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Four Greymouth Star readers will
be able to enjoy Half a Yellow Sun
on the big screen and in print. Anu
Tolley, Yurie Oku of Greymouth
and Bev Coleman of Moana each
receive a double pass to the movie
at the Regent Theatre, opening
tonight, while Norma Woodgate
of Greymouth receives a copy of
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s
Conser vation board
requests Croesus loop
The West Coast Conser vation
Board has asked to be kept updated
on the bid to create a Croesus loop
track. The board meeting on Friday
viewed a short presentation, including
a video clip of a fly-over along the
proposed route. Chairman Mike
Legge said the board had requested to
be kept updated on any developments
with the track.
Departures: Resolution II. In port:
Cook Canyon, Galatea II, Jay Elaine,
Corsair, Lady Sarah, 26 other vessels.
Expected departures: Galatea II,
Jay Elaine, today. Expected arrivals:
Resolution II today.
The D unedin City Council has been
forced to pare back original plans for
the controversial South Dunedin Cycle
Network, as the true costs of the project
Despite being reduced by almost half,
the curtailed network is expected to cost
about $5.5 million — $1 million more
than original estimates for the whole
The blowout may eat into funding
set aside for the rest of the city ’s cycle
The council this week adopted a
revised 14.8km network of cycleways
criss-crossing South Dunedin, 10km
less than it originally approved but
retaining some crucial links across the
area and between it and the central city.
— Otago Daily Times
Blackball resident Mike Hutson prepares to place Donna Cavander’s work
on the fence at the town swimming baths as part of an ‘outdoor art gallery’.
The other two images have been donated by Reefton artist Alison Hale. It
is one of two new projects under way in the township, the other being an
extension to the local museum.
Blackball outdoor ar t gallery
West Ham football club fans, Chas Sturton, left, and Eddie Cole with
some of the Blackball Salami products that were included in a welcome pack
given to 40 club players and a number of fans who travelled to Wellington for
the recent Football United Tour. The packs included products from well-
known New Zealand brands were handed out before the fans and players left
the United Kingdom, as a promotion of New Zealand hospitality. The tour
also featured fellow English football club Newcastle United, Sydney FC
from Australia and New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix. Mr Sturton said he
regularly travelled all over the world following the team, and the Blackball
bacon and black pudding was the best he had tasted.
West Ham fans enjoy Blackball Salami delights
of the Hokitika Guardian
West Coast whitebaiters have been
encouraged to help to push for a government
review of the fishing regulations.
West Coast Whitebaiters’ Association
president Des McEnaney said the West Coast
fishing rule book, which differed from those
for the rest of New Zealand, was overdue for
A formal request for a sweeping review,
last done in 1995, had been lodged with the
Minister of Conservation.
“The association is lobbying Government
seeking a review of whitebait regulations New
Zealand-wide. We hope to have a working
group set up to develop new regulation
proposals, and we want to participate,” Mr
McEnaney said this week.
“Any such undertaking will be challenging,
and the outcome by no means certain. What
appears certain is if we do not engage, changes
will be imposed, and they will be unpalatable.”
recommendation from a parliamentary
primary production select committee last
week that the Department of Conser vation
tidy up the rules around customary fishing on
the West Coast.
That stemmed from an incident on the
Hokitika River two years ago, when Te
Runanga o Ngati Waewae issued two permits
to allow customary fishing just days after the
public whitebait season had closed.
The West Coast Whitebaiters’ Association
took up the issue with the the select committee
when DOC said iwi fishing was outside its
However, in a recent briefing document the
department was identified as the appropriate
authority and it has called for a fast solution.
The committee said it recognised the
challenge of balancing customary fishing with
the need to maintain or enhance whitebait
stocks, which had declined significantly: “ We
urge the department to pursue a satisfactory
solution for all parties, as well as helping
whitebait populations towards recovery”.
If necessary, that should be by making
regulations under the Conser vation Act.
Mr McEnaney said the whitebaiters
association was pleased
recommendations. However, it was only one
area that needed addressing.
The separate West Coast regulations —
which include a shorter season and 22 rules,
as opposed to 19 in the national regulations
— needed to be more on a par.
“The conservation of whitebait is a New
Zealand-wide scene. It needs to be applied
with an even hand.”
He said the association took the conser vation
of whitebait stock seriously.
“L ose the whitebait, and we lose the lifestyle.
We must engage in the conser vation effort. We
have to be seen as a responsible organisation if
we are to influence changes, and protect our
Mr McEnaney said if the association was to
continue the work it needed the “moral and
financial support of every whitebaiter.”
He encouraged fishermen to attend the
group’s annual general meeting on August 9 in
Hokitika to discuss the issue.
Call for whitebaiting
West Coast tourism operators will
be given another push about the
importance of the Chinese market.
Tourism West Coast will host
a conference on August 19 at
Kingsgate Hotel, including a
‘Getting China Ready’ part two to
be presented by Amy Adams from
In 2013, Christchurch Airport ran
a series of workshops throughout
the South Island to help southern
business and tourism operators
become more aware of opportunities
offered by the Chinese travel
Also at the conference, Jade
Jackson, from on-line booking
website Book It, will discuss how
to leverage bookings via the web.
Book It is the only on-line booking
gateway in New Zealand to offer
China Union Pay as a payment
Craig Rust from Business
Innovators will talk about making
small businesses profitable. Tourism
West Coast chief executive Jim
Little said Mr Rust was a “must see
and hear presenter”.
“If you do not attend any other
workshops this year make sure
you experience Craig Rust from
Business Innovators. He is one of the
most dynamic presenters we have
seen and his subject matter is down
to earth and totally stimulating for
small - medium businesses.”
Internet marketing and social
media will be addressed by website
developers Cabbage Tree Creative.
The China Ready presentation
will be given at the Franz Josef
Medical Centre on August 18 from
of the New Zealand Herald
Chris Roberts is no
stranger to being in the
In 2005 he was
when opposition to plans
to build pylons through
Waikato sparked outrage
and resulted in an effigy
of his boss being burned
outside a public meeting.
He was also spokesman
for New Zealand Oil and Gas with its
30% shareholding in Pike River Coal
when the company was becoming the
target of anger over the fatal explosion
that killed 29 men underground at its
West Coast mine.
The 48-year-old has just started
as chief executive of the Tourism
Industry Association (TIA) — the
body representing 1500 operators
throughout the country.
He said he was live on television
during the effigy-burning in Tirau over
the Waikato pylons controversy.
“That gave me a great grounding in
how to deal with stakeholders and
“I was put on the front line.”
The TIA job is typically
a lower-profile role where
he will be a cheerleader
for the $24 billion
working life as a radio
journalist before becoming
secretary — including
Labour Tourism Minister
Mark Burton — and
then going into corporate
It was in his most recent job at
Tourism New Zealand that he became
more focused on stakeholder relations,
government relations and a bigger
At TIA he succeeds Martin Snedden
who, with his cricket background and
leading role in the 2011 Rugby World
Cup, had a high profile.
Roberts said he was known within the
“Martin was great at pulling this
sector together with this growth phase
and I’m well enough known in the
“I’m really the cheerleader for it now
and poking and prodding to make sure
it stays on track.”
New Tourism Industry
Association head appointed
The latest aircraft noise sur vey has
found that visitors are tolerating
the increased number of flights and
sometimes almost continual thud
of helicopters around Franz Josef
A total of 502 people were
sur veyed over summer by Espiner
Consulting. During the sur vey
period, 2227 flights were recorded.
On the busiest sur vey day in late
December, there were 231 flights.
The latest noise report was tabled
at the West Coast Conser vation
Board meeting on Friday.
“The annoyance level is down
slightly,” board chairman Mike
The monitoring was prompted by
changing conditions in the glacier
valley, where the rapid glacier
retreat has stopped safe foot access
on to the ice from the valley floor.
The Westland Tai Poutini
National Park management plan
was changed as a result, temporarily
increasing the number of permitted
aircraft landings on the glacier.
This led to a substantial increase
in the number of flights, and a 2013
monitoring report found significant
increases in visitor impact at Franz
The latest report shows that the
number and intensity of flights
were similar to those experienced
by visitors last year.
When visitors were asked what
they least liked, more visitors
There was a slight fall in the
proportion who reported seeing
more aircraft than they had
expected, and a substantial increase
in those who experienced the same
levels of aircraft activity as expected.
The majority of visitors were still
neutral about the effect of aircraft
on their visit, and while ‘annoyance’
levels remained relatively static
between 2013 and 2014 (and above
the 25% management threshold),
the report said “further evidence of
more realistic expectations among
visitors is apparent in the clear
decreases in both the extent of
annoyance, and the degree to which
aircraft detracted from visitors’
enjoyment of the glaciers”.
Survey finds visitors tolerating
increased Franz Josef f lights
Importance of Chinese market
stressed to Coast tourism operators
The public will not be left in the
lurch if the Westland Recreation
Centre is not built before the Civic
Centre lease runs out.
Meanwhile, the future of the
46-year-old Civic Centre is no
clearer, with sale or demolition the
two options available to the Grey
Incorporation lease for the site
expires at the end of 2015, not long
before the $10 million recreation
centre is expected to be completed.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said if
tenders came back on budget the
council would be “right on queue”
to have the recreation centre pick
up events currently hosted by the
However, he has previously said
that if the tenders did not come
back on budget, then they would
go “back to the drawing board” to
fundraise for more money.
Were that to occur, the council
would negotiate a lease extension
of two-three months for the Civic
Mr Kokshoorn said they would
not renew the lease because
they did not want to sign up for
another 21 years.
“ We have based our plan on the
lease we have.”
Mr Kokshoorn said he had “no
doubt” the council would be able to
negotiate a short-term extension
that would be a reasonable price.
Currently, the council paid
$18,000 a year and that was
expected to increase for a new
The council could not afford to
keep both buildings, he said.
The council had approached
Tai Poutini Polytechnic to take
ownership of the Civic Centre but
nothing further had happened.
Civic Centre users not to be left in lurch
The annual West Coast District Health
Board’s Countdown Kids Hospital
Appeal Charity Walk will be held on
Saturday, August 9.
In the past the appeal has been a great
benefactor for paediatric and maternity
ser vices at Grey Base Hospital. O ver
the past six years, more than $300,000
has been donated towards equipment to
help babies, children and their families,
and the staff operating these important
The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal
Charity Walk — either a return walk
or cycle — leaves from the Greymouth
Aero Club at 10am.
Organiser Dot O’Connor, the clinical
nurse leader at Parfitt Ward, said the
walk was a fundraiser for the Countdown
Kids Hospital Appeal, which in turn
had given generous grants to help with
equipment purchase for the hospital
“It would be great to see local families
out supporting this appeal. In recent
years, grants from the Countdown Kids
Hospital Appeal have resulted in the
purchase of a telemedicine unit, training
simulator, a stroller, high chair and
carseat, a birthing bed and DVD player
and other great extras. This frees up our
stretched health care dollars for other
things, so we’re incredibly grateful.
“ It’s a fun family event which will
happen rain or shine. We try and keep
the entry costs down to encourage
families to participate. It’s only $5 for
individuals or $10 for a family, and the
course is not too challenging. It takes
about an hour at most to walk around
Spot prizes will be awarded at the
Greymouth Aero Club at the end of
the event and a barbecue and raffle will
be held throughout. Participants can
register by e-mailing dorothy.oconnor@
westcoastdhb.health.nz or arrive early
on the day to sign up.
Families urged to support
hospital charity walk
Thursday July 31
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
STEWART, Merle. —
Bill, Julie, Nigel and
family would like to
sincerely thank family
and friends for the
kindness and support
given to us at this very
sad time. The many
cards, letters, phone
calls, visits, baking and
beautiful flowers were
very much appreciated
and a great comfort to us
all. Please accept this as
our heartfelt thanks.
McFADYEN, Toihi. —
On July 29, 2014 peace-
fully at the Marlborough
Hospice surrounded by
her family and friends.
Aged 76 years. Much
loved wife and girlfriend
mother and mother-in-
law of Malcom and
Rosemary; Alan and
Kim; Hinea and Mark;
Mirama and Dave; and
Pania and Allan. A
loved Taua to all her
Mokopuna. A loved
sister and sister-in-law
of Len and Jan Fluerty;
Archie (deceased) and
Anne; and Joe (de-
ceased) and Ngaire.
McFadyen; and Wendy
and Brian Gilmour. A
loved Aunty to all her
nieces and nephews.
Messages to 27 Lane
Street, Blenheim 7201.
In lieu of flowers a
donation to Life Flight
Trust, C/- PO Box
would be appreciated or
may be made at the
service. A celebration
of Toihi's life will be
held at St Andrew's
Henry Street, Blenheim
on Saturday August 2 at
10.30am followed by
Cloudy Bay Funeral
www.cloudybayfunerals.co .nz .
Phone (03) 578 2004.
OUTRAM, Julez. —
As we sit at the beach
“We miss you”
We believe somehow
you can still hear us.
Four years today Julez.
The Rap Girls.
CRISP, Peter. —
Beloved husband of
Mary-Anne. Son of
Ernest and the late
Allison Crisp. Funeral
Four years have gone
Never far from thought
Cliff and Zac.
Production at Oceana Gold ’s Reefton
mine fell in the second quarter of this year
as part of a gradual wind-down at the mine.
The quarterly report, released yesterday,
shows 46,045 ounces of gold were produced
at the Globe Progreess Mine near Reefton,
down on the 56,088 ounces produced in the
first quarter of 2014.
The decrease had been due lower grade
ore being mined and processed across the
New Zealand and to lower mill feed at
Geotechnical instability at one of the pit
walls at Globe had also reduced production,
as access to the open pit had resulted in less
ore being mined and processed.
“Reduced ore feed will continue in the
third quarter while an alternate access
in the open pit is established. As a result,
production at Reefton for the third quarter
and full year will be lower than expected ”,
the report said.
Oceana said the plan for the mine had
now been revised, with a slight increase in
its production life, however there would be
no major long-term impacts as a result of
General manager Dale Oram told a the
annual Mineral West Coast conference last
week that movements at the mine would
reduce by 65% from the end of July this year.
“The hole that was planned to be dug is in
the phase now where it’s pretty near to be
finished,” Mr Oram said.
The trans-Tasman miner was also
consulting with Reefton staff after a review
of its workforce proposed cutting 60
jobs from the 240-strong workforce. The
consultation was expected to wind up in
As part of the restructuring process for the
mine Oceana was also starting to reduce the
equipment it needed to operate the mine,
Mr Oram said.
The miner recently confirmed plans to put
the mine into care and maintenance in the
middle of next year, with the possibility of
the workforce eventually reducing to just six
Wind-down dents Reefton mine production
Telecom has switched on its ultra-
fast 4G network in Greymouth — the
company ’s first 4G location on the
Chorus announced on Twitter on
July 21 that the new network was
ready to go.
Telecom retail chief operating
officer Jason Paris said today that
as more people began to use smart
devices for things like watching video,
downloading books, uploading photos
and getting the most out of their music
on Spotify, data speeds were going to
become more and more important.
“4G will allow you to do all these
things in seconds, and we think these
faster speeds will quickly become the
‘new normal’ for New Zealanders,
just as 3G speeds did when they were
introduced a few years ago.”
Telecom customers living in or
visiting Greymouth with a 4G-capable
phone, would see increased speeds.
Mr Paris said that so far Telecom
customers who regularly used the 4G
network generally did not dramatically
increase their data consumption.
However, anyone concerned about
going over their data allowance could
track their usage over the My Telecom
portal or Telecom’s smartphone app,
their allowance runs out.
To access Telecom 4G, customers
need to be in a 4G coverage area and
have a 4G-capable phone. 4G devices
will seamlessly switch to Telecom’s 3G
mobile network when customers leave
the 4G coverage area.
Telecom switches on ultra-fast 4G network in Greymouth
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