Home' Greymouth Star : June 12th 2014 Contents 3
14 Coast artists
on Coast Road
$1 (Home Delivery 75c)
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
Est. 1866 Phone 769 7900
two rest homes
Two Greymouth rest homes say
they have contained an outbreak of
norovirus that has them in lockdown.
Kowhai Manor and Granger House
chief executive Anne Hook said that
after one elderly resident got sick,
staff had moved quickly to contain
the infection by following strict
Ministry of Health guidelines. The
homes went into lockdown, and
in the end only a couple of people
got sick. Mrs Hook said they acted
quickly because older people had
a compromised immune response.
Putting the homes in lockdown also
helped protect the public. L ockdown
generally lasted 48 hours, and
both homes now had the infection
under “complete control”. The
other Greymouth rest home, Dixon
House, has escaped the infection
but has signs up asking people not
to enter if they have coughs, fever,
aches, diarrhoea or vomiting. Hand
sanitiser has also been left out at
Dixon House. Norovirus is highly
infectious and spreads easily from
person to person. Symptoms can
include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,
abdominal pain, muscle aches,
headache, tiredness and mild fever.
Greymouth Star On-line
A United Kingdom soft porn
model who assaulted two police
officers in a drunken attack has
been spared jail after telling
magistrates she missed two
probation appointments because she
was getting a boob job in Belgium.
Sophie Pearl Dalzell, 20, was found
guilty of assaulting the officers in
Cumbria last year and was ordered
to carry out community work and
undergo super vision by probation
officers. However, she was hauled
back to court and charged with
breaching the order after probation
staff claimed she failed to provide
a reasonable excuse for missing the
January meetings. But Dalzell was
cleared of the alleged breach by
magistrates after producing a letter
from a plastic surgeon, confirming
she was having a breast enlargement
in Brussels at the time of the
scheduled probation meetings.
— Daily Mail
Choppers drop 1080 poison on Greymouth bush
A significant aerial 1080 poison drop
is under way — right on the back
doorstep of suburban Greymouth.
The area includes the bush around
Marsden Road, as well as behind
Dobson, eastward towards Maori
Gully Road, Kaiata Range and Peter
The Greymouth Star was contacted
this morning by a woman startled
to find a skull and crossbones 1080
warning sign only metres from her
home, just off Marsden Road.
Tb Free New Zealand northern
South Island programme manager
Matt Hickson said this possum control
operation was part of the wider West
Coast eradication area.
It would cover 9330ha and the aerial
poisoning would support large-scale
annual ground-based control in the
area, using traps and hand-laid toxins.
“Dog owners must be extra vigilant by
keeping their animals well away from
areas where warning signs are present.
It will not be safe for your dog to re-
enter the area until all signs have been
officially removed,” Mr Hickson said.
Anyone who suspected their dog had
ingested the poisoned pellets should
take it to the nearest veterinarian
immediately. All Greymouth vets were
aware of the operation.
“Dog owners have a personal
responsibility to keep their animals
under control at all times, particularly
near operational areas,” Mr Hickson
He said contractors and authorities
had to follow strict regulations.
That included consent from various
affected land occupiers and the
placement of warning signs at each
main access point to the operational
A small but passionate crowd of
supporters of the Runanga Miners’ Hall
was told not to pin their hopes on a
ballot to save the historic landmark.
Supporters from around the West
Coast rallied at a public meeting last
night at the Runanga Workingmen’s
Club, just down the road from the
Runanga Area Association president
Les Holmes said the hall was “the focus
of our community”.
“ We have not abandoned our project,
we hope to convince people it is viable to
restore the hall to its former glory,” Mr
Restoration was not just a local issue,
but a national issue, he said.
However, the Grey District Council,
which owns the hall, will have the final
say on whether it stays or goes after
suffering serious damage in Cyclone
Ita. It is currently polling Runanga
ratepayers on the future of the hall, with
the options of retaining the historic
facade and building a new facility behind
it, or demolition.
Historian Brian Wood, of Hokitika,
said the hall had “earned its classification”
with Heritage New Zealand.
“ It will be a disaster if it is lost. The
Blackball boys lost theirs, I hope
Runanga can keep its. ”
Bruce Watson, also of Hokitika, helped
restore that town’s Carnegie Library
and Regent Theatre, and he said a new
building would not be the same.
“ You lose that, you can never build
Mr Watson said most people were
against restorations until they saw the
“ Don’t expect the ballot to work,
people want something new and shiny.
Most people can’t look at an old building
and see a vision.”
He said the time it took for fundraising
should not act as a barrier: “In another
100 years people aren’t going to care if it
takes 10-15 years.”
Mr Watson said he hoped the Mayor
could get on board.
“ I’d hate to be Tony Kokshoorn with
my legacy as the destruction of one of
the most significant buildings in the
West Coast-Tasman Labour MP
Damien O’Connor offered his support,
but said the restoration plans “need more
meat on the bones”.
“That hall looks pretty stuffed to me
but ... the vision laid down tonight I can
Mr O’Connor asked those at the
meeting to consider the council’s
position and said the money would need
to come from somewhere.
“This is a small community, it does not
have huge resources.”
Paul Kearns said the people of Runanga
would not have to foot the whole bill for
“ I estimate 75% of all money will come
from outside this region. ”
Greymouth Heritage Trust chairman
Stewart Nimmo bemoaned the loss of
the Greymouth goods shed but said
Runanga still had a building they could
“Once something is gone it’s gone.
You can never ever turn back ... I believe
Runanga can’t afford not to keep it”
Reefton Historic Trust Board
chairman Paul Thomas criticised the
council for failing to ensure the building
was protected from the weather after the
windstorm blew half the roof off. “ Th e
Grey District Council is taking all the
wrong steps ... I think the Grey District
Council has been quite remiss.”
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A crowd of about 30 people listen to Reefton Historic Trust Board chairman Paul Thomas address a meeting last night to save the Runanga Miners’ Hall.
Regional council rates held for 18th year
The West Coast Regional Council
has agreed to a zero rate rise for the
18th year in a row.
In doing so it rejected a number of
submissions and funding requests
from the public, with 10 submissions
received on the draft annual plan.
Federated Farmers was generally
supportive but wanted civil defence
funding changed. The council
Councillors declined a request from
Enviro Schools for $2500, as well as
a request from Inger Perkins for a
contestable fund for environmental
Eric Walker’s request to extend the
Hokitika seawall was not accepted
as it was not part of the annual plan,
though the council noted the rating
district committee was monitoring
Martin Dobson’s request for air
quality monitoring in Westport was
Instead, the 2014-15 annual plan
is business as usual. The few changes
include a new biosecurity officer
position. The regional emergency
management rate will increase from
$50,000 to $200,000 to fund a new
regional emergency manager position.
The third major change is to install
a flood warning system on the
Mokihinui River, in northern Buller,
at a cost of $40,000.
The council says there will be no
increase in rates, other than the usual
adjustment to match the growth in
the rating roll. The regional council
general rate was last increased in
Coast councils compared
The Westland District Council
is the smallest council on the West
Coast but it has the best paid mayor
and some of the best paid staff.
Data provided by the Taxpayers’
Union, a lobby group, has been turned
into an on-line tool, the Ratepayers’
Report, to allow residents to compare
their local council with 67 territorial
authorities around New Zealand.
Fairfax Media said it had checked
the details and supplied them
to councils to review prior to
It shows the Buller District Council
has 52 staff, Grey 62, and Westland
Of the 67 councils in New Zealand,
Westland district is one of the
smallest; only Kaikoura, Kaipara, the
Chatham Islands and McKenzie are
Each West Coast council had six
staff earning over $100,000.
Buller District Council chief
executive Paul Wylie is paid
$232,000 and Mayor Garry Howard
$66,819, while Grey District Council
chief executive Paul Pretorius is
on $202,114 and Mayor Tony
chief executive Tanya Winter was
apparently wrongly listed on the
website as the highest earning West
Coast chief executive on $345,562.
Westland Mayor Mike Havill
said yesterday that figure was
“categorically” wrong and her salary
was closer to $200,000.
The council annual plan for 2013-
14 shows that in Ms Winter’s first
nine months in the job she was paid
Mr Havill is the highest paid mayor
on the Coast, taking home $70,420.
Grey had the lowest average rates
bill of $1680, followed by Westland
— which is poised for a 12.67% rate
rise — at $1878, and Buller $1923.
taking shape on the corner of Kaiata
Park Drive and Sutton Road.
of development taking place in the
main industrial/commercial area.
Brand new home
Open living area with designer kitchen, large pantry, separate
lounge opening to extensive decking and landscaping,
4 double bedrooms, ensuite, bathroom, separate laundry,
double internal access garage with rear door
Post earthquake engineered
concrete foundation and floors
Master Build Guarantees
17 Ashley Drive
027 696 0774
Trevor Kendrick 027 231 0117
Frank O’Donnell 027 452 7774
Phone: 03 768 7145
Land area 843m2
Floor area 219m2
For all enquiries contact the developer: Geoff Ball 0274 800 801, email@example.com
KAIATA PARK PAROA ESTATE
No barber wind
No tornado damage
Away from the salt air
Wide roads, easy access
New buildings that exceed the building code
Easy purchase and design/build options
Grow your business in a parklike setting
Quality Used Cars
Buy Honda from Honda.
5 Tarapuhi Street, Greymouth
Telephone 768 4126
A/Hrs: Ken 768 5376
Graeme 762 6559
2007 HONDA CIVIC 2.0S
5 speed, auto, paddle shift, ABS, electronic stability control, 6
air bags, cruise control, climate air con, 16inch alloys, leather
upholstery, sun roof, NZ new, 1 owner, 76,000km $19,200
2013 HONDA CRV S 2.0
2WD, auto, ABS, electronic stability control, 6 airbags, cruise
control, reversing camera, factory Bluetooth, 6 disk CD, NZ new,
ex-demonstrator, 1050km $32,900
Links Archive June 11th 2014 June 13th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page