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June weather gloomy
It rained for 18 days last month
to make for a rather gloomy
June, with 268mm dumped on
Greymouth. Weather observer Phil
Forrest says the rainfall average for
June is 147.6mm, but last month
almost doubled that. Sunshine was
recorded on 67.9 hours, compared
to the monthly average of 125.1
hours. The temperature got as far as
17degC on June 13, but also
got as low as 1.5degC on June 3.
There was one day of lightning,
four of dew and not a single
Reefton June weather
Reefton endured 17 days of rain,
six frosts and 13 fogs last month.
Weather obser ver Tony Fortune
said 264.5mm of rain fell, up on
the 230mm in June 2013. The
coldest day was June 6, when the
temperature fell to -5degC, and
the warmest on June 25, at just
11.5degC. Overall, though,
he said it was a mild winter
month, with lots of cloud and
milder rain keeping the snow
off the ranges, and frosts to a
Franz Josef election
The three candidates vying for
the West Coast-Tasman seat will
get a grilling at Franz Josef Glacier
later this month. Glacier Country
Tourism chairman Rob Jewell
said Labour’s Damien O’Connor,
National’s Maureen Pugh and
Greens’ Kevin Hague had all
been invited to the Scenic Hotel
to speak after the group’s annual
meeting. Called ‘MPs on the Mat ’,
they will be quizzed by residents.
The meeting will be held at 7pm,
followed by MPs on the Mat at
8pm, on July 23.
Helicopter crash report
The Civil Aviation Authority says
a report on the helicopter crash that
killed Hokitika pilot Neale Gray, 54,
and his passenger Daryl Condon,
a 51-year-old farmer from Bruce
Bay, in April should be released
within the next month. Senior
communications adviser Mike Eng
said the safety investigation team
had completed the investigation.
“ We expect this should be finalised
within the next month,” he said. The
Hughes 300 two-seater helicopter
was returning to the West Coast
from Wanaka when it crashed
in the Fish River near the Haast
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Grey Medical Centre
More than a year after work began on
a new $7.08 million sewerage scheme
for Dobson, Taylor ville and Kaiata, the
project is nearing completion and on
However, it has been hit by a number
Grey District Council utilities engineer
Kurtis Perrin-Smith said work on the
project began in March last year and was
expected to be finished by August, but
was running behind schedule.
“Council has a very high capital works
programme currently and is suffering
from limited availability of sufficiently
qualified and experienced contractors,”
Mr Perrin-Smith said.
Under government rules, the
community had to upgrade the local
drinking-water supply. Installing a new
sewerage scheme to replace the septic
tanks in each township was optional.
There were also delays in the process
of laying private property pipework,
necessary to connect each property to
the scheme; the council had set a two-
year timeframe for homeowners to get
He said the project was currently on
Although the Government had
provided a grant of up to $3.54m for
the scheme, ratepayers in the three
townships will have to pay an extra $954
They are also liable for the private
property pipework, at a cost of between
$3000 and $5000 to connect to the
“ Typical private property pipework
installation costs are very variable and
depend on the specific dwelling and
number of discharge points. We generally
advise the property owners to seek at
least two quotes, preferably three, from
registered drainlayers, to ensure they get
the actual costs involved to complete
such works,” Mr Perrin-Smith said.
Homeowners would not have to pay
for the costs of building consents for the
During the community consultation
phase on the project, homeowners had
expressed strong views over consent costs
and so the council had decided to include
them in the overall project budget.
“The property owner will be required to
complete all the necessary applications
and paperwork, but effectively there is no
fee payable at the time,” he said.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Tru-Line Civil worker John McIntyre
measures the depth of a trench for sewerage
pipes, part of the Dobson, Taylorville and
Kaiata sewerage scheme.
Sewerage scheme nearing
completion and on budget
Awahono School room one pupils with the lolly cars, jelly cups and rice crispies they made to sell for a fundraiser
during their skip-a -thon today. Money raised from the day will go to the Heart Foundation and a small amount will go
to the school.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Sweet fundraiser at Awahono
Hector Scott Tainui, of
Hokitika, was ordered in
the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to
pay a $300 emotional
harm payment and
sentenced to six months’
super vision for common
Tainui’s lawyer said
it had been a case of
bullying against his son.
Tainui had gone to the
house of the victim, who
had allegedly bullied his
son, and tackled him.
A restorative justice
programme had since
helped to sort out the
Judge Brian Callaghan
said Tainui had done
Eli Tainui, who
admitted to driving
without having a licence,
said he did so because
his partner had a
broken leg. He had been
Tainui said he had
not driven for 12 years
and told the court he
would do a programme
to get a licence. He
was convicted and
Stevenson, 25, of
Hokitika, was bailed
until August 12 on a
charge of entering a
building with intent to
commit an offence, on
of the Westport News
Buller dairy farmers say the payout
gap between Westland Milk Products
and other dairy co-operatives such as
Fonterra is “disappointing”.
Some doubt it will ever close and one
suggests it is time to look at becoming
part of Fonterra.
For the 2013-14 season, the forecast
payout gap between WMP and Fonterra
is between 50c and $1 per kilogram of
milk solids, minus WMP retentions.
WMP told suppliers at a district
meeting in Westport last week the lower
payout reflected the company’s inability
to process its large amount of milk into
high end products.
performance,” Westport dairy farmer
John Reedy jnr said. “ They said they
were going to shut the gap.”
WMP had spent a lot of money trying
to do so, and was still spending it, he
He believed a payout gap between
WMP and Fonterra would continue.
“I think we’ ll be permanently chasing
their tails. ”
The gap needed to reduce next year.
If not, it was time to look at senior
management and new directions, Mr
Dairy farmers needed good payout
years to make up for the bad ones. This
year had been on track to being a good
payout year, Mr Reedy said.
“One director told me, whatever
happens it (the payout) will have an
eight in front of it.”
Mr Reedy also questioned the way
WMP announced its forecast payout.
In May, WMP announced it was
reducing its payout to between $7.60
and $7.90 a kilo, minus retentions.
Those retentions reduced the actual
payout to farmers to around $7.20, he
“Payout has got to be what we receive
in our bank book, not what they pretend
to give us.”
Canterbury-based Synlait was looking
at a payout of $8.20 a kilo, he said.
“ We’ll be watching Open Country
Cheese and Miraka as well, to judge
their performance. ”
Reefton dairy farmer, Graeme Neylon,
told the Westport meeting it was time to
put together a business case on whether
it would be best to “go all in” with
“ Maybe now, with the huge payout
difference, it may be time to take another
look,” Mr Neylon told the Westport
In 2001, after the deregulation of
the dairy industry, WMP decided to
remain an independent co-operative
while the majority of co-operatives had
amalgamated to become Fonterra, he
Fonterra had a much wider product
mix than WMP, which had only two
main products, skim milk powder and
“ When both of those are down, you’re
sort of between a rock and a hard place.”
Mr Neylon said he hoped the market
for infant formula would still be strong
when WMP’s new nutritional drying
plant was commissioned in August next
Another Buller farmer John Milne said
the gap between Fonterra and WMP
He attributed it to Fonterra’s more
diverse range of product mixes and
higher level of marketing expertise.
“ While we’ve been going for a few
years, it (WMP) is still in its infancy
He described the season just been as
a “perfect storm” for WMP. It had been
unable to handle the huge milk growth
triggered by good grass growth, he said.
“That has played against us this season
with not being able to turn our milk into
top end price products. We’ve just had
to process them as quick as we can, and
when you process as quick as you can,
you put them into some of the lower end
products (such as powder). ”
Despite not making the most of a
booming season, Mr Milne had faith
WMP’s strategy was a good one.
At last week’s meeting, WMP and
its had shareholders discussed the
current strength of the NZ dollar as a
contributing and uncontrollable factor
that lowered the forecast payout, he said.
“The exchange rate is just too high for
exporting towards the end of the season. ”
Fonterra has set an opening milk price
of $7 a kilo for the 2014-15 season, as
WMP has yet to announce its forecast
The global dairy price again took a
tumble yesterday, plummeting 4.9%
since the last Global Dairy Trade
A Hokitika woman who claimed
$13,000 in benefits for a child who
was not living with her was sentenced
to 180 hours of community work when
she appeared in the Greymouth District
Court on Tuesday.
Kaylah Maree Cathcart claimed the
money from the Ministry of Social
Development for a child who had
been living with her mother at the
Cathcart was also sentenced for
breaching bail, and dishonestly not
including that she had claimed the
money on a review form she was sent
by Work and Income.
Cathcart was a “ likeable person,” but
disorganised. She was easily affected by
stress caused by her former partner.
When representing her previously Mr
Bodle said he had seen examples of the
kind of behaviour her former partner
had exhibited against her.
When she had claimed the money she
had succumbed to external pressure to
Cathcart said in court she had a four-
year-old daughter and a one-year-old
son, who were both living with her
mother while she “got her s..t together”.
The Ministry of Social Development
will take the money Cathcart owes,
from the benefit it pays her.
A 41-year-old woman who crashed
into a ditch after driving drunk was
given three months’ community
detention, 100 hours of community
work and 12 months’ super vision.
Kristine Rachel Esson, of Hokitika,
veered off the road and crashed while
driving near the town on May 5. A
police breath test registered a reading
of 901mg; the legal limit is 400mg.
Judge Brian Callaghan said Esson
seemed to have a pretty good insight
into her alcoholism, and he understood
that people who had addictions did
relapse from time to time.
He said it was “responsible” that Esson
was seeking treatment for her addiction
problems, however she was “lucky she
was not seriously injured, or worse”.
Mother falsely claimed
$13,000 in benefits
A Hokitika man was sentenced
in the Greymouth District Court
on Tuesday to 16 months in prison
on charges of intentional damage,
possession of a cannabis pipe, trespass
Elton Williams, 36, was charged
with 12 counts of intentional damage,
possession of the pipe, three charges
of trespass, four charges of burglary
and one of breach of community
Williams had repeatedly burgled his
uncle’s house, either by using a key he
had, or by breaking into the property.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said that
although the nature of the burglary
offending appeared grave, Williams
had got some whitebait for his uncle
to sell at the Wildfoods Festival,
which he subsequently had not been
paid for. Williams had then stolen
items from his uncle’s freezer, relative
to the worth of the whitebait he had
However, the uncle had since paid
the defendant ’s mother the money he
owed for the whitebait.
After one such burglary Williams
had, while drunk, damaged 12
different cars, mainly by breaking
their wing mirrors. He also stole a
donation box, although he had since
repaid the money in the box.
Mr Bodle said Williams was now
focused on becoming a father and
was about to start raising a family.
When sober, Williams was quite an
“a ffable man”, however he was “quite
different ” when he was drunk.
However, while in prison he
had been drug and alcohol-free,
something which tests he had
undergone had confirmed.
Judge Brian Callaghan, though, said
that Williams appeared to be “a law
unto himself ”.
Williams was also ordered to pay
reparation of $2500 for the burglaries,
and reparation of amounts varying
between $34 and $482 for the damage
he had done to the cars.
Burglary charges lead to prison term
A Hokitika woman who stole
$1000 from her employer and
$100 from a house, was sentenced
to 18 months in prison, although
that could be substituted for home
detention if she attends a drug and
alcohol rehabilitation programme.
Aroha Reihana, 30, had been
remanded to appear for sentence
in the Greymouth District Court
on Tuesday. At her previous court
appearance on June 17, Reihana was
told she would be excused the court
appearance if she had got a place
on He Waka Tapu rehabilitation
course by the time of her next court
However, on Saturday, while on
bail for the thefts, Reihana breached
her bail by drinking and was arrested
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Reihana had previously been to
prison and it had not mended her
ways, and that the breach of bail
highlighted the need for her to get
treatment for her drinking, and her
self-esteem issues, which was linked
to her drinking.
Judge Brian Callaghan said a note
in Reihana’s court file indicated she
had a place on He Waka Tapu in
She was also ordered to pay
reparation of $460 and $86.
A Hokitika man who assaulted his
former partner and a man who he
alleged had been stealing money, was
sentenced to 80 hours of community
Lawrence Moana Waiwai, who
worked as a bushman, occasionally
stayed in the spare room at the
house of his former partner, with
whom he had been in a relationship
a few years ago.
While he was staying at the house a
man who had been allegedly stealing
money from the house and other
people, visited the premises and
was assaulted by Waiwai. When his
former partner seemed to condone
the man’s offending, he assaulted her
Prison sentence for woman who stole from employer
An Air New Zealand
flight to Tonga from
Auckland was halted
just before take-off this
morning after hitting
Air NZ said Flight
NZ970 encountered a
bird strike in the early
stages of take-off from
Auckland Airport and
pilots opted to halt the
take-off as a precaution.
returned to the terminal
and arrangements were
being made to rebook
Air NZ said emergency
ser vices attended as a
The Airbus A320
8.40am, northern fire
manager Nicole Bernard
Five appliances were
at the scene and another
four were sent.
“It’s a normal response
to a full emergency,” she
An airport spokesman
said the runway was
temporarily closed but
had since reopened.
He advised passengers
check their airlines’
websites for flight times.
“There could be a
backlog, but it should
clear pretty quickly.”
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