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Castle Hill gets
A new Vodafone cellphone tower
has been erected at Castle Hill.
When commissioned, it should fill
a huge gap in cellphone coverage
on State highway 73. Traditionally,
there has been hardly any coverage
between Springfield and Arthur’s
Pass. Vodafone said today the tower
was not switched on and integrated
into the network yet, but it was
imminent. It will ser vice about 210
surrounding addresses as well as
Burglar y foiled
A member of the public disturbed
four men as they attempted to break
into the Take Note bookshop in
Westport. Community constable
Paul Sampson said the would-be
thieves left empty-handed and ran
off towards a waiting vehicle parked
in The Esplanade. Meanwhile,
burglars got away with alcohol
and diesel when they broke into a
workshop on a property in Utopia
Road some time over the weekend.
back on track
Nominations for a new
Greymouth High School board of
trustees will be called on August
13 — three years after the last
board resigned and Ministry of
Education commissioner Christine
Nijdam stepped in and took over.
The resignations followed a scathing
2011 report from the Education
Review Office. However, the school
has since turned around and Mrs
Nijdam said today nominations for
five parent representatives, a student
and a staff representative would
close on August 27.
Rain, heavy at times
A mother has been jailed after she
allowed her teenage son to miss 174
days of school so she could have
a lie-in. The woman failed to get
the 13-year-old ready for school
in time and he only made it to 31
out of 205 sessions at his school in
Swansea, South Wales. A court heard
how education chiefs went to her
home to investigate and found the
woman still in her pyjamas. “ The
mother was frequently in bed so her
child was not ready for school,” the
prosecutor said. — Daily Mail
Families leave Gloriavale
Community members have revealed
that hundreds have left since its early
days, including several families in the
past year or so.
On July 17, TV2 screened a
documentary following the six-week
courtship and marriage of one young
couple, after leaders at the Lake
Haupiri community opened the doors
to a film crew.
Gloriavale — A World Apart
followed Paul Valor and his courtship
and marriage to Pearl Hope.
However, after it aired, some
ex-members came for ward wanting to
put what one described as “the other
side to the story”.
That person, who was born at
Gloriavale but left in recent years, said
that since the last concert series two
years ago, two extended families had
left, along with eight of the young,
“Also, a few others have left but then
gone back because husbands-wives
and children were still in there,” the
The Greymouth Star agreed not
to use the person’s name, or any
They said there were two sides to
the story, including a hidden one not
shown on tv, describing Gloriavale
leaders as “professionals at putting on
a show to the public”.
“Chances are when you leave you
will never get to see family-friends
They were taught a lot of good
things there, and being a part of the
biennial concerts was great fun.
But the “freedom I have found in
Christ ... since leaving is something I
would never exchange for community
Another former member, Phil
Cooper, said he thought that since
the early days, probably half as many
had left as were still there. Phil is
the son of Gloriavale leader Neville
Cooper, who uses the name Hopeful
In 2009 Phil Cooper told his story in
a best-selling book Sins of the Father.
“ Two or three families have left this
year,” he told the Greymouth Star last
People leaving now were supported
by the families already on the outside,
many of them settling throughout
Canterbury, he said.
Young people growing up at
Gloriavale were cut off from the
outside world. When people left, they
could not keep in touch with those
left inside the community, he said.
This had left people “devastated”,
Mr Cooper said, referring to the
emotional pain of people not being
able to see their own mother again.
Young people who had grown up at
Gloriavale “don’t know anything else”.
“My kids have strong faith, they
chose that. But (Gloriavale children)
know nothing else. ”
Gloriavale Christian Community
spokesman Peter Righteous said today
they did not comment on people who
“ We haven’t got time to be caught
up in a lot of nonsense. We have a
life we must live before the Lord. If
people do not want to live an unselfish
life of service to the Lord, it’s up to
them. They can do as they wish,” Mr
The community began at Cust in
North Canterbury in 1969 as the
Springbank Christian Community,
and shifted to Lake Haupiri, 70km
east of Greymouth, in the 1990s, going
under the new name of Gloriavale. It
now numbers about 520.
takes issue with
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
has hit back at National Party candidate
Maureen Pugh, after she criticised
the debt levels of the Grey and Buller
district councils while defending her
own record with the cash-strapped
Westland District Council.
Mrs Pugh, the Westland mayor until
last year, was named No 52 on the
National Party list at the weekend.
She is also trying to unseat Labour’s
Damien O’Connor for the West Coast-
She disputed criticism from the
current Westland Mayor Mike Havill
and others, about the state of the
Westland District Council finances
since the end of her tenure as mayor.
Mr Havill has talked of a ‘missing’
$8.7 million, “multiple failings within
every system” of administration, and
$15.5 million of debt for Westland, the
third smallest council in the country.
Mrs Pugh asked whether the media
was going to ask the mayors of Grey
and Buller the same question about
their “substantial debts”.
Critiquing the record of the “team”
she led while mayor had been a “very
convenient ” way to justify a rates
increase for Westland this year, she said,
when really it was in the “best position”
financially of any of the Coast councils.
However, Mr Kokshoorn said today
the Greymouth rates, once the highest
on the Coast, were now the lowest.
The Grey District Council had $30m
“There’s nothing wrong with debt, if
it’s used for the right purposes,” Mr
Grey ’s debt was for large capital
projects, the cost of which was being
spread over generations. The council
did not borrow for everyday running
The council had put in $80m of
infrastructure for $30m of debt:
$48m on new sewerage schemes for
Taylorville, Dobson and Kaiata; $3m
on solid waste and landfills: $21m
on the new aquatic centre and sports
stadium; $3m on miscellaneous projects
including the cycleway, Runanga
swimming pool and Moana foreshore.
Mr Kokshoorn also noted that his
council had $9m of cash reser ves in the
He also pointed out that Grey district
had 42% of the West Coast population,
which helped repay debt.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
A beaming Raphaela Roper, eight, arrived at school in style yesterday morning, hitching a ride to St Patrick’s Primary School aboard a Greymouth
fire engine. Raphaela won the treat in a colouring-in competition run by the West Coast Area Fire Ser vice at Ag Fest. “It was a little bit scary because
I was so high up, but I really, really enjoyed it,” Raphaela smiled.
A motorist walked away unscathed
after crashing into a slip that spilled
across the Coast Road at Twelve Mile
early this morning.
State highway 6, between Greymouth
and Punakaiki, was closed to all traffic
for several hours until contractors
cleared the debris, about 20km north of
Greymouth, to allow single-lane traffic
past from mid-morning.
New Zealand Transport Agency
performance manager Pete Connors
said a vehicle came round a corner
and ran straight into the slip just
before 6am. The driver was shaken but
uninjured and promptly reported the
slip to the authorities.
Heavy overnight rain brought down
about 50 cubic metres of debris.
“State highway 6 will remain
single-lane through the area for the
remainder of today while a geotechnical
inspection is undertaken at the site to
ensure it is safe to reopen the highway
to two lanes later today,” Mr Connors
There was no history of slips at that
Car slams into 12 Mile slip
The West Coast District Health
Board will have to decide whether
to go with a nationwide cost-
saving proposal, which would see
most hospital food made off the
Coast, and cooked or reheated at
The State-owned cost-cutting
agency Health Benefits Ltd (HBL)
has confirmed it is preparing
food ser vice business cases for
consideration by DHBs throughout
Under this proposal, components
for the meals would be delivered to
the hospital kitchens for cooking or
heating before being put on plates
according to patients’ orders.
DHBs will be asked to use
Compass Group, which will be the
single, national provider of food
The proposal is estimated to
generate savings of between $100
million and $120 million over the
next 15 years, although the size
of savings will vary for individual
HBL said there would be “no
kitchen closures,” which was a
“substantial departure from what
Meals on Wheels would be frozen,
and delivered hot to recipients.
The functional brief for the new
Greymouth Hospital, dated April
30, says it expects bulk food will
be delivered in a prepared state and
reheated on site.
On site production may be limited
to therapeutic diets and thickened
drinks, “along with a cafe production
area and diet kitchen activities”.
It also says there is a need to keep
additional food stock on hand for five
to seven days, to cover emergencies.
Workforce numbers had not yet
Initially, an Auckland regional food
service proposal and accompanying
business cases will be prepared for
consideration by the Auckland,
Counties Manukau and Waitemata
The business cases for the
remaining 17 DHBs were also
under development for independent
consideration, HBL said in a
About 20 staff work in the kitchen
at Greymouth Hospital.
Health Minister Tony Ryall
created HBL in the hope of saving
$700m by merging back-office
functions and bulk-buying in non-
Centralised hospital kitchens drafted
Hitching a ride to school
Councils’ performance in spotlight
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