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Car owner sought
Police want to identify the owner
of a Mitsubishi Gallant that was
abandoned in Ashton Lane, off
Mawhera Q uay, Greymouth, about
6.30pm yesterday. It has no registration
plates or bonnet and has a smashed
windscreen. Police said they wanted to
talk to the owner to discuss disposal.
Police appeal for
stolen ute sightings
Greymouth police have appealed
for sightings of a stolen Toyota
Hilux utility which is believed to be
headed to the West Coast from South
Canterbury. The ute is red or maroon
and has a lowered suspension.
Hokitika police are investigating
the theft over the past week of
laminated timber being used in a house
renovation at Kumara.
BDC to receive youth
The Buller District Council is
set to receive $17,000 to help
youth lead events, including an
Anzac Day 2015 commemoration.
Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye
yesterday announced the 2014 Youth
Development Partnership Fund. “ This
investment will give young people a
chance to participate confidently in
their communities — to be heard, and
to influence local decision-making,”
Ms Kaye said.
B4 School checks not
The B4 School Checks are not
meeting their targets on the West
Coast. By the end of April, the West
Coast District Health Board had
done checks on 67% of the total
eligible preschoolers in the region,
and 71% of the high deprivation
eligible population — below the 75%
target. “Despite a number of clinics
taking place during April, checks
were unable to be completed due to
workforce constraints,” DHB agenda
papers released today said. A plan has
been put in place for the checks to be
completed to bring the target to 90%
by the end of June.
Canterbury and West Coast medical
staff are to come together to try
and work out solutions to ongoing
problems with the physiotherapy
ser vice. Physiotherapy in Greymouth
has experienced staffing constraints
in the past month with two full-time
staff off work. There are also ongoing
problems in Westport. “A meeting
of all relevant parties from both the
West Coast and Canterbury will be
convened in the next month to explore
both short to medium and long
term strategies and solutions to the
ongoing physiotherapy staffing issues,”
according to DHB agenda papers
Arrivals: Cook Canyon. Departures:
Galatea II, Ocean Odyssey, one
Greymouth vessel. In port: Cook
Canyon, Electra, 23 other vessels.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II
tomorrow; Jay Elaine Saturday.
Solid Energy appoints new chairwoman
Some Franz Josef Glacier ratepayers
could be in for a windfall as the West
Coast Regional Council considers
winding up an old rating district for river
The Canavans Knob rating district
dates back to 1948, when one bank of
the Waiho (Waiau) River was eroded,
destroying 3km of highway and 400ha of
Work continued throughout the next 50
years and the rating district was formed
in 1994 to maintain the river works on
the south bank, upstream of Canavans
However, the New Zealand Transport
Agency now has its own stopbanks on
the inside of the old stopbank.
Council chief executive Chris Ingle said
the ratepayer funded stopbank “serves no
He told the council meeting yesterday
it should consider winding up the rating
district and refunding the balance of
$27,267. With just 30 ratepayers in the
group, that would average over $900 each.
The stockpile of 300 tonnes of rock,
which was no longer needed there, could
be used by the lower Waiho rating district.
Mr Ingle said the council had decided
to first consult with the Canavans Knob
ratepayers, and NZTA.
“If the community decide to wind up the
rating district the current credit balance
will be refunded to those ratepayers.”
The last time a rating district was wound
up was over 10 years ago, at the Poerua
River, near Hari Hari.
ratepayers may be
in for windfall
Solid Energy acting chairwoman Pip
Dunphy has been appointed to chair the
State-owned enterprise, replacing Mark
Ford, who has stepped down due to ill
Mr Ford took over just as Spring Creek
Mine was mothballed, replacing John
In 2012, just before the company got
into financial strife, the board consisted of
Mr Palmer, John Fletcher, Alan Broome,
Michelle Smith, John McDonald, Simon
Marsters and David Patterson. None of
them are still there.
The new board is Andy Coupe, Keiran
Horne, Rabin Rabindran and Neville
Sneddon. They were joined this week by
David Reece, who Minister of State-owned
Enterprises Tony Ryall announced as a new
“ In Pip Dunphy, we gain another chair of
high calibre, as Solid Energy continues to
work its way through very difficult trading
conditions,” Mr Ryall said.
Ms Dunphy has served on the Solid
Energy board since December 2012 and has
had the deputy’s role since August.
Mr Reece, who is a Brisbane-based mining
and safety expert, gave evidence during the
Pike River Commission of Inquiry.
“ Maintaining the company ’s operational
mining expertise at governance level, and
its focus on related health and safety issues
remains critical,” Mr Ryall said.
Ms D unphy is an Auckland-based
company director, with a background in
financial ser vices and funds management,
and specific focus on capital markets,
investment management, banking and risk
10 years ago today, we
lost a much loved
husband, father, poppy
A face we love is
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in our
hearts, that never can be
So sadly missed.
Shane, Jessica, Levi and
Gordon (Johnny) to
June 12, 1954
17a Sherwill Street
Passed away peacefully
at Granger House, Grey-
mouth on Monday June
9, 2014. Much loved
wife of Brian, dearly
mother-in-law of Penny
and Ted, Phillipa and
Mitchell, Elizabeth and
the late Joe, and the late
Peter and Michael, and a
loved grandma and
friend. In her 94th year.
Messages to 68 Butlers
Road, RD3 Hokitika. A
private family gathering
to celebrate Vi's life
has been held. Anisy
Funeral Home, Grey-
Thursday June 12
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Wilsons Hotel in Reefton has had its
licence suspended after a brawl broke
out there and a number of drunken
patrons were seen on the premises.
Buller district licensing inspector Joy
Donaldson applied for the suspensions
of an on-licence and a general manager’s
certificate on the grounds that the hotel
had breached the Sale and Supply of
It had done so by allowing
intoxication on licensed premises and
allowing disorderly conduct on licensed
The Alcohol Regulatory
Licensing Authority ’s decision said the
breaches related to a police check on
June 2 last year after a brawl broke out
and a number of drunken patrons were
seen on the premises.
The hotel did not dispute the grounds
for the application and had agreed to
The Wilsons Hotel licence will be
suspended for 24 hours from 7am on
June 22 to 7am on June 23.
The general manager’s certificate
issued to Carlie Ann Norgate was also
suspended for 28 days from June 22.
— Westport News
has liquor licence
suspended after brawl
The Coast Road was closed about 1km north of Rapahoe for a short time this morning after a Sicon Fergusons truck towing an
empty fuel tanker crashed. Police said the driver was not seriously hurt, and complained only of a sore ankle. He was taken to Grey
Base Hospital to be checked over. Runanga and Greymouth fire brigades, St John and police attended the scene about 8am.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Truck rolls at Rapahoe
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Ministry for Primary Industries
(MPI) last night assured Hokitika
residents there was “minimal risk” of any
human health effects from the cull of
620 tuberculosis (Tb) diseased chickens
at a Kaihinu poultry farm earlier this
The Westland Medical Centre fielded
a number of concerns yesterday from
people who had bought eggs from the
roadside stall, or had other contact with
MPI public health principal adviser
Craig Thornley said while it was possible
humans could be infected with the
bacterium that caused the bird illness, it
was extremely rare and generally affected
only those with severely compromised
“The bacterium that causes avian
tuberculosis in birds is quite different
to the cause of tuberculosis in humans.
Spread of the bacteria from birds to
humans is extremely unlikely, even if
direct contact with faeces from infected
birds had occurred,” Dr Thornley said.
“The bacteria are not transferred in
eggs, so people who may have eaten
eggs from the property in question are
also not at any heightened risk.”
The entire chicken farm was culled in
the two-day animal welfare operation,
which began on Monday at the
property owned by Doug Cook, who
is currently in custody at Christchurch
Men’s Prison on unrelated charges.
A statement issued by MPI yesterday
said that while only some birds were
infected, many were in poor health and
were found in poor conditions.
“They were humanely euthanised and
buried at the property.”
Dr Thornley said MPI staff carrying
out the operation on Tuesday were
wearing protective clothing as a
precaution “due to the dirty nature of
the property” and not because of any
heightened risk of contracting this
disease. The ministry advises that if
anyone has been in contact with the
Kaihinu poultry farm or birds from
the farm and feels unwell, they should
contact their GP.
A Hari Hari man is doing it
West Coast-style in the battle
to win the Rural Bachelor
competition at Fieldays in the
North Island this week.
Thomas Denham, 29, a farm
worker is the only finalist from
the South Island.
He has to sur vive a further four
heats today, and four tomorrow,
before the winner is announced at
noon on Saturday.
The eight eligible blokes have
already shot sheep and clay
targets, done some fencing, speed-
dating and cooking. Yesterday
morning they faced questions
from Waikato women, website
“On the West Coast, you don’t
ever meet girls, so it’s a big thing
to meet some people. So this is
great,” Mr Denham said.
He told the women his worst
habit was, “I work really hard”.
Mr Denham did six years’
military ser vice, including three
overseas tours, and four years
spent in Canada before returning
to the family farm where he was
brought up. He belongs to the
South Westland Rugby Club,
Bow Hunters and Alpine Club.
The first place prize is valued at
$23,000 and includes a quad bike.
Hari Hari man Thomas Denham
is competing for the rural
bachelor of the year title.
Hari Hari man finalist in
Rural Bachelor contest
Two trucking companies were ser ved
with infringement notices after dumping
effluent on the roadside on the West
Coast last month.
The dairy effluent was dumped at
Aratika and Gladstone.
West Coast Regional Council consents
and compliance manager Jackie Adams
said farmers were supposed to leave their
animals to stand off for at least six hours
before moving them, but “quite often
they don’t ”.
“They get them on (the truck) and they
start to defecate,” Mr Adams said.
The truck companies were fined $750
Increased numbers of stock tend to be
on the move at this time of year as farm
workers move on ‘gypsy day ’.
A stock dump station was opened at
Jacksons in recent years.
Grey Main School lit quiz team members Michael Lomax, left, Edith Hopkinson, Emily Speirs
and Luke Baatjies were today still revelling in their third place finish at the national competition, in
Wellington on Tuesday. The Greymouth team competed against 14 other schools from all over New
Zealand in a test of literature both classic and contemporary. “It was tough. But once we hit the buzzer
a few times we were fine,” Emily said. Teacher Allie Sullivan and librarian Allie Costello said they were
proud of the achievement and encouraged more West Coast schools to attend the regional competition
next year. The winning team, from Whakatane, will compete in the international final in Cornwall,
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Grey Main third in national quiz competition
The risk of a fatal accident
involving a young driver can be 10
times greater if there are passengers
in the car.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency this week started a series
of advertisements aimed at young
passengers as statistics make clear
the danger they can pose.
Singing and sharing gossip are
some of the behaviour the agency
says can result in a young driver
being dangerously distracted.
NZTA road safety director Ernst
Zollner said evidence showed the
risk of a fatal crash was increased for
young drivers if they had passengers
in the car.
Compared with driving alone, the
risk was 10 times greater if there
were two or more passengers. The
risk was at its greatest when the
passengers were of a similar age to
Mr Zollner said young people
could see the car as a “place to hang
out ” with friends. The campaign
aimed to stress the message that you
don’t have to be driving to cause a
“Even simple and seemingly
harmless things like turning up the
music volume or yelling at your
mates can badly affect a young
driver’s ability to concentrate,” he
Other examples given by the
NZTA include talking loudly,
expecting the driver to engage in
conversation, and messing with
vehicle controls such as mirrors or
The campaign includes street
posters and print ads with the
slogan Fun can go bad quickly, be a
passenger, not a distraction.
The director of road safety charity
Brake, Caroline Perry, said the focus
of the new campaign was warranted.
“Passengers can be a distraction.
Some also encourage the driver
to take risks or show off. It’s really
easy to be distracted but on roads
distractions can be fatal. It is
essential when you’re a passenger
in any vehicle that you do all you
can to minimise distractions and
make sure you all get home safely.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A Whakarama man who failed to
provide adequate care to two horses and
a pig has been sentenced to 200 hours’
community work and ordered to pay
Christiopher Tu Tangitu, 49, pleaded
guilty to three charges of failing to
provide for the welfare needs of an
animal and two of failing to ensure two
horses received treatment in Tauranga
District Court today.
The offences were uncovered during
visits to Tangitu’s property by a Tauranga
SPCA welfare inspector in August last
One of the charges related to a pig
not being fed or watered, and the other
charges related to two horses found in
a prolonged malnourished state, with a
parasite infestation and untreated facial
One of the horse died following surgery
to treat a fractured jaw, which has been
attributed to a likely acute cardiac disease.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
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