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Bird sur vey planned
West Coast residents have again
been asked to help with a wildlife
sur vey which can be done from the
living room or school classroom.
The eighth annual New Zealand
Garden Bird Sur vey aims to track
birds through backyard monitoring.
Organisers ask people to spend
one hour between Saturday, June
28 and Sunday, July 6 to record the
birds that visit your garden. For
full instructions, bird identification
guides, and a copy of the sur vey form
(and an on-line data entry form) are
available at www.landcareresearch.
Police are investigating a potential
abduction in Christchurch on
Saturday night when a screaming
and struggling woman was bundled
into a car that drove off at speed. The
woman has not been heard from since
and police admit they have “ limited
information to go on”.They want to
hear from the two people involved in
the incident around the Portsmouth
Street area in Aranui about midnight
on Saturday to confirm that the
woman is safe. Witnesses have
described the car as a black, two-
door GT4 Toyota Celica, with a
registration plate possibly starting
with XS. The male driver is described
as being Caucasian, about 20, about
180cm, with a ginger goatee and
wearing a black hoodie. — APNZ
Crash delays traffic
Peak hour traffic was held up
after a four-car nose to tail crash
just north of Wellington today.
The incident happened in the
southbound lane on State highway
1 near Porirua, about 8am, Inspector
Mike Coleman of central police
communications said. There were no
injuries, he said. One car needed to
be towed and the crash was cleared
within an hour, he said. — APNZ
Sheep slaughter probe
Oamaru police are continuing their
investigation into the slaughter of
about 195 sheep over the weekend.
Police were called to a Ngapara
farming property on Saturday
after the property owner found the
slaughtered sheep. Detective Warren
Duncan of Oamaru said it appeared
to be an act of wanton destruction
with no obvious motive. It was
unusual because so many sheep were
killed and there was no evidence any
of them were intended to be stolen
or slaughtered for meat, he said.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
Nil. Departures: Cook Canyon,
Resolution II. In port: Claymore,
Electra, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Nil. Expected arrivals:
Moon Shadow II, Galatea II, today;
Jay Elaine, Cook Canyon, Resolution
II, tomorrow; Ocean Odyssey, July 1.
Stockton decision likely tomorrow
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Westland District Council is
considering a public-private partnership
with Westland Milk Products to expand
the Hokitika town water supply before
demand outstrips supply.
The company predicts it will be
drawing seven million litres a day of
potable water by 2020 — more than the
current combined take from the Lake
Kaniere supply for both the town and
The dairy company made a submission
to the council’s draft annual plan,
requesting an upgrade of the Blue Spur
water treatment plant.
An earlier council staff report, in
February, said the current plant was “at
capacity” and an estimated $4 million
was needed to upgrade it.
During the final annual plan debate
last week, the council accepted a staff
recommendation to work with Westland
Milk on an “options report” to upgrade
the town supply. That work will be
identified as a ‘non-funded’ project in the
Westland Milk general manager
operations Bernard May said a joint
engineering report on future supply
options, including the option of drawing
water from the Hokitika River, was
already to hand.
Expansion of the public asset to meet
factory demand should benefit the
district overall, especially if the current
system failed during an earthquake.
“ Westland District Council also
benefits in terms of additional revenue
from the sale of water to Westland Milk
Products, and stands to gain a viable
water supply contingency option should
the Lake Kaniere line fail,” Mr May said.
of the Westport News
Stockton mineworkers expect to find
out tomorrow whether the proposed
mine restructuring, announced last
month by Solid Energy, will proceed.
If the restructuring went ahead the
workers would not know for 10 more days
which of them had jobs, Engineering,
Printing and Manufacturing Union
West Coast organiser Garth Elliott said.
“If they (Solid Energy) confirm
on Friday, people can then apply for
voluntary redundancy. If they don’t
apply for that they can go through the
selection criteria and they ’ll find out on
the 7th whether they’ve got positions or
Solid Energy said last month that
it planned to cut about 187 jobs at
Stockton — 137 in the mine workforce
and about 50 contracting jobs.
Mine production would drop by a
quarter from 1.9 million tonnes this year
to 1.4 million tonnes in 2014-15.
The cuts are expected to save
$60 million, but Stockton still faces a
$61 million loss next financial year.
Mr Elliott said he had no idea
how many workers would be seeking
“Some people are upset about the
situation and say, ‘I’ve had enough,
I’m getting out of here’. They make
statements like that but when they go
home and have a think about it it’s not
really what they want. ”
Solid Energy had scrapped two
proposals following worker opposition.
One was to “ bank” hours when weather
stopped work and require workers
to put in the time later. Another was
for workers on 12-hour shifts to take
their second meal break sitting in their
Mr Elliott said workers had argued that
“ banking” hours would have put them at
the company ’s beck and call. They would
have had to work night shift, overtime
or on their days off to make up hours
that were part of their roster.
Requiring an in-machine meal
break would have been “completely
inappropriate and unhealthy”.
“Tobe up there for 12hours and to be
required to be sitting in your own vehicle,
on your own, is completely unacceptable
— you need that interaction.”
He said Solid Energy had also changed
its proposal to include short-term sick
leave history in its criteria for selecting
The union had also argued that workers
should not be disadvantaged for taking
sick leave to which they were entitled.
The company had agreed it would
make sick leave a criterion only when a
worker had been disciplined over taking
Mr Elliott said Solid Energy was
planning a number of shift changes, all
of which were already allowed in the
multi-employer contract agreement.
“They’ve probably used every roster
that ’s in the collective agreement, in the
proposal, and there’ ll be different people
doing different things.”
The proposals included working five
days on with weekends off, seven days
on with seven off, 12-hour and 10-hour
Workers were divided on which shifts
Workers expected to hear from the
company on Friday — or possibly
Monday if the announcement was
delayed — via site meetings, e-mails and
memos, Mr Elliott said.
Solid Energy said last month that it
could not guarantee Stockton opencast
mine would not face more job cuts. If
international coal prices fell further,
more adjustments would be necessary,
chief executive Dan Clifford said.
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Hundreds of 100-year-old trees have been felled at Anzac Park over the past couple of days. Hahn
Logging was tasked with the job after branches began falling off, posing a danger to users of the
sportsground. The contractor will spend the next week clearing away the timber. Already some Cowper
Street residents have commented on the work, telling the contractor they are getting an abundance of
sun shining into their homes.
Anzac Park pines felled
PICTURE: Viv Logie
The children and staff of Kidsfirst Karoro Kindergarten are all smiles after receiving their award as part of the wider Kidsfirst
group. The kindergarten received an award for demonstrating the Kidsfirst value of whanau. Karoro was nominated by Kidsfirst
Canterbury-Westland education ser vice manager Raewyn Penman for “the way parents became an integral part of the kindergarten”.
There are three Kidsfirst kindergartens in Greymouth and Hokitika, and 61 in total across the West Coast and Canterbury.
Kindergar ten award brings smiles
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
A petition against the Haast-Hollyford
road proposal, organised by a key
opponent to the Fiordland monorail, has
collected 1600 names in just two weeks.
It was launched by Te Anau man
Martin Sliva, who revealed the total
yesterday to the Greymouth Star.
The Fiordland Advocate newspaper
reported that Mr Sliva was behind
the well-supported petition against
the Fiordland monorail, which almost
reached the 10,000 mark before the
Government rejected the tourism
proposal in late May.
That petition was on-line, and Mr Sliva
was able to e-mail everyone who signed
it about his new petition against the
He yesterday referred further inquiries
to the Fiordland Restoration website,
where he explains the petition is targeted
at Conser vation Minister Nick Smith,
and Westland Mayor Mike Havill.
Apart from environmental concerns,
he said the Haast-Hollyford road
was as “financially unviable as the
failed monorail and Routeburn tunnel
“It would be an extremely expensive
road to build as it runs through country
prone to slips and heavy rain, is in the
area of a major earthquake faultline,
and requires bridging at least two big
“If the cost has been hugely
underestimated — as opponents have
reason to believe it has — the road could
be left unfinished,” Mr Sliva said.
Undeveloped settlements such as
Jackson Bay would gain some financial
benefit from the proposed road, but that
would be at the expense of already well-
established tourist destinations such as
Te Anau and Manapouri, he said.
Tourists staying at Franz Josef Glacier
or Fox Glacier — a ‘must ’ on most
itineraries — could not stop next in Te
Anau, because it would make it too long
The Fiordland Advocate said the latest
petition initially had the Save Fiordland
logo above its message, but this was
later removed. Save Fiordland had not
discussed the Hollyford road proposal.
Reefton man Robert
Terry has lost a case he
took to the Court of
Appeal and been ordered
to pay costs.
Terry was appealing an
out of time order made by
Judge Moran in April last
year as well as minutes
the judge issued on May
27, July 18 and July 26
The Court of Appeal
application for an
extension of time appeal
and ordered him to pay
costs to his niece Rosalind
The issue arose over a
property Ms McLellan
and Terry jointly owned.
Terry had been given an
opportunity to buy out
Ms McLellan, and had
been given several months
to do so.
He did not take that
opportunity and Ms
McLellan sold the
property to her mother.
Terry refused to receive
his half share of the sale
proceeds, which had since
been placed with the
Public Trust in trust for
him, which he has refused
of the Hokitika Guardian
An official start on
the proposed Chinese
memorial garden in Ross
is some way off, as the
focus goes on the Kumara
memorial garden part of
the project first.
It was expected that
the foundation stone
would have been unveiled
and the first sod turned
for the Ross memorial
by now, but that has
been delayed due to an
impending visit by the
key Chinese government
official who helped
facilitate support for the
project in China.
The Kumara garden
foundation stone was
unveiled in March and
some ground work on the
site, on State highway 73
at the eastern boundary
of the township, has since
been carried out.
Simon Tam said
everything to do with
making the two memorial
gardens a reality was still
“ in the process”.
“ We are in the process
of doing one thing at a
time, so we’d like to get
Kumara under way first.
Ross will be a bit later,”
Mr Tam said.
the Kumara part of the
memorial garden project,
Kerrie Fitzgibbon, is
currently overseas and
unavailable for comment.
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