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Dobbyn’s Pike River
tribute song release
Singer Dave Dobbyn’s tribute to the
Pike River 29 is released tomorrow.
The song was recorded live at the
concert in Wellington in May with the
Orpheus Choir and attended by many
family members. The song is called
enters pie competition
Reefton Broadway Tearooms has
entered in the national Bakels pie
competition. In the past few years the
supreme pie award has gone to North
Island bakers as have many of the gold
awards in the individual pie categories
that include the standard mince, steak,
chicken and bacon and egg pies, but
also the gourmet fruit and meat pie
range. There is also a cafe boutique pie
award in the competition, as well as
a category for commercial wholesale.
Reefton baker Camden Close hopes
that his gourmet fruit pie, a pinot noir
poached pear and blueberry pie in a
sweet pastry base, will be a winner.
Karamea residents to
A group of 15 Karamea residents
have been gathering the community’s
views to make a joint submission to
Buller District Council’s long term
plan. Buller Mayor Garry Howard said
the group, which had so far held one
meeting, had put forward its views to
last night’s council meeting in Karamea.
One of first proposals was using existing
community buildings for a different use.
Mr Howard said the council was fully
in favour of people coming forward as a
group and stating what they wanted to
see in the long term plan.
Vision 2010 funding
Rural community groups in Buller
have until June 30 next year to use
their remaining Vision 2010 funding
before it is freed up to be used on other
projects. The funds were originally
allocated to groups in Inangahua
and Seddon as part of the Vision
2010 scheme, to help improve their
community infrastructure. Buller Mayor
Garry Howard said that last night’s
Buller’s District Council meeting had
voted in favour of issuing the deadline
for all the groups. Any money left
over would then be set aside for other
groups in both areas to put forward
submissions to access in the future.
Groups in Inangahua had thus far
spent $886,554 of their $1.11 million
allocation, while those in Seddon had
spent $549,963 of their $730,00 of
Parking warden bashed
A parking warden was admitted to
hospital after being attacked on duty
in Auckland. The assault is understood
to have kept the warden in hospital
for about five nights before he was
sent home this week. A 59-year-old
Kingsland resident has appeared in the
Auckland District Court in connection
with the incident. Peter Brenan
Gallagher, whose occupation was listed
on court documents as a landscape
gardener, was bailed on a charge of
wounding with intent to injure.
APNZ-New Zealand Herald
The West Coast District Health
Board received three new complaints
in June. One of these related to patient
travel, one about waiting times at the
emergency department and the other
Arrivals: Resolution II, Remus, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: Galatea
II, Jay Elaine, Claymore. In port:
Resolution II, Corsair, Lady Sarah,
Remus, 24 other vessels. Expected
departures: Resolution II today.
Expected arrivals: Moon Shadow II
today; Cook Canyon tomorrow.
By Lee Scanlon
of the Westport News
Westport could learn from an Australian
city that revived after coalmining collapsed,
says Buller Mayor Garry Howard.
Ipswich mayor, Paul Pisasale, spoke about
his city’s revival at the three-day annual Local
Government New Zealand Conference that
finished in Nelson yesterday.
Ipswich, on the Gold Coast, has about
half as many people as Christchurch. It
hit rock bottom after 2004 as coalmining
disappeared from its economy.
Mr Howard said the city did what
Westport was doing now — looked at how
to diversify and how to encourage business.
It decided to improve broadband and
community ser vices.
“They had a number of real enhancements
within the township to make people want
to be there.”
Importantly, Ipswich stayed positive.
“They kept a really good message going
out there — a positive message — that
people would go ‘I wonder what this is
about?’ and they would make inquiries
about setting up business.”
Ipswich’s population had increased
considerably since then, he said.
Mr Howard said he, his wife Joanne,
Buller council chief executive Paul Wylie
and Cr Sharon Roche all attended different
workshops at the conference.
He was particularly impressed by a
workshop on involving youth.
Mr Howard said the conference also gave
him valuable information on skate parks.
Westport’s skate park needed upgrading
and plans from other councils could be
Labour leader David Cunliffe unveiled
Labour’s regional development policy. It
proposes spending $200 million over four
years in projects aimed at resuscitating
Labour would support those plans by co-
investing in “infrastructure and industry
projects’’ alongside the private sector and
local authorities, Mr Cunliffe said.
Mr Howard said the detail on how to
access the money would be in the fine
print, but he doubted the funding would
be significant nationwide.
He was pleased with National’s plan to
reduce bureaucracy in local government.
Lessons for Westport from
Australian mining town
Paroa School pupils Ruby Johnson, left, and Kate Henry secure a hebe plant in the ground by the cycleway, near the Rotar y kiosk
at Paroa this week. About 20 school pupils joined with West Coastal Pathway Inc and the Department of Conservation to plant the
area with a variety of native plants. MBD Contracting provided the plants from the Lake Brunner Native Plant Nursery and put in
30 hours of site preparation work.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Pupils help with cycleway planting
Seminars on business levies to ACC
will be held next week for businesses and
farmers in Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier
“ We are finding clients are being
charged incorrect amounts, sometimes
much more than required and making
the payments,” West Coast accountant
Peter Cuff said.
“People don’t seem to know how to
check their invoices, what to look for, and
the discounts they could be claiming.”
To address these issues a seminar series
has been organised in conjunction with
ACC. It is designed as a chance for
businesses and farmers to get up-to-
date with ACC and health and safety
from both administration and on-site
Having correct practices on farms and
within businesses is also important as
the fines for breaches have increased, Mr
Cuff said, citing examples of recent fines
of $15,000 for riding quad bikes without
a helmet, $42,000 for a broken arm in
a vineyard and $48,000 for failing to
maintain brakes on a truck.
West Coast-Tasman list MP Chris
Auchinvole last night gave his valedictory
speech in Parliament, with some young
Greymouth supporters in Wellington to
Mr Auchinvole, National’s oldest MP at
69 years old, told the House it was time to
allow the party to regenerate.
Alluding to another 69-year-old, New
Zealand First leader Winston Peters, he
said: “ Would you really want to still be
trundling around Parliament at 72? You
would need quite an ego if you thought
you couldn’t be replaced effectively by a
But he said his age had not made him a
“stale” MP, noting that his speech on the
same-sex marriage bill in 2012 had trended
on Twitter and become an internet hit.
“I have achieved more for the electorate
in the last year in the cumulative
improvement in West Coast-Tasman
health infrastructure than ever before.”
Mr Auchinvole said he would still keep
an eye on the election campaign and
mocked the “charlatan” politicians that
were attracted by the MMP model.
He took a parting shot at the
Conser vative Party’s platform of repealing
anti-smacking laws and introducing
“The really strange part is that the parties
that say we should have binding referenda
are always minority parties and by their
own mandate they shouldn’t accept to
be in Parliament as they did not achieve
Quoting a constituent, he said: “It is
‘cause they want us all to smack kids, or do
they have a secret dream of being smacked
themselves if only the law allowed it? You
just don’t know nowadays do you?”
The MP praised the select committee
system — “our House of Lords” — where
he felt he had made his most valuable
“It is a delight to see that people have
actually come up from the West Coast
and Tasman to be with us today, and I
think we will give them a little clap for
that. It is a hell of a long way to come.
It is particularly nice to see three — one,
two, three Young Nats. There are four or
more Young Nats in the back of the
“They have been with me from, since the
third form, I think, at Greymouth High.
They are at university now, and they are
doing very well.”
He concluded by saying that Parliament
was a dynamic place and he would
probably be forgotten by most people.
“Let ’s get real ... It managed without
me before I arrived and it will manage
without me after I’ve left. I don’t expect
the majority of you to remember me in any
shape or form, but I will remember each of
you ... Thanks for nine unforgettable years.”
— New Zealand Herald
Auchinvole makes his final speech in House
The Moana community is to explore
means of keeping their little church
About 16 people gathered in the church
on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the future
of St John’s Anglican Church, including
congregation numbers and maintenance.
Reverend Di Griffin, of Reefton, said
there were also a number of apologies for
what turned out to be a positive meeting.
“Nothing has been decided. The
community will now go away and
explore ways and means of keeping the
church in place.”
There could possibly be some form of
local ownership, she said, while stressing
it was still early days and options were
still to be explored.
The community would meet again,
probably in a couple of months, to see
what options could be further explored.
At least 100 tourist operators from
around the West Coast will head
to Punakaiki this weekend to
discuss how they can better work
Punakaiki Beach Hostel owner
Patrick Volk said he arranged to hold
the gathering to encourage greater co-
operation among operators on the West
Mr Volk said he hoped they could
discuss “how we can make the
West Coast more accessible”.
The meeting would be an opportunity
for people to network and look to
“People don’t work together, we do
our own thing.”
He suggested that businesses
could recommend each other and
encourage tourists to stay in the region
People would be attending from
Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport,
and include presentations from
guest speakers, Development West
Coast chief executive Joseph Thomas,
Tourism West Coast chief executive
Jim Little and Buller District Mayor
Mr Little will discuss the Chinese
market and how operators can make
their websites easier for them.
The meeting will be held at the
Punakaiki Beach Hostel on Saturday
Meeting seeks greater tourism co-operation
Veteran Greymouth real
estate agent Frank O’Donnell
says July is proving to be a
very good month for real
QV figures released yesterday
Greymouth is just holding its
own in the property market,
with the highest median
residential price on the West
Coast, but there have only
been seven sales in three
months, according to QV.
The median price is
$245,650, down 1% on the
year before. Hokitika, where
the dairy factory just keeps
growing, had 17 sales, prices
are up 2%, and the median
price is $231,300.
Mr O’Donnell said today
when the Grey district was
looked at, he knew of 24 sales
from Kumara through to
Punakaiki, and Moana.
He also said there were far
more sales in Greymouth
than indicated, especially
when Blaketown and Cobden
were added in.
“Prices have been corrected,
but we are having a very good
month,” he said.
July real estate sales strong
Thursday July 24
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Grey Medical Centre
PAUL, Sandra Jessie.
— In loving memory of
our Mum and Nana who
passed away one year
The day you left us was
heartbreak and sorrow.
The day you left us we
saw no tomorrow.
The day you left us we
The day you left us God
had you by the hand.
The day you left us your
family came together.
The day you left us we
remember you forever.
Mum, a year ago today
you left us,
But in our hearts you
will always stay.
The tears are still close,
But the memories of
laughter are even closer.
Life without you is
harder and not the
We miss you so much.
All our love
Mel, Greg, Bailey,
Kayla and Lachlan.
PAUL, Sandra. — July
24, 2013. One year ago
today you left us Mum.
A little tribute,
Small and tender.
Just to say we still
Love forever, Allie,
Paul, Zoe and family.
Philip (Father Phil
SM). — Parish Priest of
Reefton. Passed away
suddenly but peacefully
at Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth on Wednes-
day July 23, 2014.
Dearly loved son of the
late Irwyn and Elsie
Island), much loved
brother and brother-in-
law of Ray and Marion
RNDN (Nelson), and
Honora and Graham
loved uncle of Andrew
and Elizabeth, and loved
by all his family, friends
Reefton, Blenheim and
Rest in Peace
Messages to Honora
Undrill, 34a Ferry Road,
Spring Creek 7202. A
Funeral Mass for Father
Phil will be celebrated
in the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Reef-
ton tomorrow (Friday) at
2pm followed by inter-
ment at the Reefton
Creek. Recitation of the
Rosary at the Church
this evening (Thursday)
at 7pm. Anisy Funeral
PAUL, Sandra Jessie.
beloved wife, mother,
grandma and great-
grandma who left us so
suddenly one year ago
Love's not Time's fool,
though rosy lips and
Within his bending
sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his
brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to
the edge of doom.
love by her husband
Lew and family, and
Steve, Melanie and
HUNTER, Joan Olive.
Passed away peace-
fully on Tuesday July
22, 2014. Aged 85.
devoted wife of Graham
of 64 years. Loved and
devoted mother and
Kathryn and the late
Sandy Kirk (Christ-
church); Gail and Peter
Kimber (Sefton); Mark
and Cheryl (Oxford);
and Philip and Karen
(Totara Flat). Much
loved Nana to 13 grand-
children and 16 great-
grandchildren. Sister of
Claire and the late Nola,
Beryl, Elva and Josie.
Special thanks from the
family to the staff
of Bloomfield Court
Retirement Home and
Kauri Ward of Park-
lands Hospital for their
care of Joan. Messages
for Joan's family may be
posted to the Hunter
Family, C/- PO Box
8444. The Service to
celebrate Joan's life will
be held in the Bishop-
dale Church of Christ,
corner of Eastling Street
and Greers Road, Christ-
church on Saturday July
26, at 1pm. Canterbury
Christian Funeral Serv-
ices. FDANZ. Phone
(03) 358 8807. www.
CRISP, David Charles.
March 22, 1937 -
July 24, 2013. Sadly
husband of Edith, loved
father and father-in-law
of Wendy and David,
and Brian and Vanessa.
Much loved Granddad
of Yvonne, Amanda,
Melissa, Connor and
Sally, great-granddad of
Monique, Brianna and
The Broken Chain
We little knew that
morning that God was
going to call your name.
In life we loved you
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with
The day God called you
You left us peaceful
Your love is still our
And though we cannot
You're always at our
Our family chain is
broken and nothing
seems the same,
But as God calls us one
The chain will link
of the Hokitika Guardian
The Westland District Council is still
figuring out how part of the Ross Cemetery
slipped into private hands.
Ross resident Biddy Manera told the
Guardian yesterday that new boundary pegs
had appeared at the cemetery in the past week.
The pegs were to one side of the cemetery
although there were still old graves outside the
newly marked area, she said.
Council chief executive Tanya Winter
confirmed that new marker pegs had been
placed there as part of an “initial” sur vey of the
cemetery land commissioned by the council in
the past week.
Staff would visit the cemetery soon to try
to verify what was marked out on the council
mapping system and what had been surveyed
on the ground, Ms Winter said yesterday.
The re-sur vey was a first step to resolving the
Ms Manera was clearing gorse on the north-
eastern side of the cemetery a month ago while
searching for an old Chinese grave when she
heard the landowner was “upset ” that scrub
was being cleared without authority.
She had previously been given clearance by
the council to do the work.
As it sits, the cemetery is divided across four
titles with part of the land containing very old
graves, and including a lawn area currently
maintained by council, owned by Mary-Anne
Potae of Whataroa.
Most of the Ross Cemetery is contained
within two titles administered by the council,
including the main access from State highway
Ms Manera said further research showed the
current cemetery came into use earlier than
she originally thought, by at least 1885.
She had found a very old map of the
cemetery detailing plots with a grave bearing
a mother and child from 1885.
It was clear that burials detailed on that map
did not necessarily match the current council
cemetery database. The current cemetery,
at Cemetery Hill on the northern outskirts
of Ross, replaced an earlier cemetery, on the
terrace above the township.
Westland council left wondering
over Ross Cemetery slip-up
An Australian man is in a critical condition
after falling from a Q ueenstown hotel balcony.
The 19-year-old from New South Wales
fell from the second floor of The Glebe
Apartments and landed in the car park below,
sustaining a major head injury.
He was found by the night manager shortly
before 3am and taken by helicopter to
The man is the second person to fall from the
Stanley Street hotel and apartment complex in
“He was making his way from his second
floor apartment towards the roof,” senior
constable Chris Blackford says.
“He fell to the car park below and suffered a
major head injury. His condition is described
The man’s parents are flying over from
Police could not confirm the height the man
fell from but the second floor is at least 6m
from the car park.
— Otago Daily Times
Tourist critical after Queenstown hotel balcony fall
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