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Tick for booming tourism,
but concerns linger
Most New Zealanders are giving booming
tourism a thumbs up although compared to
previous surveys more are worried about the
pressures it is bringing, says Tourism New
A just released sur vey commissioned
by Tourism NZ and Tourism Industry
Aotearoa said 92% agreed it was good for
the country, with 87% saying they took
personal pride in making international
However, 40% said they were worried.
Tourism chief executive Stephen England-
Hall said pressure on infrastructure was
the major concern, while other issues were
environment and traffic congestion, but
these had declined.
“It is reassuring to see New Zealanders
value the industry and are proud of the role
they play in it.
“But we can not ignore that for some
people tourism has downsides, which is why
we are addressing these issues.
“ Tourism New Zealand’s focus is about
easing the visitor concentration in summer
by promoting travel in spring and autumn,
and encouraging visitors into some of our
less visited regions.”
Only a small proportion of those surveyed
knew how many international visitors New
Zealand attracted annually.
When advised it was 3.7 million per year,
almost half, 47%, said this was right. Almost
a quarter, 23%, felt that was too many while
another quarter, 23%, felt it was too low.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) chief
executive Chris Roberts said the industry
was actively working to support communities
to gain the benefits of tourism.
“ TIA launched the ‘NZ tourism
sustainability commitment ’ in late 2017,
setting eight goals that will see the
industry achieve economic, environmental,
community and visitor sustainability,” Mr
“We allhave apart to play anditis our goal
that every tourism business in New Zealand
will commit to operating sustainably.”
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A 12-week campaign by Tourism New Zealand promoting the West Coast as an ideal holiday destination for the autumn months has started in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the past few days. These pictures show billboard advertising being used in the cities and a
Melbourne tram with signage as part of the $3.2 million promotion, which focuses on the West Coast and Northland.
West Coast promoted as a tourist destination in Australia
A volunteer fireman from Franz Josef
Glacier who sank too many beers on
Christmas Day was told in the Greymouth
District Court on Tuesday that he would
have seen plenty of road carnage in his
volunteer role and should have known not
to drink and drive.
Alan Neil McIntyre admitted driving
with an excess breath-alcohol level of
806mg, and dangerous driving.
McIntyre had been at a party when he
decided to drive home. On the way home
he failed to stop at an intersection and
crashed into a concrete wall, which moved
about six inches on impact.
Duty lawyer Paul Bradford said McIntyre
thought he was fine to drive.
“The incident happened around 4.30 in
the morning so I don’t believe there were
have been too much other traffic around,”
Mr Bradford said.
Judge David Saunders said it was “serious”
“ You are in the volunteer fire ser vice and
would have seen the consequences and
road carnage caused by people who drink
“ You must have realised you should not
have been behind the wheel of the car,”
Judge Saunders said.
People under the influence were 11 times
more likely to cause a fatality than someone
who was sober, the judge said.
It did not matter that he had been driving
at 4.30 in the morning — people could
have been up and about to go tramping and
“children may have been around looking
for Father Christmas. This is a busy time of
the year on the Coast ”.
For drink-driving McIntyre was convicted
and fined $800 and disqualified from
driving, and for dangerous driving he was
convicted and ordered to pay reparation of
“ You made an error of judgment and have
blemished an other wise good character.
Hopefully, you won’t do it again in the
future,” Judge Saunders said.
A Blue Spur man told police he had
“miscalculated” how much alcohol he had
consumed when he failed a breath-test on
Gerard Francis Dwyer admitted driving
with an excess breath-alcohol level of
501mg when he failed a roadside test when
stopped on Gibson Q uay.
Duty lawyer Paul Bradford said it was
the first time since 1976 that Dwyer had
He drank three or four beers and after
that started drinking low-alcohol beer.
Mr Bradford said Dwyer had “obviously
miscalculated” the amount he had drunk.
“ He has no excuses, realises what he did
was wrong and it is unlikely he will be seen
in a District Court again,” Mr Bradford
Dwyer was convicted and fined $500, and
disqualified from driving for six months.
Briar Stollery was convicted and fined
$750 for driving without a licence.
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson said
Stollery had been given the opportunity to
get her licence but had not bothered.
Stollery was first caught driving without
a licence on July 18 in Blackball, and
the second time she was in Hokitika on
Volunteer f ireman admits drink-driving charges
of the Westport News
An independent audit of Westport’s
O’Conor Home has found no
The West Coast District Health Board
(DHB) organised an independent
‘spot ’ audit with four days notice to
O’Conor Home in December following
complaints about resident care.
The North Island auditors, Technical
Advisory Ser vice, said the standard
of care was appropriate and in some
improvements. All corrective actions
were considered low risk and involve
reviewing and revising documentation
and giving staff refresher training
The auditors found no evidence to
support concerns about patient care,
except one case where an infection was
not initially picked up but was later
diagnosed and treated successfully.
A formal apology was made to the
complainant, the report said.
No evidence was found to support
concerns over managing patients whose
health had deteriorated.
The auditors found no evidence in the
clinical records of five residents who
had died since November 1, 2017, that
staff had acted inappropriately to the
resident ’s change in health.
“Some deaths were expected and
others were unexpected. External health
professionals were engaged in the care
of the residents where appropriate,” the
There was no evidence to support
concerns about restraint minimisation
practices. However, the home was
required to make two improvements.
Concerns about pain assessment
and management, or about incident
reporting and management were not
backed up. However, O’Conor had
to improve the labelling of health
There was no evidence to support
concerns about the management of
residents following falls, nor did the
auditors find any evidence to support
concern about staffing and skill mix.
The auditors found O’Conor Home
was being appropriately managed, and
in the areas audited, was compliant
with contracted ser vices.
Clinical practice was appropriate
with an established quality and
risk management system. However,
management of consumer complaints
The 68 bed O’Conor Home had 50
residents and 18 vacancies at the time
of the audit.
Most of the 15 residents at the Buller
Hospital D unsford Ward will move
to O’Conor when the DHB closes
the ward by March 1. O’Conor Home
had enough capacity to accommodate
The auditors noted the DHB had a
conflict of interest, in view of the closing
of D unsford, hence the requirement for
an independent audit.
The audit team interviewed staff,
external health professionals and
“other people” but did not divulge if all
complainants were interviewed.
West Coast and Canterbury DHB
geriatrician Dr Jackie Broadbent and
nursing director older people Kate
Lopez said it was a good report.
“A few areas of improvement, deemed
low risk, were identified. This is usual
for this type of audit, and will enable
O’Conor to further refine the service
they offer to the community.
audit finds no
Children will have a chance to
celebrate their summer reading
efforts next week at the Grey
District Library’s Summer
Reading Challenge After-Party.
The after-party on Wednesday
will mark the official end of the
annual reading challenge, from
December 21 to January 24.
The Summer Reading Challenge
encourages children to keep
up their reading skills during
the summer holidays to avoid
the ‘summer slide’, a fall-off in
reading outside of school term.
At the same time it gives them
an opportunity to win prizes that
include an Apple iPad, Booksellers
tokens and hundreds of books.
Grey District librarian Anthony
Hunter said up to 350 children
took part in this summer’s
The after-party will give children
an opportunity to catch up with
fellow reading challenge entrants
before they head back to school.
As well as some complimentary
refreshments, the after-party
will also feature renowned local
storyteller Andy Wright, who will
perform some interactive stories
and teach children the importance
of reading. Wright’s stories are
usually fables from around the
world that he has collected on his
travels and performs to the crowd.
The after-party will take place
on Wednesday, January 24 from
2.30pm to 4pm.
Stor yteller Andy Wright encourages the crowd to get involved in one of his tales at the Grey District Library.
He will be telling more stories at the library this week for the Summer Reading Challenge After-Party.
Summer reading effor ts celebrated
A restructure of Development West
Coast, announced last year by the former
National government, will be finalised
“earlier than later”.
DWC chief executive Chris Mackenzie,
commenting on the DWC investigation
into a heritage steam train for the West
Coast, said this week the trust was
currently focused on reorientating itself
in line with the directive for changes to
the trust by 2020.
That included absorbing the functions
of Tourism West Coast.
Mr Mackenzie said they were well
into the review and hoped to have a new
structure finalised and operating by June,
well within the 2020 timeframe.
“ We are working on a structure going
for ward. At some point in the future
there will be consultation with staff and
then there will be advertising for staff, f o r
“I’d like to think this is up and running
and having the benefit of this thing
by June of this year,” he said.
Once the review was cleared they would
have the capacity to again look at bigger
picture economic ideas such as a tourist
At this point the trust was also working
behind the scenes on West Coast
possibilities for a share of the $1 billion
regional economic package announced by
the incoming government, he said.
The trust had meet with Regional
Development Minister Shane Jones late
last year and was trying to anticipate how
the $1b would work, and in light of the
economic action plan announced by the
“There are indications that other things
will get added, not necessarily as part of
the action plan but around the billion
dollars for regional development. We’ve
got to come up with things to spend on.”
The Grey District Council last month
informally decided not to put up any
wish list until the Government made its
priorities for the new fund clear.
Mr Mackenzie said an obvious avenue
for the West Coast might be utilities
infrastructure, in light of heavy demand
on the small ratepayer base, such as
Charleston, Punakaiki and Ross facing
heavy water infrastructure demand and
The background work to put up cases
was under way but “we’ve got to be careful
not to go too far with it”.
“Minister Jones will be giving a lot of
thought how this is going to operate and
he will no doubt be conveying it at the
appropriate time but we are working on
what are the type of things we’d like to go
to the minister with and say ‘here are the
key issues for the West Coast ’.”
DWC hopes to finalise
restructure by June
More than $200,000 of government
funds has been made available to help
farmers combat drought, including those
in Grey and Buller districts.
Acting Social Development Minister
Peeni Henare announced today that
drought conditions across Taranaki, parts
of Manawatu, Whanganui, Wellington
and the northern West Coast had
activated additional support for farmers
The rural assistance payments will be
available from January 22.
It was also announced earlier this
week that tax relief measures are being
extended to drought-affected farmers.
“ We know some of our farming families
have been hit hard by this long and
challenging dry period and are struggling
to make ends meet,” Mr Henare.
“ We recognise that even with some
rainfall, droughts can be slow to recover
from and that the effects will be felt
“ We want them to know they can ask for
help and that there is support available.”
The drought classification has triggered
other government support with $160,000
in North Island areas and $50,000 in
South Island areas going to the Rural
Support Trusts for recovery co-ordination
and on-farm recovery facilitators.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is
also monitoring other dry regions to see
if they require additional support.
$200,000 for drought relief for farmers
The NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter transferred an older woman
from Buller Medical Services in Westport
to Christchurch Hospital about 5pm
yesterday. The woman had suffered a
broken leg following a fall at her home.
Details of police attending an incident
in Thompson Street, Greymouth, early
today, allegedly involving a knife, could
not be confirmed by police staff later this
Buller patient transferred to Christchurch
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals: Moon
Shadow. Departures: Ocean Odyssey, Te
Aroha, Antares, Giorgina, Annie, Calypso,
Moata, Tempest, Tainui, Corinthian,
Catherine II, Tigerzeye, Rose Croix, Q uo
Vadis, Stella Maree, Sea Way, Lady Ruth,
Patriarch. In port: Jay Elaine, Moon
Shadow, Robert H, Esperance, Tawera,
Lady Jane, Norman Mcleod, Western
leader, Outward Bound, Fellowship, 14
Greymouth vessels. Expected arrivals:
Nil. Expected departures: Jay Elaine,
Robert H, Esperance, Western L eader,
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