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Greymouth police made two arrests
over the weekend. A 19-year-old
man was arrested for assault, and a
50-year-old for disorderly behaviour.
Heavy rain warning
Heavy rain has been forecast
for the West Coast after a settled
weekend. The Metser vice said
today a front was expected to move
quickly across the country during
today and early Tuesday, bringing a
burst of heavy rain. It was likely the
amount of rain would reach short
term warning amounts in Westland,
Buller, and the ranges of north-west
Nelson. A trough is expected to
bring another brief burst of heavy
rain to Westland early tomorrow
morning. In the nine hours from
noon to 9pm between 60 to 110mm
of rain could accumulate.
Police are following up two
incidents of dangerous driving
reported in Greymouth yesterday.
At 10.30am a red Mazda Familia
stationwagon tailgated another
vehicle on Main South Road,
at Karoro, before speeding off
on double yellow lines towards
Camerons. The second incident was
in Shakespeare Street at 1.45pm
involving a white Nissan Skyline
saloon filled with at least four or
five teenagers aged 15-16 years, who
appeared not to be wearing seatbelts.
Grey Hospital to
monitor alcohol harm
The West Coast District Health
Board says moves are afoot to collect
information on the harm caused by
alcohol and tobacco. Healthy West
Coast is working with the emergency
department at Grey Base Hospital
on “an improved system to collect
data on alcohol-related injuries
and investigating ways of targeting
Maori smokers to increase the
uptake of smoking cessation ser vices
by this group”.
Anzac Park closed
while trees felled
The Anzac Park athletic ground
will be closed for up to a week when
contractors begin felling pine trees
and clearing around the adjoining
Sawyers Creek. Work is expected
to start at the end of this week,
depending on the tidal depth of the
creek, contractor Brian Hahn says.
“ With the spring tides the creek and
lagoon have been far too high for the
digger. The trees are in a dangerous
state, a real hazard as the tops are
breaking off and landing on the field.
For the safety of the young people
who use the field, the trees need to
be addressed,” he said.
1080 party bid successful
The bid to create an anti-1080
political party appears to have been
successful. Golden Bay mussel
farmer and pilot Bill Wallace, who
is leading the charge, wants to see
the words ‘Ban 1080’ printed on
every ballot paper in New Zealand
at the general election in September.
He said today he did not have the
tally for the weekend, but now
had over 700 members and close
to the 500 signed forms needed to
register the party with the Electoral
Commission. The party’s lawyer and
secretary were already working on
the application which should be filed
mid-week. The party is also starting
to pick up inter views on national
radio stations, including Radio New
Zealand and Radio Live.
Ratepayer funding for Recreation Centre running costs
Grey district ratepayer funding of
$166,000 for the Westland Recreation
Centre included in the newly adopted
annual plan, has been phased in this year
to finance annual running costs of the new
stadium, not the costs of construction,
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says.
He said the operational running costs
would be phased in over two years —
$83,000 this year and the same contribution
Construction costs of the centre, estimated
at $8 million, would be funded separately.
“ We have always said that construction
costs won’t be a cost to the ratepayer, I
did that through my own fundraising.
The running costs would be down to
the ratepayer,” as an ongoing cost, Mr
The proposed fitness centre to be
incorporated in the recreation centre would
be financed through a self-funding loan.
The council had made assumptions about
the level of patronage at the gym and the
price of membership required to fund
He said the council would therefore have
to increase rate funding by about $200,000,
as signalled in the long-term plan.
The fitness centre would also help to
“drive foot traffic”, and therefore be a “net
benefit” to the recreation centre.
Because the new stadium would be bigger,
the running costs would be higher than the
Civic Centre, and so the cost was being
phased in over a two-year period.
Construction would begin in the next
three or four months, with the project to
be tendered within eight weeks. It was
expected to open in 2015.
Mr Kokshoorn said the building cost
would be offset by a “big maintenance
cost ” which there would have been on the
old Civic Centre, including a substantial
increase in Mawhera lease payments from
the end of 2015.
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The Buller District Council was
warned months beforehand but did
nothing about an office building
wall that subsequently collapsed on
a used car yard in Westport’s main
street, says a car dealer.
Paul Kelly, of Value Vehicles, said
he had approached the building
owner, lawyer Max Gomas, without
success so went to the council with
his concerns about the brick wall
some time before Christmas last
He was directed to a building
inspector, he said.
“ He came out and spoke with me
and I stated my case, and he gave me
this engineer’s card and said to me,
‘Drop him an e-mail, he’s the man
you should contact,’ which I did.”
Mr Kelly said the engineer
responded that he believed Mr
Gomas was about to seek consent
to demolish the Palmerston Street
before the tail of Cyclone Ita lashed
Westport at Easter, packing winds
of up to 130kph. The brick wall
collapsed at the height of the storm,
on April 17, squashing four used
cars and damaging two others. No
one was hurt.
When asked by the Westport News
for copies of all correspondence on
the Gomas’ building, council chief
executive Paul Wylie supplied a
letter written almost a month after
the wall collapsed.
Senior building inspector Richard
Knudsen wrote to Mr Gomas on
May 13, telling him to either secure
and weather-proof his building, or
demolish it, by June 3. Demolition
took place on May 28.
Asked if the council had had any
e-mail correspondence about the
building, Mr Wylie replied: “Not
that I am aware of.”
Mr Kelly said that was “absolute
“They are totally, totally talking
crap that they didn’t receive an
e-mail. If I didn’t send them one,
why would they bother to respond?”
He declined to provide copies of
Westport man claims council warned over
dangerous wall before collapse
Oceana Gold says its proposed underground
goldmine at Waiuta may yet go ahead, possibly
offering employment to some staff being
displaced from the Globe Progress Mine, at
The company plans to lay off 60 workers at
Reefton — 25% of the 240-strong workforce
over the next few months, because
poor international gold prices have eroded
That will be followed by more staged reductions
as they move towards putting the open-cast
Reefton mine into ‘care and maintenance’ late
next year, reducing the workforce to just a
handful of workers.
Spokesman Sam Pazuki said Oceana was
looking at additional opportunities in the
“The main prospect is Blackwater, and should
the economics and technical aspects work then
we could advance this for ward.”
If it did go ahead, the skills sets from the
existing Reefton mine “ would lend itself well
for any future operations”.
“ Note that Reefton will only be placed on care
and maintenance, and when economic times
recover then the option to resume operations
exists as the infrastructure will have been
maintained,” Mr Pazuki said.
Last week, the company applied to the
Government to extend its exploration permit
for the Snowy River area by a further four years.
When Oceana first filed for resource consent
for its proposed mine, it said it would employ
up to 90 people.
The Birthday Reef, deep below the Waiuta
township, was abandoned in 1951 after a shaft
Oceana had proposed that access to the
underground mine would be via a 3.3km-long,
twin-tunnel decline, with surface infrastructure
located at a Snowy Road site.
People who remember the old mine at Waiuta
say there was so much gold left it was like a
“ jeweller’s shop”.
West Coast Regional Council consents
and compliance manager Jackie Adams said
the company had now supplied additional
information and the consent was being actively
A group of volunteers who try to
make living with cancer easier for
people have been recognised for their
The Canterbury West Coast
Division of the Cancer Society were
named today as the overall winner
of the 2014 Minister of Health
Health Minister Tony Ryall said
the division is made up of 16 rural
support groups of more than 400
“This dedicated group of people
ferry rural cancer patients to
appointments, deliver meals and
baking, provide companionship and
help raise awareness of a disease that
affects one in three New Zealanders.
“Their work is greatly valued by
cancer patients and their families
from Westport to Christchurch to
Twizel and everywhere in between. ”
Two members of the division have
travelled to Wellington Hospital to
receive their award today.
The Wellington Free Ambulance
won the award for the Health Care
Provider Ser vice (team). The free
ambulance ser vice works to treat
intoxicated people, deal with minor
injuries like cuts and bruises to lighten
the load of front-line emergency
department staff at Wellington
Joan McCardle won the award
for Health Care Provider Ser vice
(individual) for setting up Friends
of the Emergency Department at
Taranaki DHB. The team supports
patients and families when they
arrive at the emergency department.
The performance workshop for
young people with disabilities Star
Jam won the award for Youth Health
Award ceremonies will also be held
at Middlemore Hospital on Friday
and at Christchurch Hospital later
The awards coincide with National
Volunteer Week this week — New
Zealand’s largest celebration of
volunteering and civic participation.
Left Bank Art Gallery director Marg Sexton with Amara Bradley’s winning entry from the amateur open section of the annual
Electronet photo competition. Bradley also won the amateur ‘West Coast adventure’ section in the annual contest. Tanith Foster won
the junior ‘great outdoors’ section, Deegan Davies the junior under-12 ‘pets’ section and Grahame Freeman the newspaper headline
section, while Lydia Nimmo took the professional/semi-professional ‘black and white’ section. The images will be up until July 12 and
can be seen at the gallery from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 11am and 4pm.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Photo competition winners announced
Songs from all the greatest modern
musicals will be brought to the
Greymouth Regent Theatre at the
start of next month.
Operatunity’s latest show, Modern
Musicals, will be in Greymouth on
This cast of music theatre singers
will showcase a selection of timeless
modern musical songs from Broadway
to the West End. The show features
highlights from such musicals as
Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ
Superstar, Joseph, Cats, Evita, Les
Miserables, Miss Saigon, Wicked,
Godspell, Jekyll and Hyde and
Leading the cast will be the young
singer Rory Nolan, who has been
balancing his performances on stage
with studying a con-joint law and arts
degree at the University of Auckland.
It has been a busy year for the singer,
who has already featured in Mamma
Mia and on the small screen in
The Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prizepacks to give away
to a couple of lucky readers. The pack
includes a double-pass to the Modern
Musicals show, an Operatunity book
and a CD.
Send entries with your name, address
and phone number to:
C/o Greymouth Star
or e-mail competitions@greystar.
co.nz with Operatunity in the subject
line. One entry per household.
Entries close on June 24.
Scot Hall, left, Trace Tidd, Rory Nolan, Lynette Martin and Bonaventure
Allan-Moetaua will bring Operatunity’s modern musicals to Greymouth.
Modern musicals show star ts
Buller High School students Shardae Herring, left, Ella Neill, Roisin Dorey and Sarah
Casey, and John Paul II High School students Emily Crawley, Annie Molloy and Jasmine
Dodemaide show the top four awards from the West Coast Science Fair, hosted by the
Greymouth school on Friday. The event saw 106 students from five schools show their
experiments. Roisin Dorey and Sarah Casey won with their experiment ‘siphons don’t suck’.
The top students will now get the chance to present at the Canterbury Science Fair.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
West Coast Science Fair top students
Canterbury-West Coast Cancer
Society wins national volunteer award
Police are still on the hunt for a
33-year-man old after a sexual assault on
a Westport woman on Thursday.
Police have been trying to track down
Tandy Robertson in relation to the
assault on the 27-year-old woman.
Robertson is already wanted on an
unrelated warrant for failing to appear in
the Invercargill District Court. He was
described as 1.73m tall and of medium
Detective Michel Bloom said police
would like to speak to anyone who had
seen Robertson since Thursday.
Mr Bloom said the victim did not
know her attacker, and she was currently
recovering well from the incident,
after receiving medical treatment and
assistance from Victim Support.
He said the circumstances surrounding
the attack were concerning but he could
not elaborate at this stage.
Westport sex assault
accused still at large
One graduate doctor and nine nurses
have signed up to the Government ’s
voluntary bonding scheme and intend
on working in hard-to-staff areas on the
Health Minister Tony Ryall said
registrations for the 2014 intake recently
closed, and all 450 eligible health
graduates who registered nationwide
had been accepted.
There were now over 3000 graduate
doctors, nurses and other health
professionals working, or intending to
work, in hard-to-staff areas across the
“The popularity of this scheme means
more health professionals are working
in areas where we need them most,” Mr
So far, $14 million has been paid out
to to 88 doctors, 534 nurses and 79
One doctor and nine nurses
sign up to bonding scheme
A tramper suffering
from medical issues and
his wife were picked up
by the NZCC Rescue
Helicopter near Lake
morning. The 60-year-old
had been tramping in the
area with another couple.
He was airlifted from the
Mount Brown Hut about
West Coast charm
was not enough to help
Hari Hari man Thomas
Denham take the rural
bachelor title at Fieldays,
on Saturday. Jeff Peek,
30, of Morrinsville
was named the winner,
receiving a prize pool
worth $23,000 and
the Golden Gumboot
Trophy. The runner-up
was Whanganui man
Coast man misses out on
rural bachelor title
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