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Greymouth-Mawhera based theatre
group, Kiwi-Possum Productions, will
present its new play Ted, Poppy and
World War Two at the Regent Theatre
in Greymouth later this month.
This year’s production focuses on
“ We discovered two interesting
people,” the group’s playwright Paul
“ Ted Kehoe, a teacher at Grey Tech,
was an early conser vationist, who
gave a weekly radio talk on native
birds, the bush and Maori culture.
Transcripts of his talks were found
in a box in the Grey District Library.
And then we discovered that one of
the Cobden-based Sisters of Mercy,
during this same period, was the sister
of famous Irish writer, James Joyce,
who had nicknamed her, Poppy. Given
that this was also the period of World
War Two, it was possible to bring in
some war stories, and tie it all together
by creating a fictional relationship
between Ted and Poppy.”
The theme of heritage, is a current
topic of controversy. Each performance
will be followed by a discussion on
heritage — ‘what is it and how do we
value it’ — facilitated by a local
leader in the area.
The play involves returning to
an earlier era technologically, a
time when listening to the radio
of an evening was an essential
recreational activity. Audience
members are encouraged to bring
some knitting, crosswords etc, to
help re-create that time.
The group’s previous productions
— Poison and Purity, Goodnight,
Irene; The Cave Above the Pa/
Te Ana i Runga i te Pa; Stepping
Stones; Waihi Oratorio; and The
Judgment of Ben Alder — have
established a local, a regional
and a national reputation for the
community-based theatre group.
For example, Nelson reviewer
Judith Paviell recently wrote:
“ Last Saturday night I spent an
hour or so in the yurt at the Free
House absorbed in a rare Nelson
experience these days: riveting
dramatic theatre ... West Coast
based Kiwi-Possum Productions
is not your big-brand, highly
financed outfit, but they deliver.”
The production is supported by
It will run from Thursday to
Saturday, August 28, 29 ,30, at 7.30pm.
Admission will be $10.
2 - Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Coast rainfall below
normal in July
It may not have set records, but
below normal rainfall was recorded
on the West Coast last month. The
latest weather summary from the
National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research (Niwa) for
the month said the South Island was
also sunny for the most part, with
above normal sunshine (110-125%)
hours. However, Greymouth was
left shivering one day when the
temperature got no higher than
Justice Graham Panckhurst, who
presided over the Royal Commission
of Inquiry into the Pike River
Mine disaster, has retired. In 1985
Justice Panckhurst became Crown
solicitor covering Canterbury and
the West Coast, and in 1992 he
became a barrister sole. In 1994 he
was appointed a Q ueen’s counsel
and took up the position of judge
of the High Court in March 1996.
Justice Panckhurst was appointed to
the Royal Commission into the Pike
River disaster, and also presided over
David Bain’s retrial. Last week it
was announced that Superintendent
Gary Knowles, who led the police
response to the mine disaster, will
be leaving his post as Christchurch
area commander, for a new post in
Thailand next year.
Healthy Life Awards
People have only a fortnight left to
enter the Weight Watchers annual
Healthy Life Awards. This year
a new category, the inspirational
journeys award, goes beyond Weight
Watchers members to allow entries
from members of the public from
across Australia and New Zealand.
All 10 finalists in the category will
be chosen by public vote and receive
a 12-month Weight Watchers
membership, and the winner of this
award and will receive a $2700 cash
prize. All contenders can enter at
Body washed up
A body has been found at Ladies
Bay in Auckland this morning.
Police spokeswoman Noreen
Hegarty said police received reports
the body had washed up at the
St Heliers beach this morning.
However, no further details were
immediately available, she said.
Arrivals: Corsair. Departures:
Galatea II. In Port: Corsair, Lady
Sarah, 25 other vessels. Expected
departures: Corsair today. Expected
arrivals: Galatea II today, Cook
Canyon, Jay Elaine Sunday, Ocean
Some Coast f lu patients transferred to Chch
of the Westport News
A Buller community radio
station that had its premises
damaged during the April storm
has suffered another setback with
the theft of all 2000 of its CDs.
The CDs belonged to locally
operated Millerton Community
Radio Bedrock FM.
Volunteer DJ Tania Hammond
said the CDs had all been
donated to the radio station.
They were discovered missing
The radio station was based in
the Millerton Hall but had not
been operating since the hall lost
part of its roof in Cyclone Ita
and power to the building was
lost. Since then the CDs had
been stored in a wheelie bin in a
dry part of the hall.
Radio station volunteers had
been waiting for the hall to be
repaired and the power to be
reconnected before things at the
Ms Hammond didn’t know
what would happen to the radio
station now that there were no
She said the station, which had
been running for 16 to 17 years,
was important to the Millerton
She hoped she could get
some of the CDs back and also
welcomed donations of CDs.
Some of the stolen CDs were
marked with ‘JG’, ‘Bedrock’,
‘ Vorn and Tarn’ and ‘Max’. Many
of them were New Zealand On
Air CDs. There were all sorts of
other CDs including blues, rock
and alternative music.
Ms Hammond asked that
anyone with information about
the incident contact police.
The wheelie bin the CDs were
being kept in had been found.
Constable Greg Sherie, of
Granity police, said he was
following lines of inquiries
relating to the missing items.
He said the wheelie bin that
had contained them had been
recovered and fingerprinted.
Mr Sherie said a 24-gallon
Rinnai infinity hot water
cylinder was also taken off the
side of a house at Millerton some
time last week.
If anyone was offered a unit
for sale or had any information
about it they should contact him
or Crimestoppers. He believed
the two incidents could be
A few West Coast patients have
been transferred to Christchurch with
complications from the flu, the West Coast
District Health Board says.
The number of flu cases has been rising
lately, and many more may be undiagnosed
in the community.
Health professionals urged everyone,
particularly pregnant women, older people
and those with other health conditions, to
GPs have reported that more elderly and
people with chronic health conditions have
had their flu shots this year than previously.
A few patients had been transferred to
Christchurch for treatment.
One of the target groups health
practitioners particularly want to reach
is pregnant women. Flu vaccinations
are recommended and funded for every
pregnant woman because antibody levels
are at their highest during the year after
Grey Base Hospital clinical midwife
manager Chris Davey said pregnant
women were often at risk, particularly if
they had other small children in day care
or at school.
“O lder kids will pick up whatever is going
around, including flu, and take it home.
Plus mothers-to-be are often flat tack and
can be a bit run down to start with.”
Community and Public Health medical
officer of health Dr Cheryl Brunton
said Greymouth GPs had expressed
concern about mixed messages around flu
“The reality is, flu is here, it’s a real risk for
pregnant women and their babies and the
vaccination is strongly recommended for
pregnant women,” Dr Brunton said.
Free vaccinations for pregnant women
will continue until the end of August.
The vaccine takes about two weeks to be
Healthy pregnant women with the flu are
up to 18 times more likely to be admitted
to hospital than women who are not
“This is because women’s immune systems
are slightly ‘turned down’ to accommodate
the growing baby,” Greymouth general
physician Dr Paul Holt said.
Dr Holt is chairman of the local infection
The flu vaccine has been used for many
years for pregnant women with no safety
concerns and can be given during any
trimester of pregnancy, according to
Greymouth GP and chief medical officer
for West Coast DHB, Dr Carol Atmore.
“There is no increased risk of reactions to
the vaccine for pregnant women or their
unborn babies,” Dr Atmore said.
Wednesday August 6
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Dad and Granddad
Dearly missed every day
In our hearts forever
Mike, Gill and
Genuine Care and
August 1, 2014, peace-
fully in the loving care
of Ngaio Marsh. Much
loved wife of the late
Allan, dearly loved
and cherished mother
of Cheryl and Peter,
Michele and Hayden,
and Leslie and Pat,
loved and treasured nana
of Thomas Brownie.
Loved only sister of
Tasman and Pat, Roy
and Wendy, John and
Pat, Kevin and Helen,
and a loved aunt of all
her nieces and nephews.
Thank you to Ngaio
Marsh nursing staff who
gave our mother com-
passion, wonderful care
and most of all dignity
in the last days of
Ngaire's life. Messages
may be addressed to The
Family of the late
Ngaire Hopkins, C/- PO
Box 39001, Christ-
church 8545. In lieu of
flowers donations to
Parkinsons NZ would be
appreciated and may be
made at the Service. The
Service to celebrate
Ngaire's life will be held
in our Westpark Chapel,
467 Wairakei Road,
at 2pm. Lamb &
Hayward Ltd. FDANZ.
Phone (03) 359 9018.
www.lambandhayward.co .nz .
(Rene). — Much loved
special sister of Elva and
the late Ivan Wyness,
and loved aunty of the
late Diane, Basil and
Stuart. Sadly missed.
(Moo). — On Saturday
August 2, 2014, peace-
fully, at home with
Wayne and Shona. In
her 77th year. Dearly
loved mother of Wayne,
Shona, the late Debbie,
and the late Vicky. A
loved grandmother of
her nine grandchildren
to 21 Faulkland Drive,
7201. A funeral service
for Moo will be held at
the Mayfield Chapel,
corner Hutcheson and
Parker Street, Blenheim
Friday August 8 at 2pm,
followed by cremation
at the Sowman Crem-
atorium. Geoffrey T
FDANZ. Phone (03) 578
The Grey Main School kapa haka group got in some practice yesterday in preparation for taking the
stage at the West Coast Kapa Haka Festival, in Westport tomorrow. The group has been practising
since the beginning of term two and will perform four items at the NBS Theatre, alongside schools from
throughout the West Coast.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Schools prepare for kapa haka festival
Heather Fletcher, Francis Darwen, Caroline Selwood, Frank Wells, Mikaere
Hanna and Elisa Wells prepare for the play Ted, Poppy and World War Two.
Heritage theme in World War Two period play
A large fundraising appeal is about to
get under way at Grey Base Hospital, and
organisers say West Coast children are
already reaping the benefits of previous
The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal
raises money for medical equipment for
10 children’s wards around the country,
It has benefited Barrytown toddler
Ruben Stewart, who was born in
Christchurch Hospital with a rare
chromosome disorder called Trisomy
9p. He was transferred to the neonatal
intensive care unit at only three days old.
As Ruben got stronger he no longer
needed to do the six-hour round-trip to
travel to Christchurch and was able to
continue his care at Greymouth Hospital.
One of the first items the appeal
equipment, which means local people
can have a ‘virtual’ consultation by
video conference with a specialist from
This year’s appeal will be launched at
the hospital on Friday, followed by a
charity walk and cycle on Saturday. There
will also be raffles and cake stalls, with
hundreds of Countdown and hospital
staff rallying the Greymouth community
to support the appeal.
Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal
chairwoman Ruth Krippner said as a
community “we need to raise as much
money as we can to support kids like
“ We’ve had some incredible feedback
from the families who have benefited
from last year’s appeal and that inspires
us to try and raise even more funds this
year,” Ms Krippner said.
Since 2007, the appeal has raised nearly
$7 million to help change the lives of sick
New Zealand children.
People can donate at the checkout at
Countdown, purchase a Countdown
Kids Hospital Appeal wristband or raffle
ticket in store, or donate through the
supermarket ’s website.
Coast hospital fundraiser
of the Hokitika Guardian
Westland Milk Products is seeking West Coast
Regional Council consent to divert the north branch of
the Hokitika River and to disturb the riverbed.
The application replaces two existing consents which
enable the dairy company to divert the river and to shift
gravel in the riverbed to aid water flow to the true right
bank, close to the dairy factory.
Both consents are due to expire in February.
Currently, the milk company intermittently discharges
treated wastewater from the dairy factory into the
Diversion from the main flow of the river to the
channel assists mixing and flushing of discharged waste
water when the river is low.
The company currently has a separate consent to disturb
the riverbed upstream from the factory by shifting gravel
to improve flow to the true right channel (north bank).
According to the consent application, prepared by
VCS Environmental Management Ser vices, the consent
sought does not meet permitted rules under the regional
plan and is therefore a discretionary activity.
The diversion itself is located 2.7km upstream from the
Hokitika River bridge. The diversion enables Westland
Milk to discharge waste into the true right channel, via
“This will allow Westland Milk Products to use the
diffusers in the channel and allow for adequate mixing
of the treated wastewater discharge,” the consent says.
No adverse environmental effects are expected on fish,
insect and aquatic plant life, or on whitebaiting, it says.
An increase in flow down the right channel will also
allow more recreational activity such as canoeing and
fishing as the channel normally has low flows.
According to the application there are no areas or
aspects affecting iwi as a result of the proposal. Fish and
Game and the Department of Conser vation have been
The upstream gravel extraction area covered by the
proposal is about 6ha and is located at the eastern end of
the island, which separates the true right channel from
the main branch of the river.
The mild winter in
Reefton came to a halt
for most of July, when a
run of frosts lowered the
Weather obser ver Tony
Fortune said July 18 was
the coldest day, when
the air temperature went
from -7degC to a high
of just 1degC, as thick
high cloud came over the
The heaviest ground
frost for six years was
- 10degC and on July
3, there was a slight
covering of snow.
Overall, though, “the
general lack of snow on
the ranges continues”.
There was 121.5mm of
rain, down on the average
of 213.7mm. The heaviest
fall was 21mm on July
The warmest day was
July 13, when it reached
12degC, cooler than the
14degC reached last July.
There were 19 frosts, up
on 12 last year, and one
all-day fog, and five half-
Dairy company seeks to divert river
Frosts lower Reefton
temperatures during July
The NZ Transport
Agency was forced to put
in rock armouring along
the Haast and Taramakau
rivers after erosion
threatened two State
The NZTA recently
applied to the West Coast
Regional Council for
consent for the ongoing
effects of its emergency
works in May and June.
Work was required
due to erosion of the
riverbanks following high
rainfall over the past two
The increased waters in
the Haast River during
May caused the channel
to flow into the left bank
and eroded it to within
metres of the shoulder
of State highway 6. To
remedy the problem, the
Haast River had two rock
spurs installed at Thomas
Bluff and four rock spurs
and rock armouring at
Greenstone Creek, 6km
south-east of Haast
township. Work began on
May 23 and finished on
This work means that
sediment would build up
upstream and downstream
of the spur and protect
Emergency works on
the Taramakau River at
Rocky Point, 7km west
of Jacksons, took place
in July after high flows
caused the channel to
move south until it was
hard up against the left
bank. Once again the
work was done after the
bank was eroded to within
metres of State highway
Work on rock
armouring began on July
7 and was completed on
This would provide a
barrier between the bank
and the river flow.
Rock placed after
About 20 food
at the McCain Foods,
Hastings plant are
expected to lose their jobs.
Ser vice and Food
Workers Union organiser
Thomas O’Neill said
the plant announced
to workers yesterday a
proposal to reduce year-
round production of tv
dinners to just 10 days per
year. 22 jobs would be
lost, Mr O’Neill said.
to stop exporting to
Australia and manufacture
the products solely for the
Workers received letters
citing the high dollar as
the reason for the job
“Staff are absolutely
“ With unemployment in
Hawkes Bay at over 9 per
cent, there is just nothing
out there.” A McCain
Foods spokesman said
the company would try to
find positions for affected
staff within the vegetable
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay
McCain job cuts loom
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