Grey Base Hospital.
May 16: To transfer
a patient from Buller
Hospital to Greymouth.
May 20: To Buller
Hospital for patient
transfer to Grey Base
May 25: To Hannahs
Clearing for a 53-year-
old woman who had a
stroke. She was flown to
Grey Base Hospital.
May 28: To Buller
Hospital for patient
transfer to Christchurch
May 31: To Kirwans
Track for mountain bike
accident. A 15-year-
old boy with a knee
injury was flown to
The West Coast has
experienced its first case
of rheumatic fever in at
least a decade.
Health officials could
not reveal further details
to protect the person’s
privacy, other than to
say it was picked up by a
vigilant doctor in Buller.
typically affects younger
“ We are very fortunate
the diagnosis was made,”
West Coast medical
officer of health Dr
Cheryl Brunton said
“It is not always picked
Rheumatic fever is far
more prominent in the
North Island, where it
often affects Maori and
Pacific children and
young people aged five
It starts with a sore
throat. It makes the
heart, joints (elbows and
knees), brain and skin
swollen and painful. The
symptoms can disappear
on their own, but the
inflammation can also
cause rheumatic heart
disease, where there is
scarring of the heart
valves. It is not passed
from person to person.
Dr Brunton said in the
Buller case, “everything
has gone the best it
possibly could ”.
As there was a risk
of the person having it
again, or complications,
they would be treated
with long-term penicillin.
Dr Brunton said it had
been “more than 10 years”
since a case was last seen
on the West Coast.
has been committing
resources to the fight
against rheumatic fever,
with tv adverts launched
over the weekend.
first case of
A kayaker blown out
to sea off the coast of
Northland was rescued
last night after more than
six hours in rough seas.
The 62-year-old left
work at the Marsden
Point oil refinery about
6.30pm to kayak across
the Whangarei Harbour
to his home in Reotahi,
When he had not
arrived at 9.20pm, police
were alerted, and a search
launched using the
Emergency Ser vices Trust
About 1am this
morning, the man was
located about 1.5km off
the coast near Ruakaka
Northland Police Search
and Rescue’s senior
sergeant Cliff Metcalfe
said the actions of the
man were bordering on
“stupid”, and he placed
rescuers lives at risk.
“There was already a
weather warning in place
for Northland with heavy
rain, gale force winds and
atrocious conditions on
Mr Metcalfe said the
man was pushed out
of the harbour by the
strong wind and outgoing
current, and he was
“extremely lucky” to be
“This incident is a
reminder that people
need to check the weather
conditions before they go
out in a boat.
“People also need
to take some form of
communication, such as a
cellphone or marine radio
so they can let others
know if they get into
trouble.” — APNZ
Chorus technicians were
to carry out excavation
work today to try to sort
out phone problems
which have plagued parts
of central Greymouth
since the weekend.
A spokeswoman said
technicians believed they
had located the fault, and
they would be excavating
the site today. Details on
when it would be fixed
were not yet available.
Excavation work begins
to sort phone problems
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