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SMITH, Denis. —
A beautiful soul has
But in our hearts you'll
Jasmine and Eli.
Dearly loved brother of
the late Jim and
brother-in-law to Val,
much loved uncle and
but never forgotten Den
away on Wednesday
June 18, 2014 at his
home, dearly loved
husband of Therese,
much loved 'Den' of
Karl and Eunice (North
Queensland), Lucy and
(Mackay), Kate and
Colin Meers (Karratha,
and Felicity and Nigel
loved and adored 'Den'
of James and Malanka;
Liam and Tia; Sam, and
Jack; Matt and Toni,
Kevin and Brooke,
Louis, and Eilish; and
Shekinah, Halle, and
Caitlin and Mya, and a
much loved uncle. Aged
71 years. Rest In Peace.
Messages to 105C
declined but donations
to the West Coast
Cancer Support Group,
PO Box 81, Greymouth
7840 would be appreci-
ated or could be made at
the service. A Funeral
Mass will be celebrated
for Denis at St Patrick's
Catholic Church, High
Street, Greymouth on
followed by interment at
the Gladstone Memorial
Park Cemetery. A Vigil
service will be held at
the Church tomorrow
(Friday) at 7pm. Anisy
Funeral Home Grey-
Richard (Brick). — On
June 14, 2014 in Bris-
bane, Australia. Loved
father and father-in-law
of Jules and Greg Bell.
Brick of Luke, Ben,
Harry, Josh and Jake
Now at Peace
Stephen. — On June 18,
2014, loved son of the
late Jim and Eileen
Smith, loved son-in-law
of the late Jack and
Monnie Morris, loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Mary and Allen
Palmer, Pat Somers (de-
ceased), Ron (deceased)
and Ethel Smith, Brian
(deceased) and Lynne
Smith, Jim (deceased)
and Val Smith, Colleen
and the late Paddy
Leighton, and Kate and
Denis McKay, and loved
brother-in-law of Trish
and the late Don Keene,
Bernard Morris (de-
ceased), and Gerard
Morris. Rest In Peace.
More than 60 Postie Plus staff will lose their
jobs following the closure of 12 of the retail
chain’s stores, the company ’s administrators
Administrators were appointed to the
clothing retailer after its lenders withdrew
support as the company continued to make
the decision to close 12 Postie Plus stores,
affecting 64 Postie Plus staff. A further 70
stores will continue trading.
“The stores aren’t viable, so unfortunately
we’ve had to make those decisions,” Colin
McCloy, of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, said.
Prior to the appointment of the
administrators, Postie Plus management
had identified a number of stores that were
for various reasons no longer considered
Those findings were discussed with the
administrators and as a result, the chain’s
Birkenhead, Bishopdale Men’s, Bishopdale
Women’s and Kids, Dannevirke, Gore,
Mount Roskill, Papatoetoe, Rangiora Kids,
St Lukes, Sydenham, Te Kuiti and Westgate
stores will close.
The affected stores will continue to trade in
the interim until the final closure dates in the
first week of July 2014.
Mr McCloy said the affected staff had been
“ We recognise that this is a difficult period
for all concerned, and wish to thank staff for
their professionalism and commitment, and
customers and the local communities for
their loyalty and support.”
The union representing Postie Plus workers
says the announcement yesterday was “highly
First Union general secretary Robert Reid
said neither employees nor the union were
advised there was a review of the future of
“ No indication was given at last Thursday ’s
creditors’ meeting that so many stores would
be closed and redundancies made.
“In fact at the creditors’ meeting the
administrator gave the opposite impression,
that it would be business as usual for the next
few weeks,” Mr Reid said.
“This action raises the question of
whether the voluntary administration that
the company is under is simply a ruse to
implement pre-determined restructuring
under the protection of administration.
“Under the Companies Act, administration
is there to protect the interests of creditors. In
this case it seems to be used for the opposite
purpose,” Mr Reid said.
“ While staff recognise that store closures
and redundancies may happen at some stage,
the way this has been handled is unacceptable.
The union would be seeking legal advice.”
Twelve Postie Plus
University of Montana professor of chemistry Garon Smith gets Karoro School pupil Max Welsford to help with a demonstration
during a visit yesterday. As G Wiz, Mr Smith has spent the week visiting 14 schools around the West Coast, courtesy of the
universities of Montana, Waikato and Otago and WestREAP, while he is on sabbatical. During his visits the ‘wizard’ has been
conjuring magic, turning liquids to a solid, changing the colour of fire and liquids to introduce pupils to the concepts of science and
chemistry through magical experiments and demonstrations.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Wizard introduces pupils to science concepts
Christchurch man Colin George Martin
drank beers in Reefton, then vodka while
driving, before smashing into a pregnant
The Press newspaper reported today the
20-year-old victim, Emily Short, was willing
to meet the “deeply depressed’’ 65-year-old
so he could apologise in person.
Martin, a Redwood shift worker, appeared
in the Christchurch District Court yesterday,
where he admitted charges stemming from
the May 20 crash at Lewis Pass.
The high-speed impact left Short with
multiple broken bones, lacerations and
fearing for her unborn child. The unborn
baby sur vived.
Martin pleaded guilty to drink-driving
and dangerous driving causing injury.
He was twice the legal breath-alcohol
Short was driving her Honda Logo to her
grandparents’ Westport home when she
reached a blind bend on State highway 7,
near Patersons Creek, about 4.15pm.
After the crash, Martin tried to drive away.
However, a wheel had come off his ute and
he went down a bank, the police summary
said. He tried to restart his vehicle before a
passing truck driver convinced him to hand
over his keys.
A 1 litre bottle of vodka was found on his
Martin stated that he had a couple of
beers at the Reefton pub and admitted
to drinking the vodka as he drove,’’ the
Both vehicles were written off.
Judge Couch remanded Martin on bail for
sentencing on August 27.
Driver drank vodka behind
wheel before Lewis Pass crash
The big band era will come alive
again when the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra hits the Greymouth
Regent Theatre stage next month.
It is considered one of the greatest
of the big bands of the 1940s, and
will visit Greymouth in a show with
25 musicians, singers and dancers on
stage on July 18.
The concert spectacular features
guests from the United States — The
Swing Sisters and Bryan Anthony,
who is one of America’s finest singers
of the Frank Sinatra Songbook.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is
touring 24 New Zealand towns and
is produced by the same group that
ran last year’s highly successful Glenn
Miller Orchestra national tour.
A big feature of the show is the
Frank Sinatra early songbook
performed by Bryan Anthony. The
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was the
first big band Sinatra performed with.
In addition to playing the great hits
of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the
band will also perform songs from
the books of Benny Goodman, Harry
James, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton
and Woody Herman.
Band leader Terry Myers said
this would be the first trip to New
Zealand for a lot of the band and
they were excited about the tour.
The Greymouth Star has two
double passes to the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra show to give away to a
couple of lucky readers.
To enter the draw send your name,
address and phone number to:
Tommy Dorsey Giveaway
C/o Greymouth Star
or e-mail competitions@greystar.
co.nz with Tommy Dorsey in
the subject line. One entr y per
household. Entries close on
Big band era to come alive
of the Westport News
McLean’s Pit landfill in
Greymouth is stuck with
over 300 old television
sets it can not get rid of,
but the Westport transfer
station does not have any.
Star reported that the
mountain of televisions
came about when
the Ministry for the
Environment ’s Tv
ended after the digital
Grey District Council
utilities engineer Kurtis
Perrin-Smith said the
council had no recycling
market currently for tvs.
“However, as they
have been deemed to
be a recyclable product,
we have been unable to
charge for them.”
Buller District Council
Steve Griffin said the
Westport transfer station
currently had no recycled
A contractor engaged
by the Government had
disposed of the large
number it received as a
result of the digital switch,
People currently had
to pay for the disposal
of televisions and other
as residual refuse at the
The price charged varied,
based on the weight of the
refuse, Mr Griffin said.
Westflora (now Eastons
Road Nursery) used to
accept old televisions and
other electronic waste for
a fee when it was owned
by Buller Community
New owner Tania
Dove said Eastons Road
Nursery would not
continue accepting them
because there was not
any money in it and the
nursery did not have the
Westflora was essen-
tially the middleman
for electronic recycling
company RCN e-Cycle,
which charged Westflora
for picking up the
RCN e-Cycle, which
helped run the Tv
during the digital
switchover, no longer had
any electronic waste drop
off sites in Buller, she said.
was funded by the
Government ’s Waste
Minimisation Fund and
was designed to reduce
the amount of televisions
being dumped in landfills.
The Tv Takeback
programme ended in
No old television
sets at Westport
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
has again been named in a list of New
Zealand ’s most trusted.
The 10th annual New Zealand
Reader’s Digest Trust Survey, released
this week, revealed a skew towards
sports stars and emergency ser vice
workers as those who New Zealanders
trust the most.
Politicians are as trustworthy as sex
workers and Willie Apiata, VC, was
again voted the most trusted of all New
Zealanders, according to the magazine’s
annual sur vey on the country’s most
trusted people and professions.
Mr Kokshoorn made the list at No
64, ahead of police commissioner Mike
Bush, Prime Minister John Key, lawyer
Mai Chen and some of the leaders of
the Green Party.
Grey District Mayor
named in most trusted list
of the Westport News
Many of the rooms in Westport ’s
proposed integrated family health
centre (IFHC) are smaller than
planned and some have been cut
The proposed ‘schedule of
the Westport News under the
Official Information Act, reveals
more than 20 rooms fall short of
the Australasian benchmarks for
They include the main waiting
area, (30 square metres instead of
35 square metres), children’s play
area (8 square metres instead of
10 square metres), mental health
waiting area (6 square metres
instead of 10 square metres),
pathology waiting area (4 square
metres instead of 6 square metres)
and whanau room (18 square
metres instead of 20 square
A proposed 20 square metre
patient resuscitation area has
gone. Instead, two acute treatment
bays — each 12 square metres —
would be used.
A proposed 9 square metres
office has also been deleted.
A patient lounge is described
as “desirable”, but is not yet
The kitchen has been allocated
just 30 square metres — half the
space sought by food services and
less than a third the size suggested
in an expert review.
Patient changing cubicles in
x-ray have halved to one.
The number of mental health
interview rooms has halved from
six to three and the number of
rooms for planned clinics from
four to two.
The IFHC will have a total area
of 1934 square metres — about
40% bigger than the indoor
courts stadium at the Solid
Energy Centre. It will be built on
the Buller Hospital site parallel
with Derby Street, with the main
entrance off Derby Street.
It would have 10 multi-use beds
and no aged care. The hospital has
35 beds, including 18 in D unsford
aged care ward.
Staff requirements have yet to
be determined. Buller Hospital
and Buller Health Medical
Centre currently have about 115
full-time equivalent staff between
Proposed Westport health centre plans downsized
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