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Reefton residents urged
to report suspicious
Reefton residents have been urged
to report any suspicious activity
after recent incidents of theft and
intentional damage at the Reefton
Area School. In the most recent
incident the fuel cap on a van was
prised open and fuel was siphoned off.
over the line
The anti-1080 political party is over
the line with 750 signed up, paid
members, founder Bill Wallace, of
Nelson, said today. Subject to Electoral
Commission verification of those
names, the party will appear on ballot
papers this September.
Grey Power to hold meet
the candidates forum
Grey Power will hold a meet the
candidates forum in Greymouth on
Tuesday, August 19, ahead of the
general election in September. It will
start at the Holy Trinity Centre at
1.30pm and will be chaired by Grey
Power member and former president
One hundred and twenty tonnes of
rock was placed around the Blaketown
Lagoon recently by West Coast
Regional Council contractors, at a cost
of $2700. The Cobden cut, a run-off
during storms, was also excavated
and cleared, while the Nelson Creek
rockwall got a $2527 top up. Further
south, Vine Creek got a 3950 tonne
rock top-up at a cost of $67,970 and
the Whataroa flood defences got a
$10,000 boost with 666 tonnes of rock
Quakers to ‘disinvest’
from fossil fuels
The Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) agreed to ‘disinvest ’ from
fossil fuels, including from the four
main Australian-owned banks which
have such investments. At the yearly
meeting, the group also agreed not to
make future investments which profit
from fossil fuels. “ Friends know that
climate change will, if not curbed,
threaten the extinction of many diverse
forms of life on Earth and millions or
even billions of people,” they said.
Arrivals: Moon Shadow II.
Departures: Galatea II, Ocean
Odyssey. In port: Moon Shadow II,
Cook Canyon, Jay Elaine, Claymore,
Electra, 26 other vessels. Expected
departures: Moon Shadow II
today. Expected arrivals: Galatea II
The Otira slip has stabilised and the
State highway restored, but the New
Zealand Transport Agency says final
work will have to wait until the weather
Senior network manager Mark Pinner
said the slip work to date had cost about
$160,000, with the road reopening to
two-lane traffic on June 6.
The site, which extends rises up 300m
above the road, would continue to be
monitored before, during and after any
rainfall event, but there had been no
further movement on the slip face since
May 23, when it closed the road for
three days, Mr Pinner said.
Some work was still required to repair
the road surface, however it was unlikely
to be undertaken until the weather
warmed up in October-November.
“During the next three months, we
will monitor the highway and undertake
some seal patching as required.”
Material from the slip was initially
used to build the detour around the site
to reinstate single-lane traffic access.
“The rock was subsequently removed
from the site and used at Kelly’s Creek
to rebuild damaged stopbanks and also
taken to Sulphur Pit, near the rock
shelter, for future use in this area,” Mr
Otira slip stabilised
Wednesday June 18
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Margaret, Diane and
David sincerely thank
all relatives and friends
for the kindness and
support shown to us on
the loss of a dear
husband, father, and
pop. Your expressions
of sympathy through
cards, letters, flowers,
personal visits, phone
calls and baking were
Special thanks to the
staff at Allen Bryant and
Unit for the care and
compassion shown to
Stan. We would also
like to acknowledge
Kris Holland for his help
McLean) Flora. — On
Monday June 16, 2014,
passed away unexpect-
edly, surrounded by her
family, at Christchurch
Public Hospital in her
year. Loved wife,
and soulmate of Len,
loved daughter of the
late Oliver and Ethel
McLean of Greymouth,
Heather, Paul, Malcolm,
Flora and John, Leonie
and Perry, Christina,
Michelle and Craig,
much loved Gran and
Nana of Donna and
Todd, Tracey and Scott,
Jed and Erin, Jack and
Kate, Jay, Max, Billy,
Alex, and Amber. Best
great-grandma of Paige,
Blake, Joey, Krystal,
To our little Mum with
the big heart, together
again with your old
beach bum husband.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Special thanks to the
Hospital AMAU Ward
and ICU for their dedi-
cation and care. Messag-
es to the Pamment
Family, C/- PO Box
8145. A service to
celebrate Flora's life will
be held in the Ferry Park
Chapel, 297 Ferry Road,
June 20, at 11am.
Private cremation there-
after. Bell Lamb &
Directors Ltd. Phone
(03) 389 7999.
Qualified FD Since 1973
New Zealand Federation of Sled Dog Sports president Bob Storey, of
Waikato, takes part in Westport ’s first scooter derby at the weekend. Entrants
competed by bike, scooter and on foot with their dogs.
Sled dogs tested in scooter derby
PICTURE: Sally Brake
Man drove as girlfriend
did not like hill starts
A Blaketown man who drove his car while
disqualified for 30m because his girlfriend
did not like doing hill starts was given 80
hours of community work when he appeared
in the Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Ari Whatui Schwabe, 23, had been banned
from driving for six months last December.
However, he was pulled over on May 22
after driving his car in Greymouth, telling
police he had to take the wheel because his
girlfriend did not like doing hill starts.
Lawyer Ros Burnside said Schwabe
accepted he had “foolishly” decided to do a
hill start in the car. His girlfriend did not
like doing the manoeuvre in the car because
it was a manual.
Ms Burnside said Schwabe was worried
about a potential driving ban, and feared he
would lose his job.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer confirmed
his employer had said that if Schwabe
carried on with disqualifying offending, he
would lose his job.
Lindsay Ronald Bradley, 42, of Cobden,
was remanded until July 1 on charges of
possession of methamphetamine (P) for
supply and burglary with a weapon, on June
Lawyer Richard Bodle said Bradley denied
both charges and elected a jury trial. Bradley
was remanded for electronic bail to be
He had been transferred from the Westport
District Court, where he had previously
The drug offence carried a maximum of
life in prison. Bradley had previously been
denied bail as the witnesses in the case was
initially too scared to make a statement, and
police feared Bradley could intimidate them
if he was released on bail.
Matt Tapui Walker, 44, of Greymouth,
was accused of stealing 25 meat packs and
possessing a cannabis pipe. Walker was
remanded for a case review on August 12.
A 19-year-old Runanga man was fined
$400 and banned from driving for six
months after driving while disqualified.
Logan Lee Bagley had previously been
banned from driving for six months on
March 25, but when stopped by police on
May 14 he had just finished doing some
work on his car and was trying it out.
In court Bagley said he had been “stupid”.
A 51-year-old Kumara woman was
sentenced to nine months’ super vision for
possession of a firearm, assault with a knife,
resisting a constable and intentional damage,
on June 1 last year.
Judge John Strettell ordered the facts of
the case to be suppressed, as they were “not
for public consumption”.
Jae Andrew Edwards, 21, of Greymouth,
was fined $350 for driving a motorbike
without a licence, and without a warrant of
Mark Cuthbert, 26, of Greymouth, was
remanded until July 1 for breaching a
protection order imposed by his former
A Runanga man was fined $300 and
banned from driving for 15 months after he
blew 531mg in an alcohol-breath test.
Philip Osborne Grant, 44, was stopped by
police while driving his car in Runanga on
He had two previous offences, five years
and 13 years ago.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Grant had
been working all day and had not eaten
anything, then had drunk two jugs of beer
before driving his car. He said Grant feared
he would lose his job if he was banned from
Jasmine Henson was fined $350 and
banned from driving for six months for
driving while suspended, on May 16 in
Henson drove while three months into her
driving disqualification. In court yesterday,
she said she knew she was guilty.
Almost 10 years after gaining
consent, mining is under way at the
Cypress Mine at Stockton — scene
of the fierce and protracted Save
Happy Valley protests a decade ago.
With 187 jobs set to go at
Stockton, and coal prices at
record lows, Solid Energy says
Cypress is exactly the sort of lower
cost-to-produce pit the troubled
State-owned coalminer wants to
Solid Energy said it was lifting
out and transferring tussock
herbfields partly to protect snails
ahead of mining, and birds had
GPS transponders attached so they
could be tracked at all times.
The Save Happy Valley campaign
involved conservationists lobbying,
occupying the head office of the
Solid Energy, scaling a four-storey
building and blockading Solid
Energy’s coal trains. Members also
set up camp in an area adjacent to
the proposed mine site for over a
Solid Energy said the first
coal from Cypress was produced
towards the end of last year.
“Since then we have been
producing an average of about
40,000 tonnes a month from
the Cypress area for the wider
Stockton effort,” spokesman Bryn
Because Cypress Mine was part
of the wider operation, it was not
directly responsible for any new
jobs on the Stockton Plateau.
The consents included detailed
programmes to manage native
wildlife, Mr Somer ville said.
The powelliphanta giant snail
in that part of Stockton was
patrickensis, which “although
rare” was more common than
its augusta cousin to the west,
so the management was more
straightforward, he said.
Solid Energy was lifting all
the tussock herbfield out and
transferring it to storage areas “so
a lot of snails will be moving that
“ We also carry out searches for
any others and they are carefully
put into areas nearby that won’t be
Solid Energy knew all the
resident birds and their nests, and
had maps of their ranges.
“They’re all tagged and carry
GPS transponders so we can
see where they are at any time.
They do get down close to the
operational areas and there are
processes for the few times that
any operators see one.”
Some kiwi eggs had been uplifted
and incubated, hatched or raised to
a size where the youngsters were
more likely to sur vive and then
released in other places. The area
in and around Stockton Mine had
strong pest control, too.
Looking east over part of the Cypress mining area at Stockton Mine.
Work under way at Cypress Mine
A 30-year-old Hokitika woman was
remanded on bail until July 1 for trying to
dishonestly use a Speights Alehouse gift
card, in Greymouth.
Aroha Reihana, 30, had already been
remanded until that date for sentencing
after she admitted two burglaries, of a cafe
and a house in Hokitika.
As part of her remand Reihana said she
was trying to get a place on the He Waka
Tapu drug and alcohol programme.
However, lawyer Richard Bodle told the
Greymouth District Court yesterday that
the other offence had come to light since
Mr Bodle said this charge was not a return
to Reihana’s earlier pattern of offending,
but was in the mix of previous
Reihana will be excused from her scheduled
July court appearance if she can gain a place
on the programme.
A Whataroa woman was remanded until
July 4 for a defended hearing on charges of
assaulting a man.
Raewyn Phyllis Cooper, 31, will be
defending herself at the hearing.
Juliet Iris Burr, 30, of Westland, was
sentenced to 110 hours of community work,
banned from driving for nine months and
fined $300 on charges of excess breath-
alcohol and failing to comply with a police
Burr blew 534mg in a breath test on May
Lawyer Ros Burnside said Burr had
previously offended in 2010 but she was
doing charity work at the moment. She was
not able to do her milking job after her car
had been impounded.
She had learned a huge lesson and
regretted the offence and would not be back
in the court again, the lawyer said.
Hokitika woman used gift card dishonestly
The West Coast District Health Board has
come out top in a sur vey on leadership.
The senior doctors’ union, the Association
of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), has
been analysing the results of two membership
surveys on clinical leadership and the level of
genuine commitment to it within DHBs.
It says four district health boards (DHBs)
need to take urgent remedial action to improve
the way they involve senior doctors and dentists
in health decision-making — Auckland,
Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Southern
Executive director Ian Powell said the sur veys
indicated that Lakes, Canterbury and West
Coast DHBs were performing the best on
“Clinical engagement isn’t just a nice-to-
have idea — it’s at the very heart of ensuring
that health services are meeting the needs of
patients and communities. If senior doctors
and other clinical staff are not centrally
involved in leadership decision-making over
the design, organisation and delivery of health
services, and how to resource them, then the
risks of compromising the quality of patient
care and of financial inefficiency dramatically
increase,” Mr Powell said.
In the boards doing well, there was a level
of genuine commitment from their chief
executives and other key staff to widespread
clinical leadership by all senior doctors.
Coast DHB tops leadership survey
Anna Wang with her debut CD, which she will
release at the Greymouth Elim Church on Saturday.
Originally from Taiwan, Ms Wang has lived in New
Zealand for 20 years and in Greymouth for three.
The release night, called ‘A Musical Journey with
Anna’, starts at 7pm, when she will share stories as
well as the tracks on the album. The album, called
Journey Home: Instrumental Music for the Soul,
took two years to produce from scratch and has
already been released in Taiwan. Ms Wang said she
had been well supported by the church and wanted
to thank them by giving people a chance to hear
her work. There is no time to rest however, as she is
already planning her next project.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Coast woman releases CD
Dairy product prices rose for the first time
since February in the latest Global Dairy Trade
auction, paced by butter milk powder, as buyers
found value after the recent slide in prices.
Expanding global milk supply and a drop in
buying by Chinese importers as they run down
inventories has weighed on dairy prices this year,
although lower prices are now starting to entice
other buyers back into the market, according
to Rabobank’s Agribusiness Monthly, released
yesterday. Supply will not abate soon though,
with figures for New Zealand’s 2014 season
expected to show record milk production.
The GDT price index advanced 0.9% to
$US3807 a tonne, the first gain after eighth
consecutive declines. Some 31,984 tonnes of
product was sold, down from 37,012 two weeks
In the latest GDT auction, butter milk powder
surged 17% to $4535 a tonne, and rennet casein
added 4.6% to $11,155 a tonne. Whole milk
powder rose 2.4% to $3658, while cheddar
gained 2.4%, rising to $4381 a tonne.
Butter increased 1.8% to $3,699 a tonne.
Anhydrous milk fat slid 3.8% to $3898 a
tonne, while skim milk powder slipped 0.2% to
$3855 a tonne.
Milk protein concentrate and lactose were not
offered. — APNZ
Dairy product prices rise for
first time since February
A former taxi driver
has pleaded not guilty
to charges relating to
what police believe was
a false claim he had been
attacked and robbed.
Gurinder Singh Samra
told police on February 5
that he had picked up a
male passenger in central
Queenstown, and was
later attacked and robbed
by that passenger and two
were given information
that led them to believe
the incident was a false
He was released on bail
and will next appear in
Court on August 13.
False robbery claim denied
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