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Sausages were sizzling outside the Greymouth branch the BNZ yesterday afternoon to help raise money for 14-year-old
Harry Foster, who is in Christchurch being treated for lymphocytes predominate, a rare form of Hodgkins lymphoma.
BNZ staff member Amanda Oliver, left, was among a steady stream of customers being ser ved by manager Judith Whitehe-
ad and senior partner Andrew Miller. Mr Miller said what had been really nice was that even if people did not want to buy a
sausage, they were still donating to the cause. “ That ’s what it ’s all about, that community spirit when somebody is in need.”
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Suppor ting Harry
The sur veyor who determined in
1976 a legal road runs from Haast
to Hollyford in South Westland
has recalled driving his Holden
station wagon along about half its
Owen Amor, 85, now of
Richmond, Nelson, was chief
sur veyor in Hokitika for six years
in the 1970s.
Mr Amor recalled to the Otago
Daily Times this week the road was
only a “rough track’’ but was good
enough to get a Department of
Lands and Sur vey Holden station
Mr Amor’s 1970s investigation
of the legality of the route is a
major plank in the case the Haast-
Hollyford Highway Ltd is putting
up to be allowed to create a new
would provide much more direct
access between the West Coast and
Milford Sound than the existing
Haast Pass route.
However, the legal status of the
road has been contentious. Land
Information Minister Michael
Woodhouse told the company
recently it “has never been clear’’
and the issue would need to be
settled by a court.
The company disagrees and is
resisting going to court because of
the cost and wants LINZ to show
what process it used to stop what it
regards as a legal road.
Part of its case rests on Mr
Amor’s 1976 determination the
road “would be legal under section
110A of the Public Works Act
Mr Amor noted the Public
Works Act of 1882 defined a road
as being “a public highway whether
carriageway, bridle path or footpath
and includes the soil of Crown land
over which a road is laid out and
marked on the sur vey maps’’.
Mr Amor said his ability to drive
his Holden along a bulldozed track
as far as Big Bay in 1973 was part
of the proof the road existed. He
believed the road was formed by
whitebaiters wanting access to
stands in the Big Bay area.
As well, he said, there were
subdivision records showing the
road continued further south to the
“ We looked into the legality of
the so-called paper road ... and it
appeared as though it was a legal
road all right, and it had been
formed down to Big Bay.’’
Mr Havill said the importance
of Mr Amor’s 1976 determination
was not only that it showed the
road was legal, but about that
time all road reser ves became the
property of the local authority,
rather than the Government.
That would put ownership of
the Haast-Hollyford route in
the hands of the Westland and
Southland District Councils.
Mr Havill said the company has
written to the Westland council
seeking support for the road to be
“They have said they will go along
with it, but we need that support
in writing so that we can move
Mr Havill said the company
would also write to the Southland
Otago Daily Times
Half Hollyford Road driven
of the Westport News
Buller Health Medical Centre — the
largest GP practice on the West Coast —
will have just one doctor for most of next
Buller Health Ser vices general manager
Kathleen Gavigan said the practice would
have only a duty doctor available, except
for Monday and Tuesday afternoons and
Wednesday morning when another GP
would also be working.
Duty doctors see only patients requiring
same-day appointments and those booked
Ms Gavigan said the practice would have
fewer routine appointments available than
The following two weeks the practice would
have two duty doctors, as well as two GPs
taking appointments, she said.
The shortage had happened because some
doctors were on study leave and a doctor who
had been at the practice for seven months
was returning to the United States.
Buller Hospital’s emergency department
and Foote Ward would retain GP cover.
Ser vices would be provided as usual at
the Ngakawau Clinic and Kynnersley and
O’Conor homes. Buller Health required
6.5 full-time equivalent GPs to cover all its
ser vices, not just the GP practice, she said.
Last month the West Coast District Health
Board was assured all its practices had enough
The family of New Zealand’s top
wakeboarder have been told he is a
quadriplegic after a devastating accident
but say other inspirational stories of
recovery lead them to hope that he will
also defy the odds.
Former junior world champion Brad
Smeele, 27, was attempting a type of
double backflip at his training grounds
in Florida when he landed on his neck,
shattering his C4 vertebrae.
After an eight-hour surgery to remove
the remnants of the shattered neck bone,
surgeons broke the news to his family that
he would be a quadriplegic, with a 1-2%
chance of regaining movement in the top
half of his body.
But his family are holding on to hope
after the 27-year-old shrugged his
shoulders and registered some sensation
in his chest.
His mother Linda Smeele, who flew out
to Florida immediately after learning of
the injury, said last night it was a mother’s
worst nightmare.”It’s one of those calls
that every mother dreads, at three in the
morning, hearing that your son has been
in such a tragic accident. I got a call from
the pastor at the hospital telling me that
my son is in a critical condition,” she said.
“ I didn’t sleep for 36 hours. I’ve been a
“It’s devastating. The good news is he
does have some sensation of touch from
the nipple-line up, and he can shrug his
shoulders,” she said.
“ We’ve heard lots of inspirational stories
of recoveries and we need to hold on to
those. It is our dream, that it could also
happen to him. His spinal cord was badly
damaged, but fortunately it was not
severed. So we live in hope that it could
improve. Time will tell. ”
The accident occurred about 11am last
Sunday in Orlando, F lorida.
“He lost control in the middle of it and
slammed into the landing ramp.”
The impact broke the C4 vertebrae,
which had to be removed and replaced
with rods and pins. He is unable to breathe
on his own, having had a tracheotomy to
aid his breathing with a ventilator.
New Zealand Herald
Wakeboarder’s family praying for miracle Coast ’s biggest GP practice
down to one doctor
Parents are being warned against
“chickenpox parties” because the highly
infectious disease can be fatal, or lead to severe
complications and permanent disabilities.
Medical officer of health for Waikato
District Health Board Dr Felicity Dumble
said advice to put healthy and infected
children together was misguided and
dangerous and not recommended by health
The warning comes as one mother calls
for chickenpox vaccine to be added to the
immunisation schedule after her daughter
almost died of complications from the illness.
Recommendations from experts to fund
the varicella vaccine are growing stronger as
50,000 people are infected with chickenpox
each year. More than 400 have to go to
hospital because of complications, and up to
two people die.
It follows the addition of the varicella
vaccine to the schedule this month for
children and adults at high risk of disease
because of other medical conditions, but
the general population must pay $70 to be
Dr Dumble said the idea of chickenpox
parties to spread the illness was worrying.
“ We do not endorse or recommend that
because while for most it can be a mild illness
there’s always that risk of complications, and
how would people feel if they ’d done that
and the child got seriously ill and ended up
Michelle Bibby grimaces every time
she hears about a chickenpox party after
her daughter Isla ended up critically ill in
Starship Hospital in January 2010 with
pneumonia and an enlarged heart and liver
from chickenpox complications.
The virus lowered her immunity so
drastically the two-year-old developed a
severe Staphylococcus aureus infection,
causing the pneumonia and resulting in risky
“I would wake up every morning and think
‘Is she dead?’,” recalls Mrs Bibby, who wants
varicella vaccine on the schedule.
The little girl was almost in heart failure
with 250ml of fluid compressing her enlarged
heart, and a liver five times larger than it
should have been.
Surgeons found blisters filled with pus
fused to her heart and had to scrape away
the pericardium sac and douse the heart in
Advisory Centre director Dr Nikki Turner
said chickenpox parties made sense before a
vaccine was available.
“But now we have a good effective vaccine,
why on earth would you do a chickenpox
“I think it’s incredibly inappropriate to do
“I think people who have got some fears
about vaccines do that because it doesn’t make
any common sense to have a chickenpox
Dr Turner, who is on a national advisory
committee to medicine funding agency
Pharmac, said the committee had been
recommending varicella vaccine for universal
inclusion on the schedule for many years.
A Plunket clinical adviser, Allison Jamieson,
said chickenpox parties were not as common
as in past decades and Plunket advised
“ You don’t know what other conditions
children have that might compromise
them if they got an illness and some of the
complications of those illnesses are terrible. ”
New Zealand Herald
parties, parents told
HAMMOND. — Lance
and Kim (nee Baxter)
(Christchurch) are proud
to announce the arrival
of another beautiful
daughter, Abigail Mary
Baxter Hammond. Born
June 26, 2014 (7lb 6oz),
Mum and baby doing
well. Little sister to
Heath and Jennifer,
granddaughter to Joan
and Graeme Baxter
(Greymouth), John and
the late Linda Bradley
(Timaru), and Barry
church). Thanks to Birth
Twitchie). — May 10,
1925 - July 13, 2013
NIMMO, Ann Maree
(Polly). — April 2, 1965
- April 24, 2004.
MILLS, Sarah Ann. —
July 12, 2011.
A special smile,
A special face.
A special girl,
So very missed.
Forever on our minds
and in our hearts.
Love Mum, Dad, and
your loving family.
JONES, Darrel. —
Remembered with love
Mum and family.
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
AYRE, Sharon Lillian.
Sadly passed away
July 12, 2013. Dan,
Shayne and Tamara,
Mavis and Tony, Karen,
Jan, Viv and Zane,
Willy and Wendy and
families wish to sincere-
ly thank all our family
and friends for the
support you gave us at a
very sad time. To our
special friend, Tui, we
know it wasn't easy for
you, but you guided us
with dignity and love
through a very difficult
time. To Robin from
Anisy Funeral Home for
the wonderful care of
Sharon, and the way you
have helped us in so
many ways. To Tina and
Ron and all your won-
derful helpers for the
beautiful afternoon tea,
and for the use of the
Club. We appreciate
everything you have
done for our family. To
Bev and Pug for all your
love and support to us.
You were wonderful
friends to Shaz. To all
the bikers for one last
time around Blackball
with Shaz and also the
guard of honour to see
her off. She would have
loved that. To everyone
who travelled long
weather conditions to
farewell our Shaz, we
thank you; also for all
the wonderful memories
of Shaz you shared with
us at her service. To the
Blackball Fire Brigade
and St John Ambulance,
thank you for all your
help and kindness. To
all the people of Black-
ball and beyond, we
thank you so much for
the neverending gifts of
food, wood and coal,
and the endless love and
hugs. To Dan and
friends, West Coasters
are very special people.
God Bless you all.
“We will never forget
our darling Shazzy”.
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AYRE, Sharon (Shaz).
Missing the drinks,
the laughs, the good
times had with you.
“You fired all your guns
at once and exploded
AYRE, Sharon Lillian.
July 12, 2013. In
loving memory of my
Always loved and
Wish you were here
AYRE, Sharon (Shaz).
Reunited with her
beloved son Nirvana, on
July 12, 2013.
Together, hand in hand,
universe going to places
only they can go.
Keep dancing in that
purple rain (Kid).
AYRE, Sharon Lillian
2013. Suddenly one year
My heart if full of
With pride I speak your
Though life goes on
It will never be the
You will live in my heart
Fly free beautiful Angel
Love and miss you
“Everything will be
Passed away peacefully
with his family around
him. In his 83rd year.
Dearly loved husband of
Ruth, and the late
Margaret, adored father
and father-in-law of
Anna and Butch, Lyn
and Chris Bryan, Philip,
and the late Pauline,
much treasured grand-
dad of Jacinda, Brendon
and Amy, Jeynelle,
Nicayla, and Jason,
loved great granddad
Meg of Summer, and
Cruz, special friend of
Lesley, loved brother
and brother-in-law of
Bobby (deceased) and
Betty, dearly loved son
of the late Bobba and
Maisie, and a loved
cousin and friend of
many. Messages to 16
Carroll Street, Runanga
7803. In lieu of flowers
donations to St John
would be appreciated
and can be made at the
Chapel or posted to PO
Box 508, Greymouth
7840. A Service to
celebrate Jimmie's life
will be held in
the William Sampson
134 Tainui Street,
Greymouth, on Tuesday
at 1pm, followed by
Services Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 768 0250.
PICTURE: Northland Coastguard
Falls rescue under way
scrambling to search for a woman
who has been swept from a tree
near Haruru Falls in Northland.
Coastguard Northern Region
spokeswoman Georgie Smith said
they received a call from Northland
Fire Ser vice about 6.30am to assist
in finding a woman who had been
swept from a tree near the falls.
The Coastguard Bay Rescue
vessel was searching the mouth of
the Waitangi River for the woman,
Conditions were treacherous, Ms
““ We were told they were
searching for a woman who
had been swept away who had
originally been reported (as being
in) a tree up the Haruru Falls,”
Coastguard Northern Region
spokeswoman Georgie Smith said.
“ It ’s confirmed that they ’re
searching for one person, but we
believe there may be possibly four
people in trouble.”
A woman undergoing chemotherapy
says she felt humiliated after being
turned away from a Hamilton casino
because she did not have a doctor’s note
saying she needed to wear a hat.
Bridget Wheeler went to Sky City
with her mother after their Wednesday
evening dinner but was denied entry by
door staff because her hat breached the
casino’s dress code.
Ms Wheeler, 41, wears a hat as she
has lost all of her hair as a result of
She is being treated for breast cancer.
“They said to me ‘you need to remove
your hat ’ and I said ‘well, actually, I have
breast cancer, I don’t have any hair. Do
you mind if I leave it on?’
“And they said ‘no, you have to have a
letter from your doctor’. ”
She was shocked at the question.
“They said ‘no you can’t come in’.
“I was kind of a bit rude about it, I
said ‘I can show you my scars if that ’s
Exacerbating things was that some of
the patrons in the casino were in “rather
scraggy ” attire.
In an e-mailed response to questions, a
Sky City spokesman said it had security
and sur veillance measures in place to
ensure guests were identifiable while on
“ We do not allow hats to be worn
inside the casino as they obscure the
identity and faces of customers,” the
“These are outlined in our dress code
The spokesman said there were
exceptions to this rule “that include
medical and religious circumstances”.
New Zealand Herald
Casino’s rules bar cancer patient
of the Westport News
A company owned by the Gloriavale
Christian Community, on the West Coast,
expects to drill a new oil well this spring with
a rig that has recently arrived from Korea.
Ocean Har vest International Limited
(OHIL), is planning the new well on the
Niagara structure near Greymouth.
Gloriavale’s geological consultant, Dr
Murry Cave, said oil had been discovered
there in the past but the well was close to
oil-water contact so could not be put into
OHIL had since evaluated its permit and
commissioned the manufacture of a new
purpose-built rig in Korea.
The rig had recently arrived on the Coast
and was undergoing testing.
OHIL expected to undertake the first
stage of drilling in early spring once all the
necessary documentation and audits of the
rig were completed, said Dr Cave.
Site construction had begun but an
unseasonably wet June had slowed progress.
He anticipated completion of the well site
Gloriavale drilling rig
arrives from Korea
The NZCC Rescue Helicopter was called
to an motor vehicle accident near Maruia
It returned with the female patient to
Greymouth about 1.30am.
Her injuries were not life-threatening.
Rescue helicopter called to Maruia
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