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The Greymouth Star and Regent
Cinema have three double passes
Yellow Sun, as a prelude to the
special screening of the acclaimed
movie, which opens next Thursday,
July 31. The film Half of a Yellow
Sun, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and
Thandie Newton, tells the story
of four people caught up in the
Nigerian civil war, which raged
across the country between 1967
and 1970. Send your entry with
name, address and phone number to
the subject line Cinema, or post to:
Half of a Yellow Sun
C/o Greymouth Star
One entry per household. Entries
c lose on July 30.
The lower section of the Snowy
Battery track at Waiuta has been
moved to keep visitors safe. The
Department of Conser vation says
the work was done to keep people
away from the rusted agitating tanks
which were on a dangerous lean, and
prone to collapse. The public can still
view the battery site, but from a safe
DOC blasting fallen
trees to reopen tracks
The Department of Conser vation
has been felling and blasting trees
and stumps in a bid to reopen tracks
after Cyclone Ita. The Croesus
Track has reopened, and Camp
Creek has mostly been cleared. At
Lake Brunner, the lower part of
Mount French has been cleared, as
has most of Crew Falls. However,
the Crooked River route is unlikely
to be cleared until summer. Further
south, windfalls have been cleared
from the Copland Track, Terrace
Walk, Lake Wombat, Alex Knob,
Willberg Walk, Canavans Knob,
Moraine Walk, Minnehaha,
Monro Beach and North Okarito
All 85 possum traps around
Otira will be withdrawn and
upgraded after 90% of them failed.
Department of Conser vation
partnerships director Jan Hania
reported that the traps were set
up around the village, where 1080
poison was not used. However,
upon inspection of the Henry
automated multi-kill traps, most
were not functioning, he said. The
manufacturer would repair them, as
they believed they knew what the
issue was. “ Work is under way to
retrieve all 85 of these traps
and return them for upgrading
before redeploying them into the
New World has launched a new
customer loyalty programme among
its South Island supermarkets. New
World Clubcard offers customers
the ability to choose the kind of
reward currency they would like
to collect. Through New World
Clubcard, customers have the
flexibility to collect either Fly Buys
or Airpoints TM, meaning they
can accumulate reward points in
a way that meets their individual
needs. There is also the option of
converting Fly Buys points into
New World dollars up to four times
Arrivals: Galatea II, Claymore, one
Greymouth vessel. Departures: One
Greymouth vessel. In port: Galatea
II, Resolution II, Corsair, Claymore,
Lady Sarah, Remus, 24 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II
today. Expected arrivals: Moon
Shadow II today; Cook Canyon
Spa fix takes longer
than pool build
There has been an increase in mortality of
the giant snails being kept in the fridge at
the Department of Conser vation office in
About 6000 rare Powelliphanta giant snails
were moved off their ancient home above
a $400 million coal seam near Westport in
2006, after Solid Energy won Government
permission to mine the Mount Augustus
section of the Stockton Plateau.
But about 800 died after a glitch in the DOC
climate controlled chamber over Labour
Weekend in 2011 caused them to freeze to
There are currently 393 adults in captivity
and 1516 eggs.
DOC director conservation partnerships Jan
Hania said mortality was up in March, at a
time when 588 eggs were laid.
“The adult snail population is ageing and
stress associated with egg laying may be
leading to the oldest snails dying,” he said.
Smaller sizes had a good sur vival rate and
were growing as expected, he said.
Snail plots had been established at Stockton
and Mount Rochfort for the long-term
monitoring of Powelliphanta augustus beyond
Giant snail mortality rate up
The spa pool at the aquatic centre is about
to reopen after a 14-month absence — more
time than it took to build the entire pool
The Greymouth pool, including the spa,
sauna, and hydroslides opened on schedule in
June 2009. However, in mid-May 2013 the
spa was closed when the tiles began lifting.
The Grey District Council this week failed to
provide a date for the reopening.
In the time it has been closed, new homes
have been built, the Westfleet factory is
nearing completion in October (just one
year after the foundations were laid), and
the Preston Road sewerage plant has been
It took less than 14 months to rebuild
Monteith’s Brewery, St John toasted its new
premises on Water Walk Road, and buildings
were earthquake strengthened and then
The Grey District Council explains on its
website the reasons for the delay: “Council
tried very hard to work with the original
contractors ... (but) did not find any
resolution. Council engaged an independent
engineer. It became quite clear that we
needed a specialised solution or the tiles
would fall off again.
“The main difficulty has been the
waterproofing liner ... a whole new liner had
to be applied. Once the stainless steel wall
surfaces were exposed, it was discovered that
they were not straight or flat and the tops of
the walls were not draining back towards the
pool like they should be.”
While we continue, tongue in cheek, there
is one project that has taken longer — the
rebuild of Grey Base Hospital. Work was to
start this year ...
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All countries were represented at the Grey Main School’s ‘Commonwealth Games’ march this morning, including the Botswana
contingent of Skye Symmers, left, Thor Gardiner, Amee Ford, Neve Tacon and Kaylia Gunter.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Commonwealth Games march at Grey Main School
CRL Energy was crowned winner
of the 2014 Minerals West Coast
Environment Award, announced last
night at the Minerals West Coast annual
conference in Greymouth.
It took the award in recognition of
its environmental research and mine
drainage decision-making framework.
“This work showcases the advances
that are being made in predicting and
managing the environmental effects of
mining,” Minerals West Coast manager
Peter O’Sullivan said.
“ Mining today has to be environ-
mentally responsible, both during
mining operations, and long after
mining is finished. That is what New
Zealanders expect, and that is what is
being increasingly delivered.”
Two award entries were received. The
winner was submitted by CRL Energy,
Landcare Research, and the universities
of Canterbury and Otago.
The other finalist was from Oceana
Gold for its Globe Progress mine
restoration monitoring programme.
Mr O’Sullivan said demonstrations of
long-term environmental responsibility
were an important part of a mining
company ’s gaining a social licence to
operate in a community.
The awards, started last year, were
judged by Mr O’Sullivan, Straterra policy
manager Bernie Napp, and Judi Brennan
from the Department of Conser vation.
of the Westport News
West Coast students have improved
their reading, writing and mathematical
skills more than any in New Zealand,
according to public achievement
information released today by the
Ministry of Education.
However, they remain below the
average for writing and mathematical
The information shows 78.2% of Coast
students read at or above the average
level for their age, a 6.5% increase on
2011 results. The national average was
Students’ writing ability had also
increased since 2011, up 6.4% to 67.2%.
The national average was 71%.
West Coast students also had the
highest percentage increase on 2011
results in mathematics.
Students improved their mathematical
abilities by 5.5%, with 72.8% of students
at or above the average for their age. The
national average was 75%.
The results were mostly positive for all
areas of the country, with 15 out of 16
areas boasting an increase in achievement
from 2011 to 2013.
CRL Energy win
National Party candidate
Maureen Pugh says
the announcement by
Energy and Resources
Minister Simon Bridges
yesterday of five platinum
exploration permits could
not have come at a better
Taranaki oil and gas
explorer Tag Oil, of
Canada, is expanding
into the New Zealand
minerals sector through
its 49% ownership of a
listed Canadian explorer,
which has been awarded
five New Zealand mineral
exploration permits to
hunt for platinum in the
Lynx Platinum, was the
only company awarded
exploration licences in
the government’s New
Zealand Platinum Tender
Of the five exploratory
three cover 355 square
kilometres east of
Murchison, part of
conser vation estate.
could not have come
at a better time for the
electorate,” Mrs Pugh
“ With redundancies
in local mines it is a
relief to have positive
news for this industry
from a Government
that understands how
important the sector is.”
The political party Democrats
for Social Credit has joined the
campaign for a moratorium
on installations of power
company smart meters “until
the technology is proven not be
a risk to health”.
However, Trustpower says
anyone following that line of
thinking should get rid of their
cellphone, burglar alarms, radio,
television and microwave oven.
Democrats leader Stephnie
de Ruyter said yesterday serious
concerns overseas about the
safety of power meters should
not be ignored just because
safety standards were “out of
date and inadequate”.
“Smart meters use microwave
radiation to transmit data about
customers’ electricity use,” Ms
de Ruyter said.
“But New Zealand safety
standards are dangerously
outdated as they take into
account only the thermal
(heating) effects of microwave
radiation — and ignore the
research that shows that much
lower levels of microwave
radiation may be a health
Experience in the United
States showed they were
extremely hackable which
could make the entire power
grid vulnerable, she said.
is progressing its plans for
smart meters on the West
Spokesman Graeme Purches
said there were now well over
one million smart meters
installed in New Zealand, and
none of Trustpower’s 10,000
customers with a meter had
expressed any concern about it.
“We have yet to see any
reputable and peer reviewed
scientific evidence to support
the claims,” Mr Purches said.
Many claims were linked to
business or individuals making
money out of selling devices
to measure radiation and/or
selling filters to protect people
authorities around the world
had conducted research which
had not supported the claims.
Many of the claims originated
from counties that did not have
the multiple earthed neutral
reticulations systems used in
would let Trustpower make
efficiency improvements which
would contribute to keeping
costs contained in the future.
“If the people propagating this
alarmist rubbish are concerned
about smart meters, they
should be even more concerned
about mobile phone, wi-fi,
speed cameras, burglar alarms,
and even the latest generation
of hearing aids which use wi-fi.
They should also get rid of their
radio, tv and microwave oven,”
Mr Purches said.
Radiation from an alarm
clock radio located on the
bedside table was higher due
to the proximity of the person
sleeping nearby than from a
typical smart meter installation,
Democrats join smart
meter moratorium call
Tai Poutini Polytechnic and West Coast Trades Academy students Levi Marshall, Matt Lord, Sean Keenan and
Cade Wilson-Russ work on a Greymouth Lions community project, which will see 12 seats in various locations
along the West Coast Wilderness Trail. “ The seats will be at rest areas along the trail from the tiphead through to
the Taramakau,” polytechnic woodwork instructor Colin Skeats said.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Polytechnic students work on wilderness trail seats
of the Westport News
The $8.1 million estimated
cost for Westport’s proposed
integrated family health centre
(IFHC) excludes demolition
and fit-out costs.
The West Coast District
Health Board cannot explain
why the costs for demolishing
existing buildings and fitting
out the new one are not
included in the business case.
The Greymouth Star this
week revealed Greymouth
Hospital would cost more
than the estimated $67m. The
hospital business case reveals
demolition will cost another
$1.2m. The DHB must also pay
$2m for furniture, fixtures and
equipment as part of ‘business
as usual’ capital spending.
DHB senior communications
adviser Lee Harris said
yesterday that the DHB did
not know what those costs
would be for the Westport
IFHC, or who would pay
“ We don’t know where
that ’s going to come from.
We can’t really say anything
further because it wasn’t in the
The Government is paying
most of the cost of Greymouth
Hospital, but has said private
funding must be found for
DHB programme director
Michael Frampton said the
DHB expected expressions of
interest in the IFHC would
be sought on the Government
tender site at the end of next
Demolition costs not factored into
Westport family health centre cost
of the Otago Daily Times
A 90-year-old war veteran targeted by
“gutless” teenage burglars says at their age
he was fighting for his country.
The three Mosgiel youths — one aged
18 and two 17 — were sentenced in
the D unedin District Court after
subjecting the town to what the judge
described as wanton acts of vandalism and
They were convicted of burglaries,
vandalism and other offences, including
breaking into the elderly man’s home.
The elderly man yesterday told the Otago
Daily Times he was asleep in his bedroom
on March 27 when he awoke about 3am to
the sound of voices.
“I called out ‘who is that ’?” the man, who
did not want to named, said.
He recalled seeing two teenagers,
including one trying to remove a cardigan
and sports coat from a coathanger near the
foot of his bed.
“He dropped that smartly.”
The intruders fled with cash and
The man said he wasn’t scared but “as it
was pretty cold and I probably had half my
head under the blanket ”.
“I don’t think I would have had much of
a show if two of them decided to attack me
.. . It all happened so quickly.”
After they left, he locked the door, made a
cup of tea and went back to bed.
Asked what he was doing at their age, he
said he was called up for military service
at 18, later serving as a Lancaster
navigator with Bomber Command in
He returned to New Zealand at 21.
The man conceded he made a mistake by
leaving the backdoor unlocked.
“My daughter told me off and I don’t
think the police were very thrilled.”
He did not contact police immediately
because he did not think anyone would be
at the station, but called later that morning
after telling a neighbour.
Jesse Ryan Milligan, 18, Jamie Robert
Burns, 17, and Jeffery Alexander Harrison,
17, appeared in court for sentencing before
Judge Stephen Coyle on Wednesday.
“It was pretty tragic and gutless to target
a 90-year-old man,” the judge told them.
“Shame on you, on all of you.”
All three had admitted burgling the
90-year-old’s house, the Kinmont Cres
garage and Eat ’N Run Takeaways, between
March 24 and 29.
Milligan and Burns had admitted eight
further burglaries at other properties
between September 20 last year and April
5 this year.
The three defendants were each sentenced
to 10 months’ home detention, and 100
hours’ community work.
Each is to pay reparation — Milligan
$13,818; Burns $7036; and Harrison
‘Gutless’ teenage burglars target war vet
on this weekend
at Tai Poutini
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