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Countdown area manager Steven Cole, middle, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and West Coast
District Health Board general manager of Greymouth-Westland health ser vices Mark Newsome, at
the launch of the 2014 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal yesterday. Countdown management from
Greymouth, Westport, Nelson and Blenheim attended. The Countdown Kids Hospital Trust has raised
over $7 million since it began in 2007 and supports 10 wards throughout the country, Mr Cole said.
“It provides medical equipment to assist with the care of children, supporting children and maternity
services. We want to make a difference and our teams are right behind it.” This year, Grey Base Hospital
hopes to put funds raised towards education equipment for maternity services. A sponsored walk was
being held today at the Greymouth aerodrome starting at 10am.
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Countdown to fundraiser
Runanga School chess team members Caleb Wanstall, left, Kole Darling, Tyler Lee and Finn Elford
show their medals from winning the West Coast regional chess competition yesterday. Tyler also won a
gold medal as the top chess player in the tournament. Two Paroa School players also won medals — Joe
Hurrel silver and Marshall Dibben bronze. The winning Runanga team has now been invited to attend
the national chess contest, to be held in Nelson in October. The event was run by Chess Power, a company
from Auckland, which tutors and coaches young chess players.
Tyler clears the board
of the Westport News
Bathurst Resources says it will
continue to have a stable revenue
stream when Holcim cement
Bathurst has begun work at its
Denniston Escarpment Mine
in Buller but the ramp up to
full export production has been
deferred until export coking coal
Bathurst ’s quarterly report said
it was focusing on maintaining
domestic business through the
period of low global coking coal
Its domestic business includes
supplying coal for cement making.
However, Holcim cement has
confirmed its Westport operations
will wind down in the second
half of 2016 as imported cement
replaces local production.
Bathurst general manager of
corporate relations Sam Aarons
said yesterday Bathurst was
steadily building up a strong
domestic customer base across a
range of industries in New Zealand
to ensure that it was not reliant on
any one sector.
It was also expected that by the
second half of 2016 the coking
coal prices would have recovered to
the stage where coal currently sold
to Holcim could enter the export
Ms Aarons said the actual
tonnage of coal that currently
went to Holcim was commercial
in confidence but Holcim was not
Bathurst ’s main domestic customer.
Not all of the coal from Bathurst ’s
Cascade Mine in Buller went to
The mine had other customers
across the South Island.
The bulk of Bathurst ’s domestic
production was from the Takitimu
mine in Southland.
Ms Aarons said Bathurst would
continue to have a stable revenue
stream when Holcim departed
She expected coal prices to
recover and Escarpment to ramp
up before that happened.
of the Westport News
The West Coast needs internet speed
of at least 20 megabits per second
(Mbps) to be able to be called an
efficient information technology (IT)
area, Buller mayor Garry Howard says.
The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI),
the collaboration between Vodafone
and Chorus (Spark) to bring broadband
to rural areas of New Zealand, aims to
deliver peak broadband internet speeds
of at least 5Mbps to 86% of rural homes
Mr Howard said 5Mbps was too weak.
In areas such as Karamea, where fibre
optic cable was yet to be laid, internet
speeds were 2Mbps at the best of times
on its current copper network, he said.
There were still 1587 households West
Coast-wide that were receiving less
than 5Mbps per second, he said. Those
household were part of the 14% that
would not receive faster internet as a
result of the RBI.
He said 399 households on the West
Coast were too isolated to have any form
of the internet, but some of those people
may not want it.
Representatives from Vodafone and
Chorus visited Westport yesterday,
and presented to interested locals, the
progress that had been made with the
Vodafone RBI community relations
manager Caitlin Metz said Vodafone
was ahead of schedule for meeting its
end of year targets. One of Vodafone’s
roles in the collaboration was to erect
new and upgrade a number of cell sites
across the country to enable wireless
broadband via the 3G and 4G networks.
Wireless rural broadband was now
available to 4700 households on the
Coast because most of the 11 new
cell sites (that could also be used by
Telecom) had now been built, she said.
At the presentation, a few members of
the audience voiced their concerns over
the difficulties they had contacting their
internet ser vice providers.
Others had concerns about their
One audience member said 5Mbps
(the minimum standard) was the
maximum some people got in areas of
Buller that had been upgraded. Another
said his cellphone coverage was poor
even in the middle of Westport. Ms
Metz said that was unusual and would
be looked into.
On the West Coast 26 out of the 28
schools Chorus was tasked with rolling
out ‘Ultra-Fast Broadband’ to now have
Chorus was yet to run a fibre optic
cable from Mokihinui to Karamea.
(Herb) and Kellie
(Thain) are excited to
announce the arrival of
their beautiful baby boy,
August 1, 2014, weigh-
ing a healthy 8lb 12oz.
Big sisters Anna, Sarah
and Grace are over the
moon to welcome a little
brother to their family.
like to invite family,
friends and neighbours
to join us as we unveil a
in Wendy's honour that
has been added to
Janita's headstone, on
her birthday, Sunday
August 17 at 11am at
Ross Cemetery. There-
after, please join us for
light refreshments at the
Empire Hotel, Ross.
— Kieran Blacktopp and
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
away August 9, 2012. In
loving memory of An-
nette who left us two
We think of you today as
a loving wife, mother,
grandmother and great-
Your loving husband
Wayne, David, Julie and
August 10, 2006.
Still so sadly missed
Your loving husband
Johnny and family.
August 10, 2006.
Miss you so so much,
We will always look
up to you xxx
Alannah Imogen, Irene-
Sharel, Brett, Cody,
Duane and Sangeeta.
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loved uncle of many
nieces and nephews.
You are still sadly
missed there brother.
You and Dad must be
spinning a few yarns at
the bar by now.
Family and friends of
Kerry are invited to
attend a sharing of
memories on September
20, 2014, in Picton. A
boat will leave the
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surrounded by family at
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father to James, Phil
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Susan, Gerard, and
Helen. In lieu of flowers
Arohanui Hospice, PO
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ated or may be left in the
chapel foyer. Messages
to the Brown Family,
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Friends are invited to
attend a service for Gil
at Beauchamp Chapel,
167 John F Kennedy
Drive, Palmerston North
on Wednesday August
13, 2014 at 2pm. Beau-
champ Funeral Home.
Ban 1080 Party
The Ban 1080 Party was officially
registered yesterday. Founder Bill
Wallace had been concerned by
delays, caused by six objectors whose
names have not been released.
However, he got word yesterday the
name and logo had been accepted,
and would appear on ballot papers.
A small 2.9 earthquake was
recorded on the West Coast at
4.33pm yesterday. It was located
20km north-east of Greymouth at a
depth of 5km.
upgrade affecting about one
in 10 commercial and multi-
storey apartment buildings is
set for a major overhaul, after
engineering experts rubbished the
Government ’s original plans as
unnecessary and unworkable.
throughout the country are due
to be checked for structural
weaknesses in the next five years,
with up to 25,000 expected to
need expensive strengthening
work under the Earthquake-prone
Buildings Amendment Bill.
But critics of the bill say it is a huge
overreaction to the Christchurch
earthquakes and will impose
excessive costs on property owners,
force the unnecessary closure of
many old buildings in areas of low
earthquake risk and possibly cost as
much as $10 billion.
The country’s leading engineering
body, the Institution of Professional
committee considering the bill that
the new regime was likely to cause
the destruction of value in many
older buildings, which would be
unjustifiably listed as earthquake-
“The nation also cannot afford
high costs of strengthening that
will ultimately offer few public
A working group set up by the
main professional engineering
bodies suggested: —
Using a more sophisticated
test for earthquake risk than the
current one-third of the strength
of a new building.
Limiting checks to buildings
which are multi-storey or made
of unreinforced masonry (mainly
old brick-and-mortar or stone
Making owners of old brick
buildings tie back parapets and
chimneys immediately, instead of
spending millions on the whole
The legislation has already had
a chilling effect on the property
market. Landlords and real estate
agents have warned that tenants
have fled heritage buildings, which
have plunged in value. Many
owners cannot afford to fix their
buildings but are not allowed to
demolish them because of heritage
Minister Nick Smith said he had
asked officials to come up with
a compromise plan that would
cut costs, limit work to those
buildings that needed it most and
still have the legislation ready to be
introduced by the end of the year if
National was re-elected.
He rejected the engineering
group’s proposal that earthquake
risk should be determined by a
new calculation which combined
seismic risk, construction standard
and the number of people using the
building, saying it did not provide
enough legal certainty.
But in broad terms he agreed
“ we’ve thrown the net too wide”
and said his officials were working
along the lines of the group’s other
buildings that are only one or two
storeys pose far less risk than a
multi-storey masonry building. We
know that masonry parapets and
verandas were actually areas where
there was substantial loss of life (in
the Canterbury earthquakes), that
the costs of repair are relatively
modest and that we can get some
of the biggest safety benefits at the
Dr Smith said he was also
considering whether the bill should
cover only buildings built before
1977, instead of 1991, the current
This change would have to be
balanced by a new legal obligation
for all engineers to notify the
authorities if they knew a building
was substandard, to avoid a repeat
of the CTV disaster. The CTV
building, which blatantly breached
earthquake standards and killed
115 people, was built in 1988.
New Zealand Herald
Quake plan: critics force rethink
West Coast broadband too slow: mayor
Bathurst plans for
Holcim cement closure
Conser vatives leader Colin Craig
won an 11th-hour High Court
scrap yesterday over his exclusion
from a televised political debate.
TV3’s political show The Nation
did not invite Mr Craig to a minor
parties debate this morning, which
was to include the Green Party,
New Zealand First, the Maori
Party, Act, Mana and United
Mr Craig filed urgent legal
proceedings with the High
Court at Auckland yesterday
and his application for an interim
injunction to restrict the screening
of the debate without him was
heard yesterday afternoon.
Justice Murray Gilbert sided
with the Conser vative Party leader
saying any inconvenience to Media
Works was outweighed by the
public interest in having Mr Craig
at the debate.
The debate could not legally go
ahead without his inclusion.
Earlier TV3 said Mr Craig’s
party did not meet the criteria to
take part in the debate.
A spokeswoman said the leaders
debate focused on parties which
had been represented in Parliament
in the last three years.
Mr Craig’s lawyer John McKay
called that “a cop out” and in
an affidavit Mr Craig described
the decision as “arbitrary and
Conser vatives won 2.6% of the
party vote in the 2011 general
election — more than Maori,
Mana, United Future or Act —
but did not gain a seat.
Justice Gilbert said Media Works
had acted unreasonably.
In court Media Works’ lawyer
Daniel McLellan, QC, argued the
media should not have it dictated
to them what was news worthy.
He said the debate was just one
of a series and Mr Craig had been
invited to other events closer to
“This debate is not likely to
have a significant impact on the
2014 general election,” said Mr
Mr Craig had appeared on The
Nation as many times as both the
Prime Minister and leader of the
Colin Craig wins court
scrap over TV3 debate
A homicide investigation has
been launched over the death
of a 5-month-old baby in south
The baby girl died on Thursday in
Pukekohe, police said.
A post-mortem examination
she had suffered a fractured skull
and broken leg, Detective Inspector
Dave Lynch from Counties
Manukau police said.
Officers arrested and charged a
24-year-old man with murder.
He was known to the baby girl,
Mr Lynch said.
The man was expected to appear
in the Manukau District Court this
Homicide investigation over baby death
Children playing weekend games want
heavily marketed sports or caffeinated
drinks, but a public health researcher
says their choices are unhealthy and of
little help on the field.
Research from the University of Otago
says action is needed to help children
and their parents make healthier choices
with the drinks they consume while
The study gave 82 children aged 10 to
12 from netball, rugby and football clubs
in the Wellington region a disposable
camera to photograph the food and
drinks they saw at their organised games
Lead researcher Moira Smith said 74%
of the children took pictures and of these,
70% of the beverages were classified as
limited — 76% of which were drinks
with added sugars and flavoured milk.
“I would say that considering that they
don’t need sugary drinks or sports drinks
for sports, then I think it is a problem,”
New Zealand Herald
Two people have been arrested
in relation to the fatal stabbing
of a man in south Auckland on
Papatoetoe, was found in a vehicle
on Norman Spencer Drive. He had
been stabbed a number of times
by a male attacker, after he and
his partner had pulled over to eat
takeaways on their way home from
work, police said yesterday.
A 28-year-old man and a
31-year-old woman have since
been arrested, Detective Inspector
Dave Lynch of Counties Manukau
police said this morning.
night, police were
inter viewing his distraught
wife, Amandeep Kaur, who was
alongside him when he was killed.
They were on their way home
from work and had stopped to eat
a takeaway meal when the attack
New Zealand Herald
Two arrested after ‘takeaways’ death
Russia’s sweeping bans on imports of
European, American and Australian
food may prove a diplomatically
embarrassing bonanza for
Zealand’s cheese exporters which the
Government is powerless to stop.
Russia has announced bans on imports
of food from the United States, the 28
European Union countries, Canada,
Australia and Nor way in response to
Western sanctions over its policies in
Ukraine. Agriculture Minister Nikolai
Fyo-dorov said more Brazilian meat and
New Zealand cheese would be imported
to offset the prohibited items.
New Zealand exported 854 tonnes
of cheese to Russia last year, a figure
affected by restrictions put in place
because of the Fonterra botulism scare.
New Zealand Herald
NZ set for cheese export boom
Concerns grow as children turn to sports drinks
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