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West Coast Ag Fest 2018 Rural Bachelor Mitchell Kersten, left, of Rotomanu awaits responses from his three potential dates, the 2018 bachelorette candidates Molly Riley of South Westland, Hannah Wilson of Taramakau Settlement and Carmen Greenland of Waimangaroa, right, with the all important questions during part two of the competition on Saturday. Mr Kersten had been named bachelor on Friday after heading off two other candidates. Carmen Greenland was named the winning bachelorette and the prize, a date with the bachelor himself. Well over 13,000 people poured through the gates for the biennial two-day agricultural festival in Greymouth for the first time after the move north from Hokitika. West Coast Ag Fest organisers were rapt with the turnout of between 13,000 and 15,000 with stallholders reporting sales beyond expectations and people from across the region enjoying the more expansive displays and entertainment options on the Greymouth aerodrome site — 70% bigger than the previous Ag Fest home at Cass Square in Hokitika. PICTURE: Brendon McMahon


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Weekly Puzzles CRYPTIC ACROSS 1. Put up with the drill (4). 7, Denies the four inside are not positive (9). 8. Help with the tea (4). 9. A warning from the brain (4). 10. Butter a dog likes to be given (4). 11. Is the subject when one takes the exam (4). 14. How one searched to find two meteorological terms? (4,3,3). 16. That is surprising!” as Neptune said to the clam? (3,4,3). 19. Sounded unhappy when reading out the team (4). 22. Say excitedly that the wild cat has got her (4). 24. Tired-looking, as one had assumed (4). 25. Are twisted right back (4). 26. Take the place of a really good player, we’re told (9). 27. The adder’s cross! (4).




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Coast Calendar APRIL 18 Lego Building Day, Grey District Library, 11am-1pm 20 I am Giant, album release tour, Australasian Hotel 21 Calling Out, Single Tour, Barrytown Hall, 8pm 21 South Westland Triathlon, Franz Josef, 10am 21 Oparara Wilderness Trail run, Karamea 22 Beekeeper’s field day, Moonlight, pre-register 25 Anthonie Tonnon, Donovan’s Store, Okarito, 7pm 27 South Westland Hunting Club Roar competition, 5pm onwards 28 Glacier Games-Franz Josef 28 Around Brunner cycle race 28, 29 Punaikaiki Taiko Festival 28 Blackball May Day forum, keynote speaker Minister for Economic Development Shane Jones, from 10am to 3.30pm 28-29 The Triumph Riders Canterbury Mighty Blackball Dice Run MAY 3 Zulu Love, Regent Theatre, Greymouth 4,5,6 Best of the West Country Music Awards, NBS Theatre, Westport 8 Search Engine, presented by Footnote New Zealand Dance, Regent Theatre, Greymouth, 2pm and 7pm 12-13 West Coast Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird show, Civic Centre, Greymouth 13 Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, Westport 13 Buller Westland representative golf fundraising tournament, Westport Golf Clubm 10.30am shot gun start 18 Jake Millar charity dinner and auction, Monteith’s Greymouth, 6pm SEPTEMBER 18 Hopetoun Brown and The Genius of Finn Scholes, Snake Bite Brewery, Franz Josef, 8.30pm 19 Hopetoun Brown and The Genius of Finn Scholes, Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitka, 7.30pm 19 Trans Alpine Scooter Safari 22 Hopetoun Brown and The Genius of Finn Scholes, Barrytown Hall, 8pm 23 Hopetoun Brown and The Genius of Finn Scholes, Reefton Workingmen’s Club, 7pm 29 Spring Challenge, women’s adventure race, Westport 30 The Big Bike Film Night, Regent Theatre, Hokitika, 7pm OCTOBER 20 West Coast Provincial Fire Brigade 100th anniversary, Kumara 21 Greymouth Motorcycle Street races DECEMBER The Abba Show, Greymouth Regent Theatre, 8pm June 20 to 23 The Adams Family Musical by Greymouth Operatic and Greymouth High • To add any events to the Coast Calendar please email Community events only in this free service.

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Wahine relic on Coast


elics from the ill-fated Wahine ferry which sank off the Wellington Harbour 50 years ago have surfaced on the West Coast. A plaque from the engine room door and a steam gauge from the engine are now in the possession of Rutherglen resident Brent Haisty, who was given the items by his great uncle, Fred Gull. “Fred was a former pilot for international ships which were entering Wellington Harbour. The salvage divers gave the steam gauge and plaque to him. He knew I was keen on diving and passed them on to me,” Mr Haisty said.

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‘Thanks’ to loyal truck driver A TRUCK driver for the Life Education Trust has been recognised for 28 years’ loyal service around Maruia and Reefton. Derrick Hampton has been a truck driver since the trust started on the West Coast in 1988. Back then the New Zealand Army would bring the mobile classroom over from Christchurch, which was then taken to other schools along the West Coast. Derrick and his wife Ann have worked together as a team delivering the mobile classroom to schools in the Maruia-Reefon area for almost three decades. “A huge part of their lives has been dedicated to helping Life Education, on time and always with a smile,” trust fundraising manager Suzi Taylor said.

“Through Derrick and Ann’s generous community spirit they have helped to continue to deliver our programme to one of our furthest eastern schools that our mobile classroom visits each year. “A huge heartfelt thank you to Derrick and Ann for their long standing service to our trust.” A presentation was recently made to the couple at Maruia School. Mr Hampton was presented with an ‘outstanding community service award’ at a recent national conference but was not there. The trust chose to have its own presentation for him at Maruia, which was a surprise for him and his wife. The children sang and performed with their ukuleles, and also wrote a poem.

The children of Maruia School with Life Education trustee Rae Sutherland, left, Derrick Hampton, Harold the Giraffe, Ann Hampton, Maruia School principal Peter King and educator Carmen Hartley. PICTURES: Supplied

Unique Revvies walking stick Brian McIntosh was selling wood products with a story at the annual Shantytown Heritage Day. Mr McIntosh, a wood worker, was selling a ‘flat lander’ walking stick made out of wood from a door jam at Revingtons Hotel. It was removed during an earlier renovation. The Queen may — or may not — have passed the door jam on her stay at the hotel in 1954. PICTURE: Laura Mills



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How Poppy Day began


he red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. In many countries, the poppy is worn around Armistice Day (November 11), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen around Anzac Day, April 25. The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the Great War (1914–18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom in the mud and soil of Flanders. The connection was made, most famously, by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in his poem ‘In Flanders fields’. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. McCrae was a Canadian medical officer who, in May 1915, had conducted the funeral service of a friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres (Ieper). Distressed at the death and suffering around him, McCrae scribbled the verse in his notebook. In a cemetery nearby, red poppies blew gently in the breeze – a symbol of regeneration and growth in a landscape of blood and destruction. McCrae threw away the poem, but a fellow officer rescued it and sent it on to the English magazine Punch; ‘In Flanders fields’ was published on December 8, 1915. Three years later, on January 28, 1918, McCrae was dead. As he lay dying, he is reported to have said ‘Tell them this, if ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep.’ Many people were moved by the pathos of ‘In Flanders fields’. Among them was Moina Michael (1869–1944) who worked

in a YMCA canteen in New York. Two days before the signing of the Armistice (November 11, 1918), she wrote a reply to McCrae: ‘We shall keep the faith’. Oh! You who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet-to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith With all who died. We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valour led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders Fields. And now the Torch and Poppy red We wear in honour of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields. Michael set herself a mission: to have the red poppy adopted in the United States as a national symbol of remembrance. She tirelessly campaigned to get the poppy adopted as a national symbol of remembrance. In September 1920 the American Legion adopted the poppy as such at its annual convention. Attending that convention was a French woman who was about to promote the poppy – as a symbol of remembrance – throughout the world. Madame E.Guerin conceived the idea of widows manufacturing artificial poppies in the devastated areas of Northern France which then could be sold by veterans’ organisations worldwide for their own veterans and dependants as well as the benefit of destitute French children. Throughout 1920–21, Guerin and her representatives approached veteran organisations’ in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and urged them to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. It was as a result of the efforts of Michael and Guerin – both of whom became known endearingly as the “Poppy Lady” – that the poppy became an international symbol of remembrance. In New Zealand one of Guerin’s representatives, Colonel Alfred Moffatt, suggested the poppy idea to the New Zealand Returned Soldiers’ Association (as





GREYMOUTH DISTRICT – Order of Service 7am – Parade leaves the RSA at 6:45 am via Tainui Street to the Cenotaph via Memorial Gates HOKITIKA – 6:30 am Dawn Parade at Cass square Cenotaph – 11 am Civic Service at Hokitika's Regent Theatre – 1 pm Anzac Golf Tournament at Hokitika Golf Club REEFTON – Dawn Parade 6:20 am – Citizens Parade 9:55 am – Both parades leave the War Memorial Community Centre via Smith & Church Streets WESTPORT AND DISTRICTS – Seddonville Public Service 6am - Memorial gates to the Seddonville Domain - Utopia Road, about 1 km NW of hotel – Granity Dawn Service 6am - War Memorial Torea Street opposite Lyric Theatre. Ngakawau Hall wet weather venue Waimangaroa Service 9am - Cnr McGill & Banbury Waimangaroa Hall wet weather venue – Karamea Public Service 11am - Memorial Gates Karamea School Waverley Street – Westport Parade & Service 11am - Memorial Gates Brougham Street

the Returned Services’ Association or RSA was originally known) in September 1921. The Returned Soldiers’ Association placed an order for 350,000 small and 16,000 large silk poppies, all made by Madame Guerin’s French Children’s League. The Returned Soldiers’ Association planned to hold its first Poppy Day appeal around the time of Armistice Day 1921 as other countries were doing. The ship carrying the poppies from France arrived in New Zealand too late for the scheme to be properly publicised. The association decided to wait until the next Anzac Day, 1922. The poppies went on sale the day before Anzac Day. This first Poppy Day appeal was a huge success. Many centres sold out early in the day. In all, 245,059 small and 15,157 large poppies were sold. Of the £13,166 raised, £3695 went to the French Children’s League to help relieve suffering in the war-ravaged areas of northern France. The association used the remainder to assist needy, unemployed returned soldiers and their families; that tradition has continued. The popularity of Poppy Day quickly grew. There were record collections during the Second World War. By 1945, 750,000 poppies were being distributed nationwide, which equates to half the population wearing the familiar red symbol of

remembrance. New Zealand’s supply of red poppies has been sourced both overseas and locally. The association began producing its own poppies in 1931, with disabled former servicemen in Auckland and Christchurch making them. Rationing and restrictions during the Second World War affected the making of poppies. Government actually relaxed its restriction on the importation of cloth from Britain so that poppies could still be made. By this time, ladies’ committees or women’s sections of the RSA had taken a key role in the making (and sale) of poppies. In 1936, a ladies’ committee from Wellington made 20,000 poppies for Poppy Day. In New Zealand the poppy is most often worn around Anzac Day. Since 1927 Poppy Day itself has been marked on the Friday before Anzac Day (unless it falls on a Good Friday) with the appeal going through to April 25. Poppies still symbolise remembrance, and New Zealanders want to show this at other times as well as on Anzac Day. At major commemorative events, at military funerals and at war graves and cemeteries in New Zealand and around the world, the red poppy can be seen. Sources: New Zealand RSA,



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West Coast took part in the Rothmans Cup section of the New Zealand hockey tournament which opened in Whangarei, September 4, 1967. The team was pictured at practice before they left. G Bone, left, R Cooper, B Nimmo, G Bell, T Potter (kneeling), J Barrow, N Burn, W Leach (kneeling), T Watson, A Nimmo, T Molloy.

Dwarfing surrounding buildings (and most others in the town) is the Greymouth Civic Centre’s gymnasium in this picture taken from the hill overlooking Alexander Street, September 15, 1967.

Greymouth Marist keeps rugby league’s Thacker Shield, September 1967, after beating top Canterbury club side Hornby for the third consecutive time. The photo shows the shield being presented to the Marist Club. P Crawford (captain), left, Mr P Sweetman (president of the Marist Club), Mr J Williams (West Coast Rugby League Board of Control) and R Neiman (captain of the Hornby team). Pictures: Inksters

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A scene the Coal Committee does not want to occur too often ... the Greymouth port bereft of ships and its coal loading cranes idle (September 19, 1967).


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Poppy Appeal vital or other traumatic or serious events such as now has 41,000 veterans — the most at any had experienced some dangerous, stressful civil defence emergency or disaster relief.” time since the end of the Second World War. NZ Defence Force (NZDF) medical director Most New Zealanders would be surprised to and personally distressing situations in their Dr Paul Nealis said stress injuries occur along learn nearly three-quarters of those veterans service for New Zealand. This can lead to the a spectrum, ending with the most severe had served in overseas deployments since the kind of mental health challenges that many of our former service men and women are wound, post traumatic stress injury (PTS). Vietnam War. “Symptoms of PTS include reliving the event, “This younger generation of veterans have dealing with on a daily basis.” The Poppy Appeal is a time for New including nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive to deal with many of the same life challenges thoughts. of those earlier generations of service Zealanders to recognise that service and give “In addition, sufferers can experience men and women but perhaps without the back to those who have made sacrifices and avoiding thoughts, feelings, or situations that understanding of the public that they too put their well-being at risk for others. serve as reminders of the event, feeling numb or cut off from others, being easily 830ml, 880m l startled and being vigilant and 900ml for signs of danger,” Dr Nealis in-store now ! said. Funds raised through poppy donations are a lifeline for veterans and their families Proceeds from the appeal also help veterans coping with the myriad of conditions Up to brought on by service, for help with transitioning to 7OF2F R%.R.P civilian life or financial aid in 16th to 22nd April 2018 times of hardship. Terms & Conditions apply, see for details. Mr Clark said New Zealand

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lackball May Day will be held on April 28, which coincides with Workers Memorial Day. Co-organiser Paul Maunder said they have a comprehensive programme planned. “The forum is of particular importance as it investigates economic development on the Coast,” Mr Maunder said. Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones will be keynote speaker. “After comment from the floor, the forum will shift into discussion of values and whether the values of the Labour-led Government are reflected in West Coast governance.” Councils and economic development bodies had been invited and would be important contributors, Mr Maunder said. “As well, this is an opportunity for unions, workers and ordinary citizens to directly participate in discussion of the future direction of the Coast economy and society.” Labour MPs, Poto Williams and Rino Tirikatene would moderate and the forum would be chaired by West Coast Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor. The forum begins at 1pm on May 28 with a minute’s silence to commemorate workers injured or lost at work, and the opening by Poto Williams of a new exhibition at the Blackball Museum on the subject of pay and employment equity. That morning at 10 am, the annual general meeting of the Te Puawai Co-operative Society will be held. Mr Maunder said this incubator had been set up to research and incubate economic opportunities based around a co-operative structure. “This will be followed at 11am by a presentation to the Blackball community and other stakeholders of co-op possibilities associated with the upcoming Paparoa Walk. Both these events are open to the public and lunch will then be available.” All May Day events will be held at the Blackball Workingmen’s Club. The event is jointly hosted by Unions West Coast, the West Coast branch of the Labour Party, West Coast Greens and the Blackball Museum of Working Class History. On the Friday night, the annual May Day debate will be held at 7.30pm at the Workingmen’s Club. This year the topic is: Until a single wage supports a family, we will not have a stable society. Inquiries to

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THE theme for the RSA Poppy Appeal, ‘Not all wounds bleed’, highlights that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women. The appeal raises vital funds to support the growing needs of the 41,000 New Zealand veterans and their families. It will culminate in Poppy Day this Friday. Mike King, Willie Apiata and Lt. Col Melanie Childs have joined the appeal this year as Poppy Ambassadors. Post-traumatic stress injuries for those in the military take a heavy toll. RSA national president Barry Clark said the RSA was committed to providing a wide range of help to former military members who have served in deployments around the world. “There’s a growing demand for our support services, including an increasing number with service-induced mental health injuries. These are best described as any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from duties” he said. “These injuries may occur because of exposure to trauma or stress arising from combat, operational duties in a conflict zone,

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WORKING NEAR POWER LINES Useful information for farmers and contractors Follow these rules to reduce the risks when working around power lines: Keep Your Distance - when working close to overhead power lines it is important to maintain a minimum safe working distance of 4 metres. Prevention - is the best strategy. As far as possible you should either avoid working too close to overhead power lines or have them disconnected. Park Machinery or Trucks Away From Overhead Power Lines – people have been seriously injured or killed clambering around on the upper level

of trucks. Before Using Machinery - plan a route that keeps you clear of power lines. Handling Pipes - when loading or unloading pipes make sure you know what’s above you. Fencing Wire - fence wire can flick upwards and touch overhead power lines. If you can’t avoid working near overhead lines then be on your guard. Safety Switches - also known as RCD or Residual Current Devices, when properly installed they can help protect you or anyone working on your farm.

TREES NEAR POWER LINES Trees near lines often cause a loss of power and dangerous situations. Trees falling across power lines or growing close to lines can cause power outages. They can also cause fires and break lines, causing major safety hazards. Trees and shrubs should be kept well clear of power lines. Trees in contact with power lines are a safety hazard, with the potential for causing injury or even death by electrocution if someone touches a tree made “live” by a power line.

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the live power line or a tree close to the line, can result in serious injury or even death by electrocution. You can contact Westpower to either disconnect your power before starting work or Westpower can refer you to specialised contractors fully qualified and experienced in tree trimming around live power lines.

near the power lines must be kept at least 4 metres distance from overhead power lines. The diagram below summarises the minimum safe distance for excavations and construction near power poles or stay wires.

Repairs to roofing, spouting, painting, water-blasting and scaffolding can be dangerous if carried out close to overhead power lines. If you require a Temporary Safety Disconnection for this type of work contact your retailer or call us on 0800 768 241. You need to allow at least 24 hours’ notice. This is a free of charge service provided by Westpower.



Prior written consent from line owner required for excavation or interference with any land near a pole or stay wire of an overhead electric line where the work creates unstable batter Section 2.2.1(c)

Prior written consent from pole owner required for excavation or interference with any land at a greater depth than 300mm within 2.2m of a pole or stay wire of an overhead electric line* Section 2.2.1(a)

Tony Kokshoorn Grey District Mayor IIt’s’ time i to stop the h ongoing comparisons between Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika and see them for what they are which is three unique West Coast towns that all have their strengths making the region a great place to live and work in. Too often a small group of locals keep dragging the Coast down with continued complaining week after week. My advice to them is “take the chip off your shoulder and look around at what our region has to offer”. Our towns will never be able to match the cities for the many facilities and huge shopping malls etc but we still punch above our weight when compared with many other similar sized towns throughout New Zealand. Many visitors come to our region and always remark on the beauty of the environment and the many attractions on offer. Every year in the satisfaction survey that council conducts with the public over 90% say they love this place and would not live anywhere else. The Coast is going through a painful transition to sustainable industries so it has been tough for many but Coasters are well known for their resilience. The glass is half full for most who live here. Westport is holding up well, aided by mining, farming and huge tourism potential with the many walking and cycleways, aquatic centre and stadium and direct air links to Wellington. Hokitika is a tourist hub with the huge dairy factory supplied by farmers up and down the West Coast. Hokitika is humming along nicely. The unemployment rate on the West Coast is a low 3.5%. That’s worth celebrating. The gross domestic product of the West Coast has reached $1,900m dollars annually and growing as our economy is slowly diversifying. Greymouth has the new stadium, aquatic centre, town square and industrial subdivisions with many new service industries. Greymouth is the service centre of the region for engineering, health and retail. The $80m new hospital will be the envy of many towns throughout the country. The West Coast is different to other places in New Zealand. I am glad it is. We are the Untamed Natural Wilderness. That is our point of difference. We are close-knit communities striving to do better in sometimes a harsh environment. Most of us will live and die here. This is home and we love this place.


ANY WORKS Prior written consent from line owner required for excavation or interference with any land at a greater depth than 750mm between 2.2m and 5m of a pole or stay wire of an overhead electric line* Section 2.2.1(b)

Conductive fences should not be constructed within 2.2m of any conductive pole of a high voltage overhead electric line between 1kV - 50kV Section 2.3.2



Prior written consent from line owner required to construct conductive fences within 5m of a conductive pole of a high voltage overhead electric line of 66kV or greater. The line owner may prescribe the design of such a fence. Section 2.3.3

Except with the prior written consent of the line owner, no building or similar structure shall be erected closer to a pole or staywire than: -2.2m (11kV - 33kV lines) - 6m (33kV - 66kV lines) - 8m (Exceeding 66kV) Distances to be measured from closest visible edge of a pole foundation, and the nearest part of the outer most part of the building.

FENCES Conductive fences shall not be attached to any conductive pole of a high voltage overhead electric line. Section 2.3.1

Section 2.4.1 Table 1

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asman Tyre Treads Ltd originated on the West Coast in 1962 and today has eight branches throughout the South Island. It remains a 100% New Zealand owned and operated company. The company provides complete tyre sales and service for its customers and is fully established as a leader in the commercial tyre re-tread industry. Tasman Tyre Treads Ltd Greymouth has started 2018 with a new branch manager, Jamie Owen, who brings a wealth of experience in his role having been in the tyre and automotive industry for the last 25 years. "Tasman Tyres Greymouth provides a total automotive service," Jamie says," WOF's, services, and light mechanical repairs are all carried out by our resident mechanic Graham (Harry) Holcroft. Our retail forecourt is where Jason Clement and his team do car, van and 4x4 tyre sales and puncture repairs. “We have a wide selection of Bridgestone and Firestone tyres available, and we can also source other brands as required. We also offer state of the art wheel alignments so come in and see Tim Moreton, our wheel alignment technician."


Greymouth Tasman Tyre Tread Ltd staff Corey Lange (left), Jason Clement, Tim Moreton, Leigh Sharland, Lucas Davy, Jamie Owen, Whata Howard, Michael Sears and James Ashby. Missing – Edward Cawley, Harry Holcroft, James Morgan, Dave Grant, Neill Mclaughlin, Sam Burton. PICTURE: Paul McBride

Jamie’s Greymouth team carries out vehicle fleet servicing on many locally based companies including Aratuna Freighters Ltd, MBD Contracting, Westland Milk Products and Fulton Hogan. "We also do tyre replacements on light truck, truck, tractor, implement and earthmover tyres." Jamie says," Our Greymouth fleet team service anywhere from Punakaiki in the north, Springs Junction and Arthur’s Pass to the east and as far south as Fox Glacier or further as required." James Ashby has returned to Tasman as the company’s health and safety officer and to manage the retread factory. He says the West Coast company is here to stay for the long term. "In the last two months our re-treading plant has been operating at capacity. That is the result of not only Greymouth but our Rolleston, Richmond and Westport branches sending all their re-treadable tyres to Greymouth." Mr Ashby says loyal support from local companies has been an important factor in the Greymouth re-treading operation. "Commercial, agricultural and earthmover tyres are fully serviced by our qualified fleet technicians," he said," We also provide a tyre vulcanising service on large industrial and agri tyres. When a large tyre has been


Level 1, 47a Waterloo Road, Christchurch is now the new registered office of Tasman Tyre Treads Limited. The CEO David Wong, along with Finance Manager, Vanessa Thomas and Office Administrator Amelia Morris are based at this address.

damaged, we can replace the section of tyre (vulcanise) which is a big cost saver for our customers." Mr Ashby said, "We are a big co-operative team here, West Coasters servicing the Coast and we appreciate the loyalty of our customers." CEO David Wong adds “Tasman Tyres has a longstanding tradition of providing good old-fashioned customer service. We acknowledge our customers have a choice and very much appreciate the support we receive from our local communities. Thank you for continuing to make Tasman Tyres a first-choice destination for tyres and service”.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Great Kiwi Bake Off announced


re you a whiz in the kitchen? The Great Kiwi Bake Off is coming to Television NZ and they are looking for competitors across Aotearoa-New Zealand to take part in the ultimate baking battle. Based on the hit UK format, the series will bring conflict, drama and bowlfuls of comedy as 12 amateur bakers have their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills tested to the limit. Each week they will tackle a different baking skill, which will become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds. Applications to be on the series have just opened and are open to any amatuer New Zealand citizen who can comply with the terms and conditions of the contest, available on the TVNZ website. Series judges and hosts are yet to be announced. The Great Kiwi Bake Off will air later this year and is being produced by Warner Bros International Television Production New Zealand. It is based on the Love Productions format and distributed by BBC Studios.






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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Billy Sloan, front, 14, and Serena Gowland competed in the restricted section.

A convenient place to watch the chopping from the deck of the Charming Creek Tavern, Ngakawau.

Billy Sloan gets ready to chop with some coaching from his grandfather Robbie Brownlee.

Northern Buller chopping festival by Rose O’Connor-Neilsen in Westport


he Ngakawau-Mokihinui Axemen’s Club hosted its annual chopping event recently at the Ngakawau Domain. Axemen and one woman from throughout the Buller and the South Island took part, with one competitor travelling from the North Island. Club president Derek Gilbert said it was an important event for the area and the turnout was

encouraging, with the 32 entries pleasing given it was not held in 2017. “We got the right weather for it,” he said. “We’re getting back into it.” A large crowd turned out to watch the chopping and to check out the crafts, used goods and food stalls. “It’s a good thing for the community with the stalls and market day raising money for the local swimming pool.” The club had only around seven members with just three active choppers.

The event had been held regularly since the 1930s. George Mulholland of Seddonville and in his mid 70s was the club’s oldest axeman. The Charming Creek Tavern near the domain dedicated space to displaying the club’s proud history. Former Karamea resident Logan Tinoman, captain of the 2017 under-21 New Zealand representative chopping team, attended. His father, Ed Tinomana, who is also the New Zealand under-21 manager and selection convenor of selection said the 2018 team is

being announced shortly. The five open events were the small underhand which was won by Neville Kurtain, the small standing by Kahu Mahuika, the big underhand by Tim Avel and the big standing by Shannon Mahuika. The double sawing was won by father-son duo Robert and Robert Tyler junior. Charlie Morgan won the veteran section and the restricted section winners were Serena Gowland and Billy Sloan. Karamea held its annual chopping event the previous day.

Carmen Greenland, left, Allie Syron and Marie Standing sell homemade produce at their stall.

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Phone 0800 88 33 00

Basic Mandarin - Starts 15 May Level 2 Mandarin - Starts 14 May

WHEELCHAIRS and Scooters. New and secondhand. Contact Gerald and Christine on 021 183 1177 or 021 100 8160.

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Phone 03 769 7900


Phone outage

There will be a telephone outage for between 5 and 15 minutes at West Coast District Health Board facilities in Buller, Reefton, Hokitika and Greymouth on

Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 11.30pm This is to enable a telephone system upgrade

Join ourr nextx activities,, make friends r and hhave fun:: 19.04., 5.30pm m BOOMERANG BAG sewing session Join in to help making re-usable fabric bags for our community at CoRe/ New Coasters venue, 38 Albert Street, Greymouth y

20.04., 10.30am m BOOMERANG BAG sewing session Join in to help making re-usable fabric bags for our community at Poutini Waiora, 17 Sewell Street, Hokitika

27.03., 6pm m

POTLUCK DINNER “Back to the roots” s”

Bring a pot or plate of ‘earthy’ food for a shared meal at Uniting Church, 203 Tainui St, Greymouth y

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If you need to phone a health facility at that time and cannot get through, please be patient and try again later.

If it is an emergency , dial 111 Advertise in your community paper THE MESSENGER Phone 03 769 7900

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Papercrafts and more – make something for Mother’s Day or other occasions – bring your own project or get inspired by our ideas… at Heartlands Venue, 49 Tancred Street, Hokitika


Phone 03 769 7900

Hokitika Dawn Service 6.30am Cass Square Whataroa 7am Ross 9.30am Bruce Bay Marae 10.30am Hokitika Regent Theatre 11am Hari Hari 11am Kumara 10.30am All welcome


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HOKITIKA REGENT THEATRE NAME: ....................................................................... E-MAIL: ..................................................................... ADDRESS: ................................................................ PHONE: ..................................................................... E-MAIL YOUR DETAILS TO: OR SEND ENTRIES TO: Movietime, Messenger, PO Box 3, Greymouth 7840 or drop into the Hokitika Guardian or Greymouth Star offices. Entries close and drawn every Monday. LAST WEEK’S WINNER: L. Simpson of Hokitika

A Wrinkle In Time (PG, 1 hr 49min, Adventure Family Fantasy) Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg’s father’s disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil. Avengers: Infinity War (M, 2hr 36min, Action Adventure Fantasy) As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain . Early Man (PG, 1hr 29min, Animation, Adventure, Comedy) Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Earth: One Amazing Day (G, 1hr 35min, Documentary Family) Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Earth: One Amazing Day highlights how every day is filled with more wonders than you can possibly

imagine- until now. Finding Your Feet (M, 1hr 51min Comedy Drama Romance) On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (M, 1hr 55 min Documentary) Electrifying concert performances and intimate, personal footage showcase the life and talent of singer and actress Grace Jones. someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive. I Feel Pretty (M, Comedy) A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed? Peter Rabbit (PG, 1hr 35min, Animation, Adventure, Comedy) Peter Rabbit and his threes sisters: Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail and their cousin Benjamin enjoy their days harassing Mr McGregor in his vegetable garden. Until one day he dies and no one can stop them roaming across his house and lands. However, when one of Mr McGregor’s relatives inherits the house and goes to check it out, he finds much more than he bargained for.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018


• Transport Engineering – new decks, certified down rails, drawbeam and chassis repair and straightening • Hydraulic cylinder overhaul repair and maintenance – suppliers of seal kits • Portable welding and lineboring • Certified welding • Lathe machine services • E-Quip grapples, buckets and attachments • E-Quip hardened steel pins, bushes • E-Quip certified “ROPS Frames • Cutting and folding of steel – large capacity guillotine pressbrake 42 Jacks Rd, South Beach, Greymouth, PO Box 458 Phone (03) 768 0135 Fax: (03) 768 0132






Grey Power Greymouth April 24 Social Meeting Greymouth RSA 1.30pm Note CHANGE of venue and date Guest Speaker: Matt Delvin Civil Defence Raffles for sale All other inquiries: Maree 768 7407 Subscriptions can be paid at the meeting or at Health 2000 Check to see if your membership card is up to date

CHRISTIAN Powerhouse, Westport, 54 Palmerston Street, opp Mitre 10,. Sunday, 10.30am. Preaching messages on Sunday that will help you on Monday. Pastors Wayne and Dorn, phone 789 7363.

JESUS Christ is the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him. theRIVER, 10am, Sundays, Blaketown Church, Greymouth.

Guitars, ukuleles, guitar leads, guitar cases, amps, leads, bongo drums, harmonicas, tambourines. Call in and take a look.

Graham Electronics 101 Revell St, Hokitika Ph (03) 755 8384 Visa, Mastercard now accepted over phone mail orders welcome Also open Saturdays 10am-12.30pm

Advertise in your community paper THE MESSENGER Phone 03 769 7900

Painful arthritis? Come along to this video conference for tips on managing arthritis pain. Allan Desquitado, Arthritis Educator

Tuesday 24 April 2018 10.30am to 11.30am Buller REAP, 111 Palmerston Street, Westport No need to book – just come along. For more details please call Celia Smith, CCCN Office, Buller Hospital 03 788 90 30 extn 880. Supported by West Coast DHB

RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON REVOKED Notice is given that Fire and Emergency New Zealand has revoked the previously declared Restricted Fire Season from 12.00am, 18th April 2018 in the following areas, which are now in an Open Fire Season:

• The West Coast Area including Buller/Grey/Westland. Atila de Oliveira 4VMRGMTEP6YVEP*MVI3ƾGIV West Coast Area

To check the season status in an area please visit or call 0800 658 628. Further information about fire seasons is available on

REPRESENTATION ARRANGEMENTS PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTION 2019 AND 2022 In terms of Section 19M of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (LE Act), notification is given that the Grey District Council resolved (at its meeting on April 9, 2018), for the triennial election of 2019 and 2022, to: Pursuant to Sections 19H and 19J of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002, Council has undertaken a review of their representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. The proposal is: • Council retains the current system whereby it elects councillors on a ward system however with a change to the representation being: one for the Northern Ward, three for Central Ward, two for Eastern Ward and two for Southern Ward; the boundaries of the existing wards be reconfirmed with the excpetion of - Meshblocks 2410800; 2411800; 2411900; 2412000; 2412100; 2412200; 2412300; 2412400; 2412500; 2413202; 2413302 being moved from the Central Ward to the Southern Ward as per plan available for inspection at Council Offices and website. Population Number of Population Councillors per member Northern 1620 1 1620 Central 5120 3 1706 Eastern 3380 2 1690 Southern 3390 2 1695 TOTAL 13,510 8 1689 Population from June 30, 2017 supplied by Statistics NZ • Council confirms that the Ward system provides for a system of fair and effective representation for communities and that there is no need for community boards to be created. • Council confirms its belief that all residents in the district enjoy equal access to Council and its processes and therefore, that there is no reason why special arrangements be made for Maori Wards. However, Council would be willing to consider any demand for a poll on the matter. Pursuant to Section 19ZA of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002, 5% or a greater number of the electors of the Grey District who were enrolled as eligible to vote at a previous general election of the Grey District may demand a poll of electors on the establishment of Maori Wards for the Grey District. A copy of the full proposal is availablec at the Council’s offices in Greymouth and at the Runanga Service Centre, Greymouth Library, as well as on Council’s website: Any person may make a submission on the proposal, such submissions to Council’s offices on or before May 14, 2018. PG Pretorius Chief Executive Officer



Date: Tuesday April 24 Time: 11am-1.30pm Venue: Cancer Society Centre 98 High Street, Greymouth Guest Speaker: Defensive Driving Tips Lunch donation appreciated Everyone welcome Phone the Centre with any inquiries 768 9557


Phone 03 769 7900

Shower Dome Do you want? • No more mould and mildew • No more dripping walls and windows • No more steam EVER Yes. Phone Paddy 03 768 5338 / 021 288 6975

Michael Meehan Chief Executive Officer






OP Shop, “2 Little Dickie Birds”, 19 Buccleugh Street, Greymouth. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Shop is stocked with good quality clothes, shoes, etc at very reasonable prices. Funds help us provide comfort and personal care packs. Donations for shop greatly appreciated. Phone Rachel 027 357 4163 or Lucina 021 103 5563.

Ratepayers are reminded that the last day for payment of the second instalment for the 2017 /2018, rates without incurring a 10% penalty is Friday April 20, 2018. Payments can be made at Council's Office, 388 Main South Road, Greymouth, weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm or any Westpac Bank branch. Payments can also be sent in the free post envelope that accompanied the account or to PO Box 66, Greymouth 7840.




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KUMHO, GOODRIDE and second hand tyres, fitted and balanced CAN-AM ATVs Sales, Service & Parts HOKITIKA STORAGE UNITS Ph: 0800 00 65 69 email: -Eftpos.

THE MESSENGER HEALTH SEXUAL ABUSE? PAST OR PRESENT Free and confidential support Phone 0800 274 747

SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS FREE for all ages for assessment, diagnosis and treatment! GREYMOUTH Monday DROP IN CLINIC 2.30pm-5.30pm Link Clinic Rooms 1st Floor, Grey Hospital GREYMOUTH Phone (03) 769 7400 ext 2874 (clinic hours only) -----------------------WESTPORT Wednesday APPOINTMENTS 10.30am-11.30am DROP IN CLINIC 11.30am-4.30pm Outpatients Buller Hospital WESTPORT Ph: (03) 788 9030 ext 8756 (clinic hours only) PUBLIC NOTICES

Marshall & Heaphy Chartered Accountants are hosting Xero for short tutorials on Friday 20th April 2018. The topics will be run in sessions so you can pick which ones you would like to attend. Topics include:

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An Introduction to Xero Tips and tricks

End of month best practice Xero Payroll Time saving tips – working with accountants Xero Projects and Workflow Max

We are also hosting MYOB for tutorials on Friday 27th April 2018. Detailed topics are still to be confirmed but please contact us to let us know if you are interested in attending. Training for both days is available to clients and non clients. Please contact Phil by email: or call 03 768 7186 for further information and to register your attendance.


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• Approx 200 in-calf carry-over cows BW 85 PW 110 • Rising 1yr Jersey Bulls, very well grown and priced to sell • Grazing available . . . please book your requirements

WANTED TO BUY FURNITURE wanted. Houselots or single items. Phone Mick (03) 732 8886, 732 8996 (ah) or 027 490 6420.

TENDERS WEST COAST E V Arthur Limited Licensed REAA 2008

Phone Sara Hartwig your local mobile consultant on 021 910 679 or 0800 36 36 39 anytime... FREE PRODUCT CATALOGUE AVAILABLE

For Sale • In-calf Heifers, A2 and 100% recorded

ALWOOD LTD. Qualified Arborist Treeworks, pruning, removal, stumpgrinding Free quotes Phone Alasdair 022 677 0494

VEHICLES SUZUKI Escudo 1992, 4WD, five door, as is. $1500 ono. Ideal farm hack, off roader or fixer upper. Phone 021 0247 0457.

Advertise in your weekly community newspaper THE MESSENGER Phone 769 7900


• Jersey budget cows, must be 2-8yrs old and must be sound. Paying $800 to $1000 • Empty cows, must be 2013-2015 born, fully recorded with good BWs. Paying $650 to $850 • Winter grazing. I need more good grazing in the top of the South Island • Cull cows. I have several clients wanting to fatten dairy cows, they need to be fr and frx

Telephone GM 03 768 7145 & HK 03 755 8138

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For further details please contact Victor Kersten on 027 4356963 or email:

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Advertise in your weekly community newspaper THE MESSENGER Phone 769 7900 PROPERTY FOR SALE NEW LISTING

1 Ross 201 Totara Valley Road Options galore - to be sold! This 225 hectare block located only 15 minutes south of Hokitika and has a private setting that can be utilised as a large-scale lifestyle block or grazing block with development options. With approximately 30 hectares in good river terrace grazing and a further 30 hectares on the terrace in rough grazing.

For Sale $665,000 + GST (if any) View by appointment Shari Ferguson 027 266 6850 WHALAN AND PARTNERS LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

Advertise in your weekly community newspaper THE MESSENGER Phone 769 7900

MORTGAGEE MORTGAGEE TENDER WEB ID GYU61265 GREYMOUTH 70 Marlborough Street We have for sale by way of Mortgagee Tender this three bedroom home on a 721sqm freehold section. Very handy location to town and schools. Perfect first home or rental investment. Tender documents are available by contacting Rob Maskill 021 762682. TENDER closes Thursday 3rd May, 2018 at 3.00pm, at Property Brokers 33 Tainui Street Greymouth Rob Maskill 021 762 682


Bathurst Resources Ltd currently operates Stockton Opencast Mine which is located close to the coast on a plateau in the Buller coalfield, 35km north of Westport. This is one of New Zealand’s largest mines with a long history of coal production and produces high value coal for export to the world’s leading steel makers. To strengthen our Fixed Plant Light Vehicle Team we are filling the position of:

E V Arthur Limited Licensed REAA 2008

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Light Vehicle Mechanic Fixed Plant Light Vehicle Operations Stockton Opencast Mine/Ngakawau We are looking for a qualified Light Vehicle Mechanic with a proactive approach, who will be an important member of our team responsible for the light vehicles repair and maintenance. Current roster pattern is Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm, 9 hours day shifts. Ideally you will need to have extensive knowledge and understanding of the repair and maintenance regime of commercial light vehicles, in particular of modern Toyota 4-wheel drive vehicles. We are keen to hear from you if you have: • A relevant trade qualification and experience • A current WOF inspection ticket or willing to undetake the training • 3 years or more post qualified practical experience in the automotive repair industry and willing to learn to enhance your skill set • A commitment to providing high-quality repair and maintenance service • A safety focus and ‘can do’ attitude To find out more about our wider business please visit: If you are interested in this position please e-mail a copy of your resume including a cover letter to: For further questions regarding this position, contact Michael Tsung, Light Vehicle Superintendent on (03) 788 9372. Applications close: April 24, 2018

MORTGAGEE MORTGAGEE TENDER WEB ID GYU61357 DOBSON 12 Wainui Street We have for sale by way of Mortgagee Tender this three bedroom freehold home on a 1012sqm section. Close to local primary school and service station, so perfect for the family. Tender documents are available by contacting Rob Maskill 021 762 682. TENDER closes Thursday 10th May, 2018 at 3.00pm, at Property Brokers office, 33 Tainui Street Greymouth Rob Maskill 021 762 682


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rowan Sorbus aucuparia


Close up of rowan foliage and fruit, and rowan trees with their red berries invading a beech forest margin at Waipuna.

any weeds originate from planted specimens in gardens, and the deciduous rowan tree is no exception. Rowan trees have attractive foliage and flowers and in late summer to early winter are covered in heavy crops of bright red berries which are eaten by birds, spreading the seed. Rowan is a typically an upright medium sized tree with a greyishbrown bark. The leaves are made up of matched pairs of leaflets on either side of a central mid-rib, with a terminal leaflet at the end. A deciduous tree, rowan sprouts new leaves each spring, which later turn a golden-orange-red colour in autumn before being shed. The dense clusters of creamy-white flowers that blossom in spring possess a distinctive strong, sweet scent. Rowan is long-lived, and has a suckering habit, with rapid growth. It

tolerates warm to cold weather and damp to dry growing conditions. Rowan invades disturbed forest, roadsides, wastelands and shrub land displacing other native species. Identification z A tree up to 12m z Leaves divided into pairs of leaflets (up to 8) plus a terminal leaflet z Large clusters of white flowers are seen October to November z Deep orange berries (range from pink to red) from January to April z Deciduous — leaves turn golden in Autumn Where is it found? Rowan grows in many parts of New Zealand from the coast to 1000m altitude. It can be found in open areas through to disturbed forest. On the West Coast rowan has become common in some areas near old settlements such as around Waiuta, Reefton, and Waipuna. Even individual

trees in gardens are a significant threat as the seeds are spread by birds. Why is it a problem? Rowan grows quickly and tolerates a wide range of conditions, including cold, dry, poor soils, wind, salt and shade. It spreads easily as the fruits are widely dispersed by birds. Seedlings are moderately shade tolerant so rowan can establish in forest and scrub and eventually become dominant. Control: small saplings can be pulled out. Rowan suckers readily suckers, so just cutting it down will not control it. For individual trees, either cut the tree down and treating the cut stump with herbicide, or drill holes around the trunk and fill the holes with a suitable herbicide. Basal bark spraying, which involves spraying the base of the standing tree with appropriate herbicide is also an excellent and costeffective control method.

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West Coast Messenger 18 April 2018  

Weekly news from West Coast, New Zealand

West Coast Messenger 18 April 2018  

Weekly news from West Coast, New Zealand