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2 - Monday, June 30, 2014
A thief went to a lot of effort to
pinch a couple of loads of firewood
from a Cobden property overnight
on Thursday. Police said the thief
broke into a shed on the property
and stole a couple of loads from the
Diamond drill stolen
A large diamond drill has been
reported stolen from the Electronet
workshops in Tainui Street,
Greymouth. Police said it was valued
DHB to hold Reefton
The Reefton community should
get another chance to sit down with
the West Coast District Health
Board, in August. In March, a public
meeting there addressed concerns
over staff shortages, and the future of
health ser vices in the town. Another
meeting was planned for midwinter.
Board chief executive David Meates
said last week they were looking at
setting a date in August.
Fluoride soon to be
back in Hamilton water
Fluoride will soon be back in
Hamilton’s drinking-water supply
after the High Court rejected an
application to keep the district
council from starting fluoridation
again. Safe Water Alternative NZ
(SWANZ) launched a bid to stop
the fluoridation after the council
made a u-turn in March over its
decision to remove the substance
from the city supply, TV One News
reported recently. The council will
begin re-adding fluoride this week
and it will take up to two weeks
for it to be distributed through the
water network. SWANZ says it will
continue to challenge fluoridation
at a High Court hearing in
Michelle Coleman, of Moana, and
Tony Wood, of Paroa, are the lucky
winners of the Greymouth Star’s
Operatunity giveaway. They each
receive a prize pack including a CD,
book and double pass to the show
Modern Musicals, on July 2 at the
New banking facility
gives Oceana Gold
Oceana Gold, New Zealand ’s
largest goldminer, has new banking
arrangements it says will give it
more flexibility. The owner of the
Globe Progress Mine at Reefton
and Macraes Mine in north Otago,
says a new $200 million revolving
credit facility will mature on June
30, 2017, replacing existing facilities
maturing on June 30, 2015. The
existing facility of $117.8 million
is being repaid. It had undrawn
capacity of $50 million. Barclays
Bank, BNP Paribas, Citibank NA,
HSBC and Nedbank Capital Plc
are providing the new facility. The
shares last traded at $3.39, and have
soared 98% this year.
Bridge club results
Greymouth Bridge Club results. —
Wednesday: Allison Palmer and Joy
Willman 62% 1, Ash Hamilton and
Michelle Gunn 2, Gerard Bardel and
Ian Anderson 56% 3. Thursday: Ash
Hamilton and Michelle Gunn 61%
1, Stuart Oliver and Brian Rowlands
53% 2, Sue Glue and Alan Comis
Arrivals: Ocean Odyssey,
Resolution II, Claymore, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine. In port: Ocean
Odyssey, Resolution II, Claymore, 26
other vessels. Expected departures:
Resolution II, Ocean Odyssey, today.
Expected arrivals: Galatea II, Cook
Canyon, today; Moon Shadow II,
Professional thieves operating on Coast
of the Hokitika Guardian
Hokitika police say professional thieves
are on the prowl, with the burglary of a rural
property on Friday night.
Senior constable Jason Martin said a
Havill Drive residence at Awatuna was
burgled and a quantity of valuable electronic
and personal items stolen.
The property was locked and the owner
was out at the time of the break-in.
“It resembles similarities to the burglary
that was done in Kaniere two weekends
previously,” Mr Martin said.
Forensic analysis from the Kaniere
burglary was ongoing and evidence at the
Awatuna was now being tested.
“It’s just a timely reminder, especially for
rural residents, to pay a bit more attention
to who is around.”
He said both burglaries appeared to have
“The burglars are a lot more organised, or
professional, than what usually occurs in the
area, which points towards outside influence
from the West Coast. ”
Residents needed to be particularly vigilant
and report to police any suspicious vehicles
or people seen in the neighbourhood.
It was also a good idea to write down
or photograph electronic appliance serial
numbers and to keep a safe record of other
valuable personal possessions.
West Coast police patrol patterns were
being re-evaluated as a result of the latest
burglaries, he said.
“Hokitika people need to be aware. There
are burglars operating, and they know what
they ’re doing.”
Monday June 30
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December 6, 1922 -
June 27, 2014. Special
Nana of Dee Cotter,
Rebecca Monk, and
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Joseph. — Dearly loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Kevin and Marie
(Nelson Creek), George
and Ngaire (deceased),
Mary and Grant Gibson
(Greymouth), Tom and
Sheryl (Ahaura), and
Michael and Viv (West
Loved by all his nieces
and nephews. A gentle
giant. Will be sadly
Rest in Peace John
Our hearts still break for
No time to say goodbye.
Those we love don't go
They walk beside us
Unseen, unheard, but
Still loved, still missed.
We love you to the
moon and back Poppa
Maclane and Raith xxx.
(Dot).—on June 27,
2014, peacefully in
Greymouth. Aged 91.
Dearly loved wife of the
late Bert, much loved
mother and mother-in-
law of Michael and Jill
and Ray Robertson
and Bart Kruf (NSW),
(Rolleston), David and
Leeza (Cromwell), and
Angela (deceased) and
Donald Monk, and dear
friend of Yvonne Monk
(all of Greymouth),
much loved nana of her
21 grandchildren and
GG of her 29 great-
sister and sister-in-law
of Elizabeth and the late
Dan McAuley, and the
late Ian, and Robert and
Betty Maclure, and a
loved aunty, cousin and
friend of many. R .I.P.
“Now at rest in the
hands of the Lord”
Messages to Flat 4, 109
declined, donations to
the Society of Saint
Vincent de Paul would
be appreciated and may
be made at the Mass or
posted C/- Catholic
Church, 40 High Street,
Greymouth 7805. A
Requiem Mass for Dot
will be celebrated in St
Church, High Street,
(Tuesday) at 1.30pm.
Dot will then be laid to
rest with Bert at the
Karoro Services Ceme-
tery. A Vigil Service
will be held at the
church tonight at 7pm.
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
Joseph. — Passed away
suddenly but peacefully
on Saturday June 28,
2014 at his home, dearly
Christine, much loved
father and father-in-law
of Andrew and Kim,
Jonathon and Sarah,
Catherine and Justin,
and the late Christopher,
and Rebecca, dearly
Kayden, Seth, Raith,
Travis and Jade, and
loved brother, brother-
in-law, uncle, great-
uncle and “poppa” to
many. Aged 66 years.
Messages to Haupiri RD
1, Dobson, Westland
7872. Flowers respect-
donations to the West
would be appreciated
and could be made at the
service. The Funeral
Mass for John will be
celebrated at St Patrick's
Catholic Church, 40
High Street, Greymouth
1.30pm, followed by
interment at Gladstone
Cemetery. A Rosary will
be held at the church
tomorrow (Tuesday) at
5.30pm. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
QSM. — On Saturday,
June 28, 2014, at Allen
Hokitika, aged 87 years.
Cecilia, Robert (Nobby)
(Spider) and Dianne,
loved grandmother of
Sarah, Cindy, Maryanne
and Shannon and great
grandmother of Carter.
A loved sister, aunty and
also loved by many, for
her services to the
people of South
Messages to PO Box 51,
Lorna will be celebrated
at All Saints Church,
corner of Stafford and
Bealey Streets, Hokitika
on Wednesday July 2,
commencing at 2pm.
Following the Mass,
Lorna will be laid to rest
in the Lawn Section of
the Hokitika Cemetery.
Recitation of the Rosary
to be held at
Chapel, 86 Gibson
Quay, tomorrow (Tues-
day) evening at 7pm.
FDANZ, Ph 755 7993.
One hundred and fifty
West Coast residents
— including two under
diagnosed with the
disease chlamydia last
ESR has just released its
annual sexual sur veillance
report. It also found
seven confirmed cases of
Of the 150 confirmed
West Coast cases, about
two-thirds were women.
Two were between the
age of 10 and 14, and two
were over 40.
Overall, the rate in
the region is trending
down, and per head of
population rates are low.
Nationally, the rate of
chlamydia is declining. It is
the most common sexually
The highest number
chlamydia cases was seen
in the Auckland region
and Waikato. The highest
rate of chlamydia was
reported in Tairawhiti
DHB, followed by Lakes
and Hawke’s Bay.
Counting has begun in the community
ballot to help decide the future of the
Runanga Miner’s Hall, but the council
is saying little.
Voting in the ballot closed at 12pm on
Friday, however Grey District Council
chief executive Paul Pretorius said the
result would not be announced until the
agenda for the next council meeting, to
be held on July 14, was released, as he did
not think it would be fair for councillors
to find out the result of the vote in the
The council would take the outcome of
the vote among Runanga ratepayers into
account when making a final decision on
the fate of the hall, which was currently
subject to a demolition order.
Mr Pretorius said he thought the voter
turnout was “not bad”.
The vote, which was open to all
ratepayers south of Ten Mile Creek,
proposed three options: for the Runanga
Area Association to take ownership of
and restore the hall; for the council to
build a smaller hall behind the current
facade; or for the whole structure to be
The Lake Brunner Road level crossing
near Inchbonnie — the site of a near-
collision at the start of the year — has
been upgraded with alarms and flashing
The crossing was previously protected
by railway crossing and stop signs.
A near-collision was reported there
in January, when a vehicle towing a
boat overtook another vehicle that was
already stationary at the crossing and
drove in front of the train, causing the
driver to apply the emergency brake.
This is the second set of flashing
lights and alarm bells installed on the
West Coast this month after Kiwi Rail
upgraded the level crossing on State
highway 67, at Granity.
Upgrades of level crossings are based
on an assessment that accounts for
factors including location, road and rail
traffic numbers, the number of railway
tracks to be crossed, and whether views
of approaching trains are obstructed.
Kiwi Rail said it recognised that road
and rail traffic levels at the Lake Brunner
Road crossing were significant and
justified lights and bells, but even so it
still advised caution when approaching
The Lake Brunner Road level crossing
is the seventh level crossing protection
upgrade that has been completed over
the 2013-14 financial year and is the
28th West Coast crossing to have
flashing lights and bells installed.
Nelson Creek, the Coast Road and the Grey
River tipheads are proving to be the favourite
places in the Grey district so far, as the Real
Stories campaign gets up steam.
Drop-in sessions began last week as
postcards were sent out to households
inviting people to nominate their favourite
place in the Grey district.
“Basically we are going out with a big net to
get as much information as we can,” project
manager Sonya Matthews said.
Sessions will take place at various spots
around Greymouth until July 26.
“ We are moving out further afield to grab
those people and ask for their input.”
Ms Matthews said so far the feedback had
been “over whelmingly positive”.
“ It ’s been really positive. People were
hesitant, as people usually are, but they were
very happy, when approached, to stop and
give their thoughts and their time.”
Word was starting to spread and people
were sharing more of their favourite places.
Nelson Creek had been raised because of
its “swimming, summertime experience”,
while the Coast Road, and the Cobden
and Blaketown tipheads were also common
“They are the ones that are coming up fairly
frequently,” Ms Matthews said.
One person said they loved that “there are
no plastic people here”.
Once all the information was collected they
would look at how to use it to promote the
“ We will start to look at how can we take
these places and tell the stories about them.”
The Grey District Council has funded
$100,000 for a signage and interpretation
project to be incorporated into the campaign.
Real Stories campaign
The Department of Conser vation spent
more than $100,000 sending staff overseas to
learn a firefighting skill they do not even use
here — and it plans to send them again.
As many as 47 staff are understood to have
crossed the Tasman to learn how to conduct
controlled burn-offs. DOC does not use the
technique here and one staff member who
went on the trips admitted the group did not
“really do much fire stuff ”.
Details of the trips are revealed in documents
obtained under the Official Information Act.
They include an internal DOC e-mail which
discussed what “excuse ” the department could
use for sending staff on the trips.
Senior official Damian Coutts wrote the
trips cost the taxpayer “substantially” and
admitted it would be difficult to sustain
them in future. He said “experience” and NZ
Qualifications Authority unit standards were
plausible excuses for taking the trips.
Another document suggested the training
could provide benefits to New Zealand in the
event of a catastrophic major fire.
Coutts also wrote that the training was
relevant as the department was often asked
to provide firefighters for “extreme fire
environments” to Australia, Canada and the
However, Taxpayers’ Union executive
director Jordan Williams called the trips a
“controlled-burning of taxpayers’ hard-earned
“This was an excuse for a junket, not training
that furthers New Zealand’s conser vation.
They might as well have learned the
The two trips cost New Zealand taxpayers
at least $105,791 and Australia’s Government
covered additional costs. The deployments
were organised in 2012 and again this year. It
is understood there were 25 staff on the first
trip and 22 on the second.
Despite the opposition — and Coutts’
prediction of future difficulties organising the
trips — a DOC spokesman said another trip
was on the cards and March or April were the
preferred months for burn-off activities.
“So it’s likely that it will happen then and
we’re expecting to participate in that one, yes,
if the Australians are willing to have us,” he
Williams expressed shock “that DOC is
even considering more trips to learn a practice
that is of absolutely no use in New Zealand.”
DOC appear to justify the trips to Australia
on the basis that their staff enjoy them, he said.
“It’s not clear what New Zealand taxpayers
received for the spending. At best, Australia
got cheap labour to assist with their fire
The information emerges just days after
DOC was slammed for spending $6300 on
a PR stunt after flying three ministers, a tv
crew and photographer to the West Coast for
a photo opportunity.
It followed an announcement the
Government planned to pass a law allowing
the recovery of high-value native timber
blown over in Cyclone Ita two months ago.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith
would not comment on the fire spending.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Coast children catch
sexually transmitted diseases
DOC fire-training ‘ junket’ slammed
Some of the logs harvested from the row of pine trees along Sawyers Creek, beside Anzac Park, wait to be carted away for
processing. Contractors are now busy tidying up the area after clearfelling the dangerous trees from alongside the Greymouth
Athletic Club track.
Dangerous trees cleared from Sawyers Creek
of the Hokitika Guardian
The theft of three saddles from the West
Coast Riding for the Disabled (RDA) school
in Hokitika last week has had a happy ending.
Police recovered the saddles on Friday
after a tip-off, and arrested a man in his
late teens and another in his early 20s after
executing search warrants in Greymouth
Constable Nerida Manson, of Hokitika
police, said the alleged offenders were held in
custody briefly on Friday and are expected to
appear in the Greymouth District Court this
week on charges of receiving.
Police moved quickly after a tip-off from
“As a result of the search warrants we
recovered the stolen saddles. It was a pretty
thoughtless act to steal from people less
fortunate than themselves,” Ms Manson said.
Police were thrilled to recover the saddles,
complete with stirrups, and it was a good
outcome for the RDA given the distress of
the theft, she said.
“It’s a good news story and it’s really nice
for them that we’ve located (the saddles) and
can hand them back.”
The three Wintec saddles, valued at
more than $3000, were being dusted for
fingerprints before their return to the RDA.
RDA secretary Fiona Anderson said that
after the disappointment of the burglary,
news the saddles had been recovered was
“ It ’s just a real bummer. Why would they do
that to the RDA? It’s pretty low, really,” Mrs
A volunteer noticed a broken lock on the
group’s tack room at the Hokitika Racecourse
after a stormy night last Tuesday.
They did not connect that with the theft
It left some clients riding bareback, during
an after-school riding session for able bodied
children, on Thursday.
The group, which has over 40 disabled
clients, was heartened by widespread support
as news of the theft spread through the RDA
and horse riding fraternity, Mrs Anderson
“ It ’s amazing. We’ve had offers of saddles
from all around the place, so it’s really neat. ”
Police recover stolen saddles
An American tramper, feared missing on the
alpine Copland Track near Fox Glacier, turned
up in Hokitika last night, alive and well.
West Coast police land search and rescue
co-ordinator sergeant Sean Judd said Philip
Mohseni, of Portland, Oregon, turned up at
a Hokitika backpackers last evening without
The backpackers contacted police when Mr
Mohseni booked in early last evening — after
a police alert to accommodation providers to
look out for the missing tramper.
Mr Mohseni’s family alerted police after he
failed to keep a pre-arranged contact.
He had left Haast on June 22 to go tramping
alone in the Copland Track area — between
Bruce Bay and Fox Glacier — where he had
intended to stay for about three days.
Missing tramper turns up in Hokitika
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