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Red Bull Wings Yuki Ono and
Maddie Gibbens were in Greymouth
yesterday as part of a whistle stop
tour, promoting the energy drink in
small towns across the South Island.
The team, based in Christchurch,
were offering free samples of the
drink at businesses across town.
A 21-year-old Greymouth man
who breached his bail conditions at
the weekend turned himself in to
Greymouth police yesterday as he
knew they were looking for him.
Senior constable Mike Tinnelly
said that the man was not home on
Saturday night when police checked
up on him.
Arrivals: Galatea II, Moon
Shadow II, Resolution II, Garraway.
Departures: Jay Elaine, Lady
Sarah, two Greymouth vessels. In
port: Galatea II, Moon Shadow
II, Resolution II, Claymore,
Garraway, 23 other vessels. Expected
departures: Resolution II, Galatea II,
Moon Shadow II, today; Garraway,
Claymore, tomorrow. Expected
arrivals: Ocean Odyssey tomorrow.
Stockton jobs announcement delay
Dunedin folk singer
Daniel Madill will bring
a ‘’hot brew ’’ of folk music
to the West Coast next
Having been strongly
influenced by his
hometown folk music
community down south,
Madill often combines
acoustic guitar and vocals
with electronica to create
unique folk music with
a contemporary vision.
His sounds are often a
combination of low blend
psych-folk, blues and
In the winter of 2013,
released his first debut
album, ‘ The Submariner’s
electronica, the album
contains subtle wordplay,
hidden behind gentle
melodies and acoustic
guitars combined with
rhythm and beats.
Madill will be touring
throughout the South
Island to perform his
latest creation along with
Chris Wratislav, on bass,
and Glenn Kellet on
Alternative folk singe/
songwriter Jo Little, also
from Dunedin, will be
joining the band to play
Madill will be playing
August 6 at the Star
Tavern in Westport; at
the Barrytown Hall on
August 7, before moving
to the Cook Saddle Cafe,
Fox Glacier, on August 8.
of The Westport News
Workers at Solid Energy’s Stockton mine
will have to wait until later in the week to
find out whether they still have jobs.
Workers expected to know yesterday
whether they would be among the 185
Solid Energy staff and contractors who
would lose their jobs in the latest round of
It is understood there has been a delay as
a result of the number of workers seeking
voluntary redundancy, and workers will
now be told on Thursday. It is understood
98 workers have put up their hands for
Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing
Union (EPMU) assistant national secretary
Ged O’Connell could not confirm today
when the workers would be told of their
He said the delay did not surprise him as
the restructuring was a big job and job loss
numbers had only been confirmed a week
He said workers could contest Solid
Energy’s assessment process, although
in these situations the odds tended to
favour the employer’s decision-making
“There is a process to go through and if
the worker feels that maybe some of their
skills or attributes, qualifications, haven’t
been taken into account then that can be
Mr O’Connell thought workers were
becoming impatient, as they wanted
to know what was happening so they
could get on with their lives. That was
understandable but it was also important
for Solid Energy to get things right.
Workers choosing to take voluntary
redundancy would also take Solid Energy
time to work through. The company
would have to be careful, particularly if it
accepted some applications for voluntary
redundancy, and not others.
The EPMU said on Friday that workers
were unhappy to be told that those
seeking voluntary redundancy would have
to work a month’s notice. The union said
that differed from what Solid Energy had
Those made redundant will finish work
Tuesday July 8
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 768 5942 first
MAHUIKA, Brent. —
July 8, 2001.
13 years have passed,
but you still remain
forever in our thoughts
Maka, Maya and
Aaron. — Passed away
suddenly doing what he
loved best on June 2014,
aged 36. Dearly beloved
and adored husband of
Aileen Elizabeth (Elie)
(nee Pallesen), enthusi-
astically proud daddy of
Koriniti, loved son and
proudest moment of
Alastair and best friend
Marilyn, dearly loved
and treasured son and
stepson of Glynis and
Colin Middlemiss, hero
big brother of Nigel, and
the late Kevin, uniquely
special brother-in-law of
Renee, Steven, and
Samual, deeply treas-
ured son-in-law of Janet,
and Evan and Heidi, and
a respected Christian
role model and great
encourager of many of
the local youth. Mess-
gaes to 232 Arahura
Valley Road, RD2,
Hokitika 7882. A
Funeral Service will be
held in Holy Trinity
Angilcan Church, Tainui
Street, Greymouth on
followed by cremation
Funeral Services Ltd.
FDANZ. Phone (03)
July 6, 2014 at Kemp
Father of Bill, Barbara,
Father-in-law of Tracy,
Ferg and Beth. Grand-
father of Jack, Gaby,
Michael, Merlin, Oscar,
Roy, and Molly. Brother
and brother-in-law of
Norma and Pat. Sincere
thanks to the Kemp
Home staff for their
loving care. His Funeral
Service will be held in
the St Nicholas Chapel,
Kemp Home on Friday
July 11, at 11am,
followed by private cre-
Guardian Funeral Home.
FDANZ. Phone (04) 237
Suddenly on July 6,
2014, at Wairarapa
aged 86. Dearly loved
and cherished husband
of the late Betty. Loved
father and father-in-law
of Helen and Dave, Neil
and Angela, Keith and
Cathy, Grant and Susan,
and Ross. Loved grand-
dad of his grandchildren
Special thanks to the
staff at the Wairarapa
Village. Friends are
invited to attend a
celebration of Tom's life
at the Village Chapel,
4-6 High Street,
Kuripuni on Thursday
July 10 at 11am.
Messages to PO Box
2035, Kuripuni, Master-
ton. Gary Pickering
at Green Gables on July
4, 2014, aged 93 years.
Loved wife of the late
Walter. Dearly loved
and cherished mother
and mother-in-law of
South), Ron and Francie
and John Fairbrother
(Auckland), Patsy and
Graham Farmer (Grey-
mouth), and Kim and
David Waterman (Grey-
mouth). A loving Nana
to all her grandchildren
A Requiem Mass for
celebrated at St Mary's
Manuka Street, Nelson,
this afternoon July 8,
2014 at 12.05pm
House Funeral Directors
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Antonia McDonnell, right, Kahlen Harnett, Staci Bernard, Nyah Reweti, and Indy Taituha show their painted rocks which they
decorated at the West Reap Oscar holiday programme yesterday. Children spent the morning making pizza and gingerbread on their
first day of the school holidays. The programme runs for the rest of the week.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Holiday programme helps children show creativity
Daniel Madill to tour Coast
of the Hokitika Guardian
With the new dairy season looming,
it is not yet clear whether Kiwi Rail
will add a second daily freight train to
Westland Milk Products has made
no secret that it wants an extra return
train timed for the start of the new dairy
season this August.
In response to questions from the
Guardian, Kiwi Rail declined to specify
whether it would run another train into
Hokitika once the line reopens this
spring, although it cited a number of
factors including a “ limited pool” of rail
wagons affecting any decision.
Westland Milk currently relies on
one daily return 30-wagon train — the
equivalent to up to 60 containers — to
ferry raw or finished milk products
between the Hokitika factory and its
Rolleston depot near Christchurch,
topped up by road transport.
A company spokesman said last week
it was still waiting for confirmation of a
second train and that this may depend
on the impact of Solid Energy cutbacks
on West Coast train
Coast forestry company PF Olsen
has also said it wants to use rail out of
Hokitika, but is being frustrated by the
lack of capacity on offer.
A decrease in Solid Energy coal
production is expected to reduce the
number of coal trains heading to
Lyttelton from an average of three a day,
Kiwi Rail declined to discuss how
this might effect ser vices to Hokitika,
although its senior communications
advisor Jenni Austin told the Guardian
that train scheduling “is a complex
“ We are still working through our train
scheduling to the West Coast in order to
meet customer requirements for later in
this year,” she said.
“ We do expect to have that plan
confirmed and provided to our customers
Kiwi Rail currently has five coal trains
and two general return freight ser vices
to the West Coast as well as the Tranz
Alpine tourist train.
“ We have a limited pool of rolling
stock and must develop the most cost
efficient ser vice possible for customers,
so the ser vice is commercially viable for
all parties involved. ”
However, Kiwi Rail was not about to
abandon the West Coast, she said.
“ We are committed to continuing to
ser vice customer requirements on the
Meanwhile the Hokitika line has now
been closed for several weeks due to
planned maintenance work.
Ms Austin said the work should begin
this week and would be ongoing “over
the next two or three months”.
The work, which involves re-railing and
putting in new sleepers on some sections
of the line, will move progressively south
from Greymouth toward Hokitika, she
The national rail operator has been
dogged with controversy as it attempts
to catch up on years of deferred
infrastructure and lack of equipment
investment after it was sold off by the
National Government in 1993.
of The Westport News
It is too early to say how many jobs the
logging of wind-fallen trees might create on
the West Coast but it will allow sawmilling
businesses to operate at full production,
according to a West Coast forester.
A bill allowing logging of West Coast
forest brought down in Cyclone Ita in
April was passed in Parliament late last
The Department of Conser vation (DOC)
is now seeking requests for applications for
the recovery of the native timber.
Jon Dronfield, production manager for
New Zealand Sustainable Forest Products
(NZSFP), said he was currently working on
his application. NZSFP employs about 18
He said it was possible the logging would
created new jobs at NZSFP but did not
know for sure at this stage.
He could not speculate on how many jobs
the milling might create Coast-wide but
said it would give businesses “in the saw
milling game” access to more stable volumes.
That would allow them to run their normal
businesses at full production.
DOC has said the felled rimu could be
recoverable for up to five years but Mr
Dronfield said he would be happy with even
two years’ worth of wood.
He said five years was a long time in the
saw milling industry.
Mr Dronfield said his company was a
There were several portable sawmills on the
Coast and a few more had been registered in
the past couple of weeks.
Those millers might be dealing with wood
down on private land so he did not know
how many would be applying to recover the
wood on the DOC estate.
West Coast-Tasman Party MP Damien
O’Connor tried unsuccessfully to have a
clause added to the West Coast Wind-
blown Timber Bill that would give West
Coasters preferential access to the timber.
Conser vation Minister Nick Smith said
it would be nonsense to stipulate the
timber could only be used on the West
Mr Dronfield said he could not say
whether there would be much interest in the
timber from outside the Coast. That would
come down to whether it was economically
viable for outsiders to operate off the Coast
under DOC’s conditions.
He thought the applications process would
take a month to six weeks.
DOC said authorisations would only be
issued where the department ’s director-
general was satisfied the proposed method
of removing the timber was safe for workers
and the public and minimised environmental
People could visit www.doc.govt.nz/
windblown-timber for information on how
Applications had to be submitted by 5pm
on July 25.
Logging to bolster existing millers
The West Coast economy is being
touted to prospective investors by the
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce today launched a set of
14 Regional Investment Profiles at the
New Zealand and Australia Economic
Development Forum 2014 to promote
investment opportunities in each region
of New Zealand.
The profiles provide information
about sector strengths and how
these are supported by each region’s
workforce, raw materials, ser vices and
infrastructure. They also include case
studies and comments from businesses
that have invested in each region.
It says the West Coast is “driven by
mining, dairying and tourism. The
region has a diverse mineral profile with
an established coal and gold mining
industry and an expanding onshore oil
and gas exploration programme”.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
developed the profiles in partnership
with Economic Development Agencies
The aim is to encourage more
international firms to invest in New
Zealand’s regional economies to increase
growth and jobs.
The Regional Investment Profiles
are available at www.nzte.govt.nz/
Coast economy to
Waiariki Institute of Technology has been
ordered to pay $20,000 to a former employee
who was made redundant while recovering
from major surgery.
Dr Christopher Asby was projects manager
in January 2013 when the educational facility
undertook a restructuring process to save money.
An Employment Relations Authority (ERA)
finding released at the end of last week said
Waiariki faced a $3.9 million loss in projected
revenue for the year and it was decided
restructuring was necessary.
Dr Asby filed a personal grievance with the
authority after he was made redundant. He
claimed he was unjustifiably dismissed because
brain surgery, and recovery from that, meant
he could not participate in the consultation
He also claimed Waiariki was in breach of its
return to work policy as he was not reasonably
reintegrated back into the workplace.
The authority said it was probable that this
“a ff ected his preparation, to some degree, for
the inter views regarding the three positions he
Dr Asby had been employed at Waiariki since
2004. In January 2013 he was informed that
changes proposed in the review might impact
on his role and that draft job descriptions would
be available on the intranet. But at the same
time he under went brain/ner ve surgery, which
meant he would be absent from work for at least
four weeks. Because of this he did not receive
the consultation letter and he could not access
the intranet. He said he felt physically incapable
of engaging with the consultation process.
The authority decided that Dr Asby had
no grounds to claim unjustifiable dismissal
as Waiariki took “reasonable steps, in the
circumstances, to consult with Dr Asby and
obtain his feedback”.
But he was “unjustifiably disadvantaged” in
his employment as Waiariki failed to follow
its return to work procedure and implement
a return to work plan for him. The lack
of “meaningful rehabilitation” meant this
“a ff ected his preparation, to some degree, for
the inter views regarding the three positions he
applied for”. — APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Waiariki institute ordered to
pay former employee $20,000
Two homes have suffered extensive
damage after separate house fires at the
top of the South Island yesterday.
Fire crews were called to the first in
Richmond, Nelson, at 9am, southern fire
communications spokesman Andrew
The house was well involved when fire
crews arrived and the call was raised to
a second alarm, with four fire engines
Mr Norris said the house suffered
extensive damage. He did not know
whether anyone was home at the time of
the fire, but no one was injured.
Crews were also called to a house fire
in Blenheim at 10.40am.
“On arrival the house was found to be
well involved, and in fact the fire was
visible from some distance away,” Mr
Firefighters were still on the scene
hours later, dampening down and
Neither fire was considered to be
suspicious, but the causes were not yet
known. — APNZ
Two homes extensively
damaged in separate fires
A woman accused of
running over a man before
fleeing the scene and
driving the vehicle over a
10m high cliff into a river
can now be named.
Annette Wallis appeared
in the High Court at
Hamilton today to face
a charge of attempted
murder and another of
wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily
The charges relate to an
incident last November
outside a Hamilton dairy
in which she allegedly
drove over a man.
The Hamilton woman
has pleaded not guilty to
the charges and will go
to trial next month. —
Woman driver named
A Hamilton man accused of murdering
his infant son can now be named.
Charlie Lackner, 33, of Hamilton
East, appeared in the High Court at
Hamilton this morning to face a charge
of murdering his eight-month-old son.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Police initially charged Lackner with
assaulting the child, whom a neighbour
said was his son, following an incident at
their house on June 15.
The baby boy, a twin, was admitted
to Waikato Hospital that day with
head injuries but was later moved
to Starship Children’s
died the following
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Dad accused of murdering infant named
A Whangarei man who neglected his four
emaciated horses which resorted to eating
the bark of trees to survive has been ordered
to pay more than $7000 in fines and costs —
10 years after charges were first laid against
Christopher Nicholl thought the four
charges laid against him by the SPCA under
the Animal Welfare Act in June 2004 had
“gone away ” until his name was picked up
by the police criminal justice system in April
The charges were failing to ensure the
physical health and behavioural needs of the
horses were met.
Two SPCA inspectors and a vet visited
a paddock on Waiotu Block Road in
Hukerenui in August 2003 after a tip-off
from a member of the public.
All horses were emaciated as they had
been star ved for an extended time.
Another horse that died from starvation
was found at an adjacent paddock but
there was no suggestion that it belonged to
The SPCA inspectors noticed a lack of feed
in the paddock where the four horses were
and there was evidence that the animals had
resorted to eating the bark off tress.
Nicholl was issued a written instruction to
provide supplementary feed and three days
later, he was given another notice to continue
supplying extra feed, find alternative
grazing and to allow the transportation of
He first appeared in court in August 2004
but failed to reappear in October of that
year and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In the Whangarei District Court on
Thursday, his lawyer, Bayden Meyer, said
Nicholl could have applied for a stay of
proceeding given the length of time that had
passed since he was first charged.
However, Nicholl decided to admit
his guilt which should be a significant
mitigating factor in sentencing, he said.
Nicholl did not have any criminal
convictions, he said.
Judge John McDonald said Nicholl took
a responsible approach by putting his hand
The judge said since Nicholl had a new job,
he would be able to pay a substantial fine.
He was fined Nicholl $4000 and ordered
him to pay $3219 in costs.
Both amounts will go to SPCA.
He was not disqualified from owning
animals in future.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Man ordered to pay over $7000 for neglecting horses
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